Weekend Wrap Up:

uglychristmassweater2The nip in the air must mean it’s time to prep for the holidays, and especially Thanksgiving. Good thing there are plenty of prep activities, including free parking for pre-holiday sales, a tacky sweater bar crawl, a pre-Thanksgiving race, and one big decorating party in Fells Point. This weekend will cheer you up!

Take Advantage of Complimentary Parking in Harbor East Begins

Beginning November 19, show $100 of receipts plus a parking voucher to participating Harbor East garages and receive up to 5 hours of free parking. You can take advantage of free spaces after 5 p.m. on weekdays and between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekends.

Crawl with the Tackiest of Sweaters

A tacky sweater bar crawl is invading Fell’s Point and Canton this weekend at a bar near you. Pull those regretful sweaters out of your basement on November 22, then head to registration at Bad Decisions (1928 Fleet Street, Fells Point) at 6 p.m. There will also be buttons: $10 for a collectible button and $25 for all 5 buttons. Locations include Bad Decisions, Kisling’s Tavern, Myth and Moonshine, Bartenders, and Castaways. A 50/50 raffle is a definite, with possibly other raffles for cool prizes.

Help Decorate Fell’s Point

Now’s your chance to contribute to the quaint, Christmas feel that is part of Fell’s Point Main Street’s Olde Tyme Christmas celebration: help them decorate! Meet in Broadway Square at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 21 and bring a tall ladder or staple gun if you have one.  Local businesses can bring a ‘handmade’ ornament that best represents the spirit of their business.
Pre-Thanksgiving 5K for Good

On Sunday, November 23,  get in the Thanksgiving mood (and shed some pre-Thanksgiving pounds) with a race that benefits autism research.  The Turkey Tumble for Autism 5k and 10k will benefit the Organization for Autism Research. Races will be held within the limits of Patterson Park, located in Baltimore, MD. Come enjoy this great race before Thanksgiving. Race Start Times are 9 a.m. for the 10k ($45) and 10 a.m. for the 5k ($30).

Have Fun, Get Fit

1454855_656664924397349_1894275866_nI am not a winter person. I could bold that sentence and make it a 1,000 sized font and I don’t think it would still convey how much I dislike the winter months. (Minus the first snow.  I get excited for one medium sized snow fall a year).  So this morning as  I put on my insane down winter coat, hat, gloves and a scarf to walk to my car less than a block away, I realized that my hibernation time might be starting a tad earlier this year. Luckily, I just got looped into a pretty great motivator to push me to layer up and get fitter. Outside. In the cold weather. Actually regardless of the weather.

The November Project™ is a FREE fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now present in multiple cities in across four time zones in North America, the movement is using a simple sense of accountability (verbal) to motivate and encourage people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get out of their beds and get moving.

Baltimore has taken this movement and run with it. (Ah the puns!) They have a community of over 170 young inspired and inspiring individuals, or “tribesmembers,” who come every week for sweaty hugs, workouts focused on body-weight exercises such as burpees, squats, stairs, and sprints, and to change the way we see fitness and healthy living here in Baltimore. Workouts are completely FREE, and weatherproof (regardless of blazing sun, snow, or rain).

All fitness and age-levels are welcome. They have some members training for marathons and ultramarathons, and others that are working towards their first 5K. Babies and dogs are also welcome to join in the fun and fitness. The promise that you will be challenged but are able to modify the workout to make it work for you and your injuries/life/etc.

Upcoming Events:

Every Fri 6:30AM @ Patterson Park

Every Wed 5:30 & 6:30 AM @ Rash Field 

CITY GLOW- #NP_BAL takes over Charm City December 6th rain, snow or shine. Join as they make the city Glow with a run from Rash Field to Harbor East. They will be be celebrating their 1-ish year anniversary with a wild NP Bash supported by their friends at lululemon athletica. Prepare yourselves for drinks, festivities, lectures by scholars and a chance to be only marginally sweaty in front of your friends.Your job: #justshowup, deck yourself out in glow attire, invite 2+ friends, and get ready as we say f** winter and take over our city positivity style. There is no cost to this event.

I’m looking forward to trying it out the Friday following Thanksgiving.  What a great way to work off some of that turkey, and gives me another excuse to skip Black Friday shopping. Not convinced? Check out their photo album.  I mean, come on. Don’t they all look weirdly happy for that early in the morning? It has to be a good time. See you there! (I’ll be the one bundled up like Randy from a Christmas Story.)

