Out and About

At this beautiful time of year you don't need any special reason to visit the historic district. On the weekends the historic sites — the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, the Firehouse Museum, the Heritage Orientation Center and the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park — are all open to visitors.

Lots of shops have samples of their wares out on the sidewalk, and a few restaurants offer outdoor seating.

Grab an ice cream cone and sit on a picnic bench next to the Tiber. Give those texting thumbs a rest, stop and smell the roses.


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Coming Events

"Dare to Taste the Spirits of Ellicott City" is a fun event that will be held on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. The cost is $20 and does not cover the cost of beverages. You must be 21 or older to participate. For reservations and information, call 1-800-288-8747. This one will put you in the mood for Halloween for sure.

The Second Sunday Farmers Market will be held on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event has grown nicely and new features are always being added. One nice one is the pizza offerings from Nathan Sowers, the baker at Tersiguel's. He has a custom-made European pizza oven that he tells me can reach a temperature of 900 degrees. The oven is portable and looks like a giant beehive. One of his custom creations is ready in 90 seconds. His pizzas were a big hit at the recent Fall Festival. Look for him at the market this weekend.

The next "Girls Night Out" is on Oct. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. You can start at either the Wine Bin or at Ellicott City Weddings and Events. Have a glass of wine and pick up your free tote bag and a coupon good for 20 percent off an item of selected merchandise at 22 participating merchants.

The Wine Bin has two movies coming up later this month. "Psycho" will be shown at 8 on Oct. 13 and "Casablanca" on Oct. 20. These are two classics made new again by watching them outdoors.

The Howard County Historical Society hosts two book signings featuring Russ Noratel, author of "Ghosts of Ellicott City." Meet the author on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Miller Library or on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the society's museum in the former church at 8828 Court Ave. in the historic district.

Murals at the post office

The project to restore the New Deal murals that line the walls at the former post office on Main Street, now the Tourism Welcome Center, is moving along, with approval from the Maryland Historic Trust. Bids have been received from at least three companies now, and the project is just a few thousand dollars short of its goal.

The restoration process will take about six weeks. I've been assured that the restored murals will become a popular tourist attraction themselves. If you would like to contribute, contact the tourism office at 410-313-1900.

Kudos

Congratulations to the Howard County Historical Society's Volunteer Coordinator, Paulette Lutz, for receiving an award from the United Daughters of the Confederacy for her continued hard work preserving local history. Paulette was also named HCHS Volunteer of the Year.

Zagat

Kudos also to Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant for being named the top restaurant in Howard County for food, by the Zagat survey for 2013, which just hit the bookstores last week.

Zagat is a consumer-based survey of local restaurants, looked to for recommendations by many diners. Tersiguel's also tied with top tier Charleston and the Prime Rib in Baltimore for service.

If you would like to experience what all the excitement is about, you should check out their "Hunter and Gatherer Wine Dinner" coming up on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Five unique courses will be paired with wines for a cost of $95 inclusive.

Chef Michel Tersiguel tells me that they are introducing a new regular menu this week as well. For reservations call 410-465-4004.