Saturday, December 08, 2012

A Night of Madness

The crowds turned out for Midnight Madness in Ellicott City last night. By the time we arrived around 6:30 PM the parking lot up by the courthouse was already full. Though a light rain fell intermittently throughout the evening, it didn't put a damper on the festivities.

After grabbing dinner at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, we headed down Main Street to check out the scene. It wasn't long before we caught a whiff of something that smelled downright delicious. It was the La Pearle Waffles food truck which had commandeered a parking spot along a very narrow stretch of sidewalk. 
Further along we ran into Gunther Miller pedaling Choose Insanity bumper stickers. Gunther told me that sales were a bit off from previous years as the novelty has begun to wear off. To counter this he has diversified by adding HoCo magnets with turkey vultures to his product offerings.

High school madrigals are a traditional part of Midnight Madness and last night was no exception.
At the bottom of Main Street I spoke to a hot dog vendor who had commandeered another parking spot. Brendan told me that he was the guy behind LaLa’s ice cream parlor. The shop has been “coming soon” for almost a year now.

“It’s been a challenge trying to get open,” he told me. One of the problems he faced was the ceiling height in the space. It is two inches lower that the health department regulations require. He told me that he believes they've resolved that issue and are now on track for an April 2013 opening.

We finished up our Madness night with a wine sample at The Wine Bin. They were offering a red called Santa's Little Helper. It's the kind of wine you buy for the label, not what's in the bottle.
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