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Howard County's Diversity Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex (MAC)
5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Howard County Government strives to foster an environment that welcomes and values diversity within the County. Diversity Day allows us to come together and encourage respect, harmony and tolerance, increase understanding of contributions made by persons from a variety of ethnic and cultural groups, and enhance and strengthen communication among County employees. To celebrate that diversity, Howard County Government is sponsoring a Diversity Day for its employees.

Come enjoy an array of ethnic food, entertainment and homemade arts, crafts and goods!

Please be sure to obtain permission from your supervisor to attend and ensure that coverage for your office is maintained throughout the duration of the event.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

Order of Performances

  • 9:40 a.m.      Patsy's Honky Tonk Torch and Twang Band - Patsy Stephens and The Hall Brothers perform classic country and honky tonk music, mixing it up with other styles such as a little Western swing, rockabilly, 50's and 60's rock ‘n’ roll, a few jazz standards and plenty of Patsy Cline! Band members include Patsy Stephens on vocals, Chick Hall, Jr. on electric guitar and vocals, Chris Hall on electric bass and vocals, Tommy Auldridge on pedal steel, and Mike Toole on drums. The band as nominated by the Washington Area Music Association in 2014 for a Wammie for Best Country Band (Chick won yet another Wammie for Best Country Instrumentalist that same year) and in 2015 for Best Country Vocalist (Patsy), Best Country Band, and Best Country Instrumentalist (Chick).
  • 10:40 a.m. Claudia Solomon (Latin Vibe Dance) - Latin Vibe Dance is a new, energetic style where participants move to the beat and sounds of Afro-Caribbean-Latin melodies. The only prerequisite is a love of movement and openness to international music and dance. 
  • 11:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony - Featuring Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Council Chairperson Mary Kay Sigaty, Master of Ceremonies Andy Barth, a musical performance by Paul Thompson and Howard County Departments of Police, Fire and Rescue Services, and Corrections and Howard County Sheriff's Office Joint Color Guard
  • 11:50 a.m. Bittersweet Girls - A mother daughter duo from Ellicott City, who love good music from any genre and time period. The duo performs a variety of “sweet little songs” with tight harmonies, fun rhythms and handmade ukuleles.  
  • 12:25 p.m. Mark H. Rooney (Japanese Drummer): An Introduction to Taiko, the Art of Japanese DrummingThis interactive program features the performance of both traditional and contemporary songs and rhythms and explores the instruments, the use of one’s voice in Taiko, and a bit of history and Japanese vocabulary, as well. Performances include the chance for volunteers to get up and try their hand at playing the BIG drums. Mark has been a Taiko student, teacher, performer and collaborator for the past 18 years all around the U.S., Japan and Europe.
  • 1:00 p.m. Sam Tucker (Line Dancing) - A certified Line dance instructor, Sam will be leading a few beginner dances at Diversity Day with participation from the audience.  
  • 1:35 p.m. Christylez Bacon (Progressive Hip-Hop Artist) with William Wytold Lebing (Six-String Electric Cellist) - Remixing the Classics, this program merges the contrasting worlds of Classical and Hip-Hop music in a collaborative musical program featuring GRAMMY nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon and six-string electric cellist, William "Wytold" Lebing. Traditional elements of hip-hop, such as human beatbox, rhyming and storytelling are blended with classical compositions of composers like Bach, Vivaldi and Pachelbel.
  • 2:05 p.m. Performances End


  • Bee Design and Fashion – Plus sized clothing
  • BeeHavin – Natural lip balm
  • Carolyn’s Fashions “Gifts of Inspirations” – Clothing and purses
  • CookieLuv – Cookies and cupcakes
  • Forever in Photo – Calendars and photos
  • KLizCreations – Cutting boards, wine glass holders, wine bottle stands, coasters, wall art, etc.
  • Kwadwo Yeboah – African art
  • Made on Main – Jewelry 
  • Neat Nick Preserves – Preserves and jellies
  • OudLux – Soaps 
  • Rivka Leah Art & Music – Original paintings, prints and knitted items
  • Jewelry by Robin – Handcrafted jewelry
  • Sanober Azam – Henna tattoos and Indian costume jewelry
  • Spice Makes Nice – Spice mixes from around the world

