The B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, will be marking Veteran's Day this weekend with a display from the museum's collection of the B&O's involvement in World War II, and of the B&O Railroad Police Department.

Items on display include weapons, personal items and vehicles, including Jeeps. The museum is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans with proof of service get in free this weekend. For more information, call 410-752-2490.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, St. Paul's Church is offering a Veteran's Day Mass at 11:11 a.m. The focus will be on veterans of the Korean War and Vietnam. After the service, participants are invited for "grub and a cup of Joe" at Dohony Hall, adjacent to the church.

A Great Loss for the District

The Historic District lost a wonderful friend with the sudden passing of Ron Hogg on Oct. 13. Ron was an attorney, with a practice off of College Avenue, who devoted many volunteer hours to improving the Historic District.

Historical Society

The Howard County Historical Society continues its "Music at the Museum" series with a performance by Ain't Misbehavin', Gar Forman's band, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16. To reserve tickets for this popular event, call 410-480-3250.

Tickets are now on sale for the Society's 37th annual Holiday House Tour. This year's tour is will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15. Buses will leave the Miller Library at 1 p.m. and visit a variety of lovely homes in the county. Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for guests of members and $50 for the general public. The tickets for the general public include a one year membership in the Society.

Sites to be visited include Dalton, whose foundations date back to 1770; Richland Farm, circa 1781; the Shrine of St. Anthony; Carrollton Hall, built in 1832 for Charles Carroll's granddaughter and formerly part of Doughoregan Manor; and Salopha, circa 1742. Take the tour and salute the owners who are preserving our county's history. Go to the Society's website at http://www.hchsmd.org for more information.

While you are at that website, download the form to submit a recipe for the 50th anniversary community cookbook. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your favorite recipes with everyone, and to enjoy the best of what Howard County's best cooks have to offer. Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 31, but you know how busy you are going to get in the near future, so do it now.

Banneker Park

Banneker Park is celebrating Benjamin Banneker's 282nd birthday on Nov. 9 with games and entertainment from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This free event is open to all ages.

On Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m., the park will feature "Unearthing Banneker." Rebecca Moorehouse, curator for the State Archaeology Collection, will discuss the artifacts that have been excavated at the site. This event is also free.

On Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m, the Benjamin Banneker Book Club will discuss chapters from "The Life of Benjamin Banneker, the first African American Man of Science" by Silvio Bedini. This event is open to adults, and is free.

Enchanted Forest

Martha Anne Clark and I will be at Greetings and Readings in Hunt Valley on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., signing copies of our book, "The Enchanted Forest."