Fall is a wonderful time of year in Howard County: It's house tour time.
The house tours began Sept. 2, when Elkridge Heritage Society held its biennial tour of notable area homes.
Six gracious Elkridge families put some spit and polish on their woodwork and threw open the doors for tourists.
Three of the homes were on historic Old Lawyer's Hill Road: Lilac House, a former slave quarters suspected of harboring poltergeists, now home of Gloria Berthold; Glenholm, a house that was completely rebuilt from old materials, now home of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Ballinger; and the Servant's Quarters at Maycroft, built in 1881 to house the servants of Charles and Susan Mayer and now serving as a family home and potter's studio for Larrabee Strow and Van Lynn Wensil.
Hockley Mill House, the oldest of the tour homes, was built in 1766 and lovingly restored from near ruin by current owner Robert Seymour.
A 1936 Sears Catalog kit house, now the home of Alan and Carol Bateman's family, showed vintage Tudor style.
The new house on the tour was Dale and Richard Murphy's Ilchester Road contemporary Cape Cod.
In addition, tourists were invited to walk through the Masonic Temple, Elk Ridge Assembly Rooms Hall and the Brumbaugh House.
It was a wonderful afternoon to be in Elkridge.
Tour committee members are Mary Seidel Strow, Lillian McCurdy, Helen Voris, Shirley Drell, Virginia Kinney, Larry Strow, Jan Menear, Florence Bahr, Ruth Sherwood and Van Lynn Wensil.
10-year reunion celebrated
Here's your chance, Howard High School Class of 1985.
You can see how everyone in your class turned out. A 10th reunion is planned for Oct. 20.
The reunion committee, composed of Cathy Gregor Pryor, Kim Zimmer Roberts, Tish Anderson Nowakowski and Sharon Aaronson, has planned a party to be held at Snyder's Willow Grove Restaurant in Linthicum. The festivities will last from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Classmate Jennifer Milne, who now is a graphic artist, designed the invitational fliers.
Contact Ms. Pryor at (410) 379-0315 to make reservations.
Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church invites the community to its second spaghetti dinner.
The dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church at 2330 Mount Hebron Drive in Ellicott City.
Donations will go toward the building fund.