The Spring Fest is coming up on Saturday, April 23. The entire historic district comes alive with music, food and games. The event goes from noon to 8 p.m. and includes four music stages scattered around town with over 25 bands performing. There are special sales, craft beers, crafts and games for the kids and lots of family fun. To make things easy there is plenty of free parking as well as a free shuttle, so park your car and hop aboard. For more information go to www.VisitEllicottCity.com.

I hear from Still Life Gallery owner Sara Arditti that some exciting changes are coming to the art community in the historic district. Taylor's Collective, featuring antiques, artisans and art, is coming to the newly renovated building at 8197 Main St., on the corner of Main and Columbia Pike. The group anticipates opening in late spring of this year. The group is also expanding to the space at 8180 Main St. at the new Ellicott's Country Store. For over 50 years this store was a blend of antiques, design and homespun offerings like handmade candles and penny candy, under the watchful eye of Enalee Bounds. The new store will offer local beverages and food products as well as crafts. If you are interested in participating in this new venture, call Cindi Ryland at 443-745-2358 or email taylorscollective@gmail.com.


The Hills of Milltown 5K Challenge will take place on Mother's Day, Sunday May 8. This event is sponsored by the Ellicott City Partnership and benefits the beautification fund of the Partnership as well as Blossoms of Hope, which supports the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. The race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in Parking Lot F behind the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. For more information go to www.hillsofmilltown5kchallenge.com. Also, the Partnership is currently looking to fill several seats on its board of directors, with the election coming up in June. If you are interested in participating, contact Maureen@visitellicottcity.com by May 1.

Local artist Wiley Purkey has an exhibit going through the middle of May at the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station. Over 20 items that Purkey has created over the years are on display, with many items for sale.

At Discoveries at 8055 Main St., they have over 500 prom dresses to choose from. It's that time, ladies.

The Vintage Vault and Gallery at 8137 Main St., is offering painting opportunities with artist Gene Gregorio. The cost is $35 and includes all supplies, and the subject is "Maryland Crab." The classes will run from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays: April 16, May 14, June 25, July 23 or August 27. To register for any of those days call 410-480-8400.

At Horse Spirits Art Gallery, 8090 Main St., there will be an opening reception on Sunday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., for "Sculpture — the Reinvention of Metal Scrap" by artists Bill Knapp and Dave Hardell. The show will run through April 21. For more information call 410-461-3505.

Historic Ellicott City Inc. is holding its annual membership meeting on Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mount Ida, 3691 Sarah's Lane. In addition to electing the officers and directors of the organization, the group will take this opportunity to announce its 2016 Decorator Show House. The guest speaker is Paulette Lutz of the Howard County Historical Society who will give a presentation on the Underground Railroad in Howard County. If you would like to join the group or renew your membership, this is a fine opportunity. For more information call 410-461-6908.

The group has also announced the date of its second annual Déjà vu and Nearly New Sale, in conjunction with the Historical Society and the Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute. The sale will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a rain date of April 30. This will also take place at Mount Ida. For more information or to inquire about donating items for sale, contact Anne at aclarkschoenhut@aol.com.