Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Aug. 3-5)


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include First Fridays events in downtown Bel Air and Havre de Grace, Outdoor Movies in Shamrock Park Friday night, the St. Mary’s Church Peach Festival Saturday and outdoor concerts at Jerusalem Mill Village and Ladew Topiary Gardens on Sunday.


Thursday, Aug. 2

Edgewood Farmers Market, Aug. 2

Edgewood Farmers Market  3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday in the MARC Train station in Edgewood.

Z-Time Trivia at Applebee’s, Aug. 2

Z-Time Trivia at 8pm on Thursday (every Thursday) at Applebee’s.

Friday, Aug. 3

City of Havre de Grace to dedicate mural painted by local artist Shawn Forton, Aug. 3

The City of Havre de Grace this Friday plans to dedicate a mural local artist Shawn Forton painted on the side of the city’s abandoned train station. The dedication is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Juniata and Warren Streets. According to a press release sent along by the city’s Office of Marketing and Tourism, Forton’s artistic inspiration attracted support from throughout the community. Members of the Havre de Grace Susquehanna Hose Company, whose firehouse sits just behind the mural’s location, worked with Amtrak to gain permission for Forton to paint the old train station’s north side wall. Passersby donated money and gift cards as Forton worked on his mural. A social media campaign drew attention to Forton’s work as well. Vulcan Materials, which owns the Havre de Grace Quarry, helped out by cleaning up the area around the mural and landscaping with stones and Black-eyed Susan’s donated by Jason Faulkenstine of Grace Harbor Nursery Sales. During Friday’s ceremony, Havre de Grace Mayor is scheduled to present the artist with a proclamation on behalf of the City of Havre de Grace.

First Fridays in downtown Bel Air, Aug. 3

This week’s First Fridays, presented by Advanced Eye Care – Lisa K. Feulner, M.D., Ph.D. and M&T Bank features the band Cryin’ Out Loud, sponsored by Boyle Buick GMC Truck. Plus, it’s a double-header with the Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park, featuring “Cars 2” sponsored by Bel Air AutoBody, kicking off at sunset (after First Fridays)! Be BUSY, Be Local, and Be A Part Of It!


Outdoor Movies in Shamrock Park, Aug. 3

The Downtown Bel Air Alliance presents “Cars 2” as its Outdoor Movies feature at dusk Aug. 3 in Shamrock Park. The movie and popcorn is free. Bring something to sit on. Entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at sunset. For details, visit

First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace, Aug. 3

At Havre de Grace’s First Friday’s event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, enjoy extended shopping hours, lively street performers, and a special First Fridays offer at every participating merchant! First Fridays! FREE entertainment for the entire family whether its making crazy balloon hats with NOTHIN’ UP MY SLEEVE ENTERTAINMENT or making memories with friends as you go from tavern to restaurant for happy hour specials and excellent dining. Enjoy First Fridays! every month on the first Friday of the month. For details, visit:

Kabbalat Shabbat – Tefillah, Aug. 3

At Chabad of Harford County, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening we welcome peace and tranquility into our lives to last the week. With the use of spiritual insight we can turn a prayer book into a reflective inclusive experience filled with humour, meaning, song and niggun chant. Get comfortable and enjoy the experience. For more information, visit This event is at Chabad of Harford County, 1543 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015.

Aberdeen Farmers Market, Aug. 3

Aberdeen Farmers Market is open 3 p.m. until 7 p.m on Fridays in Festival Park at 60 N. Parke St. featuring Hickory Chance Farm’s Angus cross beef, Keyes Creamery ice cream and cheese, herbs, flowers, heirloom vegetables, baked goods, seasonal produce, handmade furniture, bird houses, hanging flower baskets, dog treats and many more vendors. For information call 410-272-1600.

Magic the Gathering: Friday Night Magic, Aug. 3

Every Friday Night ..Washington Street Books in Havre de Grace hosts Friday Night Magic. Known for being “Magic the Gathering’s Premier Store in Harford County”. They host events every Friday starting at 6:00 pm. Washington Street Books is at 131 North Washington Street, Havre de Grace, Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 4

Harford County Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting for Darlington-Dublin, Aug. 4


Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane is to hold a Town Hall Meeting for residents of the Darlington-Dublin area on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company. The purpose of the meeting is to develop cooperative partnerships within communities and address community quality of life concerns. Topics to be covered include crime statistics, community crime trends and community issues and concerns. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. The fire company is at 2600 Castleton Road in Darlington.

