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Mount Ida wins distinction as this year's Decorator Show House [Ellicott City]

Mount Ida, the early 19 century Ellicott family mansion, has been named Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s 28th annual Decorator Show House.

From Sept. 28 through Oct. 27, the public will get a rare chance to visit the Mount Ida house, a 1828 Greek Revival and Italianate style home built for William Ellicott, grandson of Andrew Ellicott, a founder of Ellicott's Mills (now Ellicott City).

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Under the direction of Design Chair Carroll Frey, 12 designers have been chosen to complete a three-month intensive renovation which will transform the home's grand public rooms, intriguing private spaces and gardens with innovative design concepts.

During its 85 years, modifications have been made to Mount Ida to accommodate numerous occupants and commercial businesses. The show house restorations will help restore the home to its original design. Renovations include tearing down a wall that was added to the 1st floor hallway sometime during the 20th century. This demolition will restore the main hall to the home's original floor plan where the hall ran from the front to the back of the house.

The show home is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Last admission is one hour before closing time and the home is closed on Mondays.

A preview party will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 10 p.m., under a tent at Mount Ida. The event will feature the first home tours, ribbon cutting, gourmet foods by Absolutely Perfect catering and an early opportunity to purchase designer selected furnishings and accessories featured in the home and show boutiques.

Advanced discount show house tickets ($15.76 includes service fee) and preview party tickets ($77.55 includes service fee) can be purchased online at Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s website http://www.historicec.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.

In addition, several Howard County merchants will offer show house tickets for sale including Clark's ACE Hardware, Ellicott's Country Store, River Hill Garden Center, Shoemaker Country, the Pink Cabbage and Westwood Unique Furnishings & Antiques. No infants or children under age 10 will be admitted.

For more information call 410-461-6908 or follow Mt. Ida's home renovations on the Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s Facebook page. Historic Mount Ida is at 3691 Sarahs Lane in Ellicott City.

Attention all runners! The Ellicott City Labor Day Running Classic 10K & 5K is Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 a.m. Both the 10K and 5K races start and finish on the grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony at 12290 Folly Quarter Road. The 10K is a road race through surrounding neighborhoods and scenic western Ellicott City countryside. The 5K is a road/trail run with the first half run on roads and the second half through trails on the grounds of the Shrine.

Post race activities include music, refreshments, a moon bounce, and many random prize giveaways.

The race, formerly known as the annual Knights of Columbus 10K, is presented by Ellicott City's Knights of Columbus, St. Louis the King Council 11898.   Registration closes Friday, Aug. 30. To register, go to active.com and search "Ellicott City Labor Day Running Classic 10K & 5K".

Ellicott City's Howard County Arts Council announced its 2013 Howie Award nomination forms and 2014 Rising Star Performing Artist Professional Development Award forms are now available.

The Council's Howie Awards honor individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the arts in Howard County. The $5,000 Rising Star Award competition is open to performers, both individuals and ensembles (with a maximum of four members), ages 18-35, who live, train, work, or perform regularly in Howard County or have done so in the past.

Both awards will be presented at the Council's March 29 annual benefit gala, The Celebration of the Arts in Howard County, an event that attracts over 500 artists, arts patrons, business and political representatives and community members.

Nomination and award forms are available online at the Arts Council's website, http://www.hocoarts.org. For more information call the Council's office at 410-313-ARTS (2787), or visit the Council at the Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road.

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