Be Thankful- Give Back

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Baltimore is FULL of wonderful organizations helping the less fortunate throughout the year, and need your help now more than ever.  Check out a few ways you can help your neighbors in need:

 Living Classrooms Foundation

Donate Thanksgiving items to help provide 200+ families in East/Southeast Baltimore with complete Thanksgiving meals.


Lutheran Mission Society- Breath of God Lutheran Church

Clothing and food donations needed! Donate canned goods and dry foods that are distributed to our neighbors in need. Clothing will be given to the Lutheran Mission Society on Eastern Ave in Fells Point for their distribution.

Assist International Rescue Committee’s Baltimore Program

Since its opening in July 1999, the IRC in Baltimore has resettled nearly 10,000 refugees and asylees in central Maryland. IRC staff meet refugees at the airport and provide initial housing, furnishings, food, and clothing.  Additional services include employment assistance, health, social service, and English-leanguage class referrals, and orientation to their new community. The IRC helps refugees to move towards self-sufficiency and integration, and to channel the energies of these New Americans so they become engines for community and economic development in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Volunteer, mentor or donate items to support refugees integrate and become self sufficient.

Adopt a Resident- Weinberg Housing and Resource Center

Brighten someone’s spirits this holiday season by joining their holiday open house at the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center on December 1st from 5-8 p.m.

Many of the guests at the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center are separated from family and friends. Let them know that someone is thinking of them this holiday by bringing a complete set of items from one of the gift categories as well as a roll of wrapping paper, a roll of tape, and a pair of scissor. Meet new people and join in the holiday fun as you wrap the gifts you’ve brought.

Register here.

Head Start and Camp St Vincent (the summer camp in Patterson Park for children who are homeless)

Organize a supply drive in your office or school or purchase directly from their amazon wish list! You don’t even have to worry about dropping it off, it will be delivered straight to them!  You can email Rebecca for more info:

Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance- Adopt a Family

Gather some friends and work together to get a Baltimore family a happy holiday. Fill out the form here to share the cheer this season.



Exchange Club of Highlandtown-Canton- Toys for Tots Drive

Bring unwrapped toys to O’Donnell Square on Saturday, December 12th! As I recall Santa is usually in attendance….


So who did I miss? Add your favorite organization’s holiday opportunity in the comments below!

Weekend Wrap-Up: Spunk in Spades

Rave_in_BrooklynYou made it through another dark and somewhat dreary week. Time to add a little spunk to your weekend. There’s a fringe fest or The Book of Mormon to entertain, or you could be the entertainment by joining a 90s bar crawl or trying your skates at the ice rink. Either way, you’re bound to find spunk in spades.

Opening Weekend at Pandora Ice Rink in the Inner Harbor

Ready to help break in Baltimore’s ice rink for the holidays? This Friday, November 13 is opening day for the Pandora Ice Rink at the Top of the Amphitheater in the Inner Harbor. Prices are $9 for adults, $7 for children, and $4 for skates. The rink opens 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, but stays open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

90’s Bar Crawl in Fell’s Point

It’s all right, because you’re saved by the 90’s bar crawl roaming through Fell’s point this Saturday, November 14 starting at 2 p.m. Dust of that choker and Adidas gear and head to the bars to reminisce on the good ol’ days through music. While the event is sold out, you may be able to find a neighbor who is selling tickets (they started at $15). Official attendees get a signature bar crawl mug, drink specials, and free entry into the bars, but non-ticket holders could still dress up and play the part in Fell’s Point too.

Charm City Fringe Festival

The fourth annual Charm City Fringe Festival will drop the curtain on its final weekend this Sunday, November 15. Check out the fringe of theater in unexpected venues around Baltimore and get to know the Baltimore arts scene a little better. All you need to know about schedules and passes is available here.

Final Weekend of Book of Mormon at the Hippodrome

Experience what the New York Times calls the best musical of the century in Baltimore during its final weekend at the Hippodrome. Matinee and evening showings are available on Saturday and Sunday (evening shows go on at 8 p.m.). Tickets start at $58.50 and there is still plenty of prime seating left.


