3 ways for Harford County families to enjoy the arts in July

Howard Magazine

We’ll soon welcome the long, lazy days of July, when the excitement of summer vacation begins to wane and cries of “I’m bored!” start taking over.

Fortunately, summer is full of visual, musical and cinematic pursuits to keep the whole family entertained, from concerts in the grass to movies that won’t break the bank.

1. Get your groove on. 

July days might be steamy, but mellow evenings offer prime opportunities to enjoy the outdoors — and a few tunes. Several local spots, including Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton and the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, host weekly outdoor concerts that appeal to music lovers of all ages.

“The Groovin’ in the Grass summer concert series has become one of Ladew Gardens’ most popular events of the year,” says concert manager Elizabeth Cook. “Where else can you enjoy a wide variety of great live music in a gorgeous garden setting?”

The Ladew lineup includes a wide range of musical styles, from Latin band Mambo Combo to roots group Charm City Junction.

Groovin’ in the Grass concert series
Sundays, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., June 18-Aug. 6. Ladew Topiary Gardens. 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. $5-$15. 410-557-9570. ladewgardens.com.

Maritime Museum summer concert series
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., June 7-Aug. 16. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace. $10. 410-939-4800. hdgmaritimemuseum.org.

2. Go gallery hopping.

Local galleries give budding connoisseurs chances to get up close and personal with artistic works. Small galleries dot the county, and some offer kid-friendly programming.

At Liriodendron Foundation gallery, this summer brings exhibits from local artists who visit the gallery and chat with guests during open house hours. Through July 12, the Foundation is also hosting a kid-friendly exhibit of Hopi Indian Kachina dolls that have been hand-carved and painted by Harford County Council President Richard Slutzky.

“They are colorful and somewhat whimsical,” said Liriodendron manager Leslie Dohler. “They are traditionally given to children to help them learn about the
different spirits of their culture.”

The Liriodendron Foundation
Open house hours are Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., and Wednesdays,1 p.m.-7 p.m. 502 West Gordon St., Bel Air. 410-879-4424. liriodendron.com.

3. Take in a flick.

All summer long, Regal Cinemas in Abingdon is hosting Summer Movie Express. Every day at 10 a.m., the theater will screen two different family-friendly flicks — and tickets are just $1.

The lineup changes each week and includes recent classics like “Trolls,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “The Lego Batman Movie.” Over the course of the summer, the Summer Movie Express deal will feature 18 different family movies.

Summer Movie Express
June 27 to Aug. 23. 10 a.m. daily. Regal Cinemas, 409 Constant Friendship Blvd., Abingdon. $1. 844-462-734. regmovies.com.

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