Ellicott City is haunted! Come down and see for yourself. For the little kids there is Trick or Treat on Main Street on Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. There will also be a haunted house at the Patapsco Female Institute on Oct. 27 and 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. This one might be too scary for young children. Admission is $10 at the door. The Howard County Historical Society is holding a Haunted Hootenanny at the museum on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. There will be music, side-show activities and a costume contest. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 410-480-3250 for tickets. The fifth annual HallowRead is scheduled for Oct.20 and 21 at the Roger Carter Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive. This is a book fest for fans of paranormal, urban fantasy, steam punk and horror. There will be author workshops, panelsand ghost tours. An after-hours Monster Mash Bash will be held at the Museum of Howard County History, starting at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21. Visit www.Hallowread.com for tickets.
There will be an Ellicott City Restoration Benefit dinner and dance on Nov.18 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. This event benefits the Historical Society's Second Quaker Schoolhouse Restoration Project—once completed the building will be used as an education center and children's museum. For tickets call 410-480-3250.
Historic Ellicott City Inc.’s Decorator Show House, White Hall, will end on Oct. 22. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do. The designers have done a stellar job updating the décor in this lovely house. Visit the website at www.historicec.com for more information.
My cousins came to visit from New Jersey last weekend. We took advantage of the glorious weather and spent much of Saturday on Main Street. It's interesting to see it through the eyes of people who don't know it. Of course they loved it. First, we went to the Farmers Market, which is still going strong on Saturday mornings through Oct.r 28. My favorite purchase was a brilliant orange cauliflower, which made a pretty vegetarian dinner for us. We also scored some fresh pineapple salsa, delicious on pork. My cousin chose a jar of pina colada jam, for a rocking breakfast treat. Since the shops weren't open yet, they headed to the Howard County Conservancy next. My cousins loved the rolling hills and great views and even got to meet the goats, Buddy and Holly. Sue Phipps, the Conservancy office manager, gave them a great informal tour of the Conservancy's new Gudelsky Education Center expansion.
Next, back to Main Street for lunch at The Phoenix Emporium. We were delighted that a train went by while we were dining there. After that we headed over to the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, which had just reopened the day before. We were very impressed. Now they offer free admission, which is a big plus. The building looked great and the exhibits were very interesting. There is a new (to me at least) movie in the Freight House that explains the history of the building, the oldest railroad terminal in America. Kudos to our Parks and Rec for doing such a great job. I talked to the new site manager, Aaron Lippincott. He said they are already at work on the Holiday Lego Train Exhibit. After the museum, my cousins took off to explore the town on their own. One highlight for them was Shoemaker Country. They were very impressed by the furniture for sale there and by the specialized service. They saw a couple come in with a unique piece of wood, signed by guests at their recent wedding. They were trying to decide what to do with it. John Shoemaker suggested making a table out of it. What a special souvenir of a special day. They also enjoyed a late afternoon glass of wine at the Pure Wine Café and were happy that the town has made so much progress since the flood last year. I also noticed that a new restaurant, Georgia Grace, has just opened at the foot of Main Street across from the Railroad Station Museum. This is a casual restaurant serving up such classics as spanakopita and falafel. I can't wait to try it.