A Charm City summer

If you haven’t heard, Baltimore ranks #22 as a best city to live in as a recent college grad. So Collegetown friends if you’re spending the summer in Charm City, here are a few ideas of what to check out!

1. Mt. Vernon: home of WTMD‘s First Thursday Concert
2. 2640 Space: beautiful venue in Charles Village for concerts, speakers, and everything in between
3. Fort McHenry: you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the view from the fort
4. American Visionary Art Museum: fun and quirky musuem in Federal Hill
5. Federal Hill Park: take a walk down from AVAM and take a look at the Inner Harbor from the top of the hill
6. Annapolis: Not quite Charm City, but if you’re looking for a day away take a drive to Annapolis.
7. Farmers Markets: take a bit of home-grown fruits and vegetables
8. Artscape: America’s largest free arts festival happens here
9. Little Italy Open Air Film Festival: grab a gelato and enjoy an outdoor movie
10. Explore! There’s so much going on this  summer to see and do. Check out these sites to start filling your calander.
www.baltimorecollegetown.org
www.whatweekly.com
www.citypaper.com

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A Day in DC

Baltimore is a cultural hub filled with things to do and see. But, what’s also great about this city is location, location, location. Philly is a short drive, New York City is a bus ride away, and our nation’s capital is a little down the road. So, if you ever want to explore another city’s hustle and bustle there are many options!

This week, I crossed DC off my to do list. I have been to the city a few times before, but not as often as I have hoped while living in Baltimore. So, taking advantage of a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, a friend and I took a day to explore.

While we strolled around the monuments my friend had the great idea to ride bikes to our next destination; the Newseum. We found the closest bike share which is located all around the city and pedaled our way down the streets of DC. In no time we were at the Newseum which has an amazing collection of news and journalism. As a journalism student, I was in awe of what filled the walls of the gallery and could have stayed the entire afternoon!

But, back on the bikes we went. Our next stop was Dupont circle where we walked around and did a little window shopping. After working up an appetite we grabbed a quick bite to eat and made our way back on the Metro to head home.

We only scratched the surface of what DC has to offer. The city is filled with art, music, and museums that can keep you busy for days. So if the weather keeps us on our toes like it has, take advantage of the next sunny day and explore!

*Bolt Bus and Mega Bus offer cheap tickets to some great cities.

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Shuttle Spotlight: Walters Art Museum

Hello!

When we talk to students at different schools throughout the year, the biggest question we get is “What is there to do in this city?”  Usually, I respond back with “Well, what interests you?”  At that point, I usually (not all the time) I get that deer in the headlights look, because we’re human – we’re interested in different things and open to new opportunities.  Baltimore is a great college town with plenty of attractions and activities to participate in and the Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle can definitely get to you a lot of places around town.

So here’s the deal:  A couple times a week, we’re going to post a little something called the Shuttle Spotlight (queue disco ball drop), which will basically highlight an event and/or attraction you can visit using the Collegetown Shuttle and other transportation options.  We want you have a great on-campus experience, but branching out is just as important, and we can totally help with that!

To kick this off, we’re going to shine the spotlight (queue bright lights and drumroll) on the Walters Art Museum’s College and Arts Community Night to be held on Thursday, September 22 between 6 to 9 PM.  There will be some commentary from the curator, light refreshments and drinks, an LED hula hoop dance (no typo here, seriously LED hula hoop dance!), and some dancing.  The staff does an excellent job of putting this event together every year and it’s definitely a must see.  Of course, don’t just redeem your one-time pass to the Walters and fuhgetta about it – there are rotating exhibits all year round!

Now, how do you get there?  Simple!  Take the Collegetown Shuttle – blue or red route – to Penn Station, hop off, then transfer onto the Charm City Circulator’s purple route.  The Charm City Circulator is a free bus as well, so don’t worry about shelling out some coins for the bus – we got you covered!  Ride the bus all the way down to Centre St and walk a few blocks west directly to the main entrance of the Walters.  Show your student ID and you are golden!

For more information on this event and anything related to this gem of a museum we are proud to have in Baltimore, visit http://www.thewalters.org.

For now, this is Ankur..

Signing off!

Getting ready for Artscape

This Friday kicks off Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival right here in Baltimore. The streets will be filled with sculptures, vendors, crafts, music, and so much more to keep you coming back for more.

July 15-17
Mt. Royal Ave | North Charles Street

Who’s taking the stage at Artscape, take a listen.

Maps: Finding our Place in the World – a New Exhibit at The Walters

We got a sneak peek at the brand new exhibit opening at The Walters and are here to say, it’s one of the best we’ve ever seen!

The Walters in itself has always featured some exquisite pieces that are breathtaking in beauty. But this exhibit in particular is different, because it is thought-provoking and educational, as well as being an exhibit aimed at making a change in our society.

The unique collection of one of a kind pieces that The Walters has discovered is truly amazing. From original maps penned by some of America’s most influential leaders like Lincoln and Washington, to the inventive maps of our early ancestors sculpting their shorelines, these maps look at everything from how to get where your going, to solving societal problems (by mapping where disease outbreak is most common to find the root cause of it, for example.) There’s the colorful and fun map of the Land of Make-Believe, which at least brought us back to the days when our parents read us nursery rhymes, and the navigational correctness of some of the earliest world maps on record. Our personal favorite, though, was the 4-minute geographical representation of the Civil War. Imagine seeing the progress of both Union and Confederate, and the death toll endured by both sides all within a few short minutes. (The result is simply astounding and we guarantee you will be mesmerized.)

The next part of the Maps exhibit was the Mapping the Cosmos display. We all know the awesomeness of the Hubble Telescope – it’s pretty much one of the few things we remember from our Elementary school science days. But this exhibit truly shows that our 5th grade teacher was right – the Hubble Telescope provides an eye into the way the Universe looks now, and how it did billions of years ago. The pictures that the Hubble has provided show galaxies in such in-depth detail that they almost seem to pop off the page like a 3-D movie would. And if you’ve ever wanted to see how stars are born, or how they die, the Hubble has provided an up-close and personal view of this incredible phenomenon.

Another portion of the exhibit was the Maps on Purpose exhibit, which showed how maps are moving people in our very own community to take action. Community members of neighborhoods in Baltimore that are going through “rebuilding” phases got involved in a map-making project that would display their concerns for the area, and how so much has changed since the neighborhood began. Even the children of the neighborhood got involved and drew pictures of themselves doing the things they love to do in the places they love to do them. By showing so many different views on this difficult challenge, the Maps on Purpose exhibit is giving a voice to those who need it.

We know that going to museums to look at beautiful paintings may get redundant. But with such an extensive and unique collection of maps – pretty much anywhere in the Nation – the Maps: Finding our Place in the World exhibit is truly one not to be missed. If you’re going to go to any museum this Spring, it should be the Walters for this exhibit.