Weekend Wrap-Up: Festive Fetes

xmas pjsThe holidays are upon us. Quick! Everybody find your nearest ice skating rink, model train set, bar stool, or Christmas show. Just kidding, you don’t have to find any of those, because we’ve got your weekend planned for you below.

Celebrate Purple Friday at the Rink

We’ve previously written about about visiting the Inner Harbor ice rink. This Friday, you have even more reason to get out there, do some figure eights, and watch Baltimore wipe out. That’s because if you wear purple (duh, it’s Friday) you get $1 off and if you head to the rink from 7 to 9 p.m., you get to visit with Poh. The rink is located in McKeldin Plaza at 101 Pratt Street, open every day (and on holidays) for newbies and experts alike. Adult tickets are $9, kids are $7, and skate rental is $3.

Win tickets to a Delightful Holiday Show

If you think the holidays are just the fanciest, best thing ever and are looking for a way to celebrate with 30 artists, 300 costumes, and 20 acts, then look no further than this weekend’s ticket giveaway to the Cirque Dreams Holidaze show at the Lyric theater. We have two free tickets for the Saturday, December 27 performance at 7:30 p.m. We will be randomly selecting our winner on Monday at noon. Just comment on this post with the best holiday gift you have ever received or given to win.

Wander into the Highlandtown Train Garden

Do you or your little one have great dreams of being a train conductor? We have a holiday oasis for you: the Highlandtown Train Garden. Head to the firehouse every Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. to5p.m. until January 1 and be transported into a wintery world where trains rule. Entry is free. The train garden is located at Firehouse # 41, 520 S. Conkling Street.

Drink in your Christmas PJs at Knotty Pine

If you’re the type that thinks the holidays are great because of time off to drink, then you may want to head to one of our favorite bars on the edge of Canton, Knotty Pine, and post up this Saturday night. That’s because they are having a Christmas pajama party this Saturday night (forget the ugly sweater thing). Head over for drink specials and prizes for the best pjs.

Get festive with a Christmas Carol

Experience a Christmas Carol with a Baltimore twist. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company at 7 S Calvert Street will host this classic Christmas show all weekend, with matinees at 2 p.m. and evening shows at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now from $19 to $45.

GIVEAWAY: 2 Tickets to Cirque Dreams – Holidaze at the Lyric

Cirque Dreams Holidaze:

30 artists

300 costumes

20 acts

AND two FREE tickets for one lucky Stay Classy Canton reader!

Now in its 5th year of touring multiple simultaneous productions, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and “stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face” proclaims the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle”.

Cirque Dreams – Holidaze will be at the Lyric December 26-28 and we have two tickets for the  Saturday night performance (December 27 at 7:30 pm). We will be randomly selecting our winner on Monday at noon.  If you’re not a fan of luck, but are a fan of deals, you can use the code ‘CHEER’ for up to $31 off select tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze!  This could be a great last minute holiday gift!

Show Times:
December 26, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
December 27, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
December 27, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
December 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

 

To win:
Comment below with the best holiday gift you’ve ever received or have given! We’ll post and email the winner Monday at noon. Good Luck!

 

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Looking for a unique holiday gift?

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I love subscription services. Netflix, Oyster, Audible, Birchbox, Barkbox, you name it, I want in. I especially love the surprise packages, which really do feel like gifts to yourself. So when we were asked if we wanted to check out the B-more Box, I immediately said yes.

The B-More Box is a subscription box featuring the best local flavors, regional art, and undiscovered gems from all over Maryland. They partner with brands from all over the state to showcase the best that Baltimore and Maryland has to offer.

As a member you receive a box each month filled with a different variety of food, art, decorations, memorabilia, apparel, and much more. The B-More Box is for anyone with a connection to Maryland.

My initial thought was that this would be great gift for my friends who have moved out of state.  After receiving it, I realized its a great gift for a local resident as well.  Though some of the items in the box were old favorites, I found a new bbq sauce to order and loved my Maryland flag items.  I was impressed by the amount of items in the box and am definitely interested in getting my own subscription (as well as some holiday gifts).

The website offers an array of subscriptions and has easy gifting options, with shipment available all over the country.  For more information on The B-More Box or its product partners, please visit www.thebmorebox.com. You can order month to month or in 3-12 month increments, which lower the price.

