The B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, is presenting "A Journey from Roads to Rails" at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. The Ellicott City Station is such an important part of American history, and we have it right here.

When it was built in 1831 there were only 23 miles of railroad tracks in the entire United States, and 13 of them were between Baltimore and Ellicott's Mills. The expansion of these tracks, and the evolution of the trains from horse-drawn to steam, made a tremendous difference in the lives of Americans. Travelling great distances suddenly became much more feasible. Learn more about it.

The exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, "The War Came by Train," continues through May 30. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 410-461-1945 for more information.

Bootleggers

The Howard County Historical Society is hosting a Bootleggers Paradise Whiskey Tasting and Exhibit Opening on April 4. The society plans to transform the museum, at 8328 Court Ave., into a 1920s style ambience, encouraging period costume — -flapper's dresses and double-breasted suits are the way to go. The event includes a whiskey tasting led by Whiskey America, food by the Rumor Mill and Charleston dancing to the jazz music of the Will Fischer Orchestra. Tickets are $65 and include a donation to the society. You can buy them on line at http://www.hchsmd.org, at the Society's library in the Miller Library, or by calling 410-480-3250.

The society is also featuring a book signing at the museum by local historian Lee Preston on April 12 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Preston will be giving a brief presentation on developments in archaeology in Howard County, and will sign copies of the recently published second edition of his book, "Archaeology in Howard County." For this event only, the book will be offered at a 20% discount.

Mr. Entertainment

I have never seen Lee Doll without a smile on his face, and that smile is extra-wide these days. Lee, whose has worked at Main Street's Cottage Antiques for many years, is a consummate entertainer with boundless enthusiasm. That talent and energy has been noticed and now he is being inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Works by Lee Doll Film Productions have been featured at the Howard Community College Film Festival, and Lee can also be seen playing the bartender in the recently released cowboy movie, "Day of the Gun." That one also features Historic District resident Earl Klemm. Congratulations, Lee, on this well-deserved recognition.

Shopping Around

The Wine Bin offers wine tastings in its shop on Fridays from 3 p.m. to closing and on Saturdays from noon to closing. The Little French Market Café on Tonge Row has added vegan offerings to its menu. These include curried tofu salad, smart bacon BLTs and chocolate vegan brownies. These make meatless Mondays easy and delicious. Randy and Steve's The New General Store has scheduled a spiritual retreat, to be held at Angelo's Castle on April 11 to 13. To register call 410-461-5840.

Mailbox Update

I reported in a previous column that my mailbox was plowed under on Valentine's Day. I called DPW, and emailed, with no response. Well, I finally got a return email telling me I needed to take my issue to the Department of Highways (which is part of DPW by the way.)

So I did, and before you know it I had a rep knocking at my door with a copy of the county's claims policy and a form to file a claim. The most I can hope to be reimbursed is $50, and the new installation is up to us. So, my mailbox forlornly sits on a metal table next to the broken post waiting for the spring thaw. Oh, and during the next storm, on St. Patrick's Day, the plow knocked the mailbox down again. If it snows on Easter I'm hiding the box in the basement.