WIN Baltimore Seafood Fest Tickets!

10931420_1537264269875026_1545429828587066796_nAs you know, I’m a big fan of the Baltimore Seafood Festival.  If you don’t know, you can read all the reasons why I do here. Another great reason, is you can win 2 Food & Drink tickets courtesy of B Scene Events & Promotions!

Each ticket includes general admission, a souvenir glass, swag bag, two drink tickets for beer, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages, and 10 tickets to use towards food items (items will be priced between $1 and $7 depending on the restaurant and item). Additional tickets for food and beverages may be purchased at the event $1=1 ticket.

It’s easy to win! Enter below, and follow some of our channels to get an extra chance to win.

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We’ll announce the winner in our Weekend Wrap Up on August 7th! So enter and share with your friends, if they win,they’d have to take you.  It’s only fair. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss an update or another cool prize.  Sign ups are to the right!

To Do: Art’s Cruises at Canton Waterfront Park

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Art's Cruises (1)Are you ever out jogging the Canton Waterfront path or heading to a First Thursday event and think to yourself: “I’m on a boat. Oh wait I’m not…” Well maybe it’s time to find yourself one!

Look no further: Stay Classy Canton recently boarded the ultimate luxury boat cruise on a recent (and perfect) Thursday evening for a three-hour sunset escort around the harbor. Catonites take note: if ever in search of a cruise to take for your next birthday, bachelorette, or an evening tour with out-of-town visitors, we’ve found it in Art’s Boat Cruises.

Baltimore looks pretty beautiful when perched atop the upper deck of a 42-foot yacht. Art docks right in Canton Waterfront Park to pick up guests for his evening and weekend (two or three-day) cruises. In the evenings he’ll guide you past historic Fell’s Point, the National Aquarium, gawking tourists in the Inner Harbor, Rash Field, and past the point of Fort McHenry to give you a complete, 360 degree tour of the bay. Art's Cruises. 23jpg (1)

While you relax on his fully equipped yacht (think stove, two freezers, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, and multiple levels for mingling and entertaining) sip your choice of beverage and dine on delicious appetizers. Food and drink are BYO, which keeps costs low.

What impressed Stay Classy Canton the most: how affordable prices were for a boat that can fit you and a crew of 5 others. You’ll need to contact Art for exact prices on 3-hour cruises (it depends on time and pick up/drop off location), with weekend packages to places like Annapolis and St. Michael’s starting at $1200.Bryce and flag

In fact, Art loves Canton’s Stay Class readers so much he offered 25 dollars off your first cruise if you mention Stay Classy Canton when booking.

We returned from our three-hour adventure  completely relaxed, with a new appreciation for Baltimore’s most famous water-facing landmarks. We’re already planning our next escape aboard Art’s Cruises.

TONIGHT! Pride Kickoff Fundraiser at The Chasseur


Come out for a colorful evening at The Chasseur to kickoff Baltimore Pride Weekend benefiting an awesome local cause, Chase Brexton Health Care. A percentage of food sales for the night will be donated to the cause and there will be some great drink specials featuring the delicious vodkas from Three Olives Vodka! There will be free giveaways and raffle prizes too!

You should definitely plan on coming for dinner. Everything I’ve had here has been great and  here are some of my favorites:

  • Tuna Tartare Tacos- Sesame, Cucumber, Crispy Wonton, Chili-Garlic Emulsion
  • Crab Mac & Cheese- Lump‎ Crab, Aged Cheddar, Old Bay, Sriracha
  • Duck Fat Tots!
  • Butler’s Steak- Coffee Rubbed, Roasted Garlic Red Bliss Mash, Sauteed Brussel Sprout, Blue Cheese Butte

    So show your pride and bring your friends for a fun night out to support a great cause.

    Check out more Pride events here.

