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Art of storytelling is focus of event at Howard County Conservancy

Art of storytelling is focus of event at Howard County Conservancy

Nora Crist had no way of knowing that the summer of 2006 would be her last opportunity to work alongside her grandfather, former state senator James Clark Jr., on his prized 540-acre farm.

Now owned and operated by her mother, Martha Anne Clark, the rolling acreage at Clarksville Pike and Centennial Lane in Ellicott City had long been the place where Crist, then a rising college sophomore, felt most at peace.

That fateful season at Clark's Farm over nine years ago – which culminated in the August death of the elder statesman and longtime farmer at 87 – looms large in Crist's decision to make her living from the land and forms the basis for a personal story she will...

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