Congratulations to Tammy Galvin Beideman who has been named Maryland’s Small Business Person of the Year. Tammy owns Sweet Elizabeth Jane, a wonderful Main Street shop that was destroyed in the storm of 2016 and has come back bigger and better than ever in its new location, thanks to her hard work and perseverance. Stop in the store, at 8125 Main St, and congratulate her, and check out the great stuff she has for sale.
What a crazy calendar this year! First, Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day and now Easter is April 1, April Fool’s Day. Whichever you are celebrating, you might want to pick up some candy at Sweet Cascades or plan a Sunday brunch at Tersiguel’s. With the warmer weather things seem to be blooming earlier this year so come down to the historic district to look for the abundant daffodil plantings throughout the town. Also, you can learn a lot about daffodils at the Whipp’s Cemetery Daffodil Days on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at 3851 St. John’s Lane. The volunteers will be showing off a daffodil demonstration garden, there will be horticultural presentations by Master Gardeners, the Camerata Musica Singers will be performing and potted flowers will be for sale. Admission is free and proceeds from flower sales will benefit the Whipp’s Cemetery. For more information, call 410-274-7795.
At the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, the exhibit on women in railroading continues through March 31. Also, local artist Wiley Purkey will be holding his next “Historic Ellicott City Paint and Sip” class at the Museum on April 3, starting at 6:30p.m. This month’s subject is the iconic Phoenix Emporium/Valmas Restaurant building just across the street. Class is limited to attendees over the age of 21. The cost is $40. To register, call 410-313-0420.
The Artists Gallery, at 8197 Main Street in the Taylor’s Collective building is featuring “Essential Elements: Clay and Water,” with over twenty local artists on exhibit. Also, they are showing “An Eclectic View of the World,” the photography of David Roe, through April 29. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They are closed on Monday. In other arts news, the Howard County Arts Council is holding their 21st annual Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, March 24. Call them at 410-313-2787 for ticket information. Also, the Arts Council an exhibit of works by Howard County Public School System students in classes K to 12. Called, “Drawing to Understand: Youth Art Month Exhibit” will be open on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. through April 15. The Arts Council is located at 8510 High Ridge Road.
The Howard County Historical Society is holding their next Lunch Date with History on Friday, April 6 at their Museum of Howard County History on Courthouse Drive. “Howard County and the Home Front of World War I” will be presented by Cathy Eshmont Latrelli, with a focus on the role the Patapsco Female Institute played in World War I. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $5, free to Society members. On Saturday, April 7 the Society will hold their next children’s program from 10 a.m. to noon, also at the Museum. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 12, this month’s topic is “Spring Planting.” Kids can try their hand at old-time farm chores and take home their own mini-garden. The cost is $5. Register at www.hchsmd.org. or at the Society Archives at the Miller Library. Also on April 7 at the Museum, at 7:30 p.m. the Society will be hosting “Historically Inappropriate Comedy,” with headliner John Conroy and his group. This is free to members, $10 for non-members. And don’t forget to get your tickets for the Society’s annual fundraiser. This year it’s “Mysteries of the Unknown: Masquerade” to be held on April 13 at the Elkridge Furnace Inn. Call 410-480-3250 or visit www.hchsmd.ort for more information about all of these special events.