Crisfield organization weekend brought business, fun, and hope for the future of the city
CRISFIELD, Md. – Coming together to lift up a community, that’s what Crisfield’s organization weekend was all about and organizers tell me they’ve been doing this for years but this year it means much more. “We’re all family here in Crisfield and we love it,” says Hezekiah Jackson, a Crisfield community member. He adds, ‘Every time Elks Lodge has some thing I do my best to support it 100%.”
The Elks Lodge 194 has held this community organization weekend for 15 years. Bringing together businesses, community members and kids for a weekend of fun. “This day right here brings a little bit of money to hotels and hopefully people will go out and eat and spend money right here in Crisfield,” says Gary Brown, the Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 194.
However this year, I’m told it meant much more to them. Although due to COVID they didn’t hold their annual parade, they had a car show instead. However, they say with all the fun, games and trophies, they’re just happy to bring people together again. “There’s a community atmosphere that’s the good part about everything is good community atmosphere for the kids for everyone come out and just enjoy themselves,” says Torris Battle, the DJ and community member.
We’re told, community members are striving to make Crisfield a better place to live. Brown says, COVID really hit his organization and the city hard. However, it just pushed them to continue their efforts to revive the community. “Although we had COVID, we had a lot of brothers that stuck together and we worked together during the winter time and we got a little bit of donations I don’t want to take that away,” says Brown.
However, for those who grew up in Crisfield they say there’s still much to do and events like these are only going to continue creating a better and more positive atmosphere. “This is not the Crisfield we grew up in it’s a total different change from what we what we grew up in but life still goes on and you have to adapt to what what the change is all about,” says Evette Hughes, a community member.
Organizers also tell us, they hope to continue bringing people together and making Crisfield a better place to be. Brown also says, their next community event is on labor day and it’ll be a wine social.