Nich’s Coffee Shop celebrates inaugural Pride Celebration

Melanie Koski, left and Angel Perez share a message of love and inclusiveness during the inaugural pride celebration held Saturday, June 6.

DENTON — On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Nich’s Coffee Shop celebrated respect, diversity and inclusion in Caroline County via a virtual Pride Celebration event. The event that has had more than 1,700 views on Facebook opened with a message from Melanie Koski, Nich’s Coffee Shop owner and Angel Perez, Pride Festival Chair and was followed by local talents who gave of their time to bring joy through their music, dance, and poetry.

“We appreciate all local support we have received not just today, but every day. Let’s celebrate together as a human race, stop the judgment, rip off the labels and see each other as we truly are, amazing beautiful people, with our own special gifts and uniqueness, together as one. Love is love,” said Koski.

The event had the participation of Councilwoman Doncella Wilson, Nic Koski, Marco Garcia and Steve Konopolski who through their messages of diversity, respect and inclusion made it clear that we are all equal, we all matter and we all deserve respect in our community.

“A few months ago, Melanie, owner of Nich’s Coffee Shop and I began planning a family friendly festival where we could celebrate gay pride, an atmosphere of respect, inclusion and diversity,” said Perez. The response to this event was amazing, local vendors, performances, games for children, community resources all set to celebrate gay pride.

“On March 16 due to the pandemic and following the governor’s orders we had to make the difficult decision to postpone and eventually cancel the festival from the way we had originally planned,” said Perez, “instead we virtually celebrated respect, inclusion and diversity in Caroline County.”

The festival was supported by sponsors: Purple Peak, realtor Nora Turner of Long and Foster, Patti’s Petals Florist and Creative Links.

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