Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Sept. 27-30)


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include the fourth annual Harford Plein Air Festival on Friday and Saturday, the Harford County Wine Festival at Rockfield Manor also on Saturday, and an Estonian art exhibit and dance performance at The Liriodendron Mansion on Sunday.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Talk: Estonia and Maryland – An Evolving Friendship, Sept. 27

The Liriodendron Mansion is hosting a talk: Estonia and Maryland – An Evolving Friendship from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 27. It accompanies the exhibit “Relationships” – the first ever international art exhibit to be held at the historic Liriodendron mansion which continues through Nov. 4. Featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, and textiles from artists in Bel Air’s sister city, Narva, Estonia, along with a photo exhibit and silent film depicting life in Estonia in the early 1900s, the exhibit celebrates Maryland’s deep and rich history of cooperation with Estonia. Estonia is a land of mystery – as famed for its ancient history and deep forests as it is for its cutting edge technology. Despite a legacy of foreign rule and decades behind the Iron Curtain, Estonia is now a leading force in economic freedom and civil liberties. Dr. Stephanie Hallock, Coordinator for Global Education and Engagement at Harford Community College, and Tina Zimmerman, Professor of Nursing, as well as other members of the Bel Air – Narva Partnership Committee will share insights into Estonia’s unique culture and enduring heart. Come learn about this country of contradictions, including Maryland’s cultural and educational exchange with Estonia, featuring highlights of a recent trip by a team of three nurse educators and six Harford Community College nursing students to provide HIV education to over 625 high school students in Narva. The talk is free, but reservations are required. To reserve your space, email or call 410-879-4424. This event is supported by a grant from Maryland State Arts Council through Harford County Cultural Arts Board, by a grant from Harford County, MD, and by the Town of Bel Air.  The Liriodendron Mansion is at 502 W Gordon St, Bel Air, MD 21014, USA map 

Friday, Sept. 28

Phoenix Festival Theater to perform “The Addams Family” Sept. 28-30

Phoenix Festival Theater is to perform “The Addams Family” Sept. 28-30 at Harford Community College’s Chesapeake Theater. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything changes for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. or 443-412-2211

Harford Plein Air Festival’s Nocture Paint Out Reception, Sept. 28

The Harford Plein Air Festival comes to Havre de Grace and Bel Air this weekend. It starts Sept. 28 with a Nocture Paint Out Reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Cultural Center at the Opera House, 121 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. To register, visit Then head out to watch the juried artists paint from 7pm-11pm! Artists are coming to town as part of the Harford Plein Air Festival, an annual juried plein air painting competition and art sale in Harford County hosted by the Maryland Center for the Arts. Artists from all over the U.S. apply to be accepted into the festival, so they can paint to compete for prizes and sell their artwork in a gallery sale. Free and Open to the public but registration is requested.

Harford Plein Air Festival’s Collectors’ Preview party, Sept. 28

The Collectors’ Preview party is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St. in Bel Air. The Harford Plein Air Collectors’ Preview Party is a great way to get your first dibs on the painting you want for your home! The paintings will be of the beautiful outdoor views of Harford County: farms, natural parks, harbor towns, city street views, rivers and inlets to the Chesapeake Bay, etc. Meet and talk with the juried artists (see the full list on while enjoying hors d’oeurvres and beverages. Michael Skalka, Conservation Director at National Gallery of Art, will judge paintings for awards in several categories. Tickets: $35 per person, and they count towards the purchase of a painting! Get your tickets in advance at

Half-Off Fridays! at the Lutheran Mission Society Hickory Compassion Center, Sept. 28

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.

Hays-Heighe House open house, Sept. 28

The Hays-Heighe House is open 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of most months. The Hays-Heighe House is at Harford Community College, 410 Thomas Road in Bel Air. For details call 443-412-2539.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Harford County Wine Festival, Sept. 29

The Harford County Wine Festival takes place 1 PM – 6 PM Sept. 29 at Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Road, Bel Air. The festival brings hundreds of wines from around the world right to your palette in a fun, lively atmosphere. Our festival offers live music all day: The Klassix, Chasing Friday & Under the Covers. Talented vendors and exhibitors, amazing discounts on all featured wines, delicious food, an Oktoberfest beer garden, an exclusive VIP area and so much more! Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate. For details, visit

