Get Friendly at Patterson Park Wine Tasting!

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The Friends of Patterson Park will be holding their 11th Annual Wine-Tasting at Sunset Fundraiser, Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Daniel and Michele Barnycz and celebrating the life of Dr. Levi Watkins Jr.  This year’s event will feature wine and food pairings from some of Baltimore’s favorite restaurants including Di Pasquale’s, Plates, Chesapeake Wine Company, Bistro RX, VINO, Todd Conner’s, This Swine’s for You, Pitango Gelato, and Cafe Gia. Enjoy live music by Rob Fahey, and a great silent auction – all in the light of the historic MarbleFountain.

Tickets are expected to sell out, so purchasing them in advance is advised! Use the promo code STAYCLASSY to receive $5 off your ticket! Don’t wait!

Expect to meet new neighbors, hang out with old friends, and enjoy delicious foods and heavy pours.  You can follow the event on Facebook for any updates here.

About the Friends of Patterson Park:

The Friends of Patterson Park is a non-profit membership organization formed in 1998 to promote, protect and advocate for our treasured common ground so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. We believe that a well used and well tended park contributes to the health and vitality of the diverse communities who call Patterson Park the Best Backyard in Baltimore.

You can become a member here, and help insure the health and beauty of the park!

Four Things to Know about Peak Performance Training

Do you smell that? Fitness is in the air — or at least it’s in the air in Canton. Runners are dodging each other on the waterfront, pups have taken over the park’s walking trails, and a gym testing a new fitness program in the Baltimore community has swung it’s doors wide open to Baltimore. Venture over to Conkling and Highlandtown and get outfitted with a heart rate monitor from dedicated trainers at Peak Performance Training. I went recently to try out two workouts with Peak (full disclosure, I am a friend of the trainers) and gather some intel on this new fitness trend. Here are four things you should know about Peak Performance Training.

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1. Digital Performance Tracking Really Tames Your Workout Boredom

Monotonous movements can really squash a workout high. That’s why it’s wonderful that Peak Performance Training is outfitted with TVs on both sides of its workout space. Instead of playing staticky TV shows, though, Peak displays real-time information about your workout based on the heart rate monitor that is strapped to your sternum. This means you get to view your heart rate percentage as well as the calories you are burning throughout the class relative to the rest of your classmates. Colors change to red when your heart rate is at its max and sit at green when you are basically resting. The results are mesmerizing, and not just for the competitive at heart (like myself). You’re both entertained and driven by your progress. What’s better: after the class you get an email summarizing your workout. My summary from a recent class is below.

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2. You’ll Probably Feel Awkward Doing Some of the Movements

The hour-long classes are 50 percent strength-training and 50 percent cardio. Trainers bring participants through short circuits of 3-4 exercises. What this means for the strength-training portion: a lot of variety, and also a lot of new muscle movements to learn. One class you may be doing push presses and burpees during a circuit, the next one you are doing hip bridges and bear hug squats. It makes for a bit of awkwardness, but also a lot of interesting new exercises (and maybe a little humor). The classes are built for all skill levels, so trainers will help if you get stuck with something new. Just come with an open mind and a willingness to look a bit ridiculous your first time through.

3. Rowing is Righteous

The second half of the class is the cardio portion, which is my favorite as a former swimmer and runner. Participants usually start with the line of rowing machines for the cardio circuits. This was my first time working with rowing machines, and the entire-body workout the machines provide definitely kept me entertained. From there, you typically jump on the row of treadmills and do a heavy incline jog or sprint. The top-notch equipment mixed with smart interval training makes for some max heart rates and some wonderful, endorphin-induced exhaustion.

4. With no Contract for Fees (and a Groupon), It’s worth a Shot

Peak Performance’s owners understand they are the new fitness kid in town and need to earn your trust. They also understand what a unfortunate pain contracts are at most gyms. That’s why these guys are going contract-free and providing lots of options for those fitness nerds looking to supplement their existing workouts, or for those looking for a more year-round option to get back in shape.

