Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, right? I'll be making corned beef in my slow cooker this weekend, and my husband Tom has been busy deciding between Bushmill's and Jameson for his celebration. If you are in search of a beer to go with your corned beef, I'd head to The Phoenix, at the corner of Main Street and Maryland Avenue. I have a feeling the green beer will be flowing there this Saturday night. A less well-known holiday comes Monday, March 19, the feast of St. Joseph. On that day we tuck into a Sicilian pasta dish honoring the holy carpenter — it has breadcrumbs and cheese sprinkled on top to simulate sawdust. Really neat.
The fifth annual Whipps Daffodil Day is coming up March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Whipps Cemetery (3651 St. Johns Lane) is Ellicott City's only public historic garden-park run entirely by volunteers. The event will feature a horticultural presentation by Master Gardeners, free refreshments and a raffle. The day also features a plant sale, which is very popular. If any of the plants are not sold, they will be moved to the Welcome Center on Main Street and will be for sale April 1.
In conjunction with the Whipps annual celebration, the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation planted 1,000 daffodil bulbs in the historic district this past fall. Two hundred fifty of these bulbs are "Pink Charm" daffodils, planted in front of the Welcome Center in the old Post Office on Main Street.
These are meant to bolster the "Blossoms of Hope" events in town. I hope you get down to the historic district to take in this lovely display.
A second plant sale will take place at the Welcome Center on April 7, to benefit the "Blossoms of Hope" program, and any remaining will be on sale at the Second Sunday Farmer's Market on April 8.
The Patapsco Heritage Greenway folk are sponsoring a Patapsco River Watershed Cleanup March 24 and 31 from 9 a.m. until noon. To volunteer to help out, go to http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway/eventcal.html.
Historical society events
The Howard County Historical Society Library is now located in the new Miller Branch Library, but its museum remains in the old Presbyterian Church at 8328 Court Ave., in the historic district. The museum has new visiting hours — Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.
On March 24 at 8 p.m. the society is offering a concert at the museum featuring Grace Pettis and Rob Lytle. Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Grace was selected as one of the winners in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk competition (Rob was one of the finalists.) Rob's CD, "You.Must.Stop." charted in the top 25 in both Europe and the U.S.
For those of us who are hooked on "Downton Abbey,"the Society is hosting author Jehanne Wake March 25 at 2 p.m. Wake wrote "Sisters of Fortune" about the Caton sisters (as in Catonsville.) The book is likened to a Jane Austen novel, following the Caton sisters as they travel from their Maryland home into the hearts of the British aristocracy. This book was an 'Editor's Pick' in the New York Times Book Review.
Historic sites in the historic district will reopen for the season the weekend of April 14 and 15. These include the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, the Heritage Orientation Center, the Fire House Museum and the Ellicott City Colored School, Restored.
Mail box FYI
You all know by now that the Main Street Post Office is no longer functioning and the space now holds the Welcome Center. Up until recently, however, the mail box in front of the building remained. Well, now, for unknown reasons, the Post Office has moved the box across the street to the sidewalk in front of the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company.
I promised to shout the good news from the rooftops, but this is about as close as I can get. My son, Dave, proposed to his lovely girlfriend, Kristen, during a recent trip to Iceland (and yes, he actually got down on one knee on the ice) and she said yes. Yippee!