Civil War is planned focus of the July 9-10 weekend

June 19, 2005

Howard County Recreation and Parks' Ellicott City Consortium will present "Keys to Our Past," a Civil War Heritage Weekend, on July 9 and 10 in Ellicott City.

Book signing, lectures, a Civil War court martial, a fife and drum corps muster, firing demonstrations, Civil War fashions, children's games and re-enactors will be on hand.

A Civil War-era costume ball is planned from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 9 at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.

Proper attire will be pre-1865. Gilmore's Light Ensemble will provide Victorian music, and dancing (with instruction) will be in the stabilized ruins of the institute. Light refreshments will be available.

The cost is $40 a couple; $25 a person. Reservations and tickets are required.

Information: 410-313-7275.

Howard farm bookcovers available free to kids

Third-grade artists at Rockburn Elementary School in Elkridge have provided illustrations for new Howard County farm bookcovers. Each cover in the three-set collection shows local landscapes and farms as painted by the young artists.

The covers are printed on durable glossy paper and are available free to Howard County elementary school-age children.

The project was organized and funded by the Agricultural Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

The bookcovers can be picked up at the authority's offices in Suite 500, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, or at the Howard County Fair, in the Main Exhibition Hall at the fairgrounds.

Information: 410-313-6500 or visit www.hceda.org.

Around Town

Conversation club:

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, offers an English Conversation Club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. The club is intended for adults and teenagers who speak English as a second or third language and who want to practice in a group setting. Registration is requested. 410-313-1950.

Gardening advice:

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, is offering drop-in question-and-answer sessions with master gardeners from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays to Sept. 30. Those interested are invited to discuss gardening concerns or take plant samples. 410-313-1950.

Living history:

The Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum will present "German POWs in Howard County," a two-day World War II living-history event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. June 26. The weekend, which is planned in conjunction with the museum's continuing exhibit, "World War II: The Home Front," will focus on the use of German POWs in United States as part of the work force. Military vehicles will be on display. Admission is $5; $4 for students and senior citizens. Children to age 13 pay $3; those to age 3 will be admitted free. The museum is at 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. The last admission is a half-hour before closing. 410-461-1944, or www.ecbo.org.

Bingo, lunch:

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8097, 7209 Montevideo Road, Elkridge, will hold a bingo, lunch and bake sale from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 26. Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; bingo will be played from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bake sale will remain open until it is sold out.

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