Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Sept. 30-Oct. 2)




Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include a performance by Forlorn Strangers at the Bel Air Armory on Friday, the Darlington Apple Festival and the Harvest of Quilts event at the Veronica Chenowith Activity Center both on Saturday.

Friday, Sept. 30

Forlorn Strangers performs at the Bel Air Armory, Sept. 30

Slate Ridge Entertainment, LLC has announced that it will be presenting Forlorn Strangers – An Album Release Concert at 8:00 pm on Friday, September 30th, at the Bel Air Armory. Demand for tickets to this performance has been overwhelming, but some excellent seating opportunities remain. Forlorn Strangers, including co-founders Hannah and Abigail Dempsey, from Bel Air, are an Americana, bluegrass quintet that has taken the music world by storm. Says The Pulse, “Frankly, the album and the band are breathtaking… Forlorn Strangers are the worthy 21st century successors to the likes of Seeger, Guthrie and the Carter Family.” They are a truly gifted and passionate group that combines impeccable musicianship, soul-stirring harmonies, and brilliant songwriting. They’ve just released their first full-length album, produced by the legendary Phil Madeira (who’s produced Alison Kraus, Emmylou, Harris, Steve Earle, Keb Mo’, and the Wood Bros., to name a few). Tickets are available at

Half-Off Fridays! at the Lutheran Mission Society Hickory Compassion Center, Sept. 29

Visit us at the Lutheran Mission Society Hickory Compassion Center for “Half-Off Fridays!” Our gently-used items (clothing, housewares, furnishings, etc.) are 50% off all day. (Some exclusions apply.) Everyone is welcome. The center is located at 2500 Conowingo Road, Hickory (Bel Air), MD 21015. Funds raised help support the LMS ministries. Go to for more information. Folks in need of help can come to the Hickory Compassion Center on Saturdays at 10:15 AM for a bag of groceries and some clothing for the family. Supplies are limited – first come, first served. Call 410-974-9296 for more information.

Car cruise-in at Lowe’s in Abingdon, Sept. 29

Car cruise-in 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Lowe’s, 414 Constant Friendship Blvd., Abingdon. The event is free. For details, call 410-627-0027.

Hays-Heighe House open house, Sept. 29 & Oct. 1

The Hays-Heighe House will host a free open house at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 at Harford Community College, 410 Thomas Road in Bel Air. For details call 443-412-2539.

Harford Artist’s Association presents Pictures at an Exhibition continues through Oct. 30

The Harford Artist’s Association presents Pictures at an Exhibition Sept. 2 through Oct. 30 at the gallery, 503 E. Churchville Road in Bel Air. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The juried and judged art show will host a reception and awards ceremony 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

Harford Artists’ Association Gallery is open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays

The Harford Artists’ Association Gallery is open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Bel Air. Become acquainted with the fine art of Harford County at this gallery, which hosts bimonthly shows that showcase fresh and captivating artwork at each visit. The gallery is currently located in the caretaker’s cottage of Rockfield Manor in Bel Air, but will move to 37 North Main Street, Suite 104 in Bel Air as of November 4. All displayed paintings in the gallery are for sale, as are designer jewelry, pottery and gifts.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Darlington Apple Festival, Oct. 1

The 30th annual Darlington Apple Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1. It runs along Shuresville Road from Main Street to Francis Silver Park. It is to feature fresh apples and baked goods including apple fritters, dumplings, crisps, cakes and butter. Children’s activities include scarecrow making, pony rides, figuring painting, temporary tattoos, sand are and hair paint. The festival is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bel Air.

Harvest of Quilts, Oct. 1

Harvest of Quilts, the bi-annual quilt show of the Flying Geese Quilt Guild opens at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Veronica Chenowith Activity Center, 1707 Fallston Rd. in Fallston. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children. More than 150 quilts will be featured along with a quilt raffle and sewing machine raffle.

