Tourism Tuesdays: African American Festival

July 2nd, 2013 by Chris Furino

AAFLOGOSaturday – July 6th, 2013 (noon – 10pm)
Sunday – July 7th, 2013 (noon – 8pm)

M&T Bank Stadium – Lots B and C

The African American festival is a celebration of African American life, music and culture. This family-oriented event is filled with celebrity artists and entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, financial literacy, health & wellness and more. The event is completely free and will feature various food, clothing, jewelry, and art vendors. During the event, there will be an Emerging Artists contest as well as a step competition. This two-day event will also feature live performances by Patti Labelle and American Idol Winner Fantasia! This culturally rich event is one you certainly don’t want to miss.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

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Museum Mondays: Site Unseen – Gregory Vershbow

July 1st, 2013 by Chris Furino

SiteUnseenSaturday July 6th

The Walters Art Museum – 600 N. Charles Street

Site Unseen promises to be a unique and exciting exhibit that will begin showing at The Walters Art Museum on July 6th. While museums frequently have beautiful and elaborate exhibits displayed for patrons to view in awe, many people neglect to realize that behind closed doors is a treasure of works coming and going. Gregory Vershbow’s upcoming exhibit, that will consist of several enlarged photographs, seeks to capture the beauty of various pieces as they’re presented shrouded in plastic, protected in foam, nestled in boxes, and uniquely juxtaposed among other works. The exhibit will feature not only images from the Walters, but also from museums both in the United States and internationally. This exhibit will surely force you to question your perception of various works in their original setting as well as speculate alternative meanings to the works when presented with other pieces.

The museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Wednesday to Sunday. General admission to the museum is free.

For more information, visit The Walters Art Museum’s website.

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Sports Saturdays: Pigtown Charity Golf Tournament

June 29th, 2013 by Chris Furino

PMS_LogoMonday July 15th – Shotgun Start at 8:30AM

Carroll Park Golf Course – 2100 Washington Blvd

Back by popular demand is the Pigtown Charity Golf Tournament. This annual event, hosted by Pigtown Main Street, is sure to be a hit. Registration is $75 for one person and $275 for a foursome. There will be a putting competition to win a brand new STX putter! There will also be a hole-in-one competition for a $10,000 Golf Getaway. At 11 PM, lunch will be provided by Big Bad Wolf BBQ and there will be a program to announce winners of the events. The proceeds will benefit Pigtown Main Street, a non-profit organization committed to the historical and economic revitalization of the Pigtown commercial corridor.

To register, visit the Pigtown website. Hurry though, because spots are limited and registration will be closing soon.

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Food Fridays: Common Ground Cafe

June 28th, 2013 by Chris Furino

commongroundHours: Monday – Sunday from 7AM to 5PM

The Avenue – 816 W. 36th Street

Now, I might be killed by fellow WLOY staffer, Nicki Doster, for sharing this secret cafe heaven, but everyone should check out Common Ground Cafe in Hampden. I recently discovered this cafe, cozily situated on the Ave while in Hampden for HonFest and immediately fell in love with it. With bagels, pastries, and other goodies made fresh daily, Common Ground is the perfect breakfast heaven. All products are made with fresh and high quality ingredients, and the cafe offers many gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. On top of all that, they create their own spin on everyone’s favorite candy bars and often get a little quirky when mixing up muffins (the other day I had a peanut butter, banana, and Captain Crunch muffin). Perhaps my favorite part is the eclectic collection of delicious, New York style bagels. To top everything off, the cafe also displays works of many local artists and advertises them for sale! Common Ground Cafe is the perfect getaway for delicious food and great art!

For more information and a menu, check out Common Ground Cafe’s website.

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Theater Thursdays: Flicks from the Hill

June 27th, 2013 by Chris Furino

flicks2012-prevasThursdays from July 11-August 22

The American Visionary Arts Museum – 800 Key Highway

Every Thursday starting at 9pm, join the American Visionary Arts Museum for a free film on Fed. Hill. Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film inspired by AVAM’s current exhibit The Art of Storytelling. Films include West Side Story, Rear Window, and Cry-Baby (A CLASSIC!). As if this event couldn’t get any more awesome, the museum is open and completely free from 5-9pm on Flick nights! If you can make it the 11th, be sure to purchase your tickets for the Flick’s opening night premiere party. There will also be tons of great pre-film happenings at AVAM so be sure to check those out as well!

For more information and a list of films, check out AVAM’s website.

