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Series shines light on women who helped make Ellicott City [Mostly Main Street]

The B&O Museum, Ellicott City Station, is offering a lecture series called “Ladies About Town,” about women who shaped Ellicott City, on March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.

On March 9, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., it will be “Rails and Ales Night at the Museum.” Attendees can play various types of historic and railroad themed games while enjoying locally brewed beer from the Ellicott City Brewing Co.

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This event is for those over the age of 21.

On March 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., it is holding a mother and daughter cross-stitch class where you can learn how to make a sampler like the ladies did in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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This class is for children age 10 and up, and their mothers, and will be offered again on April 21 and May 19.

Are you looking to line up an interesting and fun activity for your 7 to 12 year-old child over spring break? The “Rails, Mills and Hills Spring Break Excursion” at the Railroad Museum might be just the ticket. It is offering a week of history, crafts and games, April 2 to 6. Each day begins and ends at the museum, but also includes visits and activities at the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, the Ellicott City Colored School and the Fire House Museum. After-care is also available. To register for these events, call 410-313-0420.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17 and there is no better place to celebrate it than at Kelsey’s Restaurant and Irish Pub, 8480 Baltimore National Pike in Normandy Shopping Center, just outside the historic district. In the spirit of ‘go big or go home,’ Kelsey’s celebrates the day with a solid week of festivities.

Starting on Sunday, March 11, at 7 p.m., the “Kelsey’s Family St. Patrick’s Day” will feature live Irish music, balloon artists and a special menu that will be offered all week long. On Tuesday, March 13, the theme is “Take a Flight to Ireland.” Representatives from Jameson Irish Whiskey will be offering flights of four different Irish whiskeys, accompanied by tapas, for $25.

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The main event will occur on Saturday, March 17, with food and drink specials all day and a special appearance by the Ellicott City Fire Department Bag Pipers. These guys know how to throw a party!

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery at 8090 Main St. is holding a “Rust and Shine” art show featuring Eric Hagemann and Peter Kosterich through March 25. Hagemann photographs nature, landscapes, both rural and urban scenery, and hand-makes his own wooden frames. Kosterich designs and creates original abstract sterling silver jewelry, some with embedded gem stones. Call the gallery at 410-461-3505 for more information.

The Ellicott City Brewing Co. at 8308 Main St. is holding a chili cook-off on March 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. If you would like to enter your chili in the contest call them at 410-313-8141.You don’t have to enter a dish to attend the party.

Historic Ellicott City Inc. is looking for its next fundraiser decorator show house, traditionally held in the fall. Home owners need to vacate their home for about six months, and homes should be at least 50 years old and in good condition.

On-site parking is preferred. The organization uses the funds generated for its mission of preservation, restoration and education, particularly in the historic district.

If you have a house you would like to have considered for this event, contact them at 410-461-6908.

The next fundraiser for the Howard County Historical Society will be held on April 13 at Elkridge Furnace Inn and is called “Mysteries of the Unknown, Masquerade.” Tickets are $85 per person, $150 per couple if purchased before March 13; $100 per person, $175 per couple after. To purchase tickets, go to at hchsmd.org.

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