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Agents For Change: Meet John Simmonds

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John Simmonds - Krauss Real Property BrokerageJohn has chosen to lead an interesting and varied life, and it doesn’t look to be settling down anytime soon. Born in England, John showed a passion for traveling very early on which pointed towards studying foreign languages at Universites in England, Germany and Spain. That led to living in London, Valencia and Frankfurt, after which Los Angeles became his home for twenty years. In that time he worked for various movie studios as a writer and researcher, and subsequently obtained a Masters degree in Asian Medicine, practicing acupuncture and herbalism in Los Angeles, Costa Rica and Baltimore.

Sip and Shop at Harbor East’s Vino in Vogue – 9/7

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Harbor East Vino in Vogue

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting and shopping in Baltimore’s hippest neighborhood – Harbor East – at the 5th Annual Vino in Vogue on Saturday, September 7. Swirl, sip and sample wines from some of the neighborhood’s most notable restaurants and venues while enjoying shopping events, lite bites and live music in the heart of Harbor East. This not-to-be-missed event is perfect for both serious oenophiles as well as casual wine drinkers looking to mix, mingle and imbibe. Make a date and reserve your tasting glass today! We couldn’t dream of a better way to spend a Saturday.

Featured Hot Listing: Magnificent Masterpiece in Ruxton

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900 Army Rd Ruxton, MD

900 Army Road, Ruxton, Maryland

5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 1 half bath

Listing Price: $3,780,000

Classic stone estate circa 1937. A sophisticated masterpiece in a sublime Ruxton setting. Tucked away from the rest of the world. A full sensory, lifestyle experience. Every detail carefully curated. Balanced, enduring design. The estate is anchored on either end by a collector’s garage and stunning two story pool house on perfect axis with main house. Outdoor dining pavilion invites al fresco dining accented by pergola, grilling station and dip worthy lap pool. You will always look forward to coming home. Clean lined and sumptuous. Unparalleled renovation completed in 2016. Gourmet cooks space with a restful blue La Cornue range sets the tone. Stylish lacquered bar punctuates the space and tempts you for a cocktail. Artful gathering and dining spaces that celebrate human scale. Luxurious master suite, white Waterworks bath and well-orchestrated dressing area. Lush textural landscaping that’s a feast for the eyes. Premier living sculpture. Book a field trip and be wowed.

Open House for a Rare Find in Mount Washington this Wednesday 8/28

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Come take a look at a rarely available, meticulously maintained 3 Br, 2 Ba charming stone semi detached hone on peaceful Ranny Road in Mount Washington during the Open House this Wednesday, 8/28. 

Listing Price: $299,500

FEATURED PROPERTY:
Ranny Road, Mount Washington

5722 Ranny Road, Mount Washington
3 beds, 2 baths
Visit www.5722Ranny.com for more details

Listing agent: Cindy Conklin, The Conklin Merbler Team

Open House: Wednesday, August 28, 12PM – 2PM

UMBC Presents Karen Finley: Venus in Retrograde on 9/5

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Karen Finley at Laurie Beechman Theater NYC, photo by Lori E. Seid

Mark your calendars – Karen Finley at UMBC on 9/5! UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts is pleased to present Venus in Retrograde by celebrated performance artist Karen Finley. Against a backdrop of film projections, Finley narrates a poetic call to action in resistance to today’s times. The performance explores loss of love, dignity, and humanity, and issues a call to beat back with an exquisite heart. The two-part performance will be followed by a Q&A, book signing and reception. Truly an unforgettable night at UMBC. To purchase tickets, click here.

Join Stages Music Arts at Their Anniversary Concert and Open House – 8/24

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Stages Music Arts invites one and all to their Anniversary Concert and Open House this Saturday, August 24. The day will celebrate and thank the music community for three rockin’ years of business and includes an Open House, live music from Stages recording artists, instructors and students, tie dye and face painting, musical petting zoo, food trucks and beverages from Union Craft Brewing. Festivities start at 2pm and run until 9:30pm. The day will be a musical hit! Click here to RSVP.

