Heritage Week offers up some of county's finest


September 15, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PUT A star next to Saturday on your calendar.

It's the kickoff of Howard County Heritage Week and promises to be full of activities to please county residents of all ages and tastes.

Heritage Week is the brainchild of a relatively new group, the Howard County Historical and Cultural Alliance. The group's mission is to promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of historical and cultural resources in our county.

Heritage Week Saturday through Sept. 28 will celebrate these resources.

On Saturday, begin your Heritage Week tour at the Patapsco Female Institute, where a slide show will highlight the sites included in Heritage Week.

The institute will hold an open house, meaning no fee will be charged to visit on Saturday and Sept. 28.

The institute will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The biggest day for Ellicott City will be Saturday.

The morning will begin with a 10: 30 coffee at PJ's Pub for the EC225 -- Ellicott City 225th birthday celebration committee -- garden awards winners.

An awards ceremony will follow at B&O Museum Plaza.

"If we're lucky, our walk down Main Street might be accompanied by a drum and fife corps from the museum," says EC225 organizer Cindy Hirshberg.

Throughout the day, a historical encampment will surround Thomas Isaac's log cabin on Main Street to dramatize the life of the early settlers of Ellicott City.

The program, sponsored by Historic Ellicott City Inc., is "Two Centuries on Main Street."

Local historical interpreters will demonstrate crafts and skills of the 18th century, such as lace-making, blacksmithing and soap-making.

The interpreters will be joined by the South River Suttlers (the archaic form of settlers), who have made their historical magic on Main Street before.

While early times are re-created in the log cabin, the 19th century -- particularly the Civil War era -- will come to life at the Railroad Museum, at the foot of Main Street, in the continuing exhibit, "The Civil War: The Maryland Story."

Fife and drum concerts will be performed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. by the Patapsco Guard, Louden Guard, Monumental Guard, Old Fife and Drum Corps and the 5th New York.

The Patapsco Guard, the museum's Civil War re-enactment group, will hold assembly at 11 a.m., receive the orders of the day, parade though the town and have the presentation of colors at noon.

Information: B&O Museum, 410-461-1944.

Harrison Shipley will sign his newly published book, "Remembrances of Passing Days," on Saturday at the Fire Museum, Church Road and Main Street.

The museum, which will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will display a 1929 American LaFrance Pumper.

The Main Street Fire Station will hold an open house, attended by Sparky the Fire Dog, with a Kid's Safety House, fire prevention activities, tours and giveaways.

Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Also Saturday, the Howard County Historical Society will sponsor the exhibit, "The Carrolls and the Ellicotts: The Heritage of Two Founding Families" at the society's museum.

The museum, which will be open from noon to 5 p.m., is at 8328 Court Ave.

Guided tours of Ellicott City will be given at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by the folks at the new Tourism Office, in the lower level of the post office building.

The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $5.50 for adults; $4.50 for seniors and children.

Call Karen Justice at 410-313-1900 to make a reservation.

Strolling around town Saturday will be men and women in costume who will occasionally break into song.

Members of the Elkridge chapter of the Sweet Adelines will sing as they stroll on Main Street from noon to 1 p.m., then gather at the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute for a miniconcert at 2 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park will hold a fall harvest festival.

Activities will include pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, a straw mountain and other activities for families.

Information: the park office, 410-461-5005.

In Elkridge on Saturday, African-American historian Beulah Meech Buckner will give two presentations about the county's African-American heritage. at First Baptist Church, the oldest black church in the county.

Her talks will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The church is at 5795 Paradise Ave. in Elkridge.

Call 410-730-3172 for details.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, Historic Ellicott City Inc. will open its 13th annual Decorator Show House -- Lilburn.

A labor of love by general chairwoman Janet Kusterer, a committee of history lovers and 24 designers, the show house will be open Tuesday through Sunday until Oct. 19.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. To purchase tickets, call 410-461-6908.

Those interested in attending the preview party, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, should contact Pat Fleegle at 410-796-2054.

A word of caution: The show house is not appropriate for children younger than age 10. The historic house is not handicapped-accessible, and women are encouraged to wear low-heeled shoes.

No parking is available at Lilburn. Visitors must take a shuttle bus from Parking Lot F on Main Street at Ellicott Mills Drive. They should gather in front of Thomas Isaac's log cabin.

On Sept. 22, the Elk Ridge Heritage Society will present a tour of historic sites in Elkridge.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Brumbaugh House, the group's headquarters, where a slide show will introduce the history of Elkridge.

In their cars, visitors will go to Furnace Inn, Lawyer's Hill Assembly Room, Belmont Mansion and the Landing Road Cider Mill.

Society members will be on hand to explain each site's history and significance.

Lunch will be served at the Assembly Room. The meal costs $1.50, and reservations are required.

Information: 410-796-3282.

Pub Date: 9/15/97

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