Weekend Wrap-up: Easter Eggsciting

FortMcHenry_aerial3What an exciting week! Cold weather returned in the early part of the week for no apparent reason, Stoop Night came back in full force with the best-looking groups of stoop sitters yet, and, I don’t know, these things called Passover and Easter are happening? What’s even more awesome: despite the holiday weekend, there’s still a lot to get into in and around our hood.

Friday, April 18, 5 to 10 p.m.: The Gathering: Baltimore Museum of Industry in Fed Hill:

While it’s no Canton Gathering, The (outdoor) Gatherings where food from food trucks runs aplenty are back for the warmer months. Head to the waterside Baltimore Museum of Industry location and get reconnected with food truck living this Friday evening. There will be live jazz, a kids zone, and a fashion truck for those who think clothes are just as important as food. Admission is $3 and advance all-you-can-drink is $20. Buy tickets.

Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Baltimore Trash Talk Five Cent Exchange

Whether you forgot to put out the recycling this week or would just like a good excuse to get your neighborhood free of discarded plastic bottles, Baltimore Trash Talk has the perfect outlet for you this Saturday. Collect clean beverage containers including plastic and glass bottles and head to the intersection of Patterson Park and Eastern Avenues. Get five cents for each container you bring or find along the way. The collected bottles will be assembled into a recycled sculpture/community art project to remind us all how wonderful a place our hood might be if we kept it clean.

Saturday, April 19 until closing time: Max’s Taphouse Rare and Obscure Beer Festival:

Any event with “obscure” in the title automatically makes it in to this weekend’s wrap-up. Add beer and a Fell’s Point favorite Max’s Taphouse to the equation and you have a recipe of delicious libations ahead of you. Hard to find beers from around the world will be on tap this weekend (until close on Saturday) for the discerning beer sippers, including: Cantillon Mamouche, Maine Lunch, Firestone Agrestic, and many more. Get a cheap beer-education on your Saturday night.

Sunday, April 20: Visit Fort McHenry (Free All Weekend)

Once your Easter plans (or lack of them) have concluded and you are in a sufficient food or candy coma, why not explore one of Baltimore’s most majestic landmarks for free?  In honor of National Park Week, Fort McHenry is offering free admission to its visitors. With warmer weather on its way just in time for the weekend, seems like a nice picnic and history lesson to entertain visiting family. Plus, a stroll around the fort will work off some of those Easter calories.

A Few Can’t Miss Community Events

Spring is taking a backseat today, but that doesn’t mean Spring events aren’t happening all over town. We’ve pulled together a few community events that are sure to warm up your neighborly spirit. 

Pull out your sweatshirt for tonight’s first Stoop Night of the season from 6-8 pm.  I recommend making some hot beverages to share with your neighbors. Check out some beverage recipes and some tips from experienced Stoopers.

Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a Spring Happy Hour on Thursday, April 17, 6-8pm  at Hudson Street Stackhouse. Stackhouse is offering a free beer to NEW and rejoining members to Friends of Patterson Park that sign up that night.  If you are already a member,  bring a friend to join and you will receive a free Friends of Patterson Park frisbee just in time for the amazing weather that bound to come back.

Mark your (and you’re friendly pooch’s) calendar for May 2nd’s Yappy Hour at Bo Brooks from 4-6 pm sponsored by the Canton Dog Park and the Canton Community Association.  There will be 1/2 priced drinks and discounted appetizers.

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Two days ’til we ‘Stoop’.

Spring has officially sprung. It’s time to pull out the patio furniture and clean off the grill.  To help ease you out of your winter hibernation, Stoop Night is here!   Stoop Nights will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm.  (Though I know my street’s had a tendency to go a bit later.  Give me wine and I’m chatty Cathy.)

Stoop Night was started last year by a group of Canton community activists who wanted to help neighbors get to know and take care of each other.  From the Stoop Night release:

Canton neighbors used to have face to face interaction quite often, but in today’s digital age, more and more Cantonites are turning to things like Facebook for their sense of community. “That’s just not the way it should be” says Canton resident and Canton Stoop Night Committee Chairman: Tommy Bee. “Cantonites need to meet one another, get to know their neighbors, and take a stand together against crime.”

