Can't make it to a dude ranch this summer? Come out to the Howard County fairgrounds on June 17 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 that is family friendly from mane to stirrup. Association board member Becky Novotny of West Friendship wishes more area folks were aware of all the Western and English horse riding events that are available for local spectators.

The show begins in the morning and continues through the afternoon 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.

All this horsing around takes place at the Howard County fairgrounds, where there is plenty of free parking.

Novotny 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 among owners and exhibitors.

Summer horse shows will also be held at the Howard County fairgrounds on July 22, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9. The association encourages learning, friendship, family participation and fun. Now that's a code worthy of a blue ribbon.

For information, call Becky Novotny at 410-531-7113 or email her at bluepony21@verizon.net.

And the winner is ...

Once again the theater department at Glenelg Country School, under the stellar direction of Carole Lehan, has been awarded Best Musical during the awards ceremony for the Baltimore Cappies on May 20.

This marks the third year in which Glenelg Country has received such honors. "Pippin," which was produced at Glenelg Country School in early March of this year, was the musical which garnered the great award.

I saw this show and could not believe the fantastic production values and top notch acting, singing and choreography. The show was so moving that I ordered the CD of the soundtrack to re-live the magic of such a great production.

Brian Hoyson as Pippin was nothing less than spectacular. Brian was awarded Best Male Vocalist during the Baltimore Cappies presentation.

Congratulations to Glenelg Country School for this wonderful honor.

Mark your calendar for the second annual yard sale and flea market to be held at Eyre Bus,Tour and Travel on June 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizer Angie Elswick promises deals galore. The community is invited to come on out to Eyre's parking lot at 13600 Triadelphia Road, where tables will be laden with treasures, household items, toys, sports equipment and assorted flea market finds.

Long time Howard County residents will never forget the three-day period in June of 1972 when a steady downpour of ultimately 14 inches of rain resulted in what will long be remembered as Tropical Storm Agnes.

Much of Main Street in the historic district of Ellicott City was underwater. The Welcome Center at 8267 Main St. in historic Ellicott City will be the spot to see a photographic and video memory montage of the destruction which was caused by Agnes.

Howard County Tourism and Promotion will present the exhibit on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., during the month of June.

Flag Day is June 14. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, sitting in Philadelphia, adopted a resolution declaring, "That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation."

Many things have changed since 1777, but not the love of our flag. Hope you see more than a few "stars and stripes" flying in the breeze.