Emporiyum Food Market is coming. Emphasis on YUM.

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Get out your Thanksgiving pants, the Emporiyum is hitting Baltimore again (April 18 and 19th)! I attended last year with M. (highly recommend going with friends, so you can justify trying much more food) and enjoyed my first lobster roll from Luke’s (its like I was living under a rock), an amazing crab cake from Volt, embraced my love for cocktails with Bittermilk mixers and had more desserts than I care to share. We took advantage of the stands samples and purchased many items (it turned into a great week of eats).

This year, I was happy to learn that they will have over seventy vendors as opposed to last year’s forty vendors. You can check out the roster of vendors on their extremely eye-pleasing website www.theemporiyum.com.

Taking last year’s feedback into consideration they have added a second VIP hour on Sunday which will have passed brunch bites and sips provided by this year’s sponsor, Wit & Wisdom.  The VIP bag will also be a special bag provided by Hometown Harvest, filled with local fun food treats. VIP tickets are limited to 500 a day for shorter lines, less crowds and more time to MEET. EAT. SHOP. Like last year I won’t be able to get there early enough to take advantage of the VIP package and am only mildly bitter.

If you thought last year was a bit crowded, they have stacked the tickets in efforts to alleviate the crowds.  VIP will enter at 10am, Early General Admission at 11am and General Admission at 1:30pm.  The event ends at 4pm each day.

 

The Food Emporiyum will be in the H&S Bakery’s Former Distribution Center which was a large indoor parking and loading facility for the bakery’s trucks.  The venue is HUGE and completely indoors (so it’s happening rain or shine)  The Emporiyum will be like a last big harrah for H&S before they tear it down, so worth a visit for that alone!

 

Final Tips:
1. Check out the vendor list and make a (mental or paper) list of your must-trys
2. Wear pants with an elastic waist :)
3. Come hungry
4.  Bring friends so you can split items to justify more orders
5. If you’re not going home directly after, bring an ice pack to keep your purchases cool. This is how you end you with dinner for the rest of the week.
6. Leave happy!

Weekend Wrap-Up: Irish Ice

beerSnow, go home, you’re drunk. Canton is ready for green in more ways than one. Good thing temps are on the rise along with our broken spirits, just in time for the weekend. Time to stroll, dance, build, and bust out of the parka. It’s the weekend!

Clean Up Canton Dog Park

Friends and neighbors will be tidying up the Canton Dog Park Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m., the usual cleanup day. Bring your dog for some extra playtime and help keep Canton’s favorite pup playground clean.

Be Green for Canton Irish Stroll

There’s really not a ton to be said about this. Find your nearest green garb. Head to O’Donnell Square. Grab a wristband and bar crawl all day (1 to 9 p.m.) in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Drink specials include Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Redd’s Apple Ale, and Three Olives Vodka. Seventeen plus bars are participating. Tickets are $20 and the event is put on by Lindy Promotions. Also, a fair warning: if this isn’t your thing, avoid the square for the next two weekends.

Patterson Park Neighborhood Association Gala

Roar in to the 20’s with a flapper costume and an attitude for the Annual Patterson Park Neighborhood Association Gala. There will be food, drinks, silent auction items, dancing, and mingling among neighbors. The event is located at Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 N. Lakewood Ave. The Gala begins at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $40.

Conquer the Lego Castle at Port Discovery

Now through September 20, builders of all ages are invited to explore, build and play in Port Discovery’s newest traveling exhibition – LEGO® Castle Adventure. Help your family avoid the ice-packed sidewalks and instead explore the Lego kingdom where kids can become builders, or climb into the lookout tower and defend the castle wall.

Get your heart pumping! A new kind of fitness studio is coming to Canton/Highlandtown

CaptureHealth conscience Cantonites have several options to choose from for fitness, but a new gym, Peak Performance Training, will focus on a fitness program that is gaining traction across the U.S. and will be the first in southeast Baltimore.

Local residents have created an innovative fitness and training concept that incorporates group personal training, strength training and cardio intervals to produce an effective total-body workout. PEAK Performance will utilize personal heart rate monitors to track individual progress and current exercise exertion.

The use of real-time health analytics is exploding in major metro areas across the U.S. and will be a welcome addition to southeast Baltimore. A variety of high intensity and customized fitness and health strategies are available for users of the training center.

