Have you ever driven through the Greenspring or Worthington Valley and been struck by the majesty of the Maryland landscape?  Keeping the countryside pristine and green took hard work (and even a fight or two) over half a century and now those who have helped to preserve the land celebrate the success.

Join the Valleys Planning Council — the non-profit that protects the use of the valleys — as it celebrates 50 years of keeping Baltimore County beautiful.  The festivities kick-off with a screening of a film by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Allen Moore on preservation efforts on Friday, October 12th at the Baltimore Museum of Art at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. cocktail party.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 13 with a country farm fair on a hundred-acre field on Tufton Avenue (north side of Tufton, .85 miles west of Falls Road). Skeet shooting and biking competitions, a flower and horticulture show and games — the People Chase alone is worth seeing — are just some of the events planned.

(Athletic competitions begin at 8 a.m. for participants only.  At noon the fair opens to everyone and runs until 4 p.m.)

The pastoral setting might tempt you to bring your picnic basket, but leave it at home: The concession will be catered by locavore favorite Clementine Restaurant. Yum!

For more information about the the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Valleys Planning Council, go to the VPC website or learn more about the event on the Baltimore Fishbowl Events page.

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Susan Dunn

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.