No Place Like B’More for the Holidays

Whether you’re celebrating the holidays, the end of exams, or both, Baltimore has something for everyone to enjoy this December. Take a break from studying for finals and visit one of these festive attractions — your mind will thank you later!

 

Washington Monument Lighting

600 block of North Charles St.

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, December 4, head over to Mount Vernon for the annual lighting of the Washington Monument from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature area choirs, fireworks and refreshments.

 

Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink

McKeldin Plaza

November 21, 2014 – January 19, 2015

The ice rink is open and awaiting your arrival! Conveniently located in the Inner Harbor, the rink is only $9 for adults and $3 for a skate rental. If you get a group of 10 or more friends to join you, you each pay only $9 including skates (reservation required).

This is the first time the Inner Harbor has had an ice rink for about a decade. The opening of the ice rink this year is part of the 4th annual “It’s a Waterfront Life” movement, an effort to bring more people downtown during the holiday season.

The rink will be open seven days a week, even on holidays. You can find out their hours for each day here.

If you want to shop or eat near the Harbor after skating, your ice rink wristband can get you a ton of discounts at local restaurants and stores.

National Aquarium’s Holiday Celebration

On Friday, December 5 at 5 p.m., the National Aquarium’s annual event will feature music and dance performances, a holiday village with live music and crafts, and Kwanzaa and Hanukkah displays. Food and hot chocolate will be available, regular or spiked (for 21+ guests) for purchase.

 

Dollar Days

Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium, Top of the World, The Christmas Village

Visit these museums and exhibits on December 6th and 7th for just $1 each! What a deal! Tickets must be purchased onsite at each attraction.

For more information, please visit: godowntownbaltimore.com

 

The 41st Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade

December 7, 2014: 1 PM

The Mayor’s Christmas Parade is a staple of North Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. Last year, over 25,000 people were in attendance for the festive event. This year, the parade will have floats, local TV and radio personalities, Harley Davidson motorcycles, local bands, Mummers of Philadelphia, Miss Yuletide and everyone’s favorite – Santa!

For more information and directions of the parade route, please visit: http://www.mayorschristmasparade.com

 

Hampden 34th Street Lights

While in Hampden, you must stay until 5 p.m. when the lights turn on along 34th Street. Known as the “Miracle on 34th Street”, (for Baltimoreans anyway) every year for the month of December, the residents of the 700 block of 34th Street all decorate their homes with a plentiful amount of lights and unique displays (nothing says festive like a hubcap Christmas tree). This year will be the 67th year of the lights, and they will be on everyday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, the lights will be on all night. Be sure to check out this classic, cheerful Baltimore event before you head home for the holidays!

Want more information? Please visit: http://www.christmasstreet.com

 

The Holly Jolly Trolley 

Departs from Pier 5 Hotel, 711 Eastern Avenue

From now until December 21, the holiday trolley will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. to travel around Baltimore for a tour of the most decorated neighborhoods and attractions of the season, such as Hampden and Mount Vernon.

Purchase tickets in advance: www.tickets.baltimore.org

 

MICA Art Market 

Brown Center’s Leidy Atrium and Falvey Hall Lobby

1301 W. Mount Royal Ave

Between December 10 and 13, MICA will have its eighth annual art market with a plethora of illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, t-shirts, ceramics, jewelry, toys, wrapping paper, and more all designed and created by MICA students, alumni, faculty and staff. This is an awesome opportunity for guests to buy friends and a family a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for the season!

To find out more about the event, visit www.mica.edu

 

Hot Chocolate Happy Hour

Happy hour on a Tuesday, anyone? On December 9 and 16, Whole Foods Harbor East will offer complimentary hot chocolate “shots” and sweets street-side between 5 and 7 p.m. A perfect treat during holiday shopping!

For more information, visit www.harboreast.com

 

Moonlight Madness & Tree Lighting

Federal Hill Main Street

On Friday, December 12 from 8 p.m. to midnight, Baltimorean’s favorite holiday shopping event returns! Head down to Federal Hill to visit the local shops, galleries and businesses that will be open late and are offering specials, discounts and refreshments to get something for everyone on your list this holiday season! The shopping begins at 8 p.m., but don’t miss the evening kickoff tree lighting between 7 and 8 p.m.