Harford Plein Air Festival’s Quick Draw Competition, Sept. 29

Artists of ALL AGES are invited to sign up to paint in the outdoor Quick Draw Competition, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 8am to 1pm for the chance to win awards and sell their artwork in an outdoor art sale. The Quick Draw Competition focuses on painting city street views in the Town of Bel Air. Pre-registration online is strongly encouraged. All artists must bring their own art supplies including a standing easel, paints, brushes, blank canvas, and frame for their canvas. Blank canvases must be stamped at the check-in table from 8am-9am on Office St to validate their participation. The painting period is from 9am-11pm in designated areas in downtown Bel Air, followed by awards judging and outdoor art sale on Office St. from 11am-1pm. Don’t miss this fun outdoor event for the whole famiily! For details, visit

Bel Air Farmers Market, Sept. 29

The 2018 Bel Air Farmers Market is open for the season. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays April 14 through November 17 at 2 S. Bond St. in downtown Bel Air. The market features locally raised produce, fruit, organic produce, fruit & cheese, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, shrubs & plants, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, artisan breads, dog goodies, ice cream, honey, herbs and more! For details, visit

Havre de Grace Farmers Market, Sept. 29

The HdG Farmers Market is open 9 am to Noon on Saturdays beginning May 5 and continuing until November 18th. For details, visit

Sunday, Sept. 30

Traditional Estonian Folk Dance and Music at The Liriodendron Mansion, Sept. 30

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 The Pillerkaar Estonian Folk Dancers of Washington DC and The Baltimore Washington Estonian Singers (Baltimore Washington Eesti Segakoor), will delight you with an afternoon of traditional Estonian dance and choir music. Come experience the colorful costumes, lively dances, and moving music and discover why music and dance are so important to the Estonian people’s history and culture. Tickets $10. For tickets or more information, email or call 410-879-4424. This event is supported by a grant from Maryland State Arts Council through Harford County Cultural Arts Board, by a grant from Harford County, MD, and by the Town of Bel Air. The Liriodendron Mansion is at 502 W Gordon St, Bel Air, MD 21014, USA map 

Coming next . . . 

Harford Business Network happy hour/fundraising event, Oct. 1

Harford Business Network is sponsoring a happy hour/fundraising event at Alecraft Brewery on Monday, October 1, 2018 from 5-8pm. Tickets are only $5 and include a ½ price beer ticket and food from Vagabonds.  There will be great prizes and raffles including a $500 Visa gift card raffle sponsored by Lee Tessier realty. All proceeds support Habitat Susquehanna. For details, visit

Author Tim Junkin to visit Abingdon Library, Oct. 2

Harford County Public Library will host Tim Junkin, the 2018 One Maryland One Book author of “Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence,” on October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Abingdon Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Bingo Wednesday nights at Prince of Peace Church, Oct. 3

Bingo every Wednesday night at Prince of Peace Church located at 2600 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood Md. Doors open at 6 pm. Bingo starts at 6:45 pm.  We also have several different pull-offs, lightning bingo and a $700.00 jackpot.  Refreshment are available.  Cost of bingo is $15.00.  For additional information contact Joe at 443-504-2829.

Estonia Film Screening: The Singing Revolution, Oct. 5

The Liriodendron will screen the documentary film “The Singing Revolution” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 5. Learn about the country’s history of occupation and how music played a central role in overthrowing Soviet rule. Q&A with members of the Bel Air – Narva Partnership Committee. The first of these films – “The Singing Revolution” – is an inspiring account of how the Estonian people peacefully regained their freedom from decades of Soviet Occupation through song. Q&A with members of the Bel Air – Narva Partnership Committee will follow the film. Suggested donation $5 – Please contact or call 410-879-4424 for more information or to reserve your seat. The Liriodendron Mansion is at 502 W Gordon St, Bel Air, MD 21014, USA map

First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace, Oct. 5

First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace is 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Enjoy a family-friendly, festive celebration on closed downtown streets.  Live entertainment, cafe seating, merchant specials and more! For details, visit

Scotty McCreery to perform at APGFCU Arena, Oct. 6

Country music’s award-winning singer Scotty McCreery is hitting the APGFCU Arena stage at Harford Community College in partnership with WXCY FM Country Radio. Tickets, which start at $25, go on sale on Friday, July 20. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, at 7:30 PM; doors open at 6 PM. Tickets will be available at, the HCC Ticket Office in the Chesapeake Center, or 443-412-2211. All venues are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Patrons requiring special seating arrangements may purchase accessible seating online at or by calling the HCC Ticket Office at 443-412-2211.

