Dog days of summer end with pooch pool party in Ellicott City

Attention all canines! Here's something to wag your tail about — Howard County Recreation and Parks's annual Pooch Pool Party at the Roger Carter Recreation Center, in Ellicott City, is set for Sept. 10. You can choose one of two sessions: 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.

With the pool closed for the season, this canine-only event will allow you to meet new doggie friends while you splash, paddle and play in the pool.

Tell your owners that all dog park/off-leash area rules apply at this party. You must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Youth ages 12-17 are required to be with a registered adult and children younger than 12 are not permitted.

To register, call 410-313-7275. For more information, call Karen Bradley at 410-313-4635 or email her at Rain date is Sept. 11.

Last chance to buy local farm fresh produce at Clark's Produce Stand. On Route 108 across from the Iron Bridge Wine Co., the stand will close after Labor Day. Until then, it is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go to its website at, then click "Clark's Produce Stand" or on Facebook at "Clark's Produce."

Looking for something fun to do tonight, Thursday, Sept. 1? Head down to historic Ellicott City for the monthly Literary Pub Crawl sponsored by The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation, Inc.

Lead by a costumed guide, your tour will wind through the streets of downtown Ellicot City stopping at one or more of the following establishments: The Diamondback Tavern, Portalli's, The Rumor Mill and Tersiguel's French Country restaurants.

Attendees will learn about prominent historical characters, while enjoying a cocktail of their choice, that have visited Ellicott City such as Washington Irving, H. L. Mencken, Henry Clay, Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, Davey Crockett and Robert E. Lee.

Among the stories you will hear are .... Just why was Davey Crockett so unhappy during his brief time here? Why did Henry Clay leave the town's residents' with their mouths agape? Was the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow really from The Patapsco River Valley?

The two-hour, fifteen-minute tour begins at 7 p.m. in front of the Diamondback Tavern. The cost is $10 per person excluding drinks. Reservations are required and attendees must be 21 years old. Weather permitting tours are held on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year.

If you miss the Literary Pub Crawl tonight, there are plenty of activities in downtown Ellicott City to enjoy Friday, Sept. 2 including the First Friday Literary Tea.

In fact, the Literary Tea is very similar to the Literary Pub Crawl. The Literary Tea will offer the same wonderful stories about historical characters but will not tour the downtown area. Instead, it will be held at the Tea on the Tiber. Think of it as a stationary Literary Pub Crawl.

The other differences between the similar events is the Literary Tea offers a scone, a scoop of ice cream and a hot or cold beverage of choice (included in ticket price), has no age restrictions and takes place seasonally from April thru November.

The Literary Tea costs $25 per person which includes tax and tip (for servers at Tea on the Tiber). A percentage of the ticket sales will benefit the The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation whose goal is to preserve the historic integrity of and economic revitalization of the Ellicott City Historic District.

To make a reservation for either the Literary Pub Crawl or Literary Tea, go to The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation's website at

Tomorrow also marks another "First Fridays in Historic Ellicott City" sponsored by The Ellicott City Business Association.

Downtown stores will be open late from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for evening shopping. Enjoy sidewalk sales, live music, specials and of course historic Ellicott City's wonderful restaurants.

Don't worry if you can't make it, there are two more "First Fridays in Historic Ellicott City" events for the season — Oct. 7 and Nov. 4.

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