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Our Dreams Finally Realized: Cupcake Camp!!

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Readers, this is one you might want to jump on:  unlimited cupcakes. For free. Why not go register right now and then come back and read the rest of this post? As of this writing, there were only a few spots left.

Yes, Baltimore’s first Cupcake Camp is slated for this week, and it promises to be the ideal environment for anyone who has ever felt embarrassed or ashamed for how much they love confectionary. It is, as organizers describe it, “an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and eat cupcakes in an open environment.” In other words, it’s something of a cupcake potluck — everyone brings a dozen or so, and everyone samples. (What if your oven is broken/your dog ate your recipe book/you prefer eating cupcakes to baking them? Attend anyway! “While bringing cupcakes is encouraged, we need 11 people to eat a cupcake for every dozen,” organizers encourage.)

Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated, best tasting, best use of seasonal ingredients, best vegan and/or gluten free, and “most original.” It all goes down at the Blue Hill Tavern in Highlandtown this Saturday. Perhaps we’ll see you there? We’ll be the one with crumbs all over our shirt.

There’s A New Free Shuttle Service in Town

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You’ve hopped on the Hopkins shuttle to get from Charles Village to Mount Vernon; you were thrilled when the Charm City Circulator let you get downtown for free. Now there’s a new free shuttle service in town — but there might be a catch.

One of the greatest things about the Hopkins Shuttle (more properly known as the JHMI-Homewood shuttle) is how you don’t really have to be a Hopkins affiliate to take advantage of its gloriously free, relatively reliable transportation. The Blue Jay Shuttle — a revamped, renamed version of the school’s security escort van service — will travel along several fixed routes, circling through Hampden, Waverly, and Remington; it’ll hit 72 student-friendly hotspots like the 25th Street Safeway, the Avenue in Hampden, the Waverly Giant, and the Rotunda. Service will start at 5:45 PM, with a fleet of vans embarking every half hour until 11 PM. If you’ve got a smart phone, you’ll be able to track the buses via NextBus, a GPS-based real time transit system.

Which all sounds pretty convenient and great. The catch? According to the school’s website, you’ll need a valid Hopkins ID (aka a J-Card) to board. The service isn’t up and running yet (it starts on August 24), so it remains to be seen whether the ID requirement will be in name only (as on the Hopkins shuttle) or a serious necessity (as on the Collegetown Shuttle service).

Free Movie Night at AVAM (Bring Your Own Popcorn)

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The American Visionary Art Museum is one of the most fun and interesting attractions in Baltimore, but the admission price ($16 for an adult, $10 for children over six) tends to keep this writer away. But on late summer Thursday nights the AVAM transforms into one of the most economical (and family-friendly) outings in town.

AVAM’s free “Flicks from the Hill” series runs every Thursday in July and August. Moviegoers park themselves on Federal Hill for a 9 o’clock outdoor screening. The film schedule is all popcorn fare, featuring proletarian comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Airplane!

The outdoor picnic atmosphere adds novelty to even timeworn classics. You may have seen Some Like It Hot more times than you can remember, when was the last time you saw it projected outside on “a 30-foot wide screen held from above by a Giant Golden Hand?”

On movie nights, the museum is free from 5PM to 9PM, so show up early and check out the current exhibition, “What Makes Us Smile?,” co-curated by Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Tonight’s film is Viva Las Vegas.

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