By Jessica Fessler
What is Maryland Day?
According to MarylandDay.Org, “Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when the newly-arrived colonists erected a cross on St. Clement’s Island. Marylanders began observing Maryland Day in 1903, when the State Board of Education designated it as a day to be devoted to the study of Maryland history. In 1916, the General Assembly authorized the celebration of Maryland Day as a legal state holiday.”
More recently, Maryland Day is a day of pride. Some local business owners showcase their pride through unique offerings that highlight their Maryland roots.
Susquehanna Workforce Network sat down with businesses and community members to discuss how they celebrate Maryland Day and how they celebrate Maryland Pride all day, every day.
Hopkins Farm Brewery, located in Havre De Grace is a local business that takes their pride seriously. According to Ali Hopkins, “Almost all of our beers feature our homegrown barley malt from Chesapeake malting company”. Hopkins Farm Brewery partners with other local businesses to feature them in their beers.
Synonymous with Maryland pride, is the Orange Crush. In honor of Maryland Day, Hopkins Farm will be releasing a orange crush hard seltzer.
Maryland Day also serves as a reminder about the importance of community and community partnerships.
Megan Myers, Mrs. Harford County 2022 has lived in Harford County her entire life. Today, she reflects on the importance of community. “There are many families and individuals in Maryland who need our help and we can work together as one community to spread kindness and gratitude.” She will be competing for the Mrs. Maryland America title on April 8th.
Even businesses that are new to the area are looking for ways to showcase their Maryland pride. Nikki from We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym in Forest Hill relocated to the area and started her business almost 2 years ago. While they didn’t have plans to celebrate this year, Nikki is already planning for next year.
Susquehanna Workforce Network celebrates Marylanders everyday by coordinating workforce development programs that targets businesses and individuals in Cecil and Harford Counties.
Building a stronger workforce in Maryland requires dedication and research. Some of our efforts include offering services that develop jobseekers into highly desirable candidates. No-cost job training and upskilling opportunities are funded by grants. SWN also offers job fairs curated to place jobseekers in front of sought-after employers