Canton has seen an increase in crime over the past few years and members of the Stoop Night Committee believe that their efforts can change that. “If you know your neighbor’s name and cell phone number and you think something might be wrong at their place, you now have the opportunity to make it right.” Says Canton resident Jeremy Jeffery. “I have seen cars with their lights on and I just wish I knew whose it was so I could say something, we’re working to fix that and a multitude of other things.” The Canton Stoop Night Committee encourages residents of Canton to join them by sitting on their stoop each Wednesday of the summer, beginning April 16th.

A photo collage from the Canton Stoop Team

Photos from last year’s Stoop Nights. Courtesy of the Canton Stoop Team.

The Canton Stoop Night Committee has pulled together these handy tips to ensure you have the best Stoop Night possible.

  • Extend invites to your neighbors; the more the merrier.
  • Set up an extra lawn chair or two…or five.
  • Fill a cooler or ice bucket with some sweet, sweet summer beverages.
  • Speaking of beverages: be sure to use a Koozie or Solo cup for adult beverages…
  • …And don’t forget the little ones by having some non-adult beverages on hand.
  • Have a small spread; snacks to share means you care.
  • How ’bout dem O’s hon? Set out a radio to listen to the O’s game or some fun summer time music.
  • Make furry four-legged neighbors feel welcome with a bowl of water and some doggie treats *woof*
  • Keep stoopin’ clean and respectful. Have a trashbag on hand and once the street lights come on turn down the music and voices…and turn ON your house light!
  • Last but not least, have fun! The whole point of sitting out on the stoop is getting to know your neighbors and making some memories.

**Extras steps to make you the super stooper: have a corkscrew and bottle opener on hand, light a citronella candle to keep the bugs at bay, and keep some change in your pocket for the ice cream man** 

This year Stoop Night will consist of weekly themes! This Wednesday’s theme is the Orioles, so wear some orange, listen to the game via radio ( or watch it live if you have a handy neighbors who can get a tv outside).

Some highlights from last year’s Stoop Nights include delicious samples from local restaurants, coupons being handed out to Stoopers, Stay Classy Canton Stoop Contests with prizes from Full Tilt and Blue Hill AND getting to meet all your neighbors! We look forward to continuing to supporting the Stoop Night.  See you out there!

 

Weekend Wrap-Up: the Great Outdoors

photo-1Blossoms are on the trees and the Harris Teeter has welcomed us all into its safe grocery haven. It is time to abandon all of our worries and indulge in some outdoor activities! Luckily, plenty of Baltimore events are luring us all into the great outdoors with everything from food and wine to pirates.

Give this weather a big ol’ hug. It’s the weekend:

Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13: Fell’s Point Privateer Festival

For ten years now, us Baltimoreans have shown pride for our privateer past. This weekend marks the bicentennial of the war of 1812 Battle for Baltimore. What better way to celebrate than with sails flying, bombs bursting in air, arts, food and of course, booze! Fell’s Point Main Street invites the privateer in you to join in on the revelry or join the pyrate invasion pub crawl on Saturday April 12. Join in on the pirate chaos from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, April 12, 7 a.m.: Sole of the City 10 K

I bet you woke up this morning and thought to yourself: it’s so beautiful outside I might just do a 10K today? For the spontaneous runner in you (or if you planned ahead and already are running) the Sole of the City 10K that skirts Fell’s Point and the Baltimore waterfront is still accepting race day registrations. And for the non-spontaneous runner in you, check out the map for streets to avoid as well as places to cheer on the joggers. So what are you waiting for? race up those running shoes.

Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 Decanter Wine Festival

A wine festival at Pimlico Race Course calls for a voyage out of Southeast Baltimore. On Saturday and Sunday, the Maryland Wine Association presents Decanter, a festival celebrating Maryland’s love affair (and history with) wine and horse racing. Enjoy samples of Maryland wine and food, noon to 6 p.m.

All Weekend: Food Deals in Canton

Sunshine makes everyone a little more giving. Grab a bite using this Blue Hill Tavern half off deal. Or, cash in on a city dining card that gets you $10 off any $30 meal at a number of Canton restaurants and beyond. Participating Canton restaurants include: Dangerously Delicious Pies, Canton Dockside, Saute, Verde, and The Chausseur.

