Historic Ellicott City is Alive with Incredible Events this Weekend!

11 07 2014

Amazing opportunities to check out in our wonderful Historic Ellicott City!  Hope I don’t miss anything, here are a few things going on this weekend!

West End Studios Art Opening/Pop Up Gallery Show is this evening, 7:00 – 10:00pm and tomorrow,  10:00am – 6:00pm.  Check out amazing artists, Dee Cunningham of Deelite Designs, Scultors Bill Knapp and Barry Sheehan, Woodworker Ewan Tulis.  They will all have their incredible works on display for purchase.  Grab your art loving friends and be prepared to be amazed!  Their talent is off the charts!  The show is held in Dee’s studio, located on the west end of Main Street at:  8602 A Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. For more info, please click here for the Facebook event page.

Yappy Hour at The Wine Bin tonight, 6:00 – 9:00pm! Be sure to bring your furry friends, enjoy live music and Parfections chocolate tasting.  Each Yappy Hour event, The Wine Bin collects donations for different charities.  Tonight, they are collecting cat food for their pet food drive, so be sure to share your love and bring some food to donate.

Plein Air, Paint-Out event in Ellicott City starts today! You’ll see creative artists throughout town with their easels and favorite mediums, creating their vision of our historic town. More information can be found here.  The artists will have their finished works displayed at the Howard County Center for the Arts on July 16th, 6:00pm – 8pm. at a free reception.  You will have the opportunity to purchase their art pieces.

Farmer’s Market, tomorrow, 9:00 – 2:00pm.  Enjoy this awesome, weekly event and take advantage of purchasing locally grown, farm-fresh vegetables, fruits and yummies!  Remember, there are 2 locations.  The Courtyards of Tonge Row will have live music from Jared Denhard! He’ll be performing with his Celtic Harp, Vintage Ukelele and Early American Gourd Banjo!!  Over at the Wine Bin market, Colamiles will be adding his rhythmic sounds as your enjoy the sunshine and shop local! A big thank you to everyone involved in organizing and participating in Ellicott City Old Town Market!  If you haven’t already done so, be sure to “like” their Facebook page by clicking here!

July’s Second Sunday Art Market is this Sunday July 13th. The will have 11 artists & vendors attending with their works for sale.  The judged participants in the Plein Air Paint It  contest will have some of their other works on display and for sale at Mat About You as well.

The Wine Bin’s Outdoor movie tomorrow night is Moonstruck!  Be sure to grab your chairs and head to The Wine Bin for the 9:00pm showing.  They offer coolers of ice to chill your beer and wine that you purchase from the Bin.  They also offer popcorn and bottled water to benefit Voices for Children of Howard County.

Celebrate History Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13th with the Monocacy Commemorative Weekend! Please check out the Howard County Historical Society’s website for all of the information. Historic Sites open 10:00am – 4:00pm with awesome activities taking place at the Thomas Log Cabin, Firehouse Museum, Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott City Colored School Restored, Emory United Methodist Church, to name a few.  There will be Civil War re-enactors throughout town, children’s activities. Please click here to check out the details of this wonderful event. Gosh, I hope I didn’t leave anything out!  That’s one packed weekend of goodness taking place in our charming, historic town of Ellicott City!  I hope you have a chance to take advantage of some of these events! Have a wonderful weekend!

Gosh,  hopefully I didn’t leave anything out!  I hope that you’re able to enjoy some of these wonderful events that are taking place this weekend in our charming, historic Ellicott City!

Have a wonderful weekend.



Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come. To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!



Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and Thank You!

8 07 2014

We are so very proud of the Class of 2014 High School Seniors. We had the privilege of creating senior portraits for many tremendous graduates and enjoyed our time with each and every one of them.  Whether they came in to our photography studio for just a yearbook photo or a full session with outfit changes, in our photography studio or out on location, each young person impressed us.

When I take a look at our Class of 2014 Collage, below, fond memories literally come to the forefront of my mind with little things that went on during their photo shoots.  We had fun photographing these high school seniors in our photography studio, up and down Main Street, finding cool little hide away nooks that we hadn’t before found, traveling to a beautiful barn, to the trails, the fields, along with many other great outdoor locations.  We work very hard to ensure our clients will be photographed in the best possible way and it’s not uncommon that we work tirelessly, but we LOVE what we do.  As I look at each one of the awesome members of the Class of 2014, I’m thankful, that because of the job I have and the career I’ve chosen, that I am blessed to have met people that I may not have otherwise met.  I hope that when these young people move to the next stages of their lives, whether it’s college, the workforce, the service, or take a year off and travel ( okay, I threw that one in there so I can vicariously live through my own imagination 🙂 ), that their parents turn the corner of the hallway and see their beautiful wall portraits, desk prints, portrait art on their walls. and are reminded of the incredible children they raised.


