Artisan space available at fair

October 16, 2005

Kiwanis of Ellicott City will hold its annual Fall Craft Fair & Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at Kiwanis Wallas Park, Routes 144 and 40 in Ellicott City. Spaces for artisans cost $15.

The breakfast costs $5 per person; children to age 8 eat free. Proceeds from table rentals and refreshments will help support the organization's community service projects.

Buyers are admitted free. Information or to reserve a space: Gus Katsampis, 410-465-1891, or

Haunted house volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help haunt the house at Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' Haunted Halloween at Rockburn Branch Park. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Oct. 28 and 29, and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30.

Events for children age 7 and older will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Oct. 28 and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 29. The cost is $8 per person.

A less-scary event for children ages 2 to 7 will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30. The cost is $3. Food will available for purchase.

Information: 410-313-4624. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452.

Lunch, history tour in old Ellicott City

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Lunch at Old Elkridge Landing," a lunch and history session with author Joetta Cramm, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Elkridge Furnace Inn.

A slide presentation is planned on Elkridge Landing, the earliest settled area of Howard County. Participants age 18 and older should meet at the restaurant on Furnace Avenue at noon.

The cost is $29 per person.

A walking tour through old town Ellicott City with Cramm is planned for Nov. 5. The two-hour tour will begin east of the Patapsco River bridge at Parking Lot A, next to the Trolley Stop Restaurant. The tour will travel through Main Street to Missionary Bottom and Mount Misery. Cramm will describe the growth and change of early Ellicott Mills.

Participants should wear comfortable shoes, and meet in Parking Lot A at 10 a.m. The event is for age 18 and older. The cost is $12 a person.

Information or to register: 410-313-7275.

Around Town

Show house -- Historic Ellicott City Inc. is holding its 21st Decorator Show House at Longwood, built in 1818 in Glenwood by Dr. Gustavus Warfield. The property at 3188 Route 97 is restored and decorated by area designers. The house will be open until Oct. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The house will be closed Monday. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The house is not handicapped-accessible. No children age 10 or younger will be admitted. 410-461- 6908, or

Preventing abuse -- Registration is open for a workshop for ages 11 to 15 and their parents, "Beyond Safe: Preventing Drug Abuse." It will be held Wednesday at the Miller branch library. Topics will include talking with youths about drugs, preventing abuse, adverse health effects, risk factors and legal consequences. The substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Howard County Health Department will be the facilitator. Dinner is included. The library is at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.

Bridge, pinochle -- The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center will offer free drop-in bridge sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and pinochle sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Table games will also be available. Bring a lunch; coffee, tea and treats will be available. Donations will be accepted for the snack fund. 410-313-7279.

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