Family entertainment is Columbia fete finale


A day of family entertainment at Merriweather Post Pavilion July 15, including a free concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is planned as the finale of Columbia's 40th birthday celebration.

Celebrate Merriweather, sponsored by General Growth Properties Inc., will serve as the conclusion of 40 days of birthday events throughout the community.

Entertainment and picnicking will begin at noon along with a community health fair at the pavilion. At 6 p.m., members of the Young Columbians will reunite for a musical performance 30 years after they toured the country as teen-agers during the United States' bicentennial.

The orchestra is planning a program of family-friendly selections to begin at 7 p.m.

Columbia's 40-day birthday celebration, which has chosen the theme "Celebrate Columbia: The Place. The People. The Experience" begins June 6 with the Chamber of Commerce's "Salute to Business" luncheon at the Spear Center in the General Growth Properties Building in Columbia. Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to attend.

That evening is the kickoff of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, which runs through June 23. The Columbia Association is planning a City Fair from June 29 through July 1 at the lakefront.

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