Ellicott City: All kinds of Howard County info in newly published guide

Howard County Tourism and Promotion has just released the new guide to the area, and I was pleased to see that it is targeted to tourists and residents alike.

The publication is a handy reference for shopping, dining and all-around living in Howard County, with many useful phone numbers, maps and event information.

Of course, I especially enjoyed the information relating to the historic district. They include a great map of the historic district that shows a walking tour, Civil War-related sites, and parking areas. Pick up a copy at the Howard County Welcome Center, at 8267 Main St. in the historic district, the next time you visit.

Meet the Little Patuxent Review

The Welcome Center will host fiction and poetry members of the Little Patuxent Review for an event on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

After reading from their works, participants will engage audiences in a salon-style talk-back session about music and its influences in preparation for the summer issue of the Little Patuxent Review's "Music" issue. The event is free and open to the public.

Valentine's Day and Super Bowl

It seems like I just put away the Christmas ornaments, but it's true — Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you are planning to go out, now is the time to make reservations.

The historic district is lucky to have the restaurant named by Howard Magazine as the most romantic in the county — Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant.

This year you don't have to agonize over which menu option to choose. Chef Michel Tersiguel has made it easy for you by offering a five-course tasting menu for all. At $80 per person, plus beverages, tax and gratuity, it sounds like a nice way to celebrate your love. Reservations are at 410-465-4004.

Of course Tersiguel's isn't the only romantic venue in town. I love the intimacy of Cacao Lane as well.

However, before we get to the romance we have to go to the game. Wasn't it great that Sasha and Malia showed their support of our Ravens by wearing purple to the Inauguration? I'm sure they will be watching the game too.

For the rest of us, venues for watching the Super Bowl abound in town. Head to the Phoenix or the Diamondback or the Brewery or the Judge's Bench. They aren't just man caves, the ladies are welcome, and if your team wins, the evening will be every bit as romantic as Valentine's Day.

Evening in the Stacks

The popular Evening in the Stacks library event will be held at the Miller Library again this year on Feb. 23. The cost is $100 per person through Jan. 31, and $125 per person after.

This year's fete is billed Sparkle and Spurs and planners say that while the evening is black tie, sparkly accessories and boots are encouraged. Features include live musical entertainment, an auction, food and drink. The evening benefits the library's educational initiatives. Call the library at 410-313-1950 for more information.

Lincoln Cottage Tour

The movie "Lincoln" is terrific, and has renewed interest in one of everyone's favorite presidents. The Howard County Historical Society wants to help you learn more about this amazing man by sponsoring a bus trip to Lincoln's Cottage, in the District of Columbia, on Friday, April 5 — hopefully in time for the cherry blossoms.

The member price is $59; the non-member price is $65. Tickets are available at the website http://www.hchsmd.org.

The trip will depart by Eyre bus from Normandy Shopping Center at 9 a.m., with a tour of the cottage, lunch at Union Station, and a quick visit to the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall.

According to the National Historic Trust, President Lincoln's Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided here from June to November of 1862, 1863, and 1864. He made major decisions and developed the Emancipation Proclamation during the months spent at the Cottage.

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