Wel­come to the neigh­bor­hood, and a lo­cal tra­di­tion re­turns

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

My hus­band and son were among those en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties at last week­end’s grand open­ing of the Dun­dalk Art School.

PHOTO BY BRAD KRONER

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.

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