Well, that perfect weather we enjoyed over the Fourth weekend is just a sweaty memory right now. Nothing to do in these dog days but sit back and be entertained. Luckily, the historic district is happy to oblige, with lots of things going on for us to enjoy in our lethargy.
Saturday nights are well taken care of. There are free concerts in the parking lot by the Little French Market, behind Tonge Row, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
On July 19, the featured group is Jason Anderson and Friends. On July 26, it's Tillers Prospect. After the concert ends you can make your way up to the Wine Bin for their outdoor movies, starting at 9 p.m. On July 19 they are screening "When Harry Met Sally" (rated R) and on July 26, "Grease" is the word. The movies are free too, and part of the proceeds from the sales of refreshments goes to benefit Voices for Children.
The Howard County Historical Society is offering its Music at the Museum concert series on Saturday evenings as well. On July 19 at 7 p.m., the Ocean Celtic Fusion group will perform. On July 26, also at 7 p.m., it's "Two for the Show," starring vocal duet Tom Kowalski and Paula Rehr. The pair sings a mix of Broadway tunes, opera, folk and country. Tickets to each of these are $15, with a small number of free tickets available for society members. For information and reservations, call 410-480-3250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 17 is Girls' Night Out in the historic district. Gather up your girlfriends and head downtown between 5 and 8 p.m.
Stop first at the Wine Bin and sample some wine and pick up your free tote bag filled with coupons and offers. Then mosey down Main Street and enjoy the offerings at participating stops and restaurants.
You still have a few days left to take advantage of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's performance of "As You Like It" at the stabilized ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute. The show will run through July 20 at this magnificent setting.
You should try to arrive well before the performance as they have entertainment before the main show and it's a great place for a picnic. The building is beautiful and the views of the valley from high on that hill are amazing. For tickets and information, go to the website at http://www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
Thanks to everyone who voted in the recent Parade Magazine contest to name us the best small town in America. We made it to the final four, and then lost by a very narrow margin. That's okay; we know we're the best.
I am very interested in the new Ellicott City Arts Coalition that has united artists throughout the historic district. The group has been very active, even though it's very new. They recently held a tag sale at Deelite Design on the west end of Main Street, gathering materials from a variety of designers. It was a great success so I hope they do it again as I need a new sofa.
They are also holding art shows, and are working to familiarize the community with the wonderful talent in our midst. They are a group worth watching.
Don't forget to head down to the Farmers Markets on Saturday morning. They are in two locations these days, one behind Tonge Row and the other next to the Wine Bin.
I also enjoy the market held on Wednesdays at the Miller Library. Since our own sour cherry tree died, I have been delighted to find the hard-to-find and very briefly available sour cherries at the market. I've made great pies, tarts and muffins so far. These are treats that never make it to the grocery store. We really need to continue to support our local farmers.