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Celebrate Fall with Liza Byrd This Weekend in Stevenson Village


Celebrate Fall this weekend with Liza Byrd at the Fall Festival at Stevenson Village.  Fantastic items added for fall in store and on line.  

Preview party Friday night, and shopping on Saturday, October 19th during the Fall Festival at The Shops in Stevenson Village.

Live music, food, shopping and fun for the whole family!


Complicated Knots: An Interview with Justin Kramon


Justin KramonJustin Kramon is as unpredictable as he is sweet. In his debut novel, Finny, a tender coming-of-age story, Kramon showed great sensitivity in portraying female characters, particularly the title character, Finny, a fiery young redhead from Baltimore. So why did Kramon decide to make his follow-up novel, The Preservationist, a thriller? Jen Michalski, host of Starts Here! (the new Ivy Bookshop reading series held at Artifact Coffee), interviewed Kramon about the surprising evils that lurk in the hearts of his characters. Look for her new Prologue lit column monthly at Baltimore Fishbowl. And take note: Kramon reads at the Ivy, Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.–visit the store’s website for more information.

 Jen Michalski: In both your novels, Finny and now The Preservationist, there’s a strong female protagonist and an equally strong and engaging coming-of-age story. The twist in The Preservationist, however, is the introduction of a serial killer. As someone who I consider one of the most sensitive writers on the planet, where did *that* come from?

Justin Kramon: Thanks for the kind words about the novel. In kindergarten, the teacher once told me I was “sensitive,” and I got very upset.  I think I cried, thereby proving her theory.  I don’t cry anymore when people call me sensitive, but I do occasionally wet myself.

A School Designed to “Follow the Child”- Greenspring Montessori


For over 50 years, Greenspring Montessori School has built a tradition of serving children implementing the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and pioneer in child development who observed that children have a innate aptitude and desire for acquiring knowledge about their world.Montessori’s approach of “following the child” is at the root of our philosophy at Greenspring Montessori School.  Stop by for a visit to see what they’re all about.


Dance of the Holy Ghosts at Center Stage



Wow. Suddenly it seems we can hardly keep up with all the amazing goings on at Center Stage. Last week we were all atwitter because the PBS documentary on the Center Stage-based “Raisin Cycle” is about to air. But before we can even plan our outfits for the viewing party on Friday, October 25, these folks just go ahead and raise the curtain on Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts, which runs through November 17th.

dance of the holy ghosts PRESS4And leading the cast are Michael Genet (whom you might recognize from Spike Lee’s 25th Hour and She Hate Me)and Denise Burse (best known as Claretha Jenkins on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne). The production is directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Center Stage’s new Artistic Director who so far is a non-stop marvel of the is-there-anything-this-guy-can’t-do variety. So between the rock stars in the lead roles, Kwei-Armah’s impassioned direction, and Gardley’s masterful writing– this one is clearly on the must-see list this fall.

The Pleasure of Your Company Offers Engraving Plate Replacement



Lost Your Engraving Plates?

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If you no longer have your stationery engraving plates, bring a piece of the engraved stationery to The Pleasure of Your Company and we will replace the plates for free up to $50 each, with an order placed for 100 pieces or more of engraved stationery. Conditions apply ***

*** If the typestyle or monogram style is available from Crane or William Arthur, we will duplicate the plate. If the typestyle or monogram is no longer available, you may choose a new typestyle or monogram from Crane and William Arthur’s selection.
If your name or address has changed (in other words, you would have had to order a new plate), we will give you a $25.00 credit toward the new plate, with an order of 100 pieces or more of engraved stationery.

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The Pleasure of Your Company


What Will You Wear this Season? Fall Trend Report from Green Spring Station



Look for the latest fashions from the world’s top designers each week on the Wednesday Trend Reports from Green Spring Station.

Wine Festival This Weekend! Comment Below to Win Tickets


WIN TICKETS!  Comment below on your favorite Maryland Wine, or why you’d like to come.  Winner will be drawn this Friday!


The Autumn Wine Festival will return to Salisbury, Maryland’s Pemberton Historical Park October 19  & 20. In partnership with the Maryland Wineries Association, the festival offers the perfect opportunity to explore Maryland wine from one scenic location. Over 20 wineries will be represented, offering unlimited samplings – no tasting tickets needed.

WIN TICKETS!  Comment below on your favorite Maryland Wine, or why you’d like to come.  Winner will be drawn this Friday!

New this year, the Autumn Wine Festival will introduce an educational tent, which will include presentations from Laurie Forster (The Wine Coach), the Taster’s Guild of Maryland and a wine-making demonstration from Xtreme Brewing. The festival also features live music all weekend, including a headlining performance from Dave Matthews Band Collaborator Tim Reynolds and TR3 on Saturday.


Those interested in a more intimate experience can upgrade their tickets to receive the VIP treatment, offering a covered tent close to the main stage, reserved parking, private restrooms, a private guest appearance by Laurie Forster (The Wine Coach), a wine-making forum with MWA, festival t-shirt and goodie bag.


Looking for a ‘wine weekend’ getaway? Hotel packages are available online and start at $139.


For more information or to purchase advanced tickets, visit www.AutumnWineFestival.org.


Available in Advance (Sold until Friday, October 18 at 6pm):

One Day $25 / Two Day $40 / Non-Tasting One Day $5

VIP One Day $55 / VIP Two Day $90
At the Gate: One Day $35 / Non-Tasting $10



Park School: Educating Children Through Inspiration


Have you ever seen a day in the life at Park School? Check out the school’s new online photo journal, Park 365, and get a glimpse of the people, places and happenings that make  pre-K through grade 12  at Park an extraordinary experience. Follow up your virtual visit with the real thing at one of Park’s fall admission events.

Teacher Terris King explores math concepts with eager four year-olds. Teaching pre-K, Mr. King draws on his Master’s in Elementary Education from Lesley University, with a background in Philosophy from Morehouse College to offer an enriched program, helping children to develop a strong foundation.

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Dressed in medieval garb, Park’s Newbery prize-winning Lower School Librarian Laura Amy Schlitz  performs an original monologue for the fifth grade. Laura received the 2008 Newbery Medal for her book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village.  Her latest book, Splendors and Glooms, has been named a 2013 Newbery Honor Book by the American Library Association.


Park’s nationally-recognized outdoor education course, Appalachian Challenge, is part of the Middle School curriculum and is used by the entire student body to explore the world around them, enhance group problem solving and to increase the participants’ comfort level in the outdoors.

When it was initiated in 1974, the program was one of only twelve in the country.  Now it is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region and likely the only high and low confidence course entirely constructed, maintained, and taught by students.


In Human Anatomy, one of many Upper School electives, students investigate samples under the microscope. The Park Upper School offers an intellectually challenging program that attends to students’ individual interests and talents. Park students work in a climate of intellectual debate and discussion, and are encouraged to question and challenge. Park teachers consider  “basic skills” to include analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and application.


The Park School — Our Kindergarten from Park School on Vimeo.

The Park School  

2425 Old Court Road

Baltimore, MD 21208
(410) 339-7070