There were several reasons for celebration at Historic Ellicott City's 17th annual Decorator Show House preview party. One, this is the 25th anniversary of the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum, which the organization supports. Two, the show house this year is the Columbia treasure, Dorsey Hall.
And three, "This house is 250 years old, and in our 17 years of doing show houses, it's the first one with air conditioning," exulted event chair Rick Weinkam. On this summery night, the party's 225 guests seemed to share that sentiment as they drifted between the house and a tent outside that housed a dinner buffet and a live band.
Among the crowd: Kathy Rensin, Lorna Ozgun and Jesse Johl, event committee members; Donald Reuwer and Dick Talkin, Dorsey Hall owners; Janet Kusterer, Historic Ellicott City Inc. board president; Roland Bounds, Thomas Kusterer, Pat Sadler, Connie Siegel and Jeff Wygant, board members; Pat Fleegle, past event chair; Lisa Mason-Chaney, Historic Ellicott City Inc. director of museums; Mary Catherine Cochran, Preservation Howard County president; El Lilley, Ellicott City Restoration Foundation president; Jared Spahn, Old Town Construction owner; Virginia Sperry, Winter Moon Designs owner; Fontaine Bell, Allfirst Bank senior vice president; John Byrd, Howard County Recreation and Parks Department chief of parks; Collette Roberts, Oh My Word Calligraphy co-owner; Craig Tarlton, Mid-Atlantic Power Washing president; Judy Draper, Computer Sciences Corp. program director; James R. Moxley Jr., Security Development Corp. retired president; Ron Eyre, Eyre Bus & Travel president; Betty Anne McGinty, Key Press president; Elaine Northrop, Long & Foster realtor; and Phyllis Greenbaum, ZIP Publishing co-owner.