The girls' youth minister told me about a fun event in Damascus, Maryland. Volunteers from local civic organizations and business representatives organize the exciting event that helps to benefit the volunteer fire department. A parade, fireworks, and festival make up this family-friendly event. We toured a fire safety house and saw fire trucks and other equipment. But the highlight of my visit came when I met one of my childhood heroes, Smokey the Bear! I always loved him as a child.
At the carnival outside of Damascus Community Bank, the children enjoyed face painting, balloon art, a cash machine, and more. A DJ played music and encouraged visitors to sing karaoke. For every song that participants sang, the bank made a donation to the fire department. Singing is a passion that runs in my blood, so the youth pastor easily persuaded me to sing karaoke. How could I resist karaoke for a good cause?
Although the selection of songs numbered in the thousands, I immediately looked to an 80s icon, Pat Benatar. Within minutes, I held the microphone and belted out "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." A group of tweens cheered me on and clapped when I finished. I admit that I had way too much fun singing karaoke.
Although the Orioles didn't win the game, we enjoyed the experience, the game, and the people watching. I wore a pink polo dress to stay cool in the summer heat. From the other side of the stadium, I looked like a speck of pink in a sea of orange!