Bethesda to Host Chautauqua Homecoming

Bethesda will stage its annual celebration of a bygone era during the Epworth Park Chautauqua Homecoming Days on Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12. Events will include a bicycle parade, children’s activities, musical entertainment, storytelling, craft show, white elephant sale, “train” rides, a quilt show, art show and car show, and much more.

Local favorite Almost Famous, led by Steven Moore on the banjo, will play bluegrass favorites at 2 p.m. Saturday. The truly famous Mark Twain (portrayed by Stephen Hollen) will be strolling through the festival and will take the stage to tell some tall tales at 4 p.m.

The art show will feature the works of Robert Sako and Jessica Kline.

The third annual Chautauqua Days 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday. Registration is from 6:30-7:45 a.m. in the park shelter area at the corner of Lake and Virginia streets.

The bicycle decorating contest for ages 13 and under starts at 10:15 a.m. on Maple Avenue at the old grade school, and the parade starts at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded. Kids’ activities also will take place in the gazebo and at Epworth Center on Saturday, and there will be inflatables on Sunday. A fishing contest for ages 2-14 will take place Saturday at the lake.

The always popular cottage tours will take place from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Guests can see how the summer and year-round residents decorate their historic Epworth cottages.

Food available for purchase includes a barbecue chicken dinner at the Bethesda United Methodist Church, 233 N. Main St., and the park concession stand, which will feature chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, Coney dogs, kraut dogs and sloppy joes along with homemade potato salad and baked beans, root beer floats, ice cream treats and apple dumplings. Bratwurst also will be available in the auditorium at 1 p.m. both days.