Planning Your Superbowl Bash

Though the Ravens aren’t in the Superbowl, we still have reason to cheer. Commercials and party food! Ok that might not be enough for everyone, but you can try to raise the collective mood by throwing a fantastic Superbowl party. Canton is full of bars that will be having specials (which we’ll be listing in a future post) but in order to really appreciate the commercials, I strongly feel you should be on a comfortable sofa with a beer in hand.

So perhaps you’re not a party planner. Don’t worry about it.  Evite has drafted up some tips that will help you on your way. They recommend taking advantage of Qdoba’s party kits. I’ve actually recently ordered a taco party for an office birthday party and it was a hit.  I walked in, and all my food was ready to go in professional catering containers. Everything you could want was included and we had chips for days.  I wonder if we could get OrderUp to deliver? That basically only leaves you to buy some drinks and your set!

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Emergency situation. You’re out of beer (or wine). And it’s Sunday. Here are a few places that are open on Sunday that can save your 2nd half:

  • Chesapeake Wine Co.(open til 6)
  • Lighthouse Liquors (open til 9)
  • The Wine Source (open til 7)
  • Lighthouse Tavern (bar, carry out)

A few extra tips:

  • Invite your neighbors. They can’t complain about noise if they are next to you making it.
  • Take Monday off. It should be a holiday anyway.
  • Tell your friends to download Lyft or Uber on your phone to get them home safe and not behind the wheel.

Now that we’ve made it super easy to throw your Superbowl party, what time should we stop by?

Note: This is a sponsored post, all though all the thoughts are my own. Stay Classy Canton will do occasionally write sponsored posts if, and only if we think its valuable information for our readers.  Since Cantonites love to throw good parties, this fits the bill. 

Weekend Wrap Up: Get the Chills

201301_01s_polar-bear-plunge-annapolis-md_steve-ruarkOk Canton. Get it together. Things have been quiet around these parts, and we’ve got no polar vortex to blame (yet). Despite our ennui, we’ve scrounged together a few events for you to get into this weekend.

Raise Money for the  Polar Bear Plunge at Looney’s

Every year, crazy Marylanders take to Sandy Point State Park and willingly plunge their bodies into icy waters to raise money for the Special Olympics of Maryland. While one of Stay Classy Canton’s own will be doing just that, we’re only asking you to show up and drink beer on Saturday, January 17 from noon to 6 p.m. at Looney’s Pub.  The BSSC Plunge Team is hosting a fundraiser there for those who’d prefer to watch us plungers from afar. Specials include $1.50 Miller Lite Drafts and $6.00 Pitchers as well as a Looney’s Game Day menu with additional food specials. You get a free coozie with a donation (staff will be upstairs collecting donations). A few team spots remain if you would like to join the BSSC team. To join or donate, visit http://tinyurl.com/k93be3a.

LOL to Lewis Black at the Lyric

Lewis Black is bringing his act to Baltimore this weekend on Saturday, January 17 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. He takes to the stage at 8 p.m. to get a chuckle out of you with his act “Lewis Black the rant is back”. Tickets start at $55.

Serve on MLK Day

Weekend of boredom and probablly too much drinking got you down? Lift yourself up with some good, ol’ fashioned volunteering! Monday, January 19 is the official MLK Day of Service and your chance to give a little extra something to the Baltimore you know and love. How to get involved: go to Allforgood.org and search for opportunities in Baltimore. Not finding something close you want to get involved in? Try a random act of kindness instead.

Read Jon Fogg’s Update

It’s been one year since the brutal attack on Canton neighbor Jonathan Fogg and the outpouring of support from the community that followed it. Jon presents a sobering account of what recovery is like one year out on his blog. He reminds us of some really important lessons about coping with trauma that could apply to many of our lives. Read about it here.

Rolling through 10 years

Image credit: Charm City Roller Girls

Image credit: Charm City Roller Girls

If you haven’t been to a Charm City Roller Girls’ match, you need to put down whatever you are doing and buy your ticket now. Not only is it super fun, its affordable and full of puns (the names are my favorite part).  On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the Charm City Roller Girls will kick off their 10th Charming Year in Baltimore! Watch The Junkyard Dolls face off against the Night Terrors and Speed Regime takes a shot at last year’s hometown champs the Mobtown Mods! Come cheer on some newly drafted skaters and root for your old favorites too!

This match will be debuting a brand new Beer Garden AND offering a *limited number* of complimentary track-side ticket upgrades tickets! When ordering online, be sure to choose “GA Trackside Upgrade” as your ticket option, which includes a seat near the action! Buy early for this great value!

First up, Charm City’s runners up from the 2014 season, the Night Terrors, take on last year’s third place Junkyard Dolls. Will the deadly Dolls dance their way into a dominating victory? Or will the tenacious Terrors trounce their opponents for the win?

Next, Charm City’s Speed Regime will try to overthrow the reigning 2014 champs, the Mobtown Mods. Will the Regime’s resilience be enough to race away with the win? Or will the magnanimous Mods maintain their stronghold on the first place spot? Find out on January 24!

Join the fun at the Clarence “Du” Burns Arena, 3100 Boston Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The first game is at 6:30 p.m. with the second game starting around 8:00 p.m.  This event is family friendly and wheelchair accessible. General Admission Tickets are available at the door for $15, but patrons can purchase them online for $12 at www.missiontix.com; kids 5 to 12 are $5; preferred trackside seating (which includes free beer and a chair) tickets are $25.  Street parking is plentiful and paid parking lots are within walking distance of the venue.

PS- to get you excited, check out this nifty name generator.  My roller derby name would be “Bambi Pandabear AKA “The Knee Venger”.  Which is funny because I tore my ACL and meniscus playing kickball so if anything, my knee really is a vengeful b and somewhat robotic.

The Charm City Roller Girls (CCRG) is Baltimore’s only all-female flat track roller derby league.  CCRG is a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and is proudly skater owned and operated.

For more information, visit www.charmcityrollergirls.com

 

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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