The Claire Marie Foundation Awards First Annual Scholarship in Memory of Claire Marie Wagonhurst

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 10:00am


The first annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship was recently awarded to Edina Hiser, a 2015 graduating Senior of the Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland. Edina will be attending the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Design at the School of Dramatic Arts at USC. Read More →


Grammy Award-Winning Bluegrass Band Steep Canyon Rangers Performs at Oregon Ridge, July 23

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 20, 2015 11:30am


Steep Canyon Rangers

The Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, will present nationally-known Grammy Award-winning artists, Steep Canyon Rangers, at “An Evening Bluegrass Festival” on Thursday evening, July 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Oregon Ridge. Tim & Savannah Finch with Eastman String Band, and Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Band will also perform. Read More →

Canton, Featured, Giving, Inner Harbor, Lifeline

Funds Being Raised for Another Trash-Removing Water Wheel

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 17, 2015 9:18am

Before/after Harbor photo via @MrTrashWheel

Before/after Harbor photo via @MrTrashWheel

The Inner Harbor’s trash-filtering water wheel was a $800,000 investment in keeping Baltimore’s most prominent waterway free of trash and debris. One year in, it’s paid off in spades, capturing as many as 19 tons of gunk in one day, and even winning a starring role in a Ford commercial. There are 6 million fewer cigarette butts in the Inner Harbor thanks to this guy. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Giving, Lifeline

New Photography Project Shares Local Lives Up Close and Personal

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 2:51pm

"I didn’t know I could track so many good people to help me through the hard times. "

I didn’t know I could track so many good people to help me through the hard times.”  – Close Up Baltimore

Local photographer Joe Rubino brings the lives of ordinary Baltimoreans into focus with the new social media project Close Up Baltimore.

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Culture, Giving

Seersucker and Sundresses Party at the Rawlings Conservatory, July 19

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 10, 2015 2:07pm

conservatory party pic

The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Baltimore Conservatory Association are partnering with the Baltimore Croquet Club to host the third annual SEERSUCKER & SUNDRESSES GARDEN PARTY on Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3 pm to 7 pm (rain or shine) at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens in historic Druid Hill Park. Read More →

Culture, Giving

Open for Business: Washington Monument Reopens to Great Fanfare on the Fourth

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 06, 2015 2:25pm


Photo via

It’s only fitting that on the 4th of July, 200 years after the cornerstone was laid, the Washington Monument in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood was re-dedicated. For more than two years, the monument has been undergoing extensive and expensive renovation and restoration.

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Photo by Meg Fielding

Not only was all of the stonework repaired and restored, and the electrical and HVAC systems brought up to date, every square inch of the 180-foot tall monument was inspected. While this was happening, there were several surprises – some good and some not-so-good. Names of the original stone masons were both carved into stone and scribbled on walls. A second and unknown time capsule was discovered. The original cornerstone was found to be intact. And most amazingly, the statue of George Washington that caps the Monument was found to be incredibly detailed – even though the sculptor assumed that no one would or could ever see it closely enough to see them. Read More →

Cockeysville, Giving, Real Estate & Home, Sponsored Post

Direct Mortgage Loans Hosts Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 4:00pm

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Direct Mortgage Loans, supported by area real estate and financial businesses, hosted a golf tournament at Hayfields Country Club on Monday, June 29, 2015 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The event raised $20,000 and will be donated to Wounded Warrior Program to help raise awareness for the needs of injured service members.

Direct Mortgage Loans Partner, Michael Naylor, stated, “We are humbled by the response from sponsors and participants in our inaugural event. Based on this, we are making the tournament an annual event. The Wounded Warrior Program is important to our entire DML team – we are committed to putting our charitable energy behind the work that WWP provides to injured service members.”

The purpose of Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Direct Mortgage Loans is a licensed direct lender located in Hunt Valley, MD. National Mortgage Licensing System #832799. Direct Mortgage Loans is an Equal Housing Lender and named one of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces 2013 and 2014 by The Baltimore Sun. Information about our company and loan officer licensing can be found at and

Featured, Giving, Health and Fitness

Baltimore Social is Now Offering Friendly Neighborhood Sports Leagues For Kids

1 Written by: | Monday, Jun 29, 2015 3:37pm

(photo by Stephen Babcock)

(photo by Stephen Babcock)

Baltimore Social leagues started as a way to get together with friends, play some bocce or skeeball and grab a drink or a bite to eat to catch up afterward. As city dwellers know from all of the groups in matching T-shirts walking around, however, the leagues have grown to feature multiple sports in multiple cities. And at the same time, fouder Giovanni Marcantoni and his team have gotten organizing friendly sports down to a science. So as Marcantoni considered how to address a need for more youth leagues in Baltimore City, he eventually realized that he was already in a place to do so. Read More →

Featured, Giving, Lifeline

Baltimore Gets $4.4 Million More in AmeriCorps Funding

0 Written by: | Monday, Jun 15, 2015 10:01am

Photo via AmeriCorps Facebook page

Photo via AmeriCorps Facebook page

More than 2,000 AmeriCorps employees are currently working in Baltimore, where they mentor refugee families, plant trees, tutor kids, and do any number of valuable work for low pay (and thousands of dollars in student loan forgiveness). Read More →

Culture, Giving

Annapolis Bookstore Launches Sponsorship Campaign in An Effort to Stay Afloat

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 12, 2015 2:09pm

Annapolis’s popular independent  bookstore, The Annapolis Bookstore, has launched a “Save the Annapolis Bookstore” sponsorship campaign to raise $50,000 to help cover its costs. Like many locally owned book shops, the popular Maryland Avenue bookstore has seen sales fall in recent years as online sales have cut into its business.

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