1714 Park Avenue, Bolton Hill
1 bedroom(s), 1 bathroom(s)
673 square feet
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So, the name of this column is “Catch of the Day.” It’s fitting for those of us who are into all things new, shiny, and happening right now. And when we hear of something particularly exciting, we try to get the word out early; that way, those whose social calendars require planning some days ahead can do so. It takes all kinds, as they say. Well, this week, even we are marking our calendars in advance, in anticipation of MICA’s 20th Annual Benefit Fashion Show—one of the most fun, inspiring, and quintessentially Baltimore fashion events of the year. Read More →
Welcome to our new series “Neighborhood Watch,” which reveals the character of a city neighborhood through the eyes of residents who live there. All photos by Tyler Merbler.
It was a damp February Friday and I was out of breath by the time I reached Mount Royal Tavern. I had just missed the Circulator downtown and didn’t have the luxury of waiting 20 minutes for the next one, so I huffed it north, hoping I wouldn’t be too late to meet up at The Mount Royal Tavern with Bolton Hill residents Kevin and Sarah Cross. Kevin and I met through a mutual friend and through the wonders of Facebook and Twitter, I learned that Kevin has a wealth of knowledge of all things Baltimore. On social media, he’d comment on the history of the city, upcoming festivals, or anything and everything going on around town. When I decided to highlight neighborhoods in Baltimore through the eyes of quintessential residents, I knew he and his wife Sarah would be the perfect place to start.
This was my first visit to the Mount Royal Tavern; it was everything I desire from a bar. Cash only. Old men tending bar. An elderly patron calling me her shield from unsolicited advances. The bartenders are heavy on the whiskey in their whiskey sodas, which pretty much cinched MRT for me. It was like Club Charles if they had exchanged all the hipsters for quirky lifetime locals and replaced the art deco decor with absurd, ever-changing art, like the erotica-themed pieces that lined the walls that night. Read More →
Don Palmer — a former music critic for The Village Voice, a retired government employee, and a recent Baltimore transplant — had some misgivings about helping his artist houseguest with certain of her intimate items in their laundry it was his turn to wash. So he contacted his wife, Beth Fredrick, who was in Ghana for work, and told her about his predicament. Read More →
As a child, I didn’t much care for watching or participating in ballet. But I was a big fan of all things that involved playing pretend, dressing up in costumes, and generally being covered head to toe in tulle and sequins and feathers. Thus, my first experience of the Nutcracker was actually attending the local ballet school’s annual fundraising rummage sale, where they sold off all of the worn out, old costumes, many of them from the Nutcracker. Priced at less than a dollar a piece, my mother was thrilled to be able to hand over a few dollars and take me home with a lifetime’s supply of tutus, headdresses, sequined ankle thingys, and more. On the way I asked her why the ballet school had such amazing things, and why on Earth they would get rid of them. Over the drive, she explained to me what the Nutcracker was, and the next year we went to see my neighbor perform in it—she played a mouse. Read More →
Presenting…yet another holiday craft shopping opportunity. And this is one of our personal favorites. For the last six years, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) has hosted their own fabulous art market just in time for holiday shopping. The sale features original work by more than 300 MICA students, faculty, and staff. That’s 300 local folks whose entire education and professional lives revolve around creative expression and creation. These artists are often leaders in their fields, or working right on the cutting edge of their chosen medium. Truly, this is the place to find some of the most unique, stand-out gifts this season. Read More →
Today’s catch is really a catch-and-a-half. We’ve been admiring Plum Blossom Kimono’s gorgeous silk scarves for a while. Plum Blossom uses authentic vintage kimonos to create unique scarves, pillows, and even greeting cards. This is great news for those of us who appreciate the beauty of traditional Japanese textiles, but in all honesty have little occasion to don an actual kimono. For some of us, the intricate floral and geometric designs might just compliment our walls or living rooms better than our bodies.
Plum Blossom’s treasures are usually available only through their online store, but this weekend, we get a chance to see them up close and personal at the Festival on the Hill—a community festival complete with gourmet food, crafts, music, and activities for kids. That’s where the extra half-a-catch comes in. A festival where you can count on finding entertainment, activities, and treasures like those that Plum Blossom offers is a real treat, and not something that happens every day. Proceeds from the festival go to a variety of local causes.
The Festival on the Hill takes place Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 1300 block of Bolton Street & Lanvale Streets in Baltimore. You can learn more about Plum Blossom Kimono at www.plumblossomkimono.com.
The Milkshake Music Duo of Lisa Matthews and Mikel Gehl, who are members of Milkshake Band, will play a children’s concert to kick off the fall school season on Saturday, September 15 at the Bolton Hill Swim & Tennis Club’s playing field, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Bolton Hill Nursery. Read More →
I walked out of my house the other day and saw a couple cop cars parked in the street. At first I just thought, “Ah, Baltimore,” and focused on a kid running down the concrete, but then I noticed caution tape, and several big black vans, and… stage lights? Read More →
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