April in Maryland

The saying is that “April showers bring May flowers,” but so far this April has been full of sunshine and summer-like temperatures. It is the perfect weather for all the great events going on in Maryland this month. Fortunately most of these are just minutes away from our apartments at Chatham Gardens, Old Orchard, and Burnam Woods.

Blossoms of Hope‘s annual pink season brings a month-long celebration of activities in Howard County that honor the beauty of the trees and help raise cancer awareness.” Over 1,600 Cherry Trees have been planted across Howard County. So far $176,000. has been raised through the Cherry Tree project for Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. There are a variety of Cherrybration Day events throughout April in Howard County. Fifteen restaurants in Howard County, including Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Tersiguel’s, Kelseys, and Alexandra’s at Turf Valley, are offering Pink Plate specials to help raise cancer awareness and support the cancer center. The 5th annual Pink Greens Golf Classic at Turf Valley takes place on April 19th. It is a fundraising tournament for Blossoms of Hope in support of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

This Saturday April 13th is the TaxMan Jam in Catonsville, a part of the FamilyTime Festival Series at Strawberry Fields. It will be a day of live music, local food, beer, local vendors, bicycle demonstrations, and interactive games. The fun goes from 10am to 5pm at 821 Frederick Road – and it’s free!

“The opening of the Maryland Steeplechasing season signifies the true start of spring to many Marylanders.” Steeplechase is a three to four mile race that has man and horse flying over timber fences. The next race is My Lady’s Manor this Saturday April 13th, gates open at 10am and post time is at 1:30pm.

The 9th annual Fells Point Privateer Festival is April 19-21. This is a family-friendly free festival honoring the maritime history of Fells Point. There are activities, live music, food, and crafts from Thames Street Park and Ann Street Pier to Broadway Square. The Tall Ships will be on display and available for tours. The festival is Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm.

The Federal Hill Spring Block Party is Sunday April 28th from 11am to 7pm on Cross Street. There will be lots of food, drink, crafts and live local music. This year’s lineup includes The Cheaters, Segway, J Pope and Funk Friday, Uncle Jack Band, The Reserves, Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale, Bravenoise, The Evokatones, Rufus Roundtree and and da B’more Brass Factory.

Whatever you choose, get out there and enjoy all that Maryland has to offer. Have a great April and a Happy Spring!