High School Seniors Howard County MD Photographer Ellicott City Maryland Photography studio blog

THANK YOU, to all of the high school seniors and to their parents, for trusting me and the staff at Pam Long Photography to create your portraits.  To be able to capture a glimpse of your senior year and to know that in 5, 10, 20, 50 years, you will have these amazing images to see is quite a huge responsibility, and we gladly take it on.  I hope your portraits bring great memories to the forefront of your mind when you look back at your senior year experience.

Please be sure to stop by to say hello whenever you’re in the area.

A very special thank you to our Class of 2014 Senior Spokesmodel Team.  This great group of kids met up with me, before their senior year began, to have their senior photos taken.  Many helped and volunteered in some of our community projects during the year, many offered to assist me on photo shoots during the year.  They ALL brightened my year tremendously and we will miss them dearly.  Thank you, to you and your parents, for everything.  I hope you take a moment to enjoy the video slideshow of our Class of 2014 Spokesmodels.



Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come. To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!



Why is Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street worthy of being a Cover Story in Parade Magazine?

1 07 2014

Ellicott City Pam Long Photography blog



Parade Magazine is sponsoring a contest to see which of the incredible Main Streets throughout the US will be featured in a cover story at the end of the summer.  Ellicott City is currently in the top 16, 8,  Final 4!  We hope that you consider to place your vote with Ellicott City’s Main Street.  Please go here to vote: http://www.parade.com/mainstreet There are numerous reasons that Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street should be featured and grace the cover of Parade Magazine. It’s rich in history and culture, the community is comprised of residents, business owners and building owners that work together for the good of the town. Throughout the year, locals and out-of-towners can enjoy our wonderful Spring and Fall Festivals, Music Fests, Art Walks, Girls Night Out, First Friday celebrations, Midnight Madness….to name a few. 🙂 Our beautiful Main Street is lined with unique shops, boutiques, salons, artist’s studios and restaurants.  I’ve enjoyed Ellicott City’s Main Street for many years, and it’s always been one of the first places I bring out of town visitors. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to move my photography studio there 2 years ago and thoroughly enjoy working with the other business owners and residents of this unique town. Our friendly Main Street has an eclectic group of people that enjoy it daily!  I’m very proud to be a part of this charming town.  I could go on and on telling you why you should consider voting for our Main Street, but I would like you to hear from some of the other residents, visitors, employees and business owners, as to why Ellicott City’s Main Street should be THE Main Street for the Parade Magazine’s cover story.

HERE IS THE LINK TO VOTE:  www.parade.com/mainstreet


I love being part of a business on Main Street, Ellicott City! First of, it’s beautiful, even more so since Benjamin Moore gave the storefronts a make-over in vibrant colors. I love the old stone buildings, secret gardens you can just glimpse behind iron gates, and impossibly narrow passageways between houses. You can see that the place is historic and proud of it. It’ s an exciting little town, too. There are Art Events, Music Festivals, a Farmers Market with great food, movie nights, First Fridays and Girls Night Out events. There are also historical tours, ghost walks ( the whole town is haunted), Shakespeare plays and Civil War re-enactments at the Railroad Museum. There’s always something to do or see. I love the people, too. There’s a nice mix of residents aand business owners that are committed to preserving the town’s heritage as well as helping it to grow. They’re friendly and care about each other and their town. There’s a lot of energy and enthusiasm in Ellicott City, and it’s fun to be a part of it!  ~Sue O’Connor, The Wine Bin


There is so much to see and do on Ellicott City’s Main Street. There seems to be something new to discover every time I go. I always look forward to seeing the Bubble Man spreading joy with his colorful soapy creations, checking out the little vintage shops and specialty stores, sitting streetside for a bite to eat and taking in the art, history and culture that makes Main Street so special. I love coming to Ellicott City and as a lifelong Marylander, Ellicott City’s Historic Main Street will always be one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon.  ~Kim Lynch

The B&O Railroad Museum, located in Ellicott City is the oldest surviving railroad station in America!

