Tourism Tuesdays: Gizmos, Gadgets, and Gears at the Maryland Science Center

July 16th, 2013 by Chris Furino

ggg_lrgUntil Labor Day

Maryland Science Center – 601 Light Street

The Maryland Science Center is the perfect getaway for kids. I remember my first trip to the center, when I was at the tender age of 15, was one that was really exciting and fun. This museum / all around fun center has tons of great exhibits for all patrons to learn about anything from the human body to the solar system. Plus, the center is located right in the Inner Harbor so it could be a part of your day trip downtown. From now until Labor Day, the Maryland Science Center will be offering a new exhibit, titled Gizmos Gadgets and Gears. The main premise of this exhibit is to have patrons engineer contraptions from other objects. Do you think you can turn a mouse-trap into a race-car? Can you make a helicopter out of a rubber band and some popsicle sticks? Have you ever made and used a pin-hole camera? Or thought about turning an old CD into art? This new exhibit will certainly get your creative juices flowing. Think you’ve got the imagination? Then head down to the Maryland Science Center. If you’ve got kids of your own, you’re just babysitting someone else’s, or you want to let out the kid inside of you, this tourist spot is one you definitely want to check out.

For more information, check out the Maryland Science Center’s website.

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Museum Mondays: Ashe to Amen

July 15th, 2013 by Chris Furino

AshesToAmenDaily until Sept. 29th

Reginald F. Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture –

The traveling exhibition, Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery is currently being shown at the Reginald F. Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture until September 29th. The exhibition, curated by Leslie King-Hammond, Ph.D., graduate dean emerita and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), will present African-American artists’ interpretations of Biblical stories and traditions through historic and contemporary art at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Ashe to Amen is among the first scholarly explorations into how the Bible has informed the multicultural African-American community’s evolving artistic expression. This exhibit will showcase a wide range of expressions of faith and the interpretations of African American Christians. It will follow the themes of creation, revelation, faith, liberation, and identity by exploring works of African American artists dating as far back to the late 19th century. This exhibit promises to be very beautiful and interesting.

For more information and admission prices, visit the museum’s website.

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Sports Saturdays: Downtown Sailing Center Open House

July 13th, 2013 by Chris Furino

DowntownSailingAugust 10th – 10am – 1pm

Downtown Sailing Center at the Museum of Industry – 1425 Key Hwy

Ahoy mateys! Have you ever wanted to try out sailing but didn’t think you were pirate enough to do it? Well go and get your sea legs and head down to the Downtown Sailing Center’s open house on August 10th from 10AM to 1PM. The open house is completely free and at it you can learn about membership, classes, summer day camp, and much more. Registration is encouraged to ensure you get a spot for your maiden voyage. Tours will run each hour so make sure you check the time you want to sign up is full. The center has various youth and adult programs which you can learn about during this open house. The center also accepts members with all levels of experience, from no experience to experts.

For more information, check out the Downtown Sailing Center’s website.

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Food Fridays: Surf and Turf Summertime Fun Festival

July 12th, 2013 by Chris Furino

Carroll-County-Farm-MuseumSaturday, July 20 – 2 to 7PM

Carroll County Farm Museum – 500 S. Center St. Westminster, MD

Come out July 20th to enjoy a Maryland State favorite, surf and turf. The Carroll Country Farm Museum is proud to present the Surf and Turf Summertime Fun Festival for another year running from 2-7pm. This event will be sure to satisfy your seafood craving with some of Maryland’s famous crabs. Food and drink will be provided, and beer sales will be held my the Knights of Columbus. The event will also feature various craft vendors, a horseshoe competition, farmhouse toys, classic car displays, and old-fashioned children’s games, among other things. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids ages 7-18 and adults ages 60 and over, and free for children 6 and under. This will surely be a fun and relaxing summer event.

For more information, check out the Carroll County Farm House’s website.

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Theater Thursdays: Hamlet

July 11th, 2013 by Chris Furino

BmoreShakespeareFactoryJuly 13th – 14th / The Great Hall Theater at St. Mary’s

July 18th – August 4th / The Meadow at Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum

Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest work, Hamlet is a tragedy of murder and revenge on the fringes of sanity. The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory will run this production at two different venues from July 13th to August 4th. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s Hamlet runs for one weekend indoors and three weekends outdoors in the Meadow at the Evergreen Library and Museum. These outdoor performances will be held rain or shine. So, bring your own chair and an umbrella for shade or sprinkles. In the event of heavy rain or storms, shows will be held and the company will attempt to restart if possible. If weather does not permit, or for any other reason, cancellations will be announced no sooner than 2 hours prior to curtain on the company’s website. Guests are also welcome to picnic on the lawn prior to and during the show. Finally, on August 3rd, join the company for a special “Marathon on the Meadow” where patrons can view the company’s productions of “Hamlet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

For more information, visit the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s website.

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Wacky Wednesdays: Seersucker and Sundresses Garden Party

July 10th, 2013 by Chris Furino

GardenPartySunday, July 14. 4-8pm

The Rawlings Conservatory – 3100 Swann Dr.

