After storm recovery, Heigh family and Jenny's Market back in business [West Friendship]

The Heigh family has been an integral part of West Friendship for more than three decades. In recent years the family business known as Jenny's Market has become a glittering jewel in the rural crown of West Friendship.

Almost a year ago on June 29, 2012, when the fierce and furious winds of the "derecho" pummeled West Friendship, Jenny's Market was hit hard. While most families in our community dealt with downed tree limbs and debris galore, the Heigh family home was damaged mightily.

Not skipping a beat, the damage to the farm market was undone by the hard work of this amazing family. Thus, the signature "come on" signs, which direct passers by to the local farm stand, are back in place — fruits, vegetables, jams, relishes, potted plants and a family long rooted in the soil of this region.

Make sure to stop by Jenny's Market at East Ivory Road in West Friendship. Jenny's is open every day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"Help!" That's the plea from volunteer Suzy Hill, who seeks helpers, volunteers and folks willing to pitch in for the historic and annual Clarksville Picnic, which is sponsored by the St. Louis parish every year. This year marks the 135th anniversary of the community picnic.

Suzy is looking for volunteers who can help out with games, food stands, the dining tent and a myriad of opportunities. The picnic is on June 29. Call Suzy at 443-253-1054 or register online at

The community is invited to join the Friars of the Shrine of St. Anthony on June 15 from noon to 9 p.m. The Friars are celebrating the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua with a full roster of activities. All talks and events are free. Food is available for purchase, but visitors are also welcome to bring picnics, chairs, blankets and the like. For a full listing of the day's events go to the website at The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

Bette Hoover, Nancy Preuss and Rosemary Davis invite community members to join in a summer solstice celebration at Eden Valley, 5085 Green Bridge Road in Dayton, on June 22, 2-9 p.m.

The "Crones Celebrating Solstice" event includes a workshop, vegetarian pot luck super and a solstice fire circle in the woods. For information or to register, email edenvalley@verizon.ent or call 410-531-5610.

Come out to the Howard County Fairgrounds on June 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or anytime in between, to view some fabulous equestrian action.

The Maryland Western Horse Association will host another show with barrel events, speed classes, Western and English classes, cake walk, jumping events, pony ring sessions, young toddlers being led by their parents during lead line competitions and more.

Becky Novotny, long-time supporter of the association, notes that food is available and the event is great for spectators of all ages. Pony or horse owners are welcome to bring their animal for the varied competitions.

The Maryland Western Horse Association exists to promote good sportsmanship and horsemanship. For information, call Becky Novotny at 410-531-7113 or email

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