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On Shop Small Saturday, Ellicott City retailers could use our support | MOSTLY MAIN

Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays of the year, usually spent enjoying a fine meal with family and friends.

Like many other people, my holiday this year is very different. We’ll still have the turkey we traveled out to the farm to collect, and all the fixings — we just won’t be sharing them with others. But, I’m thankful that we continue to be healthy and that through the magic of the FaceTime live video app, we will be able to share the day remotely with our kids and grandson in Brooklyn. Hopefully next year, we can be together. I hope that you have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving as well.

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I heard Christmas music on the radio two weeks ago (didn’t they used to at least wait until Thanksgiving?) Anyway, we’re off to enjoy the holiday season in the historic district, starting this Saturday, Nov. 28, with Shop Small Saturday. This year, more than ever, small businesses truly need our support; their continued existence relies on it. So, start with this Saturday but keep it up throughout the year.

On Saturday, the district’s 70-plus shops and restaurants will be pulling out all the stops, offering a variety of sidewalk sales, free gifts with purchase, curbside pickups and gift cards. Most shops will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Next up, on Dec. 4, is arguably the greatest Main Street celebration of the year – Midnight Madness. Taking place from 6 until 11 p.m. this event features carolers, a tree lighting and of course the arrival of Santa. Most shops and restaurants will stay open late to accommodate visitors. Now is the time to continue the gift shopping you started on Shop Small Saturday.

As always in these times, everyone is urged to wear a mask and practice social distancing during these visits.

For a slightly different look at the holidays, Maryland History Tours is offering a Creepy Little Christmas on Krumpusnacht at the Museum of Howard County History, 8328 Court Ave., on Dec. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Participation will be limited to 15 people, and the cost is $15 per person. You will meet the 13 “unmerry monsters of Christmas.” These include Mary Lywd, a skeleton horse who challenges people in a battle of rhymes and also Christmas Vampires. Go to the Maryland History Tours website for tickets.

According to staff, residents of Lighthouse Senior Living at Ellicott City recently enjoyed a wonderful visit with two beautiful and friendly horses from The City Ranch of Baltimore. The City Ranch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing horseback riding to urban children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

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The Lighthouse staff said, “While Lighthouse is known for the excellent chef-prepared food served inside its bistro and dining hall, Jabbar and Storm were quite happy to sample the community’s front lawn. They gave it two hooves up.”

It’s so interesting to hear what people are doing to help others and enrich their own lives during this pandemic. My neighbor Linda Walk told me, “My most unique non-political thing is volunteering to help female physicians, dentists and medical students in Turkey practice their English through a series of eight weekly 30-minute What’s App chats. So far, I’ve chatted with a 36-year-old family practitioner and a 40-something dentist. I am scheduled to meet a med student next. It’s been a perfect activity when we are home so much. Interestingly, they’ve been going through the same virus dilemmas and issues that we have, such as figuring out how their kids will go to school – online, in person, etc.

“I got into this when a Gray Rock neighbor, Gonca Kocoglu, asked for volunteers. She’s originally from Turkey and is connected with a professional group called Kahev that was formed by Turkish female physicians to help female med students and has since expanded its role.”

Residents at Lighthouse Senior Living at Ellicott City enjoyed a visit with two beautiful and friendly horses from the City Ranch of Baltimore.
Residents at Lighthouse Senior Living at Ellicott City enjoyed a visit with two beautiful and friendly horses from the City Ranch of Baltimore. (Courtesy photo)

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