Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hamilton Street Festival and Car Show

We couldn't say it better...except please join us for what looks to be a great afternoon!


From the City Paper Baltimore

Hamilton Street Festival and Car Show
Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

The 5400-5500 blocks of Harford Road hosts beer from Brewer’s Art and Flying Dog, a pie eating contest, the performing antics of aminibigcircus, and classic cars; plus music from BDK, ellen cherry, Sal Bando, Kenny and Cris, Trace Blam, Honkey Knog, Puddle, Lafayette Gilchrist, St. Veroniica's Youth Stell Orchestra, Jeremiah Clark and the Broken Band, Underground Sound, the Expotentials, Muscle Twin, T.T. Tucker, the Beltways, and Rodney Henry.

Although the Hamilton area is looking fresh these days on account of local eateries sprouting up and thriving along it's main corridor, this weekend brings the 16th annual street festival celebrating the community and the local car culture. Highlights include beer from Brewer’s Art and Flying Dog, a pie-eating contest, the performing antics of aminibigcircus, and classic cars, natch. Dancing in the street provided by non-stop line-ups on two stages. Don't miss ms.ellen cherry at 1 p.m. and Lafayette Gilchrist at 7 p.m. on the Hamilton Stage and a strong finish by T.T. Tucker, the Beltways, and Rodney Henry hour by hour starting after 5 on the Gibbons Stage.
(Wendy Ward)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

2009 Hamilton Street Festival Schedule of Music!

It is almost here...the 2009 Hamilton Street Festival and Car Show- Saturday, July 25th,2009, 11am-8pm. With cool music, cool vendors, and cool cars, the Festival promises to be a rocking time!

Music schedule:

Hamilton Stage (Hamilton and Harford Rd.)
12-12:30 BDK
1-1:30 Ellen Cherry
2-2:30 Sal Bando
3-3:30 Kenny and Cris (from The Bridge)
4-4:30 Trace Blam
5:5:30 Honkey Kong
6-6:30 Puddle
7-close Lafayette Gilchrist

Gibbons Stage (Harford Rd. and Gibbons Avenue)

12:15-12:45 St.Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra
1:15- 1:45 Jeremiah Clark and the Broken Band
2:15- 2:45 Underground Sound
3:15-3:45 The Expotentials
4:15- 4:45 Muscle Twin
5:15- 5:45 T. T. Tucker
6:15- 6:45 The Beltways

Hamilton Street Festival - Saturday, July 25th, 11am-8pm,
Harford Road at Hamilton Avenue
Hamilton, Baltimore, MD 21214

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Press Release: This Old House in Lauraville

Following is a press release from NOGLI regarding This Old House Party celebrating Lauraville selection as a great place to buy home!
(Lauraville, Baltimore, Maryland)
Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc.
4709 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
Day: (410) 444-9188
Cell: (443) 756-2930

Mayor Sheila Dixon, Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and many others will join residents of Lauraville on Thursday, July 16th at 3 pm to celebrate This Old House’s honoring of Lauraville as The Best Place in Maryland to Buy an Old House.

THIS OLD HOUSE PARTY begins on the front porch of Robert and Mary Thuman’s beautiful Lauraville residence at 2905 Rueckert Avenue, restored with loan support from Baltimore’s Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. program with an award presentation; comments from elected
officials, HNI, and others; and more than a dash of Lauraville funkiness. The party continues immediately afterwards in the wonderful just-opened-this-week bar and restaurant expansion space of Clementine, nearby at 5402 Harford Road.

“This honor is a confirmation of what we’ve known for years,” said Kenneth Lockie, President of the Lauraville Improvement Association. “This is a pat on the back for all the organizations and individuals who have worked so tirelessly to make Lauraville what it is today.”

“We’ve got what are simply the best affordable single-family homes in all of Baltimore,” said Mark Tough, Executive Director of the Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc. “We’re green, we’re funky, we’re family friendly. We’ve got awesome local businesses like Chameleon CafĂ©, Clementine, Zeke’s Coffee, the Red Canoe Bookstore—and that’s just the beginning. This celebration’s going to be pretty cool.

Did I mention the pulled pork, slaw and corn at Clementine? Mmmmmmm.”

