This Sunday is Mother's Day and so I wish all mothers a very happy day. Last Mother's Day I was in Kentucky for the wedding of my nephew Nathan, and spent Mother's Day at the tranquil and inspiring Shaker Village. This year is a bit different as I will spend it in the chaos of home improvement.

My husband Tom and I just celebrated 27 years of living in wonderful Gray Rock Farm and are marking the occasion with getting new hardwood floors. This has meant taking everything easily moveable from the second floor and parking it on the first floor, then doing it in reverse next week. We're exhausted.


Since my home office will be totally dismantled and the computer stored in a box, I won't have my usual column on May 22, but look for me back in June.

Old Town Market

I am delighted to report that the Second Sunday Market in Tonge Row's parking lot D right behind the Little French Market Café has evolved to a weekly, Saturday, "Old Town Market."

This food and farmers market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting this Saturday, May 10, and will feature fresh produce and baked goods as always.

Artists' Coalition

Decorative artist Dee Cunningham has a studio on the west end of Main Street. Dee tells me that she has joined with other artists and decorators in and around the historic district under the banner of the Ellicott City Artists' Coalition because they feel that art needs a voice in Ellicott City.

They want to bring awareness to the artist community and to engage the public in exploring the arts around our town. They also want to support the professional growth of local artists. The ECAC is an artist-run, artist-centered organization. Members are located along Main Street, Old Columbia Pike and up at the west end.

More information is coming in the form of a brochure that will be available at cultural venues in Howard County like the Howard County Center for the Arts and the Welcome Center. I have always enjoyed the work of local artists like Wiley Purkey and Alice Webb and look forward to expanding my acquaintance with these new talented folk.

Hills of Milltown 5K

Are you tough enough? That's been the slogan since the Hills of Milltown 5K race began a few years ago. This year's race will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 8:30 a.m., and will benefit the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership's beautification fund for projects in the historic district and Blossom's of Hope's beneficiary, the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

The race starts in parking lot F, behind the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin at Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive. The entry fee is $35 and includes a T-shirt. There will be a post-race party at Tonge Row at the Old Town Farmers Market after the race, featuring live music and food. For more information, call 443-250-4241.

Show time

The folks at Historic Ellicott City Inc. tell me that everyone's favorite fall event in Howard County, the decorator show house, is going to happen this year from Sept. 20 to Oct. 19.

The featured house is called Meriwether Farm and is located on Roxbury Road in Glenwood. I haven't been out to see the house yet, but was lucky enough to be treated to a virtual tour. I have participated in about 20 show houses over the years and this one looks to be one of the nicest ever.


If you would like to volunteer, or participate as a designer, contact show house chairman Joyce Pope at 301-442-8862 or

Historical society exhibits

Two exhibits are currently on view at the Howard County Historical Society Museum, at 8328 Court Ave. The museum is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and admission is free. The exhibits are the USS Constellation — the flagship of the African Squadron, courtesy of the Historic Ships Baltimore and the Baltimore Visitors Center, and the Bootleggers Paradise Prohibition of Howard County.

The USS Constellation exhibit features text panels and images of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the US African Squadron and the USS Constellation's role as the flagship from 1859 to 1861, the bootlegger's exhibit shows prohibition times in Howard County. For more information, call 410-480-3250 or email

Lace at the cabin

This Sunday, why not take mom down to the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. The Chesapeake Lace Makers Guild will be making lace there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer hands-on participation by visitors. This event is free and welcomes all ages.