AFRAM Festival starts Friday

The countdown is over! This Friday will be the first day of the 2003 Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival in Nutter Park on Collins Avenue in Seaford. AFRAM is an acronym for African-American and the festival’s theme is “Proud of Our Heritage.” This monumental two-day event on August 8 and 9 will showcase entertainment, food, vendors, and educational displays guaranteed to provide something for everyone in Seaford and surrounding communities. Highlights of the festival include a Little Miss and Little Mister AFRAM pageant on Friday and a parade and food vendors from all over the Eastern Shore will be on hand on Saturday. Both days will be filled with local entertainment. The performers scheduled range in genres from African drummers and dancers to gospel to R&B to comedy to a live radio broadcast. Delmarva’s Magic 98.9 FM, an R&B radio station in Salisbury, will have a live remote from Nutter Park on Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. with several of the station’s on-air personalities and crew members. In the arena of gospel music, Truly Blessed, a group of four young ladies from the Seaford area, will be performing at the AFRAM Festival. This group placed first in the Mountaire Gospel Talent Search this year in the praise band category. The members of the group are Kaneisha Trott, Candice Eggleston, Shelita Morris, and Natasha Henry and they will be performing at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Another gospel performer will be The Faithful Ones, a creative movement dance troupe from Seaford. These ladies perform interpretative dance with powerful messages from God and have ministered to many in the Seaford community. They will be performing at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Also performing on Friday is Da Flock, a Christian rap and singing group. This eight-member group from Lewes performs a hip-hop generated praise style of music and currently has a CD entitled “Soul Train.”
These young people are members of Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes and A.J. Jones is the group’s founder. They will be performing at 9:30 p.m on Friday. Two of the latest additions to the entertainment line-up are R&B performers from Salisbury. Denim, a group that has opened for renowned rap artist Bow Wow, will be performing at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Also, Jamie Wallop, a solo vocalist currently promoting her new CD, will perform on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. In addition to enjoying the entertainment at the AFRAM Festival, Saturday will be a day to learn as well. The Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore will have an information display set up as well as one of their wax figurines of a famous African American in our history. Also, Vii Services of Piscataway, New Jersey will have an educational display of African American inventors and freedom fighters. The owner of this service is Viola Sanders, and she travels throughout the country with her display. Saturday of the festival will kick off with a parade. The parade will start at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, go up west on Poplar Street, and then north on North Street to end at Nutter Park on Collins Avenue. Parking for AFRAM will be available on North Street, the Clarence Street Church of God, Frederick Douglass Elementary School, and Williams Pond Park. The AFRAM Festival has been planned by a committee of members of the Seaford community led by City Councilwoman Pat A. Jones. For more information, call 628-1908.

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