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Posted on: October 23, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Free Coffee, Murals, and Fireworks Highlight Halloween


Fairchild Properties, LLC will celebrate the grand opening of Starbucks with a ribbon cutting celebration at noon on October 31, 2018, shortly before unveiling muralist Michael Rosato's recent work Marsh Song, located on the Cambridge Marketplace entrance, facing the recently re-opened Taco Bell restaurant. The days' festivities will end with a free, family-friendly Halloween fireworks show at 8:20 p.m.

The opening of Starbucks marks the first time the global coffee chain has entered the Cambridge market, and demonstrates the confidence large corporations have in our home here on the Eastern Shore. There will be free coffee giveaways for those in attendance.

Rosato is a nationally-renowned artist based locally here in Cambridge. Fairchild Properties wanted to pay homage to the rich and diverse ecosystem, which so many on the Eastern Shore have dedicated their lives to protect and love. Rosato eloquently captured this natural progression of the seasons from spring to summer and fall to winter through Marsh Song, which provides a quiet escape from the bustling traffic on Route 50. Many have come to watch as Rosato worked diligently throughout the past several months. Marsh Song plays a different tune to each individual, and has been given a personal meaning to owner/developer Charlie Fairchild and family:

“We wanted to have some fun and give Michael a chance to express what the Eastern Shore means to him," said Fairchild. "For me, the lady bugs represent our grandchildren; the hummingbird, my wife Sue; the White Perch, my grandson’s first catch; and the wood ducks were chosen by a local Cambridge hunting guide and friend. We hope everyone will come, sit and listen to the fountains while Marsh Song speaks to them.”

Lastly, the Halloween Fireworks are set to begin at 8:20 pm on October 31st. Fairchild Properties chose to celebrate with fireworks, because fireworks on Halloween are new and exciting, and bring everyone together at Cambridge Marketplace. There will be seven heart-shaped fireworks at the end. 

"Those are for you, Cambridge," said Fairchild, who also thanked the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay for its partnership in the fireworks display.

“The City of Cambridge continues to be a place where exciting ideas have a chance to come true, as well as a place which can attract the world’s most recognizable brands,” said Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley. “You’ll be able to enjoy a world-class cup of coffee from Starbucks, celebrate the work of an incredible local artist, and watch the Eastern Shore’s only fireworks display on Halloween night.”

About Fairchild Properties, LLC:

Fairchild Properties LLC is a full service commercial real estate company that owns, manages, and develops assets throughout the United States. Our executives are primarily concentrated in the Washington DC market, but have experience working throughout the country. The company executives have experience working in the office, industrial, retail and investment markets, and have extensive backgrounds in development, construction, finance, management, leasing, and transaction services.  Telephone: 703.360.4204   E-mail:


About Starbucks:

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at and

About Michael Rosato:

Michael Rosato specializes in designing and painting large-scale murals for public and private spaces. Corporations, museums and individuals have commissioned Mr. Rosato to create artworks for display in museum exhibits, corporate headquarters, retail spaces, restaurants, sports arenas, outdoor venues and private residences. Mr. Rosato’s paintings can be seen in venues across the country, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial in Oklahoma City, OK, Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, TX, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, in Sterling, VA, the Headquarters of Bacardi in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Texas Ranger’s Ballpark in Arlington, TX, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Museum in Cape Charles, VA, the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA, and the Chesapeake Country Mural Trail in Dorchester County, MD.

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