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Get Your Craft On

I love crafts. Ask me to glue a million feathers on a Ms. Peacock costume? Done? Need a zillion round punchouts to make garland. I’m your lady. My request is that with crafts, come wine. I do my best work with a glue gun in one hand and a wine glass in the other.  Apparently I’m not alone as wine, craft and painting nights are popping up all over the city. So grab your friends, have a glass of wine, and paint your masterpiece!

glassVerde is hosting Drinkable Arts,  on July 29th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come early and enjoy their happy hour specials on drinks, and the pizza of the day, from 5pm-6:30pm. Choose the glass that inspires you most, and join in for some painting fun! Admission is $30 and includes all the materials needed to paint your very own “glass-terpiece”. And if you’re feeling extra inspired, a second glass can be purchased on the night of the event for half off the regular admission price. You can paint a 20 oz wine glass, 21 oz stemless (my kind of pours) or a 16oz pint glass.You can register here.
mamasWant to match your bottle to your glasses? Momma’s Time Out – Wine Craft events (not limited to Moms, though you could always bring your mom, or give her what you make) help you design unique wine bottle displays. Their next event in August 17th at City Limits Sports Bar (summer theme), but will be at Homeslyce in Canton (natty boh theme) on Tuesday, October 6th Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 410-617-0443.
10710549_10204581640130017_6420201021739267141_nAre you ready to hit the canvas yet? Our favorite local artist, Todd Conway is planning his next painting event, with watercolors! The event will be at Love and Regret (date of session pending). Final art size is 16 x 20 inches  and comes with backing and a glossy, plastic-protective sleeve.Completion time is between 2 ½ to 3 hours. The watercolor session starts by exploring some watercolor techniques and easy drawing techniques. Todd’s tutorial shares quick painting strategies and choices in your approach, so that you become the artist. This session invites beginners to advanced skill levels. Aprons will be provided. 3 studio hours will be available at $30 per person. Look for updates here.

Best part about it (besides the wine) is that you can try out these ideas without having to buy tons of supplies. Sure if you like it, go out and buy out the craft store, but this is saving me at least one Tupperware bin of barely used supplies in my basement. So going to these events is basically saving me money and space! Win-win. See you there.

Weekend Wrap Up: Get Artsy

ARtscapeMid-summer means that things start to get weird this weekend. Neighbors are throwing parties with a giant Jenga, people are walking down streets in stilts, cruises have beer pairings, and everything is starting to look a little warped. All of this is why this weekend will be fantastic!

Party Under the Pavillion at Du Burns Arena

Is there anything better than an excuse to drink outside with your neighbors and down some BBQ? Hosted by Canton Community Association, the  party includes cornhole, Jenga, tasty beer from Union Craft brewing and live music. Check in to the weekend with this event from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 17.

Join in the Artsiness at Artscape

The misunderstood — and probably some understood — artists are back to paint the streets of Mount Vernon with wonderfully weird exhibits and a plethora of people watching. Experience part of what makes Baltimore so immensely funky by joining in on the mayhem from Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19. Browse the endless crafty shopping options, visit the art cars, take in a Rock Opera, or lounge on a grassy hill and jive to some live music.

Vans Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavillion

A day full of awesome music from tons of bands is just around the corner. This Saturday, July 18 beginning at 11 a.m. head to Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD and for $45 or less catch dozens of bands, grab a few freebies, and rock out all day long.

Cruise and Beer Pairing at Seadog Cruises

Craving a cruise? Look no further than the local Seadog Cruises leaving out the Inner Harbor. They’re throwing a sea cruise and beer pairing party this Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Join the cruise and sample some Full Tilt brewskis while enjoying the fresh air and Baltimore harbor views. Tickets are $36.95.

DUDE! The ‘I love the 90’s Dance Party’ is back!

logoThe dilemma starts, who to dress as, Cher from Clueless, Steve Urkel, a Spice Girl?! Maybe my old doc martins and some flannel? Nope, I’m not planning Halloween yet. (Well I am, but that’s another story)

The ‘I love the 90’s Dance Party‘ is around the corner! The annual event which benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) will be held on Friday, August 21st at Castaways Bar & Grill.  Tomorrow is the last day to purchase early bird tickets! 100% of ticket sales will go to UCF.

