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FarmShare with Local Delivery in Overlea

We now have a Community-Supported Agriculture opportunity!! The Marsteller Market has reached out to Overlea and offered shares of the farm’s produce next year! There limited shares available for Overlea, so it’s first-come-first-served.

Please see the FAQs below, but basically CSA means that you can pay a flat rate for access to the best-picks of produce for 2017 from Marsteller, which has proven quality and freshness. They will hand-deliver these veggies to Overlea every week!

What is CSA or Community Supported Agriculture?
CSA means bypassing the grocery store and paying a farmer in advance for a “share” of the coming year’s harvest. Farmers need liquidity just like any other business, and CSAs allow citizens who support their work to gain an active role in farming, while getting the first picks for fresh produce when the harvest comes.

What do I get?
“Shares” come in different sizes. Each contains different produce as it comes into season.
– “Full Share” is 6-8 items
– “Half Share” is 3-5 items
– Additionally, when the farm has extra, you get extra! Last year’s share came with periodic free items; for example, sauce tomatoes, pick-your-own raspberries, and extra dozens of eggs, pasture-raised, freshly-butchered meats, etc.

Who are these farmers, anyway? Are they local?
Marsteller Market is a 6-generation farm in Freeland, MD. Two women, a mother and daughter, plus their band of merry helpers (husbands, kids, etc.) make all of this bounty possible. The farm uses NO CHEMICALS whatsoever on their produce, which is nearly unheard of.

How often do I get my goodies?
For 18 weeks starting in June, your produce will be lovingly deposited at the Natural History Society parking lot by the farmers. On weeks when we have our Farmer’s Market, you’ll pick up there. On the off-weeks, the farmer will special-deliver your fresh produce on Saturday mornings.

Brass Tacks.. what’s 18 weeks of chemical-free groceries cost?
Full CSA shares cost $525 (Appropriate for splitting between 2 families or for a family of 3 or more)
Half CSA shares cost $350 (Appropriate for a couple or those with small kids)

If you’re interested, you can reach out directly to Marsteller Market by emailing, or respond to this email with questions or comments.

Please see the attached flyer for more details:

Overlea Arts Fest 2016!

Overlea Arts Fest 2016!

Presented by

The Overlea Community Association

and Sponsored by
a grant from Baltimore County Government


Music by Sherri Robbins and Tom Turnbull
Films by Skizz Cyzyk and local filmmakers
Poetry by Clarinda Harriss & the Brickhouse Books Poets
Join in as Dance Alchemy teaches their


Juried Art Exhibit & Art Market

Stained Glass Demos by The Artists’ Corner
Wood Burning Design Demos by Burniture
Demos by the Weaver’s Guild of Greater Baltimore
Family Art Activities with:
St. Michael the Archangel School,
Holt Park Center for the Arts &
Artist & Craftsman Supply

A Benefit Event for “Nature Connections”
Program at the Natural History Society
Saturday, June 4, 2016 • 10am–6pm
Natural History Society of MD
6908 Belair Road in Overlea, 1 mile south of 695
$3 donation at the door – Free Parking – Handicap Accessible – Food & Refreshments

For more information, contact
Overlea ArtsFest 2016 Press Release
ArtsFest Flyer
ArtsFest Jurors

Overlea ArtsFest – Call for Artists and Vendors (Deadline Extended)


The Overlea Community Association (OCA) presents the 1st Annual Overlea ArtsFest! The event takes place on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Natural History Society exhibition hall and grounds, located at 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206. The ArtsFest will benefit “Nature Connections,” a hands-on nature exploration program for kids and families.

The event will feature a Juried Show and an Art Market with 2-D and 3-D art of all mediums, including fiber art and photography, as well as musicians, spoken word artists, filmmakers, dancers and performance artists.

The Overlea ArtsFest will be extensively promoted through TV commercials, print ads, internet and social media posts, community newsletters, and widespread distribution of physical and electronic flyers.

The OCA is seeking local Baltimore artists to submit their work for the juried show, as well as art vendors to show and sell their work to the public, and performers to entertain the attendees. Visual artists can submit for the Juried Show, for the Art Market or for both. Prizes and certificates will be awarded to the Best in Show winner for each Juried Show category.


  • Juried Artists: Saturday May 7th at Midnight
  • Art Market Vendors: Saturday May 7th at Midnight
  • Spoken Word Artists, Performance Artists, Fashion Designers, Dancers & Musicians: Saturday May 7th at Midnight

Contact to submit your work or for more information!

The event flyer is available here.ArtsFest Flyer.

Overlea Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec 12th!

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Overlea Community Christmas Tree Lighting, which will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Overlea Fullerton Community Center, 7209 Belair Rd.

This year we are proud to feature Christmas carols by the Larksong A Capella Ensemble, as well as our own St. Michael’s Children’s Choir.

Children are encouraged to make and hang weather-friendly tree ornaments for the tree, and Santa Claus will be coming with goodies for the children!

