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Ellicott City leader heading to county Women's Hall of Fame [Mostly Main Street]

Congratulations to one of the historic district’s leaders, Debbie Slack Katz, on her nomination to the 22nd annual Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame. Debbie is a professional nurse who has managed to find time to serve on over 24 boards and commissions over the years. Currently, she is the chairman of the Ellicott City Flood Workshop and vice president of the Ellicott City Partnership. This recognition of her contributions to our community is well-deserved.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company is holding a “Beer, Bacon and Bourbon” dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event features four courses, each paired with bourbon and house beers, for the all-inclusive price of $37.50. For reservations call 410-313-8141.

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And speaking of brewing, the next Literary Pub Crawl will be held on March 1, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Wine Bin, 8390 Main St.Participants will visit three pubs in town and hear stories from writers who spent time on Main Street. The cost is $15 and the event is open to people over the age of 21. For tickets, go to mdhistorictours.com.

The next Jazz Jam at the Judge’s Bench will take place on March 6, starting at 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to come and participate or just listen.

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March is Women’s History month. In recognition of this, the B&O Museum, Ellicott City Station is presenting a “Women in Railroading” exhibit, produced by the International Society for the Preservation of Women in Railroading. The exhibit is sponsored by Maryland History Tours. Admission is free. On March 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Railroad Station Museum is offering a program called “Ladies About Town,” featuring many of the women who shaped Ellicott City into the town it is today. It includes a founder of Swarthmore College, an undertaker and her sons, the richest woman in Howard County, a possible saint in the Catholic Church and more. The event is presented by Maryland History Tours and is open to guests over the age of 21. The next “Paint and Sip” with artist Wiley Purkey will take place at the museum on March 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 410-313-0420 to reserve a spot.

The Howard County Historical Society is holding itsmajor fundraiser of the year at the Elkridge Furnace Inn on April 13. Called “Mysteries of the Unknown, Masquerade” the event features live music, great food, bourbon and cigar tastings, along with the opportunity to dress up in your favorite costume. Tickets are $85 per person, $150 per couple before March 13 and $100 per person, $175 a couple after. Order tickets at hchsmd.org.

The society’s next Lunch Date with History will be on Friday, March 2, and feature Eddie Roberts’ “Footsteps,” described as a unique Civil War learning experience as seen through the eyes of two of Mr. Roberts’ ancestors who fought in the war. To reserve a seat, call 410-480-3250. Tickets are $5, free to society members.

The 21st annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County will be held on Saturday, March 24, at Howard Community College. Contact the Howard County Arts Council at 410-313-2787 for ticket information. I am happy to report that Ellicott City native and Centennial High graduate Ric Ryder is being honored with a Howie Award as outstanding artist at this event. Ric is a Manhattan-based actor these days who still has a warm spot in his heart for his home town. I have known him since his mother, Ann Ryder, was the public information coordinator for Howard County government many years ago. This recognition is richly deserved.

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