Friday, October 30, 2009

Peter's Pumpkin Spice Muffins at the Red Canoe

News from Nicole:

So Peter comes down from his kitchen early this afternoon and asks all of us to please try his new muffin: Pumpkin Spice with a sugared brandy glaze.
Sorry --we are speechless. Or in heaven. Or too busy stuffing our faces...


The Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

HLMS PS - for those who don't remember, read a fantastic review about Peter's famous muffins

Halloween Menu at the Chameleon

Menu news from Brenda of the Chameleon Cafe:

Happy Halloween!

So, not too long ago, while driving in Pennsylvania , I saw a sign for an “OX ROAST”. For some reason, I really wanted to go just so I could say, “Can you pass the Ox please?”
I was thinking in this story lies a Halloween opportunity for you.

Jeff (our fabulous chef) recently bought a whole Berkshire Pig from Ferguson Family Farms. Andrew, Bella and he along with the help of our 5-year old daughter Gertie broke it down. It made an appearance on the Choucroute Garni, in the Rillettes Sarthoises, and in a fabulous Head Cheese ($7) which we will be have as a special on Saturday, All Hallows Eve.

When your friends ask, “What did you do for Halloween?” You could be able to say, “I ate tongue and brains, cheeks and more. It was fabulous!”

I hope the evening finds you among friends and good company!

All the best,
& the staff @ The Chameleon
The Chameleon
4341 Harford Rd.
T: 410.254.2376
Hours: Tues-Thurs 5-9 | Fri + Sat 5-10

Halloween Kid Fun at the Parkside this Friday

Some news from the Parkside!

Friday Halloween crafts and fun a the Parkside

On Friday October 30 starting at 5 pm we will have free crafts and Halloween fun for the kiddies.

There will be cookie decorating, mini-pumpkin painting, puppet and mask making, Halloween movies and music and more. Stop by and enjoy!

Happy Halloween!

Colleen & Chris

4709 Harford Road
Baltimore 21214

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Taco Tuesday and More at Clementine (21214)

Some news from Cristin...

To treat yourself to a wonderful taco dinner at Clementine! Tonight's selection will be:
~ Green Chile & Tomatillo Braised & Shredded Beef
~ Cumin & Tomato Grilled & Chopped Chicken
~ Corn, Mushroom, Onion & Tomato Vegetarian
with our wonderful house made salsas, rice, beans, queso fresco, lime, red onion and tortillas from Tortilleria Sinaloa. All for ten bucks!

Your first Mexican Longneck is a dollar. We offer Dos Equis Lager or Amber, Sol, Bohemia, Tecate or Carta Blanca. After that, they're $2.25. Margaritas are $4 a pint, all night.

Check out our website for restaurant hours.

If you want more than Tuesdays,

For an appetizer, we are offering a kabob of Lime, Peanut & Masala Marinated Duck with veggies & pears, served with saffron rice & fig chutney. Cream of Tomato or Chicken & Dumpling soups are great in this weather!

For Entrees, some new items include Roasted Quail Stuffed with Chicken, Fennel & Red Pepper Sausage; Rabbit & Oyster Burgoo (a Kentucky-Style Gumbo, usually containing game) with Veggies & Mashed Potatoes; Scallop & Crab Enchipotlados (a spicy chipotle-based broth) with purple Fingerling Potatoes, Sweet Corn & Rice and more!

See all the offerings at:

Cristin & Winston

5402 Harford Rd
Baltimore 21214

Autumn Menu at the Chameleon Cafe (21214)

A message from Brenda:


So our Fall Menu is phased in! This menu is absolutely wonderful. Chef Jeff Smith (my lovely husband) is continuing his weekly pilgrimages to the Farmer’s Markets to procure as many local ingredients as he can for the menu. Andrew and Tina have added some great ideas, and have worked out some new preparations for dishes like the Lentil Salad with the wild mushroom leek custard, and the pan-seared Black Cod with clam oyster vichyssoise. When trying something off the beaten path such as the Sweetbreads or Rabbit, The Chameleon is the place to do so. I must have had 3 different sweetbread preparations before I found one I enjoyed, and it was from our kitchen!

Celebrate the fall season- call some friends, make a date, and treat yourself and your taste buds to a journey.

