Enchanting and Exciting Ellicott City

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HOWARD COUNTY TOURISM & PROMOTION

Rachelina Bonacci, Howard County Tourism & Promotion

410-313-1900, rachelina@visithowardcounty.com

Edward Lilley, President, Ellicott City Restoration Foundation

410-313-1905, presx2@ecrestoration.org

Angela Tersiguel, President, Ellicott City Business Association

410-465-4004, thetersiguels@gmail.com

First Fridays in Historic Ellicott City brings

NEW Evening Shopping

Hours ‘til 8:00p.m.!

Indulge in enchanting and exciting Ellicott City’s old world and bohemian charms WITH

EVENING SHOPPING HOURS and find everything your heart and home desires.

ELLICOTT CITY, MD (July 13, 2010) Howard County Tourism & Promotion, the Ellicott

City Restoration Foundation and Ellicott City Business Association invite you to enchanting & exciting historic Ellicott City! The four block historic district is lined with boutiques and bistros, with enchanting and exciting offerings every season and for every budget.

New this year is Ellicott City’s FIRST FRIDAYS, when retailers and galleries will welcome visitors and residents until 8:00PM for evening shopping with surprise entertainment throughout town.

This new retail promotion joins the successful Second Sunday’s Farmer’s Markets, Saturday Night Outdoor Movies at the

Wine Bin, Outdoor Shakespeare in the Ruins and NEW Literary Pub Crawl. Ellicott City is located in Howard County, Maryland, an affluent bedroom community of Washington,

D.C., and Baltimore, MD and is ranked #2 in

Money

magazine's "Top 100 Best Places to

Live in America." Those same community amenities and attractions that make Ellicott

City such enchanting place to live, make Ellicott City an exciting place to weekend in every season. So escape to centuries ago, indulge in enchanting and exciting Ellicott

City’s old world and bohemian charms and find everything your heart and home desires.

ELLICOTT CITY’s Enchanting & Exciting Happenings!

Ellicott City's First Fridays (April

–December)

Boutiques, salons, antiques, art galleries and more will open their doors and welcome residents and visitors for a unique evening shopping experience in the Historic District of

Ellicott City. Look for musical entertainment around town and special offers in some shops!

When: The first Friday of each month through December!

Where: The Ellicott City Historic District

What: Shoppes open until 8:00PM; Entertainment

Ellicott City

’s Second Sundays (at Tongue Row parking lot D)

The lovingly restored shops of Tongue Row (Patapsco Motor Sports, Little French

Market, Mon Amie, The Good Life Market) invite local farmers, growers and artisans for a special Farmer’s Market the Second Sunday of the Month seasonally. Fresh baked old world bread, local honey, fresh cut flowers and hand-made jewelry are just some of the treasures you’ll find!

The Wine Bin Movie Nights, EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT IN JULY

July 17, 2010, 9pm, To Catch a Thief

July 24, 2010 9pm, Jaws (The original...in honor of the 35th anniversary!)

July 31, 2010, 9pm Crocodile Dundee

Popcorn and candy will be sold to benefit Voices for Children. Wine tasting in the store from 8-9pm to match the movie. Bring your chairs and a picnic...It's Movie Time! Parking lot closes at 8:30pm, movie at 9pm. Movie Night Rules: Free, Alcohol & food may be consumed in parking lot Alcohol must be purchased at The Wine Bin. The Wine Bin is a boutique wine store located in Historic Ellicott City, offering a wide range of wines and spirits in a hip, contemporary setting. Features 200 wines under $20, as well as specialty vintages, premium spirits and gourmet beers. 8390 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043,

410-465-7802 For more information call (410) 465-7802 or visit www.winebinec.com

Shakespeare in the Ruins…HAMLET June 25-July 25

Pack a picnic and enjoy Shakespeare outdoors, under the stars in the stunning stabilized ruins of a Victorian school for girls perched high above historic Ellicott City!

