Summer rocks with musical events and more [Clarksville]

Howard County Times

Summer is in full swing and so many wonderful events are taking place in our community. I hope you were able to attend the 140th annual Clarksville Picnic and the River Hill Annual Independence Day Parade, which are two of my favorite events in the area.

To keep the good times rolling, local musicians are invited to an open jam session at the Clarksville Commons on Thursday, July 5, at 7:15 p.m., sponsored by Everett Jewelers. All instruments, all ages and all skill levels are welcome to meet around the outdoor fireplace to play some tunes. Musicians will take turns leading lines and are encouraged to bring a few songs with simple chord structures so that others can play along easily. Send questions to

If you prefer listening to lyrics over making melodies, there are two upcoming opportunities to take in free live music on the Clarksville Commons plaza. Craig Cummings & the Wildcards will perform a concert on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. The band performs rock renditions of classic and contemporary songs and their original music drives listeners to get up and dance – or simply sit back and enjoy the show. Cummings, a songwriter from Baltimore, has performed in countless venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He uses his love of language, his strong voice and rhythmic guitar style to craft songs that depict first-person accounts of life’s twists and turns, spot-on depictions of contemporary characters and stories about love and loss. Other members of the Wildcards include Gantt Kushner on guitar, Jim Robeson on bass and Bob Berberich on drums.

The Dirty Grass Players will take the plaza stage on Friday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. The music of this band music straddles the gap between traditional and modern bluegrass with a forward-thinking sound that slides between simple tunes and inspired jams. Band members include Alex Berman on banjo and vocals, Ben Kolakowski on guitar and vocals, Alex Tocco on fiddle and vocals, Ryan Rogers on mandolin and Colin Rappa on bass fiddle.

How does your garden grow? My plants have been loving the rain but so have the weeds. You can learn how to manage both the weeds and the rain at two upcoming seminars. Columbia Association and Howard Community College will host a two-part “Weed Warriors” program on July 8, at the College’s Health Sciences Building, room 110, and in the field on July 29, at HCC’s Arboretum. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants who complete the training program will be certified to act as volunteer leaders and supervise volunteers in Columbia’s open spaces as they remove invasive weeds. To complete the certification process, applicants must attend both a classroom and a field training session. Register by calling 410-715-3000 ext. 2525 or emailing

Howard County Master Gardener Caroline Feil will present Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels at Home on July 11, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the community room of the Clarksville Commons. If you are curious about rain gardens or thinking about installing a rain barrel, check out this event. Feil will offer practical tips and suggestions that will be valuable to homeowners and gardeners looking to better handle storm water runoff. To register or for questions, please email

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