This beautiful time of year has certainly been enhanced by all of the lovely plantings. The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs throughout the Historic District and they were magnificent.
And, did you know that 1,600 cherry trees have been planted throughout Howard County through the Blossoms of Hope initiative that raises money for breast cancer awareness? The trees are everywhere. I especially like the group at Centennial Park, and the ones in the Historic District.
If you are ready to buy some plants to enhance your own property, be sure to get to the Whipp's Cemetery fundraiser plant sale, to be held on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11.
The sale will be held at the First Lutheran Church at the corner of Frederick and Chatham roads. The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Funds support the maintenance of the cemetery.
Speaking of Blossoms of Hope, you still have time to sign up for their Hills of Milltown 5K, scheduled for Sunday, May 12. This is the race that asks if you are strong enough to climb the hills of the Historic District — and you know we have plenty of them.
It's a lovely race, going past a variety of historic sites as well as the natural beauty of the granite and green. To learn more, call 410-461-1900.
The Howard County Historical Society is sponsoring a War of 1812 bus tour to Baltimore on Saturday, April 27. The bus will leave from the Courthouse parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. and the tour will include the Maryland Historical Society to see the original Star Spangled Banner, the Flag House, Patterson Park and Northpoint Park.
The cost is $75 for society members and $85 for the general public. A box lunch is included. Tickets are available at the society's library in the Miller Branch Library. For more information, call 410-480-3250.
At the society's museum, in the old Presbyterian Church on Court Avenue, Wiley Purkey's retrospective art exhibit continues until June.
He paints historical images as well as current ones, so his works are a walk through time. Many images are also for sale. The museum is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and admission is free.
Randy and Steve's
While I was sad to see Yate's Market close after more than a century in business, Randy and Steve's New General Store is a fine replacement. The store is having its grand opening on Saturday, April 27, from 2 to 8 p.m.
They are featuring live entertainment including classic rock and R&B, free food from their R&S deli and free seated massages. Sounds like fun. The store is at 8249 Main St. Call them at 410-696-4343 for more information.
The Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City entertainingly scares willing participants on Friday and Saturday nights. The tours leave from the Welcome Center at 8267 Main St., at 8:30 p.m. For reservations call 410-313-1900.
The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation continues to accept entrants for this year's photo contest. Submissions will be judged in three categories — adult, 18 and older; youth, 17 and younger; and this year's special category, the doors of Ellicott City.
All photos must be of subjects in the Historic District, and submissions must be delivered to the Visitors' Welcome Center, 8267 Main St., no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Cash prizes will be awarded.
The photos will be on display at the Welcome Center through July 7. The center is open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information about the contest, call 410-303-2959.