The Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, in conjunction with the Howard County Marine Corps League Detachment 1084, is inviting everyone to celebrate Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Brewing Company will be serving veterans for free during that time, and all others for $10 each. For more information and reservations, call 410-313-8141.
The last Old Town Farmers' Market for the season will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, in the parking lot behind the old post office and in the lot beside The Wine Bin. This is a great opportunity to stock up on pumpkins and gourds for Thanksgiving decorating, and to find just the right chutneys and preserves for your holiday table and for hostess gifts. Oh, and be sure to save room for one more Nathan Sowers pizza.
Banneker Park over in Oella is offering an after-school explorer series starting on Nov. 13. The six sessions are geared to students in grades one through three, and the cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members for all six sessions. To register, call 410-887-1081.
Music at the Museum
The Howard County Historical Society has scheduled several new programs in its Music at the Museum series. These are held at the Museum on Court Avenue, in the old Presbyterian Church building. By the way, they have done some remodeling in the old building and now have a handy modern bathroom facility available for visitors. Coming up on Saturday, Nov. 8, is a retro-concert featuring "Rearview Mirror," at 7 p.m. The duo, Iris Hirsch and Glenn Bullion, will be offering selections from the Everly Brothers, the Drifters, Elvis and the Shirelles. They like to involve the audience and make sure everyone has a good time.
The next concert is scheduled for Nov. 22. This one will feature the "Show Time Singers," a mixed voice choral group, which will singi Broadway tunes, old standards, patriotic songs and rock and roll. Tickets to both are $15 each, free for Historical Society members. And to really let the good times roll, if you show your receipt at The Wine Bin, they will give you a discount on a bottle of wine to enjoy during the show or after. For tickets to either show, go to hchsmd.org or call 410-480-3250.
Holiday House Tour
The Howard County Historical Society is gearing up for its 38th annual Holiday House Tour, to be held on Dec. 14. This year's tour features five houses in Elkridge. Tickets, $40 for members, $50 for friends of members and $60 for individuals, include a year's membership in the Historical Society. Go to the website to reserve a space for this very popular event.
It's great to see the continued beautification of Main Street. It's amazing what a coat of paint can do. On a recent trip through town I saw painters hard at work on the old Taylor building at the corner of Main Street and Columbia Pike. That building, which is currently empty, has also been improved by window displays set up by the Ellicott City Arts Coalition. Looking good. I also saw a painter working en plein air, capturing the beautiful fall day on his canvas. And speaking of canvas, I'd like to give a shout out to Charlie Risselada. We all know Charlie as the head waiter at Tersiguel's, a position he has held for decades. Well, how many people know that he is also an accomplished artist, with a specialty in "poured" paintings. A selection of his huge, multi-colored works was recently displayed at Howard Community College. Congratulations, Charlie!