You’re Invited: Wit on the Water

You are invited (yes you, my lovely Classy Cantonite) to Wit & Wisdom‘s upcoming launch event, Wit on the Water on Wednesday, April 9 with Audi Hunt Valley to unveil the new 2015 Audi A3. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and feature live music, light fare, a photo booth and an exclusive chance to preview the new A3 model.  The weather should be in the 60′s but Wit & Wisdom will have outdoor heaters to keep you extra toasty.

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This event is the kickoff to their new happy hour series which will be offered every Wednesdays on the patio where guests can enjoy specials from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ( which is 1 hour beyond their current nightly happy hour).  There will also be flat screen televisions outside so you don’t have to miss any O’s action.  Though we alway recommend Ubering or Lyfting over, the first 100 people will receive complimentary valet parking.

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While you’re there be sure to use the hashtag #WitontheWater.

Weekend Wrap-Up: April Firsts

PrintIf a month ever lived up to its name, it’s April. March 31st (basically April) brought Os Opening Day, something that resembled sunshine, the first Stoop Night planning meeting, and an awesome, blue Natty Boh sign in celebration of Autism Awareness Month. This weekend brings the start of some other wonderful things: a new race, a new brunch spot, and a reliable farmer’s market. So here’s to a little spring cleaning: out with the old and in with the new!

Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m.: Cheer on Brigance Brigade 5.7 K

Registration is now closed for the Brigance Brigade 5.7K that will take to the Canton streets Saturday morning, but that doesn’t mean we Cantonites can’t come out and cheer on the runners. Show your support for ALS research and healthy activity in our neighborhood. Read more about the race in this Baltimore Sun Article.

Saturday, April 5, 12:30 to 4 p.m.: Billie Holiday Festival in Upper Fells

Classic music and dance honoring Billie Holiday takes over upper Fell’s Point this weekend. The Billie Holiday Festival will span Durham and Gough streets between Ann and Wolfe streets. Vendors, children’s games, and art tours will keep the family entertained while providing a glimpse into Baltimore’s past.

Sunday, April 6, 7 a.m.: Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar Begins

It’s hard to believe that anything in Baltimore has been around for 37 years, but if anything is believable it’s the continuity of the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar underneath the Jones Falls Expressway bridge. Vendors will open their stalls this Sunday to kick off the season. Peruse the “season opener” of Farmer’s Markets, listen to live music, catch some cooking demonstrations, and make us all jealous with the finds you bring back to Canton.

Sunday April 6, 10:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m..: Brunch at Bluehill Tavern Begins

Where to brunch in this weather? A local favorite is kicking off brunch this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and they have outdoor seating available. Bluehill Tavern is throwing its well-tuned service into the ring of brunches around Canton and we at Stay Classy couldn’t be happier. The brunch menu includes skillets, crepes, and a kids menu (kids under 5 eat free with a paying adult). Also, and most important: $8 bottomless mimosas.

 

Why’s Mr. Boh so blue?

NattyWondering why Natty Boh is Lighting It Up Blue?  He is a supporter of Autism Awareness.  Join Bike to the Beach Baltimore for a 3 mile ride around Canton.  The ride starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Natty Boh Building.  After the ride, participants will meet on Boh’s roof top deck to enjoy food and refreshments courtesy of Mother’s Federal Hill Grille and Natty Boh himself.

You can RSVP to the event here

Have you heard about ‘Bike to the Beach’?  Bike To The Beach is a 501(c)3 non-profit cycling organization that promotes cycling for fun and fitness while seeking to raise money and awareness for Autism through charity bike rides from urban areas to nearby beaches. They believe that through their many events and their partnerships with Autism Speaks and local Autism charities, they can promote an active, socially and environmentally conscious community committed to a healthier life and finding solutions for the millions affected by Autism.  You can learn more about this great organization on their website or facebook page.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Go O’s!

Could an orange "Os" bagel be in your future?

Could an orange “Os” bagel be in your future?

