“Paint Down Main” Quick Draw Event, Historic Ellicott City

20 08 2016

On July 9, 2016, talented (& calm) artists created artwork that they painted in historic downtown Ellicott City during a TWO hour period.  “Paint Down Main”, Quick Draw competition was held on a hot, but beautiful, Saturday morning and it was an AMAZING event to watch! “Paint Down Main” Quick Draw event is within the Paint It! Ellicott City Plein Air Event. How awesome for spectators to witness a piece of art created and completed in such a short amount of time!

The sponsors of this creative and challenging event were Mat About You Custom Framing & Gallery, Ellicott City Partnership (ECP), Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Tourism.

At noon, the blow of the horn sounded, signaling the finish time, painters gathered at the Howard County Tourism lot, displayed their artwork and waited patiently 🙂 while the jurors judged their art. Judges Steve Stannard of Steve Stannard’s Salient Group,  Char Randolph of ClayGround and Sara Arditti, of Still Life Fine Art Gallery, chose winners in the competition for cash prizes. Patrons could then purchase their favorite painting directly off the easel or visit the Paint Down Main exhibit during the Ellicott City 2nd Sunday Art Market, held at Mat About You Gallery on July 10th.

This awesome event is the brainchild of Chuck Gruss of Mat About You, “We hold this event to give the town’s visitors, a chance to see a piece of art work come together from start to finish.  It’s not too often someone gets a chance to see that happen in a such a short amount of time”.

Last year, 2015, was the inaugural year and welcomed 33 participants competing for $600 in cash prizes! This year, 2016, there were 48 participants competing for $1200 in cash prizes!! Mat About you Custom Framing and Gallery, Ellicott City Partnership and Chesapeake Fine Art Studio all donated toward the cash prizes.

Winners from the “Paint Down Main” Quick Draw;

1st Place “Main Street Ellicott City” by Alison Leigh Menke
2nd Place “Little House, Big Woods” by Courtney E. Lee
3rd Place “Wired” by Ray Ewing
Top Non-Juried “Tiber River Under Parking Lot” by Jane Knighton
Honorable Mentions:
-“Old Columbia Pike” by Tara Will
-“Ask Not” by Joanna Burnum
-“Tiger & Blues” by Ann Crostic
-“Tongue Row” by Deborah Cole
-Under 18 Winner “Oriental Rugs” by Ashley Hof
-Under 18 Honorable Mentions, “Park” by Laila Lowery and “City Shop” by Jonathan Storch
-People’s Choice “Old Columbia Pike” by Tara Will

This is one of the many cultural events held in Historic Ellicott City throughout the year. I am looking forward to having our street back and rockin’ the events again!

As I walked around the Quick Draw boundaries, searching for painters, I was in complete awe with what I saw.  Each painter interpreted their views so differently and every single one of them, so magnificently. I loved seeing the many different techniques the artists displayed, the different interpretations of the same landscape. The unique color choices, some muted, some vibrant. Yet they all had something in common, they each produced incredible and beautiful pieces of art.

I hope you enjoy these photos.

Thank you to everyone involved! Hope to see you next year!

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Job very well done, everyone! Thank you for another awesome day in Ellicott City!

I’d like to remind our readers, that if you’d like to donate to the Ellicott City Partnership for the assistance of the flood victims, the link is: Flood donations, thank you for your consideration. 

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Visitors – thank you for checking out images and information about the another event from Historic Main Street.

If you are ever in need of photography services, I’d love the chance to chat with you. Here’s a little more info about us…..Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town of Ellicott City, MD, 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 or
email us at pam@pamlongphotography.com to set up a complimentary consultation.

We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!:-)





#ShopSmall in Historic Ellicott City!

28 11 2015

Let’s face it, nobody likes driving around a busy parking lot, looking for a space to park only to find one and somebody from the opposite direction snags it from you. 😦 This time of year you aim to get somewhere early to avoid blowing though half a tank of gas driving around…and around…and around the parking lots looking for that one empty space.  Well, Historic Ellicott City has a solution for you!

Do you know about the stairs that connect Main Street to the Courthouse Parking lot?  It’s as if a new parking garage was built without the nuisance of a new parking garage being built! 🙂     Thank you, Lyndsey, for helping me showcase the Ellicott City Stairs!                                        Ellicott City Stairs Steps to Courthouse Pam Long Photography

These stairs lead you to hassle free parking! Located upper Main, behind the The Ellicott Mills Brewing Company and close to The Wine Bin, the stairs serve as a great solution to parking challenges and may be used in the evening and weekends. Gone are your parking issues! Now you can easily support your local small businesses knowing that you’ll have plenty of parking on weekends!

