Saturday, June 24, 2023

Errata All Around

Some corrections today.

In HoCo Holler: CARY HoCo and the Pride Prom” I gave credit to CARY HoCo for the County’s first ever Pride Prom.

Today’s HoCo Holler! goes out to CARY HoCo for advocating for, organizing, planning, and putting on Howard County’s first ever Pride Prom for LGBTQ+ youth in the Howard County schools.

Upon reading the Sun’s coverage of the event I realized I had gotten it wrong. I thought I was right, and I was kinda, sorta right. But I was wrong nonetheless.

‘I can look around and see kids like me’: Howard County school system hosts inaugural ‘Pride Prom’, Ethan Ehrenhaft, Baltimore Sun

The Pride Prom was an initiative of the Howard County School System, under the leadership of Danielle DuPuis, HCPSS’s first LGBTQIA+ initiatives specialist. DuPuis worked with CARY HoCo and the Howard County Office of Human Rights and Equity to make the Pride Prom happen. 

My apologies to DuPuis for not completing the kind of double-checking I should have done to get my story right. I spend plenty of time every day researching things that are new to me for the blog but I didn’t take that extra step here because “I thought I knew.”

It’s important to give credit where it is due. A personal HoCo Holler! to Danielle DuPuis. Belated, but heartfelt.

Speaking of double checking, I’ve noticed a couple of similar errors around town recently, probably a result of the “I thought I knew” syndrome.

Take a look at this post from Downtown Columbia Partnership. 

Downtown Columbia hosts many great events throughout the year!
Wine in the Woods will be held this weekend at Merriweather Post
Pavilion's Symphony Woods.

Oops. Symphony Woods does not belong to Merriweather Post Pavilion. You knew that, right?

Wine in the Woods is an initiative of Howard County’s Department of Recreation and Parks. It takes place in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, which operates under the auspices of the Inner Arbor Trust. You know, the place with the Chrysalis. 

Photo credit Village Green/Town², taken at Jazz in the Woods, 2023

I’m not quite sure how that post happened but thankfully Philip Dodge corrected it once I brought it to his attention. 

Alas, here we go again. This one appeared on Instagram from the account of Visit Howard County.

Gather your crew for the perfect girls’ day out at Merriweather Post Pavilion!

Friends, this picture was not taken at Merriweather Post Pavillion. It was take in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. The place with the Chrysalis. The event was “Celebrez en Rosé” on Sunday, May 28th, 2023. Take a look.

I can’t explain why two organizations whose sole purpose is to promote Columbia and Howard County, respectively, got the same thing wrong. But I do know what it’s like to publish something without double-checking because “you think you know.” (Let he who is without sin, as they say.)

Nina Basu and the staff at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods worked very hard with leadership for each of these events to make sure everything ran safely and smoothly. Large events like these require an immense amount of planning and coordination. 

Rather like the Pride Prom, eh, Village Green/Town²? 

It’s important to give credit where it is due. It’s also important to admit when you are wrong and correct your errors.

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