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.
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.
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.”
Update 10/28: Don’t miss tonight’s airing at 8pm on 88.1 WYPR. Check out the updated video clip below.
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.
If you’ve ever visited, or ordered flowers from Dutch Floral Garden— you already know that it’s a completely unique floral shop.
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.
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.
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).