Category: Events

Rising Sun – Celebrating the Past, Present, Future

May 16th, 2017 by

Howard Bank Rising Sun Bank BuildingChartered in 1880, the historic Rising Sun Bank was one of a few Maryland banks that survived the Depression. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this bank anchors the past of Rising Sun to the present and the future. No one is more in tuned to the history and meaning of the bank than Charles “Chip” Slaybaugh.

The bank became part of the Howard Bank family in 2014. As a special assets collection officer for Howard Bank, Chip is continuing the connection of the Slaybaugh family to this historic institution. Chip’s great grandfather was president of the National Bank of Rising Sun - Check PresentationRising Sun, one of the previous identities of this institution, from 1912 until 1950.

Because of the high standards of the bank’s procedures, not only did the bank survive the Depression, it was the first in Maryland to reopen after the historic 3-day closing called for by President Roosevelt.

Images of all of the past presidents adorn the walls of the board room, and other historical items are on display. The celebration honors the history and preservation of the beautiful historic building that sits in the center of this little town with a strong sense of community.Rising Sun CelebrationMary Ann - Rising Sun ReceptionRising Sun - historical artifacts

For the 10th Year in a Row, Howard Bank Supports Columbia Festival of the Arts. This Time at its New Location: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.

June 6th, 2016 by

For the 10th consecutive year, Howard Bank is supporting the Columbia Festival of the Arts, which for the first time will be held at the Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.CFA2006

In addition to the move, the Festival will explore India’s transformation into the modern world and feature author Nadia Hashimi. It will also formally launch the new Columbia Film Festival.

“The Festival of the Arts is excited to move to Symphony Woods this year given all of the development in Town Center,” said Todd Olson, Columbia Festival of the Arts Executive Director. “The renovated Merriweather Post Pavilion, the soon-to-be finished Chrysalis Amphitheatre, and the proposed Arts Center…all within a stone’s throw of each other will surely create a cultural epicenter in Howard County and all of Central Maryland.”

The June 10th – 26th event marks the Festival’s 29th year, and one of the biggest occasions in its history. Traditionally, the Festival has been held at the Lakefront.The Festival’s inaugural free “Weekend In The Woods” runs Saturday June 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Photo: 2006 CFA – Andrea Martinez, Mary Ann Scully, Steve Sachs & Chris Marasco

“It’s about giving back to the community,” said Robert Marshall, Marketing and Communications Director for the Columbia Festival of the Arts. “It’s not unlike Wine in the Woods. It’s part of the larger Festival of the Arts at Columbia.”

The festival also ushers in the start of summer, said Mary Ann Scully-President and CEO of Howard Bank. “The CFA means three (more…)

This Thanksgiving: A Choice

November 25th, 2015 by


From all of us at Howard Bank we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

It’s that time of year once again—the time when we offer our thanks for our blessings. In preparation for doing so, it’s important to remember that some have more thanks to offer than others, and to remember those when celebrating our own good fortune.

The subject of economic inequality is one frequently mentioned these days by government leaders and social scientists, not to mention Federal Reserve chairmen and countless economists. Despite the bank bashing that still occurs, eight years after the crisis, those of us who are community bankers spend much of our time, professionally and personally, trying to correct some of those inequalities through our age-old role as facilitators and intermediaries. We provide funding to those who are not liquid, but are seeking advantage, by responsibly investing the proceeds from those who are more liquid, if not more advantaged, into our own community. However we also spend a great deal of time trying to understand the larger picture—the reality of, the magnitude of and the root causes of inequality.  (more…)

Howard County Ten Oaks Cup Polo Match Returns to the Field

September 22nd, 2015 by

Join us to tread in the divots at the 10th Annual Ten Oaks Cup Polo Match this Saturday, September 26, at Marama Farm in Clarksville. This year marks Howard Bank’s fifth year as a proud sponsor of the Ten Oaks Cup.

The afternoon will include multiple Polo matches, concession stands, family-friendly activities, divot stomping and more. Gates open at noon, and matches begin at 2 p.m. Bring along blankets, lawn chairs and hey, even a grill for tailgating. 

The Ten Oaks Cup supports Catholic Charities and its Our Daily Bread Employment Center, which provides those in need with a hot meal, case management, job training and employment counseling. Catholic Charities serves 160,000 people, and nearly 350,000 meals each year.

Event tickets may be purchased online in advance. General Admission tickets, $50 per car, as well as Tailgate Spots, $150 per car, can be purchased at the gate, depending on availability. For more details and event information, please visit the event website.

Saddle Up for the 28th Columbia Grand Prix this Saturday

September 16th, 2015 by

This weekend, Howard Bank is excited to be sponsoring the 28th Annual Howard Community College Columbia Classic Grand Prix, held on September 19. The event benefits the HCC Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships to HCC students.

The day-long event, held on Marama Farm in Clarksville, will feature amateur horse riding and jumping, a classic and collector car show, activities for kids, food and drink in the Clyde’s Beer & Wine Garden, a raffle, and the Grand Prix horse race, which starts at 2 p.m.

Howard County Wine Masters is Back!

September 3rd, 2015 by

winemasters-e1441389991931This month, Howard Bank is proud to be sponsoring the 13th annual Howard County Wine Masters, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event will be held on September 12 on a private estate in Howard County and will feature delicious food, wine and craft beer, live and silent auctions and music.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening, genetic disease affecting the lungs. CFF supports cystic fibrosis patients through research and funding to help find a cure and provide patients with resources to help them live more full and productive lives. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis.

To purchase event tickets, donate, or learn more about the event, click here.

Meet the (New) Guy in Charge of the Columbia Festival of the Arts

May 27th, 2015 by


Howard Bank is thrilled to once again sponsor the 28th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts this year, which runs June 12-27, spanning three weekends. Last year, we gave you a rundown of facts about the festival you may have never known. This year, we dove even deeper (more…)

This Thanksgiving: A Thank You and a Promise

November 26th, 2014 by

MaryAnn Scully

On behalf of everyone at Howard Bank, I’d like to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

Although it’s customary to focus on our blessings on this specific day, I hope all our employees and customers know just how thankful and appreciative I am for them all year round. As a quickly growing, community-centered bank with an ever-increasing presence in the central Maryland region, it’s obvious that our success is not due to any one person or initiative–the success is shared and we’re all part of it. (more…)

The Columbia Festival of the Arts: 27 Years Strong…

June 5th, 2014 by

Columbia Festival of the Arts

For the past several years Howard Bank has had the privilege of sponsoring The Columbia Festival of the Arts held at the Lakefront in Downtown Columbia.  The mission of the festival, held since 1987, is to “present a world class celebration of the arts and entertainment that attracts, engages and inspires the broad and diverse community it serves.” (more…)

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