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July 2019 Tip Sheet

June 28, 2019

Media Contacts: 

Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412
Mark S. Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

Howard County Arts Council Exhibit Reception: Paint It! Ellicott City 2019 & Persona
Monday, July 1, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City

Join the Howard County Arts Council for a free reception for two exhibits: Paint It! Ellicott City 2019 and Persona. Paint It! Ellicott City 2019 features artwork created by juried artists during Paint It!, an annual plein air paint-out in Historic Ellicott City, Maryland. The juror for Paint It! Ellicott City 2019 is award-winning artist Nancy Tankersley. Persona features artworks by Oluwatobi Adewumi, Wynston Edun, Charlotte Mann and Leah Taylor. These four artists create expressive, figurative works which broaden the conversation on how portraiture can evoke persona.

Contact:  Coleen West, Executive Director, Howard County Arts Council, 410-313-2722,

July 4th Parades: River Hill, Longfellow, and Allview
Thursday, July 4

Join Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and come celebrate our nation’s independence with a 4th of July parade.

  • 20th Annual River Hill Independence Day Parade – This year marks the 20th Annual River Hill Independence Day Parade, and it’s going to be BIG! The parade will start at 9:00 a.m. and take place along Great Star Drive in the Village of River Hill. For questions or more information, contact the River Hill Community Association at 410-531-1749.  
  • Longfellow 4th Of July Parade – The 48th annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th Parade will take place rain or shine, at 10:00 am. It will travel from one end of Hesperus Drive to the other, and return to the school via Eliot’s Oak Road. For questions or more information, contact the Harper’s Choice Community Association at 410-730-0770.
  • Allview Area Community Association Independence Day Parade – The parade begins at noon and starts on Donleigh Drive at Atholton Park and the route goes west before turning sharp left onto Westleigh Drive then proceeds east to Greenleigh Drive, turning left and back to the park. For questions or more information, contact Michael Tompkins at 410-964-5764 or email


July 4th Fireworks Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., fireworks to start after dark; Rain Date for fireworks ONLY is Friday, July 5
Downtown Columbia Lakefront

Join Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and our Department of Recreation & Parks for a fireworks celebration honoring our nation’s independence. In addition to fireworks, the celebration includes food vendors and musical entertainment provided by Columbia Big Band. Fireworks start after dark and sure to impress. For event details and parking information, download the free “HoCo July 4th” app or visit

Contact:  Phil Bryan, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-1668 or  


Movie Night at the Wine Bin in July
See below for the July dates
The Wine Bin, 8390 Main Street Ellicott City

What better way to spend a summer night than at an outdoor movie in historic Ellicott City! Saturday nights, May 24th through September 28th, come enjoy a feature flick on the side of the Wine Bin. Beverages will be available for purchase and popcorn, treats and bottled water on hand to benefit Voices for Children of Howard County. Here is the list of movies to be shown in July:

July 6 – Wonder Woman (2017) 2 Hrs., 21 Mins. - PG-13 / 9:00 p.m.

July 13 – The Big Sick (2017) 2 Hrs. - R / 9:00 p.m.

July 20 – A Star Is Born (2018) 2 Hrs., 16 Mins. - R / 9:00 p.m.

July 27 –  Beauty And The Beast (2017) 2 Hrs., 9 Mins.  - PG / 9:00PM

For a full summer movie list, dates and times, visit
Contact:  Dave Carney, Owner, The Wine Bin, 410-465-7802,




Sunset Serenades
Wednesday evenings through August 7, 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City      

On Wednesdays between July 10 and August 7, enjoy this popular summer concert series.  The following groups are scheduled to appear in July:

July 10 – Rhythm Method (Funk, R&B, Soul)

July 17 – Jenee and Black Butterfly (R&B)

July 24 – Sonic Daze (Modern Rock)

July 31 – Columbia Big Band (Jazz/Swing)

The series is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic supper, rent a canoe or paddleboat and enjoy music in the park. Refreshments will be available for sale during Sunset Serenades, at the Centennial Park Adventure Shack. Also, at all Sunset Serenades concerts, the Community Action Council of Howard County, Inc. will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County Food Bank.