B&O Railroad Museum Ellicott City Photography blog

Main Street is very unique and they have stores that you wouldn’t really find anywhere else.  That’s why Ellicott City’s Main Street is so special to me!  ~Hayley, age 10


Coming from a relatively small town in Pennsylvania, I truly appreciate and respect when residents come together to embrace their Main Street communities. Nowhere is this type of adoration shown more than in historic Ellicott City. From the camaraderie of merchants to the collaboration displayed among local government and residents in good times and bad, Main Street Ellicott City represents much more than a street, it is a sense of who we are and what we want to become. We value history but we recognize that progress is a good thing. My husband and I absolutely love patronizing the restaurants and shops that dot this truly unique community–and whenever we have friends and family over to visit, it is the first destination for us to show off. We look forward to seeing historic Ellicott City thrive year after year as it continues to bring people from all walks together and demonstrates why community matters.  ~Sam O’Neill


Ellicott City’s Main St is not only historical and charming, but it has great natural beauty. Nestled between two rivers and rolling hills, it features interesting shops, wine pubs and restaurants.  ~Sara Arditti, owner of Still Life Gallery


Ellicott City has a soul. Its history and current vibrancy make you feel like the place is bigger than the buildings and concrete. The people who live, work, and play in Ellicott City have an unspoken attachment to one another simply by loving a certain place. We may not always agree on everything, but we all want to see Ellicott City thrive.  ~Tom Coale

Ellicott City’s Main Street hosted the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department’s 125 Anniversary Parade…

 Ellicott City Fire Dept Parade magazine
What makes Ellicott City Special? How can you quantify it? Do you talk about the ancient stone, quarried from our own hills, used to build most of the buildings? Do you talk of the past, a town known for the mills and mill-workers that populated it, founded before our Country broke off on its own? Do you talk about the churches that dot the hillsides, overlooking a Main Street built next the river and rail line (the first rail line!) that was the bread and butter of the people living here?
History like that is fascinating. But what makes Ellicott City special, is that its history is still alive today.
It’s not just a place for preserving the past, held together behind glass to keep it safe. It lives. It’s a community of residents, shopkeepers and visitors who create an energy, a life and a bustle in the town. The dedication and love of these people are what preserves the history here. These people have refused to let developers turn the wood siding into modern plastics, small businesses into chain stores, and old, quirky buildings into personality-less office buildings.
Each day in Ellicott City, the past meets with the present. Delicious coffee is brewed in a building that was once a funeral home, and goods are for sale in an old opera house. Tongue row, one legend says, got its name from women who would lean out the windows and wag their tongues at each other all day. People fill those buildings still, and actually talk to each other every day.
It’s a fight to live and work here. Historic floods have decimated the town, poor economic turns have shadowed parts of Ellicott City’s past. The stones try to return to the ground from which they came, the waters try to rise up and the hills encroach. Developers look at Ellicott City and see dollar signs. Landlords are always tempted by that chain store, looking for a way to elbow itself into this slice of America’s past. But the community holds together, keeping the town clean, fresh, exciting, healthy and true. It’s a place where you can walk down the street, and say hello to people who genuinely care about you. Shopkeepers know you by name, residents know their neighbors, and visitors are always welcome.
My husband and I were married in St. Paul’s Church, which we walked to every week. Years later, our son was baptized there. Our photographer has her shop on Main Street; we pass it when we walk to Church. After church, we walk through the bustle of the town, always saying hello to the owner of Forget Me Not Factory, (“The Bubble Man”, as he is often affectionately known, for the impressive soap bubbles he blows for the kids), and have coffee at the local shop. Sometimes we’ll stop at the French Cafe for fresh-baked bread afterwards. Our home is full of furniture, decor and antiques from the shops around town, and we still keep in touch with neighbors who have moved away. When the snows were piled 3 feet high in 2010, we walked down to the bars. Judge’s Bench was open, because the owners or the bartender lived in walking distance. Our neighbors drank together and helped each other through the storm. It’s a simple, fulfilling lifestyle, and one very much like the people who lived here a hundred years ago. Because the history of Ellicott City isn’t just to be looked at; it’s alive. It’s meant to be lived and experienced and loved. ~ Steeny Benkowski
Barry, The Bubbleman, is a favorite on Main Street.
Forget Me Not Factory Ellicott City photographer 2


It is easy to get around and it has my most favorite store “All Time Toys”, La Palapa is there and I love their food, and who wouldn’t love a town that celebrates the origins of the railroad? ~Andrew, age 11


