Hello June! There’s lots to do in Maryland this month.

Besides the cool events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments, there are some great events throughout Maryland this June.

This weekend, June 3-5, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia ( just a few miles from Chatham Gardens Apartments in Howard County) is the nationally recognized 24th annual Capital Jazz Fest. This year’s lineup includes Toni Braxton, New Edition, En Vogue, Al B. Shore and many, many others. For details, please click here.

Next weekend on June 11-12 is the Colonial Market Fair at Benjamin Banneker Museum and Historical Park in Oella, just a few miles away from Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville. For details to this 18th century crafts and music fair, please click here. If Pirates are more your thing and you live at Burnam Woods Apartments, then check out the Havre de Grace Pirate Fest at the Susquehanna Museum the same weekend (June 11-12). For details, please click here. Also on June 11 and 12 is Bawlmer’s 23rd annual HONfest in Hamden, a cherished Maryland tradition for everyone. For details, please click here.

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If you’re not totally exhausted by the end of the month, then make plans to attend the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival on June 25 at the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. For details and tickets, please click here. To see all the events happening in Maryland this month, please click here. Have a safe and happy June!

Sadly We Say Goodbye

Two weeks ago on May 3, 2016, Richard Awalt, the original owner of Awalt Builders and the Century Corporation and our boss, passed away at his home in Florida at the age of 88. Yesterday on May 17th, a beautiful memorial service was held at Loyola followed by a reception at Baltimore Country Club. Besides Mr. Awalt’s family and friends, almost every employee of Awalt Builders and the Century Corporation was in attendance. A majority of these employees have been with the company for over 10 years – and some for more than 30 years. Mr. Awalt changed the lives of so many people. This great man will surely be missed.

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Jacques Kelly of The Baltimore Sun writes,

“J. Richard “Dick” Awalt, a Howard Country home builder and real estate developer, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease May 3 at his Johns Island, Fla., home.

He was 88 and also resided in Bozman in Talbot County.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hunting Ridge, he was the son of George S. Awalt, also a home builder, and E. Grace Freeland.

He attended St. William of York School and was a 1945 graduate of City College, where he played football and lacrosse. He served in the Army at the end of World War II and was assigned to the Philippines.

After his military service ended, Mr. Awalt earned a bachelor’s degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and studied at the University of Maryland School of Law. The main playing field, where Loyola’s men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer games are held at the Ridley Athletic Complex, is named Awalt Field in his honor.

He followed his father in the home construction business. After the death of his father, he joined his brother, Robert W. Awalt, and bought land and built homes in the West Baltimore suburbs of Ten Hills and Hunting Ridge.

Beginning in 1955, the Awalt firm developed parts of Dunloggin in Howard County. They also built homes in Howard County’s Glenmont and The Oaks in Ellicott City.

Mr. Awalt bought a tract of land owned by his mother off Frederick Road near the Rock Glen School in 1964. Family members said the property initially lacked water and sewage, but when the city constructed the school, it extended utility lines and roads to access the property. It was his first apartment venture.

Mr. Awalt established Awalt Builders with his brother, who died in 2014, and a partner, Richard E. Dietrich. He also co-owned the Century Corp., which managed and maintained his real estate holdings. His firm remains in business on Baltimore National Pike.

The Awalt brothers went on to construct other apartments: White Oaks on Leeds Avenue, Caton House and Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville and Burnam Woods in White Marsh.

In Howard County, they developed the Chatham Garden Apartments and a residential community, also called Chatham, of nearly 150 homes. He also constructed an early Howard County office building at U.S. 40 and St. John’s Lane in 1964.

“Richard was very perceptive about the future of Howard County,” said Mr. Dietrich, who lives in Ellicott City. “People would say he was a tough businessman but was very fair. He was cautious but consistent in his decisions. His employees remained with him for years.”

Mr. Awalt also built the Village Green shopping center in the 9300 block of Baltimore National Pike, where he co-owned a business, Village Green Spirits Shop, with business partner Joseph Lucido.

“Richard said to me one day, ‘Pack a bag. We are going to Lexington, Ky., to buy horses,'” said Mr. Lucido, a lifelong friend.

“I also remember the day his [horse] You’re Smart ran. He told me to bet $20 across the board,” Mr. Lucido recalled. “I collected more than $700 for him that day. You’re Smart came on the outside — flying. He was a good turf horse.”

Mr. Awalt had been a board member of the old Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association.

“He brought his caring and playful spirit wherever he went,” said son-in-law Michael Molloy of Baltimore. “He was well liked and respected by his employees. He had a tremendous sense of humor and could laugh at himself or laugh at others.”

He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and Johns Island Club. He lived for many years on Glen Allen Drive, and had also lived in Howard and Baltimore counties.

He enjoyed spending time near the water and in 1974 built a home on Harris Creek in the Bozman area. There he had a garden, sailed, hunted, fished and planted trees. He spent winters at Johns Island.

A memorial Mass will be held at noon Tuesday at the Loyola University Maryland Chapel, 4501 N. Charles St.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Patrice Awalt of Johns Island; a son, Paul Awalt of San Diego; three daughters, Dr. Kathleen Awalt of Baltimore, Elizabeth Awalt of Concord, Mass., and Sally McCoy of Howard County; and 11 grandchildren. His marriage to Hazel Clary Awalt ended in divorce.”

 jacques.kelly@baltsun.com  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-richard-awalt-20160513-story.html 

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is just six days away. How will you be celebrating? Are you just going to grab a card and a flower on the way home from work on the 14th, or are you really going to put some thought into it?

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For those of you who are planning ahead, you may want to order a delicious cake from The Yummery in White Marsh – especially if you live at Burnam Woods Apartments. They specialize in custom cakes for all occasions. Surprise your Valentine with a yummy cake delivered to their work, or you can pick it up for dessert. Click here for more information. If you live at Chatham Gardens Apartments, you should enter the ‘date nights for a year’ contest from Howard County Tourism. Let your Valentine know that you have entered a contest to win the two of you “over $4000. worth of romance inspired experiences!” Click here for details. For those of you who live at Old Orchard Apartments and want to avoid the Valentine’s dinner rush on the 14th, buy tickets for the Winter Wine Tasting on February 21st at Overhills Mansion in Catonsville. It will give your Valentine something to look forward to, and you won’t have to sit in a crowded, loud restaurant with everyone else. Click here for more information.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?