July 1, 2001
The air outside Historic Savage Mill simmered with summer warmth. Inside the Mill's great room, it crackled with anticipation at the Columbia Festival of the Arts gala. An audience of 250 savored cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner before the evening's big event -- "A Glittering Evening of Cabaret" starring Broadway and TV star Tom Wopat. At one of the front tables, a group of Tom Wopat fans from Texas, Ohio, Michigan and Brazil -- organized by New Jerseyite Donna Roberts -- was so excited they could barely keep their seats.
June 28, 1991
The Columbia Festival of the Arts officially opened its 11-day affair last night with a performance from Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater.Opening the program of three dances was "The Stack Up," by Talley Batty. This street smart work for 17 dancers is as pumped-up as fancy foot gear. Mr. Talley's piece is populated with familiar urban characters -- "cool" dudes, street corner goof-offs, loose women and everyday people all in a whirring blend of dance styles. Indeed, each style characterizes the dancer's roles.
July 10, 1991
The Columbia Festival of the Arts' 11-day run played to large crowdsand overwhelming audience response, festival organizers said."Generally, it was as successful as last year," said Lynne Nemeth, managing director of the festival. "The audiences were as enthusiastic, ifnot more so."Although the statistics haven't been tabulated, organizers estimate that the festival brought in around $100,000. More than 30,000 people attended, with one-third coming from the Baltimore and Washingtonareas.Organizers have been working since December on arrangements for next summer's festival.
June 19, 1993
What better way to inaugurate the 10-day Columbia Festival of the Arts than to feature the home-grown talents of the Howard County-based Kinetic Dance Company? Last night's performance at Wilde Lake High School also included the fine talents of an ex-Baltimorean and current member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Gary-David Shaw.Under the artistic direction of Dorothy Fried, this personable troupe has picked up a loyal following and has cultivated some young and very promising dancers. This is a company that has come a long way, and the program's seven dances contained several favorite works from the company's repertoire, including Sharon Wyrrick's "Ooo Baby, Baby," and Alvin Mayes' "Winter Sleep."
June 21, 1992
The most noteworthy aspect of the 10-day Columbia Festival of the Arts, which runs Wednesday through July 3, is the opportunity it affords patrons to watch art in progress.From music to dance to crafts, there will be more than 50 acts, classes and events, many offering patrons behind-the-scenes views, hands-on experience and close-up demonstrations.Last year the festival drew more than 30,000 people, 40 percent of them from outside Howard County, and festival managing director Lynne Nemeth said this year, the festival's fourth, she is expecting the same turnout.