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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | April 2, 2013
A section of Shamrock Park in Bel Air may end up getting some major upgrades, or at least town officials are talking about the possibility. Some of the early discussion includes installing additional playground equipment, defined pathways and shade trees on either side of the Humbert Amphitheater, and all of these suggestions deserve the full attention of the Board of Town Commissioners. There's good reason to want to keep Shamrock Park in top shape. It's one of the crown jewels of a top-flight municipal park system in Bel Air. The maintenance of park space is a municipal responsibility on par with keeping streets and sewers up to standard and providing police protection.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
In America, the land of strongly held opinions, a whiff of controversy about the proper way to celebrate Independence Day seems positively patriotic. So it was in Bel Air. Complaints of animal cruelty didn't stop the frog-hopping contest or turtle race at Shamrock Park on Friday morning, though organizers said that the number of contestants - 144 frogs and 105 turtles - was down from last year. A (comparatively) speedy turtle named Squirt won a trophy on behalf of 14-year-old Jessica Douglass of Whiteford, who has been coming to the derby for as long as she can remember.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears | May 16, 2002
Get artsy Saturday at "ArtQuest: Exploring the Visual Arts" at Shamrock Park in Bel Air. Featuring works by more than 200 professional and amateur artists of Harford County, the show is a celebration of all things artistic and crafty. You can browse and purchase artists' works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, pastel, ceramic, pottery, stained glass, wood, photography and more. Watch artist demonstrations, such as glass-blowing. Take part in art workshops, such as pottery making, painting and drawing, all under the guidance of professional artists.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 3, 2014
The Town of Bel Air will celebrate Flag Day on Saturday, June 7, at 8 a.m. at the William A. Humbert Amphitheater in Shamrock Park. Traditionally, Flag Day is recognized on June 14; however, the town coordinates the scheduling of this ceremony with Bel Air High School's Band and Chorus to ensure that their participation in this event does not interfere with their final studies and exams. The event is free and open to the public. Retired Brig. Gen. Carole Briscoe of the Maryland Army National Guard will be the featured guest speaker, and County Councilman James McMahan, a retired Army National Guard colonel, will be the master of ceremonies.
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June 27, 2012
The schedule of events on July 4 in Bel Air is as follows: 6:45 a.m. - Flag-raising ceremony, in front of Bel Air High School 7 to 11:30 a.m. - Blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast, Bel Air High School 9 a.m. - Horseshoe pitching, Rockfield Park (registration at 8 a.m.) 9 a.m. - Hamster races, Shamrock Park (registration at 8:45 a.m.) 9:30 a.m. - Turtle Derby, Shamrock Park (registration at 9 a.m.) 10:30 a.m. - The Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest, Shamrock Park (registration at 10:30 a.m.)
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June 29, 2008
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee will celebrate Independence Day on Friday with its annual parade and activities. This year's theme is "A Salute to Those Who Serve Our Country." Activities start with a flag-raising ceremony at 6:45 a.m. at Bel Air High School, featuring bugler Robert Hudson. A blueberry-pancake and sausage breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10. A horseshoe-pitching contest in Rockfield Ballpark.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 29, 2014
One of the area's biggest running events, the annual Bel Air Town Run, will be Sunday, June 1. The 5K run, with a one-mile walk, is sponsored by the Renaissance All Sports Athletic Club and the Town of Bel Air. The 5K starts at 8 a.m., the walk at 8:05 a.m. on Main Street in front of the courthouse, with the finish on Lee Way in front of Shamrock Park. The event began as a small club run in 1981 and today draws upward of 2,000 participants. Pre-race registration is still being taken Thursday and Friday at the Bel Air Athletic Club, 658 Boulton St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Charm City Run, 126 S. Main St. The registration fee is $20. Participants can still register on race day at Shamrock Park beginning at 6:30 a.m. Registration will close at 7:45 a.m. For more information, visit belairtownrun.com .
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By Lori Sears | May 20, 1999
Arty afternoonLet your creative side loose Saturday at Shamrock Park in Bel Air. The all-art event, ArtQuest: Exploring the Visual Arts, lets visitors try their hands at arts and crafts workshops; browse and buy works from more than 200 Harford County professional and amateur artists, including children; and enjoy free entertainment all afternoon. Performers include storyteller Beth Vaughn, the Bobby Griffin Band, guitarist Brad Newsome and the Harford County School's Jazz Ensemble, Jack Foraker's Puppet Theater, the Harford Dance Theater, a clown, a face-painter and others.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 1, 2011
Bel Air will have a public menorah lighting ceremony this year at sundown on the first night of Hanukkah Thursday, Dec. 20. As was the case last year, the ceremony will take place, rain or shine, in Shamrock Park at the corner of Lee Way and Hickory Avenue, behind town hall, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature music, dreidels, doughnuts and hot latkes. Harford County Executive David Craig is also scheduled to attend. Bel Air held its first public menorah lighting ceremony in 2010.
