Decorator Show House: Cattail Farm


HISTORIC ELLICOTT City Inc. opened its 16th Decorator Show House, Cattail Farm in Glenwood, on Saturday.

The house sits on 175 acres off Route 97. Huge trees line the driveway. The age of the house -- approximately 150 -- coincides with the birth of Howard County, now celebrating its sesquicentennial.

During last year's Folly Farm Show House, the Cattail Farm caretakers contacted Rick Weinkam, Show House chairman.

"I came out to see it and loved it," Weinkam said. "It worked out perfect. Howard County is having its sesquicentennial. This house is 150 years old. What else could you ask for?"

Originally part of a 2,000-acre tract owned by Capt. John Dorsey in the 1700s, Cattail Farm was owned by the Banks family in the 1850s. It has had minor additions and a renovation since 1853.

The property was recently acquired by the current owner, who offered it as a show house.

The house has more than 25 rooms and areas to explore. All of it -- from the foyer to the sun porch to the attic -- has been decorated by local designers.

The house is a pastiche of styles: granite and marble faux finishes greet visitors in the foyer; a crystal chandelier sets off white-beaded curtains in the dining room; and French country dM-icor warms the kitchen.

Revisions Remodeling Showroom Inc. renovated the kitchen and laundry room, following the plan of designer Patricia Filas. Revisions worked with the owner to come up with a French country chateau theme.

Also on the first floor are the den, bathroom, morning room and front parlor.

Color-wash and faux-wood grain cover the walls of the landing.

The sitting room is decorated as what the brochure calls a "Lady's Retreat." The nursery features a hand-painted mural of rolling green hills and bright blue sky with puppies and kittens bounding across the hills. Jodi O'Connell of Artistic Finishes in New Windsor did the artwork.

Upstairs are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Farther up the steep, winding steps, on the third level, you can sign up to join Historic Ellicott City Inc. and buy a raffle ticket.

That area of the house also has a small art gallery and fantastic stenciling by Woodstock resident Elizabeth Brown.

Don't miss the wild bath designed by Vincent Finazzo and Weinkam of Sebastian's Urban DM-icor in Ellicott City. Muralist Jessica Cohen's jungle scene on the walls provides a contrast to the old Palladian windows in the attic bathroom.

Behind the house, Innovative Gourmet operates a cafe for those who want to get a bite to eat without leaving the grounds.

The renovated barn provides space for vendors -- stores such as Esoterica, which sells home accessories, and the Maryland Historical Society Museum shop.

Furniture, lighting, artwork and almost everything in the show house is for sale. The items can be purchased at the Show House office, in back of the house.

The Grapevine Boutique is housed in the poolhouse.

Historic Ellicott City Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the oldest railroad station in America -- the Ellicott City B & O Railroad Station Museum -- and the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin.

The show house is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 15. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Information: 410-461-6908.

Dayton Daze Parade

The sixth Dayton Daze parade and picnic will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 in Dayton.

The parade was started to honor businessman Lenny Hobbs, who has since passed away. According to parade and picnic coordinator Cathy Frederick-Bittner, Hobbs was "honest and helpful." His gas station was a gathering place for the Dayton community.

The parade will feature a Clarksville Lions Club float, the River Hill Marching Band and the blue ribbon-winning Dayton 4-H Club float.

A bicycle-decorating contest will be held before the parade, and bicyclers will ride in the parade.

Girls Scout troops, 4-H clubs and other community organizations may join the parade.

Line up at noon at Dayton Meadows Court. Afterwards, a picnic -- with Moon Bounce, a cake walk and dunk tank -- is planned until 4 p.m. at Eden Valley. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own.

A display exploring the history of Dayton, including a 19th-century map and old pictures, will be set up. Contributions to the display are welcome. The Dayton Community Association, which sponsors the event, asks that everyone bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a food bank.

The association meets tonight to finalize plans.

Information: 443-535-0022.

Student of politics

Joseph McDonald, a senior at Glenelg High School, has completed a summer internship in Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's Frederick office.

Joseph is co-captain of the Glenelg football team, secretary of the senior class student government, a member of the math and wrestling teams, and is listed in Who's Who of American High School Students.

He is a three-time scholar-athlete award recipient and is applying for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

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