For more information on participating stores and the event, visit www.historicfederalhill.org

 

Baltimore Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting

McKeldin Square

On December 20 at 7 p.m., head downtown to see Baltimore’s tallest Menorah! Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be in attendance for the lighting of the Menorah and the event will include special performances, live music, latkes, jelly doughnuts, and more. Admission is free and open to the public.

Warm Up In a Baltimore Museum this Winter!

As the weather gets colder, it can be difficult to find fun, indoor activities to pass the time! Have you ever considered visiting a museum in Charm City? The variety is unbelievable – everything from a railroad to a tattoo museum, and many are free or cheap for students.

Walters Art Museum

The collection at the Walters Art Museum is an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, including Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories and Old Master paintings.

On October 26, a free installation called Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story, opened in honor of the Walters’s 80th anniversary as a public institution, and takes visitors on a journey through the extraordinary gift given by Henry Walters to Baltimore.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Address: 600 N. Charles St, Baltimore, Md., 21201

Admission: Free

Phone: 410-547-9000

Website: www.thewalters.org

Baltimore Museum of Art

The BMA is celebrating 100 years this November! On Nov. 15, the museum will host an 100th Anniversary Gala, and the public grand opening will be on Nov. 23, a free and festive day filled with storytelling, musical performances, food trucks, and in-gallery conversations with museum educators!

Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Address: 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md, 21218

Admission: Free

Phone: 443-573-1700
Website:
www.artbma.org

American Visionary Art Museum

AVAM’s art is visionary, meaning self-taught individuals that typically don’t have formal training produce it from their own creative visions. AVAM believes their artwork is different from “folk art” (typical museum art) because it is spontaneous and individualized.

The current exhibition on display is The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster, which features a centennial celebration of American artist, Rev. Howard Finster. The museum also just installed a huge outdoor mosaic.

Don’t miss: Sideshow shop, the museum’s gift shop full of funny, bizarre and trendy books, jewelry, and other items!

Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Mondays

Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, Md., 21230

Admission: $9.95 for college students, $15.95 for adults

Phone: 410-244-1900

Website: http://www.avam.org

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Founded in 1981, the BMI features exhibits focused on the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public by highlighting the stories of Maryland’s industries and the people who worked to create them.

On November 7, the Baltimore Shops exhibit opens, which examines the impact left by 19th century markets, downtown department stores, and today’s independent merchants. It will be opened until March 8, 2015.

On December 4, beer lovers rejoice. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas Brewery will lead a beer tasting. Learn about the brewing process and the history of Baltimore beer while enjoying a local beer and a food pairing provided by Kloby’s Smokehouse.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed on Mondays

Address: 1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

Admission: $7 for students, $12 for adults

Phone: (410) 727-4808

Website: www.thebmi.org

Baltimore Tattoo Museum

While BTM displays exhibits of traditional electric tattooing in America, the museum is also a fully functioning tattoo studio.

Some of the exhibits include Carol Nightingale, Stoney St. Clair, Doc Webb, and Carney.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Address: 1534 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231

Admission: Free

Phone: (410) 522-5800

Website: www.baltimoretattoomuseum.net

B&O Railroad Museum

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum is the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. The 40-acre site is always changing exhibits and collections.

Starting on November 22, the B&O Magical Holiday Express begins, with six festive weekends filled with activities. The museum also has a Community Giving Train, a celebration that helps local charities who help those in need this season, like Toys for Tots, Maryland Food Bank ad Maryland Book Bank.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address: 901 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223

Admission: $18 for adults

Phone: (410) 752-2490

Website: www.borail.org

Maryland Science Center

The MSC provides scientific exhibits for people of any age wanting to learn, including: the Maryland blue crab, Newton’s Alley, Life Beyond Earth, and Dinosaur Mysteries. The center also features the Davis Planetarium, a dark dome filled with thousands of stars and planets for space lovers.

Currently, the IMAX theater has a mix of films, such as Flight of the Butterflies 3D, Forces of Nature, Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty, Penguins 3D, The Human Body, and more.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Mondays

Address: 601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Admission: $18.95 for an adult with exhibit halls, planetarium and demo stage. $22.95 with one IMAX film

Phone: (410) 685-5225

Website: www.mdsci.org

Emily Dutt, Marketing Intern

Halloween in Boo-more

Whether it’s a ghost tour in Fells, a crawl in Fed, or a haunted house in neighboring Jessup, Baltimore has plenty of Halloween activities for all ghouls and gals. Not sure what you’re doing yet? Check out some of the spooky highlights this weekend:

Halloween Baltimore Pub Crawl

Fells Point has always been a hotspot during Halloween – and this year won’t disappoint! For those over 21, there is a three-day pub crawl, which kicks off on Thursday, October 30. The check-in is at the Point in Fells (located at 1738 Thames St.) where crawlers get a map, drinking cup, and wristband.