Here are pricing options for trying out Peak:

  • An introductory session is FREE (wahoo!)
  • They’re running a pretty stellar Groupon right now: Five fitness classes for $29. That’s a little over $5 for your first 5 classes
  • If you’d like to just drop in for a single session now and then, it is $20
  • Buy session packs of 10 for $160 or 15 for $210 and you can use them at any point over 3 months
  • Just looking for 4 sessions per month? The deal there is $59 each month
  • 8 Sessions a month are $89
  • Unlimited sessions per month are $119  – but right now (until May 31) if you sign up as an unlimited member, you get 15% off for life

Phew! That’s a lot of options. But it echoes what Peak is trying to do. They’re customizing fitness to whatever you need or prefer. And that feels pretty welcoming.

*Have a new class or workout you’d like us to try? Feel free to comment below or send us a note. We’d love to review it.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Baltimore ReBoot

Patterson_Park_Observatory_BmoreBaltimore is rebooting this weekend in every sense of the word. We’re lifting ourselves up from the unrest of last week, and also heading into a weekend full of recycling old things to new, re-opening our favorite sport’s team, celebrating diversity and more. Get charged up Cantonites; it’s a weekend reboot.

Butchers Hill Flea Market

What better way to celebrate spring than out with the old and in with the new! If you love great finds or simply strolling Patterson Park near the Pagoda, head to the flea market on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The semi-annual Flea Market is the to shop for all those treasures you didn’t even know you needed and meet your neigbhors. For more information visit butchershill.org.

Patterson Park Clothing Swap

Also on Saturday, May 9, fashionistas and deal lovers unite. Clean out your closet and take the opportunity to find a new spring outfit. A neighbor-organized clothing swap is taking place in Patterson Park (to the right of the Pagoda) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The concept and event is simple: bring your clothes/accessories you want to get rid of, are too lazy to donate, or want to trade for something new and fun. Neighbors will organize it  and whoever brings something to swap can browse the items and take things of their liking. Any season of clothing and accessories are welcomed, adult clothing only.

Cinco de Mayo Fest at Power Plant Live

As part of Power Plant Lives! #BaltimoreStrong Weekend, Baltimore is invited to  celebrate a Cinco De May Fiesta. Pay one price for a great part and drinks. Enjoy performances by DJ Jon Boesche and the 90’s tribute band Here’s to the Night. Tickets are $25 and include admission to the nine participating venues as well as all inclusive drinks from 9 p.m. to midnight, featuring El Jimador margaritas.

Orioles Re-Opening Day

On Monday, May 11, Os Fans will come out in full orange force to celebrate what is deemed “Orioles #Re-Opening Day”. Stadium area bars are participating and a food drive will be held to benefit Maryland Food Bank. The Os return to Baltimore on May 11 to face the Toronto Blue Jays – the same team they faced on Opening Day this season. This effort is meant to show that Baltimore is strong, proud, and will persevere.

Get out your picnic baskets, First Thursday is HERE!

1stThursMap2015I feel like its not really Spring until the kickoff of the  WTMD First Thursday’s in the Park. And it’s finally here!

This Thursday, May 7th, head to Canton Waterfront Park for a free show and a GREAT time. The 2015 Season opens with Timothy Showalter and his band, Strand of Oaks, and, back for more First Thursday action this year, the ever-rocking Marah. Plus, touring in support of their new album “Drug For The Modern Age,” it’s KOPECKY (Formerly Kopecky Family Band).

Music starts at 6:30pm and admission is FREE! They ask you to not bring outside alcohol to the event, but there will be plenty of beer tents.  We recommend you get there early as the place really does fill up.  Gather your friends, bring blankets and chairs and some of your favorite snacks and you can’t not have a good time (its basically impossibly). I personally go the appetizer route. Cheese, crackers, fruit, hummus, etc. but can’t say I haven’t brought a couple pizzas before. So there’s always the to-go order option from our plethora of local restaurants (support local businesses!) or food trucks!

