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Baltimore Clayworks Summer Camps


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Ceramists know something very important. It’s that clay, any way you slice it, is fun. And while for many adults, thinking of pottery making still recalls the famous scene from the movie Ghost (could be worse, right?), there’s an entire world of history, ecology, and craft that goes into making things out of clay. Baltimore Clayworks has been the local hub for Baltimore ceramics enthusiasts for the past 36 years. Through their Mt. Washington campus and community sites in under-resourced neighborhoods across the region, Baltimore Clayworks has brought the joy of clay to adults and children alike through innumerable classes, workshops, events and exhibitions. This summer, Baltimore Clayworks will be offering ten 1-week long summer camps for kids and teens, each with a different theme. They’re open to kids ages 6-15, and believe us, they’re all awesome.

Register Now for 2016 Ripken Baseball Camps



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More and more, when it comes to holiday gifts, Americans are asking for experiences, rather than things. Even kids are catching on to the fact that a new toy or video game can easily be replaced by the next cool gadget or toy trend. But an amazing experience (like, say, a week of Ripken Baseball Camp) is something that they’ll be sure to treasure for a long, long time. Reserve a spot in a 2016 camp before December 17th and receive a 10% discount as well as a free Ripken t-shirt.  It’s the perfect gift for the young baseball fan in your life. And when you stick that Ripken t-shirt under the tree, they’re even getting some instant, wearable gratification.

July 27, 2014: on Haskell Invitational Day at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey Scott Serio/ESW/CSM

Incredible Black Friday Sales at Stevenson Village

catch of the day fish (2)Ah, Black Friday. Some of us have been scoping out the upcoming deals for weeks. Others have been simply planning to slip into a turkey-and-mashed-potato coma until the holiday weekend is over. But with Thanksgiving here, the holiday season is officially upon us. And that means shopping. Most of us have a lot of people to check off our lists– and that means lots of shopping. But do not fret. Save yourself from the chaos of navigating big box stores and the maze of mall parking lots. Go small and go local. Go to Stevenson Village, and thank us later. Tucked away in the hills of Greenspring Valley, Stevenson Village is the kind of place that you want to do your shopping. Surrounded by rolling farmland, the air is crisp and the place is full of charm. Each small shop is totally unique– which means your gifts will earn that coveted “where did you find this??” reaction. And shopping at small, independently owned boutiques means that the owners will be right there, eager to help you find the perfect thing for everyone on your list. And not only will there be fantastic deals, Diner on the Go Food Truck will be on hand to help keep you fueled as you shop– making this Stevenson Village’s first Food Truck Friday.

Christopher Schafer Celebrates 5 Amazing Years…and We Celebrate His New Online Store

Streetcar - photo by Jackie Borowski
Streetcar – photo by Jackie Borowski

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You know we love Christopher Schafer and all he does. You may have heard us sing his praises for his work with the Baltimore Fashion Alliance— which promotes local designers and helps creative, fashion-minded Baltimoreans find their footing in the fashion industry. Or perhaps we were in awe of the time and labor he gives to Sharp Dressed Man, through which he supports low-income men re-entering the workforce by providing them with high quality, gently used menswear– which can often make or break a man’s opportunities for employment. But all of that isn’t even Schafer’s primary occupation.  For the last five years, Schafer has been Baltimore’s leading clothier for gorgeous, unique menswear– making this town just that much more easy on the eyes. And every local man with an eye for style is grateful for that (as are the women who love them). Well, today Schafer’s circle of influence is about to widen, as the clothier launches his new online store– a first for the company. Online, customers will be able to purchase Schafer’s handmade silk ties, bow ties, pocket squares and accessories. And since this also marks the company’s 5th Anniversary, there’s even an added perk– Schafer’s way of celebrating and saying “thank you.”

WYPR’s Out of the Blocks Returns October 27 and 28


Update 10/28: Don’t miss tonight’s airing at 8pm on 88.1 WYPR.  Check out the updated video clip below.

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catch of the day fish (2)What if you could zoom in so closely on Baltimore that you could hear every person’s story? Well, you’d probably need a pretty good system to make sure you got everyone. You’d need to start with small, manageable chunks and slowly work your way through the city. There are a lot of stories here. And that means a whole lot of listening. Luckily, one of Baltimore’s best listeners is behind the cutting edge project that aims to capture and share every Baltimorean’s story. WYPR’s own Aaron Henkin produces Out of the Blocks— a totally unique documentary series that is telling everybody’s story– one block at a time.

Dutch Floral Garden Has Wheels! And That’s Not All…


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catch of the day fish (2)If you’ve ever visited, or ordered flowers from Dutch Floral Garden— you already know that it’s a completely unique floral shop.

Tax-Free Back to School Shopping at Wee Chic



catch of the day fish (2)You might not know it by the heat, but fall (you know, the season with school in it) is right around the corner. Sorry kiddos, but before we know it, we’ll be scrambling to stuff backpacks full of pencils, cram sandwiches and cookies into plastic baggies, and school will officially be in session.

Celebrate Baltimore’s 286th Birthday!



catch of the day fish (2)We admit it. We didn’t actually know that Baltimore had a birthday.  But that doesn’t mean we’re not extraordinarily excited to celebrate the birth of our great city, 286 years ago. And we couldn’t be happier that  the folks at Live Baltimore have put together the social event of the season with just that purpose in mind– the first annual “Baltimore’s Birthday Bash.” It’s a party that will bring 250 of Baltimore’s most passionate residents together at at the World Trade Center’s “Top of the World”  on Thursday, July 30th. You could, of course, be one of them, if you get your tickets early. And why wouldn’t you? Not only will there be spectacular views, but also live music, food, wine, brews, and specially designed birthday cakes from chefs at Dooby’s, Cinghiale, and Fleet Street Kitchen. Exclusive “birthday gifts” will be raffled off throughout the evening—and while sure, it’s all about the fun and the food, it’s also all for a great cause.

Father’s Day at the Mt. Washington Tavern



catch of the day fish (2)Few spots in Baltimore scream “dad” quite as much as the Mt. Washington Tavern. With its hearty menu, great drinks, and classy old fashioned atmosphere, the Mt. Washington Tavern is pretty much any dad’s dream. Where else can they go all year round for mind blowing burgers, prime game watching, and of course, spectacular happy hours? This is the place where dad was watching Ravens games, March Madness, and the Belmont when you thought he was just pulling some overtime. No need to call him out on it, of course. Instead, meet him halfway by showing him you know what he likes. Make your reservations for Father’s Day brunch today. Or bring him in for lunch. Or dinner. Or all three. But seriously, you can’t beat this brunch.

Strawberry Picking at Larriland Farm



catch of the day fish (2)Summer has kind of snuck up on us, so if you haven’t gotten out to pick your own strawberries (or anything else) yet, we understand. But don’t let these short lived harvests pass you by! Few things beat munching happily on berries you just picked yourself– except maybe enjoying the strawberry shortcake you made with them. Or the pie. Or the jam. But that’s what’s great about picking your own. You can go home with enough for snacking, baking, and preserving (just as long as you don’t eat all of them in the car ride on the way home).