July 31st, 2013 by Chris Furino
West Shore Park
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore Inc. serves as “our Harbor’s chief advocate, promoter, and steward.” This coalition seeks to create programs that will keep Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor and it’s people healthy and beautiful. The Waterfront Wellness Series will be offering free wellness classes every Saturday and Sunday through September 29th at the West Shore Park! These classes are suitable for people of all skill levels and are taught by local professionals in the wellness industry. On Saturdays, you can participate in Boot Camp at 8:30 am and Zumba at 9:30 am. On Sundays, Yoga is offered at 8:30 am while CrossFit is offered at 9:30 am. Please bring your own mat, towel, and bottle of water for each class. Also, in the event of rain, all classes will be canceled. The series is also restricted to people age 18 and above.
For more information, visit the Waterfront Wellness Series website.
July 30th, 2013 by Chris Furino
Park Headquarters – 2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD
One of Maryland’s largest and most unique state parks is right under our noses, here at WLOY, and a visit to it will surely fill any person with peace of mind. Established in 1959 to protect the Gunpowder River, Gunpowder Falls State Park is now comprised of over 18,000 acres in Harford and Baltimore counties. The park features more than 120 miles of hiking trails, for the most novice to most experienced hikers; a swimming beach; a marina; and streams for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Plus, a favorite summer activity of many is to just grab an inner tube and float down the river. Could you think of a more perfect way to cool off? The park is pet friendly so an outing here can turn into an endeavor for the whole family! Want to explore the great outdoors without going too far from the city, then head over to Gunpowder Falls State Park!
For more information, check out the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.
July 29th, 2013 by Chris Furino
Baltimore Museum of Industry – 1415 Key Highway
The Baltimore Museum of Industries newest exhibit showcases the Maryland State Lottery’s important economic and social role in the 40 years since its conception. Spanning four decades, these artifacts and items will include images of early winners, contests and drawings, print and television ads, campaigns and slogans. Promotional materials and items from past to present will also be on display, along with an old drawing machine, prize wheel, giveaway items and an array of scratch-offs and games.
Visitors to the museum will learn many surprising and interesting facts about the Lottery’s history-from the controversial legislative process that took place to establish the Lottery more than 40 years ago to the complex processes that must occur daily behind the scenes of drawings today. The weekly lottery is certainly more than just picking numbers and visitors will see that from this exhibit. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $9 for Seniors 62+, $7 for youth and students, and free for children 6 and under.
For more information, and hours of operation, visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s website.
July 27th, 2013 by Chris Furino
Rawlings Conservatory – 3001 Swann Drive
Every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 stop by Druid Hill Park for free yoga with your family! This weekly event is geared to people of all ages and experience levels. Nothing sounds more appealing than doing yoga with your family surrounded by the beautiful flowers of the Botanic Garden at the Rawlings Conservatory. Plus, afterwards you can stop by the Druid Hill Farmer’s Market for some fresh, delicious produce! The conservatory often has other cool events, like a class about urban farming, one Wednesdays so there will be plenty to do! Turn your Wednesdays into one of family health and fun!
For more information, visit the Conservatory’s website!
July 26th, 2013 by Chris Furino
Beneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga Streets
Being that I’m from a relatively rural area, I love farm fresh produce. I believe a fresh tomato or ear of corn tastes better coming right from the farm instead of a supermarket shelf. A few weeks ago I introduced you all to the Govanstowne Farmers Market which operates Wednesday afternoons. However, there are so many other great markets so you can eat farm to table, every day! Every Sunday until December 22nd from 7AM to Noon, you can visit the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar. This weekly gathering is held under the Jones Fall Expressway and has tons of local food and goods vendors. Plus, new this year, the Baltimore Farmer’s Market is featuring vendors who practice urban farming. Visitors can shop all their produce and grocery needs with vendors who sell everything from avocados to eggs and bananas to beef. Plus, the market features vendors that sell jewelry, art, and other crafts. And, weekly there are food concessions too so if you get hungry while you’re shopping, you can get yourself a little snack. The market accepts SNAP and Debit, too!
For more information, and to sign up for the market’s newsletter, check out the market’s website.
