Free Family Fun in Havre de Grace: Come to the “Summer Jam” Block Party June 11


The Success Project


Public invited to the Havre de Grace Housing Authority’s annual community resource fair and street festival featuring food, games and entertainment; vendor tables still available for businesses and organizations.


Attendees at the 2015 Summer Jam take part in a line dance.
Attendees at the 2015 Summer Jam take part in a line dance.


Looking for a free and fun way to kick off the summer? Then bring the family to Havre de Grace on June 11 for the 5th annual Summer Jam block party hosted by The SUCCESS Project, an affiliate of the Havre de Grace Housing Authority (HDGHA). This open air street festival and community resource fair offers fun for all ages with live entertainment, music, carnival games, free legal expungements and more. The event will be held Saturday, June 11 from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Somerset Manor neighborhood of Havre de Grace. There is no admission fee and all activities are open to the public.


Event organizers call Summer Jam a “carnival-style fair” with plenty of no-cost or low-cost activities for all ages. Children can participate in games to win prizes (10 plays for a dollar), plus enjoy free moon bounces, face painting and balloon animals among other activities. Adults can play games too, plus receive free health screenings and visit vendor booths to shop and learn about programs and services available in the Harford County area. Refreshments will be available for purchase for a nominal fee (one dollar per treat) with fair favorites such as snow-cones, cotton candy and more.

Facepainting is one of the many free or low-cost activities at the Summer Jam block party.
Facepainting is one of the many free or low-cost activities at the Summer Jam block party.

The SUCCESS Project Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator Ellen Kunzelman says, “The SUCCESS Project Summer Jam is a great way to spend the afternoon. It’s one of our best-attended events and hundreds turn out every year to play, dance and eat while learning about the many businesses and resources in the Harford County area.”


Vendor tables are available at no cost for government agencies and non-profits, and are only $27.50 for others. Kunzelman says, “We keep the cost for vendor tables low to attract all sizes and types of organizations to the event so that attendees can discover the many great products and services that are available right next door.”


For more information and to sign up as a vendor for Summer Jam, please visit the HDGHA event web page.




HDGHA and its Somerset Manor community was established in the 1960’s and is the only public housing facility in Harford County. It is governed by a Board of Commissioners and managed by a small staff. The mission of the organization is to provide safe, quality affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income individuals and families while promoting self-sufficiency, empowerment and neighborhood revitalization. HDGHA offers a range of programs to achieve this goal, including its Family Self- Sufficiency Program (FSS), Homeownership Program, Youth Leadership Achievement Program and more.


About The SUCCESS Project

The “SUCCESS” in The SUCCESS Project stands for “Supporting the Upward Climb to Continued Economic Self-Sufficiency.”  The mission of the non-profit is to provide at-risk youth and low-income adults with services that teach life skills and encourage personal economic independence. The program is free and provides case management and referral services in the following areas: education, job training, employment opportunities, health care, financial education, credit counseling, home ownership, career advancement, transportation, life skills and entrepreneurship.

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