One of the primary objectives of the Greater Highland Crossroads Association is to foster a sense of community. The organization strives to bring together area residents through a diverse calendar of activities.
Generally membership meetings, on a variety of topics of interest to the community, are held quarterly at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. In addition, when topics of urgent concern arise, membership meetings are held more frequently. Members receive email-distributed newsletters to alert them of meeting schedules and other information of happenings in and around the crossroads.
Each summer the Howard County Department of Parks and Recreation schedules a free concert in Schooley Mill Park. GHCA has helped promote this event by hosting a members’ barbecue and pot-luck supper prior to the concert.
Long before GHCA existed, farmers and families gathered at the crossroads for a fall festival celebrating the end of the harvest. There were games for children and adults, a groaning-board pot-luck supper and a dance.
Over the years this celebration has evolved.
In recent times GHCA has been one of the prime forces in producing this much anticipated autumn event which was consistently voted one of the top 3 annual Howard County events. It included a Kids’ Zone, dog obedience demos, a beer garden, a Halloween parade, food samplings, a haunted hay ride down a country lane, entertainment by local bands, choirs, and martial arts troops, a Little Shoppe of Horrors, shopping and most of all a fun time to connect with neighbors and friends.
Presently Highland Day is on hiatus, a victim of its own success. The event adapted as the crossroads evolved in the past decades, but has recently outgrown the four-corners’ capacity to accommodate parking and the crowds it drew.
GHCA officers and other community stake-holders are working together to re-imagine a simpler event which will still achieve the objective of bringing our community together to celebrate our uniqueness and connectedness. We welcome your suggestions and interest in helping us continue this beloved tradition.