Last year more than 200 residents came to enjoy this wonderful holiday event, and we were proud to be recognized as Best Event in the 2015 Baltimore County Commercial Revitalization Competition.

Special thanks to Lassahn Funeral Homes for organizing this event, and to our event sponsors:

The Overlea Community Association
Raymond Geddes & Co.
Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company
Carrabba’s Italian Grill Overlea
Home Depot Parkville
Central Alarmers
Sippel Electric
Baltimore County Government

A flyer for the event is available here.

Programming at the Maryland Naturalist Center

This Summer at the Natural History Society of Maryland Naturalist Center

Enjoy Sunday afternoons of fun, hands-on activities and exploration designed for families exploring Maryland’s nature and for anyone eager to learn more about the nature around them. The programs at the Naturalist Center, located at 6908 Belair Road, begin August 9th and will be held every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month with a separate nature theme each weekend. Programs are free and open to the public. Topics will range from the earth to the sky; from wildlife to plants; from the ancient to the new. Some examples are migration, astronomy, minerals and rocks, and the life in a stream. Activities are planned from 1-4pm – drop in anytime within those hours. More details on each ‘Nature Connection’, such as guest speakers and activities, will be posted on our webpage at and on the Natural History Society of Maryland Facebook and Meetup pages. The Natural History Society is excited to offer these programs to educate and entertain our neighbors in the community, and to showcase the valuable collections and talented professionals at the center. We look forward to connecting with you at an upcoming ‘Nature Connection’.

Nature Connections: Night Songs – Singing Insects.
August 9th. 1-4pm.
Summer evenings have a background symphony of trills, chirps, and buzzes. Explore with us the world of singing insects: grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids. Find out how and why they make their songs. And we’ll make music of our own! Musicians will accompany us for an afternoon of singing insect discovery and activities.

Nature Connections: Mysterious Bats and Caves
August 23, 2015, 1:00-4:00pm
As dusk falls, tiny flying shapes catch our eye: bats sweep and swoop through the sky. These winged wonders lead fascinating lives: sleeping upside down by day, eating thousands of mosquitos by night, and using echolocation to navigate their way. Explore their unique characteristics and habitats: learn to celebrate bats, rather than fear them. Discover the underground world of caves and their inhabitants.

St. Michael School Principal already making an impact his first year

KristoffMr. Paul Kristoff was appointed Principal of St. Michael School in August of 2014. Since then, he has already made an impact on the School. In the first few months, he secured a grant from the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation for $45,000 for technology.  Founded in 1977, the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation is a Catholic family foundation committed to honoring its founders’ legacy of generosity to strengthen the community within the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  For more information:  In addition, Mr. Kristoff was awarded a grant from the State of Maryland Aging Building’s Fund in the amount of $24,000 for electricity and plumbing updates. Mr. Kristoff also has plans to cover all of the chalk boards in the school with a film so that they will be white boards for the teachers to use. He spent hours of his own time and with the help of several parents and faculty members, painted a majority of the school. He encouraged the students to paint murals which now hang in the school hallways. Mr. Kristoff was instrumental in updating the phones in the School and Parish offices. He has implemented a positive behavior recognition program whereby teachers teach a positive behavior to the students each week, i.e. Respect, and then teachers recognize the behavior in their students throughout the week and these students are recognized during announcements. Mr. Kristoff’s energy has permeated the Faculty, Staff, Parents, and School Community and he and his family have been warmly welcomed to the St. Michael’s Community.
Mr. Paul Kristoff is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception parish in Towson.  He served as Assistant Principal for Baltimore County Public Schools for eight years.  Prior to this leadership role, Mr. Kristoff was an elementary school teacher and a teacher mentor for the gifted and talented program.  His knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, commitment to mission and personal desire to share his faith with the school community will honor traditions inspire innovation and enhance the learning experiences for all students.  Mr. Kristoff holds a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a BA in Business/ Economics from Randolph-Macon College.  In addition, Mr. Kristoff has earned his Administration Level II certification and is the recipient of both teaching and leadership honors and awards.
Mr. Kristoff has been happily married to Kelly for sixteen years and they have three children: Cate (13), Carter (11) and Charlie (8).  Outside of school, Mr. Kristoff is an avid golfer and a sports enthusiast.  He also loves to work around the house and spending time with his children.

Overlea Fullerton Recreation Council (OFRC) Dance

Overlea has a gem of a resource for families. Overlea Fullerton Recreation Council (OFRC) Dance has been serving the community for over 40 years.