Participating venues include: The Points in Fells, Leadbetters Tavern, Riptide by the Bay, Bond Street Social, and Dog Watch Tavern.

Find out more information and buy your ticket here.

Halloween Bike Party

Baltimore Bike Partiers will be celebrating Halloween by biking through Charm City in their favorite costumes. The adventure starts at St. Mary’s Park in Seton Hill at 6:30 pm and concludes at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (1415 Key Highway).  There will be an after party at Little Havana (1325 Key Highway) with a costume contest and prizes.

Go here for more information.

Federal Hill-O-Ween

This costume party bar crawl will be just one night, on Halloween. More than 17 Federal Hill restaurants and bars will be participating in the event and offering food and drink specials.

Check-in is at Mother’s Parking Lot from 6-10 pm, where participants receive wristband, souvenir koozie, map of bars, and giveaways.

Don’t forget to dress up! There will be Halloween costume contests with great prizes.

Buy your ticket here.

RA Sushi’s Boo Bash Halloween Party

Sushi lovers, beware! From 11 am to close on Halloween, RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant will be decked out in Halloween décor and offer a variety of “Boo Bites” and “Potent Potions” while haunting music plays throughout the restaurant.

Some of the spooky offerings include:

  • Zombie Roll: spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno rolled and topped with avocado and sriracha.
  • Witches Brew: a bubbling blend of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, liqueurs and tropical juices.

Any creepy customers that dare to dress in the best costumes may be able to win some tricks or treats, such as RA Sushi gift certificates.

Bennett’s Curse Haunted House

If you’re looking for a night away from the city and want some creepy mansions, hop over to Jessup to visit Bennett’s Curse Haunted House! $30 ticket includes admission to the three haunted houses on the property – Medieval Underworld, Inferno 3D, and Sanctuary of Insanity.

Buy your tickets here.

Still not sure what to wear? Take a look back at 2014 and gain some dress-up inspiration! These are some of my favorite ideas:

  • Support our home team, the Baltimore Orioles, in their incredible journey this season and dress up as one of the superstars – Adam Jones or Nick Markakis anyone?
  • Frozen fans, you’re in luck! There’s an endless amount of things you could be. Let it go and hop over to Pinterest for some ideas.
  • Didn’t complete the ice bucket challenge? No worries, there’s a costume for that.
  • Honor one of the greats we lost this year and dress up as Joan Rivers or Robin Williams (bonus points if you’re a male and dress up as Mrs. Doubtfire!)

Whatever you do this Halloween, make sure you’re being safe and smart. If you’re of the legal drinking age, always drink responsibly and travel in groups.  If you’re new to Uber, use our promo code COLLEGETOWN for a free ride up to $20.  From all of us at Baltimore Collegetown, have a happy Halloween!

Emily Dutt, Marketing Intern

Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore

Big boats, Blue Angels, and bombs (okay, fireworks) bursting in air! Why, you ask? This weekend is the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, and we’re having a seven-day festival to celebrate!

WHY BALTIMORE?

Well, our national anthem’s lyrics were taken from a poem called “Defence of Fort M’Henry” which was written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.

PLANES, SHIPS AND CONCERTS – OH MY!

Some of the highlights of the festival include:

  • The Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show on September 13 and 14 from 2-4 p.m. will feature the Blue Angels, the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. They will also have air show practices from 12-3 p.m. on September 12.
  • Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem is a two-hour concert at Pier Six Pavilion co-hosted by John Lithgow and Jordin Sparks. Performances will include Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Train and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. You can still purchase tickets online at piersixpavilion.com.
  • Starting on September 11, you can go on FREE public ship tours between noon and 5 p.m. Ships are located at the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point, and North Locust Point.
  • A 20-minute massive firework show on September 13 at 9:30 p.m., which can be viewed from dozens of points around Baltimore’s waterfront.
  • Red, White & Brew Festival in Fells Point on September 13 from 2:30-9 p.m. and September 14 from 11-7 p.m.
  • Orioles will host the Yankees for the weekend, with games on September 12 at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m., Saturday September 13 at 1:05 p.m. and a Star-Spangled game on September 14 at 8:05 p.m., where the players will wear specially designed patriotic uniforms.

