Beef, Bonfires and Cigars

From left: Haven Ministries Executive Director Krista Pettit, with supporters Mia Cranford and Robert Gazic.

QUEENSTOWN — The third annual Beef, Bonfires and Cigars to benefit Haven Ministries will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2, at Wye River Conference Center, 600 Aspen Drive in Queenstown.

It will be an evening filled with food tastings from local restaurants, including The Narrows, Harris Crab House, Fisherman’s Inn, Chesapeake Chef Services, Range & Reef, Capriotti’s, Smoke Rattle and Roll, Bridges and Chef/ Author Vicky Mullaney, to name a few. Beverage samples will be provided from The Winery and Lyons Distillery, and will include a cash bar with signature drinks.

Live music from John Frase and Forrest Anderson (formally of Hot Tub Limo), live and silent auctions, a prize wheel, cars from Maserati and Alpha Romeo, boats from Annapolis Boat Sales, cigars from Port of Call and lit fireplaces throughout the venue will enhance the evening. Various vendors will have items for purchase to jump-start holiday shopping. The host sponsor of this year’s event is PNC Bank.

Plan on spending the night. There are limited rooms available, and reservations are being accepted directly at the Wye Conference Center. A direct link to the hotel can be found on the Haven Ministries website under the Events tab.

Proceeds from the Beef, Bonfires and Cigars event will support Haven Ministries Housing Assistance Program. Haven Ministries, with the support of its executive board, church coalition, staff, business owners, community agencies, and dedicated volunteers, is planning a long-term housing program to be located in the Kent Island area.

This long-term program will be funded by private donations made directly to Haven Ministries and enable the organization to offer year-round services in a consistent stable environment for those experiencing housing insecurities. The program, structured similar to that of a landlord-tenant relationship, will include a process for individuals and families to apply for the program, pass a background check, and agree to work with a case manager to transition into permanent housing.

The goal of the Housing Assistance Program is to offer comprehensive resources including education, job training, and employment opportunities to give individuals and families the opportunity to stabilize, build up their resources, and successfully move on to safe and affordable housing.

Tickets to the Beef, Bonfires and Cigars cost $60 per person and are available online at ( For further information, call 410-739-4363.

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