Design Distillery’s Summer Spruce Up Event – 8/16 – 8/18

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What’s better than a house party? A Design Distillery Summer Sale! Head over to the Summer Spruce Up Event this Friday, Saturday or Sunday (8/16 – 8/18) for design inspo, give-aways, special savings and a dash of fun. You’ll find everything you need at Design Distillery, Baltimore’s go-to spot for modern home furnishings, located at 1414 Key Highway in Baltimore.

Store-wide savings include: 20% savings on all Gus* Modern Upholstery; markdowns on outdoor furniture and showroom models; and event savings on all in-stock gifts and accessories. While soaking up design inspiration throughout the expertly curated 9000 square foot showroom, enjoy complimentary beer and wine from 3-5pm each day, as well as free Skee-Ball games all day long. Test out some of the gorgeous sofas and chairs while sipping on a cold one and when you are ready to tackle your design dilemmas, a friendly expert will be on hand to help you solve them.

PLUS – Jump-start your sprucing up process by registering to win a Modern Leather Sofa valued at $5700, In-Home Design Consultations, or a Design Distillery $100 Gift Card. No purchase necessary but you must be present to register. Six winners will be announced on 8/21.

Featured Hot Listing: Classic Colonial on Private Lot in Sparks

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15701 YEOHO ROAD15701 YEOHO ROADSPARKS, MD 21152

4 bedrooms, 2 baths

Listing Price: $750,000

Don’t miss this beautiful classic colonial in prime Hereford Zone location. Set back on a private lot surrounded by woodlands and farmland. Brand new 3 car detached garage with large storage areas on the ground level and second story. Enjoy the outdoors with green back yard with a pollinator meadow, flower gardens, screened in porch and country shed. The main floor features, a bright updated kitchen with butler’s pantry that flows to open great room, office with tasteful built ins, 2 half baths, separate laundry room and large mudroom. The upstairs features 4 bedrooms, sitting room, updated main hall bath, a separate master bedroom suite and luxe master bath. Whole House Generator, new central Vac system and new well pump recently installed! Just minutes to Hunt Valley. A must see!

A Magic Cabaret Featuring Magician Joel DeWyer – Sunday 8/11

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On Sunday, August 11, at 5:00pm, Magician, Joel DeWyer, will be a featured guest performer at the summer wrap-up performance of A Magic Cabaret at Food Plenty in Clarksville, Maryland. Willard & Wood Magic Cabaret is a comedic afternoon of amazement, featuring rare impossibilities, unscripted moments and special guest performers! Following the success of “An Evening of Impossibilities” in downtown Baltimore, Willard & Wood have agreed to pull back the curtain and introduce guests to their numerous astonishments-in-process and favorite colleagues for an incredible afternoon of magic.

The cabaret atmosphere allows guests to blend delicious food and top notch drinks with amazing magic and hilarious comedy. Every performance features new impossibilities along with favorites of Willard and Peter Wood. Plus, they’re regularly joined by fellow magicians and mystery performers from across the region, ensuring that no two “Magic Cabaret” shows are the same!

Guests who arrive early may enjoy farm-to-table appetizers and local drinks that have become the hallmarks of Food Plenty. Following the Magic Cabaret, a delectable menu of enticing entrees awaits. Ticket price includes show only; drinks and food are optional and available at menu prices. Willard & Wood Magic Cabaret is recommended for guests 13 and up.

Take a Taste of Baltimore this Summer during Baltimore Restaurant Week – 8/2 – 8/11

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Baltimore is a delicious city! Don’t just take our word for it – explore Baltimore’s food scene August 2-11 during Baltimore Restaurant Week. Try somewhere new, go out to lunch, have a date night (or two).

Two-course brunch and lunch menus range from $12-$20, and three-course dinner menus range from $20-$35. Share your Baltimore Restaurant Week experiences on social media with the hashtag #BaltRW! To learn more about participating restaurants, the menus offered or to make reservations visit BaltimoreRestaurantWeek.com.

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