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Pints in the Park

0 Written by: | Saturday, Jul 04, 2015 3:00pm


catch of the day fish (2)Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to make sure you spend plenty of time outside. And preferably with a good brew or two. Summer festivals and special events are great for that (since, well, drinking in public otherwise is illegal). One great monthly happening you can enjoy all the way into September is Pints in the Park– the fabulous outdoor happy hour that makes summer even happier.  Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend

Where to Catch Fireworks Tonight

0 Written by: | Saturday, Jul 04, 2015 12:00pm


We’ve got a soft spot for those years when July 4th actually lands on a weekend, so that the fireworks can all actually happen on Independence Day. Here in Baltimore, we’re nestled between two of the biggest displays in the country– Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Sure, you can head up or down I-95 to catch either of those, but the view at the Inner Harbor is really not to be missed. Here’s the scoop on fireworks displays near and far.

Of course, most of us will be watching the biggest display in the state– that is, the display at the Inner Harbor. The celebration starts at 7, with fireworks beginning at 9:30.  You can view the fireworks from several different neighborhoods, so make your dinner plans with a great view in mind.

On the smaller side, Baltimore County has a few local fireworks displays this evening, including the Star Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge Park.  The BSO will be playing at 8pm, with fireworks as well.

In Annapolis, they’ll be launching fireworks from a barge in Annapolis Harbor. There’s also a parade beginning at 6:30pm to kick things off, along with the US Naval Academy Band.

Howard County will have a particularly family-oriented affair this evening, with a stage specifically for children’s entertainment starting at 5pm.

And Carroll County will be hosting an old fashioned July 4th celebration, with a picnic starting at 1pm, entertainment, crafts, food, and more throughout the day in Westminster. Fireworks begin at 9:30.

For the biggest bash of them all, you can head down to the National Mall in D.C. for the grand Fourth of July Celebration. It’s known as one of the greatest fireworks displays in the world, so if you’re up for braving the crowds, it may well be worth the adventure getting there.


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Get Up & Go! Holiday Weekend Happenings

0 Written by: | Saturday, Jul 04, 2015 10:07am


Happy July 4th, Baltimore. Whether you’re celebrating around the grill or at Bethany Beach, we hope you have a fantastic holiday. Here are just a few ways you can take it in, Maryland style.

If you hop out of bed now, you can probably make it down to AVAM’s annual 4th of July Pet Parade. What makes a more appropriately quirky Baltimore tradition than watching dogs, cats, and anything else you can dress in a tutu strut their stuff with absolutely no relationship to the meaning of the holiday itself? The parade kicks off at 10am, but surely the revelry and cuteness will continue longer than that.

Also happening today is a traditional country fair to celebrate the reopening of the Washington Monument. There will be music and food, beer and oysters, and lots of Baltimore love. This is a celebration not to be missed. So don’t miss it! The festival goes until 5pm.

At Charleston’s in Harbor East, Chef Wolf has cooked up a special July 4th menu. It features seasonal favorites, and is a great place to start off your night before stepping out to watch the fireworks. So for those not looking forward to scraping off the grill and shooing away the mosquitos, this may just be your ticket.

For fun for the whole family, head down to Port Discovery and enjoy the Fazafam Family Jam. Learn dance moves that everyone can do, and enjoy a fun and healthy holiday!

And of course, if you’d rather get away from it all, you can head out to Catoctin Breeze Vineyard this afternoon for live music from California Bob, and fabulous local wine. Then either spend the rest of the evening out in the country or head back to town for the greatest fireworks display in the state. Happy Independence Day.







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Celebrating Liza’s 50th Birthday with 50% Off on Tuesday

0 Written by: | Saturday, Jul 04, 2015 10:00am



In honor of Liza’s 50th birthday, on July 7th, we are celebrating all of our wonderful customers who have helped make Liza Byrd so special. Enjoy 50% off of any one regular priced in-store item.  Hope to see you Tuesday!


Celebrate Baltimore’s Beloved Landmark at the Monumental Bicentennial on July 4

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 03, 2015 5:00pm

washington monument

The Monumental Bicentennial, a one-day celebration of the official reopening of the restored Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, takes place on Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 8:30am to 5pm beginning with ceremonies to mark the occasion followed by an old-fashioned country fair with music, children’s activities, great regional food and drink, and more. Read More →

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Naptime Activism: Moms Clean Air Force “Play-In for Climate Action” July 7th in DC

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 03, 2015 2:42pm

Show the kids that being part of the solution can be fun!

Play-In for Climate Action: Being part of the solution can be fun!

I wonder if Mother Nature is doing the happy dance lately? I think the climate change discussion seems louder, bolder and more people are pushing for solutions. Maybe it’s the recent spat of super-storm events, droughts and floods? Maybe it’s the Pope’s massive encyclical? Or, it’s possibly watching Californians confront their water crisis? It’s probably all of the above.

Here’s a fun idea for you and your family to make your voices heard that climate action is needed. On Tuesday, July 7th, Moms Clean Air Force is hosting a fun “Play-in for Climate Action” near the U.S. Capitol building. It’s the perfect time to show our lawmakers in person the beautiful children that are at stake as they dither about climate change. Read More →

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The Mutual Fun Band Lights Up The Stage at Ladew This Sunday

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 03, 2015 12:00pm

Sunday, July 5 (6 – 8 pm)  / The Mutual Fun Band
We welcome to Ladew this versatile 6-piece group playing a variety of hits from the last 50 years. From classic oldies to current top 40, Motown to disco, classic rock to country, Mutual Fun covers it all!

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This Is Exactly the Wrong Message for the Baltimore Police to Be Giving Right Now

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 03, 2015 11:17am


The Baltimore Police Department recently announced that it would be installing new cameras capable of recording in all its police vans by an unspecified date. But maybe they should start by removing offensive signs first. Read More →


Baltimore-Area Girl Scouts Camped Out at the White House

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 03, 2015 11:05am

White House photo by Amanda Lucidon

White House photo by Amanda Lucidon

Sleep-away camp went to Washington this week. About 50 Girl Scouts camped out on the South Lawn of the White House, and a group of Baltimore-area scouts were among them. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama came down when he heard a commotion in the yard. Read More →


Red Line

1 Written by: | Friday, Jul 03, 2015 10:25am

Red Line Station (rendering)

Red Line Station (rendering)

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

I’m writing this in Boston, well, literally in an oak, wainscotted dorm room at Harvard, in Cambridge across the river from Boston, but both cities share a successful Red Line subway.  A Red Line and a Blue, Orange, Green, and Silver, too and buses and a commuter rail and Amtrak and everything is easy and runs well and is safe and connects like a dot-to-dot a child might do so that even I, a map-deaf Neanderthal who can’t find her way out of a paper bag, can navigate with two children from park to cold brew coffee to park and back again. Boston is a city with successful public transport. And green space, and independently-owned coffeeshops. Baltimore, hon, you can do this, too. Read More →

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