To Do: An Old Timey Bike Fest

mr-boh-velocipedeAnother reason to soak in Baltimore’s rad-ness: American cycling was born here. While the Germans invented the velocipede , Baltimore’s finest were the first to adopt the trend stateside.

On Thursday August, 7, it’s your chance to help celebrate Baltimore’s cycling prowess with a happy hour, food trucks, historic bicycle demonstrations and a celebratory bike ride. The Old Timey Bike Fest begins at 10 a.m. with the Maryland Historical Society where you can tour a special one-day exhibition: American Wheels to the Front: The Involution of American Bicycles (1868-today). The exhibit is open until 7:30 p.m.

From there, head to an open-to-the-public Young Defenders First Thursday Happy Hour in the Courtyard at MdHS from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nosh on food truck bites including GrrChe and The Green Bowl. Beer and wine is available through a cash bar: $3 for beer; $5 for wine.

Demonstrations of historic bicycles by “modern high wheel men” begin at 6 p.m. After the happy hour, hop on your own set of wheels for a celebratory bike ride led by Baltimore Heritage.

Sound bike-tastic? Find out more information on the Facebook Event, and read up on bicycling on the Baltimore Heritage site.

 

Weekend Wrap Up: July Forever

10497894_10153189857108484_3758466308199713696_oSummer always flies by in Baltimore. You grab your orange crush and find a nice spot outside, and before you know it, fireworks have passed and artscape has faded away. This weekend is your chance to make July (seem to) last a little longer. There’s local celebrations and more adventurous to-dos for us more nerdy Cantonites.

Sip and Nosh at The Chasseur’s Best New Bar in Baltimore Celebration:

The Chasseur is very clear about the reason for this celebration on their Facebook invite. They are celebrating YOU! on Friday, July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. But, as it also happens, they were also just named Best of Baltimore’s Best New Bar in Baltimore Magazine. Come for complimentary “bites” and drinks specials with Van Gogh Vodka and leave with some giveaways/prizes.

Party at Fleet Street Market’s Block Party:

Finally a block party that consists of more than your neighbors blocking off the street and stoop sitting with beers all day (not that that is a bad thing!) We’re pretty excited about a collaboration of businesses on Fleet street that define the intersection between Fell’s Point and Canton throwing an outdoor gathering on Saturday, July 26 from noon to 6 p.m. The event, thrown by Fleet Street Market, features $4 margaritas from Ale Mary’s, a sidewalk sale at Bottle of Bread, a Fleet Street market tasting, art, music and more. For a casual afternoon place to hang with neighbors, this event wins.

Climb Aboard the Pride of Baltimore:

History buffs and boat lovers rejoice: the Pride of Baltimore is docked and ready for you to board this weekend at Fort McHenry. Head off this island we call Canton and get a free guided tour of the Pride from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27. Two-hour day and evening sails are also available both days; $35 for children and $45 for adults. A little background for those who are lost: Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her.

Be a Kid again at Baltimore’s Playground Meetup in Fells Point:

Baltimore’s Playground is described on their Meetup group as a “group for the young at heart”. With this week’s cardboard tube-fighting tournament, these random Baltimore revelers are living up to the name. The tournament is scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at 4 p.m. in the regular meeting spot: Fell’s Point Square. Winners of duels are determined by those whose cardboard tubes are not bent or broken. The tournament is hosted by Tube Duel with more rules and information on their Facebook Event. Sign-ups to compete begin at 4 p.m.

Wait for the Bus?

If you haven’t seen, climbed, or laid down on the whimsical “BUS” sculpture outside of the Creative Alliance yet, now’s your chance to go become part of a great piece of public art. The piece was officially unveiled recently and now has a warm seat for those waiting for the bus or simply admiring the work. The installation is a permanent public art project that includes three large sculptures that form the letters B U S. Each letter stands 14 feet tall and 7 feet wide. This conceptual sculpture and bus stop was created by the Spanish collaborative mmmm… as part of the initiative TRANSIT – Creative Placemaking with Europe in Baltimore.

Get Spicy at The Four Seasons

deadOne week from today (Thursday, June 31st from 6-8:30), one of my favorite (fancy-pants) outdoor dining areas, Wit on the Water is hosting bites, brews and live music celebrating the  release of Flying Dog Brewery’s “The Dead Rise OLD BAY® Cookbook.”

