Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In Columbia: Bird Club Event and a New Garden

(and some Howard County history)

Two events in Columbia coming up, both free:

The Howard County Bird Club will have its first meeting and presentation at its new meeting place in the Robinson Nature Center this Thursday evening, October 13. The presentation will focus on Cape May, New Jersey. (Bird club members have sighted and photographed the Cape May warbler in Howard County -- see the site's photo gallery.) Social time begins at 7:30pm with meeting and presentation following at 8pm. I'm told that the Nature Center will lock its doors at 8:15pm, so late comers will miss the presentation. See the events page on the site for details.

Over the summer, a new garden has been developing at Kittamaqundi Community Church on Vantage Point Road. New plantings are getting established, but the Sacred Garden already looks quite picturesque nestled against a knoll in the field beside the church. I've been including it in my strolls around the neighborhood -- another nearby garden spot in addition to the grounds of Oakland Manor across the road. The Church is eager to share the garden with the community and will hold an open garden afternoon with refreshments and music on Sunday, October 16, 12 noon to 2pm.

We're surrounded by artifacts of history in our suburban community of condominiums and townhouses! Many neighbors are aware that Kittamaqundi Church occupies what was the carriage house or stable for Oakland. At the manor's recent 200th birthday celebration, more "secrets" of the manor were revealed in presentations and tours. Among them, I learned that the strip of asphalt running up the slope between the Church's new garden and one side of Waterbury Condominium, stopping just short of the sidewalk on Vantage Point Road, is the remnant of a path which connected what is now Route 29 to the estate house. Today, walkers make use of this remnant as a shortcut between sections of the neighborhood.


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