The Beauty of Baltimore

Okay, so I can’t be the only one that’s stopped their car just a little too long at a red light staring at one of the spectacular murals around Baltimore, right? Be honest … we all get a little distracted sometimes – and who can help it with all these open-walls-baltimore-murals-gaiaamazing, larger than life works of art around the city?

It all began in 2012 when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc. launched Open Walls Baltimore, a community art project dedicated to a tremendous outdoor exhibit of murals across Station North. Over the course of two months, talented artists from Baltimore, New York City, Europe, and South America painted twenty-three remarkable murals. The success of the inaugural UnknownOpen Walls Baltimore two years ago inspired OWB2 (Open Walls Baltimore 2) which began in March and goes through June 2014. OWB2 is curated by local artist (and MICA graduate), Gaia, and promises several new additions to Baltimore’s already exquisite collection of street art.

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And it’s more than just murals! OWB2 will also include several performances and demonstrations over the course of the two-month project. Under the name Open Walls Baltimore X, these programs include Free Yoga Fridays by Charm City Yoga and Story Telling by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, leader of the public art series Stop Telling Women to Smile

Be sure to keep up with the progress of OWB2 over the next couple months, and “Like” them on Facebook. And if you’re interested in other murals around Baltimore, check out The Baltimore Sun’s list of the city’s 50 best!

These beautiful murals aren’t the only reason to go out and about in the city this spring – now that the weather forecast is finally starting to include some sunshine it’s time to enjoy the beauty of Baltimore! Check out this list of lovely, outdoor venues that are sure to be calling your name as the temperatures continue to climb:

All of these look like the perfect excuse for a study break, am I right!? Get out there and See More BMore this spring – and if you have any other outdoor activities you think should be included in our list, please comment below!

 

-Madison Boris, intern

It’s About Time!

Spring Time, That Is 

Now, it may not feel like it quite yet thanks to these near-freezing temperatures, but Spring is here!! And thank goodness, I’m a little tired of being cooped up inside all the time, and what better way to spend warmer days than at a festival? The city has a ton to offer in the upcoming months, so if you’re looking for a study break or simply want to get off campus for the afternoon be sure to check out these festivals for guaranteed good times:

Good, Old-Fashioned Street Festivals 

  • Johns Hopkins Spring Festival, April 25-27
    • Make your way over to JHU for a weekend of free fun!  Funnel cake, games, and a beer garden (21+, of course) – what more could a college student ask for? AND a special performance by the one and only J-Cole!!
  • Towsontown Spring Festival, May 3-4
    • This is gonna be huge – the 47th annual bash hosted by the Timagesowson Chamber of Commerce features carnival rides, live music, and more than 450 vendors! Stop by one of the food tents and pick up oneof your favorite festival treats – crab pretzel, pit beef, pulled pork, cotton candy, you get the idea! (I’m drooling just thinking about the possibilities)

You Don’t See That Everyday!

  • Maryland Bacon Festival, April 26
    • I scream, you scream, we all scream for … BACON!  The Maryland Bacon Festival is coming toBaltimore, and the $25 Early Bird ticket includes entry tophoto-5 the festival plus 3 Bacon Sample Tickets tob
    • e used at any of the 30+ food vendors.  Thisbacon-themed block party has everything a bacon-lover could ever want – samples, eating contests, cooking demonstrations (all bacon themed, of course) plus live music and full service bars!
  • Privateer Festival April 11-13
    •   Arrrgh you ready for some pirate themed fun!? Check out the Fell’s Point 10th Annual Privateer Festival for a weekendof shopping, celebration, and living history! Come honor the bicentennial year of the War of 1812 with traditional privateer reenactments, music, food, and drink! And for those of you who are always down for a good themed party – this is the perfect excuse to break out the swashbuckling boots, swords, and eye patches and get in tune with your inner pirate!
  • Zombie Gras, March 29
    • Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is kicking off its fourth annual Zombie Gras this Saturday!  Beginning at 10am the living dead are expected to flock to Geppi’s to admire displays of zombie Unknownhistory, pick up some unique memorabilia at participating vendors, and learn tips from professional make up artists.
      • After 6pm the real fun begins – a bar crawl including: Pickles Pub, Sliders Bar & Grill, Frank & Nic’s West End Grille, Pratt Street Ale House, Tir na nOg Irish Bar & Grill, and Dick’s Last Resort!

