Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year and the historic district has a series of events honoring it all weekend. There will be a parade down Main Street on Nov. 11, starting at 1 p.m. The Civil War will be remembered at the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin with the Gen.George G. Meade #5 Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War re-enactors. At the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, a World War II military re-enactor weekend, complete with military vehicles, special displays and a presentation on women’s roles in World War II service, is planned. The Howard County Welcome Center, at 8267 Main St., will be hosting a display on the Vietnam War. Also at the Welcome Center, on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m., there will be a rededication ceremony for the Blue Star Memorial Marker. These markers have been placed around the country since 1945, honoring members of the armed forces of America. The original Blue Star was placed at the Welcome Center several years ago and was washed away in the flood of July 2016. It will be reinstalled in a small ceremonyhosted by the Howard County Garden Club.
The next Lunch Date with History will be held at the Museum of Howard County History on Friday, Nov. 3 at noon. Fred Dorsey, president of Preservation Howard County, will be talking about “Cemetery Art and Symbols.” Admission is free to Historical Society members, $5 to the general public. The Society has also announced its 41st Holiday House Tour, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Buy tickets before Nov. 20 to get the early-bird pricing. Tickets are $60 ($50 early) for members; $70 ($60 early) for guests of members and $80 ($70 early) for the general public. Included in the tour is Oakland Mansion in Columbia, in recognition of the 50th birthday of Columbia. This tour benefits the programs of the Society, among them an upcoming series of children’s programs at the museum in 2018. Also at the museum , “Historically Inappropriate Comedy III” will be presented on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and beer and wine will be available for purchase. For all of these events contact the Society at 410-480-3250 or www.hchsmd.org.
Congratulations to Main Street photographer Pam Watkins Long for receiving the “Hometown Hero” award from the Modern Woodmen of America at a ceremony at the Museum of Howard County History on Oct. 26. Pam is a strong supporter of the historic district; this recognition is well deserved.
The next Jazz Jam at the Judges Bench will be on the evening of November 7. Come to listen or to participate. The next “Girls Night Out” will be on November 16. Start out at the Wine Bin at 5 p.m. and enjoy special sales and treats throughout town until 9 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Ellicott City Partnership and Her Mind Magazine.
Historic Ellicott City, Inc.’s 31st decorator show house, White Hall, came to a successful conclusion on October 22. Some of the proceeds are going to grants, in partnership with Preservation Maryland. One of the grants I was happiest about was to St. Luke’s AME Church. This is the church on the hill on Main Street, across from the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. A few years ago Christmas in July helped them rebuilt the steep steps up to the church. Then, the July, 2016 flood caused the whole hill in front of the church to wash away. Right now the front is a mass of rubble stone and the church is unsafe to use. The grant will be used for exterior repairs. I am sure the congregants will be happy to be able to return.