Bel Air Farmer’s Market, Oct. 1

The Bel Air Farmer’s Market is held 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday through Nov. 19 in the parking lot of the Mary Risteau Courthouse off of Thomas Street and S. Bond Street. For details, visit

Havre de Grace Farmers Market, Oct. 1

The Havre de Grace Farmers Market runs Saturday mornings from 9 am to noon. The Market season starts on Saturday, May 7th. The last Market for the 2016 season will be Saturday, November 19th. The HdG Farmers Market is located in Hutchins Park at the foot of Congress Ave. For details, visit

Sunday, Oct. 2

Impressions of Harford and Beyond on Sundays through Oct. 23

Impressions of Harford and Beyond is Sundays, September 18 – October 23, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Liriodendron Mansion, Bel Air.  Learn things you won’t find in history or travel books at this can’t-miss event for art and adventure aficionados. Five “Friends in Art”—Robin Capecci, Barbara Kirchner, Alexandra Kopp, Barbara Love and Sandra Norris—will share their experiences in art and travel during this series of intimate presentations from the unique perspective of women artists.

Old Line Museum, Oct. 2

The Old Line Museum in Delta, Pa. is open 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Sundays through September featuring Pennsylvania history including a taste of Welsh language and food, slate splitting, quarry tour, and visiting an archaeological dig. The Old Line Museum is at 602 Main Street. For details, visit

Bill Shimek art exhibit, Oct. 2

An exhibit by artist Bill Shimek will be featured at 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at Liriodendron Mansion, 502 W. Gordon St., Bel Air. For details, call 410-838-3942.

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Lecture and Discussion at Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College, Oct. 4

Lecture and Discussion October 4 (Tuesday), 12:30-2 PM and 6:30-8 PM, Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College. Join us for “Springhouses of Harford County,” a lecture by local historians Henry C. Peden, Jr. and Jack L. Shagena, Jr. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Call 443-412-2539 or email to reserve a seat.

Game On: Who’s Smarter Than a 5th Grader? at Harford Community College, Oct. 4

Game On: Who’s Smarter Than a 5th Grader? October 4 (Tuesday), 6:30 PM, Harford Community College, Chesapeake Theater Come watch as prominent Harford County business leaders match wits with members of the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of Harford County and Winds of Leadership, helping to fund a legacy project in Harford County. or 443-412-2211

Blue Jeans and Bow Tie Community Ball, Oct. 6

The Homecoming Project, a Bel Air nonprofit that assists women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse, is hosting a Blue Jeans and Bow Tie Community Ball from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at Ripken Stadium. Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased by visiting or by mailing a check (noting donation, ticket and/or sponsorship level) to The Homecoming Project Inc., P.O. Box 1190, Bel Air, Md. 21014. For details:

First Fridays in Havre de Grace, Oct. 7

Enjoy a family friendly, festive celebration on closed downtown Havre de Grace streets starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Live entertainment, cafe seating, merchant specials and more! For details, visit

Harford Plein Air Festival, Oct. 10-15

The Harford Plein Air Festival is coming up October 10-15, countywide
Join artists from all over the country as they draw inspiration from the picturesque landscapes, bustling cityscapes, expansive woodlands, sprawling horse farms and historic gardens of Harford County to create art in the “open air.” 30 juried artists will compete for artistic awards; meet them and get the first chance to purchase their creations at the Collector’s Preview Party at Liriodendron Mansion on October 14 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. New this year: a timed, two-hour quick draw competition on Main Street in Bel Air on Saturday October 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Awards will be given to juried, non-juried and youth artists.

