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photo of a portion of the muralFronda Cohen, Director, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences

How do you honor a war 200 years after it ended?  Our buildings, museums and parks are filled with monuments, historic markers and remembrances of battles won and battles valiantly fought and lost.  What ties these commemorations together is a desire to honor our soldiers and the families and communities that supported their service.

How do you create a remembrance that speaks to history and also engages people today?

The Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences took on the challenge of finding a way to use public art to honor Baltimore County’s role in the War of 1812.  They saw the battlefield at North Point as the centerpiece.  Here, a crucial military engagement stalled British land forces so American troops could fortify Ft. McHenry and save Baltimore from capture.

Battle Acre Park on North Point Road in Dundalk is an earlier commemoration of that important battle. Today, overlooking a newly renovated park, is new public art mural that captures not only the history and leaders of the battle, but the fighting spirit of its citizen soldiers and the pride residents took in their service. 

photo showing entire mural

The “Home of the Brave” mural features the battle engagement, with American troops holding formation, blocking British troops from advancing.  This panel is flanked by portraits of the battle’s military leaders, U.S. General John Stricker and British General Robert Ross.  Another panel highlights the historic Todd’s Inheritance homestead, showing rural life in eastern Baltimore County during the early 1800s.  A final scene shows a celebration ceremony held in 1839, just 25 years after the Battle of North Point was waged on the site.

After the fireworks are over, the “Home of the Brave” mural will remain to remind us of the bravery and commitment of America’s citizen soldiers.  Visit Baltimore County’s Battle Acre Park and remember a legacy of service that lives on today.  

The “Home of the Brave” mural was designed and painted by artist Marshall Adams and is a project of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation.  Funding was provided through grants from The Citizens of Baltimore County and the Maryland State Arts Council.


crab malletTim Murphy, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

Apparently, folks have been digging into a lot more steamed crabs and slurping more spicy crab soup if sales at J.O. Spice Company are any indication.  The Halethorpe company, established in 1945, manufactures crab seasonings, soups, batters and breadings for restaurants.   J.O. Spice’s online and retail stores offer seasonings and soups, plus Maryland crab jewelry, engraved mallets, crafts, and other “crabby” items. The company has just added 17,000 square feet of space to expand the growing retail portion of their business.

You can find J.O. Spice products in many crab houses throughout Maryland, by visiting the new store or online at www.jospices.com . 

To celebrate their newly expanded retail store, J.O. Spice is holding a ribbon cutting Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at 3721 Old Georgetown Road in Halethorpe.  All are welcome to attend for tastings, giveaways, and more. 

Stop by so you’re ready for outdoor crab season!


conceptual rendering of Towson Square Fronda Cohen
 Baltimore County Office of Communications

Towson is one of the most exciting suburbs in America.  Easy for us to say, but don’t just take our word for it.  A new survey by Business Insider ranks Towson #11 in the U.S.  The survey ranked nearly 140 suburbs across the country by what they call “excitement factors,” looking at:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better)

Towson has more than 60 restaurants, including new downtown destinations Cunningham’s and Oyster Bay. Towson’s 55,000 residents can go for a run around the Towson University or Goucher campus, through welcoming neighborhoods, around the Towson Y, in one of four County parks, and soon at the new L.A. Fitness in Towson Commons.  New bike lanes will make cycling easier throughout Towson. Turn up the music at a WTMD live lunch at Olympic Place, in Towson University Center for the Arts and Stephens Hall, or Goucher’s KraushaarAuditorium. This summer, Towson Square adds 15 Cinemark movie theatres and eight new restaurants to downtown Towson. 

Not hard to see the excitement here!

Read more at Business Insider


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