I can't believe it's that time already — time to go back to school. I remember a favorite television commercial from a few years ago where they showed a parent dancing in the aisles of an office supply store while singing "It's the most wonderful time of the year."
Summer vacation is great, but there is a lot to be said for September. My neighborhood is celebrating with our 25th annual Labor Day weekend crab feast. This terrific get-together has kept a large group of us on our street close for all these years. In the early days we all had young children. Now those kids are grown, and many are married, and have children of their own.
A crowd of about 100 celebrated the 20th anniversary. We're expecting close to that many this time too.
This year's Howard County Fair was great, as always. The Howard County Historical Society put on an interesting exhibit on Prohibition in Ellicott City, and Hands on History Day was great fun. Everyone put a lot of work into their presentations.
In the contest area, my friend Vickie Goeller won two prizes for photography. Both entries feature historic district themes. She won first place in the Historic Howard County division for her black and white photo of Tonge Row, and third place in the Historic Howard County division for her color photo of last year's train derailment. Congratulations, Vickie, and thanks to all who participated for all your hard work.
Preservation Howard County has announced the recipients of this year's Preservationists of the Year awards, and featured among them are two of my friends who have contributed so much to the improvement of the historic district.
Karen Griffith is the museum manager for the Howard County Historical Society. She has the daunting job of managing the museum collection, assisting with program planning and welcoming visitors.
Jacque Galke is the Heritage Program Supervisor for the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. She oversees all of the historic sites in town, including the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, the Fire House Museum, and the Ellicott City Colored School, Restored.
Both of these ladies have been fixtures on the historic preservation scene for many years and I am so glad that their amazing efforts are being recognized. The organization is honoring them, as well as Richard Holmes and James Eacker, at a ceremony at Historic Waverly Mansion on Sept. 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Just so you know that the Historical Society can get jiggy with it when they want to, I wanted to let you know that they have an acoustic reggae concert coming up. On Aug. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the society will host Scotty Paynter, aka Scotty P, who is a vocalist and song writer from the legendary reggae band Jah Works. Scotty and a special guest will perform acoustic reggae covers and some original works from his latest solo album, "Draw Your Breaks." Tickets are $20. You are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy during the performance. For more information call the Society at 410-480-3250.
Also, the deadline for submissions for the society's 50th anniversary cookbook is looming — Aug. 31. Check out the website, where a form is available for ease of contributing your favorite recipe. The website is http://www.hchsmd.org. You want to be a part of this historic effort.
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Hollywood comes to Main Street in the person of Lee Doll, who works at Cottage Antiques when he isn't making feature-length movies. Lee tells me that his newest offering is historic — the first independently produced musical comedy film from the Baltimore/Washington area. This salute to rock and roll is called "Rise and Fall … in LOVE." It's available on DVD. Just go to his website at http://www.LeeDoll.com.
Speaking of Movies
The Wine Bin continues its summer movie series, on Saturday evenings at 9 p.m. On Aug. 31 is one of my all-time favorites, "The Princess Bride." And on Sept. 7 is another of my great favorites, "Young Frankenstein." Enjoy. The outdoor movie season is almost over.
Work continues for the next Decorator Show House, sponsored by Historic Ellicott City Inc., this year spotlighting Mount Ida, in the historic district up by the courthouse. The Preview Party will be held on Sept. 26, and the house will be open from Sept. 28 to Oct. 27. I know that the group is looking for volunteer docents, so if you would like to be a part of this project, whose proceeds go to projects to improve the historic district, call the group at 410-461-6908.
Martha Clark and I were so happy to see so many people at our recent book signing at Clark's Elioak Farm. Signed copies of our book about the Enchanted Forest are now on sale at the Farm.