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Overlea Community President’s Message

Summer is finally here!

That can only mean one thing, The Overlea Farmer’s Market is returning to Overlea. Starting June 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, the party can be found in the parking lot of the Natural History Society of Maryland to celebrate seasonal produce, coffee, meats, eggs, flowers and more! We are so excited to be returning for our 7th year of the market. This is truly a community effort, and the market can only survive and THRIVE with the support from members of the Overlea Community. While you are at the market, be sure to stop inside the NHS to see all the amazing programs they have to offer. Our farmer’s market runs EVERY OTHER Saturday until October 22nd. If you would like to volunteer for the Farmer’s Market, please email me at for more information.

Your Overlea Community Board has been hard at work. We received information last month that thanks to the efforts of our County Councilwoman, Cathy Bevins and County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Baltimore County will commit 7 million dollars towards the State’s request for Federal funds to revitalize Belair Rd. If approved, these federal funds will continue the Belair Rd revitalization project. The total cost of this project with federal, state, and local funding will be the 36-million-dollar investment in our community. When this project is completed, Belair road will be ADA compliant with a greatly improved, safer walkway with crosswalks. This will benefit businesses and community members alike.

In addition to the funds for Belair Rd, three million dollars will be allocated for updating Lillian Holt Park, the site of the Overlea ArtsFest and a true community treasure. The Natural History Society of Maryland will also receive one million dollars toward their building and programs. These are tangible investments in the betterment of our community, and we are incredibly thankful.

In addition to our busy spring, ArtsFest will be returning to Holt Park this summer on August 12th-14th. Check out our juried Art Show, live entertainment, film festival, and so much more. ArtsFest started as a one-day celebration of the arts, and has grown into a three day must see event for the whole family, that celebrates the Baltimore art community.

And who can forget, the Fullerton Fireworks?! It’s back, and bigger than ever! This year the event will be held on Sunday July 3rd, with a rain date of Monday July 4th at the Fullerton Field.

We have SO missed these fireworks for the past two years and I have it on good authority that this year’s show is not to be missed. Events will kick off at 5 p.m. with live music, food, and of course FIREWORKS! We have so many events happening this spring and summer! I look forward to seeing all of you!

Stay safe,

Melissa Davis, OCA President

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