HOW NOW ROBINSON NATURE CENTER CHARTS A TO Z TRAIL To honor the legacy of Anne Robinson and celebrate Columbia's 50th anniversary, the Robinson Nature Center is unveiling a new outdoor exhibit. The A to Z Trail’ signage will feature each letter of the alphabet decorated with artwork submitted by community members. The installation is modelled on 'story trails' in other cities, says Meagan Downey, the center’s program manager. “A story along a trail to keep visitors walking and keeps them inter-ested," she says. The A to Z trail helps fulﬁ l the mission of connecting people to nature, Downey points out. “We wanted to make it a fun trail especially for our younger audiences." Each letter will be illustrated with themes from nature. The center began accepting submissions in late March during a kick-off Draw Your World event, and will accept art on the ﬁ rst Saturday of each month following story hour until July. All are welcome to participate, says Downey. The trail is slated to be open in time for the anniversary open house in mid-September. HOW NOW By Gina Gallucci-White GETTING FRESHLY IN SAVAGE Meal time will get a whole lot easier for Howard County residents starting this fall. Freshly, a New York City-based food delivery service, will open a new 171,000 square-foot meal distribution center on Bollman Place in Savage. The facility, estimated to add more than 500 jobs to the area, is set to be the company's east coast site for food prep-aration, cooking, assembly and distribution. Customers visit the Freshly website to choose meals from a rotating weekly menu. Once an order is placed, your dish– made with all natural, gluten-free ingredients—is packed for delivery. Meals arrive ready for meal time. Freshly selections include breakfast, lunch and dinner options with subscriptions available for four to 12 meals per week. Custom meals are available for those with special dietary restrictions. "Freshly will be a great addi-tion to the business commu-nity along the Route 1 corri-dor," says Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. The company’s innovative approach to meal delivery will complement the existing food and distribution indus-tries here, he says. “Soon, people all across the east coast will enjoy fresh food prepared in Howard County." For infor-mation, visit freshly.com. How Now continued on page 15 SUMMER 2017 l HER MIND MAGAZINE .COM 13 HOWARD COUNTY CONSERVANCY EXPLORES THE ART OF STORYTELLING After standing room only crowds showed up for the Howard County Conservancy's 2016 storytelling spree, the nonproﬁ t expanded the event to two locations–the Mt. Pleasant head-quarters and the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia. The dozen or so storytellers at each location in April included former state delegate and Howard County Executive Liz Bobo, Columbia Association's Sean Harbaugh and Patapsco Heritage Greenway's John Slater. The event, says Meg Schumacher Boyd, the conservancy's executive director, is a chance to hear personal stories from neighbor and community members. Story tellers focus on things that make them feel connected to Columbia and Howard County, says Schumacher Boyd, and the tagline is 'Connecting people to nature,' but community is the driving force. “We want to promote the connections in the community–whether they are connections to nature or connections with your neighbors.” The conservancy hosts two work-shops in the spring to prepare for the events. Professional storyteller Leigh Tillman leads the workshops in which participants learn the craft of storytelling. “Lots of dif-ferent groups come out just to learn the skill of telling your story and how to become an engaged and eff ective storyteller," Schumacher Boyd says. For information about next year’s storytelling workshop and event, visit hcconservancy.org.