Paul Breen, a Patterson Park resident and kinesiologist, along with Wayne MacKenzie, a Canton resident and meteorologist, have combined their collective talent and experience to launch PEAK Performance Training. The pairing might be reminiscent of the odd couple, but given Paul’s impressive group and personal training experience and Wayne’s extensive management experience and that this will be his second startup business, they make a unique management team. It also helps that Wayne can provide forecasts for any outdoor training that occurs for the company.

The business owners are currently transforming the former restaurant supply space into the training studio using reclamation and reuse of various original elements of the building including the original hardwood flooring and pressed tin ceiling. These elements will work in concert with the incorporation of modern day improvements and accessories. PEAK Performance Training is committed to the Highlandtown, Patterson Park and Canton community through future community benefit events and incorporating local artists, like Todd Conway. You can even win a month membership at Highlandtown Main Street’s fundraiser this Friday.

Peak Performance Training will be located at 512 S. Conkling St. and they are planning a March Grand Opening. You can get all the up-to-date information at www.PeakPerformanceBaltimore.com of through their Facebook page.

There are two FREE classes left that will be offered on March 7th and 14th at their temporary space at the Skyloft Gallery. You can register for the classes here or through their website.

Note: Wayne has been an occasional poster on Stay Classy Canton, letting us know when to expect crummy weather.  I am exceptionally excited for the gym’s opening because my husband and I have been working out with Paul since mid-January and taking advantage of the free classes. Combined we’ve lost almost 25 lbs and feel much fitter!  

Stay tuned for Jasmine’s review of the class and what you should know walking in the door.

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Weekend Wrap Up: Farewell February

It’s time for February to be over. This freezing, precipitating, lovey-dovey month got old like two weeks ago. Never fear though! March 1 is here Sunday, and with it, warmer days. Head out this weekend to enjoy shopping, exercise, parties, and more.

Side Dish Jewelry Blow Out Sale

Canton’s favorite mobile jewelery truck (though not sure we have more than one!) is serving up a blow out sale from February 25 to April 6 with costume jewelry and clothing. Baubles are under $13 and all clothing is under $26. The sale is open to the public, and if you can reserve your fave finds now by commenting on the items posted on their Facebook Event.

M Power Art Unveiling Party

Local art and yoga combined with a cocktail party? Finally an event worth leaving your rowhouse for. Michael Owen, renowned local artist and creator of the Baltimore Love Project, will reveal his original commissioned piece of art. The event starts at 7 p.m. with a Music in Motion Class set to live music. Follow the class with beer, wine, and complimentary food, and  live presentation from Michael Owen about his work. The event is free for members, and drop in rates apply for others.

Federal Hill Fest of All

While we are always Cantonites first, if you appreciate our counterpart neighborhood Federal Hill or are just looking for an awesome party on Saturday night, you might want to venture across the harbor to the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Tickets are $75 and include open bar, food from Federal Hill restaurants, live music by the Real Geniuses, dancing, a fashion show and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Federal Hill Main Street. The party goes from 7 to 11 p.m.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Frozen Solid

Snow MiserWind induced brain freeze and sinus icicles got you down? Don’t be so quick to let this cold snap ice over your weekend. There’s plenty of indoor, toasty warm fun happening in and around Canton.

Karaoke Loco at Carlos o Charlies

Benefit a neighboring neighborhood association and sing your face off on Friday, February 20 from 6  to 10 p.m. Carlos o’ Charlies on 3508 Eastern Avenue is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Highlandtown Main Street, with free appetizers, drink specials, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction. You get all of this for $5 at the door. Start warming up those vocal chords.

Governor’s Budget Townhall Meeting for 46th District at DuBurns Arena

Curious about how the new governor and the budget affect you?  A General Assembly Town Hall session is being held by members of the 46th District Delegation to help you find out. Head to DuBurns Arena on Saturday, February 21, from 11 a.m. to noon to hear an explanation of the budget process and ask questions about what’s next.

Absolutely Febuluos

Restaurants and attractions and hotels, oh my! From February 15-28, Baltimore is abuzz with deals to get you in out of the cold. This includes fixed price meals (a.k.a. restaurant week), buy-one-get-one prices at local museums, and a gift card with the purchase of a hotel package. Prices for restaurant week are $30 and $20 for dinner, and just $15 for lunch.

American Craft Council Show

Feeling crafty? Baltimore Convention Center hosts a three-day craft show (February 20-22) to celebrate all things handmade. Grab some fancy jewelry for the weekend or decorate the house with a unique trinket. Tickets are $14 for a one day pass.

