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A Summer Sunday in Columbia

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Who would believe, a town that is just under 50 years old, would have a weeklong festival to rival those of big cities. I am talking about Columbia, Md., half way between Baltimore and Washington D.C.

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Meriwether Post Pavilion, has become a major summer venue for up and coming, as well as veteran artists, and with the addition of lakefront restaurants, the Festival of the Arts, has become a "don't miss it" event.

Some of the highlights included Kenny Kohlhaas, Donegal X-Press, The Bullbuckers, Ultra Faux, and If Birds Could Fly. But Sunday was the best, with outstanding music from the GLENELG HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLIE, featuring jazz and blues wonder SOLA FADIRAN (see video).

In the published program, special attention was given to writer Katia Ulysse who in her book DRIFTING, highlighted the tragedy a nation can suffer as did the people of Haiti in the 2010 earthquake.

New to me was HSQ, Hampton Rock String Quartet, who has a debut album since 1988, entitled "What If Mozart Wrote 'Roll Over Beethoven'". It is said this group is committed to classic rock rearranging music of the greats: Cream, Stones, Zeppelin.

It was a Sunday to discover CYGNUS WINE CELLARS of Manchester Md.; FAR EASTERN SHORE WINERY, ELLICOTT MILLS BREWING COMPANY (Ellicott City Md.), and sweets, FROM MOMMA's KITCHEN (Columbia Md.)

With a backdrop of the lake, a soft cool breeze, eats, drinks, music and atmosphere, this summer's Sunday in Columbia, Md., was a pleasure, try not to miss it, next year.

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