Not even a little drizzle or overcast skies could dampen their spirits. Nearly 100 community members came out on June 9 for the second annual Pikesville Arts & Craft Festival.

Presented by the 1000 Friends of Pikesville group, the festival was held at Waldron Avenue and DeRisio Lane behind Jilly’s Bar & Grill.

The family-friendly event, which took place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featured artisan vendors, food and live classic rock performed by The Uncommitted.

The festival celebrates the arts, the revitalization of the Pikesville community and the planned re-purposing of the historic Pikesville Armory as an arts and recreation cultural hub. The gathering also commemorated the end of Phase One of the Governor’s Commission on the Future of the Pikesville Armory, which is chaired by Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin (D-11th) and former Baltimore Councilwoman Vicki Almond (D-2nd).

Built in 1903, the vacant armory is a former Maryland National Guard facility.  It is the state’s second oldest armory, after Baltimore’s Fifth Regiment Armory, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Phase Two of the process will focus on feasibility studies and strategic planning for the armory and will be carried out by the Pikesville Armory Alliance. Representatives of the alliance include members of 1000 Friends of Pikesville, the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Pikesville Recreation Council and the Joint Committee of the Veterans of Pikesville Military Reservation.

For information about 1000 Friends of Pikesville, visit facebook.com/FriendsofPikesville/.

See images from the day above.