Fans gather to celebrate legacy of Dorsey Speedway [Elkridge]

About 200 racing fans gathered throughout the day on Aug. 16 to celebrate the history of the Dorsey Speedway in Elkridge.

The Dorsey Speedway was off of Dorsey Road from 1952 to 1985. It held races on Saturday nights as well as special events on Friday nights.

Generations of Elkridge families raced there; and former drivers, families, children of former racers and fans had a great time catching up with each other at the event.

Sponsored by the Elkridge Heritage Society, the gathering featured a lot of memorabilia, cars and memories shared. The Dorsey Speedway was a big part of a lot of local peoples' lives. Many families gathered every Saturday night to support their favorite drivers and many drivers were from the Elkridge area.

The shared feeling overtone of the gathering was that the Dorsey Speedway was missed, both for the friendships it fostered and the valuable part it played in Elkridge's heritage.

Organizers hope to make the Dorsey Speedway gathering a yearly event to continue the fellowship that the raceway offered. Dorsey was a dirt track and, according to Sandy Baker, an event organizer and former employee of the Dorsey Speedway, "Once you go dirt racing, it is in your blood."

The Aug. 16 gathering was the first reunion of the Dorsey Speedway Society that Mrs. Baker can recall and was considered "a great success."

For local environmental activists who missed the Aug. 21 meeting at the Elkridge Library, you can still catch up with the Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy on Sept. 10 at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City.

The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy is holding a series of information sessions to highlight its Master Watershed Steward certification program. The academy is looking for innovative problem-solvers who are interested in serving their community by preserving and improving water quality at the local level.

Under the auspices of the Howard County office of the University of Maryland Extension, the academy is a training program that empowers residents to improve the water quality of local streams. Through a series of classes and community-based activities, concerned citizens learn how they can spearhead individual and community efforts aimed at reducing the harmful effects of polluted stormwater runoff into local streams, which eventually makes it way to the Chesapeake Bay.

The academy's next session will commence on Oct. 7. Concerned citizens can learn more at the information session Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Miller Branch Library at 7 p.m.

If you like movies, come enjoy "Despicable Me," rated PG, at the Elkridge Branch Library on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and there will be free popcorn and drinks. For more information, call 410-313-5077.

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