Queenstown for a Day: Fort Meade helps celebrate Queenstown Day

Fort Meade All-Star Tyler Francis participates in a passing drill during Queenstown Day on Saturday afternoon at Queenstown Park in Severn. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr.)

For more than 30 years, the Severn Improvement Association has sponsored its annual Queenstown Day to honor the Severn community.

The Dynasty Roc Boyz march in the Queenstown Day parade, which included elected officials, classic cars, motorcycles and the Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Unit. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Each year, Queenstown Day is celebrated the second Saturday in July and pays homage to the Queenstown community, which is made up of more than 200 homes located off of Quarterfield Road in Severn.

This year’s event, held Saturday, kicked off with a parade that included local elected officials, marching bands, classic cars, motorcycles and the Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Unit.

Miss Queenstown and her runner-up also participated, as well as football teams from the Severn Athletic Council.

A free hot dog and drink were provided for parade participants.

The parade was followed by a 3-point shootout contest for basketball players from the Fort Meade All-Star team, the Maryland Amateur Athletic Union, the Anne Arundel County Police and the Maryland All-Star team.

The Fort Meade All-Stars, made up of service members from across the installation, played the Maryland All-Stars in the hourlong Queenstown Classic basketball game Saturday afternoon.

Thirteen-year-old Jaylen Booth takes aim during the 3-point shootout contest that included basketball players from the Fort Meade All-Star team and the Maryland Amateur Athletic Union. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Phillip Singleton, a former Army nurse who served at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, was the team’s coach.

Although Fort Meade lost to the Maryland All-Stars, 69 to 63, Singleton said the team played well but the opponent team’s taller players were difficult to beat.

The players were given Queenstown Day Classic hats and T-shirts.

Singleton said the event is a good way for Severn residents to meet Fort Meade service members in an informal setting.

“It’s nice to get out in the community,” he said.

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