HCPS College & Career Fair, Oct. 11

Students and their parents are invited to attend the annual HCPS College & Career Fair on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Harford Community College APGFCU Arena. The fair modernizes college admissions, making the process easier and more cost-effective by bringing students, parents, counselors and colleges together at one location.  Last year more than 2,000 students and parents attended the fair! For details, visit

Maryland Fashion Exchange Fall/Winter, Oct. 13, 14 & 15

Maryland Fashion Exchange is hosting its Fall/Winter sale October 13, 14 and 15 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1200 E. Churchville Road in Bel Air. Maryland Fashion Exchange is a twice yearly consignment event featuring girls, juniors and women’s clothing sized 10 to plus. Welcoming consignors! Do you have clothing that is in great shape, but that you no longer wear? Consign it and earn extra money. You can also find shoes, bags, accessories, jewelry and decor in this three day sale. Visit for details. PUBLIC SALE! No need to consign to shop.
Thursday, October 13 9am to 7pm
Friday, October 14 9am to 5pm
Saturday, October 15 9am to 4pm. Saturday is Discount Day when many items are 50% off.

2016 Town of Bel Air Film Festival, October 13-15

2016 Town of Bel Air Film Festival, October 13-15, 2016 at the Bel Air Armory. Our mission is celebrating the art of filmmaking by offering a time and place to explore our shared humanity through visual images and open discussion. We are proud to present fascinating, high caliber films that might not have been seen in the area. Comfortable table seating is available. Tickets include a soda and popcorn, but feel free to bring your own snacks or blankets too! Don’t miss out on this fantastic event. Plan your attendance now. We look forward to seeing you! For details, visit

An Evening of Jazz at HCC, Oct. 14

An Evening of Jazz  October 14 (Friday), 8 PM, Harford Community College, Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1. Concert featuring jazz vocalist Kim Nazarian. or 443-412-2211

TwirlTasTix crafting day fundraiser, Oct. 15

A scrapbooking, crafting, sewing day fundraiser will be held Oct. 15 to support TwirlTasTix Baton Twirling Corps. The event is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Towson University Building at Harford Community College, 510 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, For details, visit Registration for TwirlTasTix baton and dance classes continues through October.

2nd Annual Havre de Grace Oktoberfest, Oct. 15

The 2nd Annual Havre de Grace Oktoberfest will be held in Hutchins Park on Saturday, October 15 from 2-7pm. Enjoy German food, beer and wine while listening to a Bavarian band and watching the Bavarian dance group of the Delaware Saengerbund. They will be performing in the colorful “Tracht” – the traditional costume patterned after the distinctive style of Miesbach in Bavaria. Free Admission. Bring the whole family for this family festive event!

African-American Democrats of Harford County monthly meeting, Oct. 18

Join the African-American Democrats of Harford County for our monthly meeting! We will convene at the Boxcar Restaurant in Edgewood (2131 Old Edgewood Road) at 6:30 pm Oct. 18 to discuss our upcoming events and various ways to get involved with AA Dems. Note: AA Dems meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Historic Grist Mill Tour at Eden Mill Nature Center, Oct. 22

Historic Grist Mill Tour at Eden Mill Nature Center on October 22 from 9-10:30AM for all ages. $3/member or $5/non-member. Learn about the history of the Mill at Eden Mill Nature Center with a guided tour. We’ll touch on the historic significance and role that Eden Mill played in the advancement of the local area as well as how select machinery operated during the milling process. Pre-Registration IS required: 410-836-3050 or

Flea market at UUFHC in Churchville, Oct. 22

Flea Market: Lots of inexpensive and fun items from 7 AM – 1 PM Oct. 22 at UUFHC at 2515 Churchville Rd., Churchville. $15 for a 10 x 10 spot. Vendors: to reserve a spot contact or just show up that day.

“The Amazing Race: The Atlantic Slave Trade Through the Pages of Book Art” artist talk, Oct. 23

“The Amazing Race: The Atlantic Slave Trade Through the Pages of Book Art” is on display at the Bel Air Library through November 13.
An artist’s talk about the exhibition will be given by Martha Edgerton on Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m. at the Bel Air Library. Edgerton spent 30 years as a conservator at Johns Hopkins and turned her skills to creating book art when she retired.

