Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Playing Catch-Up


Let’s take a moment to get caught up here.

This photo of the Columbia Flier building, included in the Baltimore Business Journal article about the new RFP, was taken by Howard County photographer Scott Kramer. Kramer is a Photographer/Videographer/ Multimedia Specialist for Howard County Government.

Photo credit: Scott Kramer

Often when I really like photographs of local scenes or events, Mr. Kramer was behind the lens. Like these, for instance:

Photo credit: Scott Kramer

Those photos were taken at the Chrysalis in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in June of 2019 for the annual Columbia Orchestra Pops Concert. Mr. Kramer was on hand to cover the event and the series of photos he took really capture the essence of celebrating community joy for arts in the park.

Speaking of The Park, the 2023 season is about to begin. Make sure you’re on their email list to get updates moving forward. Here’s what April looks like:

Our season begins with A Salute to Souza: March with the March King by Maryland Winds on April 22.  Join us for free family pre-concert activities at 4:15 before the concert.  On April 23, Downtown Columbia Maker Faire returns!  Join us along with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Labratory and Howard County Recreation and Parks for a day celebrating STEAM and creativity!  On April 29, join HCPSS for Jazz in the Woods, headlined by the Navy Commodores - the premier Navy Jazz Band. On April 30, start off with a ticketed 1 mile color fun run/walk and then a free celebration of the South Asian holiday of Holi and community performances.

I reached out to Beverly Meyers, Kings Contrivance Village Manager, for more information about their Open House Event for new residents. She said it is something they have hosted periodically over the years.  Using information supplied CA, they were able to send out welcome letters. COVID put that process on hold and they are eager to restart it again. 

About the address for the event - - it was on the original flyer but Facebook cut it off. It has now been corrected.

In honor of yesterday’s glorious Spring day I highly recommend this photo series in the Howard County Times:

Spring Weather in Howard County, photos, Jeffrey F. Bill, Baltimore Sun Media 

This one caught my attention:

Photo credit: Jeffrey F. Bill

Aaron Botkin from Columbia (left) takes video of Everette Medina from Halethorpe, as he attempts a skateboard jump at the Lakefront at Lake Kittamaqundi Monday april 10, 2023. 

Ahh, skateboarders. Remember them? I had to smile a bit when the announcement of the new lakefront library drew this response from a commenter on Facebook: 

Make lakefront a skate spot again. BUILD A SKATE PARK!

There have been so many truly uncharitable (and some nonsensical) online responses to the library announcement that I found this one to be rather refreshing. Long live the passion and persistence of Columbia/HoCo skateboarders. We wouldn’t be as interesting without them.

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