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By Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

I was born, raised, live and work in Baltimore County. Here are just a few of the many things to love about our home county.

Our schools rule, with an 89% graduation rate and seven Baltimore County public high schools ranked among the region’s 25 best by Niche, a nationally recognized website that evaluates schools and neighborhoods.

The Ravens are at home here, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.

Craft brews from Heavy Seas, Du Claw, Key and White Marsh brewing are a great way to cheer our favorite teams.

Guinness is bringing its Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House to Baltimore County – the legendary brand’s only North America location for brewing and testing new beers.

You can be in downtown Towson and, 10 minutes later, be driving past a thoroughbred horse farm, enjoying a round of golf, or taste-testing at a vineyard.

Baltimore County boasts more than 200 miles of shoreline for waterfront dining, sailing, kayaking, and sunset celebrations, on shore and off.

Thirty percent of Baltimore County’s land is preserved as parkland and open space for recreation, green space, water protection and family farms.

Tradepoint Atlantic, one of the largest industrial redevelopments in the U.S., is bringing 10,000 jobs back to Sparrows Point.

When a Fortune 500 company brings 400 new jobs to Baltimore County, you know we’ve got something great going on here. Thanks Stanley Black & Decker.

There’s no place like home!


By Mike Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

February is a month for heart-healthy exercise, crisp fresh air, learning and sharing experiences. Try your hand at making Mayan chocolate, learn beekeeping, and gaze at the new moon sky. From night hikes to yoga, fiber crafts to maple sugar time, check out Baltimore County Recreation and Parks’ calendar of February fun for the whole family.

Thursday, February 1

Shoots and Letters – Groundhog Day    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, February 2

Woodchuck the Weather Man Night Hike (pre-registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Bookworm Story Time    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, February 3

Whimsical Nest Box Workshop    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

We’ve Got Rhythm    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Chat and Chew Series: The White House Chandeliers    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Mayan Chocolate-Making (pre-registration required)   Cromwell Valley Park

Bonfire & Night Hike    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Yoga in the Park    Lake Roland

Linoleum Block Printing and Card Making for Adults (pre-registration required – continues February 10)    Lake Roland

Whistle Pig Whimsy (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Basket Making Workshop (snow date: February 10)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, February 4

Dead Leaves, Cheese, Butter and Kimchi    Cromwell Valley Park

Fiber Crafts    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Groundhog Gets A Say!    Lake Roland

Fish Print Pillow Cases (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Wake Up Groundhog! (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Monday, February 5

Pre-K Nature Drop In – Groundhogs   Marshy Point Nature Center

Tuesday, February 6 through Friday, February 9

Trail Guide Training (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, February 7

Habitat Restoration Team Work Day    Cromwell Valley Park

Natural World of Art: Bright Branches    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Nature Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Wooly Bear Club (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Thursday, February 8

Shoots and Letters – Digging in the Dirt    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, February 9

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Creative Clay: Pinch Pot Animals (part two February 23 – pre-registration required))    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Homeschool Nature Days (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

“BINGO Buddies”   Therapeutic Recreation

Saturday, February 10

African Americans Who Served During Wartime   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Beginning Bee Keeping (pre-registration required – concludes on Saturday, February 17)    Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park

Habitat Restoration Team Work Day    Cromwell Valley Park

Maple Sugaring Weekend   Cromwell Valley Park

Valentine’s Party (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Linoleum Block Printing and Card Making for Adults (pre-registration required – continued from February 3)  Lake Roland

Before Chocolate (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Squirreling Around (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, February 11

Maple Sugaring Weekend    Cromwell Valley Park

Winter Snow Scene   Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Sundays Birdwalk (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Just for Kids, Five Senses Hike (pre-registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Squirreling Around (pre-registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Monday, February 12

Pre-K Nature Drop In – Valentine’s Day    Marshy Point Nature Center

Wednesday, February 14

Natural World of Art: Quilled hearts and Flowers (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Nature Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, February 15

