Springdale stays vibrant as it celebrates its 50 years as a community

Springdale is celebrating 50 years as a community! It was February 1968 when Don and Carol Marsh and their four children moved into their Ramshead Circle home, paying just $34,000 plus ground rent for the original Springdale home. The S.L. Hammerman Organization developed the neighborhood on land that long ago belonged to Maryland’s historic Ridgely family.

Soon after, 688 families would join the Marsh clan, or “First Family of Springdale,” and take residence on streets reflecting the names of the English countryside — Staffordshire Road, Sandringham Road, Saxon Hill Drive and Royal Mews Road, and Warren Elementary School and Springdale Swim Club were added to the growing community.

Springdale has been celebrating its milestone anniversary all year long, complete with special events, beloved traditions and even a specially designed logo created by resident Isabel Koch. Now the invitation is out to anyone who lives in Springdale, formerly lived in Springdale, taught at Warren Elementary or has any ties to the neighborhood to attend Springdale’s 50th Anniversary Gala.

With plans to “Party Like It’s 1968,” on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in Timonium, the gala will feature dinner and music from the 1960s to present day.

An outstanding video documenting the history of Springdale and produced by resident Pete Holden will be shown along with a message from Springdale’s own astronaut, Reid Wiseman! Dress is casual or “’60’s style,” and tickets are $45 each and can be purchased by contacting Jeremy Lippenholz at jmlippenholz@yahoo.com.

Other terrific events included a family-centered celebration at the Springdale pool in June, chaired by Joanie Carlson and Jen Whitlock, which drew more than 200 people who enjoyed socializing with current and former neighbors, swimming, music from former Springdale resident “DJ” Mark Ruocco and trivia questions from the MC, Joe Harsel.

The annual 4th of July Springdale Children’s Parade featured an anniversary flair when four original owners — Peg Concepcion, Shirley Gutberlet, Nancy Walton and Helen Shanks — led the parade carrying Springdale banners. The Memorial Day 5K also included a nod to the 50th when all participants received a commemorative T-shirt designed by race organizer Kristina Marcus.

Over the past year, Springdale has also been giving back to the community, with a Home and Garden Tour in May which raised more than $2,000 for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.

Cindy Stevens, chairwoman of the event, explained her vision for the tour, saying “being so grateful for living in this beautiful community, I thought ‘paying it forward’ would be a good way to start our anniversary year.” Later this month, the residents of Springdale will continue to “pay it forward” and volunteer 50 hours of community service at Warren Elementary by repainting the Warren Cub's Paw Prints on the driveway.

The conclusion of the 50th anniversary celebration will be the evening of the annual Luminary and Caroling at the Bonfire in December. In addition to the key folks already noted for their contributions, the planning committee also included Ruth Morris, Ro Curran, Joanne Baldanza, Leslie McIntyre, Jane Obaza, Kathy Scheulen and Lisa Benson.

Springdale truly is a neighborhood worthy of a yearlong celebration. It’s a place of good neighbors, idyllic childhoods, lifelong friends and folks who return to raise their own families in the same community. Here’s to another fabulous 50 years!

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