Welcome to the neighborhood, and a local tradition returns
A number of new business have opened up in the Dundalk area, and I have had the opportunity to attend quite a few ribbon-cuttings recently. It never gets old. The sense of excitement and optimism as the ribbon is cut on a new business, the eagerness to take on the world — one client at a time — is palpable.
I decided to take my family along with me to witness the grand opening of Dundalk Art School on Poplar Place last Sunday, and we left quite impressed by the new addition.
They couldn’t have asked for better weather for the opening, and a large crowd turned out to witness the event.
Following the actual cutting of the ribbon, visitors piled up the steps and into the colorful classroom where students learn to work clay, paint, sew and much more.
Kids, including my daughter (and husband, a kid at heart), got the chance to paint rocks (my eightmonth-old son looked on intently), while attendees also enjoyed refreshments and a caricature artist.
Dundalk native Barbara Bustard runs the school, and brings her decades of passion and expertise to the community in fine fashion.
The school already feels like an indelible part of the community, providing a warm, accepting atmosphere for students of all ages to learn more and unleash their inner creativity.
While it is always nice to welcome a new business to the area, it is exciting to welcome such a unique — and needed — new addition to the area.
Dundalk is already rich in the arts, from dance studios to theatre groups, art exhibits and more, but it is exciting to now have an art school to add to the mix.
Welcome to the neighborhood!
It’s that time of year again. Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching, which means one thing. Ok, two things. For some, a long weekend. But for everyone, Labor Day weekend means the return of Defenders Day fes- tivities to Fort Howard Park.
On Saturday, Sept. 2, at Fort Howard Park, 9500 North Point Road, visitors are invited to step back in time to the country-defining 1814 Battle of North Point during the the War of 1812.
Gates open at 9 a.m., with an opening ceremony set for 10 a.m.
From 10:15 a.m. onward, there will be museum and craft demonstrations, walking tours of Fort Howard with local expert Ray Scott (starting at 11 a.m.) and much more.
Reenactments of the battle itself will be held at 1 and 4 p.m.
At 4:30 p.m., the troops will assemble for a flag ceremony. The program will end at 5 p.m.
The program is always free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
And we here at the Eagle will have all the latest, including a preview of the festivities in next week’s paper, as well as coverage of the event in our Sept. 7 issue.
We also have part one of Blaine Taylor’s two-part essay, “The many deaths of Gen. Robert Ross,” in this week’s issue. Part two will be published in next week’s paper, Aug. 31.
For more on Defender’s Day at Fort Howard, visit www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html or contact the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society at 410-284-2331.
Opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not represent the opinion of The Dundalk Eagle or Adams Publishing Group.
Dundalk Art School is now open at Poplar Place.
My husband and son were among those enjoying the festivities at last weekend’s grand opening of the Dundalk Art School.
Defenders Day, an annual commemoration of the Battle of North Point, draws massive crowds, who attend battle reenactments and other activities at Fort Howard Park.
My daughter Ella, 4, paints a rock at last Sunday’s Dundalk Art School opening.