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                                                                                                               September 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries
The Urbana Music Festival celebrated its 4th year in June with another successful showing. The crowd, of about 3,000 people of all ages, enjoyed a day of music, craft vendors, exhibits, and mingling with old and new friends. The library is proud of its partnership with the Villages of Urbana and the surrounding communities. The Urbana Music Festival is an annual event that continues to thrive thanks in large part to the support of our generous sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors for their time, energy and resources. We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
A Huge Success
Mary Ann Redmond Band
The Beat Hotel
Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band
Sponsor Appreciation
Keep in Touch



 3,000 attendees of the 4th annual Urbana Music Festival enjoyed seasonal June weather, great music, food, and community spirit.


Each year the Frederick County Public Libraries partner with the Villages of Urbana to put on the Urbana Music Festival. The event is always a huge success and this year was no exception. Attendees browsed through more than 26 craft exhibitors while trying to decide which of the numerous food vendors to visit. The kids loved seeing their favorite mascots and racing through the obstacle course. There were also pony rides and a petting zoo, courtesy of Living Grace Lutheran Church.


Families strolled the beautiful grounds of the Urbana Regional Library while listening for door prize winners to be announced. This year the door prizes included a Marriott Free Night Voucher, Frederick Keys tickets and gift cards from Monocacy Crossing, Giant, Atlantic Grille, Milano Spa & Salon, just to name a few.


Karate demonstrations and a fashion show entertained the crowd between band sets. During band performances adults and children alike danced to the entertainment provided by the music festival. New this year was a Transportation Zone which included a crane from Digging and Rigging, fire and rescue vehicles from the Urbana Volunteer Fire Department, FCPL Bookmobile, and Frederick County highway vehicles. Attendees were encouraged to walk through the zone to get an up close view of the different vehicles.



"This is great. I wish our library system put on something like this." Tori Sanders, visiting from North Carolina.


"My family enjoys the music festival each year. It is such a great event for the community." Marie House. Frederick resident.


"Great event. We plan to participate again next year." Amy Fasulo, US Army National Guard.


"The Frederick Keys love having a table at the Urbana Music Festival each year." Bridget McCabe, Marketing Assistant Frederick Keys Baseball.


"The Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services look forward to bringing our vehicles to the Urbana Music Festival in the future." Lisa Lessin, Volunteer Recruiter for the Frederick County Fire and Rescue.


The Mary Ann Redmond Band kicked off the music at the 4th Annual Urbana Music Festival. The crowd enjoyed listening to the band perform its unique blend of blues and jazz while strolling through the dozens of craft exhibitors. The band's performance was the perfect beginning to the music portion of the day.


Next up was the Beat Hotel featuring the Bell Hop Horns. The music was an instant hit and people could be seen dancing and clapping along to the funky Mardi Gras style dance music. Old and young were captivated by the show and the band's unique personality.



Rounding out the afternoon was Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band and they did not disappoint! Their West African-inspired sound was certainly a crowd pleaser. Even some members of the other bands were seen dancing and enjoying the mighty sound emanating from the stage. Whether dancing, sitting, strolling or just kicking back, the crowd was thoroughly enjoying themselves!


As pleased as we are with the turnout and community support of the Urbana Music Festival, we are equally appreciative of the many sponsors and volunteers who helped to pull together another successful event.


We would like to thank our sponsors for all their support. The Urbana Music Festival is generously underwritten by:


The C. Burr Artz Trust, The Villages of Urbana, FMH Urbana, Frederick County Public Libraries, Natelli Communities, Community Association Services, The Town Courier, Capital Women's Care, Living Grace Lutheran Church, Amber Hill Physical Therapy, Frederick Food & Ankle Specialists, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards, Main Street Homes, NV Homes, Parkwood Homes, Ryan Homes, Friends of the Urbana Regional Library, and Franklin Liquors.


It is a pleasure to work with a community that readily offers sponsorships and volunteers that help keep us all involved in our neighborhoods.


See you next year!

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