Traveling Bands
Various dates/locations through August 9

Enjoy these free concerts. The following groups are scheduled to appear in July:

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. – Barry Louis Polisar (Children’s Music)

The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Friday, July 26, 7:00 p.m. – Panama Rex (Buffet Tribute)

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland

Check out for the complete summer entertainment series schedule and more details.

Contacts: Karen Bradley Ehler, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4635,, or Danielle Bassett, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4634,


Coffee with a Cop
Thursday, July 11, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle (River Hill Village Center), Clarksville

Come meet face-to-face with HCPD's Community Outreach Officers in an informal and neutral space to discuss issues, ask questions and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. As always, coffee and conversation are on the house. For more information and/or questions, contact HCPD's Community Outreach Division at 410-313-2207.

Contact:  HCPD, Office of Public Affairs, 410-313-2236


African Cultural Experience: A Trip to Africa
Saturday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Carroll Baldwin Hall, 9035 Baltimore Street, Savage

African Cultural Experience presents “A Trip to Africa.” This festival celebrates diversity in our community by showing the unique arts, music, fashion, food, games, dance and folktales from various countries. Grab your FREE tickets, bring your appetites and your dancing shoes, and come take part in this cultural experience! For more information, visit

Contact:  Bilkis Ogbonna, Event Coordinator, 443-820-3677


Solar Fest
Saturday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Road/MD 99, Marriottsville

Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks has teamed up with the Howard Astronomical League for an evening of science, engineering, arts, crafts, games, demonstrations, astronomy and more. Come enjoy the many vendors providing interactive and dynamic STEAM activities geared towards kids 5 to 11 years old. The cost is $8 until July 5 and $10 after July 5th and pre-registration is required. To register and/or for more information, visit

Contact:  Danielle Bassett, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4634,


Christmas in July Maryland
Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (both days)
Howard County Fairgrounds Main Exhibition Hall, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship

Held rain or shine, this annual craft fair showcases a variety of vendors selling unique items for that perfect occasion. There will be raffles and giveaways, as well as a visit from Santa. Cost is $6.00 per day; kids under 10 are free.

Contact:  Chris Ignaczak, 410-320-5069,


26th Annual Howard County American Indian Pow-Wow
Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.
Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship

Sponsored by American Indian owned and operated company Pow-Wow, the 26th annual Howard County Pow-Wow/American Indian Show and Festival is an opportunity for the public to interact with American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists and crafts persons. The event also strives to educate the public about American Indians, past and present, through the arts. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, but the event will officially kick-off with a parade of nations (grand entry) at noon. To learn more, visit

Contact: (252) 532-0821 or   


Archaeology Lab Day
Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Heritage Program Office, 9944 MD 108, Ellicott City

For every hour spent doing fieldwork, archaeologists spend at least two hours in the lab washing, labeling and cataloging artifacts. Join members of the Upper Patuxent Archaeology Group to work with collections from different sites in Howard County. Bring your own artifacts in for identification or come with questions! For information about this FREE event, contact Kelly Palich at 410-313-0423 or email

Contact:  Kelly Palich, 410-313-0423,


2019 Lakefront Film Fest
Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28
Howard Community College, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
The Soundry, 10275 Wincopin Circle, Columbia

The Lakefront Film Fest celebrate multi-cultural independent films in Columbia, Maryland. This event will bring the artistry and excitement that only cinema can bring. With the beautiful area of Downtown Columbia as the backdrop, film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience over 40 new independent multicultural narrative features, documentaries, animation, web-series, short films and studio. For the film schedule visit: and click schedule tab.

Contact: Lakefront Film Fest, 1-443-305-9507,


Soulful Symphony: Slang
Sunday, July 28, 6:00 p.m.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia

Join Soulful Symphony’s for its second performance, “Slang.” Slang is an exploration of modern interpretations of classical music by groundbreaking and visionary composers. The program will include the world premiere of “Slang,” a new work by composer Darin Atwater, excerpts from Atwater’s “South Side,” “Symphonic Dances,” along with iconic works by George Gershwin and Andre Previn and more. Prior to the evening program, there will be a family-friendly Soulful Sound Park, welcoming kids and adults alike to hear stories with orchestra as Soulful transports eyes and ears to a magical submersion of costumes, song and dance.

Contact: Ian Kennedy, Executive Director, Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission, 443-741-1974,