Get Your (Free) Tickets to the Premiere of Chef Egg’s Cooking Eggsperience TV Show!


Good news! There are still tickets available to the premiere of the Chef Egg’s Cooking Eggsperience TV show at the Creative Alliance, this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Meet Chef Egg and his cast of characters while he prepares homemade pizzas in his kitchen that has literally come to life.

This family friendly event will both entertain and nourish you! With a theme of “Saturday Morning Cartoons” you will munch on Blue Moon Cafe’s Capn’ Crunch French Toast, tons of cereals, and yes COFFEE as you listen to some family friendly tunes by Scotty P (voice of Jah Works). Did I mention you don’t even have to get out of your pjs? Wear your funkiest most outrageous PJ’s, slippers and comfy morning gear. There will also be prizes for “Most Funky Fresh Morning Style”.

Food will be followed by the screening, a Q & A with the cast and crew, then an encore screening of the show.

Reserve your tickets here!

Vote Early and Often!


Hey there!

If your a fan of Stay Classy Canton and enjoy our posts sharing all there is to love about Canton and our neighboring communities, our Facebook page with up-to-date events, business happenings and need-to-knows, plethora of contests and special promo codes (don’t forget to enter to win 2 tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Lyric here) and our support of community building events like our most recent Yappy Hour we’d appreciate your vote for the 2015 Mobbies!

We’re excited to be nominated for Best City Blog and Best Facebook page!

You can vote daily, with the polls closing on November 12th at 5 p.m. All of the nominees are hyperlinked, so click around and check out the great accounts Baltimore (and surround suburbs) have to offer!

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for the 2015 Mobbies Bash at the Creative Alliance on November 19th. You can party like it’s any year you want at a Back to the Future-themed celebration of Maryland’s blog and social media communities. Meet the faces behind your feed over drinks and art in the Creative Alliance’s gallery and Marquee Lounge before taking your seat in the theater for the presentation of the seventh annual Mobbies awards.

This event is free and open to the public. You needn’t be nominated for an award — or even have a blog or social media account — in order to attend. Guests are encouraged to wear futuristic or retro attire or costumes inspired by the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy.

Thanks again and we hope to see you there!

Win 2 Tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Lyric!

cirque lyric offer 2015One lucky Stay Classy reader is about to get dazed! Enter below to win 2 tickets to the Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Lyric on Friday, November 20th at 7:30 p.m. The contest is open until Friday the 13th, so get entering! If you’re not feeling lucky, you can still feel thrifty by using the code ‘CIRQUE’ to get $20 off tickets!


Now in its 7th year of  multiple simultaneous touring productions, Cirque Dreams lights up the 2015 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza… Cirque Dreams Holidaze…a new cirque show…Broadway musical… and family Christmas spectacular all in one!


Hailed by The New York Daily News as a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil.”  You’re not going to want to miss the international sensation that “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center” according to the Washington Post. Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Many of these acts have been featured on America’s Got Talent and similar TV shows in other countries making Cirque Dreams Holidaze the greatest holiday variety show on the planet!


Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement.

You can purchase tickets here or enter to win below:
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Weekend Wrap-Up: Show us the Light

8400154742_7ac1233cb1_oWe lost a bit of our light this week with that terrible tradition called daylight saving time. As the misery of darkness at 5:15 p.m. descends on us and continues into the weekend, it’s never been more important to make this a November to remember. Luckily there are basement bars, glowy bars, and some Greek livelihood to show us the light.

Vino in Vogue in Harbor East

Finally an event that speaks to the ladies of Bmore: Vino in Vogue in Harbor East is a wine tasting and shopping event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Before we get you too excited sipping and scoring new clothes, the event is currently sold out, but they are taking names on the waitlist still. Tickets are $35, and include wine tastings and light bites at 7 different area restaurants.

