Music festival will again be 'Really Big' [Mostly Main Street]

The Really Big Main Street Music Festival is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 26, from noon to 8 p.m. There will be five stages scattered throughout town featuring 60 bands, including one of my son Dave's old favorites Kelly Bell.

There will be a free shuttle to help you get around, and don't forget those nice new steps connecting the courthouse parking lot to Main Street behind the Brewery. In addition to the great music there will also be a variety of food vendors and plenty of family crafts. Don't miss it!


The season of outdoor free concerts and movies in the historic district is drawing to a close. Coming up on Sept. 12, the concert offered in Lot D, behind Tonge Row, is Smoke N Mangoes, a blue grass group, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The movies at the lot beside The Wine Bin will be "Godfather 1" on Sept. 12 and "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Sept. 19. The Old Town Farmers' Markets will continue through Oct. 31, located at both Lot D behind Tonge Row, and next to The Wine Bin. I guess it's time to start looking at pumpkins and mums. The markets run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sept. 13 you can visit the Second Sunday Art Market in Lot D in front of Mat About You. This monthly event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The next Girls' Night Out is set for Thursday, Sept. 17. Start out at The Wine Bin at 5 p.m. where you can sample wine, enjoy some live jazz, and pick up a free tote bag filled with samples and coupons. Then visit the participating shops along Main Street-they will be flying a pink flag in front-and look for special discounts. The Spirits of Main Street Ghost Tour will also be held on September 17, starting at 8 p.m., so you could do both if you would like. This tour is open to the over-21 crowd, and features haunted pubs, taverns and bistros. For reservations, call 410-313-1900.

The Still Life Gallery, at 8173 Main Street is hosting an arts and culture happy hour on Sept. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Drinks and light fare will be offered. To RSVP, contact

The Howard County Welcome Center, at 8267 Main St., is featuring a "Haycation" exhibit through Nov. 20. The Central Maryland Photographers Guild has traveled throughout the county to highlight its rich agricultural aspects.

The next Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours are scheduled for Sept. 12 and 26 at 11 a.m. The tour starts out at Mt. Ida, up near the Courthouse, and winds its way down to the Railroad Station Plaza. The walk lasts about 45 minutes and is $10 per person, $5 for society members. Call 410-480-3250 for reservations.


Congratulations to Gretchen Shuey, owner of Bean Hollow on Main Street. Gretchen recently completed the Leadville, Colo., 100-mile run in less than 30 hours. What an amazing accomplishment.

Play ball

The Historical Society and Historic Ellicott City Inc. are hosting a vintage 19th century baseball game, Sunday Sept. 20, on the grounds of Mt. Ida, the Ellicott house that stands near the courthouse on Sarah's Lane. Grounds open at noon, and games will be played at 1 and 3 p.m. The games will be played with 19th century rules, uniforms and equipment (no gloves.)

Tours of Mt. Ida will be offered and kids can join in games from the 1800s. Children under 14 are free. HEC, Inc. and Historical Society members are also free. Adults are $5. Tickets can be purchased at This event is part of the Smithsonian's Hometown Teams exhibit at the society's museum, 8328 Court Ave., from Sept. 19 to Nov. 7.

Show House

Maureen Sweeney Smith, executive director of Historic Ellicott City Inc., has asked me to let you know that the group is actively searching for the 2016 show house. They were unable to find a suitable venue for 2015 and so are starting early for next year.

As always, they would prefer an older home, well maintained and with adequate parking. They would like outbuildings for shops and dining. They are prepared to decorate but not to remodel kitchens or bathrooms. The owners would have to vacate the premises from July through October. If you have a property you would like them to consider, contact them at 410-461-6908 or