This event offers an exclusive opportunity to enjoy Flying Dog’s Frederick-based brews coupled with eats from Executive Chef Zack Mills and Executive Pastry Chef Dyan Ng.  (I can not speak more highly of Chef Ng’s desserts.  love love love.)

Tickets are $55 and include unlimited food and samples of Flying Dog Brewery beer.  It’s promised that “attendees will enjoy an array of thoughtfully crafted chef action stations featuring a variety of both savory and sweet options. To complement each flavorful station, Flying Dog will offer handpicked samples of craft beer from its impressive lineup showcasing Maryland’s favorite flavor profiles like the new seasonal favorite, Dead Rise OLD BAY summer ale.”

Live music will be from the Ruben Montoya Band who is a Baltimore based guitar player, singer and songwriter.

If you are interested in purchasing the cookbook, you can buy it here. 100% of the proceeds from The Dead Rise OLD BAY Cookbook will benefit True Blue, a program that advocates on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay’s 5,500 watermen and promotes sustainably harvested Maryland Blue Crab.

If you haven’t been to Wit on the Water yet, this is a fantastic opportunity to see Baltimore’s beautiful waterfront views as well as sample delicious offerings. Don’t let my fancy-pants description throw you, the expected dress is casual. If you have been before, I shouldn’t have to convince you. You know it will be a good time!  As Wayne, our favorite weatherman says, “Go live like the 1%”. See you there!

 

 

 

Weekend Wrap-Up: Add Some Arts

283280_794121277505_2115135_nYou might ignore Baltimore’s surprisingly awesome art scene the rest of the year, but then, along comes a weekend in July (usually scorching) when you drop everything, dress up in your funkiest gear, and stroll through Mount Vernon and Station North to discover what you’ve been missing. Artscape is back all weekend with all of its weird and wonderful force. To celebrate, and encourage anyone who loves a good festival to attend, this weekend’s favorites are all about adding some art to the mix.

The Art of Yoga

Ever wonder what’s at the the top of the Natty Boh tower? Apparently, it’s a bunch of Yogis, hanging in the morning sun, thanks to mpower yoga. Continuing its series of rooftop summer salutations, mPower invites Stay Classy Canton readers to join them on Saturday July 19th and 26th at 10am (unfortunately, these are the last two sessions).  No sign ups needed, just show up to the Natty Boh Tower early and fill out a waiver form.  We hear classes have been quite busy so show up early to get a spot.

Art in a Park

With so much to choose from at Artscape, we’re featuring a few stand out events and activities we think will appeal to those at every level of the artsy fartsy spectrum. The first of those events is an exhibit held at The Fitzgerald, 1201 Mt Royal Avenue, by Section 1. Section 1′s mission is to develop an internationally recognized urban art park. Head to the exhibit to learn more about the urban art park that’s being constructed under Interstate 83 and donate to paint a brick (or get the kids to do it) to literally become part of the park. To learn more about the Section 1 project, visit their website.

Art on Walls

Think art and Baltimore and it’s hard not to picture one of Baltimore’s whimsical murals. Learn more about the street art scene by taking a free tour of Open Walls Baltimore 2, an international festival of site-specific street art in Station North. Go see murals painted by internationally recognized artists during Artscape with tours beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19. Tours leave from the Blue Police Koban at N. Charles St. & E. Lanvale and will be an hour long.

Art in the After Hours

The art party doesn’t stop ’til you walk in. Did you know that Artscape events and activities go until 11 p.m.? Beat the heat and attend the festival at night to experience some after hours fun. Jump on the lit up Ferris wheel, ballroom dance in the garden, or get nerdy with indie video games at Gamescape.

The Art of Eating

If you’d rather skip the art crowds and instead practice the art of eating, Farmstead Shack at Canton Crossing is officially open for business and ready to serve you home-cooking-as-take-out this weekend. Grab a breakfast biscuit or an afternoon house-made Brat and do some people watching in the parking hazard that is Canton Crossing. Hey, people watching can be an art too!

Oh snap! The I Love the 90′s Dance Party is Back!

I was recently on a college campus (feeling exceptionally old) and realized the 90′s have come back in a huge way. Neon colors, high-waist shorts, and the crop tops. Oh, the crop tops. On the plus side, this should make it pretty easy for you to find outfits for this year’s ‘I Love the 90s Dance Party‘ (benefiting Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults).

This year’s party is staying in one place at Castaway’s Bar and Grill. Be prepared for awesome outfits, jamming hits of the 90′s, a dance contest (start practicing the Carlton now), a costume contests and tons of prizes.  Barcoding Inc. has already stepped up to give the first 100 people that buy a ticket an event coozie, temp tattoo, and maybe even a slap bracelet!

