April is cherry blossom time in Howard County
Blossoms of Hope’s annual pink season brings a month-long celebration of activities that honor the beauty of the trees and help raise cancer awareness. With more than 1,600 beautiful pink Kwanzan cherry trees blossoming in parks, along roadways and at attractions countywide, spring in Howard County awakens the human spirit filling it with hope, happiness and health.
- Event Schedule
- Pink Plate Specials
- Pretty In Pink
- Pink Greens
- 4th Annual Hills of Milltown 5K
- Haiku for Hope
Cherrybration Days Events
APRIL 2 -28 … “HAIKUS FOR HOPE,” art exhibit at Columbia Association Art Center Galleries
APRIL 13 & 14… AN ENCHANTED CHERRYBRATION at Clark’s Elioak Farms
APRIL 20… Ellicott City THINKS PINK Spring Celebration
APRIL 28… CHERRYBRATION ADVENTURE at Terrapin Adventures
During the blossoming season of Howard County’s cherry trees each April local restaurateurs think pink by adding “Pink” Plate Specials to their menus or hosting special promotions to help raise cancer awareness and support the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. In 2012 over $15,000 was raised through their efforts! Each establishment creates its own unique, appetizing promotion. Visit or call the participating sites to find out more about individual offerings.
Look for PINK PLATE Specials in April…
at the following ”Community Conscious” restaurants and please consider their generousity to the community when deciding where to dine.
SIP…SHOP…and DINE the afternoon away for a good cause!
“PRETTY IN PINK” April 4, 2013
10am – 3pm / $50 per person
Take the afternoon off for the Pretty In Pink Luncheon, an official Blossoms of Hope CHERRYBRATION DAYS event. Enjoy some retail therapy with over 50 vendors, a served luncheon with dessert, and a fashion show featuring Simply Divine Boutique and Octavia II. With unlimited pink champagne, you can drink, dine, and shop the afternoon away all for a good cause!
CALL 410-423-0812 for more information.
BRING A New, Gently Used or Vintage Purse to the luncheon to donate and be entered in a FREE drawing for a PINK PRIZE!
presented by Turf Valley
Friday, April 19, 2013
The “PINK GREENS” Golf Classic is a fundraising tournament for BLOSSOMS OF HOPE-the Howard County Cherry Tree project in support of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.
The tournament features 18 holes of golf on the beautiful championship course at Turf Valley where each spring over 50 BLOSSOMS OF HOPE cherry trees welcome golf enthusiasts for their first outing of the year!
Entry fee includes: full breakfast with morning cocktails, golf cart, soft & lite drinks on the course, closing reception buffet with soft and lite drinks (cash cocktail bar), door prizes and MORE!
$175 individual players
“KWANZAN” Sponsor – $1,000 - Inclusion of logo/name in advertising Foursome PLUS $25 discount for additional players. Individual TEE SPONSOR sign
“HOPE” Underwriter Sponsor – $500 - Inclusion of logo/name in advertising. Recognition & individual sign at registration, breakfast & awards buffet
“BLOSSOMS” Tee Sponsor – $250 - Recognition & Individual tee sign on-course
HILLS OF MILLTOWN 5K CHALLENGE
May 12, 21013
Over 175 Runners Were “Tough Enough” to Handle the Hills of Ellicott City! Here’s how they finished… 2013 RESULTSJesse Stump receives award for top male finisher in the Hills of Milltown 5K
Even the down hill is up hill in this challenging annual spring 5K sharpener! The race route is scenic as well as challenging AND HISTORIC! This 5K route proves a worthy challenge to even the advanced runner. With multiple hills along the way even the down hill is up hill in this scenic loop course which passes 13 historic sites. A challenge for beginners and a tough spring workout for those competing in longer distance or multi-sport races in the summer. The final approach to the summit climbs over-land to circle the beautiful ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute. Cash and gift certificate prizes totaling over $500 awarded to top three finishers in each age categories.
Special THANKS TO ALL THE SPONSORS who made it possible…
In celebration of National Poetry Month, learn to compose haiku, beautiful Japanese poems that combine form, content, and language in a meaningful yet compact verse. Add your original haiku on the community Haiku Tree of Hope at the upcoming planting of three National Cherry Blossom Festival historic legacy saplings at Coumbia’s lakefront on National Arbor Day.
Families(ages 6 & up). Allow 1-2 hours. All haiku composed during the workshop will be entered in a contest. Judges select one adult (age 18 & over), one teen (age 11-17), and one child (age 10 & under) winner from each library branch to be featured as part of the “Blossoms of Hope” Lake Kittamaquandi grove dedication and to receive a gift certificate to a participating PINK PLATE Restaurant. Winners to be announced at tree planting ceremony. DETAILS WILL FOLLOW
- Thu, Mar 21 from 6 – 8 pm – MILLER: 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City
- Wed, Mar 27 from 6 – 8 pm – SAVAGE: 9525 Durness Lane, Savage
- Sat, Mar 30 from 2 – 4 pm – ELKRIDGE: 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge
- Wed, Apr 3 from 2 – 4 pm – EAST COLUMBIA: 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
- Thu, Apr 4 from 1 – 3 pm – GLENWOOD: 2350 State Route 97, Glenwood
- Sat, Apr 6 from 2 – 4 pm – MILLER: 9421 Frederick Rd,Ellicott City
- Thu, Apr 11 from 6 – 8 pm – EAST COLUMBIA: 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
- Sat, Apr 13 from 2 – 4 pm – CENTRAL: 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia
- Wed, Apr 17 from 6 – 8 pm – CENTRAL: 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia
“Haiku for Hope” Exhibit Pairs Art & Poetry
April 5 – 28 at the Columbia Association Art Galleries
OPENING RECEPTION Friday, April 5, 6 – 8pm
The Columbia Association Art Galleries will use haiku as inspiration in the creation of its fourth annual spring themed exhibit in partnership with Blossoms of Hope. This year’s exhibit will pair the visual works of area artists with the literary works of haiku poets to create a multi-level, inspirational experience. A portion of the artists’ entry fee will be donated to Blossom of Hope in support of the Claudia Mayer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.