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Weekend Wrap Up: Cozy Up

Fireplace_BurningWasn’t it just yesterday that we were all sitting outside picking crabs and drinking endless cans of Boh? How did we get to this place, this deep freeze that some might call a weekend? While we understand if you want to hide under the covers all weekend, there’s also some pretty awesome and out-of-the-cold things to do, including: fireplaces, brunch, rockets, and wings.

Cozy Up at a Local Watering Hole

Most Baltimore rowhomes don’t have a fireplace, a fact punctuated by weekends like this one. The good news is that many of the city’s watering holes and restaurants boast a crackling fire along with plenty to eat and drink. The Baltimore Sun’s list of places that have a tempting, cozy fireplace include: Ze Mean Bean Cafe, Bond Street Social, Red Maple, and Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden.

Discover Rockets at Port Discovery

Have a little space cadet that you need to entertain for the afternoon? On Saturday,  November 15, Port Discovery is hosting Rocket Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning at 10 a.m., the Spaceflight Institute will present an exhibit of spaceship artifacts (ready for examination) and allow the little ones to dress up in astronaut clothes. There will also be a workshop for making and launching your own rockets as well as interactive story time.

Bend and Brunch at Of Love and Regret

At a loss for how to get active and get brunch this weekend? M.Power Yoga has partnered with Of Love and Regret for the return of the bend and brunch. Twist yourself into a pretzel and then feast on a brunch buffet on Sunday, November 16  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event takes place on the restaurant’s third floor. Call 410-534-YOGA to buy your tickets ( $40 non-members, $30 member price.)

Chow Down at Mother’s 4th Annual Charm City Wing Wars

Join  participating Wing Wars restaurants on Mother’s Federal Hill Grill Purple Patio for the 4th Annual Charm City Wing Wars this Sunday, Nov 16th from 2 to 6 p.m..  Participating Restaurants: Mother’s, Sweet Caroline’s, Scores Baltimore, City Limits, C&R Pub, Delia Foley’s, Alexander’s Tavern, Blue Agave, Ten Ten American Bistro, Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, The Wing Team, DON’T KNOW TAVERN. Tickets are $20 at MissionTix, and include probably the greatest selection of wings Baltimore has to offer. Your vote decides whose are best.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Lots of Treats

10407745_10205363637079616_3457329553070768296_nHalloween may be over, but this weekend there seems to be a lot of opportunities to treat yourself. Meet your fave Raven (if it’s Justin Tucker), down a Berger Cookie Stout, binge on oysters, and end it with a bar crawl tour of a great neighborhood. This weekend proves that even though the candy is already gone, there are still plenty of treats!

Practice Tailgating with Justin Tucker

Can’t seem to make it out for tailgating on Sundays? Lucky for you, Justin Tucker is hosting a tailgate fundraiser Friday, November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ace Hardware in Federal Hill. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Johns Hopkins Motor Control Lab & their E-Nable Program- providing 3-D Printed Prosthetic Limbs for Underprivileged Children in Our Community. There will be DIY demos and a raffle.

Re-Experience the Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout at Smaltimore

The Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout is re-launching this Friday, November 7 night at Smaltimore- Burgers, Sushi and Craft Beer in Canton. The delicious Baltimore staple is also available in stores immediately with the same cookie ingredients as last year, but with a smoother and sweeter finish.

Slurp Oysters at OyFest

Oyster lovers delight: this Saturday, November 8 the brewery for all things oyster (Union Craft) is holding a slurping fest (from noon to 5 p.m.) you’re not soon to forget. OyFest features buck-a-shuck oysters, grilled oysters, oyster stew from The Local Oyster, South Bay Shellfish Company, True Chesapeake Oyster Co., Sappidus Farms, Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, and Dooby’s Coffee! Plus there’s  live bluegrass & fresh cold craft beers. It’s a $5 suggested donation at the gate to benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Tour Basement Bars in Highlandtown

Ever wonder what drinking haunts Highlandtown has to offer? Now’s your chance to get up to speed: the neighborhood is hosting a basement bar crawl on Saturday, November 8 from 2 to 6 p.m.  Check in for the crawl at Y-ART at 3402 Gough Street (formerly the Sons of Italy Lodge) Tickets are a $20 donation (supporting the HIghlandtown Community Association) and include libations. You will tour residential homes and wrap up with a traditional reception at Di Pasquale’s Marketplace.

Vote Now for Stay Classy Canton in the 2014 Mobbies

It’s time to vote! And no, we’re not a day late.

Whether you were happy with the outcome of the 2014 mid-term election, a little depressed about the result, or feel guilty that you didn’t vote, we have an opportunity that should satisfy everyone (at least everyone reading this blog).

VOTE for Stay Classy Canton for Best City Blog AND Best Facebook Page in the Baltimore Sun’s 2014 Mobbies Competition and everyone in Canton, regardless of political affiliation, wins!!