For All The Sports Lovers Out There … 

  • Baltimore Orioles Student Night Fridays, beginning April 11
    • What better way to kick off Spring than with America’s favorite pastime? Check out the Orioles’ special student night Friday deals and catch a great game! Go O’s!
  • Lacrosse National Championships, May 24-26
    • Who will make it to the big dance!? This year, the lacrosse National ChamUnknown-1pionship game will be hosted at M&T Stadium – and who knows, maybe we’ll see one of our very own Baltimore institutions in the arena making the city proud!

Not Specifically Spring, but still FUN (especially for those who love to eat and drink like I do!) 

  • Food Truck Gathering
  • Brewery Tour
    • Heavy Seas Brewery
    • Union Craft Brewery
  • And if you find yourself sick of campus food, or just fancy a night out on the town be sure to check out our website for a list of all the city’s amazing eateries!

So despite the chilly weather, Happy Spring, everybody!!  Now get out there and enjoy some food, festivals, and fun!  Have any special Spring plans? Be sure to tell us about them!

 

- Madison Boris, intern

Spring Break 2014

I think I speak for all when I say that the combination of frigid temperatures and mountains of homework has me counting down the days (hours, minutes, and seconds) until SPRING BREAK!!  Whether you’re planning a trip to some place sunny or heading home, the week off from classes is the light at the end of the tunnel.   Image

Now, society seems to think that college spring break is synonymous with binge drinking and exotic beaches – but apart from those few party-animals featured on MTV, that is not the reality.  For most, spring break is a time to relax and catch up on some much needed sleep!  But this year, instead of just becoming one with your coach and developing an intimate relationship with your Netflix account – check out my list of ideas for new things to try during Spring Break:

  • Road Trip

ImageAnother fun fact: I used to make an annual trip from my home in Utah to my grandparents’ house in Connecticut, a grand total of 2,275 miles and 33 hours – so I know a thing or two about road trips too!  Road trips are a great opportunity to visit new places, bond with friends (what better way to connect with your buddies than to spend countless hours with them in cramped quarters!?), and sample local cuisine – if you’re a Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives fan like me you can plan your entire trip around the famous eateries visited by Guy Fieri!

Here are some other sites to help kick-start your road-trip plans:

  • Read a Book!

Whether you’re on the beach or relaxing at home, Spring Break is the best time to unwind with a great book! Check out this cool site that helps you pick out your next read!

  • Pamper Yourself

Enjoy your time off from classes and take this opportunity to treat yo’ self!  Manicures, pedicures, the whole 9-yards.  Now, I’m not talking about breaking the bank at the spa – no, no all this can be done at home with simple, inexpensive ingredients and tools! Check out these sites for some inspiration:

  • DIY

Use your down time to get crafty!  Check out these links for some ideas that are cheap and easy.  Just think about how much your roommates will love you when you come back with a cute new decoration for the dorm room!

  • Sign Up for a Run!

Whether you’re professional, or just lacing up the sneaks for the first time – signing for and completing a run is a fantastic feeling.  The month of March is full of road race opportunities, so check out this calendar

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and sign up before time runs out ;)

Look Ahead to April: The Color Run (The Happiest 5K in the World) will be Saturday April 19!

Whatever you end up doing, have a great break, everybody!  And if you’ve got some extra special plans that’d you like to brag about, please leave a comment below!

-Madison Boris, intern

Think Outside the (Chocolate) Box This Valentine’s Day

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  Although I really wouldn’t consider myself the biggest romantic (Nicolas Sparks books make me gag) I do enjoy Valentine’s Day nonetheless.  Who says you need to spend this Hallmark Holiday with the love of your life!?  Instead, you can use February 14th as an excuse to try a new recipe, do a craft, or tell your friends, roommates, parents, bosses, anybody that you care about them!  Now we all typically associate chocolates and flowers with V-Day, but I thought I’d compile a list of alternative:

Breakfast

ImageLunch/Dinner 

Dessert, duh 

For All  My 21+ Followers, It’s Cocktail Time!