 

Not enough snow for you? No problem

bIf yesterday’s snow made you long for skiing and drinking hot chocolate by the lodge fire, you’re in luck! B Scene Events has organized a weekend escape to the picturesque White Mountains of New Hampshire.

There are multiple participant options to make everyone happy. (For example while M. skis, I prefer watching people ski from the safety of the indoors with a spiked hot drink in hand, everyone wins.) Tickets include round trip coach bus departing from Baltimore, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket, rentals (ski or snowboard), ski happy hours in North Conway, and more!  You can buy your tickets here.

Tickets are limited, so don’t wait!  This is a 21+ event.

 

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Ticket packages:

Single – Ski Package with Rentals

Includes: R/T American Limousines coach bus departing from Baltimore, unlimited beer and wine on the bus ride to New Hampshire, boxed dinner on the bus, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket valid at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, rentals (ski or snowboard), and two apres ski events. This package is valid for one person. $735 each

Double – Ski Package with Rentals

Includes: R/T American Limousines coach bus departing from Baltimore, unlimited beer and wine on the bus ride to New Hampshire, boxed dinner on the bus, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket valid at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, rentals (ski or snowboard), and two apres ski events. This package is valid for two people. $1,170 ($585/ p.p.)

 Triple – Ski Package with Rentals

Includes: R/T American Limousines coach bus departing from Baltimore, unlimited beer and wine on the bus ride to New Hampshire, boxed dinner on the bus, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket valid at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, rentals (ski or snowboard), and two apres ski events. This package is valid for three people. $1,620 ($540 p.p.)

Quad – Ski Package with Rentals

Includes: R/T American Limousines coach bus departing from Baltimore, unlimited beer and wine on the bus ride to New Hampshire, boxed dinner on the bus, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket valid at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, rentals (ski or snowboard), and two apres ski events. This package is valid for four people. $2,060 ($515 p.p.)

Single – Ski Package NO Rentals

Includes: R/T American Limousines coach bus departing from Baltimore, unlimited beer and wine on the bus ride to New Hampshire, boxed dinner on the bus, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket valid at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, and two apres ski events. This package is valid for one person. $670 each

Double – Ski Package NO Rentals

Hampshire, boxed dinner on the bus, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket valid at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, and two apres ski events. This package is valid for two people. $1,040 ($520 p.p.)

Triple – Ski Package NO Rentals

Hampshire, boxed dinner on the bus, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket valid at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, and two apres ski events. This package is valid for three. $1425. ($475 p.p.)

Quad – Ski Package NO Rentals

Hampshire, boxed dinner on the bus, lodging at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, a 3-day lift ticket valid at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, and two apres ski events. This package is valid for four people.$1,800 ($450 p.p.)

*** The bus will depart from Canton Waterfront Park at 7pm on Thursday, March 26th and will depart Attitash at 4pm on Sunday, March 29th. ***

Contact beth@bsceneevents.com with any questions!

Weekend Wrap Up: Lerve

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Whether you like it or not, the weekend of  love or “lerve” is upon us.  Despise VDay? We’ve compiled a pretty anti-love wrap up to fill your weekend with booze and fun.

Get Awkward at the Anti Valentine’s Day Lock and Key Party at Pig and Rooster

Not everyone is all paired up and cozy for Valentine’s Day, and that’s ok. That’s the requirement for the Pig and Rooster Lock and Key party on Saturday, February 14 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bar will help facilitate meeting new people by providing all ladies who join with locks and the gents with keys at random. The question is: are you bold enough to find your match? Drink specials will help get your courage up to find that special someone and unlock his or her heart. Awwww….

Be the Next Boh

Got a special wink in your eye and utterly obsessed with drinking Natty Boh? You might be the next Natty Boh mascot! The talent search is on to find the next cuddly, dapper, and outgoing Natty Boh this Saturday, February 14 at the Fells Point Corner Theatre. Requirements to play the part of Mr. Boh:  passion for the National Bohemian Beer brand, regular evening and weekend availability, reliable personal transportation, a home-base in the greater Baltimore-Metro area, 21 years of age or older, and not a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers or New York Yankees. To secure a spot in the audition lineup you must RSVP via email to NattyBohTeam@gmail.com  for either noon or 2 p.m. slots.

Rule Belgian Beer Fest at Max’s Taphouse

Declare your love for… beer. Forget the Belgian chocolates; prep yourself to guzzle some Belgian beer this weekend at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point. Head over to the Belgian Beer Fest and spend a very productive Friday to Sunday trying 140 plus Belgian beers on tap, and 200 plus in a bottle.  Entry is free, 21 and older.

