Community Tributes

Community Tributes

You’re invited to be part of a Big Celebration in 2017!

Community organizations, academic institutions, churches and professional entities are invited to participate in special tributes and celebrations.

Columbia will turn 50 on June 21, 2017 (the Summer Solstice) and the entire week will be dedicated to a time of celebration under the People Tree.

The Birthday year begins earlier with special events and activities—March 20 (the Vernal Equinox) and continue through September 22, 2017.

Six months of celebration—a wonderful opportunity to honor an amazing 50 Years of Columbia, Maryland.

Appreciate the past. Imagine the future


  • Columbia Portraits
    June 18, 2017 - August 12, 2017
    9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Mary Jo Messenger transforms the everyday into vibrant, inspirational works of art. For “Columbia Portraits,” the realist painter will feature Columbia residents as her subjects of inspiration. Storytelling will accompany the portraits displayed. It’s sure to be a night of fun and appreciation for Columbia’s past, present and future. You don’t want to miss it!


  • July 26, 2017
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Follow Moana on her action-packed voyage across the sea as she tries to save her village and fulfill the quest of her ancestors. With songs from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana is an all-ages crowd pleaser not to be missed. About Merriweather Movie Nights: Utilizing Merriweather’s high-definition video screens and featuring food and beverage choices


  • July 30, 2017
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Come celebrate summer by cooling off at the nature center with an afternoon at the Middle Patuxent River! Bring your own picnic and join a Robinson Naturalist at the river for lunch followed by fun, family-friendly river games. Search the stream for big and small animals! Make boats and race them downstream! Come dressed to


  • August 4, 2017
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The NatureSphere is a digital planetarium that seats up to 50 people. You may book a presentation in the NatureSphere in conjunction with birthday parties or field trip programs at the Robinson Nature Center. Presentations can also be seen during our public planetarium programs. Ages 7 years and up with an adult. $6 per person. This program


  • August 4, 2017
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The NatureSphere is a digital planetarium that seats up to 50 people. You may book a presentation in the NatureSphere in conjunction with birthday parties or field trip programs at the Robinson Nature Center. Presentations can also be seen during our public planetarium programs. Ages 18 years and up. $6 per person. This program is for adults


  • August 20, 2017
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Come celebrate summer by cooling off at the nature center with an afternoon at the Middle Patuxent River! Bring your own picnic and join a Robinson Naturalist at the river for lunch followed by fun, family-friendly river games. Search the stream for big and small animals! Make boats and race them downstream! Come dressed to


  • August 30, 2017
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

School’s almost back in session, so what better way to cap-off summer than with this film about a down-on-his-luck musician who teaches a group of prep school students about the ways of rock-and-roll? Full of laughs and classic rock songs, School of Rock is great fun for fans of music and comedy. About Merriweather Movie


  • September 1, 2017 - October 13, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

An exhibit celebrating the pivotal role the arts have had in advancing Columbia’s ideals and inspiring our community. Select artwork from The Rouse Company | Howard Hughes Corporation art collection – originally on view at the Rouse headquarters building but largely tucked away in storage since the company’s relocation in 2013 – will once again


  • September 6, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a special reception for this exhibit featuring lively discussions and presentations reflecting on art’s role throughout Columbia’s past, present and future. Former Rouse Company employees will serve as guest docents, reminiscing and sharing insights about the collection. Featured artists Vicki Scuri and Mary Ann Mears – who have, or who are creating,