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Allison Eatough and For Harford Magazine | April 16, 2013
The dogwood trees are beginning to bloom, the air is warm and free of humidity, and residents everywhere are breaking out their long-dormant shorts and sandals. It's spring and the start of picnic season. From state and county parks to amphitheaters and nature centers, the county is filled with scenic places to enjoy an open-air meal that combines food and friends with nature. To help narrow your search, we've listed nine of the county's best picnic areas. Some are well-known spots while others might surprise you. So what are you waiting for?
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 29, 2014
One of the area's biggest running events, the annual Bel Air Town Run, will be Sunday, June 1. The 5K run, with a one-mile walk, is sponsored by the Renaissance All Sports Athletic Club and the Town of Bel Air. The 5K starts at 8 a.m., the walk at 8:05 a.m. on Main Street in front of the courthouse, with the finish on Lee Way in front of Shamrock Park. The event began as a small club run in 1981 and today draws upward of 2,000 participants. Pre-race registration is still being taken Thursday and Friday at the Bel Air Athletic Club, 658 Boulton St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Charm City Run, 126 S. Main St. The registration fee is $20. Participants can still register on race day at Shamrock Park beginning at 6:30 a.m. Registration will close at 7:45 a.m. For more information, visit belairtownrun.com .
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Letter to The Aegis | July 9, 2013
Editor: The Bel Air Independence Day Committee Inc. hosted a terrific family-oriented day this past 4th of July. Most of our activities provide an opportunity for families to go somewhere fun on the 4th of July. Given all of the families that I saw out there, I would say that we were successful in that effort. Our theme for this year was "Celebrating America's Volunteers!" Since the Bel Air 4th of July event is an all-volunteer effort, we understand first-hand what volunteering is about.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 31, 2013
"On June 14, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year-old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10-inch, 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance," says the National Flag Day Foundation on its website. "This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand's long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. The crowning achievement of his life came at age 50 when President [Woodrow]
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Allison Eatough and For Harford Magazine | April 16, 2013
The dogwood trees are beginning to bloom, the air is warm and free of humidity, and residents everywhere are breaking out their long-dormant shorts and sandals. It's spring and the start of picnic season. From state and county parks to amphitheaters and nature centers, the county is filled with scenic places to enjoy an open-air meal that combines food and friends with nature. To help narrow your search, we've listed nine of the county's best picnic areas. Some are well-known spots while others might surprise you. So what are you waiting for?
NEWS
EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | April 2, 2013
A section of Shamrock Park in Bel Air may end up getting some major upgrades, or at least town officials are talking about the possibility. Some of the early discussion includes installing additional playground equipment, defined pathways and shade trees on either side of the Humbert Amphitheater, and all of these suggestions deserve the full attention of the Board of Town Commissioners. There's good reason to want to keep Shamrock Park in top shape. It's one of the crown jewels of a top-flight municipal park system in Bel Air. The maintenance of park space is a municipal responsibility on par with keeping streets and sewers up to standard and providing police protection.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
Santa and Mrs. Claus will help Bel Air open the final rush to Christmas as the featured guests in the town's 23rd annual Christmas Parade. The holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Downtown Bel Air. It all starts with a concert on Main Street by the Patrick Redmond Band on Main Street. The parade, which goes from Churchville Road to Lee Street, begins at 3:30 p.m. with marching bands from Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, John Carroll, Joppatowne, Patterson Mill, Fallston and Edgewood high schools performing.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 31, 2013
"On June 14, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year-old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10-inch, 38-star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance," says the National Flag Day Foundation on its website. "This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand's long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. The crowning achievement of his life came at age 50 when President [Woodrow]
NEWS
November 29, 2012
Santa and Mrs. Claus will help Bel Air open the final rush to Christmas as the featured guests in the town's 23rd annual Christmas Parade. The holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Downtown Bel Air. It all starts with a concert on Main Street by the Patrick Redmond Band on Main Street. The parade, which goes from Churchville Road to Lee Street, begins at 3:30 p.m. with marching bands from Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, John Carroll, Joppatowne, Patterson Mill, Fallston and Edgewood high schools performing.
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June 27, 2012
The schedule of events on July 4 in Bel Air is as follows: 6:45 a.m. - Flag-raising ceremony, in front of Bel Air High School 7 to 11:30 a.m. - Blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast, Bel Air High School 9 a.m. - Horseshoe pitching, Rockfield Park (registration at 8 a.m.) 9 a.m. - Hamster races, Shamrock Park (registration at 8:45 a.m.) 9:30 a.m. - Turtle Derby, Shamrock Park (registration at 9 a.m.) 10:30 a.m. - The Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest, Shamrock Park (registration at 10:30 a.m.)
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