I have been coming to Main Street, Ellicott City ever since I was a kid. I love the beauty of the town and the quaintness that it still has even with the hustle and bustle right down the road! When you walk down Main Street you feel like you are stepping back in time. Through the devastating fires and floods over the years, Ellicott City has never failed to rebuild and keep the town as it has always been. The store owners treat everyone like family…when you go into a store it feels the same as if you were visiting a close friend. I love the food…they have everything from casual or quick service to more elegant dining options. Portallis is one of my favorite places to go for date night, the atmosphere is just as wonderful as the food they serve! The beauty of Ellicott City changes with the seasons making it a special place to visit year round. Local merchant Pam Long Photography embraces the beauty of Ellicott City as backdrops for many of her portraits. My family is looking forward to brining home a little piece of Ellicott City in a family portrait this fall! I love that the town is so pet friendly! I love knowing that you can take your dog with you and the merchants have water bowls out for them. I especially love the pet store, Work.Play.Bark, we go in there every couple of months to pick up the latest and greatest collars (I am a freak…I change Barley’s collar for the holidays!) because of him I even came home and made a few collars. ~Kristen Coffee


I like the way the river goes under some of the shops and the rocks edge the sidewalks. When I go to Ellicott City I just feel happy. It is so cool when you stand under the train tracks and look up the street. It is a fun place to go with friends because there is always something new to see. ~Elizabeth, age 13


Ellicott City’s Main Street is truly a unique and charming gem.  What makes this particular Main Street extraordinarily special is it’s history and natural setting.  The B&O railroad and museum at the end of the street, against the Tiber River, the whole street lined with granite walls, hundreds of years old, pushing into the streets in little beautiful shaded corners, keep the Old World feeling going throughout the entire street.

The shops are truly eclectic and unique with funky clothing, jewelry, art, unique toys and gifts and excellent bistros and bars interspersed with modern needs provided by small, hands-on merchants and service-providers.  Main Street is a paradise for the entire family and a mecca which we are blessed to call home in Ellicott City. ~Lisa Markovitz

Since 1772, rising like a phoenix from several disaters (floods, fires, war and wrecks) Ellicott City Main Street is a Civil War and “The Goddess” Hollywood movie star that shines today retaining our local color as Charm City’s sister.

At Suze Makeup Studio we go from the Red Carpet to the White House to the real world. Although we have big connections to Hollywood and the Capital of the free world in DC, we like to slow down and connect with our local community through small business. On Ellicott City Main Street, people can stroll along the historical sidewalks, experience a bygone world and escape from modern daily life. ~Suze Heydt, Suze Makeup Studio

Main Street has a wonderful variety of shops and boutiques from which to shop….

Ellicott City Main Street Shopping Parade Magazine

So where do I start about Ellicott City,  my first memories go back to  the early sixty’s  when I would ride with my Grandfather John Baker on his many stops collecting rent from his more than 30 apartments. From River Road in Baltimore County, Mulligan’s Hill along the rail road tracks, ( I remember delivering a box of toys and presents with my Grandfather one Christmas to children who lived there, donated by the Ellicott City Lions Club) , lower Main Street, Weaver’s Court , Merryman Street, West End , Fell’s Avenue. It was a weekly trip for me and I learned many skills from him while growing up. Ellicott City then is still the same today in many ways, the buildings look the same, new businesses may occupy them, but the outside appearance is the same today as it was 40 years ago. The merchants  are as friendly and helpful now as they were then. There is no big box store or chain restaurant  feeling when shopping or eating in Ellicott City.   My wife and I  enjoy coming to Ellicott City almost every Friday night to have a well prepared meal in a relaxed atmosphere at one of the many fine restaurants there. The variety is endless, from French, Mexican, Italian, American, Casual to dress up. There is no reason to go anywhere else. I could go on and on about the charm I find when visiting Ellicott City and want to mention one more before I finish. The calming beautiful chimes that come from the Emory Methodist Church , anyone who has a had a stressful day need only stop and Liston  to the beautiful sounds. I guarantee you will feel better afterwards. ~Ron Peters


I’ve been visiting Main Street since the 90s when I participated in poetry readings at Riverside ( now Bean Hollow) and playing gigs at th little theatre on the corner. What I love about Ellicott city is it’s physical beauty, it’s history, and the vibrancy of the people that live and work here. There’s no other place like it around. You can’t plan a town like this and I’m lucky to be able to work here now. ~Dee Cunningham, owner of Deelite Design


Ellicott City’s community is committed to preserving it’s past while preparing for it’s future. We have banded together to polish this Maryland gem and promote all that is has to offer – rich history for our town, state and Country (1st passenger rail station, greater Ellicott City is still home to the family of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence), great art, amazing antiques, fantastic restaurants, and a myriad of specialty boutiques that all combine in this wonderful place! ~Jon Weinstein