This year’s line up will have both a DJ and band with your favorite 90’s tunes, drink specials, dance contest, costume contest, prizes and more.  You can stay up to date with news here.

Tickets are $20, with the early bird ending July 17th for $17. You can purchase tickets here.

History of the Event:

Following the passing of a close friend from cancer, sisters Leanne and Jody Costa joined the Board of Young Adult Advisors for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. For the past two years, their 90s Dance Party has been their way of honoring their friend Mia’s memory and raising funds to benefit other young adults suffering from cancer. Our mission together – make sure no young adult faces cancer alone.

If you or your organization would like to donate a prize/silent auction item or help out in any way, email jody.costa@barcoding.com.

Here ‘s some inspiration! 

 

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Save the Date: Baltimore Seafood Fest- September 19th

CrabIt’s coming!!  I’m not one to wish away the summer, but I am pretty excited for the 2nd Annual Baltimore Seafood Fest to get here. The Baltimore Seafood Fest produced by B Scene Events & Promotions and will be held September 19th from 12-7 p.m. at Canton Waterfront Park.  The Seafood Fest and more recent Wine Fest have skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list. I’ve already sent ‘save the dates’ google calendar invites to my local and out of town friends, and it would be wrong of me not to share the same information with you.

Tickets are expected to sell out prior to the event, so don’t wait and try to get tickets at the door. (Unless you’re a gambling man, and don’t mind being on the other side of the fence while all your friends are having fun inside) Use the promo code ‘BMORECRABBY‘ to receive 20% off a General Admission or Food & Drink Package.

If you weren’t able to join last year, let me tell you what you missed.

  • Seafood, Seafood, Seafood. Expect crabs, oysters, shrimp and more!
  • Amazing Food by some of the best restaurants in Baltimore.
  • Copious Drinks with plenty of bars to cut down on lines.
  • Live Music
  • Incredible Views right on the water.
  • Cooking Demos
  • Family Areas with toys, games face painting and more.
  • Space to Stretch out and hang out with friends.
  • Vendors full of clothes, art, jewelry and specialty food.

Ticket Options:

General Admission – $12 in advance ($15 at the door if available): Includes admission to the festival, souvenir glass and swag bag. Kids 16 and under are FREE.

Food & Drink Package – $38 in advance ($40 at the door if available): Includes general admission, a souvenir glass, swag bag, two drink tickets for beer, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages, and 10 tickets to use towards food items (items will be priced between $1 and $7 depending on the restaurant and item). Additional tickets for food and beverages may be purchased at the event $1=1 ticket. Kids 16 and under are FREE.

B’more Crabby Ticket – $62 (will not be available at the door):  Includes general admission, a souvenir glass, swag bag, a half dozen premium male crabs, three drink tickets for beer, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages, 10 tickets to be used towards food items (items will be priced between $1 and $7 depending on the restaurant and item). Kids 16 and under are FREE.

VIP Ticket – $100 (will not be available at the door): Includes general admission, a souvenir glass, swag bag, entrance to the VIP tent with unlimited drinks at the VIP bar, half dozen crabs, and 15 tickets to be used towards food items (items will be priced between $1 and $7 depending on the restaurant and item).

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

Get ready to experience Baltimore’s best seafood! Check out the video from last year’s Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Fest?

Weekend Wrap-up: Park it.

Park-Bench-SA-087-This weekend is all about finding your nearest open space or park and enjoying activities — from fishing to swimming — to achieve a happy, zen-like state. To do in Canton this weekend: park it and read on.

Swim Beneath the Stars at Patterson Park

The twilight swim at Patterson Park pool is back with a splash. This adults only (over 21) event invites neighbors to cool off poolside beginning at 8 p.m. this Friday, July 9 and it is BYOB (just NO glass bottles). The cost is $5 to enter and $2 per cooler. Take a refreshing dip to dive into the weekend.