THIS OLD HOUSE PARTY is being hosted by the Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc. and the Lauraville Improvement Association thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of PNC Bank.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Heart of Hamilton: Country Gift Shop on Harford Road

The Heart of Hamilton, 5523 Harford Road, is selling many items that are made in the USA, for instance:
Grounded in Nature bath and body products that are made in VA and PA.
Decorative throw-blankets that are made in North Carolina.
Stop by to say hello and to see the rest of the items for sale.
The Heart of Hamilton
5523 Harford Road

Lauraville - 'A Leafy Paradise' by This Old House

Lauraville, Baltimore, Maryland

Whether it's Fells Point or Federal Hill, Baltimore has long been known for its great historic neighborhoods. One of the most popular is Lauraville, a hilly, early-20th-century streetcar suburb that was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. A short drive from downtown, Lauraville is a leafy paradise studded with hefty framed and shingled homes with full-length front porches and large front lots. While downtown is not far, many take care of their shopping needs by walking up to Harford Road, which has enough groceries, restaurants, and coffee shops to make getting in the car unnecessary.

The Houses
Lauraville has a combination of Colonial Revivals, Foursquares, bungalows, and Victorian-era homes, many of which have their original millwork inside and their shingle siding outside. Some single-family homes that were carved up into multifamily units are being returned to their original floor plans. Prices run between $175,000 and $250,000.

Why Buy Now?
Buyers looking to restore homes in Lauraville can take advantage of various tax breaks as well as loan programs provided by Baltimore's Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. Combined, these incentives can save you thousands on your work. Those looking to restore older buildings in the area to use as small businesses might also qualify for tax breaks.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

MCPA Moves to Harford Road

MCPA - Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts is moving to 5543 Harford Road.
Dancer Magazine named MCPA as the top dance studio in Maryland, and the #5 studio out of thousands in the USA and Canada.


We are thrilled to announce that we will be moving to a new location, and will begin our summer session in our new building!After 10 wonderful years in Joppa, we are moving to a permanent home in Baltimore, at 5543 Harford Road in Hamilton. It is an easy 20 minute drive from our current location.Our new 15,000 sq ft building has plenty of parking, and is in a new "Main Street" area on the Northeast side of the city. There are wonderful restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques now open in the area, with more to come.The community support in Hamilton has been wonderful, and we are looking forward to being a part of the thriving art and music scene in the neighborhood!

We are excited about our new expanded adult program starting this summer! We will be offering beginning classes in ballet, jazz, and tap, as well as a fun hip-hop class. We are also offering intermediate level, 90 minute classes in ballet and jazz. These classes are perfect for adults with experience, especially college age students!
Another new addition for this year is certified Zumba classes! Zumba® fuses hypnotic latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away.

We are now taking regiatration for summer and fall classes. Click here to register online! Returning students in our performance groups must register for summer classes by July 15th in order to receive their discounted tuition rates.

Resident Recommendation: Chop Shop

A resident's recommendation of Lauraville's Chop Shop!

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to report that I got my first facial with Lisa's new compatriot at the Chop Shop, Sarah, yesterday. It was *wonderful.* She was professional, didn't push a lot of expensive products, used natural products that didn't give me a rash, and offered some advice...when I asked (as opposed to the scolding and/or judgmental "well, you really shoulds..." that we often get from those working on our skin). I was completely comfortable throughout and left feeling refreshed. I highly recommend Sarah! I used to go into Towson for the occassional facial, and now I'm happy to say that I won't be leaving the neighborhood for yet another service!
-Alison on Rueckert

Chop Shop
(410) 426-2300

Chop Shop
4321 Harford Road

Please vote for Red Canoe as the Best in Baltimore

Nickelodeon's Parents Connect website has nominated RED CANOE as a candidate for Best Baltimore Bookstore for children. Current voting is running neck and neck with another bookstore, but you can help RED CANOE by voting (once every day per computer for the next sixteen days!) at:

Ballot stuffing is encouraged (Nickelodeon wants more website traffic after all) and this would be a great honor for both RED CANOE and the neighborhoods that support it. So vote today, vote tomorrow, and keep voting through something like July 14th!