“Harvest of Quilts”, Oct. 6 & 7

The Flying Geese Quilt Guild of Harford County presents its “Harvest of Quilts” show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Chenowith Activity Center at 1707 Fallston Road in Fallston. Parking is free. Tickets are $10 for a two-day admission. Children ages 6 yo 11 are $4. For details, visit The Flying Geese Quilt Guild of Harford County

Kitty Quarter Auction, Oct. 6

Best Friends in Harford County, a non-profit working to control the community cat population of Harford county, is hosting a Quarter Auction on October 6th at Newport Terrace in Forest Hill. The event is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 23 Newport Drive. It includes raffle items and a 50/50 drawing. For details:

HCPS College & Career Fair, Oct. 10

Students and their parents are invited to attend the annual HCPS College & Career Fair on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Harford Community College APGFCU Arena. For details, visit

Family Fun Bowling Fundraiser, Oct. 13

The Ben’s Wish Foundation is hosting its second annual Family Fun Bowling Fundraiser 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Forest Hill Lanes, 1 Maurice Dr., Forest Hill. Cost is $125 per lane for six people. Rental shoes are included in the price. Email To purchase a lane. Proceeds go to supplies to create care and bereavement packages for helping families in their greatest time of need. Ben’s Wish Foundation, Inc. was founded in memory of Benjamin Walker Denton who died at seven and a half months old. For details, visit

Estonian Film Screening: To Breathe As One, Oct. 19

The Liriodendron Mansion will show the documentary film – “To Breathe As One” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 19. It follows the California-based Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir as its members prepare to participate in the Estonian song festival, Laulupidu, and discover the unique role the song festival has played in Estonian history and its independence. The film will be hosted by Slava Konovalov, Direktor of the Narva Pähklimäe Gymnasium school and former Deputy Mayor of Narva, along with members of the Bel Air – Narva Partnership Committee. Q&A will follow the film. Suggested donation $5 – Please contact or call 410-879-4424 for more information or to reserve your seat. This event is supported by a grant from Maryland State Arts Council through Harford County Cultural Arts Board, by a grant from Harford County, MD, and by the Town of Bel Air. The Liriodendron Mansion is at 502 W Gordon St, Bel Air, MD 21014, USA map

8th Annual Comic Con at Bel Air Library, Oct. 20

Harford County Public Library’s 8th Annual Comic Con, a celebration of all things nerdy, will be held October 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bel Air Library, 100 East Pennsylvania Avenue. All Comic Con activities are free of charge. For details, visit

Trunk or Treat at Trinity Lutheran Church, Oct. 24

Join us 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. October 24th, for a Trunk or Treat at Trinity Lutheran Church. There will be carnival games, music, food, face painting, prizes and more!  Admission is free!  We are located at 1100 Philadelphia Road, Joppa, MD 21085.  There will be a kids’ costume contest and best decorated vehicle contest, so feel free to express your creativity, but please keep it family friendly.  Anyone 16 or older with a vehicle may register their vehicle, but must provide pre-packaged candy or treats to hand out.  If you are interested in registering a vehicle, please email Ben Lander ( with your name, contact info, theme and vehicle description.

10th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Spooktacular, Oct. 27

The annual race run in memory of a Harford County native who was killed in 2008 by a distracted tractor-trailer driver who was texting returns to Harford Community College Oct. 27. 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. A Halloween-themed activities area, for children ages 10 and younger accompanied by an adult, will be open 8 to 10 a.m. It will feature a carousel bounce house, crafts, face painting, balloon art, a costume contest, pumpkin coloring and more. Harford Community College is located at 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. For more information, visit or call 443-412-2449.

Ongoing . . .

Pictures at an Exhibition continues through Oct. 28

Harford Artists Association’s Pictures at an Exhibition exhibit continues through Oct. 28. The gallery at 37 North Main St, Suite 104 is open 11am-6pm Thursday through Sunday. For details, visit

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