                                                 Who’s Up For Crafts!?

Happy Valentine’s Day from Baltimore Collegetown Network!  If you’re planning on trying any of these recipes or crafts, let us know!  And if you’re doing some sweet and romantic … well, maybe just keep that to yourself.   

 

 

  – Madison Boris, intern 

 

Wait A Second, I Have to Graduate?

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like second semester senior year totally came too quickly!  I’ve loved my time in college, and part of me wants to stay forever, but I know it’s time to begin the next chapter of my life (cue sentimental music here).   To get the ball rolling I know I will definitively be taking advantage of these two Unknowngreat opportunities:  **note, these events are not exclusively for graduating seniors, anyone can attend – underclassmen, graduate students, individuals simply looking for new job opportunities. Come one, come all!**

  • Maryland Career Consortium will be hosting more than 100 of the area’s top employers on Friday, February 7 at Towson University.  The logoevent is from 10:00-2:30pm, giving you plenty of time to pop over before, after, or between classes! (Or if you’re a lucky duck like I am with no Friday classes, you can peruse the booths and network with potential employers for hours on end!)
  • NET/WORK, a tech job fair put on by Technical.ly Baltimore, will feature more than 15 local and regional tech companies that are ready to hire!  The event will be on Thursday February 20 from 3:00-7:00pm.  This uniquely informal event will also include:
    • Match Making: Complete a survey before the event to meet top employer pick
    • Casual Atmosphere: A departure from the atmosphere of traditional jobs fairs
    • Expo/Fair: Companies show off their latest projects and meet attendees
    • Mini-interviews: Participate in casual, mini interviews with prospective employers in a quiet area
    • Staq will be presenting dev talks for budding-to-seasoned developers:
      • Mike Subelsky, cofounder and CTO of Staq, will give a talk on Ruby: “How to Write Clean, Concise, and Confident Ruby Code” (recommended for beginner-to-intermediate-level developers)
      • Brian Kemper, senior software engineer at Staq, will present on JavaScript: “How and Why To Make Your Own Web GUI Toolkit”
  • After-Party: Featuring local craft brews (You must be 21+ to drink. They will be checking IDs.)

The best part? It’s FREE for students. Use code “COLLEGETOWN” to say you heard about this event from us!

Find out more and RSVP here.

If you’re planning to attend either one of these events, or any other career fair, be sure to keep these tips in mind:

  • Bring at least 20 copies of your resume
    • Pass those bad boys out like candy!
  • Dress to Impress
    • Proper business attire is a must!  No jeans, t-shirts, leggings, or sneakers – this is the big leagues, folks.dress-for-success

If you’re not quite sure how to dress, check out this tutorial

  • Have your personal commercial ready
    • Be ready to give a brief 30 second introduction explaining your interests and qualifications
  • Do your research
    • Knowing some key points about a company beforehand will help you engage in conversation with their recruiter
  • Get the interviewer/recruiter’s business card
    • Give them a call or send them an email as a follow up to remind them how great you are!

Or, if you’re looking for an internship for the semester or for the summer be sure to check out the resources on our website (It’s where I found mine!)  And be sure to take full advantage of your school’s career center!

Best of luck, everybody! If you have any other job search tips or opportunities feel free to leave a comment below.