If you love our awesome giveaways, free (and sometimes pet-friendly) neighborhood events, and continuing coverage of our strange and wonderful neighborhood, now’s your chance to show some love! We need it this year too: the Best City Blog category this year is the toughest competition yet.

What’s better? You can literally vote every day until the contest ends on November 18th, then come party with us on November 19! See? Everybody wins.

We also endorse:

bsinbmore for best Instagram account

Savory Experiments for Best Food Blog

So what are you waiting for? Ron Burgundy says get voting:

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Drink Up to Help Warm Up

As its getting chillier, keeping houses warm becomes vital and even more costly.  The Fuel Fund of Maryland provides resources to vulnerable Maryland families for heat and home utility needs. Their donors, board and staff support and advocate collaborative funding and services that ensure affordable energy to families that must overcome hardship caused by poverty and assist these families to meet their human needs.

It’s easy to help the Fuel Fund of Maryland help others.  Tonight from 5-7:30 p.m. you can go to Blue Hill for Happy Hour and they will donate 20% of drink sales back to the Fuel Fund! The happiest of hours are those that also do good! More happy hour details are here.
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If you, or someone you know needs help with their heating bills, you can check their eligibility for assistance here

About The Fuel Fund:

The Fuel Fund was incorporated in 1981 as the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland, following the nation’s first energy crisis during the late 1970s when an oil embargo squeezed supply, and energy prices soared. Hardest hit were those people least able to pay dramatic cost increases. Victorine Q. Adams, a Baltimore City councilwoman and noted civil rights activist, intervened and the earliest version of the Fuel Fund was born. She was moved to do so when a couple in her council district froze to death in their home. Adams vowed that this would never happen again under her watch. Today an integrated network of fuel funds across the nation carries on Mrs. Adam’s vision.

With the onset of the deregulation of the electric utility industry, the Fuel Fund changed its name to Fuel Fund of Maryland, Inc. At every stage of the life of the Fuel Fund, its focus has been solely on the essential energy needs of individuals and families for whom energy is unaffordable. Families who receive help always pay as much of their bills as they are able. The portion that is unaffordable is usually divided among the customer, the Fuel Fund donations and bill credits allowed by the utility. In this way, the Fuel Fund supplements the resources of each family. Likewise, in order to use all of the resources that are available for families, the Fuel Fund refers applicants to the government-funded programs that operate out of the state Office of Home Energy Programs. Often a family receives adequate assistance from these programs. If they are still in need, the Fuel Fund helps.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Boo! Halloween Hoopla

BohIf you love to carve, brew, howl, scream, dress up or scavenge for candy, you’ve probably been waiting in giddy anticipation for Halloween weekend in Baltimore City. As with every year, there is no shortage of events beyond the usual crowded Canton or Fell’s Point bars with guys in banana suits. This Halloween, stray from the zombie crowd and bike, dance, party, or play dead.

You’re not paranoid. They are watching you.

From 9pm­-11pm on Halloween, Max’s Taphouse (737 S. Broadway) will have a grand unveilingtheir new art installation. Large, moving eyeballs will peer down, fly above, and look out on the festivities of Fell’s Point. Visitors can get their pictures taken by Big Brother as part of the creepy peepers’ online surveillance blog at alleyesonfells.tumblr.com. Instead of focusing on the goblins and ghouls of our imagination, Max’s Taphouse Halloween festivities will provoke you to think about the spooky reality of surveillance today.

Bike with Baltimore Bike Party for Halloween Brew-ha-ha

What better way to celebrate a ghoulish holiday then bike through the city with a costume parade of good natured mischief as part of Baltimore’s Bike Party on Friday night. Meet at St Mary’s Park in Seton Hill at 6:30 p.m. and don’t forget your costume. The after party takes place at the Baltimore Museum of Industry immediately following the ride. Stick around until 10 p.m. for a costume contest.

Dance like a Zombie at Baltimore Soundstage Dead 80s Party

Finally, a chance to dress up in 80s gear and dance like a zombie. The Baltimore Sound Stage hosts Ballyhoo! and Tribal Seeds on Halloween (Friday, October 31) for a costumed 80s party that is open to all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show goes on at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 at the door and $20 in advance.

Bring the Kids to the Halloween After Party

You worked so hard on those painstakingly cute Halloween costumes for the kiddos, why not take another chance to show them off? The Church on the Square and your neighbors invite you to a Canton Kidtastic Halloween Afterparty for parents and kids 0 – grade school age. Join on Saturday, November 1 for games, food, and favors, and the chance to mingle with your neighbors. Leave with new friends and ridiculously cute pics of the kids.