It’s looking like rain all weekend, but never fear, a sunny Opening Day (Monday) is around the corner. Whether you’re heading to the ball park on Monday or plan to catch the game with friends (and away from crowds) in your favorite Canton watering hole, we’ve got all the information you need to properly prepare for Orioles Opening Day in this weekend’s wrap-up. Have any Opening Day inside information? Share it in the comments below.

Enter: Opening Day Art Contest:

Regardless of whether you’re on your way to Opening Day, there’s still time to enter to win a locally designed, framed art print that pays homage to our state’s favorite bird and baseball team. All you have to do to enter: comment on this blog post and make sure you are subscribed to our blog before Opening Day.

Drink Up: Nacho Mama’s Drink Specials:

You really cannot participate in Opening Day without the fresh-squeezed drink of choice for Baltimore City in hand. Nacho Mama’s understands your needs: on Opening Day you can grab an orange crush for $5, pre, during, or post-game. If you’d rather stay true to Boh, those are going for $2.

Grab Breakfast: Towson Hot Orange Bagels?:

If you’re lucky enough to have Opening Day off of work, you may choose to start your day over bagels and brews. If that’s the case, Towson Hot bagels might have your needs covered. They’re considering baking up orange bagels in celebration of the big day. As of the time of this post, we didn’t know if they’d follow through, but it may be worth a call or visit to their Facebook page this weekend to see if it’s happening.

Gulp Down: Beer Towers at Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden

For some Cantonites, Opening Day is the most important day of the year; read: they need to take pre-gaming seriously. If so, Leinenkugel’s beer garden in Power Plant Live is offering $20 Miller Lite towers as well as $2 Miller Lites. And for those worried about “O”ver doing it, there’s $1 hot dogs available to keep you on your feet for at least a portion of the game.

Get O Bombed: at Mahaffey’s:

If you like to join the action late, and by late we mean 2 p.m., Mahaffey’s is the spot for you on Opening Day. They’re offering happy hour prices through 7 p.m. and $5 O Bombs through the end of the game. Join your Canton neighbors in some local revelry.

Go: to Opening Day:

When does the game start again? The Baltimore Sun has a complete rundown of the Oriole’s Opening Day plans. They “encourage” fans to take to their seats by 2:30 p.m. and the game begins at 3:05 p.m. We imagine about a quarter of the fans will be there by then. Regardless of when you finally take a seat, don’t forget to grab a Boh and Go O’s!

 

Opening Day Contest!

It may not feel like it today, but we are less than a week out from Opening Day! In the spirit of our love for the Orioles and you all, we have partnered with EAlexDesigns for an Opening Day Contest.  One lucky winner will be picked to receive the locally designed framed print below.

EAlexDesigns are made right in Patterson Park and specializes in wedding, shower, party invitations, stationary and anything you can dream of.  For more information about her work, you can visit her Etsy shop or email her directly EAlexDesigns@gmail.com.

We will be announcing the winner on Monday, March 31st.  Enter to win by:

1. Commenting below about your opening day tradition! and

2. Sign up to receive our blog via email. (If you already follow our blog, you can skip this step!)

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Good Luck!!

 

Power Hour is Almost Here!

1239044_10203623476853213_2016766014_nIt might be a wintery mix tomorrow but you can still warm your heart by helping a local non-profit, St. Francis Neighborhood Center raise money for their Mentoring Program.   St. Francis Neighborhood Center’s mission is to  breaking the cycles of poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community.  In an average month, they serve over 300 adults, youth, and families. In 2013, they served approximately 15,000 individuals.

Join St. Francis Neighborhood Center at Smaltimore for their “Power Hour(s)” from 5:30-9:30 pm. There will be discounted beers and sushi plates.   10% of proceeds will go directly to the Mentoring Program.  The Mentor Program is a free after school and summer youth program that serves at-risk youth.

Did you know that students who are mentored have:

Improved Grades and School Attendance: Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip class

Staying Drug Free: Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking

Improved Communication Skills: Mentors teach young people how to relate to all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills

Prevent and Alleviate Depression and Other Mental Illness: The strongest benefit to at-risk children is a reduction in depressive symptoms.

 

RSVP and learn more here.