Care for Africa Soccer Clinic, Aug. 4 is hosting a Care for Africa Soccer Clinic Aug. 4 at Cedar Lane Regional Park with former Baltimore Blast Star Adrian Bumbut. The clinic is to be held 10 a.m. to noon at the park at 1100 Cedar Lane in Bel Air. is an organization that provides support and awareness of the drought crisis in East Africa. To register for the Care for Africa Soccer Clinic, visit For details:

Bel Air Farmers Market, Aug. 4

The Bel Air Farmers Market has opened for this season. Stop by between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the parking lot of the Mary Risteau Courthouse off of Thomas Street and S. Bond Street.


Havre de Grace Farmers Market, Aug. 4

The Havre de Grace Farmers’ Market will be open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon at its location downtown on Pennington Avenue. For information on the Havre de Grace Farmers’ Market, contact Rory White of the Havre de Grace Main Street Organization at 443-250-5443 or visit

Shabbat Day Services, Aug. 4

At Chabad of Harford County, 10 a.m. services on Aug. 4 are traditional and conducted in Hebrew, with readings in English. In reality each individual among us knows how he or she best communicates with G-d. At Chabad the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance. For more information, visit This event is at Chabad of Harford County, 1543 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015.

St. Mary’s Church Peach Festival, Aug. 4

St. Mary’s Church Peach Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the church at 1 St. Mary’s Church Road in Abingdon. The festival is to feature Broom’s Bloom ice cream, fresh peaches and baked peach goods, family games, pit beef, hot dogs, vendors and artists and tours of the church.

Sunday, Aug. 5

Water Walk at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Aug. 5

Water Walk at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center at 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Hike in the woods and the creek. For ages 5 to adult. Cost is $2. Registration is required. call 410-612-1688 or 410-879-2000, Ext. 1688.

Ladew Topiary Gardens Summer Concert Series Groovin’ in the Grass, Aug. 5

Ladew Topiary Gardens Summer Concert Series Groovin’ in the Grass features the band Donegal X-Press Sunday, Aug. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the garden’s Great Bowl. This high-energy, six-piece outfit has gained praise and fans from New York to Ireland, Baltimore to Nashville, and beyond. DXP blends a unique combination of traditional Irish music with American country and blues, folk and rock, rhythm and funk. Tickets are  available at the door: members $7, adults $15, seniors (62+) and students $13, and children (ages 2 -12) $3. Bring Picnics, blankets and chairs. Pets, alcohol and athletic equipment are not allowed. Food and refreshments are available for purchase. Call (410) 557-9466 and press 5 to check for weather cancellations. Ladew Topiary Gardens is at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton. For details, visit

Friends of the Jerusalem Mill Summer Concert Series, Aug. 5

The Friends of the Jerusalem Mill Summer Concert Series features the classic Rock ‘n Roll band Great Train Robbery at 6 p.m. tonight (Aug. 5) in the Meadow at Jerusalem Mill Village. Concert will be held rain or shine. Call 410-87-3560 for alternate concert location in the event of rain. The concert lasts about two hours Bring your own seating. Sunshine Grille will be the food vendor at the concert. For more about the Great Train Robbery, visit Tickets are $7 for non-members, $5 for members and seniors and $5 for children ages 13-16. Children 12 and under are free.

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Tuesday Farmer’s Market, Aug. 7

The Tuesday Farmer’s Market is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 33 S. Main Street every Tuesday in downtown Bel Air, next to the Main Street Tower Restaurant at the site where the former BB&T bank stood. Vendors are expected to include Belvedere Flowers, Broque Hydroponics, Golden Grain Bread Company, Grandma Whitley’s Creations, Hickory Chance Beef, Keyes Creamery, RoCocoa Finales, Richardson’s and Wilson Mill Orchard. For more details, visit

13th Annual Children’s Christian Musical

Interested in performing this summer? The 13th Annual Children’s Christian Musical still has openings for interested performers. Practices are at Prince Of Peace Church, 1110 Old Fallston Road. in Fallston. The musical is free for all who participate and free for all who attend the show. Practices are weekly during the summer, ending with a performance at local school or auditorium in the fall. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Newcomers are encouraged to try something new; experienced performers are given the opportunity to share their talent. The musical raises money for charities through sponsorships in its program. The charities include A Place Called Hope, a non-profit for families of children with cancer, and Mission I Care, a Christian nonprofit helping orphans and vulnerable children locally and internationally. For more information, contact Kim Christ 410-879-4996, email:

MD State BBQ Bash, Aug. 10


This year’s MD State BBQ Bash is scheduled for Friday, August 10th, 4-10pm and Saturday, August 11th, 12-10pm.  This year, The Bash is celebrating its 11th year of being one of Maryland’s BIGGEST and BADDEST barbecue competitions.  You can expect the same great event featuring live music from amazing local bands and a few Nashville acts on the WXCY 103.7 FM Main Stage, award winning Q from amazing and award winning food vendors, world class barbecue competition from our 55+ professional teams and 30+ amateur teams competing for more than $15,000.00 in cash and prizes, a ton of great crafters and exhibitors, Harford County’s BEST Beer & Wine Garden featuring Sam Adams and Natty Boh, the Little Piggies Fun Zone, and so much more!  This annual event draws nearly 25,000 people to Downtown Bel Air from across the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast.  It is hosted by and benefits the Bel Air Downtown Alliance.  The Alliance was launched in 2001 through a partnership between business owners and interested citizens looking to enhance and preserve Downtown Bel Air’s appearance, traditions, community identity, and economic stability. The Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer organization, and through its ambitious and wide-reaching efforts, the Alliance is creating a vibrant business community and visitor friendly destination in Downtown Bel Air.

Oak Grove Classical Christian School Open House, Aug. 11 & 13

Oak Grove Classical Christian School invites you to its open house Saturday, Aug. 11 from  10:00am – 12:00 pm and on Monday, Aug. 13 from  7:00pm – 9:00pm. Learn about curriculum and methodology, visit classrooms, and ask questions.  You will also have the chance to meet with the administrators and several of the teachers. The school is located on the campus of Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2106 East Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015-4908.  Please invite friends who may be interested in the school. If you would like more information beforehand, please email our office or call 410-838-1333 for a tour.


Historic Tudor Hall open for tours Aug. 12 & 26

Bel Air’s historic Tudor Hall, home of the prominent theatrical Booth family that included Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, will be open again for tours on  Aug. 12 & 26. The property and first floor of the Gothic Revival cottage will be open at 1 p.m and again at 2 p.m. Tudor Hall is at 17 Tudor Lane in Bel Air. Tudor Hall will also be open Sept. 9 & 23, Oct. 14 & 28. Suggested donation of $3.00 for those age 13 and older. The gift shop includes books which delve into the absorbing history of the Booths. Read more about its history at and For more information: 443-619-0008 or

Ames United Methodist Church and APG to host Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams in concert honoring wounded warriors, Aug. 18

Ames United Methodist Church in Bel Air is teaming with Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program to host a gospel concert featuring Grammy and Dove-winning artist Yolanda Adams, Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the post theater, located at 3245 Frankford Street (Bldg. 3245).   The concert pays tribute to wounded warriors in Maryland. For details, visit:


5th Anniversary of the “Dancing for the Arts” fundraiser, Sept. 15


Harford community leaders have been named to participate as dancers for the 5th Anniversary of the “Dancing for the Arts” fundraiser, and this year, Principal of Patterson Mill Middle/High School Wayne Thibeault will be representing HCPS. The event will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. at the Bulle Rock Residents’ Club. The dancers will showcase their ballroom dancing talents and compete for top honors. The public will be able to help choose the Top Fundraising Award by going on-line to to vote for their favorite dancer by making a donation to the Center for the Arts (1 vote = $1). The money raised will help sustain the Center for the Arts as they move forward to build a regional Center for the Arts in Harford County. Good luck, Mr. Thibeault!

Mt. Carmel Chapel’s Blesssing of the Animals, Sept. 16

Mt. Carmel chapel is holding its third blessing of the animals on Sept 16th and is looking for people who might have ducks, chickens or any animals that they might want to bring. They’ll have a free space to talk with people about their animals. The event starts at 5 p.m, but people come around 4 p.m. to see the animals. Veterinarians and animal rescues will also be represented. Anyone interested in participating can contact Denise H. McGhee at 410-652-4099.

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