Some tips from WTMD:

I heard you can’t drink alcohol in the park?

That’s incorrect.  Our long-time partner The Brewers Art will be selling beer, wine and cider during the shows.  Even better, they’re bringing more kegs and cases.  They will have four locations in the park so the lines will be shorter and move faster.

Can I still bring my own beer and wine in?

We ask that you not bring your own alcohol into the park.  The Brewers Art provides a great deal of funding to WTMD and we’d like you to return the favor by purchasing from them.

Parking is the pits in Canton.  Where do we park?

We’re asking everyone who drives to park south of Boston Street.  We’ve secured a mix of free and pay lots that total 1,000 spaces.  If you’re driving from the counties, take the Keith Avenue exit just before or after the Ft. McHenry Tunnel.  This will loop you around to Clinton Street where one of the lots is located.  There is some street parking there too.  The other lot is behind the shops at Brewers Hill.  We’ll be posting maps soon.

I live in the city and there is a lot of rush hour traffic.  How do I get there?

We’ll be publishing our favorite routes to avoid downtown traffic.  We suggest you check out routes that go down St. Paul or Greenmount Ave and cut across to Conkling or another major southbound street.

What about public transit?

The #11 bus runs from Towson through downtown to the park. The Water Taxi runs to 11 pm during First Thursday seasons and we will be speaking with the Taxi folks to see how First Thursdays can fit into their operations.

Will there be more port-a-pots?

You betcha!  Below is a site map where the port-a-pots, stage, and beverage stations will be located.  We’re working on 20 port-a-pots to start and will adjust the amount as we see how the crowds develop.

What about food?

We are working with many of the popular food trucks to serve the crowd.  We have room for six trucks and we expect them to rotate in and out during the season.  Of course, you can bring your own food into the park as well.

Dogs were a big part of Mt. Vernon, are they welcome in Canton?

We strongly advise you to think twice about bringing your dog to the concerts.  It’s a very crowded environment and pets may not enjoy it as much as you do.

Coming from outside Canton? No problem, you can check out your parking options here.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Be More

BaltimoreLoveProjectIt’s safe to say that Baltimore has experienced a rough couple of weeks. Regardless who you are and where you come from originally, at our core we are all Baltimore, and our actions are what can lift Baltimore onto its feet. With events around the city canceled this weekend, there are still a few events that must go on. There are also local businesses hurting due to looting and/or the citywide curfew. Whatever your plans might be for this weekend, pick a business or charity that you love and support it in whatever way is appropriate. It’s the weekend; time to lift up Baltimore.

Events that are Canceled

Fiesta 5K

AVAM Kinetic Sculpture Race (will be rescheduled)

Flowermart (will be rescheduled)

Events that will Go On

Friday, May 1: Join up with Dine and Stoop Night in Canton and get to know your neighbors and your community better. Step 1: visit your local eatery/business. Step 2: Take a tour of the neighborhood stoop parties. Step 3: show your neighborhood pride. The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Friday, May 1: Peak Performance Training in Brewer’s Hill / Highlandtown (at Conkling and Eastern) is hosting a sneak peek of its shiny new gym space from 4 to 7 p.m. Come for free food, libations, and to chat with trainers. Find out about the only training studio in Baltimore that actively tracks your heart rate and calories burned as you moved through a series of cardio and strength work outs (full review coming soon!)

Local Businesses to Support (taken from neighborhood pages)

  • Aldi’s (Looted)
  • Loading Dock (Looted)
  • Royal Farms on E Fayette St (Looted)
  • Matthew’s Pizza (Provided pies to neighboring businesses that were hit)
  • Fork & Wrench- (Donating a portion of this week’s proceeds to rebuilding efforts with happy hour 3-9pm)
  • [Insert your favorite local business here because every business needs a little extra help]

 

Looking for volunteer opportunities to participate in this weekend? Check out this form of volunteer needs around the city.

