Ocean City Today

Believe in Tomorrow’s Block Party

Event in Berlin to include music, vendors, food and games for kids and adults
By Kara Hallissey | Aug 10, 2017

(Aug. 11, 2017) Live music, vendors, food and games for adults and children are a few of the featured offerings during the inaugural Believe in Tomorrow Block Party, this Saturday from 6-9 p.m., on the streets of Berlin.

“This is an opportunity for the Berlin business community and citizens to support a nonprofit organization that provides a service that truly touches the heart,” Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said. “I believe I join many other Berlin area residents in anticipating a strong turnout for what sounds like a delightful evening of family fun.”

A guest bartending event at Sisters on Main Street evolved into a Believe in Tomorrow Block Party.

“I am hoping it becomes our next big event,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program. “I’ve wanted to do something in Berlin for years.”

The inaugural festival will include a range of free activities taking place on Main, Pitt and Commerce streets.

“The goal is to pack this town,” Littleton said. “Bring the kids, grandkids or your spouse to have fun for three hours. There will be stuff going on all over town.”

Attendees can enjoy live music and street performers, carnival games and a number of children’s activities including face painting, balloon animals from Kris Krunch the Klown, a bounce house, surprise costumed guests and performances by Cascading Carlos.

“Another awesome event for a good foundation,” said Megan Cosman, owner of Patty Jeans Boutique on Main Street.

Rothschild Broadcasting, 94.9 WAMS-FM and K107.7 WKHI of the Adams Group will both broadcast live during the event.

The Snowball Stand of Ocean Pines and Sobos Catering from Salisbury will be parked on the street selling treats.

Berlin businesses will have bright colored balloons to mark their participation and an auction item inside their store for attendees to take a chance on. Tickets for the Tricky Tray Auction cost $1 each. Get seven for $5 or 15 for $10.

Businesses are also encouraged to donate a portion of their proceeds to Believe in Tomorrow on Aug. 12.

“I want to thank all of the local businesses for their positive response,” Littleton said. “I’ve met a lot of amazing people.”

A cornhole tournament is slated to take place outside of Burley Inn Tavern on Pitt Street with prize packages for the winners.

“Their cornhole tournament has been called ‘legendary,’” Littleton said. “It will be a really fun night with games for kids and adults.”

Troy Mawyer will provide live music on Commerce Street. Mystery boxes sponsored by Park Place Jewelers can be purchased for $10 each. A Disney raffle will also be taking place. Chances cost $1 each or get seven for $5, 20 for $10.

In addition, attendees can purchase tickets to the Believe in Tomorrow Beach Bash, slated for Sept. 25 at Seacrets on 49th Street in Ocean City, for $50, buy a raffle ticket for $100 or sign up for the Believe in Tomorrow 5K on Sept. 30.

Sisters shop will have guest bartenders during the event including Buck Mann, Igor Conev, Jessica Shue, Jessica Jersey, Maria McEvoy, Jan Rooney, Tanya Knott, Christina Fohner and Jackie Siejack, in addition to, radio personalities, EJ Foxx, Johnny Maze and Big Red.

There will also be wine tastings and samples provided by the Blue Crab Bay Co., out of Virginia, including its Bloody Mary mix and nuts at Sisters.

Ed Sparks is slated to play live music inside the store from 6:30-8:30 p.m. while local band Spare Change jams outside on steel drums and an acoustic guitar.

“It started out as a guest bartending event and then evolved into a block party in the whole town,” said Donna Sompher, owner of Sisters. “The town and council are thrilled. I think this is the first time the town has ever done anything like this [sponsor a charity event].”

Littleton said he is happy to have an event in Berlin and acknowledged that many people are unaware of Believe in Tomorrow.

“When Donna approached me to guest bartend and it grew into a block party, I knew it would be fun,” he said. “We don’t do much in Berlin and I thought it would be nice to get the town involved so they could see what we do.”

The Believe in Tomorrow facility on 66th Street in Ocean City is open year-round to provide a free getaway to the beach for critically ill children and their families whenever they may need to escape the stresses of their child’s illness.

Each of the four condos feature kid-friendly décor and paintings with at least two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a fully-stocked kitchen, living and dining room areas.

Last year, Believe in Tomorrow acquired another house on 65th Street, which is just a few steps away from the back balcony of the 66th Street property and renovations are ongoing.

Families can also vacation at the Believe in Tomorrow House in Fenwick Island and House by the Bay on 28th Street.

Fundraisers such as the Berlin Block Party help raise money to provide essential week-long excursions for critically ill children and their families.

In addition to the six lots of free public parking in Berlin, attendees can also park at Stephen Decatur Park off Route 113.

“It will be a family-friendly, fun night where we pack the town,” Littleton said.

Learn more about Believe in Tomorrow at http://believeintomorrow.org or call Littleton at 410-723-2842 for additional information on the Berlin Block Party.

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