The art scene in the historic district is slowly regathering strength. Robin Holliday, owner of Horse Spirit Arts Gallery, has set her winter hours for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. She has announced the addition of a new artist to her gallery, April M. Rimpo, who works in watercolors, acrylics and glass. Also, her gallery is presenting Dee Lenehan's first solo show, "Still Standing," also hosted by Pure Wine Café, from March 13 to May 28. The opening of the exhibit will be celebrated at Pure Wine Café on March 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. Along with Holliday, P.J. Strain at Pure Wine has been very instrumental in bringing this exhibit to fruition.
Lenehan is a founder of the Ellicott City Arts Coalition, and owner of Lenehan Studios, formerly Cunningham Studios, located at the west end of Main Street. This show was scheduled to open at Perspectives Art Gallery in September but had to be postponed due to the July flood. The show is dedicated to the memory of Lenehan's mother (March is her birth month) for all of her encouragement.
The Howard County Historical Society is presenting Gordon Fog on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., the latest offering in its Music at the Museum concert series. Gordon Fog offers original music influenced by Neil Diamond, Jason Isbell and My Morning Jacket. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum, 8328 Court Ave. Attendees are welcome to bring a beverage. If you make your purchase at the Wine Bin that day and mention the concert, you can receive a 10 percent discount. Tickets are $12 per person, free to society members. Reservations are required. Call 410-480-3250. The Society's next Lunch Date with History will be held on Friday, March 3. The topic will be "The B&O Railroad," presented by Ed Lilley. This history of the B&O will focus on the Ellicott City Station — the oldest in the United States. Tickets are $5, free to Society members. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
All of the sudden it's time to let loose with Mardi Gras. A family-friendly party will be held in the historic district starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. There will be a family scavenger hunt, New Orleans-inspired food and drink, live music, king cake and a gumbo cook-off. To really get in the spirit of things, get yourself one of those fancy masks — the Forget-Me-Not Factory is offering them at 10 percent off for the party.
The Judge's Bench is holding its next Jazz Jam on March 7. You are welcome to come listen or to play along. In new reopenings, Tea on the Tiber has reopened in its previous location and Main Street Yoga is now at 8167 Main St.
The historic district has lost another member of the old guard that led the way to the transition of Main Street from a utilitarian shopping hub to the historic tourist attraction it is today. Dr. Margaret Filbert, "Marge," died on Feb. 12 at the age of 93. She lived with her family at the historic Spring Hill Quarters on New Cut Road for over 50 years. She also made the commute from her Ellicott City home to her job as chief of the Research Operations Division, Medical Research Laboratory, at Edgewood Arsenal in Harford County, daily for over 60 years. Despite her demanding job and challenging commute, Marge raised two sons and found time to give back to our community in a variety of ways. A master gardener, she was a member of the Cross Country Garden Club for over 40 years. She was among those who participated in the "Paint It" event on Main Street in 1962, when all of the facades were spruced up in a single weekend. She was a charter member of the Howard County Historical Society and an active volunteer with Historic Ellicott City Inc. and the Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.