Saturday, February 22, 2020

Battle of the Big Story

Is this the big story in Old Ellicott City this weekend? From the Ellicott City Partnership:

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!  

In other words, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!  Join us Saturday, February 22 where good times will be happening from one end of town to the other.  Come for brunch or lunch, enjoy shopping specials and bead giveaways, then land at Boogaloo at The Bin for live music and libations.  Stick around for dinner or after concert fun at one of our many late night spots. If you can’t be on Bourbon Street, Main Street is the place to be!

NOTE  Approximately 600 parking spots are available in lots A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and the Circuit Courthouse Lot. Parking is also available on Ellicott Mills Drive. This weekend, another special event will be taking place in town causing a portion of Lot D to be closed and limited parking on Main Street. Please take advantage of the FREE SHUTTLE running 11am until 9:30pm. Shuttle Stops are:

  1. 3430 Courthouse Drive at George Howard Building
  2. Courthouse Drive at top of Circuit Courthouse Parking Lot / 8360 Court Avenue
  3. 3829 Church Road at Main Street (Firehouse Museum)
  4. 8390 Main Street at Wine Bin Parking Lot
Or, is this the big story in Old Ellicott City this weekend?

There has certainly been quite a lot of buzz about the latter. As befits human nature and Howard County, there have been an assortment of responses from curiosity and enthusiasm, to ennui, nay-saying, and accusations of a lack of transparency. No matter what it turns out to be, I think that responses will fall in more or less the same sorts of categories. 

If I see anyone say, “Well, I thought it was going to be awful but it was great!” I will consider that to be newsworthy.

I have to admit I hadn’t seen any online information about the Mardi Gras themed events until yesterday, although clearly this has been in the works for a while. I follow a lot of Ellicott City themed accounts but nothing about this has popped up in any of my feeds. There must be something wrong with my algorithm.

True to the spirit of this blog, I have prepared an impromptu list of things that the secret event might be but probably isn’t. As per usual, your input is welcome.

How about:

A cattle drive?
Running of the bulls?
Roller derby?
76 Trombones?
Filming of a major motion picture?
Filling up the entire street with jello?

Whatever it turns out to be, I hope lots of folks will turn out to support Old Ellicott City and have some fun. If we are not going to have even one decent snow this winter, let’s get out of the house and enjoy our community.

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