No shortage of ways to celebrate Mother's Day in Ellicott City

Here's wishing every lady who is celebrating, a very happy Mother's Day. I hope the weather cooperates on Sunday, and you can take your family for a stroll down Main Street. As luck would have it there are several things going on this Mother's Day.

One is the Hills of Milltown 5k, in the morning. Call 410-313-1900 for more information. A little later in the morning get over to the parking lot behind Tonge Row for the Second Sunday Market. Buy Mom breakfast, or one of Nathan's delicious pizzas. Have a coffee at the Little French Market Café.


Enjoy a low key start to this special day together. Take home some pickles and cheese.

Whipp's Plant Sale


The annual Whipp's plant sale will be held this year on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at the First Lutheran Church at the corner of Frederick and Chatham Roads. This is a great opportunity to buy Mom a nice plant, and a good way to stock up for your garden in general.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 410-274-7795 for more information.


Howard County Tourism continues to offer Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m., leaving from the Welcome Center at 8267 Main St. For reservations call 410-313-1900.

Historical Society

Wiley Purkey's retrospective art exhibit continues at the Howard County Historical Society Museum on Court Avenue. Free and open to the public, the hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Time flies — the society is gathering submissions for the 50th anniversary edition of "A Cook's Tour of Howard County, MD" community cookbook. Your recipes will be received through May 31. Go to the website for a form to complete. It's http://www.hchsmd.org.

The Genealogical Society will offer a help desk at the Historical Society's space in the Miller Branch Library on Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. They are happy to help you research your family history.


The Antiques Depot at 3720 Maryland Ave., across from the Railroad Station Museum, is featuring a Lego "Star Wars" display. Guess everyone is gearing up for the next batch of "Star Wars" movies. Check it out.

Girls' Night Out

The next Girl's Night Out is scheduled for May 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. Start out at the Wine Bin for a tasting and pick up your free tote bag. The bag includes a coupon for 20 percent off of one item at one of the 22 participating shops in the historic district.


Out of the District

The ever-popular Wine in the Woods is at Symphony Woods in Columbia on May 18 and 19. This is a wonderful, not-to-be-missed event. I think they are being very smart this year. As the event is definitely geared toward folk aged 21 and older, the planners have decided not to feature any children's events, like face painting.

If you go on Saturday, your ticket also gets you free admission to a concert by The Band Perry at Merriweather Post that night.

The other intriguing event coming up is the Mid-Atlantic Wild West Fest on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum on Frederick Road in West Friendship. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call 410-489-2345 for more information.

Welcome, new neighbor

I'd like to welcome our new next-door neighbor, little miss Katie Marie Martin, who was born on April 21. Her parents are Andie and Rob Martin. Congratulations to the happy family. We look forward to watching her grow.

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