Weekend Wrap-Up: Go Boom

fireworkThis weekend is all about kicking off July with a boom, and we don’t just mean via fireworks. With summer in full swing and ‘Murica to celebrate, kick your celebrations up a notch by grabbing all your friends for outdoor movies, bike parties, volleyball fireworks, and good ol’ fashioned summer fun.

Baltimore Bike Party at St. Mary’s Park

Ride into your holiday weekend decked out head to toe in  your hometown pride. The Baltimore Bike partiers are hosting Baltimore Boastin’ & Maryland Mania on Friday, July 3. Head to St. Mary’s Park in costume (bike in tow) at 6:30 p.m. The ride begins promptly at 7 p.m. and the after party follows the end of the ride at Druid Hill park with beer, wine, food trucks and music.

Outdoor Movies in Little Italy

Ain’t nothing better on a hot summer night than wheeling out the projector and playing classic movies, except when you don’t have a projector. Enter Little Italy’s movie night, kicking off this Friday, July 3 with Moonstruck. Live entertainment is in the neighborhood from 7-9 p.m. and the free film begins rolling at 9 p.m., complete with free popcorn. The movie plays at the corner of High and Stiles streets.

Baltimore Beach Hat Draw Tournament at Rash Field 

If you didn’t make it to the beach for the weekend, why not dig your toes in the sand and play some volleyball? On Saturday, July 4, Baltimore Beach hosts a Hat Draw tournament beginning at noon for beach volleyball players looking to get in a few games before the day’s celebrations. All tournament players must be registered and at the beach by 11:15 a.m. The cost is $25 if paid in advance and $32 at the courts.

Fireworks, Baby

We don’t need to remind you of a certain special celebration this Saturday, July 4, but we will remind you that the celebration in Baltimore city will take over the Inner Harbor from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live music and a choreographed fireworks show beginning at 9:30 p.m. Or, skip the crowds and head to the nearest roof deck you can find to celebrate with friends.

 

Weekend Wrap Up: The Classiest of Weekends

Wine ImageThis weekend is full of fancy. Fancy pool parties, fancy crafts, and the fanciest of wine festivals. Put on your good hats, Canton, because it seems as if (at least this weekend) you do have class.

Patterson Park Pool Twilight Swim

Sick of the heat? Air conditioner broke? Are you? This Friday, June 19 beat the forces keeping you at home with nothing to do and head to the 21+ Twilight swim at Patterson Park Public Pool. This is a BYOB (no glass) event, complete with a live DJ, for just $5. Go ahead: dive in.

Waterfront Wine Festival at Canton Waterfront Park

It’s finally here! Saturday, June 20, Waterfront Wine Festival will take over Canton with local chef tastings, live music, demos, and the main ingredient: wine. Beat the summer heat by pulling up a blanket in the shade with a glass of white wine in hand. If you don’t have a ticket already, it’s unlikely they’ll be selling them at the door, so grab yours now.

Pile of Craft in Charles Village

Local artisan craft lovers rejoice: the Craft Mafia presents Pile of Craft this Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. John’s Church in Charles Village. Peruse leather goods, graphic tees, wood furniture, jewelry and more. Grab something snazzy for dad or just for yourself. You deserve it.

 Visit the Hermione Ship in the Inner Harbor

The Hermione was a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate of the French Navy. It sails into Baltimore on Friday and will host public tours both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Bring out the inner French sailor in you (and grab the kids) and tour this ship from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

 

Partying under the Pavilioin

Friday Happy Hour just got kicked up a notch!  The Baltimore Sports & Social Club has teamed up with Coppermine Fieldhouse at DuBurns Arena to throw a Party Under the Pavilion this Friday (6/19) from  5-10pm.

They’ll be food trucks, Midtown BBQ and the Cream Cruiser will be there, and more. The $3 entry fee goes to support the Canton Community Association or you can pay $17 for all-you-can-drink Miller Lite cans and/or Sangria!

Corn hole, beer pong and jenga will be set up to get your competitive juices flowing with Union Craft, Sangria and Miller Lite to  celebrate your wins (or drink away your losses)! There will be tons of prizes like Orioles tickets, Best of Baltimore tickets, free BSSC fees, and a Raven’s Miller Lite Flight Deck.

For updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570952806502134/

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Weekend Wrap Up: Race into Summer

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It’s Alive! (Baltimore that is.) Baltimore is teeming with active, outdoor events as we accelerate into summer. From funky food trucks to sassy sculptures, this weekend is sure to keep all the senses moving.

Grand Opening at Peak Performance Training

Still unsure of what your summer workout plan will be? Peak Performance Training, the new gym in Highlandtown is opening its doors to the public for its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy tunes from a local DJ, refreshing samples from Corner Juice Bar, and try out free classes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Peak Performance Training uses monitors to track performance throughout the workout so that you can see immediate reward for the effort you put in during hour-long trainings.

Food Truck Rally at St Brigid’s Catholic Church

Food, glorious, food. There’s no better way to celebrate summer than having your pick of  favorite treats from local food trucks and stuffing your face. Thank goodness the food trucks are rolling up outside St. Brigid’s Catholic Church (900 E. Ave.) this Saturday, June 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. What’s better: the event is free admission, with $3 drafts and $4 cans. All proceeds benefit St. Brigid’s.

Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race

The postponed, annual parade of strange and sometimes undefinable creatures through the streets of Baltimore is on for this Sunday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. The eight hour race will cover 14 miles and includes the Chesapeake Bay. Check out the Spectator’s Guide for more information.

