27 for Old Ellicott City

Baltimore Raven Ray Rice has partnered with the Ellicott City Business Association in a campaign to support the historic district community affected by the recent train derailment.

For 27 days, through Oct. 10, merchants and restaurants are offering themed specials featuring Ray's jersey number 27. Then, 27 percent of those sales will be donated to benefit community recovery efforts from the derailment, and the association.

The businesses in the historic district are still recovering, and appreciate the support Ray Rice has generously offered.


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There will be an online Facebook auction of donated Ravens football items in addition to the various specials offered by the businesses. Each shop or restaurant will feature a different special.

For a list of participating merchants and restaurants, as well as the list of football goodies for auction, go to 27forOldEC on Facebook. I counted nearly two dozen participating businesses, including Hi Ho Silver on Columbia Pike, La Palapa Restaurant, the Obladi bed and breakfast, Wind River and Work.Play.Bark!

In the past year the historic district has endured flooding, an earthquake, and now this derailment. Please continue your support. All of the businesses in the historic district deserve it.

Sept. 29 Activities

On Sept. 29, the annual Fall Festival in the historic district will be enhanced by the inaugural Main Street Music Festival.

The Fall Festival will feature family activities like a moon bounce, face painting and pumpkin decorating at the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, and Star Wars characters and other favorites for the kids to enjoy.

The Music Festival is starting out gangbusters, with close to 50 bands appearing throughout the day at four indoor and four outdoor venues. Craft beers will be available at two outdoor locations by Tonge Row and at the Wine Bin parking lot.

The same day, the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, is featuring its "Blacksmith Day" with demonstrations on the B&O Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children.

Meanwhile, at the Ellicott City Wedding and Events venue at 8090 Main St., there will be a "Painted Palette Baltimore" event. This is a way for you to learn to paint while enjoying a glass of wine or soda. Participants will receive instruction on how to create their own artwork by recreating a featured painting. The cost is $40 and the event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, call 443-424-2ART.

The evening entertainment that day includes the final offering of the Wine Bin film series. A showing of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" will begin at 8 p.m.

Still Life Gallery

The Still Life Gallery, at 8173 Main St., is showing "Historic Ellicott City — Works by Contemporary Painters" through Oct. 28. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibit includes 50 paintings, nearly all created for this show. Artists include Duane Lutsko, Andrei Kushnir, Paul Bertholet, Jeff Wilson, David Diaz and Stewart White, and their subjects feature the historic district's hilltop vistas, old mill, and quaint buildings.

For more information, call 410-461-1616.

Pub Crawl

The next Literary Pub Crawl will be held on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. It originates at the Diamondback Tavern and will proceed to visit several other local establishments, where guests will spend about two hours learning about famous historic characters and their connection to the town.

The event is open to people over the age of 21, the cost is $10 (not including the cost of beverages) and the proceeds benefit the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation. Call 410-303-2959 for reservations.

First Friday

The next First Friday in the historic district is Oct. 5. Shops stay open later and many offer special deals. Check it out.