Mostly Main Street: Many ways to celebrate dad's special day on Main Street

Don't forget the Second Sunday Market on Tonge Row, next scheduled for Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local crops are coming in, making this charming market all the more interesting. And, organizers have added attractions such artisan cheeses — and there are always Nathan's delicious breads. It's easy to have lunch, just grazing around the stalls. See you there.

The entries in the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation's annual photo contest —f eaturing views of the historic district-- are now on display at the Howard County Historical Society Museum, 8328 Court Avenue in the historic district. The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The photos will be on display during June and July.


Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my husband Tom and all the rest of you fathers out there, all deserving a huge shout-out for jobs well done, and always continuing. Father's Day is June 17 and the best place to take Dad is for a stroll down Main Street. Dad would enjoy the B&O Museum, Ellicott City Station, with the little ones. Through Sept. 2, the museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, where active military personnel and up to five family members get into the museum free with proper identification. Also, Dad can sign the kids up for the Museum's "I've been reading on the railroad" summer reading program. You can stop by the museum and pick up a journal, which your child should fill in with 10 railroad-related books he or she reads in the course of the summer. When you turn the journal in — by August 27 — your child receives a free book and a chance to win a railroad engineers outfit.


Dad would also enjoy some time with his grown-up kids, having a beer and a nosh and watching the game at The Phoenix, Judges Bench, Diamondback Tavern or the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company. All are an easy walk from free parking. And while Dad might not enjoy the more delicate brunches around, you can't go wrong with The Trolley Stop — their breakfast selections are legendary. Just be sure to park at the other end of town to work off some of those delicious calories.

All the celebrating does not have to be done on Sunday. After the sun goes down, the weather cools considerably and there is nothing better than a stroll through town taking a ghost tour. Tourism offers them on Friday and Saturday nights, with reservations recommended. Call 410-313-1900.

Or, if the family would rather just chill on Saturday night, there is always the free outdoor movie at The Wine Bin. On June 9 they are showing "Sideways" (R-rated) and on June 16 it's "Finding Nemo." The parking lot next door closes an hour in advance and the movie starts at 9 p.m. There is always a wine tasting before, and coolers of ice are available to chill your drinks. The Bin sells popcorn and bottled water to benefit charity. Also, on June 9 pinot winemaker Rick Moshin will be on hand from 1 to 6 p.m. and again from 8 until 9 p.m. to discuss his wine and offer tastings.

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I am happy to see that the Enchanted Garden is now open at the Miller Library and Historical Center. My family purchased a brick there and we're pleased to see it in the garden. Maybe we can getMrs. Obama to visit some time to see our progress.

Also, the Columbia Festival of the Arts will be in full swing from June 15 to 30. My writing partner Vickie Goeller and I did a book signing during the event a couple of years ago and were impressed by the energy of the place — a nice old-fashioned parade on Saturday afternoon and plenty of families milling around and enjoying the day by the lake. Always fun.