Weekend Wrap Up: Best Weekend Ever

facebook_event_1382777938711969For many, this weekend represents the final weekend of summer (if it isn’t already final yet). What that means: we’ve got to make this the best weekend ever. Grab the nearest bike you can find, relive your childhood, get outside and do some gardening, and squeeze in one last race. You can’t possibly dot that all in one weekend you say? Well you’d be wrong.

Join the Circus with Baltimore Bike Party

Ain’t no better time to put on your clown face and grab a parasol cause the circus is back in town! Well at least it is if you decide to join the ride for this month’s Baltimore Bike Party. The ride starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28 in St. Mary’s Park and ends at New Greenmount West Community Association (NGWCA) for a great block party at 400 E Lanvale. If you choose to join the circus (and bike party) you’ll also get to enjoy the photo booth, food trucks, and moonbounce at the after party.

Goonies Viewing Party at Creative Alliance

Need to revisit your favorite childhood movie? You know, the one packed with suspense, treasure, and an odd band of misfits: The Goonies. The Baltimore City Paper has teamed up with the Creative Alliance to put on a themed showing of The Goonies on Friday, August 28. Doors open for mingling at 7:30 p.m. and the showing begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance for non-members and $12 at the door. Read more about the viewing party.

Sprint for Spat in Fells Point

Looking to accomplish something this weekend? You might want to up the training runs and and tie your running shoes a bit tighter. This weekend the race of your life is taking over Fell’s Point: a .1K. Sprint for Spat is a “race” down broadway and festival to benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young adults. Head to the starting blocks — and make sure you stretch first — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 30. Get ready to refuel at the .o5K point with an oyster shooter. Tickets are $25.

Community Garden Work Day at Conkling Street Garden

There’s a community garden sprouting at 25 S Conkling Street and they need you, good Cantonites, to lend an extra hand and help it grow. Head over to help mulch paths or build a platform for their tool shed to give back to your community. The Work Day is on Sunday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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This Friday night, the City Paper & Creative Alliance present The Goonies! Get your favorite booby-trap filled fanny pack out and be read to shout out lines, play games, enter the Truffle Shuffle dance contest, imbibe One Eyed Willy drink specials, and win stuff! This is going to be super interactive, super awesome, super goonie filled night. (ps- in  case you couldn’t tell,  I LOVE the Goonies)

The evening will be hosted by Jen Marsh & Heather Keating and promises a night of rowdy movie entertainment!

Doors open at 7:30pm for some mingling and to appreciate each other’s fine costumes with the film starting at 8pm

Tickets are $10 in advance, and $7 for members. At the door, tickets will be $12 and $9 for members. You can purchase your ticket here.

Popcorn is free, but for $5 you can purchase a ‘Goonie Pack’ which includes everything you need to “play” the Goonies movie game (don’t worry if you don’t know it. No one does! Brand new game just for the movie night!) as well as drinking game rules, eyepatches, mini swords, things to throw, baby ruth bar, fun quotes, movie facts, City Paper giveaways, and more!

I’ll be spending the rest of the week preparing my Chunk costume and eating as much ice cream as possible to get in character. See you there!

Weekend Wrap-Up: Fest-ering with Fun

BarbecueAs we swing into August, this weekend is all about the fests: including music, bars, BBQs, and libations. Get your party hats on, Cantonites, because this weekend, you might find a party everywhere you turn.

Hot August Music Festival at Oregon Ridge Park 

What better way to deal with a Hot August than the Counting Crows, Punch Brothers, Railroad Earth, and other awesome bands blasting tunes at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Join the jam session on Saturday, August 15 from 11 a.m. on to float between three stages, dig into some food, and browse crafts. General admission tickets that are bought in advance are $69 and $89 at the door.

Loople Bar Crawl in Canton

Loople — the new Canton-based app that helps you find yourself the perfect bar stool perch and associated drink specials — is showing its love for its Canton neighbors this weekend. They’re inviting all Stay Classy Canton readers to join them for a crawl around Canton Saturday, August 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Check-in is at Tavern on the Square and participants must download the Loople app in advance to participate. RSVP here and your first drink is on Loople.