8th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk, Oct. 29

The 8th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk, presented by the Kent Schwab Allstate Agency, will kick off Halloween weekend on Saturday, October 29, at Harford Community College. On-site registration for the 5K takes place in the Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gymnasium from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m. Jamie Costello, an anchor at ABC2, will serve as master of ceremonies. For details, visit

 “The Freckle Fairy” book launch party, Oct. 29

Award-winning author, and former Harford County resident, Bobbie Hinman is celebrating the launch of her newest book The Freckle Fairy with a party at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Bel Air Barnes & Noble, 620 Marketplace Dr. For details visit:

2016 Harford County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Oct. 30

The Alzheimer’s Association invites the community to make a difference in the lives of the 100,000 Marylanders living with Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the 2016 Harford CountyWalk to End Alzheimer’s, taking place Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Harford County Equestrian Center (608 N. Tollgate Rd.) in Bel Air. For details, visit

The Liriodendron Art Gallery is open Sundays and Wednesdays, Oct. 30 – Dec. 11

The Liriodendron Art Gallery is open Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., October 30 – December 11, Bel Air. This fall, “Scapes” will grace the halls of the second-floor gallery of the historic Liriodendron Mansion. A series of oil paintings inspired by Silly Putty sculptures and scraps of realistic images, the overall collage effect of these works is intended as a reflection of digital age fragmentation by artist Cindy Mehr. While you’re there, stop by the fourth floor that serves as home to Liriodendron’s year-long exhibitions. Free admission.

“An Evening of Cocktails & Conversation” with New York Times-bestselling author Craig Parshall, Nov. 10

Harford County Bar Foundation will hold “An Evening of Cocktails & Conversation” with New York Times-bestselling author Craig Parshall on Thursday, November 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at One Eleven Main, 111 Main Street in Bel Air. Tickets cost $50 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, two wine/beer beverages, a non-alcoholic specialty drink and a Tyndale book (“The Third Target,” a J.B. Collins novel by Joel C. Rosenberg). A limited number of tickets are available and should be reserved by calling the Harford County Bar Foundation at 410- 836-0123 or sending a check (made payable to the Bar Foundation) to 17 West Courtland Street, Suite 130, Bel Air, Md., 21014. For details, visit

Bel Air Drama Company’s 2nd Annual Mystery BINGO fundraiser, Nov. 11

The Bel Air Drama Company is hosting their 2nd Annual Mystery BINGO fundraiser on November 11, 2016 at Bel Air High School (doors open at 6 pm; Bingo starts at 7 pm). Tickets are $15 each on-line or $20 at the door (while they last). Buy a group of TWELVE tickets and get your table reserved! Awesome baskets, raffles, door prizes and surprises. PLUS, a special tribute to honor our Veterans! Concessions will be available. All proceeds benefit the Bel Air Drama Company. For tickets go to

African-American Democrats of Harford County monthly meeting, Nov. 15

Join the African-American Democrats of Harford County for our monthly meeting! We will convene at the Boxcar Restaurant in Edgewood (2131 Old Edgewood Road) at 6:30 pm Nov. 15 to discuss our upcoming events and various ways to get involved with AA Dems. Note: AA Dems meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Dancing for the Arts at Maryland Golf and Country Club, Nov. 18 & 19

Dancing for the Arts is coming up November 18, 7:00 p.m. and November 19, 2:00 p.m., Maryland Golf and Country Club, Bel Air. Fans of “Dancing with the Stars” or ballroom dancing won’t want to miss this event, that pairs local “celebrity” dancers with professional ballroom instructors as they waltz, tango and foxtrot their way to raise money to help build a new Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25.

African-American Democrats of Harford County monthly meeting, Dec. 20

Join the African-American Democrats of Harford County for our monthly meeting! We will convene at the Boxcar Restaurant in Edgewood (2131 Old Edgewood Road) at 6:30 pm Dec. 20 to discuss our upcoming events and various ways to get involved with AA Dems. Note: AA Dems meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Ongoing . . . 

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