At long last it seems safe to revel in daffodils, tulips and crocuses. The day after our last surprise snow fall at the end of March, I was delighted to see crocuses blooming where just the day before there was a pile of snow.
If, like me, you are anxious to enjoy the riot of floral colors (no more old gray snow here), the perfume of fresh flowers (not gas fumes from the snow blower) and the sounds of robins and spring peepers instead of the grind of the snow plow, you need to pay a visit to the seventh annual Daffodil Day at Whipps Cemetery on Saturday, April 12.
The cemetery, at 3651 St. Johns Lane, is Ellicott City's only public historic garden park cemetery run entirely by volunteers. It was begun as a family cemetery in 1855, and the last burial was in 1915.
This event, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., helps support the care of the park. Potted flowers will be for sale, and Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer gardening advice. The Marriottsville Ridge Madrigal Singers will offer entertainment and refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-274-7795.
Swinging and rocking
The Howard County Historical Society is kicking off their 2014 Music Concert Series with the "Ain't Misbehavin' Big Band Swing Dance Party" on April 12 and "Rearview Mirror" on April 26. Both events occur at the society's museum on Court Avenue from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Swing Dance will feature the big band sounds of the '40s, "Sinatra-style," while the "Rearview Mirror" group will offer music of the last six decades with a modern touch — Everly Brothers, the Eagles, Carrie Underwood, Van Morrison and more. Tickets are $15 each, $25 for couples and can be purchased at their website, http://www.hchsmd.org or by calling 410-480-3250.
The society is also hosting a book signing at the museum by local historian Lee Preston on April 12 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Preston will discuss the update to his book, "Archeology in Howard County and Beyond."
"Pink Plate" specials will be offered in area restaurants during the month of April. In the historic district, the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. and Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant are participating. Also, pink is the color associated with this month's "Girl's Night Out" on Main Street.
Visit the Wine Bin between 5 and 7 p.m. on April 17 to sample some wine and collect your free tote bag filled with goodies and coupons for participating shops in the historic district. A portion of the proceeds of the evening will go to the Research Center as well.
Easter is on April 20. Tersiguel's will offer a special Easter dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Also, the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, will be closed that day. B&O members can enjoy free admission to the Baltimore Zoo in April and May, so that would be a good day to go there instead.
Historic sites in town have reopened for the season. The Thomas Isaac Log Cabin and the Ellicott City Firehouse Museum are open on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Tours are offered at the Patapsco Female Institute at 1:30 p.m. and at the Ellicott City Colored School Restored at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Heritage Orientation Center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Maps showing the locations of these sites are available at the Tourism Center in the former post office on Main Street. All are well worth a visit.