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Wacky Wednesdays: Baltimore’s 4th of July Celebration

June 26th, 2013 by Chris Furino

BOPA_JULY4_10_0186July 4th from 7 to 10PM

Baltimore Inner Harbor Amphitheater

Come celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor! From 7 to 10 PM on the Fourth, visitors will be able to listen to live music and view an incredible light show, all to celebrate this great holiday. Beginning at 7PM, the U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade will perform your favorite Top 40 tunes and beginning promptly at 9:30 PM, a beautiful and elaborate firework show will take place. The light show will go off from two barged docked in the harbor and will be choreographed to music. Entertainment takes place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light Streets. The event itself is free and many restaurants and businesses will be open for visitors to patronize.

For more information, visit the events website.

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Tourism Tuesdays: Govanstowne Farmer’s Market

June 25th, 2013 by Chris Furino

FarmersMarketWednesdays from 3-7PM through September 11th

Loyola’s Public Safety and Motorpool Parking Lot – 5104 York Rd

The Govanstowne Famer’s Market was created in 2011 in an effort to bring fresh produce and business to an area in great need of it – the York Road Corridor. The market, which is sponsored by Loyola University Maryland, the York Road Partnership, and the Govanstowne Business Association, seeks to provide the York Road Community of North Baltimore with produce that is affordable, fresh, and local. By accepting benefits from federal, state, and local programs, the market is able to accommodate the needs of the York Road community. In the past two years, this market has been so successful that it has even been chosen by the United Way in researching food access in low income areas. The farmer’s market has produce vendors that sell anything from fresh desserts to savory barbecue. They even have a vendor that sells Thai and Vietnamese goods! The market also hosts various vendors to accommodate your crafting needs. Make sure you head down on Wednesdays for some good food and to support a great cause.

For more information, visit the Govanstowne Farmer’s Market website.

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Museum Mondays: Visionary Pets on Parade

June 24th, 2013 by Chris Furino

PetParadeThursday, July 4th at 10AM

American Visionary Art Museum – 800 Key Highway

Leave it to the American Visionary Arts Museum to think of the quirkiest way to celebrate the Fourth of July. Starting at 10am, the museum will hold a celebration of pets by having a pet parade! Think your pet has what it takes to walk away with some awards? Then dress them up and strut your stuff. Categories include Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of all kind are welcomed so long as they’re kept leashed. There will also be a Pet Talent (or Not) Show and a rousing game of pet musical chairs. The event is completely free and completely open to the public, so be sure to head on down to the best dog-gone parade in town! Water and baggies will be provided and pet registration begins at 9:30AM.

For more information, visit the American Visionary Art Museum’s website.

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Sports Saturdays: Baltimore Police Explorer Night at Camden Yards

June 22nd, 2013 by Chris Furino

CamdenYardsThursday June, 27th 7:05PM

Camden Yards

The Baltimore Police Explorer’s Program, which pairs youth with Police officers to expose them to different alternatives and opportunities, will be having a special night at Camden Yards, Thursday June, 27th. Members of the Explorer Scouts, Buddies Program, and the Baltimore Police Department will participate in an on-field ceremony and then cheer the O’s to victory over the Cleveland Indians. Tickets can be purchased for the Upper Reserve, Lower Reserve, Left Field Upper Reserve, Eutaw Street Bleachers, and the Left Field Lower Box. To celebrate the special night, the first 10,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles giveaway beach towel.

Tickets can be purchased at the game or online. For more information, please email or

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Food Fridays: The Gathering

June 21st, 2013 by Chris Furino

TheGatheringFridays 5-10 PM

Various Locations

What’s better than a food truck? How about 15 food trucks?! The Gathering is a weekly coming together of the best food trucks in all of Baltimore for all to sample some delicious food. I can personally attest to the greatness of this weekly event, as I always make it a part of my routine. In the mood for Tacos and Indian? The Gathering will be sure to satisfy both of these cravings. Plus, for those of you who are 21, you can also get an all you can drink wrist band that’s good for the entire night. Not only does The Gathering have great food, but there’s often live music and art, clothing, and jewelery vendors too. Some vendors include Miss Shirley’s, Wheyich, Iced Gems, and Gypsy Queen Cafe (recently voted Baltimore’s Best Food Truck)! The Gathering also gives parents a chance to wind down by providing children with a fun play-area. The Gathering is the ultimate way to get together with friends and enjoy some great food at a relatively inexpensive price.

For a list of vendors and schedule of locations, visit The Gathering’s website.

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