Maple festival offers a bit of everything [North Laurel/Savage]

Howard County Times

Happy Birthday, America! If you are still looking to celebrate be sure to check out the Maple Lawn Street Festival on Saturday, July 7 from 4 p.m. until after the fireworks. There will be plenty for everyone to enjoy including live bands in the Entertainment Pavilion. The Kids’ Zone will include a Moonbounce, inflatable slide, face painting, temporary tattoos and balloon animals. Vendors will sell food, treats and crafts. It is recommended that you leave your pets at home because of the July heat and the noise of the fireworks. The rain date will be Sunday, July 8.

Bingo continues throughout the summer at the Savage Volunteer Fire Company Hall at 8521 Corridor Road. The next event is scheduled to be a on Saturday, July 21. Doors open at 5 p.m. for 7 p.m. games. Admission is $20 in advance and $22 at the door, if spaces remain. Twenty games and door prizes are included. A 50/50 raffle, King Tut and additional games at $5 for three cards will all be available. Advance tickets can be ordered by calling 301-725-6409 or 301-604-2468 or by emailing Provide your name, phone number and number of tickets you would like to order. Remember to park in one of the two parking lots behind the firehouse. The next Bingo Night is scheduled for Sept. 15.

While many students were preparing for summer vacation, Reservoir High School student Nishtha Gupta was one of two students representing the state of Maryland in the National History Day competition held from June 11 through 14 at the University of Maryland. Nishtha’s individual website project about the Iran Hostage Crisis was chosen at the school, county and state levels to move forward so she was ultimately able to compete at the national level. The theme for this year’s competition was Conflict and Compromis. Nishtha told me that she chose the topic related to this theme because she had never heard of the Iran Hostage Crisis and was curious about it. She is also interested in United States relations with countries in the Middle East. If you don’t remember or have never heard of it, the Iran Hostage Crisis was “an event that lasted from Nov 4, 1979, to Jan. 20, 1981. It was when 66 U.S Embassy employees working in Tehran, Iran, were taken hostage by Iranian revolutionaries. They were held for 444 days, but were released after the signing of the Algiers Accords,” according to Nishtha. Her website is full of details, quotes and photos from this time in our nation’s history. Feel free to go to her site It is titled “The Iran Hostage Crisis: The Breaking Point in U.S. - Iran Relations.”

I expect you will learn something new as well as be impressed by Nishtha’s thorough research on this topic. She also told me that while she didn’t win the national competition, she was “extremely grateful for the opportunity and learned so much.” She also said, “I really enjoyed participating in the competition. This project was especially fun to work on since I love making websites. This was my third and last year doing National History Day and I am very happy to have made to Nationals.”

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