A variety of dance and fitness classes from Children’s Dance, Modern, Hip-Hop, Boys Dance, Adult Tap/Jazz, Aerobics, Ballroom Dance, Zumba, Zumba Gold and Basic Mat Pilates are offered to the community.
The primary program is the Children’s Dance program.  Children ages 3 to 7 take ballet and tap. Ages 7 and up take ballet, tap and jazz.  Ages 10 and up can take pointe in addition to ballet, tap and jazz.  Pointe students must have 3 years of ballet experience.   Also offered- modern dance and hip-hop dance which are both co-ed classes. In May, the annual recital is held that showcases all dance classes.
Adult Tap and Jazz is for those ages 18 and older. This class goes over the basics of tap and jazz.
Aerobics is one of the fitness classes held in mornings and evenings. This hour-long  cardio class includes fitness dances, step aerobics, kickboxing and floor and stretching exercises.
Zumba is a latin-inspired cardio fitness dance class with most of the music in the class either Latin or internationally-based.  You will get to dance the merengue, cha-cha, salsa and more, adding fitness elements to the routines to help tone your body. It is a cardio dance workout.
Zumba Gold is a latin-inspired cardio fitness dance class.  It is Zumba, but at a lower intensity and a milder pace.
Basic Mat Pilates focuses on core strengthening to stabilize and support the spine.  Using your own body weight and gravity, you will tone, strengthen and lengthen your entire body.
Ballroom Dance, as seen on “Dancing With The Stars”.


Elmwood Elementary School Recreation Room location is where Children’s Dance, Modern, Hip Hop, and Adult Tap/ Jazz classes take place. Elmwood is located at 531 Dale Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206.
Fullerton Elementary School Cafetorium location is where P.M. Aerobics, Zumba, Basic Mat Pilates, and Ballroom Dance classes take place.  Fullerton is located at 4400 Fullerton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21236.
Fullerton Community Center is where A.M. Aerobics and Zumba Gold classes take place.  It is located at 7209 Belair Road. If you are traveling down Belair Road from 695, the community center is located to the left after the traffic light at Taylor Avenue.
To learn more visit

St. Anne Medal awarded to Librarian Mary Kay Boland

UntitledCONGRATULATIONS to Mary Kay Boland, St. Michael the Archangel School Librarian, who on May 17, 2015 will be receiving the ST. ANNE MEDAL for her contributions to Catholic Girl Scouting. The St. Anne Medal is the highest national recognition for adults who serve Catholic youth through Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. The recognition was inaugurated in 1957. The purposes of the St. Anne recognition are to honor the outstanding services of adults who contribute to the spiritual development of Catholic young people in these organizations and to further Catholic adult leadership in youth ministry through these national youth-serving organizations. The award is being presented by Archbishop Lori on behalf of the Girl Scouts of America at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City during the Annual Scout Sunday Services 2:00 pm. THANK YOU Mary Kay for your service to Catholic Girl Scouting.

Fullerton Elementary named a Passport School!

Great news! Our own Fullerton Elementary School has become a ‘Passport School! Fullerton is one of 15 schools in Baltimore County named to be part of the second cohort to implement a Spanish language instruction program for Grade 4 students. The course focuses on listening and speaking, language instruction and conversational lessons.

1617157_638330109604449_8747430447564231525_o“We know that becoming proficient in a second language is almost a prerequisite for future academic success, and certainly for success in the future global economy,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance.

Principal Candace Winterson-Salkowski, had this to say about her Overlea students and this opportunity: “ We are excited and proud that we were selected as a Passport School. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students in fourth grade. Additionally, we plan on immersing this program into the entire culture of our school in all grades.” Next year the instruction will continue for the fifth grade as well.

Way to go Fullerton, and many thanks to the hardworking dedicated teachers and principal that ensured our Overlea students are a part of this exciting experience!

For more information about Fullerton Elementary school visit

Overlea Community Tree Lighting

December 13th was a fantastic night in Overlea! The Community Tree Lighting event was a big success with more then 200 residents coming to see the beautiful tree lit and Santa arrive by sled on the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company truck. Many people, businesses and organizations came together to make this event shine! A BIG thanks to event organizer Heather Lassahn of Lassahn Funeral Homes. A big shout out to Sippel Casper G Electric who provided the electrical assistance and Parkville Home Depot which provided the more than 400 feet of light for the 30 foot tree in front of the Overlea Community Center.
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Singing Christmas Carols at the event was the St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Overlea Children’s Choir under the direction of Nick Zurowski, Choir Master. Heavenly melodies were heard in Overlea! And delicious hot chocolate and cookies were lovingly provided by Central Alarmers.

John DiSciorio, Managing Partner of Carrabba’s Italian Grill- Overlea had this to say about the event, “ There is nothing better then having a restaurant in a real neighborhood with families and a sense of community. I was happy to provide the cannolis at the Tree Lighting event- and I know the cannolis- all 500 of them- were really enjoyed!”

Mary and Will Geddes of Geddes School Supplies where equally happy to participate. “We were so pleased that our business is located in such a family friendly, community oriented neighborhood and honored to have participated in the Overlea Tree Lighting event this year, we loved being able to provide small gifts for all the children.”

Heather Lassahn is already planning for next year! Each of the generous sponsors are already on board. The Overlea Community Association is proud to produce such a fun, family friendly event and looks forward to next year. See you at the center on December 12th!