West Friendship: Howard County Fairgrounds will be buzzing with activity this weekend

There is all kinds of activity planned for the Howard County Fairgrounds this weekend.

The Suburban Maryland Home Show will set up shop Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 with exposition tables on just about everything a homeowner could be interested in. Kitchens, bathrooms, solar products, flooring, lighting, tile, sunrooms — you name it, they will display it. Hours for the show are Friday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free.


The Companions of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road are in for a very busy day Sunday, Oct. 2. This honors the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi and thus includes the annual Blessing of the Animals at the Franciscan Friars' beautiful setting. The Blessing of the Animals is set for 2 p.m. at the Shrine of St. Anthony Piazza. The event is free with only a request that all pets be on a leash or in a cage and accompanied by the pet's owner. The Franciscan Friars address is 12290 Folly Quarter Road. The phone number is 410-531-9200.

A few community reminders worth repeating. Just a reminder that a Red Cross blood drive will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 9 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, 12470 Old Frederick Road .Questions? Call the church office at 410-442-2020 to schedule a donation time.


A reminder from the gang at As You Like It Hair Salon. Last year during their second-ever "Cut-a-Thon" to benefit Climb for Hope, an organization which holds as its mission finding a viable treatment for cancer, owners Kara and Betsy Ford, raised more than $2,000.

This year, the third annual benefit Cut-a-Thon is set for Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the dynamic Betsy and Kara hope to raise even more. Door prizes, free samples, fruit delights from Icelandic yogurt and fabulous hair styles manicures, seated massage and more are on the agenda when the Ford's open the doors of their salon for the Climb for Hope event.

Don't wait to make an appointment as the news is spreading fast. All proceeds from the fund raiser will go directly to Climb for Hope and aid in the research of treatment for breast cancer. Call the salon and ask for Betsy or Kara at 410-442-2077 or go to the website

Say it's not so. The local farmers market scene is almost over. Don't forget our local farm markets. Every where you turn there is a reminder to "buy local." In West Friendship, that's become an easy task between the Glenwood Farmers Market, open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October and Jenny's Market on Ivory road just off of Route 32, open each weekend through the end of September.

The Glenwood Market includes honey, homemade breads, fall mums, jams and jellies and a cornucopia of local fruits and vegetables not to mention that incredible homemade carrot cake which made its debut several weeks ago.

While American fashion and style icon Ralph Lauren may boast of his 1955 Jaguar and his 1930 Mercedes Benz SSK, all part of his personal antique automobile collection, it is doubtful that he could have half as much fun preparing for a vintage car show then the folks over at the Glenwood Senior Center who are rallying this weekend with a car show bonanza.

According to Kate Tufts, one of the car show organizers, owners of the first 75 cars to enter the competition will receive a commemorative dashboard plaque. The annual Glenwood Car Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97.

Celebrity judges will be on hand to dole out trophies for Best in Show, Hot Rods, Modified Vehicles, Antique Classics and more. Vern Parker, former automotive writer for the Washington Times and Brian Robinson, the road test producer on Public Television's popular "Motor Week" program will act as guest judges.


Refreshments, raffles, prizes and a silent auction are in store. The action takes place rain or shine on the blacktop at the center. Proceeds from the fund raising event will benefit the programs at the Glenwood Senior Center.

Last year, more than 60 sleek vehicles were on display. Look for vintage automotive wonders compliments of Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald. If you would like to enter your car, registration is $18 per vehicle and may be paid by cash, check or credit card.

Questions? Call 410-313-5440.

Wanda Mathews has done a bang up job with all the myriad tasks associated with preparing for the annual Historic Ellicott City, Inc. Decorator Show House. This year, the dazzlingly decorated showcase is situated in Maple Lawn and the home, Holly Manor, is buffed and shining after more than 25 decorators finalized the finishing touches on Howard County's 27th Decorator Show House.

Mathews invites volunteers to act as docents and guides. If you would be interested, call 410-442-1703 or call the offices of Historic Ellicott City, Inc. at 410-461-6908. For information about tickets for the Show House, which runs through Oct. 23, go to the website at

Did you know that there is a college in your backyard? The University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Central Maryland Research and Education Center at 4240 Folly Quarter Road, invite the community for the annual open house set for Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Hay wagon farm tours, insect races, butterfly activities, hands on activities with horses, calves, cows and turtles, local farmers market vendors, food booths, educational and research displays and a Master Gardener plant clinic will fill up any nature lovers day. The family friendly event is free and will be held rain or shine.

Questions? Call 301-596-9330 or go to the website at