Patuxent River Appreciation Days Was a Hit

It was perfect weather for the 2015 Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) held on October 10 and 11, 2015 on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum. With almost 7,000 in attendance the PRAD Committee could not have been happier. The committee is comprised of volunteers from the Calvert County Waterman’s Association, The Calvert Artists Guild, Arick L. Lore Post – American Legion, The Pa Po Peake Shrine Club and staff from the Calvert Marine Museum. This event could not happen without the financial support from the Calvert County Board of Commissioners and the volunteers at the Calvert Marine Museum.

Not only does PRAD celebrate the Patuxent River, but it recognizes the efforts by organizations that want to help protect the largest and longest river entirely within Maryland. Many non-profit environmental organizations participate, as well as many local artists and crafters. This year, the best in show was awarded to Joan Tornell with her “Day on the Bay” crafts. Tornell will receive a free space for the event in 2016.

On Sunday, the Boumi Temple and the Pa Po Peake Shrine Club organized the PRAD parade. There was participation from nearly 40 various non-profit organizations and six floats that entered the parade float competition. It was difficult to choose winners, as all of the groups did a wonderful job. First Place prize of $300 was awarded to Cub Scout Pack 451. The Second Place prize of $200 went to the Jobs Daughters Bethel #42. Third place was awarded to Calvert County United Way and they were awarded $100. The committee encourages non-profit organizations to participate and the efforts are recognized by the community. The PRAD committee would like to extend their invitation now for environmental organizations, artists and crafters, as well as non-profits to consider participation in the parade on Sunday, October 9, 2016.