Farm-City celebration kicks off with Farm Walk at Clark's Elioak Farm

The annual Howard County Farm-City Celebration gets underway Saturday, Sept. 17 from 80 to 9:30 a.m. with a free farm walk along the hayride path at Clark's Elioak Farm that is open to individuals and families.

From Sept. 17 to Oct. 2, the Farm-City Celebration gives the public an opportunity to visit a number of local Howard County farms and organizations to celebrate the county's more than 200 years of rich agricultural history.

"Taking time to visit farms and farmers' markets to meet your local farmers is important to knowing where your food comes from" said Kathy Zimmerman, an agricultural marketing specialist with the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

Clark's Elioak, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Larriland Farm, the Living Farm Heritage Museum, Howard County Conservancy, Sharp's at Waterford, Tridelphia Lake View are among the county farms, organizations, schools and libraries that are hosting Farm-City Celebrations events.

With more than 55 Farm-City Celebration programs to choose from during the 14 day festival, there is something for everyone — composting at Sharp's farm, pick-your-own apples, beets, broccoli and spinach at Larriland Farm, shopping at the Howard County Farmer's Market at St. John's Episcopal Church and listening to historic Ellicott City resident and folk singer Tony McGuffin entertain kids on Teddy Bear day at Clark's Elioak.

For more information and a complete listing of Farm-City Celebration events, go to the Howard County Economic Development's website at then click "Agriculture" followed by "7th Annual Farm-City Celebration to Kick Off Harvest Season" and finally "Farm-City Celebration brochure". Look for hard copies of the brochure in Howard County libraries.

Here's a great excuse to head to Baltimore Sept. 23 — where the new indie/pop-rock band Alice Anna will be headlining at Rams Head Live.

The band consists of Centennial High School friends and graduates Josh Jones (lead guitar), Michael Marx-Gibbons (drummer/songwriter), Daniel Strauch (frontman/piano/songwriter) along with Nate Grimes (guitar), of Jacksonville, Fla., and Hunter Schafer (bassist), of Baltimore.

Alice Anna has a unique blend of both soulful and edgy sounds coming from a very passionate and impressive group of musicians. Check out their music videos on This is Howard County homegrown talent at it's best.

For ticket information for Alice Anna's Rams Head Live Baltimore performance, go to the venue's website at To learn more about the band, go to its website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking for a local book club to join? Barnes and Noble at Long Gate Shopping Center hosts a free monthly book club for adults. According to the book store, approximately 15 to 20 people attend each session. The next meeting is Sept. 22 at 7 pm. No reservations needed, just drop by if you are interested. For more information, call the store at 410-203-9001.

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