All the best,

The Chameleon
4341 Harford Rd.
T: 410.254.2376
Hours: Tues-Thurs 5-9 | Fri + Sat 5-10

Halloween Parade on Wednesday Oct 28 at Red Canoe

Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe is hosting a Halloween Parade this Wednesday.

Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road

Pre-School Sing Along with Zoe Johnstone
Halloween Parade! Wednesday before Halloween put those tots in costume and head on over for a Sing-Along and a parade!

And, looking ahead:

Events & Notes
We know it is early to be thinking of Santa but writing that all important letter to the North Pole needs to be done in a timely way! Because Santa is coming to RED CANOE! On December 5 Santa will arrive in a side car to collect YOUR LETTER to the North Pole! So start writing!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Upcylced Clothing Trunk Show (Lauraville 21214)

BNEC at BOO FEST (Halloween Party at the Connection)

Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge will be setting up a table at the Boo Fest to hand out information & recruit some volunteers to take part in the energy challenge program. The Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge (BNEC) is a 9-month pilot program started to help households in 8 neighborhoods reduce energy use, save money, and build a more sustainable Baltimore. See their website for more detailed information about how you can participate, be green and save money!

October 31
2 to 4
4500 Harford Road
Lauraville, Baltimore 21214

Friday, October 23, 2009

Porterfield's "Hamilton" screening at the Parkside

Message from NOGLI president, Mark:

Baltimore's Neighborhood Design Center and NOGLI are partnering to present a screening of former Hamiltonian (and former Chameleon Cafe server) Matthew Porterfield's 2006 fictional feature film "Hamilton" at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, November 3rd, at the Parkside Restaurant at 4709 Harford Road.

NDC and NOGLI have long partnered on a variety of projects serving NOGLI's neighborhoods and this event was spearheaded by NDC as the sole citywide "appetizer event" for NDC's Annual Party on November 11th, at which Porterfield will be speaking about "The Power of Place."

The movie has been screened several times previously in the neighborhood but this screening offers those who haven't had a chance to see the film the opportunity to do so in the convivial environment of Parkside's backroom area.

This link ( takes you to a good 2004 City Paper article on the movie from 2004. Note the closing paragraphs and the discussion of the support provided by Jeff, Brenda and The Chameleon Cafe in helping the filmaker/server obtain the funds needed to make
this film. Porterfield's newest film, "Putty Hill," is now in post production, with excerpts being shown at NDC's Annual Party.

The film will be introduced by brief comments from NDC Executive Director Mark Cameron and myself. Porterfield may attend, but commitments in New York may make that impossible.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there. I haven't seen the film but I have heard great things about it from folks far and wide.

-- nogli mark

Don't forget Movie Night, October 24th in Lauraville (21214)

For an early Halloween fright, murder mystery, The Spiral Staircase (1945), starring Ethel Barrymore, Dorothy McGuire and George Brent is being shown on Saturday, October 24th, at 7 pm, at 4321 Harford Road (Theater on the Second Floor of Chop Shop) to benefit THE DONOVAN FUND, which assists medically fragile Baltimore City seniors with fixed incomes.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Parkside's Tuesday Music Showcase

Mike's Acoustic Showcase
Tuesday nights @ The PARKSIDE (4709 Harford Rd. at Cold Spring)

FREE live music
**** Amazing happy hour prices on fantastic beers ******
Pitchers and pizza specials

Every Tuesday Night!!! 8PM

Join The Baltimore String Felons, Drew Harris, Pete Yorko, Atom Fisher, Macgregor Burns, The Bow Legged Gorilla, Sandy Dobson, Moni Vex and many more performers!

8PM start time until close.

Special headliner Tuesday Nov. 10 - Pearl and The Beard!!! Its going to be awesome! (plus all your favorite regulars!)


Did they mention that its free?

Hamilton Community Concerts (21214) presents Chamber Music Concert

Hamilton Community Concerts
"Four at Four" presents
Kathryn Master and Laurel Ewel - flutes
Aneta Orteba - violon cello
Reynaldo Reyes - piano

in a

Sunday, October 25th
4:00 pm

Hamilton Presbyterian Church
5532 Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21214
Free to the Public
(donations accepted at the door)

Beethoven's Trio in Bb Major,
Carl Maria von Weber's Trio in g minor
Mendelssohn, Doppler, Taffanel & others

Reception following the concert - all are welcome!

