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ARTsites returns with new outdoor sculptures [Mostly Main Street]

The Howard County Arts Council has announced the return of ARTsites, where they place sculpture outdoors around the county, making art accessible to everyone. Remember the cute eggplant that decorated the front of the Tourism Welcome Center last summer? Well, this summer the Welcome Center has a new piece, called "Rybee House II" by Stephen Klema. There is another sculpture up by the George Howard Building in the government complex. This one is called "Crescent" by Steven Durow. The Center for the Arts has free ARTsites brochures to tell you about all of the sculptures in place throughout the county, or you can call them at 410-313-ARTS for more information. The Arts Council also reported that the recent Plein Air Paint Out in Ellicott City on the weekend of July 7 to 9 attracted a record number of artists, including over 60 who participated in the quick draw competition on Saturday morning.

We have really been enjoying the Old Town Farmers Market this summer, in the parking lot next to The Wine Bin. You just never know what's going to happen next there. Of course, it has magnificent fruit and vegetables, as you would expect at this time of year. We have been loading up on fresh corn, tomatoes and peaches. One week, I bought the tiniest eggplant I've ever seen — about two bites each and delicious. I was amazed to find a stand dedicated to garlic. Who knew there are so many different kinds? Baccarella Farms has been growing at least eight different varieties on its farm in Mount Airy and it is more than happy to tell you all about them when you visit the stand. It also has a very helpful pamphlet describing all of the choices available, which are coded with colored stickers to make it easy to identify them. You can buy the heads individually, or get a mixed bag. I brought home the "Mild French" variety for starters and it's delicious. Next to the garlic stand is the pickle guy. I really like the ones flavored with lime, but the pickle guy will help you match a pickle to your mood at the time. And he has free samples. A couple of weeks ago, I just missed attending a wedding at the market. That's right, a couple got married right there and mingled with customers after. Great fun.

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The historic district offers lots of reasonably priced and free entertainment on tap during these weeks leading up to back to school. The Wine Bin movie on Aug. 26 is the wonderful "Princess Bride" and on Sept. 2, it is featuring "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation." Before the movie, check out the Concerts in the Courtyard, behind Tonge Row. On Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m., the group is A Work in Progress and on Sept. 2, it's Smoke in Mangoes. Folky Fridays in the Courtyard are featuring Tongue in Cheek on Aug. 25 and Herd of Main Street on Sept. 1. Sunday brunch in the Courtyard features The Wafflers on Aug. 27. Pizza is available at the River House Pizza Co., with outdoor seating at the Courtyard. It is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Howard County Historical Society is presenting its next concert at the Museum on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m., featuring The History of Blues with Jimmi Sexton. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. A cash bar for beer and wine will be offered so this is not a BYOB event. The Society's next Lunch Date with History is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 1. Mill historian Marty Schoppert will discuss "Savage Mill." For more information about the Society's events, call 410-480-3250.



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