Free Summer Concert at Patterson Park

Grab the picnic blanket and spread of snacks: summer concerts hosted by Friends of Patterson Park and WYPR are back. Get funky with The Belvederes on Sunday, June 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food will be for sale and families are welcome on Pagoda Hill. It’s the perfect end to a packed-full summer weekend.

 

I’m outdoorsy in that I like drinking on patios…

wine-final_Feb 19 2015If you enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine, the Baltimore Wine Fest has your name written all over it. Founder of the Baltimore Seafood Fest (PS- tickets are on sale now, and you can use the code ‘CRABCAKES’ to get $5 off)  is now bringing us a Wine Fest we can all raise a glass to!

If you attended the Seafood Fest (if you didn’t, you really missed out) you can expect a similar set up of gourmet eats prepared by local restaurants, chef cooking demos, wine seminars, craft beers & spirits, a wine bar,  live music, arts and crafts vendors, and a family zone!  Expect over 120 types of wine from all over the world! The event will be held at the Canton Waterfront Park with tons of tents (event is rain or shine) from 12-7 p.m.

Stay Classy readers can receive 10% off their ticket, by using the code ‘STAYCLASSY’ until June 10th at checkout! Tickets are expected to sell out, so please purchase in advance!

The Baltimore Wine Fest offers many ticket options. See below for a description of each ticket. 

General Admission (DOES NOT INCLUDE WINE SAMPLES) – $10  ($10 at the door if available): Includes admission to the Baltimore Wine festival, a souvenir wine glass and swag bag.  Tickets for food and wine by the glass may be purchased at the event $1=1 ticket. Kids 16 and under are FREE with a paying adult.  *** Please note that the General Admission DOES NOT INCLUDE WINE SAMPLES***

Wine Sampling & Food Ticket – $38 in advance ($42 at the door if available): Includes general admission, a souvenir wine glass, swag bag, 15-one ounce wine samples,  and 10 restaurant tickets  (items will be priced between $1 and $7 depending on the restaurant and item). Additional tickets for food and wine by the glass may be purchased at the event $1=1 ticket. Kids 16 and under are FREE with a paying adult.

 VIP Ticket – $85 in advance (not available at the door): Includes general admission, a souvenir wine glass, swag bag, 15-one ounce wine samples, 10 restaurant tickets (items will be priced between $1 and $7 depending on the restaurant and item), entrance to the VIP tent with a full private bar and unlimited drinks, and lightly catered fare . Additional tickets for food may be purchased at the event $1=1 ticket. Kids 16 and under are FREE with a paying adult.

The event will be held rain or shine as a large portion of the event will be held under a tent and no refunds will be issued. In the event of severe weather (hurricane, flooding, etc.) the event will be moved to Sunday, June 21st from 12PM to 7PM. Everyone must have a ticket to enter the event. Kids 16 and under are FREE with a paying adult. The event is expected to sellout in advance. Please note that outside food and beverage will NOT be allowed. For questions regarding the event, please emailBeth@BSceneEvents.com.

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Large tents to provide shade

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Food Demos!

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Can’t beat the view!

Get in the Loople.

loopleLooking for a night out but not getting the information you need from the interwebs ? A new app, Loople will be hitting Baltimore that will help you stay in the ‘loop’ in the Baltimore bar and restaurant scene.

Loople is looking for volunteers to test out this new and exciting app! The first 100 emails to info@looplemobile.com will be invited to join during this special beta testing. Currently only iPhones and Androids can be included.

Loople promises to provide user-verified information in real time about what all of the bars and restaurants around them are like. This way Loopers (yes, I typed Loopers) know what to expect before they head out. From drink specials and live music venues to pool tables and bar games, Loople is the one place you can go to that answers all your questions.  No more inconsistent and false information, no more “It’s 10pm where should we head to?” Loople is your social life, just simplified.

How it works:

Explore Your City

Loople’s simple interface will take you straight to a live map of your current location and will show you all the bars and restaurants around you. Loople color-coded them to help make it easy: places that do more alcohol business are classified as a bar and those that do more food and service are classified as a restaurant. If you want more or less detail simply zoom in and out to see the area you want to explore

Get the Details Before You Go

Check out each bar or restaurant’s page to get the low down on what everyone is saying in real-time. From the location’s profile you can leave a quick comment or rating about how the place is tonight, call ahead, or even get directions.

 

Let Loople do the Work for You

Once you select your filters, the homescreen automatically adjusts to show exactly what you are looking for. You want to have some drinks on special with outdoor seating? Great, now the map only shows you places currently running drinking specials that also have outdoor seating. It’s that simple! All you have to do is check out the options nearby to decide what works best for YOU.

Create the Day or Night YOU Want

At Loople you  are our sole focus, which is why we’ve implemented an amazing system to give you the results you want. Maybe you want to meet up with colleagues after work for a few light beers and some laughs. Simply open up the filter and select the atmosphere you prefer. Choose from main filters like “Drink Specials” to see all drink options or dive deeper for more detailed “subtags” like “Craft Beer” versus “Light Beer” specials.

“My Loops”

“My Loops” is a quick and easy feature that allows you to create groups of your friends called “Loops.” This is where you can interact with friends while planning out your evening. You can post within the group, add/delete items, and even invite your new friends. Use “My Loops” to connect with old high school friends or create a group for your rec league team, even join public groups with others who have the same interest as you!

Get the Word Out to Friends

Use our quick and simple “Events” tab to invite your different “Loops” or individual friends to an event showing where you are now or something you are planning in the future. Invite individual friends or entire Loops to big events.

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.