Again this year, event organizers are asking, "Are you tough enough to handle the hills of Historic Ellicott City?" If you think the answer is yes, then sign up for the next Hills of Milltown 5K, to be held this Saturday, May 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The race starts in Lot F, behind the Log Cabin, and passes by 13 historic sites until ending at Lot D, behind the Welcome Center, where awards will be distributed at 10 a.m. The post party will be held there, at the back of Tonge Row, where participants, friends and family can enjoy both the party and the Old Town Market, held there every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Proceeds of the race benefit the Beautification Fund of the Ellicott City Partnership as well as up to $1,000 to be donated to the Blossoms of Hope Howard County cherry tree project in support of the Claudia Meyer Cancer Research Center at Howard County General Hospital.
For more information, or to register, go to the website at http://www.hillsofmilltown5kchallenge.com.
The outdoor movie season in the parking lot next to the Wine Bin gears up on Friday, May 22, with a showing of "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." On Saturday, May 23, the theme will continue with "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." On Saturday, May 30, it will be "Footloose." Snacks and beverages will be on sale and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity.
Back by popular demand, the Howard County Historical Society is holding "Bootleggers Paradise II: Whiskey Tasting." This fun evening will be held on Saturday, May 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the society's museum, 83328 Court Ave.
Included in this 1920s-style speakeasy party and whiskey tasting event are representatives from Whiskey America as well as the Will Fischer Jazz Band. Period dress is encouraged.
Tickets are $60 per person. For tickets and information, call 410-480-3250 or email info@ hchsmd.org.
At the B&O
On Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., the "Side Hill Badgers String Band" will be playing at the B&O Plaza on Main Street and Maryland Avenue. The band plays Appalachian old time music, a direct ancestor of bluegrass.
Also, during the month of May, members of the B&O Museum get free admission to the Baltimore Zoo. A family membership card and photo ID will get free admission for up to two adults and two children.
The Judges Bench, at 8385 Main St., is holding a Jazz Jam on Tuesday, June 2, starting at 8:30 p.m. You are welcome to come participate or simply enjoy the music.
Downton Abbey arrives
Fans of the popular PBS series "Downton Abbey" will be delighted to hear that items inspired by the show will be available at Ellicott's Country Store, 8180 Main St. On Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. the shop is holding a preview showcasing the 1928 jewelry, heritage lace accessories, crystal perfume bottles and scents. The event offers free food and beverages as well.
Passport to History
The Howard County Historical Society and the Howard County Library have announced their 2015 summer program, Howard County Passport to the Past. Offered to students from pre-school to eighth grade, the passports can be picked up at the Miller Library or the Society's Museum starting on May 30.
Students are encouraged to visit the 24 sites included in the passport, then photograph each, or make a drawing. Completed passports can be validated at the library by Aug. 29 and will be entered into a prize drawing. This is a wonderful way to get to know our county better — both for students and their parents.