Maryland State BBQ Bash in Bel Air

Sometimes you’ve just gotta drop everything and go eat some BBQ, and sometimes that means heading North to Bel Air, MD at Thomas and Broadways streets at the Maryland State BBQ Bash. This Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, pick a bone with the best of them. The BBQ-themed street festival boasts over 50 competition teams from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. The event is free and includes live music and crafters/exhibitors.

Kegs and Corks Festival at Anne Arundel County Fair Grounds

Have you ever hoped for a beer tasting and wine tasting festival in one? Look no further than the Kegs and Corks Festival this Saturday, August 15 at the Anne Arundel County Fair Grounds. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate and include: free parking, a souvenir glass, samples of Maryland wine and beer, and entertainment. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. and benefits the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

 

Blood, Sweat & Beer. Oh my.

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UPDATE 8/17- This event has been cancelled. We will update you with a rescheduled date.  You can still purchase the film here.

This week we’ve talked about Loople’s upcoming bar crawls and the two new bars hitting the Canton/Brewer’s Hill area. Clearly we’re a fan of beer. To stay in our theme this week, we dug deep into the brewing industry (and not just by drinking craft beers…well not only by drinking craft beers).

With excellent timing, we were sent the screener for Blood, Sweat, and Beer.  Blood, Sweat, and Beer is a feature documentary about the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries. The film follows a trio of 23-year-olds as they struggle to start The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company in Braddock, PA., who hope their brewery will help this once-prosperous steel town bounce back from decades of neglect, violence, and population loss. The film also tells the emotional story of Danny Robinson, an Ocean City boardwalk brewery owner and restaurateur whose empire is threatened by an aggressive trademark lawsuit that could leave him penniless.

Intrigued? You should be. It’s an excellent film.  M. and I watched the movie last night and really enjoyed it. The movie engages you from the very beginning and you can’t help root for new kids on the block. I found it difficult not to google ahead to find out if the breweries made it. (I wont spoil it for you) The movie also highlights the industry’s concern of over saturation, big beer mimics and lack of diversity in the industry.

Don’t feel left out, you can watch it too.  The filmmakers and Heavy Seas Beer are holding a showing at the Landmark Theatres in Harbor East, this Wednesday at 6:30.There will be a meet and greet with a q/q portion with the filmmakers and Hugh Sisson (founder of Heavy Seas Beer ,who is also featured in the film). Tickets include two pints of Heavy Seas beer and all ticket profits will benefit the American Diabetes Association.

If you can’t make the showing, you can pre-order the film here. It’d make a great gift for your favorite beer lover. Just be sure to throw a six pack with it. You get awfully thirsty watching the movie.

 

First Sip: New Bars Open Taps in Canton & Brewer’s Hill

Cocktails at Quarterhouse

Cocktails at Quarterhouse

Just this summer, two swanky, new bars quietly threw their taps into the Canton/Brewers Hill watering hole mix. You almost wouldn’t know that Quarterhouse Tavern in the heart of Canton and Huck’s in the old Elliott’s Pour House space in Brewer’s Hill had opened shop.

Luckily, Stay Classy Canton knows how to stumble into as well as out of local pubs (a skill possessed by many a Cantonite) and have surveyed the scene to provide our readers with a glimpse into what their offering.

Walk into Quarterhouse Tavern on Fait Ave. and Decker St. and you might think you some how stumbled into a waterfront Annapolis bar. The long wooden bar and well-lit space is somewhat fancier (and more comfortable) than your typical Canton pub. The food menu doesn’t run too deep (yet): guests can grab anything from perfectly-seared scallops to a burger (I had a giant and flavorful Thai Cobb salad with shrimp). Our guess is they are still trying to figure out what crowd favorites might be and then the menu will grow.

While food was a bit on the pricy side for Canton, cocktails seemed on par with other Canton bars in price and quickly became our reason to go back. We sampled refreshing summer cocktails in pint glasses and didn’t want to stop sipping.