Hamlet

is not only the world’s most famous tragedy but also a vigorous, thrilling adventure, telling the story of Prince Hamlet’s efforts to exact revenge on his uncle, who has murdered Hamlet’s father before taking the throne and marrying his mother. The play is famed for its layered, deeply developed characters, its roller-coaster plot, and its transcendent language. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is Maryland's premier professional classic theatre company presenting performances of Shakespeare and other classic plays; hailed for its exciting, energetic and entertaining approach to

Shakespeare. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com

August 27-30, 2010

NEW Paint It: Ellicott City, A Juried Plein Air Paint-out

August 29 - October 15, 2010, Plein Air Exhibit

En plein air, meaning “in the open air,” is the technique of painting outdoors, directly from life, without the aid of photography. Often, groups of plein air artists will gather within stated boundaries of a scenic area for what is called a “paint-out.” For this event, artists will be invited to paint in Historic Ellicott City over two days, welcome reception at

The Wine Bin Friday, August 27 (6pm-8pm) and gallery reception Monday, August 30

(6pm-8pm) at the Howard County Arts Council. The paintings from this weekend will be exhibited in

HCAC’s Gallery I. For more information visit www.hocoarts.org

Literary Pub Crawl

1st Thursday of each month. 7:00PM

Come discover what famous historical characters visited Ellicott City. Tour will stop at

The Diamondback Tavern,

Portalli’s Italian Restaurant, The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar &

Restaurant and

Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant in the Ellicott City Historic

District. Participants will listen to stories by and about certain historical characters such as: Washington Irving, H. L. Mencken, Henry Clay, Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, Davy

Crockett, Robert E. Lee and others. Just why was Davey Crockett so unhappy during his brief time here? Why did Henry Clay leave the town’s residents’ with their mouths agape? Was the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow really from The Patapsco River

Valley? $10.00 per person (drinks not included in price of ticket). 21 and older only;

Tours begin at Diamondback Tavern. Payment on the night of the tour, cash or check made payable to ECRF. Reservation required. http://ecrestoration.org/literarypubcrawl.html

, Questions? presx2@ecrestoration.org

Historic Walking Tour of Ellicott City

2 nd

Saturday of each month, 2:00PM

Travel along Main Street as part of an imaginary railroad…participate in a 1800s-style bucket brigade to put out an imaginary fire...learn how the rock formations along the road were blown up before dynamite…explore one of the mystifying alleyways of

Tongue Row and experience the sounds of Main Street during the 1700s. The second

Saturday of each month, April through November at 2:00pm. Reservations strongly recommended. 410-313-1900/1-800-288-8747, www.visithowardcounty.com

The Spirits of Ellicott City

Join one of Howard County Tourism’s Ghosts Guides on the second Thursday of each month at 8pm for a tasteful tour of town ghosts and their favorite haunts. Visit at least 4 of Ellicott City's haunted locales. At each stop you will have the option of purchasing a drink. One stop, The Wine Bin, offers 4 one ounce samples of wine at no cost. Tours last

2 hours. 21 and over only. $20 per person, drinks and gratuities additional. Reservations required 410-313-1900. www.VisitHowardCounty.com

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TOURISM…Having FUN is Serious Business!

Howard County Tourism & Promotion, Inc., a non-profit, partnership-based organization is recognized and funded in part by Howard County Government and the Maryland

Office of Tourism Development as the official Destination Marketing Organization for

Howard County, Maryland. Howard County Tourism & Promotion’s mission is to increase, develop and promote tourism in Howard County by featuring the county's unique sites, services, products and people by marketing historic Ellicott City and its many happenings For more information call 410-313-1900 seven days a week or online

24 /7 /365 at www.VisitHowardCounty.com

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Tourism …stats & facts

10,000 employed in County's Tourism industry (1 in 8 in Nationally, 146,000 in Maryland)

$742M in visitor expenditures (transportation, lodging, dining, shopping, entertainment)

700,000 visitor stays (hotels, motels, B&Bs, educational & retreat centers, campgrounds)

20,000 visitors in Welcome Center (from 39 states, 18 countries, 3 territories)

$17M in tax receipts reinvested to maintain County's citizens' quality of life

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