July 25th, 2013 by Chris Furino
I’m beginning to realize that there are a LOT of weekly film options in Baltimore during the summer, and I am definitely not upset about it. If Cinema al Fresco or Flicks From the Hill don’t work for you, or you just want to add another film festival to your weekly to-do, then be sure to check out Films on the Pier. This event runs every Wednesday through August 28th at 8:45PM and will feature some of the best films of 2012. The event is totally free and will feature some really awesome films. For the next event, on July 31st, Flight, starring Denzel Washington, will be playing. Other films include 21 Jump Street, The Avengers, and Pitch Perfect. Be sure to get there early to guarantee you have the best spot to view the film. Films on the Pier will truly be a great, weekly outing for all to enjoy.
For more information, visit Fell’s Point Main Street’s website.
July 24th, 2013 by Chris Furino
Starting at Max’s Sidebar – 731 S. Broadway
Eat, drink, be terrified. Weekends through November 30th, men and women age 21 and up can step through the doors of some of Fell’s Point’s most haunted pubs for a fascinating tour of this historic maritime neighborhood. For just $20, patrons can partake in a 2 hour tour of Historic Fell’s Point seeing some of its spookiest bars and hangouts, all while enjoying some food and drink. Don’t be surprised if you get chills, goosebumps, or the hair on your neck stands up as participants have even described having ghost sightings right in front of their eyes. Be sure to buy your tickets early, as this event frequently sells out early. As a reminder, the tour is only for people 21 and older.
For more information, visit the Baltimore Ghost Tours’ website.
July 23rd, 2013 by Chris Furino
National Aquarium – 501 E Pratt St
The National Aquarium is excited to open a new exhibit that is bound to leave patrons in awe. On August 8th, the aquarium will debut its new Blacktip Reef Exhibit! This exhibit is full of color, light, and movement; and is located in the heart of the aquarium. The exhibit is filled with coral, meant to replicate Indo-Pacific reefs, and is active with life that guests can view from many vantage points. Plus, the exhibit will feature a newly constructed floor-to-ceiling pop-out window that will allow guests to literally come face to face with the creatures of the sea. Among the animals in the exhibit is a 500 pound green sea turtle named Calypso, who was the first creature introduced to the new environment. The exhibit will be replacing Wings in the Water and includes 65 species of animal, 3,000 coral, and 260,000 gallons of water! There will be Blacktip Reef Sharks and Rays in the exhibit as well! Some features include daily interactive presentations, shark feedings, and seating in an underwater viewing area, among other things. The exhibit promises to be an exciting addition to the Baltimore landmark!
For more information, to view construction progress, and see videos of Indo-Pacific reefs visit the National Aquarium’s website.
July 22nd, 2013 by Chris Furino
The Walters Art Museum – 600 N Charles St.
Every Thursday until August 29th, the Walters will be having “Constellation Thursdays.” These weekly events will allow to the museum to be opened for extended hours and let patrons see what goes on “after dark.” Visitors will be able to wander the galleries, see special exhibitions for free, eat in the museum’s new cafe, and visit the gift shop! This weekly event is perfect for families with kids in summer camp, students in class, or adults who work the regular 9 to 5! Plus, the Walters has some really interesting exhibits, like Site Unseen, on display for patrons to see.
The museum will also be hosting the Here and Now Party Thursday, July 25th during its weekly “Constellation Thursday” event. This event is totally free and open to the public! While advance tickets are sold out, guests can still enter at the door the day of the event. The event itself will shine a spotlight on two exhibits: The Sondheim Artscape Finalist Exhibition and Site Unseen. Gregory Vershbow. Plus, The Here and Now Party will also feature Mosaic Night Club’s cash bar, live entertainment by DJ Jus-Spin, and projections from 2011 Sondheim Prize winner Matthew Porterfield. This event is guaranteed to be an exciting, art-filled evening!
For more information, visit The Walters Art Museum’s website.
July 20th, 2013 by Chris Furino
6703 York Road
Well, I seem to be running out of sports events in Baltimore, shocking right, so this week I figured I’d highlight a cool hangout for everyone to check out. Stoneleigh lanes is located on York Rd. between Towson Univerity and Northern Parkway and is not your typical bowling spot. No, Stoneleigh lanes is actually a 16 lane Duckpin Bowling Alley. Now, duckpin bowling may seem daunting at first. I mean, how do you hold the bowling ball? Do you throw it like a baseball? Actually, duckpin bowling isn’t all that different from normal bowling and from my experience is a lot of fun. Stoneleigh Lanes also has specials nearly every day. For example, with a College ID, students can bowl at a discounted price on Tuesdays. On Fridays, there’s live karaoke too! Looking for a cool weekend or night hangout? Then grab your friends and your bowling shoes and head down to Stoneleigh Lanes.
For more information, visit Stoneleigh Lanes website.