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Pumphrey neighborhood celebrates community

Lisa Jones | 8/9/2013, 8:17 a.m.
The Pumphrey Tax Improvement Association held its annual Pumphrey Day celebration Friday August 2-Sunday, August 4 in the heart of ...
The New Southside Steppers Marching Unit Lawrence Kimble

The Pumphrey Tax Improvement Association held its annual Pumphrey Day celebration Friday August 2-Sunday, August 4 in the heart of the Pumphrey Community in Anne Arundel County.

Pumphrey Tax Improvement Association members said that they hosted the weekend long event in honor of the original Pumphrey Day. This year the association made it a weekend- long event to give people who have moved away or work on Saturdays a chance to come home and look at the old neighborhood, meet with old friends and former neighbors, and check out improvements in the neighborhood. The annual Pumphrey Day celebration became the first Pumphrey family reunion weekend.

After a kickoff party Friday at the Lord Keasar center, the celebration continued Saturday with a parade throughout the neighborhood featuring The New Southside Steppers Marching Unit and The New Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band. Ned Carey of the Democratic Central Committee marched in the parade showing his support for the historic African American neighborhood.

Saturday and Sunday included a rib cook-off and a corvette car show. The event featured a bake sale put on by neighborhood senior citizens, food, handmade jewelry, clothing and various vendors.

The event included lots of activities for children and adults including a two-day basketball tournament, horseshoe toss, fashion show, kiddie corner, moon bounces and a school supply give away.

The family of community pillar Cora Glenn was on hand to honor her memory with “Mrs. Cora’s Kitchen,” selling food, baked goods, and hats that their mother would have sold. Mrs. Glenn was a fixture at the annual community day and she truly was missed.