My husband Tom retired on Sept. 1, and we immediately left for a celebratory trip to Maine. One thing that struck me is that just about every small town we visited had a Main Street.
So, of course, I was doing some comparing to our own incomparable Main Street, and you know what? We came out very well.
Our shops are unique, our buildings well-maintained and of course we have something the other guys just can't have — the oldest train terminal in the country. That alone lifts us out of the masses and puts us on top.
So, while I might get hungry for a lobster roll every now and then, I'm more than content to have such a wonderful Main Street a mere ten minutes from my house.
Still Life Gallery
Still Life Gallery Fine Art and Custom Framing is at 8173 Main St. Its owner, Sara Arditti, is featured in the September/October issue of "Her Mind Magazine."
The director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Doreen Bolger, visited the gallery during the reception as part of the Howard County Road to the Arts program and Arditti said she was impressed by the quality of local and regional artists represented there. The Historic District arts scene has always been vibrant thanks to people like Coleen West, director of the Howard County Center for the Arts, but lately it seems to be gathering momentum. Nice to see.
Congratulations to Tom Pierce, one of the original team at The View newspaper, on the birth of his granddaughter Eliza. Tom is a great guy and I know he is super-excited about this wonderful addition to his family.
Congratulations also to Laura Wetherald, who is marking 27 years at Howard County's Department of Recreation and Parks. Laura was always such a staunch supporter of the Railroad Station Museum when it was run by Historic Ellicott City Inc. And she has an infectious laugh that kept us all going.
To Market, To Movies, To Shop
We may be running out of tomato season, but that just means it's time to go buy pumpkins at the Old Town Farmers Market. It's still being held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind Tonge Row and next to The Wine Bin.
Take the chill off with some of Nathan Sowers' fresh-baked pizza too. The last outdoor movie of the season will be held at The Wine Bin on Saturday, Sept. 27. It's "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
On Oct. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., The Wine Bin is holding a meet and greet with organic vintner Joshua Feinblum. You can learn about and taste organic wine. The next First Friday is Oct. 3. Shops stay open later, and there are special sales to enjoy. Maybe you can start shopping for your Halloween costume.
Decorator Show House
Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s Decorator Show House, Meriwether Farm, is in full swing right now, open daily except Mondays through Oct. 19. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets are available in the Historic District at Ellicott's Country Store and Shoemaker Country or can be purchased on line at http://www.historicec.com. I'll be volunteering at the reception desk a few times during the event and hope to see you there.
Benjamin Banneker Park in Oella has some unique programs coming up. On Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. it is offering a moss workshop for adults and teens. At 1 p.m. that day they are going to talk about reptiles and amphibians in your backyard. This is open to adults and children over 3 years old. On Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. it's "Sheep to Shawl," in which you can learn how colonial clothing was made. To register and to find out more, call 410-887-1081.
Antiques Appraisal Fair
Mark your calendar for the third annual Antiques Appraisal Fair, sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society. It's scheduled for Sunday, October 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Miller Library.