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James Bond kicks off outdoor summer movie series [Mostly Main Street]

It might have snowed in Colorado earlier this month, but it's definitely looking a lot like summer around here. One sure sign of the warmer weather in the historic district is the Wine Bin's summer movie series.

Held outdoors, with the huge screen on the side of their building on Main Street (the former fire station), this is fun the whole family can enjoy. It's free, and you can bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

The Bin has beverages and snacks for sale and part of the proceeds go to charity. This year they are kicking off with a James Bond weekend. You will be shaken, not stirred.

On Friday, May 23, they are featuring one of the early ones starring Sean Connery, "From Russia with Love." On Saturday, May 24, it's "Casino Royale" with Daniel Craig. The following weekend, Saturday, May 31, they are showing "Waiting for Guffman." That one is R-rated by the way. The show starts at 9 p.m. but you can come earlier and set up.

Photo contest

The Ellicott City Historic District Partnership is accepting submissions for its annual photo contest until May 25. Entry forms are available at the Welcome Center in the old post office building on Main Street, and submissions can be left there as well.

The special category this year is "Ellicott City at Night." The photos will be exhibited this summer at the Welcome Center and an opening reception will be held there on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m.

Farmers market

Don't forget that the Old Town Farmers Market is now a weekly affair held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind Tonge Row. Go early before the shops open and you will find plenty of free parking.

One of my friends told me that the handmade pizza at the River House Pizza Company at the Market makes a fine breakfast.

Passport to the past

The Howard County Historical Society is offering a Passport to the Past summer program for students entering kindergarten through grade 8. After June 1 you can pick up a passport booklet at the Historical Society's space in the Miller Library or at their Museum on Court Avenue.

The idea is to visit at least fifteen of the historic sites featured in the booklet and take your child's photo there, print it and attach it to the booklet, creating a personal history diary. Bring the booklet back to the library by Aug. 30 to be entered into a drawing for lots of special prizes.

Volunteer shout-out

At the recent membership meeting for Historic Ellicott City Inc., four members of the organization were made honorary lifetime board members in gratitude for their decades of service to the organization and the community. Roland and Enalee Bounds, Marge Filbert and Herb Johl have been active in the historic district for forty to fifty years each. Our legendary town would not be the thriving successful place it is today without their hard work, vision, and dedication. Many thanks to all.

Show house

Historic Ellicott City Inc. is accepting designer submissions for the 2014 Decorator Show House, Meriwether Farm, to be held from Sept. 20 to Oct. 19. This year they are accepting submissions online, until June 3, which should make things easier for everyone. If you would like to submit a proposal, go to the website at and fill in the form.

Join today

I am a big believer in supporting the local preservation groups. I can see what a difference they have made in the community. Also, being a member can be a lot of fun.

For example, now would be a great time to join the Howard County Historical Society. They are having a Member's Appreciation Day at Clark's Elioak Farm on Saturday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. What a great way to celebrate the first day of summer.

For information about this free event, and about membership, call the society at 410-480-3250 or email

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