Food, Parties, Theatre & Art

Oil & Vinegar do mix!

The TotallyHoCo & HoCoBlogs party is coming up, June 3rd, at Secolari’s Artisan Oils & Vinegars in the Columbia Mall. Hope to see you there. RSVP and details here. Our party is Wednesday, June 3rd, and, as always, bloggers, blog readers and those who actively use social media are invited to attend. Light fare be provided by Secolari’s neighbor, Maggiano’s, right across the way. We’ll have tastings and opportunities to learn; plenty of mingling space and energy; and lots of love and goodness in the air.

Put the Columbia Festival of the Arts on your radar

The CFA is coming up and there are tons of art, music and theatre events happening right here in our community. Tune in to their website and TotallyHoCo.com for more information about upcoming free and fee events.

Save the date for a #HoCoTogether blogger party

July 23rd at Portalli’s. Hosted by HoCo bloggers the UK Desperate Housewife USA (Claire McGill), Howard County Moms (Kris Schneider), Life & How to Live It (Mickey Gomez) and Is This Thing On? (Candace Dodson Reed). Four fierce, fun and fesity women who love Howard County have come together to host a summer celebration of HoCo at Portalli’s. All witty, smart and totally HoCo bloggers and their friends are invited (that’s you then!). Laughter, merriment and blog-worthy stories guaranteed. RSVP and more details here

TotallyHoCo & HoCoBlogs Party at Secolari’s

Join TotallyHoCo, HoCoBlogs and a host of lovely local social media activists at a fun, tastebud-expanding and delightful party at Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars at The Mall in Columbia. I love this store and am a regular customer, often stopping in to taste their seasonal oils and vinegars, rarely failing to walk out without a new bottle of something or other to try.

RSVP here.

Our party is Wednesday, June 3rd, and, as always, bloggers, blog readers and those who actively use social media are invited to attend. Light fare be provided by Secolari’s neighbor, Maggiano’s, right across the way. We’ll have tastings and opportunities to learn; plenty of mingling space and energy; and lots of love and goodness in the air. 

Secolari’s is owned by a Clarksville couple and they represent a phenomenon not seen much in The Mall in Columbia in the last couple decades of national-brand dominance in retail: they are a true mom-and-pop shop … and an upscale one at that! Show them some local love. Come by to the party. Bring a social-media savvy friend. Tweet your tastings at the event. Like them on Facebook and write a short review there. But most importantly, be there with your love for your community, your belief in our ability to redefine and update the vibe in Columbia and HoCo, and your willingness to try some new tastes and have new experiences.

See you soon! Tweet about the party using #HoCoEvents.

Jessie

 

Links

Blog posts from our Secolari party last year: Super Sana, Annie Rie, HoCoConnect

Sponsors – SecolariHoCoBlogsTotallyHoCo, Maggianos

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A note from a fellow blogger:

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Welcome, new bloggers

Welcome, new bloggers.

We’ve gotten lots of April showers and are already seeing the May flowers (and trees) blooming! It’s really time to enjoy spring (achoo!) before the heat of summer is upon us. Enjoy this list of new bloggers, too!

Join the HoCo Blogging Community!

Spring months bring lots of outdoor activities and lots of plans for the upcoming summer. Talk about it with your community. School plays? Prom? Travel plans? It doesn’t matter the topic as long as you are part of our HoCo community! Go ahead, submit your blog now!

It’s time to really get local…and share local.

You know it, you live it, let’s share it. I’m talking about your local community! #ColumbiaMd #EllicottCity #OaklandMills #LongReach #HarpersVillage and YOUR specific community. Use your hashtags and follow them on Twitter.

And don’t forget to use the hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and more.

You can always find our list of local hashtags here.

Share your local events and learn about others!

Have you heard about TotallyHoCo.com yet? It’s a fantastic local calendar where you can both find and share local events for free. Check it out.

Much to do around HoCo: 7 helpful tips & sites

There’s a lot going on in Howard County … especially as the spring months come into bloom. Find out about much of what’s happening by checking in on these resources.

 

TotallyHoCo

Transparently, this is a project of mine. TotallyHoCo is an online calendar that is beautiful and fun to scan. It’s organized by the type of event, where the event is happening, the intended audience and other factors. Individuals, orgs and businesses in HoCo can post their events free (at least for now). Please remember to post a photo/flier/graphic.

What can be posted? Pretty much any event happening in HoCo. Arts & culture, community-wide yard sales, movie nights, book clubs, wine tastings, geocaching, live music, trivia nights and much more.

 

Check out Annie’s post

Yappy Hours, outdoor markets, festivals and more. Check out her post.

 

Art & Appetizers

Rhona LK Schonwald creates some museum quality abstract art, and she’s having a show in Maple Lawn the first weekend of May. Check it out here.

Must See: Sheep & Wool Festival

If you’ve yet to go, go! It’s huge and attracts a national audience … right here in your back yard. First weekend in May.

Remember Wine in the Woods

Mid May. Huge. Fun. Awesome. Be there. Deets here.

Downtown Columbia Partnership

These folks have a calendar, too. Check it out.

 

#HoCoEvents

Use your hashtags! :-) And follow them too … like this.

It’s Time to Chase Some Geese: Meet-n-Greet with @ColGateway

It’s time to chase some geese! Come to the meet-n-greet with @ColGateway, Howard County’s anachronistically hipster, secret yet well-known personality. We’ll be at AIDA Bistro on April 1st — no joke. It’s a real party. Details here and RSVPs requested.

Haven’t heard of Col Gateway? He graced the front cover of the Columbia Flier a couple weeks ago and he’s the star of this video. At the party, there will be a rousing speech from the Col himself, and fun merch and raffles. (I’ve seen a sneak peak … it’ll be unique!)

Hope to see you there, and remember, legit RSVPs are a good thing!
Jessie

Meet and Greet With Col Gateway

Meet and Greet with Col Gateway

col-at-aidaYou’ve seen him around Twitter. You’ve witnessed him riding snowplows and purging Columbia Gateway Drive of its geese. Now, for one magical evening, Col Gateway will step out from behind the veil of Twitter and mingle with the masses for a “Meet Col Gateway” happy hour at AIDA Bistro. RSVPs requested.

New Online Calendar in Howard County

Folks have been asking for this for years: an online calendar in Howard County. Now it’s here: TotallyHoCo. Check it out! It’s a great place to post, share and find events and things to do. Your help in sharing the calendar with friends and neighbors is much appreciated.

New Photo-based App for HoCo

Heard of HoCoSnapz? Ilana Bittner and Pixel Workshops have created this new app focused on local photo-sharing and org/biz-branded images posted on the events. Check it out!

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Welcome, new bloggers

Welcome, new bloggers.

Spring is less than a week away! With Spring comes new life and new beginnings…so let’s add a couple of new bloggers, too!

Join the HoCo Blogging Community!

That cold, white stuff has melted away (mostly!) and the sun will be bringing us budding trees and new green grass! It’s time to start thinking about those outside projects, so let’s talk about them! Tell us your outdoor plots and plans for the coming months. It doesn’t matter the topic as long as you are part of our HoCo community! Go ahead, submit your blog now!

Let’s talk about upcoming events and how to easily share (and find) that information!

Have you heard about TotallyHoCo.com yet? It’s a fantastic local calendar where you can both find and share local events for free. Check it out. Follow (and use) #HoCoEvents on Twitter.

And don’t forget to use the #HoCoEvents hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and more.

You can always find our list of local hashtags here.

There’s an exciting new app coming soon!

Keep an eye out for the new app that’s coming from Ilana Bittner; it’s called HoCoSnapz!