On Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m., Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant welcomes this season's Beaujolais noveau, as they have been doing for the past 40 years.
Some years the wine has arrived by helicopter in the back parking lot. Other years it's been a stretch limo and can-can girls. This year's party has a new twist — instead of a dinner they are offering a selection of 20 hors d'oeuvres and four alcoholic beverages in addition to the Beaujolais.
I attended a similar offering for Fernand Tersiguel's birthday last year and it was one of the best, though eclectic, meals I ever had. It makes for great fun to see what the waiters will be bringing around next. The cost is $55, including tax and tip, and a photo booth. Call 410-465-4004 for reservations.
The Wine Bin is sponsoring a bourbon and whiskey tasting tonight, Nov. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fireside Stone and Patio, on Frederick Road just across from the mill. The cost is $30. The Bin is also participating in Girl's Night Out tonight.
Start at the Wine Bin, pick up a tote bag good for discounts at participating shops, and meet the Baltimore Beer Girls who will show you how to cook with wine. Call 410-465-7802 for more information.
The Howard County Historical Society continues its Music at the Museum concert series on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m., with an appearance by Scott Payntor and Tekeytha Fullwood. The pair will play an acoustic set of selections from the Baltimore reggae band Jah Works. You can bring your own wine, and other refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 410-480-3250.
The society also has tickets available for the annual Holiday Historic House Tour, coming up on Dec. 15, noon to 5 p.m. You can call the number, listed above, or go to http://www.hchsmd.org for tickets.
The society is also still collecting recipes for the 50th anniversary commemorative cookbook. Check the website for a submission form. Recipes are due by Dec. 31.
The Benjamin Banneker Park in Oella is offering a back country hike into the wilderness at the back of the park on Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 to 3 p.m.
There is also a moss workshop for teens and adults on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon. This event is free.
That same day, you can play Nature Jeopardy at the Park from 1 to 2 p.m., at the cost of $5 per family. Sounds like a fun way to test your knowledge. For more information, call 410-887-1081.
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are just next week, and Christmas will be here before you know it. Classic Interiors, at 8307 Main St., just off Parking Lot D behind the old post office, is holding a Holiday Open House this weekend, Nov. 23 and 24. The store is offering 20 percent off on holiday décor. Call them at 410-465-4464.
Every year, I encourage everyone to buy local. Walking down Main Street you will have no trouble finding gifts for everyone on your list, but did you know that some of the stuff you can buy is actually also made on Main Street? I'm thinking of Tom Shoemaker's handmade signs at Shoemaker Country that he will custom make for you if you can't find what you want in his wide assortment of offerings.
A few doors down at Great Panes, Len and Sherry Berkowitz have been crafting gorgeous stained glass creations since 1980.
What you can't get on the Internet is personal interaction like you see on Main Street. Recently, my husband and I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Middletown, just west of Frederick. The delightful owners soon found out we knew the Historic District of Ellicott City and told of a recent visit here.
They were particularly impressed by a lovely woman they met who had a marvelous four-story shop with all manner of good things. They had met Enalee Bounds and enjoyed Ellicott's Country Store.
A recent visit to a doctor in Towson had similar results. The doctor told me about a delightful dinner at Tersiguel's.
Near the end of the meal, a gentleman came to the table and inquired as to their experience, which was quite nice. After a bit of chatting, the man wheeled out his cart and created table-side crepes suzette for them. That gentleman, of course, was Fernand Tersiguel.
These are just two examples of people who have dedicated decades of their lives to making the Historic District such a wonderful place. Go shopping on Main Street this holiday season.