Tickets are $20 – and 100% of the ticket sales will be donated to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. You can purchase your ticket up until the 18th for a discounted early price of $17.

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Everyone wants to be Kelly Taylor.

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Weekend Wrap Up: Entertain your Vices

largeThe humidity to thunderstorm see-saw has taken hold of Charm City again, but when did we ever let that ruin our summer fun? Outdoor movies and concerts abound. Crabs, Bohs, and Os are the only summer essentials. Essentially, summer is a time to entertain your vices, and this weekend has no shortage of sugar, flicks, and feasts.

Sip on a Free Slurpee

Who doesn’t need an icy sugar bomb on a hot summer day to numb up the taste buds and deliver a delicious brain freeze?  That’s why 7-ll delivers a mid-summer free Slurpee Day. Head to your nearest Canton location (Boston Street?) and grab a free small Slurpee to make your co-workers and neighbors jealous.

Watch Hairspray in Little Italy

There’s nothing more Baltimore than taking an evening stroll through Little Italy, perhaps some to-go pasta in hand, and then setting up a few chairs to watch Hairspray. The Little Italy Open Air Film Fest kick-off provides that opportunity on Friday night. Come to the corner of High and Stiles for live music at 7 p.m. The movie begins at 9 p.m. (movies are projected outside of the Ciao Bella Restaurant). Oh, and more free stuff: popcorn.

Feast on Crabs at Fort McHenry

It’s the talk of the town: Friends of Fort McHenry are hosting their inaugural crab feast on Saturday from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Large and medium river crabs will be served with hamburgers, hot dogs, Old Bay wings, corn on the cob, salads, watermelon, and cake. Beer from Heavy Seas Ale House and wine are available too. Stuff yourself next to a historic landmark, with ticket prices ranging from $45 to $65.  Buy your tickets and put on your crab picking face.

Listen to Tunes in Patterson Park

The friends of the Patterson Park summer concert series continues this Sunday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Alma Tropicália. Grab a picnic blanket, bring some adult beverages, and spend an afternoon in the park listening to Brazilian samba sounds. All concerts are held on Pagoda Hill next to the white marble fountain (enter the park at Lombard and Patterson Park Avenue).

Support Dem O’s

O’s are in town all weekend long and hopefully all geared up to face the Yankees. Show your home team some mid-summer support by grabbing the nearest O’s cap and heading to the ballpark this weekend. Plus, it is a really good excuse to get crab meat on a hot dog.

Crabcakes and Football…and Outdoor Movies. That’s what Baltimore does.

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Thanks to a heads up from Bmore Interested, we learned that Sam Adam’s Brew and View is coming to Canton on August 9th at the Canton Waterfront Park.  Expect cold Sam Adams beer, lawn games, food trucks, live music and the viewing of Wedding Crashers. The event starts at 6p.m. and the movie will be shown at 8 p.m.

This event is free and open to the general public and tickets can be reserved ahead of time online. Space is limited.  You must be 21 or older to attend and have a valid government issued ID. No food or drink can be brought into the park, however Samuel Adams Beer and food from local food trucks will be available for purchase.

You can reserve your tickets ahead of time here.

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Crabcakes and Football and Outdoor Movies. That’s what Baltimore does.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Chaotic and Patriotic

July4Logo_wPortsAmerica_2It’s that time of year to paint the town (or Canton) red, and while you’re at it throw in some white and blue too. July 4th falls on a pretty little Friday this year, which means #Murica ought to be the theme of your entire weekend (as if you hadn’t already heard or seen that hashtag enough this week.) We may be a little low from our recent World Cup loss, but that certainly doesn’t need to hold us back from celebrating with class: drinks, obnoxious fireworks, and even more obnoxious flag-styled outfits.

Parade with your Pet

Dress your pet in some good ol’ U.S.A. gear (or his fave costume), and go on parade July 4 at 10 a.m. (registration 9:30 a.m.) at the American Visionary Arts Museum. Trophies awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks, and more. The event is free and followed by a pet talent (or not talent) show. Pets must be leashed or carried and water/baggies provided. Give your pup its chance to shine on the 4th!

Celebrate at the Spa

Everyone knows that you need your red, white, and blue mani/pedi for July 4th festivities, but what if you didn’t have time to get one before the weekend? Don’t fret: About Faces in Canton is open until 3 p.m. on Friday for all of your spa and pampering needs.