Highlandtown Basement Bar Tour

Ever wondered how Highlandtown entertains? On Saturday, November 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. get your glimpse of the friendliness and funkiness Highlandtown has to offer for the annual Basement Bar Tour. Start the tour at Rust-N-Shine, the newest Highlandtown business and vintage shop. Pay the $20 donation, grab a map, and proceed through the basements of half a dozen homes plus local businesses and galleries. The event concludes at DiPasquale’s, complete with wine, roasted chestnuts, and door prizes.

Federal Hill Glow Crawl

Those looking for a party to brighten the darker nights should head out of the hood this weekend and to Federal Hill for the Glow Crawl. Tickets are $10 if you buy in advance and $20 the day of. Head to Mother’s in Federal Hill on Saturday, November 7 to check-in from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and start the crawl. Each bar will have a different drink special and DJ from 5 to 10 p.m. and there will be glow contests (to judge your glowiness) at each bar. ‘Nuff said.

Greek Food & Cultural Festival in Mount Vernon

Another cultural festival has popped up in the sea of holiday events that are about to barrage us. The Greek Food & Cultural Festival is an annual event put on at the Cathedral in Mount Vernon. Family-friendly activities are taking place from Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8, including cathedral tours, Greek jewelry shopping, silent auctions, cultural exhibits, live Greek dance performances, and delicious Greek cuisine.

Mr Trash Wheel Baltimore Box: The perfect holiday gift!

BBI like my holidays to start after the last holiday ends. I’m grumpy like that. So my Halloween themed front window will become a fall/thanksgiving themed window and the weekend after Thanksgiving (no sooner), we’ll get winter wonderland-y. I complain when I see Christmas trees in October, and groan when I hear holiday music before December.

That said, when I find a good deal or that perfect gift, I purchase it with no regard to the day of the year (thank you Under Armour warehouse sale). So when I saw that Baltimore in a Box is teaming up with the Waterfront Partnership for the new Canton Water Wheel, I took notice (ignore this out-of-state friends. you definitely won’t be getting one of these…)

The Mr. Trash Wheel Baltimore Box will donate $10 from each box to the Canton Water Wheel. In fact, Mr. Trash Wheel helped pick out the items for the box himself!

The Mr. Trash Wheel Baltimore box includes:

  • Berger Cookies
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • UTZ Crab Chips
  • Fishers Popcorn
  • Zekes Coffee
  • Digital Painting of Mr Trash Wheel (8″x10″)
  • Mr Trash Wheel Sticker and Button
  • and the knowledge you are helping to fund a machine that can collect up to 38,000 lbs of trash in a single day.

Shipping begins on 11/9/15 but you can delay the shipping if you’d like to be a little closer to the holidays or order it as a just because gift.


To purchase a Mr. Trash Wheel Baltimore Box, click here.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Spooked

oriolepumpkinBoo! It’s Halloween weekend, which means you probably have costume party upon costume party to attend (or you plan to hid and pretend you’re not home when the trick-or-treaters come around). Either way, we’ve got some additional, scary fun lined up for Caontonites: a free party at AVAM, bike party, movie marathon, and an unexpected place to trick-or-treat. Get spooked Canton, cause it’s the weekend.

American Visionary Art Museum’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration

Looking to entertain the kiddos while having some Halloween fun of your own? The American Visionary Arts Museum is hosting a free celebration this Friday, October 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. During the event, all ages are invited to create their own (free) luminary lantern in the barn (this activity is BYO glass jar). Families can browse the museum and its exhibits admission free, and stick around for a free screening of The Goonies, which begins at 7 p.m. on the hill — so bring an extra blanket or five. While the event is free, register in advance here.

Baltimore Bike Party Halloween Brew-Ha-Ha

Baltimore Bike Party will help you cruise through Halloween with a Brew-Ha-Ha of a party on Friday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. Meet in St. Mary’s Park in Seton Hill and don’t forget to sport that bike-friendly costume for the costume contest; nominations will be made during the ride and the grand prize is a brand new bike. The after party is at City Garage in Port Covington.

