By Josh Davis, Associate Editor
(Oct. 18, 2018) Dates for more than 40 Town of Berlin events scheduled next year were set during a Town Council meeting last Tuesday.
Councilmembers voted 4-1 to set the event schedule, with Councilman Thom Gulyas voting “no” because of his opposition to six events that allow for the public consumption of alcohol.
Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said three local nonprofits obtained alcohol permits and benefited from those events: the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee and Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council.
“I’m currently working with Town Administrator Laura Allen on a policy to allow other nonprofits within the town to be able to benefit from those alcohol permits,” Wells said. “In speaking with several other executive directors of local nonprofits, there’s an interest that they be considered to be able to use that as their fundraiser.”
She said the Year Year’s Eve and Small Town Throw Down events were included in discussions concerning having rotating beneficiaries.
Mayor Gee Williams, speaking for himself, suggested that might not be the best course of action.
“We’ve got something that works. It’s working well. We don’t want to make it any more complicated than it already is,” he said. “You can’t make everybody happy every day … sometimes ‘no’ is the right answer.”
Gulyas said he opposed public drinking in general, in part because the existing businesses go through so much trouble to obtain liquor licenses.
Williams countered that bars and restaurants in town, almost always full during events, were the ones that benefited the most.
“I totally understand that,” Gulyas said. “I am voting against it, unfortunately.”
The 2019 Town of Berlin events schedule is as follows:
Jan. 7-13 – Restaurant Week
Feb. 9 – Kid’s Valentine Event
April 13 – Berlin Little League Parade
April 13-20 – Take Pride in Berlin Week/Clean Up Day
April 20 – Spring Celebration
May 4 – Spring Just Walk
*May 4 – Berlin Jazz & Blues Bash
*May 10 – Berlin Reggae Play Day
May 18 – Spring Cruisers
May 26 – Memorial Day at Monument
May 27 – Memorial Day Parade
June 9 – Concert on the Lawn
June 9 – Afternoon on the Lawn
June 15 – Free Outdoor Movie
June 14 – Bathtub Races
June 29 – Free Outdoor Movie
July 3 – Historic July 3rd Celebration
July 3 – Fireworks
July 13 – Free Outdoor Movie
July 14 – Concert on the Lawn
July 27 – Free Outdoor Movie
Aug. 3 – Peach Festival
Aug. 6 – National Night Out
Aug. 10 – Free Outdoor Movie
Aug. 9 – Sidewalk Sale
Aug. 11 – Concert on the Lawn
Aug. 24 – Free Outdoor Movie
Aug. 31 – Shakespeare on Pitt Street
*Sept. 7 – Small Town Throw Down
Sept. 8 – Concert on the Lawn
Sept. 19-22 – Paint Berlin Plein Air
*Sept. 20-22 – Berlin Fiddler’s Convention
Oct. 5 – Touch a Truck Day
Oct. 12 – Fall Cruisers
*Oct. 19 – Oktoberfest
Oct. 19 – Free Outdoor Movie
Nov. 2 – Fall Just Walk
Nov. 22 – Tree Lighting/Open House
Dec. 3 – Classical Christmas
Dec. 5 – Christmas Parade
Dec. 7 – Candlelight Tour (Calvin B. Taylor House Museum)
*Dec. 31 – New Years Eve
*Events that allow for public alcohol consumption
Additionally, 2nd Friday art strolls sponsored by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee were scheduled from 5-8 p.m. each month, and the Berlin Farmer’s Market on Artisan’s Green was scheduled on Sundays, May through October, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.