Mount Ida spiffed up as Decorator Show House [West Friendship]

Back in July, local designer Tracey Davidson called the transformation of her space at Mount Ida a bit daunting. During those hectic summer months, Davidson claimed, “My work on the office space is humming along."

The historic home near the court house in Ellicott City indeed has been transformed for its debut as the 28th Historic Ellicott City Inc. Decorator Show House. Back to its original spit and polish, the home is gleaming as it was in the early 19th century.

I have a particular fondness for this house, as during the late 1970s, my husband kept a small office in the basement of the place. Along with then, soon-to-be Howard County Judge Robert Fisher, Bob Weider and Moss Chairs, business was conducted in a tiny corner of that historic spot.

Now with the likes of designers such as Davidson, the lemon yellow home is once again properly strutting its stuff. The show house runs until Oct. 27. For information about tickets and schedules, go to the website at

Doris Walsh is abuzz with enthusiasm for the Howard County Beekeepers Association fall roster of classes. If you would like to learn about beekeeping, honey production, setting up, inspections and the amazing benefits of keeping honeybees, come out to the one-day class at the Robinson Nature Center.

The seminar is set for Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and covers a variety of beekeeping 101 topics. Sign up for the $20 seminar at or go to the website at to learn more about the group.

Brother Gerry Seipp has set up his famed Halloween Train Garden in the Manor House at the Shrine of St. Anthony. Seipp an avid collector, loves anything to do with trains. His displays are lavish, serendipitous, creative and amazing.

No charge to come out to the Manor House and enjoy the fun that Brother Gerry has in creating this wonderful fall train garden.

Questions? Call the Manor House office at 410-531-2800. The Halloween Train Garden will be set up on Sundays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 3 to 5 p.m. Kids love this display.

While you are out at the magnificent grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony, stop by the annual Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 6 when families and pets are encouraged to come to the piazza in front of the Shrine Building at 2 p.m. Leashed animals are to be blessed during the service, which celebrates St. Francis of Assisi. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

The members of the Hare Raisers 4-H Club enjoyed this year’s Howard County Fair so much they just can’t stop raving about it. Young Liana Grosko will never forget the fun she had building and riding on the Hare Raisers float. Liana’s mom, Suni, admits, “Watching my children bloom in their 4-H projects with the culmination of months of preparation was well worth all the effort.”

This is the weekend to get your home improvement to do list ready. The annual Home and Landscape Show is set up at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship on Friday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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