Stay Classy Readers can receive free shipping by using the coupon code ‘HOLIDAYBOX’ at checkout. If you make your purchase before December 19th, the box will be delivered by Christmas! 

Below you can see the B-More box packaging and items within (there were also Mouth Party Caramels scattered throughout, which were (as always) delicious, but I forgot to take a picture and by the time I remembered they were all gone):

 

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When you open your box, you first find a welcome letter that details the products enclosed and gives some information about the vendors they use.

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Under the letter was a cool wooden flag plaque and crab curls. Not the biggest fan of the crab curls ( I prefer crab chips) but my husband and brother-in-law loved them.

 

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I love this magnet. It’s on my fridge right now, but think it might be moved to tom celica. I’m just worried someone might swipe it.

 

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Layer 2!

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A ‘Land of Pleasant Living, Baltimore Maryland’ glass. Which is adorable and sitting on my desk beside me as I type.

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Black Raven Blend coffee. I haven’t tried this yet, I am saving it for my relaxing Sunday of wrapping presents.

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Baltimore Barbecue Company. So this smells TERRIFIC. Unfortunately I gave my house address instead of work, so in order to keep it safe, the UPS man threw it over my back fence and the bottom cracked. I think this is an anomaly, as the packaging was extremely secure. But I was able to buy a new bottle, and it really is tasty!

All in all, a worthy gift for the Maryland lover on your list (or even better for yourself!).  What else do you think should make the B-More box list?

Weekend Wrap Up: Holidaze

Probably best to separate yourself from the egg nog this year...

Probably best to separate yourself from the egg nog this year…

It’s cold. Christmas music is playing with full force. If you’re considering spending the entire weekend with your head in a cup of egg nog, entranced by the holiday lights, we get it. But, if you’re looking to avoid the holidaze, and get your family/roommates/pups out of the house, we have a cheer-filled weekend line up for you.

Stock up at MICA Art Market

Capitalize on the crazy talented and comprehensive art scene that has taken over Baltimore by finding the most unique gifts at their source: the MICA Art Market. The market is happening right now, and is open Friday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market is stuffed full of handmade gifts, fine art, and unusual objects at the Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

Fill the Square with Holiday Cheer

Here’s a local and impactful way to give back this season: The Exchange Club of Highlandtown/Canton is holding its annual Toy Drive. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for any age girl or boy to O’Donnell Square. Toys are distributed by the Southeast Police Department. Help them “Fill the Square” this Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rock the Dock at Power Plant

A free and family-friendly holiday event nearby is a great way to keep the kids distracted this weekend (so they don’t dive under the tree and start unwrapping presents). This Saturday, December 13, the Fourth Annual Rock the Dock Holiday Bash will entertain the whole fam from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., jointly hosted by B Scene Events and Power Plant. Music is provided by the Milkshake band, with holiday ornament-making, train rides, cooking decorating, and more. There will also be a live theatrical show from the movie Frozen and pictures with Santa. Make sure to RSVP for your free tickets.

Make Christmas a Holiday for the Dogs

Santa! My dog knows him! But really, your pet can meet and take precious pictures with Santa this Sunday, December 14 in Harbor East at the roundabout. BARCs is hosting complimentary pet photos with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. and you can bring home your printouts from the event. Please bring a donation of pet food or toys to share in the holiday cheer!

Large group gathering? Boathouse it is.

Capture1This past Saturday morning, I found myself looking for a brunch location for around 20 people with short notice and high expectations.  Due to the nature of the gathering, it was really important to us that we were all able to sit at the same table, in a semi-private space and not be rushed (with easy parking being icing to the cake).

Looking through my normal go-to spots, none really fit my wish list.  Then Boathouse Canton came to mind. We’ve held our Yappy Hour there, and I’ve had many a cocktail on their outside patio, but hadn’t really spent much time inside. I called Boathouse roughly an hour before we needed a table, and luckily they were able to accommodate our group.  (the stars were aligned for us)

We were seated at an upstairs private section (that was festively set for a party later that day). It gave us enough space to spread out, and have kids walk around without bothering any other patrons.  At this point, the food didn’t even have to be that good to keep me happy. The space and atmosphere would be able to make up for the blandest dish. BUT luckily that wasn’t the case.  The food was GREAT. I’ve been to Boathouse when it first opened and found the food to be decent but not spectacular. Luckily it had the view to make up for it. This has changed. The brunch menu is extensive and boasts $15 bottomless mimosas. We ordered an assortment of food, from nachos to french toast dippers, eggs to burgers (I really recommend the dippers) and everyone was pleased with the quality of their dish.

