The folks from Benjamin Moore paints have done a wonderful job freshening up our Main Street.

The folks from Benjamin Moore paints have done a wonderful job freshening up our Main Street. A few months ago, we won a nationwide contest to be included in about 20 Main Streets that would get a free face-lift.

The work started a few weeks ago, and went quickly. I particularly like the strong forest green on The Phoenix, but even the buildings that only needed a trim touch-up are looking better than ever.


So, the next time you are down for the Farmers Market or to visit the Railroad Station Museum, take a good look at how nice Main Street looks. Thanks, Benjamin Moore!

Current Events

There is a lot going on in the historic district these days. You don't want to miss out. First, the Old Town Farmers Market is now being held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard behind Tonge Row, Parking Lot D. We're just coming in to prime growing season, so this is definitely the time to go.

Your Saturday nights can be filled with entertainment, starting at 6:30 p.m. The plan is that you buy your beverages at The Wine Bin, and then wander down to the courtyard behind Tonge Row, where there is free musical entertainment and food available for purchase. Enjoy a wonderful pizza from River House Pizza or a sandwich from Rib'n & Blues at one of the outdoor tables, and then make your way back up to The Wine Bin for a movie. Two of my favorites are coming up: "Dirty Dancing" is featured on June 21 and "Risky Business" (rated R) is set for June 28. The movies start at 9 p.m. and are also free.

The Howard County Center for the Arts is opening two new exhibits tonight, June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. You can also enjoy a performance by the All County Improv Troupe, see artists at work and enjoy light refreshments.

Tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. is also "Girls Night Out" in the historic district. Stop at The Wine Bin to sample some wine and pick up a tote filled with coupons to enjoy at participating shops along Main Street.

On June 20, the Benjamin Banneker Museum on Oella Avenue is marking the summer solstice with a celebration of light and dark, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy viewing the night sky through their telescope. For reservations call 410-887-1081.

The Bard is back

Shakespeare is back in town, outdoors at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. They are featuring "As You Like It" on Thursdays through Sundays until July 20. The park opens well before the performances and offers pre-show entertainment. You can bring a picnic and make an evening of it. This magnificent setting is the perfect backdrop for these fine performances. For reservations, go to http://www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com or call 410-313-8661.

On June 21, the Genealogical Society will man a help desk at the Howard County Historical Society space in the Miller Library. They offer this service the third Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Howard County Historical Society is hosting its first Members Appreciation Day at Clark's Elioak Farm on June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., rain date June 28. Free to members, this event includes live Celtic music with Celtic dance instruction in addition to an opportunity to enjoy many of the features from the Enchanted Forest, including the endless sliding board. If you are a member and would like to RSVP, or if you realize that this would be a great time to become a member, contact the society at 410-480-3250.