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/.

‘Chefs Behind Bars’ Cocktail Competition: The Last Barman Poet

We all know that Baltimore has some kick-ass Chefs. Across the city, chefs are killing it with their delicious creations.  Wit on the Water is now going to see if these Chefs can pour it as well as they cook it. Wit on the Water is hosting “Chefs Behind Bars,” a cocktail competition where 100% of ticket sales will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign on their beautiful 85-seat outdoor patio area.

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We took my mom there on Saturday for a cocktail. I recommend the Strawberry Basil Mule.

Seven Baltimore-area chefs will compete to create the best cocktail of the evening. A “people’s choice” award will be presented based on tips, and a “judges’ choice” award will be based on the decision of seven judges. Wit & Wisdom’s Executive Chef Zack Mills will be joined by an impressive lineup of area chefs including Chris Becker of Fleet Street Kitchen, Tim Dyson of Dooby’s, Cyrus Keefer (formerly) of Fork & Wrench, Mike Ransom of B&O Brasserie, Sergio Vitale of Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano and Bryan Voltaggio of AGGIO. Each chef will be paired with a liquor sponsor to create one signature drink, which they will serve throughout the evening. (I will obviously throwing my money to whoever has the most flair ala Tom Cruise)

In addition to cocktail samples, guests will enjoy passed appetizers provided by Wit & Wisdom. A sample of the menu includes fresh ahi tuna poppers, crispy pork belly and first of the season gazpacho. Shake Shack will also serve frozen custard throughout the event. Live entertainment will be provided by RIO Quartet.

“One in five children in the U.S. struggles with hunger, including nearly 260,000 kids in Maryland,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. “We’re grateful for the support of Wit & Wisdom and all the ‘Chefs Behind Bars’ participants as they help us fulfill our mission of ensuring children get the healthy food they need every day.”

This one-time event will be held on Wednesday, April 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $40 and $45 at the door with all proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry. For more information and to purchase tickets for the “Chefs Behind Bars” event, visit http://ce.strength.org/events/baltimore-chefs-behind-bars.

In the event of rain, “Chefs Behind Bars” will be rescheduled for Wednesday, April 29. While dining on the patio, guests are encouraged to use the hashtag #WitontheWater.

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About Wit & Wisdom

Located in Baltimore’s Harbor East inside Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina offers comfort food with a contemporary Eastern Seaboard twist. Relax over handcrafted cocktails and a wine list featuring the best American winemakers in the spacious and inviting lounge. Savor breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared to fine dining heights. Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina is located at 200 International Drive in Baltimore, MD, 21202. For more information please visit us on Facebook, Twitter or our website at www.witandwisdombaltimore.com.

 

Make Monday Pizza Night!

It’s no surprise to anyone that knows me, that I’ll jump at the chance to go to Verde Pizza. Tell me the pizza is for a good cause, and I’ll be the first person in the door. This Monday, a Canton couple (and their team, Diabadass) is doing just that. Verde along with Team Diabadass will be hosting a ‘Drink & Dine for a Diabetes Cure’ event, this Monday, April 13th for 5-9 p.m. 10% of proceeds will go to JDRF to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes (T1D) (and really, who wants to make dinner on a Monday. They are really doing you a favor.)

Team Diabadass (love the name) will be walking in the JDRF: One Walk on April 18th at M & T Stadium.  The goal of the walk is $596,820 and they are almost 1/2 way there!  You can donate directly to the team here.

So come out, have a slice and support a great cause! I recommend the Pistacchio e Salsiccia. Hands down, amazing.

 

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About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring more than $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries.

Soccer meets bumper cars. The playing field is leveled.

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This is the game that our young-nickelodeon-double-dare influenced dreams were made of. Bubble Soccer is coming to DuBurns Arena.  On Sunday, April 19th from 3-4 p.m., you’ll be able to bounce your heart out.

Bubble Soccer is described as  soccer…but with players enclosed in giant bubbles bumping, knocking, and rolling into each other. Think soccer meets bumper cars. Other games are also available, like bubble bowling, king of the ring, and bubble relays. Bubble soccer is for anyone, regardless of shape or skill level. With bubbles on, everyone is on the same level.

Teams are coed, and play 5v5, $10 per person, (As a generally clumsy person, I should see if these suits are purchase-able for my everyday life)  for a 10-20 minute game. You can also contact them for private parties.

If you are interested in signing up, you must do so prior to the game here. You can check it out in action below:

Important Information:

  • Must register and pay online in order to play. No “drop-ins”.
  • All players must sign the ONLINE WAIVER.
  • All players must be 18 or older to play.
  • Games consist of two halves and a brief halftime.
  • There is no age restriction. Currently,they require players to be 4’9 or taller AND less than 220 lbs. This is purely for safety reasons. However, different body types outside of this range may be able to fit.

What should I wear?

  • Athletic attire and shoes (no cleats please)
  • Eye glasses are acceptable only if you are blind without them. But they may break
  • Knee pads can sometimes be a good idea on hard surfaces
  • No hats
  • No watches, jewelry, piercings, or accessories. These can rip the bubbles

See you there!