A couple weeks later we headed to Huck’s on Hudson and Eaton streets in Brewer’s Hill. The sign out front announces the fare will be American Craft (read: don’t expect any alcohol imports in this establishment). The atmosphere in Huck’s is homey with the United States map made of license plates anchored on the wall and friendly bar staff. Signature drinks like the Huckleberry Fizz and Whiskey crush went down easy (and deliciously).

Huck’s menu is less developed than Quarterhouse’s at this point; they’re still waiting on their full kitchen to be ready. But they’ve still found away to serve delicious lite fare with their booze menu. Think soft pretzels, homemade veggie chips, charcuterie, and pulled pork on a fresh roll for snacking.

While not quite in full swing, both bars seem to add their distinct flavor to the Canton, Baltimore bar scene. Our a first sip ruling? These bars are work a few gulps more. We’ll be back.

Explore BMore With Loople!

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Loople, Baltimore’s newest app that helps you find your perfect bar atmosphere and drink specials, is showing its Baltimore love with its Explore BMore program.  Explore BMore consists of three free bar crawls, Canton, Fells Point and Federal Hill over three weeks to help break you out of your bar rut!

R.S.V.P here and get your first beer on Loople (you must download the Loople App prior to the crawl.  You can download it via Google Play or iTunes). Each bar will be holding specific drink specials for participating “crawlers”. Don’t expect to leave empty-handed, there will also be an opportunities to win raffle prizes such as Orioles tickets and swag. You don’t have to pick just one crawl and can participate in all three if you’re feeling especially thirsty.

The Loople app helps you filter through the plethora of Baltimore bars to find drink and food specials, types of beer available, live entertainment, outdoor seating, and even whether or not Fido can come. The app is updated daily and verifies postings before they are listed, so you will always have accurate information. You can even share your plans with friends through their ‘Loop’ feature.  We’ll be sharing our experiences using Loople in an upcoming post, so stay tuned!

The Canton Crawl kicks-off this Saturday, August 15 from 12 to 6 p.m. Loople crawlers can check in from 12pm- 4 p.m. at the Tavern on the Square, where you will get your wristband and receive your first FREE beer. Tavern is also doing $9 food specials, so you can come early for lunch, and have your free beer over some delicious treats (food = longer crawls) before hitting the other participating bars like Jokers & Thieves, El Bufalo, Plug Uglies, and Speakeasy. More bars are being added, so stay in the loop here.

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Weekend Wrap Up: It’s Down to the Dog Days

broniesThis weekend, let people (or dog) watching abound. Or, just watch an outdoor movie and zone out to some electronic music. It’s all offered this weekend and all of it is available to you, good Cantonites. Pony up, cause it’s the (super strange) weekend.

Movie Nights: Patterson Park Pool and Little Italy

The summer of outdoor movies continues with a free screening of Singing in the Rain in Little Italy (also included: free popcorn) this Friday, August 7 at 9 p.m. Patterson Park Pool is also diving in to the outdoor movie game by hosting a family friendly twilight swim also this Friday, August 7 from 8 to 11 p.m. complete with a showing of Spongebob: Sponge out of Water movie. Admission to the pool event is $5 and guests should feel free to bring their own food/beverages, but no coolers or glass are permitted.

BronyCon at Baltimore Convention Center

This slightly uncomfortable but also bright and magical event is invading Baltimore yet again this weekend, from August 7-9. Those individuals who identify as “Bronies”, or really anyone who would just like to partake in some people watching can attend the conference full of guest speakers, activities, and vendors.

Dog Days of Summer Block Party at the Creative Alliance

Who wouldn’t let the dogs out for a summer festival that was tailored made for man’s best friend? This Saturday, August 8 from 5 p.m. bring your dog by the free summer block party hosted by the Creative Alliance. Fluff up your pup for a doggy photo shoot, get your face painted to match your fave mutt, and cuddle with your K9 to watch a screening of Best in Show at 8 p.m. Dogs who are friendly and on leash are welcome to attend.