For a full list of events, click here.

ANY GOOD GRUB?

There will be three festival areas in the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and Martin State Airport that will have street fair type food vendors. There is also a wide variety of restaurants located in the Inner Harbor – including the Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys, the Hard Rock Cafe, James Joyce and Bertha’s.

If you want to look a little further than the harbor for some Baltimore-based grub, Fell’s Point has a variety of good places. The Point at Fell’s, Max’s Taphouse and Thames Street Oyster House are all worth a try.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Parking can be tough in the city, but Star-Spangled Spectacular has partnered with Parking Panda to allow customers to purchase parking passes at many parking facilities within easy walking distance to the events.

Buy your ticket here.

If you’re not driving into the city, you can also check out:

BEFORE YOU GO

Check out these maps to make sure you know where you’re going!

Enjoy the events this weekend, and refer to Star Spangled Spectacular for more information!

Emily Dutt, Marketing Intern

Volunteer Opportunities Popping Up with the Daisies!

Spring is here and the warm weather is finally enough to bring most college students out of their dorm room hibernation. It’s the perfect time for shorts, sunglasses, and getting out and serving your community! While many local organizations offer volunteer opportunities year-round, many more pop up with the daisies in the springtime. There’s something available for everyone, so I figured I’d share a few opportunities with you!

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The increase in temperature and longer days may inspire you to head outdoors and get back in shape. An excellent way to do this is to participate in a charity walk or 5k. You can burn some calories while helping to raise money and awareness for a wide variety of great causes, and if you’re not in running shape, most events are always looking for volunteers to help with race day support. You can join the Hope for the Homeless 5k, the LASOS Running of the Bulls 5k Fun Run, or participate in The Color Run as a volunteer if your running shoes have been in the back of the closet for a while. Don’t worry, there are plenty more where those came from- you can check out Road Race Runner to find a race that benefits a cause you love on a date that works with your schedule!

mdspcaFor those of you with furry friends (or even just a love for them), there are ways for you to get involved this spring as well! Baltimore BARCS and the Maryland SPCA are located in Baltimore City and are always looking for volunteers to help within many facets of their organizations. If you find yourself a little further away from the heart of Baltimore, you can also check out the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown.

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If neither of those opportunities seem quite your speed, but you still want to head outside to get involved, look into helping out with one of the following organizations. Project Clean Stream organizes area cleanups on a fairly regular basis, allowing you to get down and dirty while making your community a more beautiful place. The Parks & People Foundation also offers opportunities involving cleanups and planting, as well as chances to work with the youth of the community as a counselor, coach, or field trip chaperone.

For those of you allergy sufferers with a love for the indoors, there are plenty of ongoing opportunities for you too! If you’re interested in helping those suffering from the effects of homelessness, poverty, or hunger, feel free to check out St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Our Daily Bread, and Meals on Wheels. If you’d like to exercise your creative side, there are opportunities at Art with a Heart and through Arts Every Day. One of my personal favorite service activities is hosted by Operation Welcome Home Maryland, where you’re able to welcome troops home and thank them for their service at BWI Airport.

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Finally, there is no limit to the opportunities available to students in the Baltimore area! Baltimore Collegetown hosts a volunteer page on its website, each college in the area has its own community service opportunities, and there are countless databases that you can find opportunities on! If you’re having trouble getting started or don’t know where to look, Business Volunteers Unlimited, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County have great resources!

So before the semester ends, consider this your chance to get out, get involved, and “Spring” into action in Baltimore!

Cori Caskey, Baltimore Collegetown Intern
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Get in the ‘Spring’ of Things!

It is time to shake off the winter blues and jump into spring, and it seems the weather has finally decided to agree!  Baltimore has dozens of SPRING FESTIVALS and events coming up these next few months!  From concerts to swashbuckling pirate adventures, there is something for everyone.

