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Daffodil Day at Whipps is a promise of spring [West Friendship]

Last minute wintry mixes doled out by Mother Nature or not, the buzz and bloom is all things daffodils when the Whipps Annual Daffodil Day harkens spring with a sea of yellow blooming bulbs at the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens on April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whipps is Ellicott City's only public historic garden and park, run entirely by volunteers. The eighth annual Whipps Daffodil Day celebrates spring with horticultural presentations by Howard County Master Gardeners in the park's Woodland Theatre.

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The park, at 3651 St. John's Lane, is maintained by the Howard County Master Gardeners and is open to the public daily. The park is owned by the nonprofit organization Friends of the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens.

The area was begun as a family burial ground in 1855, but no longer serves as an active cemetery. The Daffodil Days event includes sale of Easter lilies, hydrangeas, potted daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, hellebores and Virginia bluebells.

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No admission fee for the garden event. All proceeds from the flower sale will benefit the Whipps Cemetery.

The community is invited to join in a walking tour of the historic Manor House and the Shrine of St. Anthony at the Franciscan Friars, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, on March 29, at 2 p.m. Families are welcome for the tour, which lasts about one and one half hours.

Run, don't walk, to the March 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., monthly dinner at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Italian Feast. Dine in or carry out. It's Italian with all the trimmings. Cost is $9 per person or $30 per family, no matter how many folks make up the family unit.

Proceeds from the March dinner, which is donated by the folks at Glenwood's Smokin' Hot Grille, benefit the parish youth programs at St. Andrew's. The church is at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood. Questions? Call Lynne Hall Quinn at 410-292-8202.

Fine antiques and more. That's what's in store for those who attend the one day Heartland Antiques Show, March 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. Admission for this show is $10.

More than 85 exhibitors include vendors with 18th and 19th century furniture and accessories as well as 20th century finds of fine, folk and ethnic art. For more detailed information, go to the website at http://www.heartlandantiqueshow.com

Condolences to the family of Darlene Burzawa, who passed away in late February. Many in the community knew Darlene during the many years when she was employed at West Friendship Elementary School.

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