Check out how fast you can get to Main Street when you park at the Courthouse:

Along with the newer parking option, Historic Ellicott City has several different parking areas along with street parking. You can find the specific lots listed here.

Here’s Howard County Councilman, District 1, Jon Weinstein and Howard County’s County Executive, Allan Kittleman, at the top of the stairs (nobody was blinded by the sun in the making of this photo 🙂 ).

Ellicott City stair Kittleman Weinstein Pam Long Photography

Ellicott City’s Historic District is a wonderful shopping destination with a diverse offering of goods, services and restaurants and is home to a thriving art community.  You can find a list of businesses and events here.

Rachel Rawlings, manager of Salon Marielle, 8239 Main Street, shared with me, “Our salon guests love having the option of parking at the courthouse and taking the stairs. Especially during busier times like during our wonderful festivals. It’s a beautiful view and walk down from the top of town.”

Our charming town provides a plethora of choices for you and you’ll be certain to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

A Journey From Junk shopping Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Evenings are magical, come on down to shop or dine!

Night Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Many great shops and boutiques, art galleries, antiques and collectibles, a diverse shopping experience for everyone!

Ellicott City Main Street Howard House Pam Long Photography

Shopping Historic Ellicott City Photographer Pam Long Photography studio Howard County

Ellicott City Main Street shopping Pam Long Photography

Howard County’s Welcome Center is part of our Main Street community. This photo is from last year’s tree lighting ceremony at Midnight Madness.  Be sure to catch it this year on Friday, December 4th!                                         MIdnight Madness Tree Lighting Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

So, head on down to Main Street in Ellicott City, support small businesses and don’t forget, parking is easy peasy!

When you’re on the stairs, be sure to take a selfie, use  #ECstairselfies and perhaps you’ll be added to the Instagram page! 🙂

ECStairsSelfiePamLong

Here’s how Richard Ellsberry, an Ellicott City resident, feels about the addition of the stairs, “For me, any long-term solid infrastructure is a good thing, and those stairs are going to be there in a hundred years. They look great & help with storm water management.”

Not only do these stairs help us by providing an entire new parking option, but as Richard mentioned, they have a phenomenal other purpose. Check out this amazing video, made by Cecilia Lane!

Shop Small Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Shuttle Service today too!

Shop Small Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Head to Historic Ellicott City and #ShopSmall! Have fun!

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Visitors – thank you for taking the time to read and view this blogpost and considering your visit to Main Street, Historic Ellicott City .  If you are ever in need of photography services, I’d love the chance to talk with you.  Here’s a little more info about us….. 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 or email us at pam@pamlongphotography.com to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!





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.

 

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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!

 

#hocomd





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

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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!

 

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Historic Ellicott City’s Fall Fest, Music Fest and First Annual Art Walk

11 09 2013

Yes, all of these amazing events, joined together seamlessly into one fun and eventful day in Historic Ellicott City, MD!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 28 and join us on and around Main Street in Ellicott City for a fun-filled day for the entire family!

Here’s a video slideshow of the Fall Fest from last year.  Lots of fun children activities, beer gardens, the restaurants, boutiques and shoppes welcoming you like always!

This year will be a blast as well.  The 2nd Annual Main Street Music Fest will showcase more than 60 acts throughout the town, indoors and out.  Held in tandem with the Ellicott City’s annual Fall Fest, the event is free, open to all ages. For a full schedule, click here to “Like” the MSMF event on FB to stay up to date!

Main Street Music Fest features the best Unsigned Talent that Mid Atlantic has to offer, as well as some of the best indie artists from the surrounding states.

This Year’s Venues for the Music Fest: La Palapa, Cacao Lane, Phoenix Emporium, Diamondback Tavern and 4 outdoor stages.

Special thanks to the Beverage Sponsors: Heavy Seas, DuClaw, Brewer’s Alley.

Also taking place during the Fall Fest……

For you art lovers, there’s an amazing new event happening in town on the same day!

Come be a part of the Art Scene in Historic Ellicott City Maryland!

The First Artwalk will take place on 12-5 PM. You can  tour artist studios, watch demonstrations, and view local galleries.  Check out the list of studio and galleries on their website by clicking here.

You’ll start your tour by picking up your passport and Artwalk Guide at the Artwalk Tent located at the Log Cabin on the corner of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Rd.