Informational Booths

  • ARC of Howard County/Project Search
  • Columbia Association
  • Cruise Planners
  • FIRN
  • Howard County Arts Council
  • Howard County BikeShare
  • Howard Community College
  • Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
  • Howard County Health Department
  • Howard County Office of Community Sustainability
  • #OneHoward

Food Trucks

  • 2 Bold Chefs & Mediterranean
  • 2 Bold Chefs & Burger Plus+
  • Anegada Delights
  • Holy Crêpes
  • Jolly Pig
  • Kona Ice of Howard County
  • T&J Waffles


Parking is available in the front, side and rear of the building. Additional free parking is also available in the Meadowbrook Park and Long Gate Park & Ride parking lots. A short quarter mile walk along the park’s pathway system, located west of the tennis courts, will take visitors to the MAC. If possible, we encourage attendees to carpool. 

In addition, a shuttle service from various County Government offices buildings will also be provided. See below for details.

Shuttle Schedule (George Howard Building)

Depart Howard Building  Arrive Meadowbrook Athletic Complex Depart Meadowbrook Athletic Complex Arrive Howard Building
 9:30 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 9:55 a.m.
10:00 a.m. 10:10 a.m. 10:15 a.m. 10:25 a.m.
10:30 a.m. 10:40 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 10:55 a.m.
11:00 a.m. 11:10 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 11:25 a.m. 
11:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m.  11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.
12:00 p.m. 12:10 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 12:25 p.m.
12:30 p.m. 12:40 p.m. 12:45 p.m. 12:55 p.m.
1:00 p.m. 1:10 p.m. 1:20 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule (Dorsey Building)

 Depart/Arrive Dorsey Building #1 Depart/Arrive Dorsey Building #2 Arrive Meadowbrook Athletic Complex Depart Meadowbrook Athletic Complex
9:45 a.m. 9:50 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:05 a.m.
11:15 a.m. 11:20 a.m.  11:30 a.m. 11:35 a.m.
11:45 a.m. 11:50 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:05 p.m.
12:15 p.m. 12:20 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 12:35 p.m.
12:45 p.m. 12:50 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:05 p.m.
1:15 p.m. 1:20 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 1:40 p.m.
1:50 p.m. 1:55 p.m    

Shuttle Schedule (Gateway Building and Patuxent Woods)

Depart Gateway Building  Depart Patuxent Woods Arrive Meadowbrook Athletic Complex Depart Meadowbrook Athletic Complex Arrive Patuxent Woods Arrive Gateway Building
 9:30 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 9:55 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. 10:25 a.m.
10:30 a.m. 10:40 a.m. 10:55 a.m. 11:00 a.m.  11:15 a.m. 11:25 a.m.
11:30 a.m.  11:40 a.m. 11:55 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 12:25 p.m.
12:30 p.m.  12:40 p.m. 12:55 p.m. 1:00 p.m.  1:15 p.m.  1:25 p.m.
 1:30 p.m. 1:40 p.m. 1:55 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule (Recreation & Parks' Headquarters and Ascend One Building)

 Depart Rec & Parks Depart Ascend One Arrive Meadowbrook Athletic Complex Department Meadowbrook Athletic Complex Arrive Ascend One Arrive Rec & Parks
 9:30 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 9:55 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. 10:25 a.m.
10:30 a.m. 10:40 a.m. 10:55 a.m.  11:00 a.m.  11:15 a.m.  11:25 a.m. 
11:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m. 11:55 p.m.  12:00 p.m.  12:15 p.m.  12:25 p.m. 
12:30 p.m. 12:40 p.m. 12:55 p.m.  1:00 p.m.  1:15 p.m.  1:25 p.m. 
1:30 p.m. 1:40 p.m.  1:55 p.m.  2:30 p.m.  2:45 p.m.  3:00 p.m. 

Diversity Day 2017

Hundreds of employees attended the last Diversity Day on October 4, 2017 and enjoyed an array of ethnic food, entertainment and homemade arts, crafts and goods!  To see highlights of Diversity Day 2017, visit https://youtu.be/zvN6FUn1nT0.