Celebrate the Battle of Baltimore's 200th anniversary with historian Wayne Schaumburg.
The Howard County Historical Society presents "That Nest of Pirates on the Chesapeake — Baltimore and the War of 1812" with Baltimore historian Wayne Schaumburg," on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the society's museum, 8328 Court Ave., in historic Ellicott City.
Learn about the events leading up to the Battle and why Baltimore was a strategic objective for the British after the victory at Bladensburg and the invasion of Washington, D.C.
Find out about how the resistance at Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry" which later became the lyrics for "The Star-Spangled Banner," the national anthem.
Tickets are $5. Call 410-480-3250 to reserve your seats or purchase advance tickets at http://www.hchsmd.org (click "Events" tab). A portion of event proceeds will benefit the historical society.
Calling all gardeners! Mark your calendars for the Cross Country Garden Club's annual harvest luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m., at Waverly Mansion in Marriottsville.
"The club welcomes new members who like learning and sharing knowledge while enjoying the friendship of fellow gardeners," wrote club member Joan Hoye.
A presentation at the luncheon will showcase upcoming programs, community projects, trips and other activities. To R.S.V.P for the luncheon or for more information call Mary Dauber at 410-465-4062.
Last year, Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association founders Shanta and Derek Robertson held the organization's first walk-a-thon, Pathway out of Pain Sickle Cell Disease 5K Walk, at Rockburn Branch Park. Proceeds from the event enabled the organization to make donations to Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Hospital, Sinai Hospital and to send children to Sickle Cell Disease Camp.
This year, the Ellicott City residents, whose sons are affected by SCD, informed me that the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) is hosting a walk-a-thon on Saturday, Sept. 6, in Baltimore.
"Rather than hold a second walk-a-thon close together in the same area, we are supporting the SCDAA walk to raise funds for MSCDA," wrote Derek Robertson in an email to supporters.
The SCDA Maryland has set a team goal of raising $9,000. If you would like to participate in the SCDAA Baltimore walk, go to http://www.sicklecellnationalwalk.com and click "Join the Walk" to register. To make a donation, send a check payable to the Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association to MSCDA at 8775 Centre Park Drive, No. 701, Columbia, MD 21045.
"Sickle Cell Disease is devastating and unpredictable. ... We need more treatments and more services for persons affected by SCD and the need is immediate," Robertson said.
Congratulations to Kelsey's Irish Pub chef Chad Medina, who won the first round of the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament by beating out C&R Pub chef Shawn McClure. Medina fell in round two in a highly contested battle with Howard County's Bistro Blanc chef Janny Kim.
Kelsey's Irish Pub is a family-owned-and-operated Irish restaurant and pub located in the Normandy Shopping Center on Route 40 at 8480 Baltimore National Pike, in Ellicott City.