July 30, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Message from Merriweather Post Management

We wanted to respond to any complaints you might have received from your Village's residents concerning the concert at Merriweather Post on May 31. Their observations were shared by a few others and we would in fact like to apologize for the louder than usual show that Sunday. 


While it is generally understood by all that an amphitheater is indeed an outdoor music venue, and that means, yes, those in proximity are going to hear it, we have been more and more successful at minimizing that through various acoustical tricks with sound placement, and other adjustments.


Unfortunately, a couple of the acts that weekend presented new challenges that we hope to learn from. Again, there will always be sound emanating from Merriweather, but we will continue to figure out how to keep that at a reasonable level.


Among the plans to help control the sound level at our shows are:

  • Limiting the number of speaker cabinets placed directly on the concrete to reduce reverberation. 
  • Angling the raised speakers downward, toward the audiences versus emanating straight out over the lawn and  into the community - note: the roof being raised is part of the next construction phase and will help to facilitate this directional placement.
  • Implementing sound cancelling technologies and keeping up to speed on emerging technologies.
  • The lawn sound system, which is owned by Merriweather, will be monitored and volume levels reduced.
  • Contractually
    ,we will make it clear that there are fines associated with excessive sound levels.
  • We will continue to remind the artists' production personnel about the show decibel levels throughout the day and evening as needed.


Also,  when there are any additional stages, we will be more focused on the direction of sound propagation from these stages so it will not go directly out into the community.


Hopefully, these efforts will help us better monitor the sound levels throughout the rest of this season and beyond.


Please continue to let us know how we are doing by calling 410-715-5550, both during and after the shows (our phones are open for at least an hour after every event) or writing us at info@merriweathermusic.com .  


Best regards,

Jean S. Parker

General Manager

Merriweather Post Pavilion

410.715.5550, x202
Paint Night in Harper's Choice

When: Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)

Fee: $25 per person. Must be 21 or older. Supplies, wine, and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration required.

Registration: Call 410-730-0770 or stop by Kahler Hall. Space is limited.


Watch and learn to paint this picture from an artist who will guide you step by step through this fun and easy painting experience.

No experience necessary - you will learn easy painting tricks that will help you stylize your own masterpiece!
Family Dance Night at Swansfield Pool
Join us for a fun family Dance Night at Swansfield Pool! This year, all attendees will enjoy a special treat from the Kona Ice Truck and lively music and entertainment from Speakerize DJ for all guests, compliments of your Harper's Choice Community Association. Additional food will be available for a nominal fee.  


Registration Details:

Space is limited and tickets are required. Please visit Kahler Hall to register and pick up tickets. Ticket holders MUST arrive and check in by 6:45 p.m. on the event date to ensure entry. Individual families must register separately. 
Swansfield Pool Party/Family Dance Night:  
Thursday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please bring one non-perishable food item per person attending for the Howard County Food Bank. 


Did You Know...
National Night Out is a Nationwide Partnership with Law Enforcement?
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.


Join us on August 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the courtyard on Joseph Square at the Harper's Choice Village Center. 
Enjoy music from the Unity Reggae Band, food from Mission BBQ, and LOTS of fun! We will collect non-perishable items for the HoCo Food Bank and school supplies for Prepare for Success.
Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Language Classes

Harper's Choice Community Association and FIRN are developing new English as a Second Language classes to start in Harper's Choice in October and we need you! Help your foreign born neighbors navigate life in America and develop their language skills. Make a new friend and learn about someone else's culture while teaching them your own! No experience is necessary and no need to speak another language. All you need is patience and a desire to help your neighbors succeed! For more information, please contact Roslyn at volunteer@firnonline.org or call FIRN's office 410-992-1923. 

Pool Hours
Here are the hours of operation for the pools in Harper's Choice through August 9.

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Monday

12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Thursday

Hobbit's Glen
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday- Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Wednesday

Second Sunday Swim 
CA residents are welcome to visit CA's 23 outdoor pools FREE on the second Sunday of each summer month (June 14, July 12 and August 9.)  Residents must have a CA Columbia Card to enjoy the Second Sunday Swim. Columbia Cards can be obtained at CA's Membership Service Center, located at CA headquarters above Clyde's at the Lakefront, 10221 Wincopin Circle, at no cost. Address verification is required to obtain the free Columbia Card. For more information, call 410-730-1801.
Lakefront Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series
Columbia Association presents the Lakefront Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series! Enjoy live concerts by the lake every week. In addition to great live music, guests will receive free cold beverages and be eligible to win a raffle! This year's performers include series favorites and popular local musicians representing a wide variety of musical styles, including rock, folk, jazz, blues and R&B. This year's event will be held on Wednesdays through August 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here is the concert line-up:

August 5
Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale
Various Genres
August 12
Steve Tove
Tropical Rock
Groundswell Rising
Groundswell Rising Trailer
Groundswell Rising Trailer
The League of Women Voters of Howard County and co-sponsors will present the film "Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air and Water," with special guest Craig Stevens, on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., at Historic Oakland Manor (5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044).  


Mr. Stevens is a Pennsylvania resident who has been fighting to protect water and communities from fracking. He is featured in the film and will share his experiences and answer some questions.

You can find more information about this film on the website www.groundswellrising.com, including "Groundswell Rising documents the opposition from both sides of the political spectrum to the ubiquitous practice of fracking for natural gas, and the health and environmental reasons behind it."


Sponsored by Food & Water Watch, HoCo Climate Change, Howard County Group of the Maryland Sierra Club, League of Women Voters of Howard County, Town Center Community Association, and Transition Howard County.  

HCPSS Community 5K & Fun Run

Registration is now open for the second annual HCPSS 5K/1-mile Fun Run, Sunday, Oct. 11. The event brings together students, families, staff and community members to celebrate health and wellness.


Watch footage of last year's race.


Details on this year's race can be found at www.hcpss5k.com. Registration is available online or through a mail-in form. Contact the HCPSS Public Information Office with any questions, 410-313-6682; publicinfo@hcpss.org.
Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require the approval of the Village Architectural Committee. The AC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 8/18, 9/8, 9/22
Please note that there is only ONE meeting in August; plan to submit for any August alterations no later than August 4th to have your submission placed on that agenda.    

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for August 18 at 7:00 p.m. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.