Moonrise Festival at Pimlico Race Course

Fans of electronic dance music or others looking for a high energy dance party may want to peek inside the world of the Moonrise Festival this Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 starting at 11 a.m. Tickets for the two-day event start at $100. Catch headliner Above & Beyond, British trance trio and get prepared to dance your socks off.

Let’s hear it for the dogs!

Are you tired of seeing this face

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every time you walk out the door to do a fun summer activity? Let your guilt melt away, this Saturday evening Fido can come with you! (As long as Fido is a friendly and leashed dog)

The Creative Alliance is hosting a FREE community block party to honor our best puppy friends and the Dog Days of Summer sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery this Saturday! There are tons of awesome (pawsome?) activities that are fun for all ages including a doggy photo shoot in the BUS stop, face painting (to help you look like your pooch), local pet charities to meet and greet, and a evening showing of ‘Best in Show’ outside on a big screen! Charm City DJs will be providing the music.

Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome to join!

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SCHEDULE:
5-7 pm Exhibition Opening Reception inside
6pm Activities Outside
8pm Screening of Best In Show

So dress your pooches in their finest evening wear, Saturday night is all about them!

 

 

Weekend Wrap Up: Stay Chill & Get Funky

11800324_872074872870743_6935223888220484066_nThis weekend is about the funk, heat, and laid back parties that make Baltimore a weirdo wonderland in the summer while all the normal people are stuck wilting in summer heat somewhere else. This weekend we’re channeling different eras, stuffing our face with pig or pancakes, and taking in a water ballet. What will you get in to? Read on.

Baltimore Bike Party: Peace Love and Bikes

Biking is groovy, or at least it is on Friday, July 31 if you join up with the 60s and 70s-costumed bike party. Meet in St. Mary’s Park at 6:30 p.m. to join in on the love. As always, hang around for a few brewskis at the after party.

Pancakes and Booze Art Show at Creative Alliance

This Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m., the Creative Alliance combines three things we love: art, booze, and unlimited pancakes. It is an unlikely combo, but so goes it when you throw Baltimore’s largest underground art show with 50 emerging artists, live body painting, and of course, an all-you-can-eat pancake bar until 2 a.m. Head over if you are 21+ and have an extra $5 to pay the cover.

Goldblum: Water Ballet in Druid Hill Park

Fluid Movement, Baltimore’s favorite (and only?) water ballet performance group pays homage to Jeff Goldblum in one final weekend of shows this Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2 at Druid Hill Park. Performers will dive in at 5 and 7 p.m. as they imagine a fictional journey of Jeff Goldblum through his acting career. Tickets are $10.

Pigtown Pig Out

Pigtown is jumping on the food truck rally bandwagon with a fine round-up of tasty options this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Try a slice of Pizza di Joey, scarf some Hula Honeys, and gnaw on some HarborQue. Live music will be provided by Mad Planet. Don’t forget the Orioles tickets for their 7 p.m. game against the Tigers post-feast.

Baltimore Restaurant Week

It’s the final weekend for Baltimore Restaurant Week (it all wraps up on Sunday, August 2) so be sure to grab a deal at your favorite local hangout or some restaurant that is totally out of your league. Three course dinners are $20 or $30 per person, with lunch/brunch at $15. Eat up!

WIN Baltimore Seafood Fest Tickets!

10931420_1537264269875026_1545429828587066796_nAs you know, I’m a big fan of the Baltimore Seafood Festival.  If you don’t know, you can read all the reasons why I do here. Another great reason, is you can win 2 Food & Drink tickets courtesy of B Scene Events & Promotions!

Each ticket includes general admission, a souvenir glass, swag bag, two drink tickets for beer, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages, and 10 tickets to use towards food items (items will be priced between $1 and $7 depending on the restaurant and item). Additional tickets for food and beverages may be purchased at the event $1=1 ticket.

It’s easy to win! Enter below, and follow some of our channels to get an extra chance to win.

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We’ll announce the winner in our Weekend Wrap Up on August 7th! So enter and share with your friends, if they win,they’d have to take you.  It’s only fair. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss an update or another cool prize.  Sign ups are to the right!