Grab a Picnic to Go

Head to Canton’s Can Company and grab a few bites at Langermann’s, which is open on July 4 with some good ol’ American favorites: fried chicken, corn on the cob, St. Louis ribs, and strawberry shortcake. Planning to watch the fireworks from a rooftop or park? Grab a to-go picnic.

Sit and Sip at The Boathouse Canton

For those looking to leave the car at home, but still catch a glimpse of the fireworks, The Boathouse Canton may be a prime location to watch if you get there early. Live music – Al Walsh & Three Flights Up playing from 5:30 to 9:30pm — will keep you entertained as you lounge waterside, with snacks and drinks close by.

Watch from the Top of the World Observation Level

Lack of a roof deck got you down? Head to the best firework watching perch in town: Top of the World Observation level at the World Trade Center. Tickets are $25 for children and $50 for adults. Pricey, we know, but you might just be able to reach out and touch that sparkly stuff in the sky.

People Watch at the Ports of America 4th of July Celebration

If you prefer to be in the mix instead of watching from afar, the Inner Harbor-based celebration begins at 4 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. (and you should be able to catch a good view from Canton). Performances will take place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets. Nearby restaurants and attractions will have their doors open for patriotic revelers.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Stay Cool

Cool down, it's the weekend.

Cool down, it’s the weekend.

 

It’s official! Summer that is. And with the announcement of summer (and school out) it seems like much of Baltimore has retreated to cooler, sandier places. If you’ve been left behind, there are still some music, parties, 4-D movies and soccer to catch up on over the weekend. While the festivals have retreated from the summer humidity, all you need is some drinks, friends, and free air conditioning to kick off your weekend.

Catch a show. Kristen Toedtman’s CD release party with special guest, Abby Mott is happening tonight at The Creative Alliance.  With a voice described as “champagne & chocolate,” Kristen Toedtman plays music with its roots in many pots: pop, jazz, Latin, soul, rock, R&B, so expect an enjoyable performance. Tickets are $15 and $12 for members.

Ride the Boomerang. Taking a detour from its normal DC route, the Boomerang bus will be meeting at Pratt Street Ale House for a tour of Baltimore’s best bars and clubs.

Wear funny glasses and see a flick. SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D – The Great Jelly Rescue will be showing at the National Aquarium. The eye-catching 4-D film follows SpongeBob on his mission to save all the jellyfish after they’ve been abducted by Plankton.

Watch some Fútbol (soccer).  Check out Baltimore magazine’s best places to watch a game.  If you want a sneak peek to see what the Canton bars look like you can download the new ‘Happinin‘ app.  You can see real-time video of whats going on at some of our favorite Canton bars.

 

 

 

 

A DeLITEful Pair: Great Food and Great Work

Last week, we were invited to Langermann’s for their kick off of Destination, Donation and Dining event. I was iffy on going because I didn’t recall having the best experience last time I was there.  Which was because I am a dummy and wasn’t at Langermann before. At first I thought they had just done major renovations but no, I  had been at the Fieldhouse. Which meant I had been avoiding this delicious restaurant for no reason at all. Spoiler alert, the food (and specialty drinks) are delicious.

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The Langermann’s Restaurant Group and The Red Devils breast cancer support charity organization are partnering to create ‘The Red Devils Cafe‘ from June 19th through September 30, 2014. The goal of this partnership is to raise funds but also awareness of the needs of those Maryland families fighting breast cancer.

The ‘Devilishly DeLITEful’ special menu consists of three cocktails made with Sloop Betty Vodka (a hand crafted wheat vodka made in Maryland), small plates and punny desserts. My favorite was the Pork Quesadilla, which was slow cooked, then shredded with BBQ sauce and had just enough heat.

So please learn from my mistakes! Head over to Langermann’s and support this great cause (while you eat extremely well)!

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About The Red Devils:

Since 2002, The Red Devils has invested in excess of $1.8 million in services to help more than 4,000 breast cancer families cope with the economic and emotional strain of living with the disease. We have partnerships with 40 hospitals or other facilities throughout Maryland. Their medical staff and social workers refer patients to our business partners who provide a variety of services at no charge to the patient. Service providers authorized to respond to patients’ needs include van, sedan, and taxi companies; professional house cleaning franchises; Moveable Feast, and catering companies; respite and home care agencies; pharmacies; and complementary therapies practitioners.