Springtime in Old Ellicott City

Springtime in Old Ellicott City

Spring!  It’s a time of new beginnings, color and sunlight and Old Ellicott City is blossoming with our recovery! Amazing strides have been made by the community with support from our friends at the Howard County Government.  With nearly all of our businesses reopened, it’s time to celebrate.  Robin Williams said it best, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Earth Day at our annual Spring Fest, Saturday April 22!  This free family friendly event takes place throughout the entire town with 4 stages of music and performances from 20+ local & regional bands.   In addition to wine, our three ‘beer gardens’ will feature the best of Howard County craft beer from Jailbreak, Manor Hill, and our very own Ellicott Mills Brewing Company.  We’ve added margaritas too!

NEW this year is a family activity area in front of the B&O Rail Museum where kids can make their own tie dye shirt and build a masterpiece using thousands of Lego pieces.  Other kids crafts areas will offer pinwheels, egg carton caterpillars, spoon bugs, windsocks and more.   As always, our kids crafts are totally free to participate!

While you’re at the festival, stop by the Courtyards at Tongue Row and be a part of our Community Art Project.  Make a donation and get a tile to decorate.  These tiles will be assembled into a giant mosaic that will later be put on display at the Roger Carter Community Center.

Just like flowers popping up to greet the sun, many new businesses have joined our Main St.!   Plan a visit  and see what’s new here in Old Ellicott City.

A Lamp to Remember
Artists’ Gallery
Clipper’s Canine Cafe
EC Pops
Junk Girl
Made on Main
Manor Hill Tavern
Primitive Beginnings
Taylor’s Collective Antiques Arts & Artisans

Parking and a shuttle service from the outer parking lots are free.  Find out more about event parking.


Spring Fest is brought to you by The Ellicott City Partnership.

Old Ellicott City – 6 Months Later

Old Ellicott City – Six Months Later

before after salonSix months ago today, images of the destructive force of the waters that swept through Old Ellicott City on July 30th, 2016 became international news.  In less than 30 minutes, dreams were swept away, businesses destroyed, hundreds left unemployed, residents made homeless, and two lives lost.  911 switchboards were overwhelmed with calls for help.  First responders waited impatiently on the edges of town until the flash flood waters receded.  It would be months before residents could go home and businesses rebuild.

190 residents were affected.  Those evacuated by first responders had with them only the clothes they were wearing.  Many loved pets had to be left behind to be rescued another day.

90 businesses were damaged, some completely swept away.  In the weeks that followed, people began turning in items they found along the Patapsco River, hoping to give back to someone a small piece of what they had lost.

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As clean up began, business owners, residents and volunteers stood shoulder to shoulder trying to save what they could and toss what was destroyed. For weeks, when one location was finished, they moved on to the next wearing respirator masks and hazmat suits.

In the six months that have followed since that night, more than 70 businesses have been able to reopen and most residents have gone home.  Our community is closer and stronger than ever. We are forever grateful for the support and kindness that has been shared. But with an estimated $22.4 million in property damage alone, there is still work to be done.

How can you help?  Please be our guest and come for a visit  – do a little shopping, stay for dinner. Experience the friendly and wonderful town that we call home.                                                     Ecstrong

To find out more about the funds raised and how your donations have helped us rebuild, please visit ECPartnership.org