Shoots and Letters – Rocks and Minerals   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, February 16

New Moon Night Sky    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Saturday, February 17

Trace Your Roots (pre-reservation required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Great Backyard Bird Count    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum and Cromwell Valley Park

Tricky Tracking   Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Bird Extravaganza    Lake Roland

Maple Sugar Time    Marshy Point Nature Center

Live Bluegrass and Country Music    Middle River Recreation Council

Maple Sugaring Weekend (groups of 10+ must pre-register)   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, February 18

Recycled Bird Feeders (pre-reservation required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Bird Extravaganza    Lake Roland

Maple Sugar Time    Marshy Point Nature Center

Maple Sugaring Weekend (groups of 10+ must pre-register)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Monday, February 19

Arctic Adventure Day Camp (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

School’s Out!    Lake Roland

Tuesday, February 20

Speaker Series – “The Amazing Horseshoe Crab”    Marshy Point Nature Center

Wednesday, February 21

Natural World of Art: Crescent Moon (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Nature Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, February 22

Shoots and Letters – Maple Sugaring   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, February 23

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Saturday, February 24

Maple Sugaring in Maryland    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Habitat Restoration Team Work Day   Cromwell Valley Park

Slate Composite Tools (pre-registration required)   Cromwell Valley Park

Birds in Your Backyard    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Donut Run    Lake Roland

Maple Sugar Time     Marshy Point Nature Center

Maple Sugaring Weekend (groups of 10+ must pre-register)   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, February 25

Tracks on T-Shirts (pre-registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Afternoon Scrapbooking (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Maple Sugar Time    Marshy Point Nature Center

Maple Sugaring Weekend (groups of 10+ must pre-register)   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Monday, February 26

Pre-K Nature Drop In – Maple Syrup    Marshy Point Nature Center

Wednesday, February 28

Habitat Restoration Team Work Day    Cromwell Valley Park

Natural World of Art: Stone Flowers (pre-registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Nature Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations.

Take in our over 200 beautiful Parks for hikes and sites and all the cool fresh air you can imagine, and indoor Nature Centers if the weather is a bit too cold. Regardless of the temperature, there’s a lot to enjoy from Baltimore County Recreation and Parks.


Diageo investment in historic Relay facility to boost beer tourism

The new Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House in Baltimore County moved another step closer to serving its first brew. The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County has unanimously approved an on-premise consumption permit for the new taproom in Relay in southwest Baltimore County.

“We are thrilled to support Diageo as they revive an historic Baltimore County building with the iconic Guinness brand. This approval is a key next step in creating a world-class tourist destination that will bring new investment, new jobs, and an exciting brew experience,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The new Guinness brewing capability and visitor experience, combined with a packaging and warehousing operation, would bring Diageo’s investment in Relay to approximately $50 million and create up to 70 new jobs.

“Diageo, the company that owns the Guinness brand, brought a well thought-out plan to the liquor board. The board enthusiastically voted to approve a permit for the new Guinness taproom,” said Charles Klein, chair of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County.

The on-premise consumption permit for a Class 5 brewery was modified during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly legislative session to provide Maryland breweries additional capacity to sell beer that is brewed on-site at their taprooms.

“We’re delighted the County liquor board has granted the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House approval for our tavern license. We are also appreciative for the spirit of partnership that Baltimore County government, the County Executive and the County Council have extended to us. We are excited to open up our brewery next year to visitors and be a part of something that will help strengthen Maryland tourism, the local brewing community and boost economic growth,” said Dwayne Kratt, Diageo’s Senior Director of Government Relations Northeast.

The project would re-establish a Guinness brewery in the United States after 63 years of absence. Relay was chosen as the preferred location for this project for the site’s proximity to major East Coast tourist and population hubs, availability of skilled employees, and space to build and adapt existing structures on the property. 

"Here's to our growing beer trail," added Kamenetz.  

An opening date for the project has not been announced. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017