Finals may be looming overhead, and for some the dreaded job search, but take an afternoon out of your busy schedule to enjoy the beautiful weather (hopefully I don’t jinx it!), and explore some of these great local events Baltimore and the surrounding universities and colleges have to offer.

April:

Tigerfest: Friday, April 19

Towson University, Johnny Unitas Stadium, Auburn Drive, Towson MD

Towson’s annual Tigerfest has a great lineup this year with headliner Wiz Khalifa.  The day will also feature games, entertainment, and inflatable activities!  There is also a beer garden for my fellow 21+ students.

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TICKETS:
Towson Students 
– $20 advance, $25 day of
– On sale: Monday, March 11th
– May also purchase their guest tickets at this time
– One student ticket per OneCard

Non-Students (also includes faculty, staff, and alumni)
– $35 advance, $40 day of
– On sale: Monday, April 1st
– Tickets will not be available on Ticketmaster

Tickets are on sale at the University Union Ticket Office
(Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm)

For more information visit: http://towsoncab.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/tigerfest-and-homecoming/

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Fell’s Point Privateer Festival: Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21

Fell’s Point: Thames Street Park, Ann Street Pier, Broadway Square, and Broadway Pier

Ahoy Matey!

Come honor Baltimore’s rich maritime history with lots of pirate fun!  Entry is free and the weekend features tons of fun nautical events and entertainment.  There are plenty of vendors and drink and food options that will have your mouth watering.

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Each day will conclude with a bang! A battle at sea just off Fell’s Point including the Pride of Baltimore II, will recreate a privateer attack, complete with cannon and black powder gunfire.

And people are known to don their best pirate attire at this event, so don’t forget you eye-patch, peg-leg, sword, and swagger!

For a full list of activities and events and more information visit: http://www.fellspointmainstreet.org/privateerfest.html

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Quadmania: Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21

UMBC, Hilltop Circle, Catonsville, MD

This weekend-long event is full of music, food, games, dancing, and much more.  Friday night kicks off the weekend with a dance party!  But don’t party too hard because you won’t want to miss all Saturday has to offer with live music, carnival games, food trucks, and thrilling attractions.

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Unfortunately the Sunday concert with headliners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was sold out in less than 4 days, but the rest of the weekend promises a great time.

For more information visit: http://www.umbc.edu/studentlife/orgs/seb/quadmania/index.html

May:

The Towsontown Spring Festival: Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5

Downtown Towson: from York Road to Bosley Ave. and From Susquehanna Ave. to Allegheny Ave.

Sponsored by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Towson is overtaken by thousands of people during this all-ages, all-weekend festival!  There is free entry to the festival grounds and all live music venues.  There is also free entrance to all the beer gardens.

The festival is a great opportunity to get out and hang with friends!  There are going to be dozens of food vendors serving up some tasty festivals favorites like cheese-steaks, BBQ, crab pretzels, pit beef, funnel cakes, brats…I think you get the idea.

Additional events and activities include carnival rides, giveaways, and entertainment!

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After the all-day event head out to some of the local restaurants and bars for dinner! Check out some Towson favorites like The Recher and The Green Turtle.

For more information and stage lineups visit: http://www.towsontownspringfestival.com/

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138th Preakness Stakes & Infieldfest: Saturday, May 18

Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

The running of the Preakness Stakes is one of Baltimore’s oldest and most defining traditions!  The Preakness is smack dab between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, and represents the second of the three races a horse must win to grab hold of the prestigious Triple Crown.

For a more traditional Preakness experience, you can drop a pretty penny for premium seating and tent packages, but ladies, be sure not to forget your oversized sunhats— and gentlemen, your Vineyard Vines printed shorts and bowties.  You can watch the races in style as you sip on a Black-Eyed Susan.

For those looking for a less formal affair, head to the infield.  Get your party on as the races literally take place around you.  Infieldfest features headliners Pitbull, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are sure to show the crowd an amazing time.  The rock band The Goo Goo Dolls are to also make an appearance along with other groups such as Chevelle, Florida Georgia Line & Kristen and The Noise.

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For more information and ticket sales visit: http://www.preakness.com/infield/infieldfest

And check out their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/InfieldFest

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Brew at the Zoo: Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217

Spend your Memorial Day weekend celebrating with the animals! For those 21+ enjoy unlimited beer and wine sampling!  Everyone (even those who cannot indulge in the alcoholic libations) can enjoy live music, food & vendors, and all day zoo admission.  This unique opportunity draws in a more “mature” crowd than the usual kiddie clientele, and is perfect for college-age zoo lovers looking for an excuse to visit their favorite furry animals.

