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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Kickstarter: A place to inspire and be inspired

(Google images)

Kickstarter is one of my favorite sites to visit for a little inspiration. This innovative platform allows people to spread the word about their project or idea and raise the funds to see it come to life.

Everyone is encouraged to use Kickstarter. Musicians, artists, filmmakers, designers, illustrators, etc. can use Kickstarter’s tools to create campaigns and watch as they gain backers and supporters.

There’s a few rules and guidelines, but once your video is up and running your project has the potential to be fully funded.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or looking to inspire, Kickstarter lets you take a look at innovative and creative projects happening all over.

Search by city and you can see what’s going on right in Baltimore.

St. Patrick’s Day in Baltimore

Baltimoreans will put aside the purple for some green this weekend!

If you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day plans Baltimore is filled with things to do. From a 5k to concerts, there will be something for everyone.Where else can you see the former mayor play traditional Irish music?  So, take advantage of the beautiful weather and start celebrating this weekend. But be sure to save some energy and green attire for the 17th!

Shamrock 5k
March 11
Charles & Franklin Street, 1 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11
Mt. Vernon Place 2 pm

Donegal’s Xpress
Mick O’Sheas, performing after parade

Shamrock Shindig
Phillips Seafood’s Dock
March 11, 12-2pm

O’Malley’s March
March 17
Creative Alliance, 7 and 9 pm

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: Annual Lighting of the Washington Monument

Thanksgiving dinners, Black Friday deals, holiday music constantly running on your Pandora are just a few subtle reminders that the holiday season is in full swing!  The weather may not be best, but one of my favorite things about the holidays is celebrating traditions – cooking great recipes, spending time with family and friends, decorating, etc.

Baltimore definitely embraces the power of tradition through many events – one of which is the lighting of the Washington Monument, an event put on by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts.  In the past, there have been performances from our amazing and talented students from the Peabody Conservatory, some kind words from our Mayor, a fireworks show, and of course the key and most important component, the official lighting of the Washington Monument.

Clear your calendars on December 1 and head down to Mount Vernon Place (600-700 block of Charles St) and be part of an annual Baltimore tradition.  The program officially starts at 5:30 PM, with the official lighting slated to occur at around 7:45 PM.

How do you get there – easy peasy!  Take the Collegetown Shuttle to Penn Station and transfer onto the Charm City Circulator’s Purple Route and take it down to stop #314.

Check out some of my pictures from years past.  Hope to see you there this year!

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For now, this is Ankur….

Signing off!

Dream Share Documentary

(Towson University)

After graduating from college, two friends decide to take a road trip.

We’ve all heard it before, but this is not your average cross-country trip.

The Dream Share Project is a documentary about exploration and finding happiness. As the students travel the country they meet people who share their stories. Their stories of discovery, struggle, passion, and happiness.

Now, after finishing their adventure, these two students want to share their journey in hopes to inspire young people to follow their dream.

There will be a screening of the Dream Share Project Wednesday, November 9 at Towson University.

Need a way to Towson? The Collegetown shuttle will get you there!

The Dream Share Project from Chip Hiden on Vimeo.

Shuttle Spotlight: Freefall Baltimore

The leaves are changing colors, it’s getting a little cooler, and professors are piling on the projects, quizzes, and homework, BUT one thing doesn’t change:  we ALL need a little escape every now and again to add a little spice to our lives.   The best part is, you can find lots of activities to participate in at minimal or no cost to you.  Every October,  the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts (BOPA) brings you Freefall Baltimore!  It’s a month long calendar of activities designed to increase access and interest to the arts and cultural attractions we have in Charm City!

We may be approaching the end of the month and thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and how to ring in 2012 with a bang (Lightbulb:  future blog posting!), but I highly recommend adding some of these destinations to your Baltimore Bucket List (Yes, there is such a thing).  I’ve had stellar experiences at destinations such as the Windup Space, CenterStage, American Visionary Art Museum, Walters Art Museum, and Reginald F. Lewis Museum (just to name a few).

If I could choose one event to attend in the last few days of Freefall Baltimore, I would go for the ballroom dancing classes at Johns Hopkins University ROTC Building at the intersection of 39th and University Parkway taking place this Friday at 8 PM.  Live out your Dancing with the Stars fantasy (wait is that only me?) and learn how to rumba, waltz, and tango and above all step out of your comfort zone.  I can even minimize my gas and parking costs by taking the Collegetown Shuttle to the JHU stop and walk a few blocks north on Charles St and west on University Parkway.

If dancing isn’t your thing, don’t worry about it.  Visit http://www.freefallbaltimore.com and find something that gets you excited.

For now, this is Ankur….

Signing off….