“Daffodils are an optimistic flower” wrote children’s author Tasha Tudor. Almost as optimistic as Aleta Gravelle and the committee which organizes annual Whipps Daffodil Day in Ellicott City. In its 11th year, Daffodil Days, on March 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., heralds spring with a sea of yellow blooming bulbs at the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, 3651 St. John’s Lane. It is Ellicott City’s only public historic garden-park run entirely by volunteers.
The area began as a family burial ground in 1855, but no longer serves as an active cemetery. Owned by the non-profit organization, The Friends of the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, it is maintained by the Howard County Master Gardeners and is open to the public daily.
The Daffodil Days event includes sale of epimediums, hydrangeas, potted daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, hellebores and Virginia bluebells. A guided tour will highlight several recent Eagle Scout projects and restored cast-iron decorated grave sites. Howard County Master Gardeners will present horticultural presentations in the park’s Woodland Theatre, and there will be performances by the Camerata Musica Madrigal Singers and a Daffodil Demonstration Garden.
There is no admission for the garden event.
Easter egg hunt. Does anything herald spring more than that? Come out to the Shrine of Saint Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, for a family day on March 31, 10:30 a.m. , rain or shine, for hidden eggs galore. Bring your own basket and even kites to fly after the egg hunt. With more than 4,000 hidden eggs, this should be the festive hunt of the season. Pizza will be available for sale after the egg hunt.
Don’t miss the Christian Choir of Howard County during a 4 p.m. performance at the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours, 1525 Marriottsville Road, on March 25.
Marriotts Ridge High School is proud to present the hilarious musical farce “The Drowsy Chaperone,” with performances March 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and a 3 p.m. performance on March 25. Tickets are $10 in advance at mrhstheatre.org or $12 at the door.
The Kids Nearly New Spring Sale is set for April 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the fairgrounds in West Friendship with children’s items galore. Clothing, shoes, toys, games, books, furniture, playsets, equipment and more with 140 vendors expected.
Congratulations to all of the members of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department who enjoyed a lovely Awards Banquet on Feb.10. Awards were given for years of service, including Mickey Day, for 40 years of service, top Emergency Service Responders including Bambi Nelms, top Fire Responders including Capt. Danny Braitsch, top EMS and Fire Responders including Gary Unverzagt and Firefighter of the Year award to David Lebair. There were countless other awards given to the fine men and women of Station 3 who serve our community with consistent selflessness. Many thanks to all at Station 3.