Looking for something healthy to accompany your traditional holiday menu? How about a pomegranate salad with cabbage from Lifebridge’s Esther Lejtman? Or Elise Rubenstein’s gluten-free brown rice crispy treats to go with your special apple cake? Discover new ideas that will inspire you and your family to have a sweet new year.
The best gifts are those that are special, delightful and unique. This holiday season, when hunting for those perfect gifts, why not skip the mall in favor of local businesses right in your backyard? At Ruxton Station and Wyndhurst Station, you’ll find two small, well-curated shopping centers filled with fabulous items that won’t be under every other tree in Baltimore.
You’re invited to join neighbors in Charles Village at the Village Learning Place tonight as they jumpstart the holiday season with their annual Artisan Market. Crafters from all over the city will descend on the free, neighborhood run, library for a nighttime celebration of community, craft, and fundraising (20% of all sales go to the VLP itself). Jewelers, Sculpture Artists, Painters, Home goods makers and more will be selling their own wares. Snacks, refreshments and lots of community spirit on hand, free of charge, to cheer everyone up on this rainy fall day.
Village Learning Place is an independent non-profit library that houses educational programs, enrichment opportunities, and informational resources for Baltimore City. Their mission is to serve as a repository for books, and a community center for personal and professional growth of patrons. The library, originally part of the original 6-branch Enoch Pratt Library system in Baltimore, was dropped by the city in 1997, and re-opened by Baltimore residents in the community the same year. Since its grassroots inception, the VLP has worked to keep up with diverse needs of the community, and now houses both a library and computer lab as well as new classroom space across the street from its main location for kids programs, a reading resource room and staff offices.
Village Learning Place’s Holiday Artisan Market is open tonight, 7pm-9pm. 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218. The event is free and open to the public. More info at www.villagelearningplace.org
Rachel Bone’s column – The Rack, is proudly sponsored by The Village of Cross Keys, celebrating 50 years of featuring some of Baltimore’s best shopping, dining and lodging in a courtyard setting. Click to See What’s Happening at the Keys this Season.
Make all your events remarkable with Chick-fil-A Catering Trays. Perfect for tailgating, birthdays, office or holiday parties. And don’t forget to add the new Chick-fil-A Chilled Grilled Chicken Sub sandwich to your catering order. Click to read more and find a location near you.
Many Baltimoreans likely got to stay home from work yesterday in celebration of Columbus Day. City Councilman Brandon Scott and many others who protest the day each year take issue with that – but don’t worry, they don’t necessarily want to take away your day off.
Shop Local. Shop Unique. Shop Tasteful this Friday at Liza Byrd Boutique. Avoid the mall rush and off-the-rack boredom and enjoy your shopping experience with Liza Byrd. Offering quality, unique classics to impress all styles, Liza Byrd will be a one-stop-shop for many on your list. And if you can’t satisfy everyone on your list at Liza Byrd, you’re sure to do so at our fellow shops at Stevenson Village!
Proprietor: Maureen Gold, Manager of Ruth Shaw
Since it opened in 1973, Ruth Shaw has carried a variety of clothing and accessories brands selected with Baltimore’s most fashionable women in mind. Owner Ray Mitchener, who first joined the shop as a buyer in 1977, is known for his discerning eye and understanding of what makes the shopping experience enjoyable and exciting.
24 x 24
Oil, acrylic and charcoal on wrapped canvas
By Liza Hathaway Matthews
Local artist Liza Matthews was one of our featured artists in 2012. The MICA-trained painter’s complex yet harmonizing works of art add visual interest to any interior. See more of Liza’s work on her Facebook page, or read about the artist and her art here.