Two-mile run will memorialize derailment victims [Mostly Main Street]

It has been two years since the tragic accident on the railroad tracks took the lives of Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr. To celebrate their lives, the second annual memorial run, called "2 miles for 2 hearts" will be held in the Historic District on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 a.m.

The race originates at the Circuit Court, 3700 Courthouse Drive. Last year over 600 people came to this event. The proceeds benefit the Elizabeth Nass Memorial Scholarship and the Rose Mayr Nursing Scholarship through the Howard Hospital Foundation.

For more information about the race, go to

Farmers market

The farmers market continues every Saturday at two easy locations — the parking lot behind Tonge Row and the parking lot next to the Wine Bin.

This is the peak time of year for markets like this, and the diversity of products is amazing. You can find unique sausages enhanced with wine and garlic or turkey sausage with spinach and feta (I bet these are great on the grill.)

If your own garden is lacking, you can even score a bunch of fresh-cut flowers. Of course, there are plenty of just-picked vegetables and just-laid eggs, but also available are unusual cheeses, sweet-smelling soaps, jams and even Thai seasonings. Go to to learn more.

Movies and music

The Saturday evening free entertainment programs continue. On Saturday, Aug. 16, you can chill out behind the Little French Market on Tonge Row at 6:30 p.m. and listen to the Federal Hillbillies. Then travel up to the Wine Bin for the 9 p.m. screening of "To Catch a Thief."

On Aug. 23, the musical offering is the Wafflers and the movie is "Life of Pi." This is a wonderful way to entertain the family for an entire evening for no cost. The site for more information is

Ghost tours

The Ghost Tours originating at the tourism office in the old post office on Main Street continue to be very popular. You will definitely look at the buildings in town differently after finding out which ones are haunted. There are several versions of the tour, featuring different sites, offered on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $11 to $13 and can be purchased on line at

Decorator show house

Volunteers for Historic Ellicott City Inc. are busy with the "dirty work," preparing for their next show house, opening next month. The house is Meriwether Farm, located on Roxbury Road near Glenwood in western Howard County.

Proceeds from this event are used for the group's mission of education, preservation and restoration in the Historic District. The group is always looking for volunteers to work as docents in the house, collect tickets at the front door or manage parking.

For more information see Visiting the show house is a very enjoyable experience, and can be a very useful one as well. Over the years my husband Tom and I have relied on the many talented participants in the event to help us with home improvements. Through them we have found wonderful decorative painters, outstanding landscapers and room remodelers.

In fact, since our major floor replacement project last month, we have been working with a very talented designer, Dee Cunningham, who has a studio on the west end of Main Street and who has been a tireless volunteer designer at the show house for many years. She is helping us with color choices for our walls and will execute a decorative finish.

With at least a dozen designers involved in any given show house project you are sure to find someone who will inspire you. Don't miss this opportunity.

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