We had two servers who were attentive and to be honest run through the wringer. Just a tip, I do not recommend trying to split the bill between that large a group, especially after that many mimosas.  If the servers offer to split it for you, take them up on that. And if you continue to mangle it, tip generously.

Saturday was a really hard day for our group, and having Boathouse be so kind to us made it that much easier. I could not speak more highly of our experience. Canton is full of great restaurants. And Boathouse definitely steps up. With their view, great food and easy parking it’s packing a lot of punch.

This was the space we were in, but set for a party with high-tops and a long table to accommodate our group.

This was the space we were in, but set for a party with high-tops and a long table to accommodate our group.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Delightful December

732px-Jonathan_G_Meath_portrays_Santa_ClausIf you were hoping that Christmas would come early in Baltimore, this weekend has you covered. You can hob nob with some of Baltimore’ best (fish that is), go ice skating, check your list twice, and get all Old Tyme on us in Fell’s Point. Whatever you do, break out that Christmas cheer, because it is going to be a delightful December.

Celebrate Cheer with the Fishies

Each year the National Aquarium throws a holiday party for the fishies (of course) but you’re invited too! It’s presented by Macy’s and features holiday music and dancing from around the world. Bring the kids to view the Polar Express in 4-D, then stick around for a visit from Santa and the Polar Express train conductor. There will also be Kwanzaa and Hanukkah happenings while you nibble on seasonal treats and sip on hot chocolate, regular or spiked (for the 21+ crowd). Festivities take place Friday, December 5 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Skate through the Inner Harbor

Ready to show off those figure eights? Baltimore City has an ice rink open now until January 19 to help you do just that. Located in McKeldin Plaza at 101 Pratt St., the rink is open every day (and on holidays) for newbies and experts alike. Adult tickets are $9, kids are $7, and skate rental is $3.

Get Festive at Olde Tyme Christmas in Fell’s Point

There’s really no better place to transform into an old-fashioned Christmas town than Fell’s Point. In its 11th year, the Olde Tyme Christmas will offer an eggnog contest, holiday mart, horse-drawn sleigh rides, pub crawl, and a parade of lighted boats at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 6. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Be Merry for Merry Mart at the Creative Alliance

Haven’t started holiday shopping yet? The Creative Alliance may come to the rescue this Sunday, December 7 with its Merry Mart. Shop for homemade items from local crafts people, and check some items off your list. Grab t-shirts, pottery, wall art, jewelry, and more. Events, which include an arts-and-crafts station for the kids, begin at 11 a.m. and go until 5 p.m.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY: Jingle Fells Tickets!

We’re happy to announce that Lindy Promotions has given us 3 sets of tickets for Jingle Fells to give away to our Classy Readers! The ugliest holiday sweater bar crawl will be taking place in Fells Point on Saturday, December 13th from 1-9 p.m. Be sure to deck yourself out in ugly sweaters and holiday cheer!

15 of Fells Point best pubs will be featuring $2.50 Miller Lites, $3.50 Blue Moons, $3.50 Redd’s Apple Ales, along with various food & shot specials from 1-9pm.

The crawl will also be helping the local community by giving back to the less fortunate this holiday season. The USMC will be at The Greene Turtle in Fells Point collecting new, unused toys for the local Toys For Tots chapter. With your help, in 2013 they donated over 400 new toys for Toys For Tots of Baltimore.

The first 1,000 guests to register will receive a FREE Santa Hat or Reindeer Antlers.

Registration will take place from 1-6pm at The Greene Turtle in Fells Point.

Participating Pubs:
-The Greene Turtle
– Alexanders Tavern
– Blarney Stone
– The Rockwell
– Todd Conner’s
– The Get Down
– Sticky Rice
– Dog Watch Tavern
– Rodo’s
– Riptide by the Bay
– The Point in Fells
– Tavern in the Admiral
– Canton Liquor House
– Cats Eye Pub
– Admirals Cup
(Bars are subject to change)

To win:

Comment below with your favorite holiday tradition.  We’ll be picking three winners on Friday at noon.  Good Luck!

