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Hampton National Historic Site Gets New Visitor Station

Photo of the front of the historic Hampton Mansion in Towson.

On April 24, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined National Park Service staff to officially open the new $2M visitor contact station at Hampton National Historic Site. The 2,400 square foot facility will provide orientation to the visiting public about the park and surrounding historic sites in Baltimore County.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Councilman Marks, and NPS officials cut the ribbon for the new Visitor Center.

The grand opening also celebrated the completion of a 4,400 square foot collection storage building, a new entrance road, and a new parking lot. Collectively, the four major projects represented a capital investment of federal, state, local and non-profit funds totaling over $6.5M. All events at Hampton are free and open to the public.

15th Annual Chesapeake Bay Paddlefest

Ultimate Watersports
Gunpowder Falls State Park, Hammerman Beach
May 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kids and adults learning how to stand up Paddleboard at Ultimate Watersports.

Get ready for the biggest paddling event of 2015! The 15th Annual Chesapeake Bay Paddlefest includes a day of free Stand Up Paddle Board and Kayak test drives, free Intro Clinics, great live music and an awesome day of family fun on the beautiful Gunpowder River. If you want to learn about the fantastic world of paddling right here in Baltimore County, this event is not to be missed. This is the cleanest, freshest water on the Chesapeake Bay, and no jellyfish! Although there is no fee for the event, the Maryland State Park does charge a $5 per person admission fee for guests arriving in vehicles with Maryland tags.

Grow It Eat It

The Barn Mural project at the Agriculture Center on Shawan Road.

As part of the “Grow It Eat It” initiative, the Baltimore County Agriculture Center is participating in many of the activities planned by the University of Maryland Extension (UME). Planned events at the Ag Center, located at 1114 Shawan Road in Cockeysville, include the Master Gardners Lecture Series, Plant and Learn Seminars and Cooking and Preserving classes. Several local libraries are supporting the initiative by hosting Ask a Master Gardner workshops throughout the spring, summer and fall.

The annual Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held at the Ag Center on May 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be native perennials and grasses for sale, perennials for sun and shade, heirloom and vintage vegetables and flowers, and more. Customers will also be able to shop at the Baltimore County Big Tree Sale.

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