Sykesville designated as 2014 National Main Street [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, helps communities maintain and revitalize their historic districts and sets 10 performance standards that act as benchmarks for measuring success. These standards encompass areas like budgeting, planning, preservation and community involvement.

Each year, the Department of Housing and Community Development/Main Street Maryland works with the National Main Street Center to evaluate local programs and award national accreditation to those that meet all 10 standards.

Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center, explains that "accredited Main Street programs create vibrant communities by using a comprehensive strategy to preserve their historic character and revitalize their commercial districts, which helps make these great places to work, live, play and visit."

Congratulations to the Town of Sykesville for earning 2014 National Main Street designation.

Ivy Wells, director of economic development and Main Street manager for Sykesville, says, "We are extremely honored to have received this accreditation again this year. We are fortunate to have a strong team."

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The Woodstock Festival at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church has been going strong now for 99 years. Folks enjoy harkening back to a simpler time, with country fair-type activities and, of course, a delicious fried chicken and ham supper with traditional picnic fixings. Carryout is available.

Mark your calendars now for this summer's event: Saturday, Aug. 9, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 11, and the address is 10800 Old Court Road, in Woodstock.

Call 410-461-5267 for more information, or go to

Register now for Howard County's fifh annual Film Feastival, scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, 6-8:30 p.m., at Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike. This event helps celebrate the role of local foods in our community and serves as a kickoff event for both Love Local Restaurant Weeks, July 21 through Aug. 4, and the Buy Local Maryland Challenge, July 25 through August 2.

The evening will begin with a sampling of local farm-fresh dishes and will also feature music, educational booths, a small farmer's market and short films highlighting the importance of local agriculture and Chesapeake Bay conservation.

Although the event is free, advance registration is required at, and guests will be invited to make donations at the gate in support of the Howard County Food Bank. Call 410-313-2707 with any questions.

To learn more about Howard County's Love Local Restaurant Weeks, go to

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