Weekend Wrap Up: No Whining

473b124186434fb6dfeab925bc97bf06Don’t let this cold snap keep you from the weekend. It promises neighborly love, vino, brews and block parties. It’s really the perfect excuse to get one last wear out of those winter clothes you planned to put away and never did. Button up, cause it’s the weekend!

Mayor’s Spring Cleanup

The Mayor’s Spring Cleanup event takes place this Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various neighborhoods around the city. The Canton Neighborhood Cleanup meets at the Waterfront Park and has a dumpster available as part of that cleanup.  In Brewer’s Hill, neighbors will meet at Knotty Pine for coffee and donuts before heading out to beautify the streets. It is time for some spring cleaning!

Highlandtown Wine Festival

Put on your wine tasting face and head to an outdoor, Highlandtown party at the 12th Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival this Sunday, April 26. The event takes place on the corner of Claremont and Conkling and promises live music, wine tastings, a traditional homemade wine competition, food, arts vendors, and more.  Tickets are $25 at the door and event goes from 1 to 6 p.m.

Federal Hill Spring Block party

It’s time to see what our rival neighborhood is all about! The Federal Hill Block Party takes to the streets Sunday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join (rain or shine) for a lineup of live music throughout the day, food, drinks, and arts and crafts vendors. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 day of.

Also of note: that the City Paper Brew Fest, also planned for this weekend, has been postponed due to traffic concerns from planned protests in the area on Saturday, April 25.

Vino Time!

winefest2015The 12th Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival is this Sunday, Sunday, April 26th! Presented by the Highlandtown Community Association and DiPasquale’s Italian Market, the festival takes place Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden (3600 Claremont St.) and brings more than a thousand visitors to partake in homemade wine, eat fine Italian food, listen to live music and have fun.

This year, music will be provided by Paul Pfau, Frederick, MD native and contestant on The Voice. In addition, festival goers will have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of ­­­­­­activities, including our special rendition of Highlandtown Alley Bocce, a Wine-filled balloon toss, and a Grape Stomping competition (I imagine it will be like I love Lucy)

Admission to the festival includes five complimentary tastings of homemade wines, including vintages like the Highlandtown Red and Bel Air Zin. In addition to the complimentary antipasti, DiPasquale’s (the BEST) will have meatball subs, sausage and peppers, pasta, cannolis and their specialty arancine — as seen on Food Network– available for sale. The festival features a competition for amateur winemakers judged by Baltimore’s finest celebrities and connoisseurs.  Bronze, silver and gold ribbons will be awarded to the best red and white wines based on appearance, smell, taste and overall quality. Contestants will also compete for the best bottle design.

Over the past eleven years, the festival has raised over $35,000 to support Highlandtown Community Association initiatives including street improvements, grants for sculptures in Patterson Park through the South East Community Development Corporation, the Movies in the Park series at Patterson Park, Highlandtown Arts District activities, neighborhood greening projects, and repair and cleaning projects at Our Lady of Pompei church.

Tickets

Tickets for people 21 and over are $25 ($20 in advance), and include a souvenir wine glass and a selection of antipasti from DiPasquale’s. Children and teens can enter free with an adult, but sorry, no wine.

For more information, visit www.Highlandtown.com, call 301.385.1911or e-mail kbernha1@gmail.com.  To purchase tickets online, visit Highlandtown.com. For tickets in person, visit DiPasquale’s, The Laughing Pint, or Mastellone Deli & Wine.

 

GIVEAWAY: 2 Tickets to Chef Egg’s Live Cooking Eggsperience: Spring Fling Culinary Feast!

eggOur favorite Baltimore Chef, Chef Egg is at it again, with his ‘Spring Fling Culinary Feast‘! Even better he has offered two tickets to one lucky Stay Classy reader!

