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Special Events > The James L. Stewart Memorial St. Michaels Grand Prix
Sunday, November 13, 2011
12noon-4pm; Free with General Admission. $3 discount with canned food donation
Come watch and join in as local residents and businesses compete in a race to unload their cargo of food and beer from golf carts while memorializing the life of James L. Stewart, known by many before his 2010 passing as the 'mayor of St. Michaels.' Proceeds from all cart sales during the event benefit the American Diabetes Foundation. The event is free for members or with general admission.
"James was loved by so many," commented event coordinator and St. Michaels restaurateur Chris Agharabi. "We wanted to celebrate his life in a fun and meaningful way, while drawing locals out for a great day of fun at the Museum. Carts will be decorated, drivers will be swapped at pit stops, and the bribing of race officialsó if it means raising more money, might even be encouraged."
James L. Stewart lived in St. Michaels for 17 years. He was a true renaissance man, involving himself in Chesapeake Community College's theater, Fall into St. Michaels and Christmas in St. Michaels, and helping decorate historic properties for house tours. Most of all, James enjoyed racing on Red Beard with his friend Matt Brown on Wednesday nights on the Miles River. He dressed the ladies of St. Michaels when he was the manager at Chesapeake Trading company, decorated the houses of St. Michaels when he worked at Petals Flower Shop, and was regarded the 'psychiatrist for St. Michaels' while working behind the bar at Ava's. Truly regarded as a friend to all, Stewart died of complications from diabetes in August, 2010.