Celebrating Flag Day

June 08, 2008

The Howard County Historical Society will hold a Flag Day Celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday at the society's museum, 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City. The event is one of many planned in celebration of the society's 50th anniversary.

A series of historic flags, such as the Lord Baltimore Colors of 1634 and the Calvert Provincial Arms Flag of about 1759, will be displayed.

The flags were commissioned by the society and sponsored by individuals, many of them as memorials, said Philip Stackhouse, the society's president.

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 361 of First Presbyterian Church will march with the flags in a procession; the flags will be affixed to the outside of the society's museum and library buildings. Robert E. Lyons, a member of Sons of the American Revolution (and a descendant of an officer in the Maryland Line, a unit in the Revolutionary War, will speak. The Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, representative of the Maryland Line, will perform.

After the ceremony, there will be a short concert of patriotic music, accompanied by a 19th-century historic organ. Light refreshments will be available.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Information: 410-750-0370 or www.hchsmd.org.

Around Town

Cheerleading, Football : The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for Elkridge Hurricanes Flag and Tackle football and cheerleading. Practice begins in August at Elkridge Landing Middle School. The season runs through mid-November. Flag football for ages 5-6 costs $85; tackle football for ages 7-14 costs $160. Cheerleading for ages 5-14 costs $125. Tackle football participants are placed on teams based on age and weight. Early registration is advised. Jean Shea, 410-313-4626; text telephone, 410-313-4665. To register: 410-313-PARK or www.hcrpsports.com.

Kiwanis Club : Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a volunteer service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis-Wallas Building, 3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. 410-418-8218, or www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

Free bridge, knitting : The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center sponsors a bridge group from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; pinochle meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Those who attend are invited to bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. Duplicate bridge is available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Mah-jong is played at the center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. A community service group meets to knit and crochet items for charities, hospitals and senior centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas center. The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center is at 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Elkridge history : The Howard County Genealogical Society will present a talk on the founding of Elkridge Landing, which predates the Revolutionary War, by local historian Joetta Cramm. She will describe the earliest places of worship, the early families and why much of the town's history has disappeared. Cramm will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. An informal workshop is planned for 7 p.m., with a "help table," "browsing table" and "surname file table." There will be a short business meeting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations are not required. If Howard County public schools are closed, the meeting will be canceled. 410-730-7917.

Learning English : The Miller branch library offers an English conversation club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

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