-Madison Boris, intern

Our Neighbor, Our Nation’s Capital

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Have you heard the exciting news?  Beginning December 7, the MTA will be launching a new weekend train schedule from Baltimore to DC for only $7.00! No need to worry about driving, gas, or parking anymore – just grab the Collegetown Shuttle down to Penn Station and hop on the MARC train to Union Station in DC.  From there, you can switch over the Metro and cruise off to your favorite destinations.  Now you can visit monuments, museums, and more without spending a fortune on transportation.  I know I’ll definitely be making the trip some time soon; here are some of the exciting spots I plan to add to my itinerary:

Metro Stop: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.25, Off Peak – $1.70)

  • Museums, museums, museums! ALL FREE!
    • Smithsonians – There are 19 in total, check out the full listing here
      • National Museum of American History
      • National Museum of African Art
      • National Museum of Natural History
      • National Museum of the American Indian

Metro Stop: Smithsonian (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak- $1.70)

Metro Stop: Farragut North (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak – $1.70)

Metro Stop: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.25, Off Peak – $1.70)

  • The museum is one block away from the metro station in the Pennsylvania Quarter neighborhood on 800 F Street, NW

 

Metro Stop: Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.25, Off Peak – $1.80) OR Cleveland Park (Peak – $2.40, Off Peak $1.95)

 Metro Stop: Friendship Heights (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $3.20, Off Peak $2.05)

  • Georgetown
    • Anthropologie, Gap, Nike, Patagonia (just to name a few)

Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom/GWU (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak – $1.70)

      Metro Stop: Friendship Heights (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $3.20, Off Peak $2.05)

  • Monuments, Memorials, and The Mall
    • The Washington Monument

Metro Stop: Smithsonian (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak- $1.70)

  • The White House

Metro Stop: Federal Triangle (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak – $1.70)

  • The Capitol Building  - You can walk there from Union Station!
  • The Lincoln Memorial

 Tons of nearby stops including – Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, and Farragut North

  •  The Jefferson Memorial

Metro Stop: Smithsonian (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak- $1.70)

  • World War II Memorial

Metro Stop: Smithsonian (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak- $1.70)

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom/GWU (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak – $1.70)

  • Iwo Jima Memorial

Unknown-2Metro Stop: Rosslyn (six-block walk to the memorial, FYI) (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.35, Off Peak – $1.85)

  • Visit friends who go to American University, Georgetown, or George Washington!

American University Metro Stop: Tenleytown/AU (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.95, Off Peak – $2.05)

Georgetown Metro Stop: Rosslyn (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.35, Off Peak – $1.85)

George Washington Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom/GWU (Fare from Union Station: Peak – $2.10, Off Peak – $1.70)

The possibilities for fun and adventure in our nation’s capital are endless, so be sure to take advantage of this great new travel option and hop on a $7.00 weekend MARC train to DC, ASAP!

What do you like to do in DC? I’m always trying to improve and expand my itinerary!

-Madison Boris, intern

Food, Fun, Family, and Friends

 

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Thanksgiving 2013

Every year I promise myself that I will finally add my own creation to my family’s Thanksgiving feast, and every year the opportunity somehow slips away from me.  I’ve never actually done anything more than mash the potatoes, butter the rolls, or assemble the casserole.  I’ve never, from start-to-finish, created my own culinary masterpiece to be enjoyed by my family.  This year it is my mission to add my own personal touch to the Thanksgiving table (and maybe even impress my master chef of a grandmother).

I’ve come up with a list of simple, delicious recipes that I think have the potential to be a huge hit! Take a look, give them a try, and if there’s anything you think I should add, feel free to leave your comments and suggestions!  Also, seeing that is the season of giving, I’ve included information about how to help hungry families in Baltimore before heading home for break – check it out!

  • Just For Fun – No Cooking Required, Just Assemble!
    • Oreo Turkeys (big kids can have fun too, right?)
    • Fruit Masterpiece (see picture)

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Cooking not your thing? How about a craft for the family table instead?

Pumpkin Candles

Bean/Lentil Candles 
                                                                                                          Floral Pumpkin

Before Heading Home

I know most of us will be heading home for the holiday, but before you board your planes, trains, and automobiles send a donation to the Maryland Food Bank!   You can drop off bags of food at one of their many food drives (call 737-8282 ext. 223 to talk to the food drive coordinator to find a location near you!) or you can give a virtual donation where you can pick out groceries in an online supermarket, balt_foodbank_lgmake a monetary donation, and MFB will deliver them to someone in need!

Hope everyone has a fantastic break;  safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Baltimore Collegetown!

-Madison Boris, intern