Every summer, the Baltimore-based Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. brings its magic to Ellicott City's Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.

The park is home to the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute, a circa 1837 Greek-revival building originally designed as a finishing school for women. Each season the CSC builds a new show set among the PFI's stabilized ruins and landscaped grounds creating an unique ambiance for al fresco summer shows.


The current Chesapeake Shakespeare Company-In-The-Ruins show is William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" directed by Lizzi Alber.

Now through Sunday, July 23, the show runs every Thursday through Saturday from 8 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (no show on Thursday, July 7).

Ninety minutes before each show, the park gates open for picnicking. You may bring food, drinks and adult beverages for your picnic dinner. Bring your own blanket or eat in one of the 200 folding chairs set up for the show. For an additional charge, reserve picnic tables (up to six people) or a table for two located behind the chair section. Rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All Sunday shows are family-fun days with pre-show child-friendly activities in the park from 4:30 to 6 p.m. including music, face painting, costume dress-up, storytelling and games. And there's more — each paying adult ticket holder is eligible to obtain two free children's tickets (ages 18 and under).

In addition to family fun events, the Sunday, July 16 performance will offer discount tickets and a salute to veterans, active-duty members and first responders. At the same show, adult singles can attend through a special show package with Mixolo, an activity group for solo adults, that starts with a tasting at The Wine Bin at 3:30 p.m., followed with a Georgia Grace Cafe picnic meal at reserved tables in the PFIH park. For the show's final performance, Sunday, July 23 at 4:30 p.m., support Historic Main Street's recovery during the Taste of EC with snacks and other items for sale in the park.

For more information and to purchase advanced tickets, go to http://www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com and click the shows link or call the box office at 410-244-8570 on Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Another place to hear the sounds of summer is at Turf Valley Towne Square every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8p.m.. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a free outdoor concert.

For July, the concert series includes, July 6, Baltimore Rockabilly; , July 13,Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddy's;July 20, Downtown; July 27, Anthology.

Calling all movie fans. In the historic downtown district, The Wine Bin hosts a free, family-friendly summer outdoor movie series in the parking lot of its 8390 Main St shop. The July movie line-up includes July 8 , "Fantastic Beasts," July 15 "Slumdog Millionaire," July 22, "The Thin Man" and July 29, "La La Land." Bring a chair, grab a beverage from the Bin, purchase your dinner from a Main Street restaurant and relax while taking in a movie. Popcorn will be available for sale with proceeds donated to a worthy cause. For more information, go to www.winebinec.com/event/movie-night-wine-bin