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The Annual Cookie Swap: Measuring Up to Holiday-driven Domestic Divas

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The holiday season gives domestic divas plenty of opportunities to strut their stuff. They operate in an arena in which I’ve never even attempted to compete.

Baltimore Artist Dedicates Herself to Family, Nature, and Social Responsibility

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Kacey Stafford of Found Studio
Kacey Stafford of Found Studio

Kacey Stafford is an independent, mixed media artist in Baltimore, creating beautiful patterned paintings filled with color and texture. Her one-woman art business, Found Studio, offers her own hand collaged paintings featuring uplifting sayings, botanical and animal imagery, and Maryland themes. She manages an aesthetic that could fit in at Anthropologie, as well as it could a pop-art exhibit, or child’s playroom.

Harbor East’s Merriment & Melodies Kick-Off Postponed to Dec. 7th Due to Rain

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MERRIMENT & MELODIES KICK-OFF POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

Harbor East’s Merriment & Melodies: A Holiday Music Series Event Scheduled for Wednesday, November 30th Now Postponed to Wednesday, December 7th 

Holidays Return to Ellicott City On Friday, Bringing Much-Needed Boost in Business

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The lit Christmas tree in front of the Howard County Welcome Center. Photo by Karmen Osei.
The lit Christmas tree in front of the Howard County Welcome Center. Photo by Karmen Osei.

It’s been a long four months for historic Ellicott City, but the town wasn’t going to let its arduous flood recovery stop it from having some holiday fun.

Monument Lighting Ceremony Returns to Mt. Vernon This Thursday

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With Thanksgiving come and gone, you’ve probably seen neighbors putting up Christmas lights and decorations. You may have even had the chance to see the opening of Hampden’s dazzling light display on 34th Street this past weekend. Even so, one could argue the holidays won’t have officially arrived until the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon has been lit up this Thursday night.

Holiday Craft Fair Roundup

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Holiday Heap Craft Fair at St. John's Church in Charles Village (photo: Emma Weiss Photography)
Holiday Heap Craft Fair at St. John’s Church (photo: Emma Weiss Photography)

Here it comes, friends. The dreaded inbox full of black Friday e-blasts from big box stores makes landfall this week. This time of year, retailers are desperately trying to rope you into the excitement with alluring deals, and loud, panic-inducing advertisements. It’s hard not to feel the pull of shopping even if, in theory, you’d much prefer a quiet season of friends, family, and foods covered in cheese.

‘A Swingin’ Nutcracker a la Ellington’ is Part of Baltimore Symphony’s Holiday Lineup

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Credit: Jati Lindsay
Credit: Jati Lindsay

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present a jazzy new take on Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker this year as part of its holiday concert lineup.

Register Now for 2016 Ripken Baseball Camps

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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.

July 27, 2014: on Haskell Invitational Day at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey Scott Serio/ESW/CSM

Incredible Black Friday Sales at Stevenson Village

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catch of the day fish (2)Ah, Black Friday. Some of us have been scoping out the upcoming deals for weeks. Others have been simply planning to slip into a turkey-and-mashed-potato coma until the holiday weekend is over. But with Thanksgiving here, the holiday season is officially upon us. And that means shopping. Most of us have a lot of people to check off our lists– and that means lots of shopping. But do not fret. Save yourself from the chaos of navigating big box stores and the maze of mall parking lots. Go small and go local. Go to Stevenson Village, and thank us later. Tucked away in the hills of Greenspring Valley, Stevenson Village is the kind of place that you want to do your shopping. Surrounded by rolling farmland, the air is crisp and the place is full of charm. Each small shop is totally unique– which means your gifts will earn that coveted “where did you find this??” reaction. And shopping at small, independently owned boutiques means that the owners will be right there, eager to help you find the perfect thing for everyone on your list. And not only will there be fantastic deals, Diner on the Go Food Truck will be on hand to help keep you fueled as you shop– making this Stevenson Village’s first Food Truck Friday.

Don’t Miss the 44th Annual Monument Lighting, Thursday, Dec. 3

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catch of the day fish (2)Baltimore has been lighting up the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon for 44 years now. That’s almost half a century that Baltimoreans have been gathering to welcome the holiday season right in the heart of the city. This year, the holiday tradition has never looked so spectacular.

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