Thankful to be business as usual this holiday season [Mostly Main Street]

Howard County Times

Thanksgiving is only a week away. In the historic district, we have so much to be thankful for—most businesses have returned and visitors are plentiful. If you have family visiting for Thanksgiving, think about bringing them to Main Street. If you don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner, Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant has you covered. You can get a traditional turkey meal or a few other entrée options for $59 per person, $30 for kids under 10. Call 410-465-4004 for reservations. On Friday, Nov. 24 the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, opens its Holiday Model Train Gardens. The central feature is the 360-degree layout created by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club. There will be a variety of other train displays as well. Did you know that it is a very local tradition to call these displays train gardens? People from out-of-town sometimes come expecting to see flowers. And of course, the good news is that admission is now free. Also, Nov.25 is Small Business Saturday. Help support our local businesses by patronizing them that day. Many of the 50+ stores will have specials and sidewalk sales.

My husband Tom and I got to the new Georgia Grace Café the other day and were quite impressed. It’s at 8006 Main St., right across from the Railroad Museum. The interior is very classy. Lots of white—walls, marble table tops, cloth napkins—and a gorgeous granite wall running the length of the dining room. The view can’t be beat: Main Street, the museum and when a train goes by, it is right above your head. The food is very cool also, with an emphasis on Greek items. I enjoyed the spanakopita, while Tom had the chicken souvlaki. The service is casual but efficient and the prices are very good. They are open Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. With the weather being so nice up until recently, we were also able to have lunch outdoors at LaPalapa at the upper end of Main Street in November. Although I have eaten indoors there many times, this was my first outdoor experience. Again, what a view. This time, you see the bustle of Main Street topped with the majesty of the Court House up the hill. Awesome. And, I see that Portalli’s is set to reopen in early December. Looking forward to it.

The November Girls’ Night Out is Nov. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. Gather your friends and enjoy special prices and events all along Main Street. On Nov. 17, the HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is partnering with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, the J. Melvin Group, to present the “Colorful Spirit” art show featuring Robyn Gavigan. The show will open with a reception including food, music and beverages at the real estate office at 8137 Main St. across the street from HorseSpirit. The invitation suggests “interpretive artistic semi-formal” attire. Gavigan is gallery manager at HorseSpirit and teaches at the Columbia Art Center. At the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, it is offering “Art Howard County 2017” featuring the works of artists who live, work or study in Howard County, including the historic district’s Dee Lenehan.

Tickets are going fast for theHoliday House Tour fundraiser, hosted by the Howard County Historical Society. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2. It always sells out early, so get your tickets soon by going to www.hchsmd.org. This year’s tour features several sites in Columbia, including Oakland Mansion, in celebration of Columbia’s 50th birthday.

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