Yoga Next to Natty Boh

Need a little rooftop respite? Look no further than the Natty Boh tower, where MPower Yoga is holding its fifth class in a series of rooftop yoga workshops this Saturday, July 10 at 10 a.m. . Regular class rates apply and be sure to meet at the studio to check in.

Go Fishing at Canton Waterfront Park

Grab the fishing poles and the kiddos and stroll down to Canton Waterfront Park this Saturday, July 10 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Baltimore Kids Catch event. Hosted by the Canton Community Association and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, this day of family fun will provide your little ones with fishing poles and instructions, food, games, and more. The event is free.

Zumba and Rumba at Patterson Park

If by Sunday, July 12 you’re wishing the weekend would last a little longer, head to Patterson Park yet again and prolong the inevitable. Friends of Patterson Park are hosting a musical extravaganza with a free Zumba class beginning at 5 p.m. followed by the Orch Kids Bucket band at 6 p.m. (the opener). Rumba Club comes on stage at 6:30 p.m. Bring some blankets and snacks (or just grab a nearby snack from Water for Chocolate or Pitango) and end the weekend right.

Smorgasbord Garage Sale at Canton’s ACE!

The wea2015 garage sale copyther this weekend is looking to be stunning! So you know what that means! Outside house projects! Sure I could have said go to the shore (or ocean hon), but if I’m power-washing my backyard, everyone should suffer with me.

One way not to suffer, at least in your wallet, is by going to Canton’s Annual Anniversary garage sale, this Saturday, July 11 from 10-4pm.

To say thanks for three great years in Canton, ACE is hosting a big smorgasbord garage sale with unbelievably discounted merchandise! Items range from premixed paint and primer, to power tools, to pet supplies. They have LOTS of gardening tools, hand mallets/axes, housewares, stationary, drill bits, light bulbs, door locks, hinges & hardware, and so much more!

Hundreds of items priced under $1- don’t miss this awesome annual event! You can find more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/456022761238127/

With the money you save, you can treat yo self to some cocktails!

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Free Community Yoga at Patterson Park!

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Credit: M.Power

M.Power Yoga (in the Natty Boh tower) is offering free classes every Tuesday and Wednesday night in July, and select Saturdays in July and August at the Living Classrooms center in Patterson Park.

Jason Herd, Co-founder of M.Power, said “We decided we wanted to work with an organization that supports kids and young adults in Baltimore’s under-served communities. Living Classrooms provides kids with the skills and opportunities they need to be empowered to make changes in their lives for the better.”

This is a great way to try out yoga at a beginners pace without a contract.  These classes are open to everyone and you are encouraged to bring a yoga mat (there are a few on hand to borrow) if you need one.

Summer Schedule:

July:

  • Tuesdays 6-7pm with LA Finfinger
  • Wednesdays 6-7pm with Brenna Frania
  • Saturday 18th 10am with Erica Schommer
  • Saturday 25th 10 am with Kristin Walsh 

August:

  • Saturday 1st 10am with Vanessa Young
  • Saturday 8th 10am with Cecelia Bellomo

If you enjoy your session and want to try it out in their beautiful studio, you can get a free 10 day pass by joining their email list! M.Power offers yoga at multiple experience levels (M.Power I & II), hot yoga (Melt), Barre, Music in Motion and Mend courses. You can find the description of their classes here.

I’ve taken yoga classes at gyms that offer group fitness and haven’t been super impressed but decided to take advantage of their 10 day pass. I took M.Power I and really enjoyed it.  I found it more peaceful than my past experiences and was actually able to shut off my brain and focus on the class. So I was super excited to see this offering and remind me to get back into the yoga game. Couple days a week at PEAK with interval training and round it out with a great yoga class! Summer fitness motivation is back!

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