This is a great time to check out the zoo if you have not had the chance yet!

For more information visit: http://www.marylandzoo.org/2013/03/bbt-presents-brew-at-the-zoo-2/

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And don’t forget the most important day this spring! May 12!

Oh you forgot didn’t you?

MOTHER’S DAY!

Don’t worry we’ve got your back here at Collegetown!

So get out and enjoy spring with these fun festivals! Let us know if you have any other suggestions!

Katie Windt, Intern

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“Not” Home for the Holidays? Easter and Passover in B’more!

Going to Catholic school definitely has its perks, one of which is the five day break we are so generously given for the Easter holiday.  Each year I have loved being able to go home to my comfy bed and mom’s home cooked feast of ham, mashed potatoes, pineapple soufflé, carrots, string beans…okay, I could go on forever, but I think you get the point.  Although I am 22 years old and nearing graduation, the Easter bunny still visits me, leaving a white wicker basket filled with peeps, jelly beans, and lots of chocolate, and I still dye eggs each Easter Eve, which later get turned into pickled eggs by dad.

Although I am given the chance to celebrate this holiday with my family back in New Jersey, I realize most students don’t have the opportunity to travel home.  Students that celebrate Passover are usually in the same boat, and are denied the chance to spend the holiday with their family and friends back home.

For all those students out there that are going to be spending these upcoming holidays right here in Baltimore this post is for you!  Baltimore offers a lot of fun celebrations, and there are still plenty of ways to make these days special.

Easter Brunch:

Nothing says Easter quite like being stuffed to the point of immobility after an early afternoon brunch.  Here are some restaurants with great brunches, and some even offering special Easter menus.

Miss Shirley’s a Baltimore favorite serves up a variety of breakfast and lunch classics and truly amazing and unique signature dishes.  See the menu here.

Fleet Street Kitchen opens for brunch service for the first time on Easter Sunday,10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Harbor East restaurant is offering a three-course, $39 fixed-price menu including main course options of slow-roasted leg of lamb, steak frites with farm eggs and lobster frittata. See the full menu here.

The Milton Inn  is serving a three-course, fixed price Easter brunch. Main course options include eggs benedict, crab meat omelet and pan-seared salmon. The cost is $40. See the full menu here.

Oceanaire Seafood Room  will open its doors at noon for a special Easter Sunday brunch featuring some of the chef’s favorite seafood items.

SoBo Cafe in Federal Hill is serving its regular Sunday brunch menu, along with a few specials, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ten Ten is offering a three-course, fixed-price brunch menu on Easter Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  The cost is $24. See the full menu here.

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Eggs:

Whether you are dying them or looking for delicious ways to eat them, eggs are an Easter must!

Saturday, March 23, McCormick World of Flavors at Harborplace is hosting a pair of cooking demonstrations.  The first demonstration from noon – 12:30 p.m. is full of Easter egg dyeing tips and tricks.  Then from 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., learn how to make Easter egg truffles.

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Or wow your friends with some unique and fun egg decorating ideas.

So you’ve hard-boiled and decorated a ton of eggs, but now you are not sure what to do with the leftovers after Easter.  Instead of just eating plain hard-boiled eggs for all your meals for the next week, try some of these great recipes.  Like I said before, my dad is king of pickled eggs, which are a great option for someone looking for something that will keep a long time in the fridge (few months)—and their deep fuchsia color adds a splash of color to any meal.

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So even though you can’t spend Easter at home, take advantage of all Baltimore has to offer.  After stuffing your face with a hearty brunch, set up an Easter egg hunt across campus with your creatively decorated eggs (that is if you can move after eating), or stay in with the roomies poppin’ peeps and watching Easter movie classics.

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AND don’t think I forgot about those of you who will be celebrating Passover.  Baltimore has some great kosher restaurants and stores, which you can find on our website’s “kosher eats” page.

Going to make your own Passover meal instead?  Then check out some of these recipes from Baltimore chef Scott Sunshine.

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/top-lists/passover-recipes-from-a-baltimore-chef/

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If you have any other great Easter or Passover suggestions let us know! We would love to hear from you!

 

Katie Windt, Intern

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