Chef Egg is officially over winter, and to celebrate a change of weather he is going to bring in the new season with some fresh air and some classic spring recipes that will knock your socks off. While creating the dishes, Chef Egg will teach you gourmet cooking techniques that will spring your culinary skills forward and get you cooking like a pro! Be sure to bring your favorite spring cocktail, as the event is BYOB (my favorite).

Menu

  • Seared Artichokes with Homemade Bearnaise Sauce
  • Ricotta Gnocci with Spring Peas
  • Lemon and Poppy Seed Scones

To win, follow our blog (sign up on the ride side of our page) and comment below about your favorite thing that happens in the Spring. We’ll pull our winner at 5 p.m. TODAY. So no time to lose!!

Event Details: 

When:

Thursday, April 23rd from 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Where:

Blue Moon Cafe
1621 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21231 (Street parking is available)

Want more tickets?

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Weekend Wrap Up: Pirates & Foodies

20140426-emporiyum-202It wouldn’t be spring in Baltimore without food trucks, bar crawls, festivals, and… pirates. Let the theatrical entertainment, food indulging, and day drinking commence. It’s the weekend!

Bar’k Crawl in Fells Point

Raise a glass (and raise money!) for the homeless pets of Baltimore. Join Fell’s Point Bar’k Crawl this Saturday, April 18 and raise money to benefit the Maryland SPCA. The bar’k crawl begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, and include food and drink specials, a tshirt, and the best ride in town in between stops: The Charm City Pedal Mill! Pay in advance or at the door. More information here.

Food Truck Gathering at Baltimore Museum of Industry

The Gathering is back with a bang and a fleet of trucks st the Baltimore Museum of Industry this evening, April 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. Nosh on food truck snacks (priced a la carte), bring the kids and dogs, and enjoy the Spring weather with live music harbor-side.

Fells Point Privateer Fest

Arghh! The Privateer’s are taking Fell’s Point by storm this weekend, April 18 and 19for the 11th Annual Privateer Festival. The festival promises a full scale invasion of history, music, dance, kids activities, arts, food, and libations. Send the kiddos down the free, inflatable pirate ship slide, then head to the grog garden. The event runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Emporiyum Food Festival

Grab your foodie friends and ready your stomach. The Emporiyum Food Market is descending on Baltimore once again, this time armed with more food vendors and more experience feeding Baltimore’s foodies. Head to Harbor East’s H&S Distribution Center and browse deliciousness (from pizza to doughnuts and more) to try or buy. Tickets are $40 for VIP and $15 for General Admission.

Walk the Planks or the Cobblestones in Fells. Your Choice.

Pirates

This weekend is the 11th Annual Privateer Festival in Fells Point.  The festival boasts a full scale land invasion of living history, dance, kid’s activities, arts, crafts, food and libations. There will also be live music by the The Brigands & Valhallas Pirates and more.

If you’re more interested in over 21 fun, you can put on your pirate gear and participate in the Pyrate Invasion Pub Crawl on Saturday from 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Specials at 18 participating Fell’s Point establishments: (Admirals Cup, The Tavern at Admiral Fell Inn, Alexander’s Tavern, Anastasia Bertha’s Mussels, Blarney Stone, DogWatch Tavern, Kooper’s, Lil’ Phil’s, Max’s, Rip Tide, Rodos, Slainte, Sticky Rice, The Green Turtle, The Horse You Came in On, The Point in Fells, and Todd Connor’s)

– $4 Heavy Seas Drafts

– $5 Calico Jack Rum Cocktails

-Complimentary Swag bag and commemorative t-shirt for first 100 to Check In!

– Complimentary Heavy Seas CROSSBONES Draft for each pub crawler. **FREE DRAFT MUST BE REDEEMED AT THE MAIN STREET BOOTH ON BROADWAY SQUARE (801 South Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231) BEFORE 7PM!!**

If possible, we recommend walking or cabbing over.  You can also park at the  parking garage at 805 Caroline Street.http://www.parkopedia.mobi/parking/garage/caroline_street_garage/21231/baltimore/.