Croquet. Picnic fare. Beautiful scenery. How could one exude class any further? The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens are pleased to present their inaugural Garden party, themed “Seersucker and Sundresses.” As mentioned, this event will feature croquet, picnic fare, music, and a good, relaxing time for the entire family. The event, which will be held rain or shine, is guarenteed to be an evening of elegance. For adults, tickets will be $35 and for children 12 and under, the price is $10. The event is also offering a special package for families totaling $80 (up to 2 adults and multiple children). This special event is meant as a fundraiser for this historic Baltimore landmark, celebrating its 125th anniversary.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Conservatory’s website. Other inquiries can be made at 410.396.0008 or

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Tourism Tuesdays: Beaver Dam Swimming Club

July 9th, 2013 by Chris Furino

QuarryMonday-Friday: 11-6:30PM
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 11-7PM

10820 Beaver Dam Rd. Cockeysville, MD

While your local pool may be a great way to beat the Baltimore Summer heat, for many, myself included, the crowded conditions and screams of children just doesn’t cut it. And lets be honest, that backyard sprinkler hasn’t cooled you down since you were about 6 years old. Plus, everybody hates all the stupid rules to “prevent you from injuring yourself.” The Beaver Dam Swimming Club isn’t your typical swim getaway. This local, Summer spot is actually a swimming hole that “aims to bring the fun back into jumping into a really large puddle.” This club has spots for rope swings, cliff jumping, and more. Plus, if you get tired of swimming, you can head over to the basketball and volleyball courts for some dry fun. This swim club is comprised of 30 acres of freshwater quarries, pools, and ropes swings for people of all ages to enjoy. Plus, the swim club has a snack stand and shaded areas for patrons to enjoy a nice family cookout or picnic. After checking the Beaver Dam Swimming Club out, you will be sure to have found your new summer hangout.

For more information and prices, visit the Beaver Dam Swimming Club’s website.

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Museum Mondays: Artscape

July 8th, 2013 by Chris Furino

ArtscapeJuly 19-21 – Friday & Saturday: 11-9 Sunday 11-8

Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District Neighborhoods

13 City Blocks. 175 Tents. Over 30 Countries represented. Artscape returns to Baltimore again as America’s largest free arts festival, attracting over 350,000 attendees. For its 32nd year, Artscape will provide patrons with an eclectic collection of performing and visual arts at no cost. Artscape features more than 150 fine artists, fashion designers, and craftspeople; visual art exhibits, outdoor sculptures, art cars, and photographs. On top of all that, there will be incredible live concerts on outdoor stages. The event will also feature a full schedule of performing arts, including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This event is targeted to families as well through hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers, and street theater. A diverse, international selection of food vendors will also be featured throughout the event for patrons to try. The subject matter of events ranges from the design of video games, to cocktails, and even the Japanese art of song. Finally, on Saturday, Mayor Rawlings-Blake will present the eight annual Janet and Walter Sondheim prize, valuing $25,000 to further artistic endeavors, to one lucky finalist, followed by a special reception. This three day event promises to be exciting and engaging and will surely leave you looking forward to next years.

This event will have street closures, so be sure to plan your trip ahead.

For more information, visit Artscape’s website.

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Sports Saturdays: Lunchtime Yoga

July 6th, 2013 by Chris Furino

YogaThursdays through August 30th – Noon-1pm

Preston Gardens Park – 300 St. Paul Place

Are you feeling stressed with the copious amount of work you have even though you should be relaxing a bit in the Summer? Is your internship, job, or class not giving you enough time to fit the gym in afterwards? Well get out of your suit and into some yoga pants or athletic shorts and head downtown for some stretching, chakras, and the like. The Merritt Athletic Club will be offering free yoga from noon-1 PM every Thursday at Preston Gardens Park. Surely you can get this weekly event to fit into your routine during your lunch break. And you will likely feel renewed and ready to finish off the work week strong! You bring the mat and they’ll provide the zen.

For more information, visit Go Downtown Baltimore’s website.

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Food Fridays: Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week

July 5th, 2013 by Chris Furino

BMoreRestaurantWeekJuly 26-August 4

Various Locations

Baltimore Restaurant is perhaps one of the most exciting weeks of my year. That’s because its literally a week of the best food imaginable throughout the entire city, at really great prices. Many of the greatest restaurants in the city offer specially crafter three-course meals all for $30.13 or $20.13. Some participating restaurants also offer special lunch menus for $15.13. In nearly any part of town imaginable, you’re sure to find a participating restaurant. Participating restaurants include Blue Agave, Ra Sushi, Tapas Adera, The Food Market, and Petit Louis Bistro. During the last restaurant week, I went to La Tasca in the Harbor and had some of the best tapas imaginable. I certainly plan to get the most out of this delicious week. This week is really a great time to experience great and new restaurants in the city at a really affordable price. Just make sure to make your reservation early, as all restaurants will be booked full this week.

For a list of participating restaurants and more information, visit Baltimore Restaurant Week’s website.

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