The sixth annual Daffodil Days celebration at Whipps Cemetery Garden is coming up on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The garden is at 3651 St. John's Lane.

The event features a special sale of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and bluebells. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

The proceeds from this event support the park's maintenance by Howard County Master Gardeners and other volunteers. For more information, contact Aleta Graville, Howard County Master Gardener, at 410-274-7795.

After you check out the daffodils at Whipps, get yourself down to the historic district, where volunteers have planted a couple thousand bulbs throughout the town. The blooms will be magnificent.

Model Train Tour

On Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m., the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, is offering a guided tour of its HO model train layout located in the Freight House.

This is a marvelous, detailed exhibit in a building designed by noted architect Francis Baldwin in 1885. The building originally provided storage space for freight and a loading platform for boxcars.

The model train layout features the first thirteen miles of railroad track in America. The diorama includes Baltimore, the birthplace of the B&O, along with the track known as the Old Main Line and Ellicott's Mills, the first terminus of the railroad and the home of the oldest railroad station in America. The exhibit has been updated to show other places of interest as well as Union Army encampments during the Civil War. For information, call 410-461-1945.

Are You Tough Enough?

Now is the time to sign up for the Hills of Milltown 5K race, scheduled for Mother's Day, Sunday May 12.

The race follows a scenic loop past thirteen historic sites in the historic district. The race starts at parking lot E (all the spots are free there) by the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin and passes the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Castle Angelo, the courthouse, the jail, and Mt. Ida, among others. For more details go to http://www.visithowardcounty.com.

Yappy Hour

The Wine Bin is bringing back its popular Yappy Hour. The first of the season will be held on April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

You and your well-behaved dog are invited to enjoy beverages and live music. The event will be held the first Friday of each month through November, and a portion of the sales during that time will be donated to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

Wiley Purkey

The Howard County Historical Society Museum will be the site of an exhibit of works by local artist Wiley Purkey. The exhibit will run from April 6 to June 29. An opening reception will be held on April 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

There will be a closing reception as well, on June 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. Wiley has been painting images of the historic district for the past 44 years, and the dozens of images for this show will be drawn from the many drawings, watercolors, oil paintings and prints that he has executed over the years.

My husband Tom and I have a print of Wiley's overview of the historic district in the snow that he did in 1985. Ours has a Remarque of Mt. Ida added. I liked that because we bought it while I was volunteering at the Historic Ellicott City Inc. show house at Mt. Ida in 1995. The piece has a place of honor in our living room and we never tire of looking at it.

The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m., and admission is free. Wiley will also have some pieces for sale during the exhibit. Hope you find something special.

The museum is at 8328 Court Ave. in the former First Presbyterian Church. Plenty of free parking is available by the courthouse. Call 410-480-3250 for more information.

Haunting

Howard County Tourism continues to offer its excellent ghost tours, the "Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City." The next tours are April 5 and 6. Call 410-313-1900 for reservations.