A wedding unites community [Mostly Main Street]

Howard County Times

Two of the historic district’s own bold-face names, Kimberly Kepnes and Nathan Sowers, got married on June 16. Kepness in real estate, selling a lot of local historic properties and is also associated with the Little French Market Café on Tonge Row. Sowers is owner of River House Pizza which used to be in the courtyard behind Tonge Row in good weather, as well as a new shop on Baltimore National Pike. Here’s wishing every happiness — and a swift reopening of their businesses in the affected area—to them both! My husband Tom and I recently stopped in at the pizza shop on Route 40 and were rewarded with an amazing pizza, the “Namaste,” full of mushrooms, cheese and other delights. Go there.

The Old Town Farmers Market is thriving in its temporary location at Mt. Ida on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is lots of parking at the courthouse parking lot, and it needs it. We have been joining lots of people buying lots of stuff the past few weeks. I especially love the produce you just can’t find in the grocery store, like garlic scapes and squash blossoms. I have a new appreciation for the local restaurants that feature stuffed squash blossoms at this time of year. Stuffing them with goat cheese and frying them up isn’t as easy as you might think. But worth it. Currently at the market you will also find about a dozen merchants from Main Street who would greatly appreciate your patronage as well.

With Lot D reopened behind the Visitors Center (accessible by Columbia Pike and Roussey Lane, not Main Street,) some nearby businesses have been able to reopen. Among them are the Manor Hill Tavern on Columbia Pike, and the Wine Bin on Main Street. The Wine Bin will hold its next Yappy Hour, for you and your well-behaved pooch, on Friday July 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot next to the shop at 8390 Main St. It has also restarted its Saturday movie night. It will show “The Post” on June 30 and “The Darkest Hours” on July 7.

Because much of Main Street remains closed, the plein air event, “Paint It Ellicott City,” is being expanded beyond the historic district to include all of the 21042 and 21043 zip codes. The event will be held July 6 to 8 and visitors are encouraged to come watch participants paint at local venues like Centennial Park, Clark’s Elioak Farm, Hebron House and the Shrine of St. Anthony. A reception will be held on July 9 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, free and open to the public. Also at the Arts Center, one wall in a gallery will be reserved for a benefit exhibit in support of the Howard County Arts Council Re-CREATE Ellicott City artist relief fund to support artists who have suffered financial losses due to the flooding. This benefit show will feature works donated by Paint It artists and others who have painted Ellicott City scenes. A minimum of 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Re-CREATE fund.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Main Street and Rogers Avenue, has been very involved in the relief efforts and continues to do so with a fundraiser called “Banjos, BBQ, Blue Jeans” to be held on July 1. For a $15 donation, you can wear jeans, eat barbeque and listen to music. For reservations go to goldenponddi@aol.com or text 410-458-0746.

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is back at the Patapsco Female Institute, performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until July 29. For ticket information call 410-244-8750.

Historic Ellicott City Inc. has selected its 32nd decorator show house, Wilderness Farm, a circa 1907 farm house on Jennings Chapel Road in Woodbine. A portion of the proceeds of this fundraiser will support relief efforts in the historic district. The event will run from Sept. 21 to Oct. 21. To volunteer, or for more information, call 410-461-6908.

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