Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Project for kids — build 'fairy houses' in the woods

The Howard County Conservancy offers a great range of programming for all ages, and this month it is trying something new: a special "Wonder Walk for Little Tots."

Bring the youngest members of the family out on Saturday, July 28, at 10 a.m. to create "Fairy Houses: Magic in the Woods."

Florence Miller and Audrey Suhr will help youngsters turn natural materials — acorn caps, moss, bark, pebbles and more — into inviting, fantastical retreats for fairies. Although all are welcome to attend, this free program is geared especially toward children ages 4-10.

The Conservancy's address is 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Woodstock, and the phone number is 410-465-8877. In case of rain, go to for more information.

Traditions are the glue that hold communities together, and one of the longest-running in our area is the annual Woodstock Festival, now in its 97th year.

Hosted by St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Catholic Church at 10800 Old Court Road, in Woodstock, the festival features a family-style fried chicken and ham dinner (complete with homemade potato salad and coleslaw, local corn, and fresh tomatoes), plus a secondhand sale and games of chance.

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, Aug. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. The dinner costs $13 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call 410-461-5267.

Of course, a different type of Woodstock festival — the historic 1969 Music & Art Fair — helped shape the lives of many youth from that era.

The Glenelg High School class of 1972 will be celebrating its 40th reunion this year and would like to reach as many classmates as possible to reminisce about "everything from Woodstock to Watergate, from concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion to girls protesting for the right to wear pants to school."

The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, at Circle D Farm, in Woodbine. Want to learn more? Go to, or call Ann Jones at 410-461-6869.

Save the date, too, for Success in Style's annual Pink Bag Lunch fundraiser, on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Great Room at Savage Mill.

The luncheon, which includes networking, shopping, prizes and an inspirational fashion show, provides an opportunity to support the SIS mission — helping local men and women in crisis become employed and self-sufficient.

Tickets cost $50; to order, go to Email to learn about sponsorship opportunities, or email to inquire about vendor tables.

Do you know someone in need of grocery assistance? The Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry will open this Saturday, July 21, from 9 to 10 a.m., at 13900 Burntwoods Road.

Those who would like to request assistance but wish to remain anonymous can call the church at 410-489-7260, and the food pantry will prepare bags for pickup at the front office during regular business hours. Email with any questions.

The group 24 Karat Rock ( will take the stage during this week's installment of the Sykesville Concert in the Park series, and next week's performance will showcase local talent from the Let There Be Rock school in Columbia (

The concerts are free every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Millard Cooper Park, on Springfield Avenue near Route 32. Parking is also free at Sykesville Middle School.

For more information, go to, or contact Main Street Manager Ivy Wells at or 410-795-8959.

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