Monster Movie Marathon at Center Plaza

Didn’t get in enough scary movies in the month of October? Fear not (or fear a lot), there’s a monster movie marathon on Friday, October 30 beginning at 7 p.m. The frightening film festival begins with a short flick, The Story of Terror. Hocus Pocus follows at 7:35 p.m. with The Ring at 9:30 p.m. The Gypsy Queen Food Truck will be on site. Bring warm things and chairs, and feel free to wear a costume (yes, there’s also a costume contest).

Trick o’ Treat on Highlandtown Main Street

Figuring out where to bring the kids to trick-or-treat in Baltimore can be a little… ghoulish. Bring those ghosts and princesses to Highlandtown Main Street (aka Eastern Avenue) from 4 to 7 p.m. and let them trick-or-treat with local businesses. Stop by early at Filipo’s Pizza for music, a free treat collecting bag, and a free pizza slice for kids in costume.



Early Bird Registration for the 4th Annual Patterson Park 5K & Fun Run!


Sign up by October 31st for the 4th Annual Patterson Park 5K & Fun Run and take advantage of early bird pricing! Proceeds from the run will  help raise the necessary funds for Patterson Park Public Charter School (PPPCS) students to travel to Costa Rica. The students will experience a new culture, explore famous sights, and practice the Spanish they have been learning at PPPCS since they were in kindergarten. You can see their itinerary here.

The day will be packed with various activities, including a 5K (strollers and dogs welcome!), 1-mile fun run, beer garden, and homebrew tasting!

Saturday, December 5th
11:00 am – Fun Run
11:30 am – 5K
12:00 pm – Beer Garden and Homebrew Tasting

Find the course route, registration information, and race-day information here, and RSVP to their Facebook event page for updates!

The post-race party and awards will be held at Patterson Park Public Charter School, just across the street from the finish line. Post-race foods and drinks will be in the cafeteria, and the beer garden will take place in the courtyard.  There will be live music, raffle baskets, and lots of giveaways!

Interested in the Homebrew Tasting?

Homebrew Tasting attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass to sample all homebrews and a beer passport to keep track of all of your tastings. Over 15 beers to taste, $3 Full Tilt beer, Raffle Prizes, and Live Music – Voting will end at 2 pm.

Are you a homebrewer? Register to enter the contest here!

All proceeds support PPPCS students on their trip. 

Weekend Wrap-Up: The Last of the Fests

beerandoystersJust when you thought all the fests were over, the weekend comes and festivals that are all about eating oysters, drinking beer, and having fun resume. Enjoy the last of the fests… they may not be around much longer.

Highlandtown-Canton Exchange Club Bull Roast & Shrimp Feast

Support the Exchange Club of Highlandtown-Canton at their second annual Bull Roast & Shrimp Fest, this Friday, October 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. Located at UAW Hall on Oldham Street, the event includes all-you-can-eat shrimp, beef, shrimp scampi, honey ham, Italian sausage, draft beer and more. Head to for tickets; they’re going for $40.

Baltimore Craft Beer Festival at Canton Waterfront Park

It wouldn’t be Baltimore if there wasn’t a beer fest available every weekend, but this time it’s at Canton Waterfront Park so ready your crafty beer tasting faces. The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 and will feature over 35 craft breweries from across the state. The event also includes a homebrew competition, live bands, food trucks and more. General admission tickets are all that’s left: the first wave at 2 p.m. goes for $45, the second wave at 3:30 p.m. is just $35.

The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival

Another oyster fest takes over the Inner Harbor this Saturday, October 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. in West Shore Park. The family friendly festival has all things oysters including live music from the Eastpoint Oyster Boys, oyster boat tours, food trucks, wine and beer. The event is free to attend. One oyster plate is $5 and 5 oyster plates are $20.

Fell’s Point Fun Festival

The rescheduled 49th Annual Fell’s Point Fun Festival takes place this weekend from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25. The festival includes live entertainment, activities for children, handmade craft and art vendors, and beer and wine gardens in three different areas. Join hundreds of others for a stroll through Fell’s Point, day drinking, and some good ol’ fashioned Fell’s Point fun.