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Pride picnic in the park flourishes despite scorching heat

by Lisa Schauer

Berkeley Springs Pride hosted its fourth annual pride picnic in the park on a scorching Saturday, June 22.

Temperatures climbed to a high of 97 degrees in town, driving people under the shade of tents, umbrellas, and the park’s ample trees.

This year, about 10 vendors and 10 non-profit organizations registered to participate in the event, according to Ben Fox, Berkeley Springs Pride board member.

“This is what we do. To keep the scholarship going, and to create safe spaces for community and diversity,” said Fox.

“We want people to know Berkeley Springs is a safe place to visit,” said board member Scott Collinash, seated under a vibrant Berkeley Springs Pride tent.

Berkeley Springs Pride board members paused for a group photo at the fourth annual pride picnic in the park. Pictured left to right, Brett Fyock, Ben Fox, Scott Collinash, Chris Bauman, and Meghan Bauman.
Musicians with the Young Ukes from Black Cat Music Cooperative performed at the Berkeley Springs Pride picnic in the park on Saturday, June 22.
Facepainting was a popular activity at the annual Berkeley Springs Pride picnic in the park on Saturday, June 22.
The Flashbacks aptly perform “Heat wave,” a song made popular by Motown recording artists Martha and the Vandellas in 1963, at the fourth annual Berkeley Springs Pride picnic in the park.
Berkeley Springs Pride picnic in the park drew a crowd to Berkeley Springs State Park on Saturday, June 22, despite scorching temperatures.

In addition to its college scholarship fund, Berkeley Springs Pride donates to Starting Points, the Morgan County backpack program, and basically “anybody in need,” Collinash said “This year we bought shoes.”

Exhibitors included Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs Presbyterian Church, local radio station Cool 92.9, long known as WCST, community groups and craft vendors.

Activities included facepainting, a dress-up photo booth, yard games, and live music. A cooling station was available with fans and coolers of cold water.

Four food trucks were parked along Washington Street offering flatbreads, butterflied potatoes, barbecue, and snow cones to cool off visitors with colorful choices.