Grace Episcopal Church is celebrating the 100th anniversary of consecration of the stone church located at Brumbaugh and Main Streets. To commemorate this event as part of its legacy, Grace Epsicopal will host a combined Festival Eucharist Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., followed by a catered brunch at the church hall at Landing and Montgomery Roads.
Other events are planned as part of an ongoing celebration over the next few months, including a spaghetti dinner and craft fair Nov. 5 and crafters are still needed for this event. As the holiday season approaches (and it will be here soon enough), Christmas tours of the church and grounds will be held. More information on this will be forthcoming in this column.
Regular Sunday services are held at the old stone church at 7:30 and 11:15 a.m., the latter service featuring the church choir. Services are held at the Parish Hall at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 10 a.m. For details on any these events, or for additional information, call Judy Peddicord at 410-796-0070.
Betsy McMillion, executive director of the Friends of Patapsco Heritage Greenway and long-time resident of Elkridge, urges everyone to get out and experience the beauty that the Patapsco River Valley has to offer. The organization has a nice range of options to offer this weekend.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, the group will have an exhibit at the Catonsville Elementary School Environmental Fair. Stop by the exhibit and say hello, and you can even participate in its watershed scavenger hunt! For more information, email email@example.com.
Also Oct. 8, there will be a bike ride utilizing the Patapsco Heritage Trail map from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The start location is Parking Lot A, off Oella Avenue in historic Ellicott City, and the ride will continue to BWI trail in Hanover. This event is free for members; $5 for nonmembers, with a free trail map included. To register, call 410-480-0824 or email Jim Apgar at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground instead of the peddling, take advantage of the group's historic hike of Ellicott City Oct. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. In this lively one-hour walking tour along Main Street, learn the five Rs (Railroad, River, Road, Rock and Rebuild) of this quaint, historic town. Learn about 20 historic sites, including the raging Patapsco River, the first national road, the town's hidden cobblestone alley, B&O Railroad Museum, the gigantic rock cliffs alongside the sidewalks and the mysterious marker near the Railroad Bridge. Discover an abundance of antique stores, restaurants and specialty shops as you walk along the bustling historic district. To register, go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/HCT/HCT_HistoricWalkTours.htm.
Nathan Ferrell, Spanish teacher and boys cross country coach at Howard High School, would like to encourage anyone who loves to run, walk, raise awareness, help a cause, or just volunteer to participate in the sixth annual Scarecrow Classic 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk for the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. This worthwhile cause takes place Oct. 30 at 7:30 a.m. at Meadowbrook Park off Long Gate Parkway, in Ellicott City.
According to the association's website, brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults. Common causes include motor vehicle crashes, falls, sport-related concussions, violence, aneurysms, strokes, and diseases such as encephalitis. The Scarecrow Classic's goals are to raise money for BIAM's Resource Center and raise awareness of the effects of brain injuries.
The organization wants you to gather a team of family and friends for this fun run/walk event. You can register at its website (http://www.biamd.org or call Suzanne Kantt at 410-448-2924 or email her at email@example.com
October also sounds like a great month to join the folks at the Elkridge Senior Center. On Oct. 19, the center will provide "eerie edibles" from 10 a.m. to noon — a fun inter-generational program with the seniors and children. On Oct. 26, the seniors will head out for a scenic autumn drive for their "Trip to Cozy Inn." Hopefully, the leaves will still be beautiful in their fall foliage.
The day will feature a delicious lunch at the famous Cozy Inn and shopping at the Gettysburg Outlets. Then, Oct. 31, "spooky bingo" kicks off the ghoulish Halloween fun! Seniors can dress up for the occasion and enter the costume contest to win fun prizes. To add to the festivities, children will be coming through the center in costume for trick-or-treating and will receive goodie bags.
For more information on these or other center events, call Elkridge Senior Center Director Jeanne Slater at 410-313-5192.
Ed Parvis, a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Saint Vincent de Paul Society is asking friends and neighbors to save lives by giving blood. The church is sponsoring a blood drive Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church hall, 4795 Illchester Road, in Ellicott City. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are appreciated. To schedule an appointment, call Lori Merl at 410-455-9440. Ed and his colleagues truly appreciate your help in making their drive successful.
Just a reminder that the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department weekly bingo has officially returned to the firehouse as a community event and will be held on Friday evenings. The fine men and women of the EVFD put their lives on the line every day, and the ladies auxiliary, the junior firefighters and all members of the department are working diligently to raise money for the new station this ever-expanding community needs.
Come join the bingo fun and enjoy an evening out with friends and neighbors in support of the fire department. For more information, call 410-761-6633, ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, that's all for this week. Enjoy the refreshing change in weather, and the breathtaking palette of the fall foliage. Please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. I always look forward to hearing from the great friends and neighbors of Elkridge and Hanover. Thanks and have a stellar week!