Grab a Passport at the Artwalk Tent at the Log Cabin and get a stamp at each stop along Artwalk.  Completed Passports can be entered in the Artwalk Raffle to win a PRIZE! Prizes donated by Friends of Artwalk (listed on their website.)  TheRaffle drawing will take place at the Wine Bin Stage shortly after 5pm.

There will, obviously, be lots of fun for the whole family. Enjoy the shuttle service that will take you from the Courthouse Parking lot to lower Main Street all the way to the West End and back! Parking is available on the street (metered) and in lots (some free).

So, to recap….Ellicott City’s Fall Fest will be a blast for the whole family….or enjoy the day with your friends….or turn it into a date day!  Bottom line, go, have fun and enjoy yourself!

More Information on Fall Festival:

http://visitellicottcity.com/

More Information on Main Street Music Festival:

http://mainstreetmusicfest.com/

More information about the Artwalk:

http://www.ellicottcityartwalk.com





Historic Ellicott City’s Spring Celebration, Saturday, April 20, 2013 12pm-7pm.

12 04 2013

Hi everyone!

Mark next Saturday, April 20th, on your calendar, and come to Ellicott City’s Main Street for FUN!  Something to do for all ages, you’re sure to go home with great memories.

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Lots of family activities, including Moon Bounce, Flower and Vegi Planting, Earth Day Collage Making, Hair tinsel and feathers, painting stations!!!

20, YES, 20 BANDS!  There are 3 stages for the bands, Wine Bin Stage, Tonge Row Stage in Parking Lot D and Tonge Row Courtyard and at the Beer Garden in Tiber Park near the Rumor Mill where Beatles music will be featured!

The historic sites will be open for you to enjoy as well, B&O Railroad Museum, Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, Firehouse Museum (1pm-4pm), Ellicott City Colored School Restored (1pm-4pm).

We have amazing restaurants, including Tersiguel’s, The Diamondback Tavern, Portalli’s, Cacao Lane, The Rumor Mill, LaLa’s hot dogs, LaPalapa, The Phoenix, The Judge’s Bench, Pure Wine Cafe, Ellicott Mills Brewing Company,…….what else could you ask for? 🙂

As you may already know, we’ve got some great shops and boutiques!

Please check out the band schedule and details on where the activities will be held here:  Band Schedule for Spring Celebration.

The committee that makes all this happen has been working hard to offer a great day for you.  They are in need of volunteers during the day.  If you have a couple of hours available throughout the day, please email me so I can pass along the info to you.  They will need help with set up and breakdown, selling beer tickets and pouring beer.

To stay up to day on all of the fun happenings in Historic Ellicott City, click here.

Have fun!  I’m hopeful that around sports activities and taking photos of this awesome event that I’ll be in the studio Saturday!  Be sure to come by and say hi.  We will be offering special pricing on our gift certificates for family sessions!

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Whether you choose to be photographed in our state-of-the-art studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our 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 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. You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PamLongPhotography. Be sure to “like” our Page so you can stay tuned in for our specials, promos, and latest news!

We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!

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First Fridays – Historic Ellicott City – TONIGHT

5 04 2013

First Fridays Ellicott City

It’s going to be a beautiful evening to head to Historic Ellicott City and enjoy the wonderful shops, boutiques and restaurants that our wonderful town has to offer.

These are just a few of the fun happenings in town this evening.

There will be live music throughout town, BLIND MAN LEADING will be playing at the B & O.

Sweet Elizabeth Jane is celebrating their second birthday, be sure to stop in.  Lauren Ruth Ward will be performing!!

Sweet Elizabeth Jane Birthday Party

While you’re making your rounds, The Wine Bin is a must.

Wine Bin

First Yappy Hour of the Season is tomorrow!

Help them kick off the first Yappy Hour of the season!  One of their most popular events, Yappy Hour is held in the parking lot on First Fridays and features live music! Inside the store, enjoy a wine and Parfections chocolate tasting. This month, donations and a portion of sales at the event will go towards Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

Be sure to stop by Mumbles and Squeaks Toy Shoppe and stock up for any future birthday parties that your kids may be going to soon.  Journey from JunkVintage Bliss  and Shoemakers are great places to stop and shop.  Really, I could go on and on about the wonderful stores in Historic Ellicott City.  Enjoy….you will love them all!

Pam Long Photography will be closed this evening but I’ll be down there in between our kid’s activities to capture some fun photos from the night!  I hope to see you down there.

Enjoy your night and have a phenomenal weekend!

🙂  Pam