VENUES & HOTSPOTS
THE BEL AIR RECKORD ARMORY & ARMORY PARK
Bel Air Reckord Armory (37 N. Main St.) was built in the Greek Revival style in 1915. Formerly the headquarters for Company D of the Maryland National Guard, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. With the Armory’s rich history as a town social center in mind, the Town of Bel Air purchased the building in 2004. Extensive improvements have transformed the building into an event, performance and meeting venue
Frederick Ward Armory Park is also located on the grounds of the Armory and was dedicated in summer 2010. The park’s walls and columns have a Port Deposit stone façade that matches the Armory’s historic stone. The ground is covered with permeable pavers to support storm water management. Tables, chairs and a small outdoor stage provide an area for small events and a refuge for shoppers, workers and town visitors.
HARFORD ARTISTS GALLERY
The gallery is located in Suite 104 of Armory Marketplace just behind the Armory on Main Street. A registry of artists who belong to the Harford Artists’ Association is maintained on their website.
The former summer home of Dr. Howard Kelly, the Liriodendron Mansion is now an elegant events venue and houses a museum and art gallery in a densely wooded Bel Air neighborhood. It is a Palladian style home with a large terrace, wisteria-covered archways and a boxwood garden. Liriodendron is adjacent to the MA & PA Trail. The gallery hosts local artists on a rotating basis.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF HARFORD COUNTY
The Society is housed in a 1930s era U.S. Post Office. It is an important resource center for historical and genealogical research, housing a library and archives of maps, plats, photographs and 1800s newspapers. It also hosts changing exhibits of local and regional historical interest.
THE HAYS HOUSE MUSEUM
The Hays House Museum is located at 324 Kenmore Avenue, near the Bel Air High School. The Hays House was built in 1788 and is the oldest house in Bel Air. The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc., operates the historic house as a museum whose mission is to be a history-in-action museum and a valuable educational resource that illustrates and re-creates to the extent possible the social, cultural, economic, and practical aspects of the daily life of rural gentry primarily during the historical period 1788-1820.
The Bel Air’s Farmers’ Market is a producers’ only market which boasts over 40 vendors carrying locally grown produce, fresh flowers, meats, and cheeses as well as specialty products like dog treats, soups and salsas. View our interactive map of the vendors and products they offer. You can also count on live entertainment throughout the year and Art Month in April and November which features local artisans and authors. The Market can be found Saturdays from 7am -11am April through November at the Mary Risteau building parking lot on the corner of Thomas and S. Bond Street.
BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL
Featuring a state of the art 800 seat auditorium, the Bel Air High School has been hosting community performances since the school opened in 2009. Examples of popular events include Bel Air Drama Company theatrical performances, quarterly performances by the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and Tuba Christmas held annually in December.
Rockfield Manor is a historic landmark located in the Town of Bel Air. Built in 1921 by Charles and Adele McComas, the manor house now serves as a picturesque setting for events throughout the year.
WILLIAM A. HUMBERT AMPHITHEATER AT SHAMROCK PARK
This amphitheater, centrally located in the downtown corridor, is used to host the Summer Concert Series, the Bel Air Festival for the Arts, Flag Day ceremonies and the community bonfire and sing a long following the Christmas Parade along with many other events throughout the year.
JOHN CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS AND DANCE
Not only does John Carroll High School offer their students amazing opportunities in the performing arts, they also have opened the Musical Theatre Academy and The Ballet Academy to serve members of the community ages 5 and up. They offer classes in musical theatre, drama and technical theatre as well as a structured learning environment for a proper ballet foundation.
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