Sign up for Sports

It’s cold and Valentine’s Day has clearly shown you it’s time to go out and meet more Cantonites. Look no further than Baltimore Social’s list of Canton-based sports leagues. Try your hand at bocce, slide into some coed soccer games, or show your bravery and valor by participating in the dodgeball league.

Get Fit for Free!


CaptureA new gym is hitting Canton/Highlandtown this March!  PEAK Performance Training has been started by local residents, who have created an innovative fitness and training concept that incorporates group personal training, strength training and cardio intervals to produce an effective total-body workout. PEAK Performance will utilize personal heart rate monitors to track individual progress and current exercise exertion.

To give back to the community,  PEAK Performance Training will be offering a series of FREE classes this month! These classes will give you a glimpse of their vision while getting a fantastic workout.

The first free class will be offered this Saturday, February 14th at 10 a.m. in their temporary space at SkyLofts in Highlandtown (3701 Bank St).

Space is limited. Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/PEAKBaltimore to register for the classes. Classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings and are on a first come, first registered basis.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/PEAKBaltimore to learn about more offers and their upcoming Grand Opening! If you have any questions, reach out to info@PeakPerformanceBaltimore.com.

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Weekend Wrap Up: Fab in February

whiskey and oysters and pearlsIt’s February, which means its time to get fancy (Baltimore style). Here’s the recipe for being Baltimore fancy, at least this weekend: nabbing some vintage finds at the flea market, heading to a hot singles party to wink at your neighbor, laughing at a world-class comedian, and stuffing your face with oysters (and various meats). What are you waiting for? Read on and get fab.

Baltimore Flea Market

Bargain shoppers rejoice: Baltimore’s Flea market sets up shop this Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Head to St. John’s Church at 2640 St. Paul St. and leave with vintage goodies or crafty one-of-a-kind pieces. Don’t worry about getting hungry while shopping: yummy treats will be available too!

Baltimore Magazine’s Top Singles Party

Exploring this charming city of ours as a single person just won’t do. Chin up, lovely single person: Baltimore Magazine is throwing a singles party this Sunday just hot enough that you might meet your match. The mag is celebrating its top singles issue with sizzling eats, spicy cocktails, craft brews, and of course, lots of eligible singles. Head to Pazo from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, February 8 and grab a last-minute ticket at the door.

Craig Furgeson at MeyerHoff Symphony Hall

Craig Furgeson, a Scottish comedian full of off-color humor, takes to the Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Sunday, February 8 at 8:30 p.m. to bring his standup act (and ensuing hilarity) to the masses. Tickets go for $30 to $65

Dylan’s Oyster Cellar Bull Roast at Blue Pit BBQ and Whiskey Bar

Here’s your invitation to join in a historic Maryland tradition: the Bull and Oyster Roast. Head to Blue Pit BBQ in Hampden and slurp down fresh shucked or well roasted oysters with smoked beef. Also for the palette: small snacks like smoked oysters and house cured sardines. Appropriate drink pairings will be offered. Join in on the gluttony Sunday, February 8 from 3 to 10 p.m.

Ding Dong, Beers Here.

If you’re tired of having to layer up and fight the cold just to get a six-pack, Drizly has the answer.  What OrderUp is to food delivery, Drizly is its alcohol counterpart. You just need to download the app, and add your address and you can see your options.  Drizly has partnered with Canton Crossing Wine and Spirits, Wine Underground near Hampden, and Dulaney Liquors in Towson.

With Drizly you can order beer, liquor, wine and extras. (I find this dangerous)They expect delivery to take around 40 minutes.  Drizly promises that they never mark up the price on any product. What you pay in the store will always be the same as what you pay on Drizly.There are also gift options if you want to surprise a friend (and be the best person ever).

There is free delivery using the code “BALTIMORE” through Feb. 28th. Normally there is a delivery minimum and a charge of around $5 depending on the store.

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Options are pretty exciting. Much better than the 30 pack you could order with a (terrible) pizza delivery when I went to Towson. (Did anyone else judge how intense a night was by how many pizza boxes were delivered? Just us? Carry on.) Please note that the drivers will be checking IDs with special scanners, so no terrible fake NJ licenses will make it through. (I really am aging myself here.)

 

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The app looks pretty easy though I can’t find if you can get delivery on Sunday.  Will update you when I hear back!