During the holidays, the town of North Beach is dressed up in garland and lights—a bright star of Christmas cheer in Calvert County. The Town Hall is where all this magic begins. Local government leaders, town staff, and hundreds of volunteers are working tirelessly behind-the-scenes, making the town festive for all their neighbors.
On Thursday, December 12th, as an extra extension of love for their community, the Town Hall staff opened up their beautiful building to visitors for their Holiday Open House.
Mayor Mike Benton was especially passionate about this event, as it offered guests, truly anyone who wanted to attend, the opportunity to tour the decorated Hall and meet staff and members of the town council. He explained: “We host this event regardless of attendance numbers—sometimes dozens of people stop by; sometimes only one. We do it because we really want to know our neighbors and let them know they’re welcome here—it’s their Town Hall.”
Dozens of guests filled the building that evening. Some lived in North Beach; others were from other towns. But all appreciated their personal, Mayor-guided tour of the offices and upstairs hall where meetings are held, chatting with the friendly staff, and the festive refreshments. The Mayor was especially glad to celebrate the massive effort and success of the past week’s North Beach Holiday Parade. “Our volunteers are the people who keep this town running smoothly; they make it all happen.”
It was a special night of community, meeting and reconnecting with neighbors, and understanding more about the role our local governments play in our everyday lives.
Please enjoy the picture gallery.
Emma Danielson / Calvert Beacon Reporter