Time is running out! The wonderful Lego train exhibit at the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, will close at the end of this month. Everyone who sees it — including me — marvels at the attention to detail this exhibit shows.

Many of us have watched our children laboriously construct a space ship or castle out of a small kit and have seen how much work goes into the finished product. You will be astounded by the breadth and complexity of this exhibit.

Go. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Restaurant Weeks

Restaurant weeks are upon us. This is a great chance to try a new restaurant or to explore new dishes at a tried and true favorite.

Participating restaurants in the historic district are the Diamondback Tavern and Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant.

I've seen the featured menu for the Diamondback and it looks like a lot of fun. First course is grilled seasonal fruit. Choices for the second course are lamb burgers or rockfish. Winding things up is a decadent bacon chocolate brownie. All this for only $25.13. Sounds like a good deal to me.

By the way, my husband Tom and I ventured to Baltimore County last week to enjoy a mini-family reunion at a restaurant near the Loch Raven Reservoir. I had an incredible lobster grilled cheese sandwich. If anyone knows of a Howard County restaurant serving up something like this, please let me know! That and a chicken Chesapeake wrap I ate in Annapolis a few months ago stand out as favorite lunch dishes I'd like to enjoy again.

Parking

The new parking app for your smart phone, Parker, is in place, and I've heard some grumbling about it, but I say let's give it a chance. As of this writing the new meters on Main Street and the new pricing for meters are not yet implemented.

It's a good idea to check to see if the covers have been removed from the new meters to avoid a parking ticket. It should happen soon.

Plaque program

Historic Ellicott City Inc. has announced that it is moving ahead with a plaque program initiated by the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation in 1998. Approved by the Historic District Commission, these bronze plaques are designed to promote awareness of local history, and will grace the facades of notable buildings in the historic district.

The first plaque installed in this phase of the program was on Ellicott's Country Store in October 2012, on the occasion of the store's 50th anniversary on Main Street.

Ellicott's Country Store is currently the oldest continually operating store in the historic district. The building housing the store is the Walker-Chandler house, circa 1790. It is thought to be the oldest duplex in the county and has housed a boot-making shop, a tavern, the American Red Cross, the telephone company and Yate's Record Shop.

Buildings previously honored include the Fire House Museum, Lawyer's Row and Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant .If you would like to nominate your building for inclusion in the program, call the organization at 410-461-6908.

Heritage Newsletter

For 14 years, from 1974 to 1988, Historic Ellicott City Inc. published the Heritage Newsletter. This was a unique publication, featuring local preservation news as well as in-depth historical articles.

Stories ranged from the work involved in the first restoration of the Railroad Station Museum to stories about Charles Carroll of Carrollton and John Eager Howard, a comparison of the Patapsco Female Institute to the Parthenon, and the roots of St. Paul's Church.

Together, these papers provide a valuable research tool for local history. Historic Ellicott City has gathered these papers, had them bound, and plans to distribute them to local public libraries, high schools, and Howard County and Catonsville Community Colleges.

Joyce Pope, executive director, presented a bound copy of the newsletters to Ed Lilley, manager of the Howard County Welcome Center, at a recent meeting of the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation. It is now available for public use at the Welcome Center. Check it out.