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Mostly Main Street: Historic district is tailor-made for a Mother's Day out

By Janet Kusterer, janetkusterer@verizon.net

May 5, 2012

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This Sunday is Mother's Dayand I can think of no place better to spend it than in the historic district. For one thing, the Second Sunday Market at Tonge Row is scheduled for that day and mom would love to walk around and check out the produce and maybe enjoy a cup of coffee on the patio in front of the Little French Market Café.

After that, a short stroll across the parking lot to Tersiguel's would make an easy segue to a lovely brunch. Or, you could walk up the drive to Columbia Pike and enjoy lunch at the Diamondback Tavern. Of course, there are many restaurants to choose from downtown. One thought is to take a leisurely stroll down Main Street and check out the menus in the windows. One will surely catch your eye—with everything from Tea on the Tiber to Johnnie's on Main, there is something for everyone.

Speaking of farmers markets, I see where the Howard County farmers markets are opening for the season this week. It looks like the one closest to the historic district is the one at the Miller Branch Library — it has been at St. John's Episcopal Church the past few years.

They seem to have a lot of interesting vendors lined up. I noticed Bowling Green Farm, offering cheese and butter; the Breadery; Cosmic Bean Coffee Co., TLV Tree Farm offering vegetables, fruit, meat and eggs and many more. The market at the Miller Branch Library will be open on Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Definitely worth checking out.

Blossoms of Hope

Victoria Goodman, executive director of the Blossoms of Hope, tells me that there was an excellent turnout at all of the events the group planned for the Cherrybration Celebration fundraiser for the Claudia Meyer Cancer Center. The Hills of Milltown 5k attracted 150 runners — an amazing number for such a challenging, hilly course, and the Lanterns of Hope parade included 175 participants. Kudos to all who spent so many hours to make these events such a success, and thanks to all who participated.

Hollywood meets Ellicott City

I heard from my friend, Earl Klemm, that Ellicott City film producer Lee Doll is about to release his latest DVD — and Earl has a part in it! Lee works at Cottage Antiques on Main Street, but his real passion is the movie business. His latest DVD — his seventh, is called "Dangerous Deception: Tales of the Fixer." The movie was partially filmed at the Howard County Historical Society's Museum on Court Avenue. The museum was used as the location for "The Church of Starry Wisdom."

Actor George Stover plays the evil cult leader who has his headquarters in the museum (which used to be a church.) Klemm offered his home in the historic district for filming the scenes with the mystic fortune teller and was a featured extra throughout the film, which is an homage to the 1970s style detective shows, with tongue-in-cheek humor. Earl also told me that he screen tested for one of Lee's next projects, a western set in the 19th century. Should be a lot of fun.

Lee has another film series, called "Adventures of Luanna Lee." This series takes place around Main Street in the historic district. Louanna also sings the theme song for "Dangerous Deception." Trailers from these shows can be seen on YouTube.

House and Garden pilgrimage

Sign up now for the Howard County Historical Society House and Garden Pilgrimage on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets cost $30 and can be purchased on line at http://www.mhgp.org, or at Shoemaker Country, Ellicott's Country Store or the HCHS Museum on Court Street. On the day of the event, tickets are $35, at any of the sites included in the tour. The proceeds will assist in defraying the cost of the Society's Library move to the Miller Branch Library and Historical Center. For more information, call 410-480-3250.