Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Music Mill?

With out-of-town guests in for the weekend, we were looking for the perfect ending to their very first visit to the area. After spending all of Saturday touring the historic neighborhoods surrounding Baltimore’s Harbor, I thought what better way to spend a warm Sunday evening than @ an outdoor concert - in the country!
So the 10 of us packed a huge picnic cooler full of wine, cheese, olives, fruit, etc., loaded lawn chairs in the back of our trucks and headed south…

After driving approximately 30 minutes, we crossed the Jericho Bridge (circa 1865 and the only remaining covered bridge in the tri-county area) and within a few hundred feet, we were at the quaint historic village of Jerusalem Mill. This tiny village sits alongside the Little Gunpowder Falls River banks and consists of several private historic homes as well as a grist mill/museum, blacksmith shop, and gun/copper shop. The Mill, built in 1772, was once known world wide for it’s prized ‘white silk ‘ flour and now serves as the Gunpowder State Park Headquarters.

This particular evening, Smooth Kentucky ( http://www.smoothkentucky.com/) was the musical entertainment; a little folksy, a little country and loads of talent. Playing everything from Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead to authentic bluegrass classics.

I must add that the crowd here was the most laid back (in a good way) of ANY festival/concert scene I had ever experienced; moms swaying with their papoose’d babies, dogs playing fetch, couples stretched out on blankets, children skipping stones along the river bank, and friendly conversations in sync with not-too-loud music made for a very enjoyable evening. And since these concerts take place the first Sunday evening of every summer month, I know I will return – sooner than later I hope!

The Jerusalem Mill and it’s historic village shops are open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4, staying open later on the Summer Concert Series evenings. For more info http://jerusalemmill.org/

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