When I first came to Main Street on a date 17 years ago, I fell in love with the place as we walked up and down the street going into the unique shops and walking down by the river. For several years after that, I visited often and kept thinking that I would love to live here.  I would drive up and hang out with the Tuesday night happy hour crowd in the basement of the Ellicott Mill Brewing Company and everyone would yell your name when you walked in the door.  Really, that happens.  Years later, I finally got that spot on Main Street and haven’t left since.  I couldn’t imagine ever living anywhere else.  You can’t walk up or down the street without someone yelling your name or waving at you as they drive by.  There is such a strong sense of community especially when it really matters, like pulling together for some unexpected flood or a train derailment, and helping out those in need.  Some see it as a destination but I see it as a home.  I love living here and all the people I get to interact with. For over 6 years, my bedroom window was over this stream in Tiber Park and there is nothing more soothing than sleeping to the sound of the stream that runs through and under our town. ~Peter Edelen
Peter Edelman Ellicott City pic
My mother moved us to Howard County when I was nine. I loved Main street as a child. I moved onto main street when I was 20, lived there for four years. I loved my time in Old Ellicott City and moving on was bitter sweet. I am very fortunate to still work on Main Street. It feels like home. In just three traffic lights there are countless bar/restaurants that always have some sort or special or entertainment every night of the week (open mic nights, comedy night etc.), three salons, photographer studios, makeup studio, all ages yoga studio, hands on pottery, skate shop/record store, coffee shops, hookah bar and last but not least all the amazing shopping. A vintage/antique lovers heaven! The Spring Fest/Fall Fest and December’s Midnight Madness are three huge, full street participation festivals that happen once a year. But there is also a First Friday and a Third Thursday (Girls Night Out) celebration that happen every month! The street is always alive with music and art and expression for every age group. Main Street Ellicott City is an amazing place to live, relax, play music, eat, drink and explore. ~Lauren Ward, singer, songwriter, hair stylist
We house many of the finest artists in the world! The hairdressers at Ooh lal Lal are fantastic! Pam Long is the best photographer and Sweet Elizabeth Jane is the bomb! And what a fun place to hang! There are bars and restaurants all up and down the street. There is a fabulous Wine Bar and small plate restaurant. And there is always something going on like open mic night and comedy nights. I also love the outdoor spring and fall festivals with live bands and entertainment for the whole family! ~Sheela Lal, Owner of Ooh La Lal
HERE IS THE LINK TO VOTE:  www.parade.com/mainstreet

H. L. Mencken, the American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist and critic, spent the summers of 1889 and 1890 in Ellicott City, between the ages of eight and ten. He and his family stayed at the house now called The Vineyard, at 3611 Church Road. Like many people, they probably cut through the Howard House (ca. 1800), and up three flights of stairs, as a short cut. Young Mencken often made a trip to Kraft’s butcher shop for a ration of pork chops. The Kraft’s operated out of the granite-based Lauman House (ca. 1800) that became Alda Baptiste Castaldi’s specialty dress shop for thirty years and later the Obladi, the first hotel in Ellicott City since the 1950s. On one of these frequent trips young Mencken ventured out onto the second floor porch that stretched along all the buildings to the railway line. It was press day at the Ellicott Times office, and the young Mencken immediately became smitten with a life of journalism.  ~Ken McNaughton

What makes Ellicott City a cover story town? In a word, everything. Main Street is made up of more than stone buildings, trains, haunts and history, though all of those things are an integral part of our town. It’s made up of memories. In my case, two decades worth. My love affair with this eclectic historic town began in high school and has continued while working for my family’s business Salon Marielle. The doors and hearts of this town are always open. From First Fridays to Farmers Markets, museums to art galleries, there is always something to do or see. Our unique blend of retail, restaurants and residents continues to grow and with it our sense of pride and community. The people who live and work here come together in a way I haven’t seen anywhere else. With a can do spirit and a smile on their face people pitch in to maintain our parks and creeks and even volunteer their time at the many festivals and events throughout the year. I can’t imagine spending my days any where else! ~Rachel Rawlings, Salon Marielle and Author
When I first moved to the area about 8 years, downtown Ellicott City was one of the first places I had really visited. I loved the historic Main Street; it reminded me of an area in PA where I had lived. I immediately felt right at home with the quaint shops and old treasures. Now after almost 3 years, I feel very lucky to get to come to work here everyday. Ellicott City is like my second home. ~Tanya Crouse, A Journey from Junk


Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come. To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!