Head to historic Ellicott City on March 24 to enjoy a OEC sampler. From 5 p.m., you can pick up a menu and menus under the porch of Photography by Pam Long, 8202 Main St., then start eating and drinking. The variety of dining choices in town is amazing. You can enjoy the flavors of Syria, Japan, Mexico and America while attending this event by choosing a starter or drink from at least three participating locations. Once you do this you will be entered to win a Ellicott City Partnership-$100 sponsored gift card to the Ellicott City restaurant or bar of your choice.
From April 1, as you stroll through the city center, discover the poetry that adorns 25 shop windows. HoCoPoLitSo installed the poems in recognition of national poetry month in April and on the occasion of EC250. The poetry salutes the city’s history, commerce and people and will be on view through June.
Centennial High School Theater present “Pippin apple” to school this weekend. Performances are March 24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and March 26 at 2 p.m. and March 27 at 3 p.m. Call 240-434-1213 for more information.
the Howard County Conservatory on Route 99 will host Farm History Day 9 a.m. to noon, March 26. You can watch forging demonstrations at the blacksmith shop, tour the farm and learn about life on the land. The event is free. Register on howardnature.org.
the Artists gallery8197 Main St., present fabric of time oil paintings by Amanda Miller From March 29 to April 24. The opening reception will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on April 2. Go to artistsgalleryec.com.
the 13th Annual Pretty in Pink Champagne Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show will take place at grass valley 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 1. The event benefits the flowers of hope and the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Research Center to Howard County Hospital. More than 50 suppliers are ready to participate. Go to www.turfvalley.com for tickets. Blossoms of Hope also sponsors a Spring Treasure Hunt From April 4 to May 2. Register on flowersofhope.com to get a map, clues and hunting tools.
“Daffodil Days” at Whipps Cemetery, 3651 St. Johns Lane, will take place this year on April 2. The event is free and features horticultural presentations by Howard County Master Gardeners. To visit www.whippsgardencenetery.org for more details.
Clark’s Elioak Farm on Route 108 will open for the spring on the weekend of April 1st. The mini-farm and the Enchanted Forest Exhibits will be available for children of all ages. Tickets are $8. Go to clarklandfarm.com .
Like most large events involving a large number of people, the Show home of decorator Historic Ellicott City Inc. has been on hiatus for several years. I am happy to announce that he is back! Yes, the group will welcome visitors to its 34th Decorators Exhibition House. Oakdale was built in 1766 on 180 acres in Woodbine and was once the home of Maryland Governor Edwin Warfield. The preview will take place on Wednesday May 11 and the house will be open to the public from May 13 to June 5. This undertaking requires the participation of an army of volunteers. If you would like to be one of them or would like more information about the show house, contact the group at [email protected] This is the group’s major fundraiser of the year and allows it to continue its mission of preservation, restoration and education in Howard County and particularly in the historic district of Ellicott City.