Events Calendar

Experience the rich history, and the beautiful natural surroundings of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area! Participate in family-friendly educational programs, unique festivals, recreational adventures and cultural arts activities. Volunteer for one of our stewardship opportunities to plant trees, remove invasives or help in a stream cleanup. Check back often and follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings to help you engage in the Patapsco as never before!

 

Jun
16
Fri
The Tempest
Jun 16 – Jul 23 all-day
Summer outdoor theatre:  Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in-the-Ruins

Storm, shipwreck, magic: The Tempest is Shakespeare’s magnificent island fantasy.  The sorcerer Prospero conjures a tempest to lure  his brother, Antonio, and the Queen of Naples to his island exile. His intends to expose their treachery, for they have deposed him from his rightful position as Duke of Milan. Among his motives is his fatherly wish to ensure a proper future for his daughter, who is stranded with him on the mysterious island.  It’s a perfect and enchanting play for a summer’s eve in the park. Our Associate Artistic Director Lizzi Albert will direct The Tempest.

For more information and tickets, visit the website!

Jul
22
Sat
Basket Making Workshop: Comb Basket @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
Jul 22 all-day

Every colonial home had this small attractive basket, made especially to hold combs. Combs were very expensive, difficult to make and important grooming tools used to comb hair and remove lice. Expert basket weaver Joan Betzold will walk us through its construction. Basket materials supplied. Bring lunch, pencil, scissors, tape measure, bucket, towel, 12 clothespins or clamps.

Adults and teens
$40 per person
Advance registration required: 410-887-1081 or BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov

Jul
28
Fri
Banneker and Space Travel: Hidden Figures @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
Jul 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Banneker was one of the first African Americans who enjoyed math and studied the stars, but he certainly wasn’t the last. Enjoy the recent movie Hidden Figures that sheds light on the role of three African American female mathematicians involved in our effort to get an American into space in the 1960s, followed by a discussion connecting Banneker’s work to recent advancements in space exploration.
Adults and children 7+
FREE
Advance registration required: 410-887-1081 or BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov

Jul
29
Sat
Patapsco: Silent Witnesses to an Enduring Current @ The Museum of Howard County History
Jul 29 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm
Patapsco: Silent Witnesses to an Enduring Current @ The Museum of Howard County History

Patapsco is a body of archival, photographic, and sculptural works anchored by artist Riley Goodman’s relationship with the Patapsco River Valley. The series, inspired largely in the aftermath of the 2016 Ellicott City flood, operates as a means to illustrate a narrative through objects, places, and stories that have endured the passage of time and have been recovered by the artist over the past sixteen years.

Each work is established through its representation of the towns of Catonsville, Daniels, and Ellicott City, Maryland. The work analyzes the relationship of these three locations to the Patapsco River and to Goodman’s personal and genealogical history.

Patapsco seeks to expose history that is hiding in plain site, each piece contributing to a larger story of the historically rich Patapsco River Valley and the way in which this area has nurtured and shaped the artist as a person.

The exhibit is presented in conjunction with Ellicott City’s Flood Commemoration Anniversary by the Howard County Historical Society and Patapsco Heritage Greenway. It is sponsored by Indigo Ink Digital Printing.

Aug
4
Fri
LUNCH DATE WITH HISTORY – THE COLONIAL IRON INDUSTRY: ELKRIDGE LANDING AND BEYOND
Aug 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
LUNCH DATE WITH HISTORY - THE COLONIAL IRON INDUSTRY: ELKRIDGE LANDING AND BEYOND

Lee Preston, former president of the Upper Patuxent Archaeology Group, President of the Friends of Patapsco Female Institute and instructor at Howard Community College will discuss the Dorsey Family, Avalon Iron Works and the vital Colonial Iron Industry in Elk Ridge.

The Howard County Historical Society Museum (8328 Court Ave, Ellicott City) is proud to host a series of “lunchtime” lectures for 2017. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats will be provided. Tickets are Free for HCHS Members and only $5 for non-members. Doors open at 11:30am. Each lecture runs noon-1:00pm followed by an optional tour of the museum 1:00-1:30pm.  (410) 480-3250.

Aug
19
Sat
Trace Your Roots: Geneaology Workshop @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Led by Master Genealogist, Angela Y. Walton-Raji, for beginning and seasoned family historians. Participants will learn the basic steps from exploring family artifacts and documents to standard records such as census, vital records, military records and other public records. Bring your lunch and laptop.

Adults and older teens
$15 Members / $18.00 non-members
Advance registration required: 410-887-1081 or BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov

Sep
1
Fri
Savage Mill
Sep 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Built on the banks of the Little Patuxent River, Savage Mill is a former cotton mill from the 1820s with a storied past and community-centered present. Mill historian, Marty Schoppert, will give a lecture on the history of this storied mill.

The Howard County Historical Society Museum (8328 Court Ave, Ellicott City) is proud to host a series of “lunchtime” lectures for 2017. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats will be provided. Tickets are Free for HCHS Members and only $5 for non-members. Doors open at 11:30am. Each lecture runs noon-1:00pm followed by an optional tour of the museum 1:00-1:30pm.  (410) 480-3250.

Oct
6
Fri
Black Churches in Howard County
Oct 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Panel Discussion led by Pat Greenwald

African-American churches have long been an important part of the cultural fabric of Howard County. Even before the abolition of slavery, faith groups had organized among our area’s people of color. Representatives of these groups will present a panel discussion on their history and relevance in the county, as well as noting the challenges facing the congregations today.

The Howard County Historical Society Museum (8328 Court Ave, Ellicott City) is proud to host a series of “lunchtime” lectures for 2017. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats will be provided. Tickets are Free for HCHS Members and only $5 for non-members. Doors open at 11:30am. Each lecture runs noon-1:00pm followed by an optional tour of the museum 1:00-1:30pm.  (410) 480-3250.