Play Dead for 1st Annual Dia de BOHS Muertos

Mr. Natty Boh jumps into the Halloween game this Saturday, November 1 with the First Annual Dia de BOHS Muertos celebration.

Winner, winner, Full Tilt Prize Pack

We have our winner for Stay Classy Canton’s first online Halloween Pet Costume Contest! Though, I feel as though all the entries are winners because, man, they are CUTE.  However, the people have spoken, and they have spoken loudly.  We had hundreds of votes, and the lovely Piggles as Princess Leia took home the prize.  (I was going to say bacon, but I’m not sure if that would offend a guinea pig)

If you didn’t win, you still have a chance to win some great raffle prizes (and drink specials) at tonight’s Yappy Hour at the Boathouse in Canton.  Please bring us a supply or toy for BARCS to get a raffle ticket! We’re looking forward to seeing you and your furry friends! Thank you to Full Tilt for donating an awesome prize pack for our winner!

Happy Halloween!!

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It’s time to vote! Adorable pets ahead!!

Thank you for loving (and driving crazy) your pets as much as we do! We have received some adorable pets in their Halloween finest.  It’s hard to pick our favorite.  Luckily, we don’t have to.  It’s up to you to decide!  Check out the submissions below (give it a few seconds to load), pick your favorite,  and then click on your favorite’s number in the poll all the way on the bottom!

Share with your friends, you can vote up until 12 p.m. ET on October 30th.  

The winner will be receiving a Full Tilt prize pack including Patterson Pumpkin Ale!

And don’t forget to R.S.V.P. to our Halloween Yappy Hour at Boathouse! Bring your pets in costume and win some door prizes!  You don’t have to be in costume, have a pet in costume, or even have a pet to come! We look forward to seeing you there.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: It’s Fall. You’ve got this.

It’s fall, which means a bounty of activities have arrived in the Baltimore area ready for you to get all seasonal on them. Fall is more than just pumpkin spiced lattes and skanky Halloween costume shopping, though. It’s time to check those essential fall activities off the list: Octoberfest, pumpkin picking, folk music, running, and more.

Just Dance at the Baltimore Folk Fest

Tired of the bad acoustic guitar in Canton bars? Baltimore Folk Fest provides a legitimate reason to venture out of Canton to Station Norths Arts District (as if you ever needed a legitimate reason). Bring your dancing shoes and some flannel to visit 5 venues showcasing local and regional folk bands on Friday, October 17 beginning at 6 p.m.. It’s $20 for all 5 venues: The Windup Space, Hour Haus, The Crown, Joe Squared, and Liam Flynn’s Ale House.

Join Barctoberfest Kick-Off Party on the Square

You’ll have a dog of a time at the kick-off party/happy hour benefiting BARCs animal shelter on Friday, October 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. A $5 donation to BARCs gets you happy hour food and drink prices at Looney’s and Plug Ugly’s. Natty Boh is $1.50 and crushes are $5.

Watch or Dodge the Baltimore Running Festival

It’s that wonderful time of year when runners everywhere traverse the streets of Baltimore, high five strangers, drink beer and eat gummy bears along the way, and bring a lot of great energy to the city. If you’re not participating in the marathon, half marathon, relay, or 5K, you still may want to walk to Patterson Park to cheer on the competitors. For those unfamiliar, you’ll also want to leave your car at home for the first part of Saturday (marathon begins at 7 a.m.). Below are two course maps that should help you dodge the course:

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Drink with the Bears at the Maryland Zoo OctoBEARfest

Bears are great. They’re better when there is beer and a fall-themed festival hosted by the Maryland Zoo. Hang with the animals on Saturday, October 18 from noon to 4 p.m. and sip over 30 varieties of brews while browsing vendors/listening to live music. Tickets are now $45 to $50 and include unlimited beer sampling and zoo admission.

Catch a Bird Flick at the Creative Alliance

On Saturday, October 18, the Creative Alliance is hosting a block party that has quite literally gone to the birds. Head to the Apex Counseling Center parking lot on East Ave across from Creative Alliance to catch a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s  The Birds. The block party starts at 5:30 p.m., with a dance performance on the Bus sculpture at 6:30 p.m. The movie screening begins at 7:30 p.m. (don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair).

Pick Pumpkins at the Canton Crossing Pop Up Pumpkin Patch

Need a quick fall pick me up? Head to Canton Crossing outside of Farmstead Grill for a pop-up pumpkin patch on Sunday, October 19 at 10 a.m. Festivities include face painting, pumpkin decorating, and harvest-inspired drinks and treats.