Fall Festival will take over the Historic District [Mostly Main Street]

The Ellicott City Fall Festival will take place this Saturday, Sept. 28, in the Historic District. A shuttle will be available all day to transport you from the courthouse parking lot all the way down Main Street, so you can find easy parking and easy visiting without a lot of walking.

The festival is happening along with the Main Street Music Fest, which will feature 53 bands on eight stages in nine hours. Whew.


Also, during all this is the first annual Art Walk. You can pick up a passport by the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, get it stamped at galleries along the street, and then enter it in a raffle at the end, for merchandise donated by local merchants.

This really is something for everyone. Don't miss it.

Joetta Cramm

A memorial service celebrating the life of Joetta Cramm was held at the Howard County Conservancy on Sept. 15. Cramm was a fixture on Main Street for many years, cheerfully leading groups on her always-popular historic walking tours of the town.

Her Ellicott City walking tour book as well as her pictorial history of Howard County are valuable references for anyone interested in the area. I always appreciated the encouragement she gave me as I started writing about local history. I wrote about her several times for The View as well.

In April of 2004, her photo graced the cover of the paper for an article about her recent update of the pictorial history. It had been out of print for several years, and thanks to popular demand she updated it and added several dozen new photographs.

Even though she was not a county native, she loved it like one. She said, "There's a delightful quality of life in Howard County. Columbia offers a well-planned cosmopolitan community. Ellicott City, the county seat, presents the contrast of the nineteenth century."

She also astutely noted, "While we still have farm land in Howard County, the emphasis has morphed from dairy farming to summer camps, pick-your-own farms, Christmas tree farms, therapeutic riding, and raising everything from bison to bees."

She will be greatly missed, as was evident by the outpouring of warm and personal stories shared at the packed memorial service.


Howard County Tourism continues to offer its popular ghost tours on Friday and Saturday evenings, starting at their new Welcome Center on Main Street in Ellicott City. They also have begun offering similar tours from their new location at Savage Mill. Meet at the Welcome Center at the Food Court area in the New Weave building at the mill for tours beginning at 8 p.m.

For information about any of these events, call 410-313-1900.

Paint update

As you know, our Main Street is one of 20 selected from across the country to benefit from Benjamin Moore Paint's Paint What Matters program. Representatives from the company toured the town recently to determine the scope of the job. Work is scheduled to start in March 2014.


Monty Python

Outdoor movie season is winding down, but the Wine Bin's schedule is going out with a lot of laughs, showing "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" on Sept. 28. It will start at 8 p.m., with the parking lot closing an hour before.

Movie Premier

Main Street's Ron Howard — Lee Doll — has announced the world premiere of his latest movie. "Rise and Fall — in LOVE" will have its first showing at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $7. For information, go to Lee's website,

At the Galleries

Time is running out to see Wiley Purkey's exhibit, "Inside the Studio," at Perspectives Art Gallery at 8191 Main St. The show ends on Sunday, Sept. 29. For information, call 410-461-7763.

Meanwhile, the Still Life Gallery, at 8173 Main St., is showing Mexican-inspired yarn weaving works by Francisco Loza, as well as Mexican beaded masks and jewelry. They can be reached at 410-461-1616.