By any measure you’d have to label yesterdays Main Street Music Festival in
Ellicott City a success. The
weather was perfect, the music was great and the crowds showed up.
Since I live just a little over a mile from
Main Street, I was
able to make two visits to the festival. I first stopped down a little after
noon, just as things were getting underway. I easily snagged a parking space on
the street right in front of Ellicott Mills Brewing Company. From there I
walked down to the B&O Stage. While listening to acoustic artist
Brian Kelm I also chatted briefly with the representatives of CSX. CSX, along
with Heavy Seas, Metanoia, Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Indigo Ink and the Ellicott
City Business Association were the sponsors of the event.
Back up at the Heavy Seas Stage in the Wine Bin Parking lot I caught the performance of Root Three before heading back home for awhile.
When I returned to
around 4:00 PM there were many more people than earlier but I still found a
parking with relative ease. It does help that, as an EC loco, I happen to know a few places that the casual visitor might pass by.
This time I dropped in on the Ellicott Mills Stage in Parking Lot D where Chris Wojtal and the Hilltown Getdown were performing. I noticed that the beer line was a lot longer than it was earlier too. On the other hand a beer line is always an easy place to start up a conversation with strangers. While patiently awaiting my turn I met a woman who told me that she and her husband rode their bikes to the festival from their home in
Catonsville, a little over a mile away. I suggested to
her that ride home, being mostly uphill, would be a little less fun.
Back across the street at the
stage I wrapped up the day listening to Dirty Secret, just as the beer ran out. Heavy Seas