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Mark Your Calendar for the 7th Annual Lamp Post Lighting Ceremony

CaptureI’m a firm proponent of the holiday season starting the moment Thanksgiving is over and not a moment sooner, so this past Friday, I happily pulled out my tupperware boxes of decorations and got to work. Our tree is trimmed, table is set, window is cheery, bulldogs decked out, and Christmas Vacation has been watched. We are ready to be full swing-holiday cheer.

One of my favorite Canton events is the Lamp Post Lighting Ceremony in O’Donnell Square. Join the family friendly festivities on December 9th beginning at 5:30 p.m. . You will be able to vote for your favorite best decorated Lamp Post and Store Fronts while sipping delicious FREE hot chocolate and coffee! To help warm up your pipes for caroling, even more cheer will be available through champagne, Irish coffee, hot cider, special egg nog and much more!

The event will kick off with the National Anthem promptly at 5:45,  performed by Tim Konig.

SANTA CLAUS (I know him!) will make his annual debut following the Lighting of the Lamps at 6:00 pm sharp followed by even more surprises for the children including a free photo booth from Baltimore Photo Social!

Stay up to date by RSVPing here.

Proceeds to benefit the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

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Snow??? After Monday’s warm weather???

Well, after reaching a high temperature 71 in Baltimore Monday afternoon, the thought of snow isn’t on our minds. However, things are about to change as we move into Wednesday!

 

The big question: Will we see snow? The answer is: Yes.

 

If you have travel plans for thanksgiving, it will not be easy on Wednesday. In Baltimore City, and along I-95, we will likely start out Wednesday with rain and then a change over to snow in the afternoon. It will be the heavy wet snow, so it will be a slushy mess. Accumulations of an inch or less in the city is looking likely at this time. If you go north and east of I-95, expect snow to accumulate more on Wednesday and seeing 3-4 inches isn’t out of the question in that area.

 

There is still a lot of uncertainty with the forecast and a change in the location of the storm slightly could completely change the forecast. So Tuesday will be the day where things will come together with more certainty, but as of now, Wednesday does not look like an easy travel day.

 

We will have a more clearer picture during the day Tuesday, so check back for the latest update!

Weekend Wrap Up:

uglychristmassweater2The nip in the air must mean it’s time to prep for the holidays, and especially Thanksgiving. Good thing there are plenty of prep activities, including free parking for pre-holiday sales, a tacky sweater bar crawl, a pre-Thanksgiving race, and one big decorating party in Fells Point. This weekend will cheer you up!

Take Advantage of Complimentary Parking in Harbor East Begins

Beginning November 19, show $100 of receipts plus a parking voucher to participating Harbor East garages and receive up to 5 hours of free parking. You can take advantage of free spaces after 5 p.m. on weekdays and between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekends.

Crawl with the Tackiest of Sweaters

A tacky sweater bar crawl is invading Fell’s Point and Canton this weekend at a bar near you. Pull those regretful sweaters out of your basement on November 22, then head to registration at Bad Decisions (1928 Fleet Street, Fells Point) at 6 p.m. There will also be buttons: $10 for a collectible button and $25 for all 5 buttons. Locations include Bad Decisions, Kisling’s Tavern, Myth and Moonshine, Bartenders, and Castaways. A 50/50 raffle is a definite, with possibly other raffles for cool prizes.

Help Decorate Fell’s Point

Now’s your chance to contribute to the quaint, Christmas feel that is part of Fell’s Point Main Street’s Olde Tyme Christmas celebration: help them decorate! Meet in Broadway Square at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 21 and bring a tall ladder or staple gun if you have one.  Local businesses can bring a ‘handmade’ ornament that best represents the spirit of their business.
Pre-Thanksgiving 5K for Good

On Sunday, November 23,  get in the Thanksgiving mood (and shed some pre-Thanksgiving pounds) with a race that benefits autism research.  The Turkey Tumble for Autism 5k and 10k will benefit the Organization for Autism Research. Races will be held within the limits of Patterson Park, located in Baltimore, MD. Come enjoy this great race before Thanksgiving. Race Start Times are 9 a.m. for the 10k ($45) and 10 a.m. for the 5k ($30).