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No moss grows under Art Boone's feet [West Friendship]

Some folks really know how to make an entrance. Take Art Boone, local history buff and long time West Friendship renaissance man.

Back in 1980, when Art was headed for his company picnic at Nixon's Farm on Route 32, he made quite a splash with his fellow Baltimore Aircoil Company employees when he parachuted onto the grounds of the iconic Nixon's.


Boone retired from Aircoil in 1996 after 31 years of service there. Few of his former co-workers will forget his grand entrance of a parachute jump that amazed all in attendance. The photograph depicts the area of West Friendship at the intersection of Routes 32 and 70 as seen from the air in 1980.

No moss grows under the feet of active Art Boone who may be retired, but continues to play music at area events, write for the Rusted Plow Newsletter of the Antique Farm Machinery Club and keep history alive through his stories and anecdotes of old West Friendship.


Eric Fiege, reporter for the West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club is busier than ever this summer. Fiege is prepping for the Howard County Fair with baking and food preservation projects, as well as an educational beekeeping exhibit.

During the June meeting, his club members gave project talks on the topic of swine. Guest master gardener Kent Phillips spoke to the gathered 4-H members on winter vegetable farming and all its techniques and procedures.

Grace, beauty, poise and friendship. Just a few of the attributes which the members of Ballet Mobile share with their audience. The residents of Fair Haven in Sykesville are to enjoy the traveling ballet troupe's performance of Summer Ballet on July 19 at 2 p.m. The dance troupe brings the joy of music and dance through "house call performances" to those who cannot get out to experience the arts. A treasure, indeed.

Speaking of theater, don't miss the Olney Theater production of Mel Brooks "The Producers". The lively musical features a rollicking good time. Olney Theater is another gem of our local community with summer shows always a hit. Go to the website at for information on the season.

The annual Pow Wow comes to the Howard County Fairgrounds this weekend with hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 11 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 12. The festive Parade of Nations is set for noon on July 11.

Billed as a festival of Native American dancing, singing, storytelling, crafts and food and customs this event often draws large crowds. For more information on the Pow Wow, call Barry Richardson at 252-532-0821 or email Barry at