This week had its ups and downs of losses and community strength. First, on Monday, came news of the arrest: two teenage suspects charged in the murder of Kim Leto, a friend and colleague of many Cantonites. Despite everything, the community came out in full force to the Count on Canton fundraiser on Wednesday evening. While the event raised $8400 for the continued recovery of Jon Fogg, it also showed just how unwavering our community is. It revealed a Canton that recognizes many have suffered from the recent crimes, but also that we’ll stick together and do everything in our power to prevent them in the future. At the end of the week, Tracey Halvorsen summed up a lot of many of our sentiments in a narrative making its rounds across the Internet, titled: “Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart.” While this piece outlined many injustices, there was also a message of hope: “I want to love this city again. I want it to get the crime monkey off its back and become the amazing place and home I know it can be.”
So with that, we have some brighter news for you to glean through. The results of the raffle are in! Get out this weekend. Love this city again.
Results are in (We will be contacting the winners to let them know how to receive their prizes)
- ACE $100 Gift Certificate & Beer Basket from Bond Distributing- Kristen Kotowski
- Wine Basket from Southern Wine and Spirits & Urban Chic Shopping Party for up to 15 friends- Bryan Tamberino
- Relay Foods $30 Gift Certificate & FIX Studio 1 Month Membership- Connie Groves
- O’s tickets from DAP Productions, 4 box seat tickets & parking- Justin Cunningham
- Canton Restaurant Gift Certificate Book (Gift certificates include: the Chasseur, Verde, Blue Hill Tavern, Tavern on the Square, Shiso Tavern, Smaltimore, Saute, Pierpoint, Mama’s on the 1/2 Shell, Nacho Mama’s, Annabel Lee’s Tavern, Hudson Street Stackhouse, and Jasa Kabob)- Mandy Heagy
- $100 gift certificate to CapitolMac Baltimore- Mostafa Razzak
- Ania Milo Fine Art & Pet Portraits 11 x 14 custom pet portrait- Joe Maheady
Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m.: Kim Leto’s Celebration of Life
Kim Leto was a Patterson Park neighbor, a O’Donnell’s pub employee, and a friend of many in the neighborhood. We felt it was our duty to let the community know about her celebration of life at the Polish Home in Fells Point this Friday. In lieu of flowers you can send a donation to Lucky Cat Rescue, PO Box 8544, Baltimore, MD 21234.
Friday, February 7 at 8 p.m.: Countries Nights Kickoff at Horse with No Name
The Boston Street locale gives a nod to country with the kickoff of Friday “Country Night” from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bar will blast country top 40, complete with line dancing (of course). The event includes $6 Lynchburg Lemonades, $2.50 bottles, and $5 Jack and Jim. And there’s no cover. Who’s going country with us?
Friday, February 7, 6 p.m. to Saturday February 8, 6 p.m.: Pedal for Patterson Park
In an effort to support Patterson Park’s youth programming, Canton Club invites the community to the 2014 Pedal for Patterson Park event, held 24 hours from Friday to Saturday evening. Sign up for a spin class and the proceeds from your donation go straight to the youth programs. Classes include “Disco”, “Movie Montage”, and “Love for Guetto” and are held at all hours to match your weekend schedule.
Sunday, February 9, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Canton Gay Alliance
A new social group for gay men living in or near Canton will meet for happy hour drinks and bar food at the Blue Hill Tavern. They group will be gathering in the bar area. (ask Nichole the bartender) Anyone who is interested can contact them at cantongaymen(at)outlook(dot)com. You don’t have to respond or register, just show up if you like.
Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.: First Annual Charm City Bourbon and Bacon Wars
Every once and awhile, an event comes along that’s not in our hood, but good enough to include in the weekend wrap up. The first annual Charm City Bourbon and Bacon Wars, hosted by Mother’s in Federal Hill, wins because it has “Bourbon” and “Bacon” in the title. Their Facebook Event page threw down the gauntlet: “We are challenging any restaurant in Maryland to come up with it’s most creative, most tantalizing bacon dish.” Restaurants participating (so far) include: Heavy Seas Alehouse, John Stevens Limited, Ropewalk Tavern, and Vino Rosina. We (the diners) get to help choose the winner. Challenge accepted.