With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's time to share what we're thankful for. Below is a list of 10 things I'm thankful for in Eldersburg and Sykesville.
I can go on and on but I want to hear from you. Comment below with what you're thankful for in the area. Share your stories in the spirit of the holiday and we'll feature them on Thanksgiving Day.
9. Local arts programs. I'm a dancer and a dance teacher and I thoroughly enjoy getting to see local performances by the award winning Liberty High School drama department, the many local dance studios and the numerous local performing arts groups.
8. Panera Bread. This is my hangout in Eldersburg. I often sit with my "Patch" laptop, breaking news, enjoying the company of local residents who stop by, and chowing down on my favorite Sierra Turkey sandwich and broccoli cheese soup.
6. The former London Fog factory. Yes, I'm thankful for the large warehouse at the bottom of the hill. It's unbelievable watching the building transform from a factory and store to a church, a practice space for high school robotics and a sports complex.
5. The Carrolltown Mall. No, it's not quite what it used to be, but it's definitely still an icon to me. I remember visiting the mall as a child with my good friends. When the inside space was still open, we would enjoy Fun Quarters, the shops and cafeteria. One of my favorite Facebook finds is the group "I Used To Hang Out On The Carrolltown Mall Parking Lot-80's/90's," which is a fun page to read reminisce.
4. The Angel of Hope Memorial Garden. Currently being constructed at the South Carroll Senior Center, this memorial garden and the heartbreaking story behind it is uplifting. I look forward to being able to visit it once it's completed.
3. Main Street Sykesville. This one explains itself. From the history to the people and the quaint shops, how can you not be thankful for it?
2. Dairy Queen. I grew up in nearby Ellicott City and would always look forward to visiting the Eldersburg Dairy Queen for a treat and a good time with my Mom, brother Christopher and childhood friends Brittany, Megan and Christine.
1. The Liberty Reservoir. The beautiful views are just a step away from the busy streets of Eldersburg and Sykesville. If you ever need a break from life's craziness there's always the reservoir to be thankful for.