Tuesday Market Vendor highlighted in the City Paper

Nikki from Mallow Munchies is featured in the City Paper, her first local press coverage. Nikki's Munchies have been a favorite at the Hamilton-Lauraville Tuesday Market, coming to a season end next Tuesday, October 27th. Packed with healthy ingredients, Mallow Munchies are a treat you can eat without tremendous guilt. If you didn't get to try them at the Tuesday Market, Nikki's Munchies can be found at Zeke's Coffee and Grind-On Cafe.

The City Paper's Erin Sullivan writes:

We've been seeing these big, blocky crispy-rice marshmallow things popping up all over the place lately--coffeehouses, farmer's markets, even at Graul's in Lutherville. And the only thing that has kept us from picking one up sooner is the sheer size--smaller than a breadbox sure, but about as large as a small loaf of zucchini bread. Now, we love us some Rice Crispy treats when they're homemade, but those brand-name ones in the shiny foil packets have that super-preserved chemically flavor that makes them kinda, well, suck. So we have been eager to try to Mallow Munchies, baked right here in Baltimore and made without any artificial flavors, chemicals, colors, or preservatives. Even the marshmallows are made from scratch. We picked one up recently at Grind On Café--we selected the Belgian chocolate dipped version, by the way ($5). It was certainly a far better choice than the brand-name option, but just like with any all-natural version of a chemically enriched original, we missed some of the bad-for-you-ness--we wanted more butter, more salt, maybe a bit more of that gooey, stickiness that we associate with melting marshmallows. But that's not to say we don't appreciate and enjoy the more grownup Mallow Munchie--we do. And we did. As in, ate almost the whole thing in one sitting. Yikes.

Mallow Munchies
Chewy. Gooey. Crunchy. Munchie.

Lauraville and Hamilton highlighted in Bmoremedia

Lauraville and Hamilton are highlighted in Bmoremedia.

There is a list of places to go every night of the week. There are rotating ads for: The Chameleon Cafe, Clementine, Hamilton Tavern, Harvest Fare, Zeke's Coffee, Red Canoe, Grind-On, The Hamilton Gallery, Parkside, Koco's Pub, Spinster Yarns & Fibers and Beth's DIY Workshop.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Clementine in the Baltimore Magazine Breakfast Issue

Hamilton's own Clementine is in the October issue of the Baltimore Magazine which highlights Breakfast spots in and around Baltimore.

From the online edition:
Clementine, 5402 Harford Rd., 410-444-1497. We've never seen a more child-friendly place—with an entire corner dedicated to kid stuff (easel, books, dinosaurs, crayons)—so parents might actually eat. And devour we must. Breakfast—served until 2 p.m. on weekends—is not fussy. Most offerings have ingredients that can be counted on one hand (eggs, onions, potatoes, cheese) and are served best with a steaming cup of Zeke's coffee. The homemade hot sauce—just ask the waitresses—adds just the right kick to the casseroles, scrambles, egg sandwiches, and cheese grits ($3.50). (We've even considered adding it to the French toast—we love it so.) This Hamilton restaurant is also part charcuterie, and the house-made smoked duck sausage ($3.50 for two) leaves you counting the days until the next weekend. The restaurant itself is quaint and hip with lots of great art on the walls and a relaxed vibe.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Music at the HAC (21214)

A note from a Hamilton Neighbor Jen:

Hi Neighbors -

My husband Mark is putting on a fabulous show for Halloween. Come over after you go to the Connection .............

Halloween in Hamilton: A Masquerade Rock Show

“Bands you’ll like performing as bands you already love!”

Saturday, October 31, 2009
@ The Hamilton Arts Collective
5440 Harford Road (Side Entrance)
Baltimore, MD 21214 410-444-4272

ALL AGES / $7 / Doors @ 8pm

8:45 KING VITAMIN as The Ramones

9:30 BENE GESSERIT WITCH w/ Mark Ultra as Devo

10:45 RAH RAH REPLICA as Bikini Kill

as ”Psi-Mon And Star*Funk-El”
Scary movies on the big screen! Candy! Costumes! And more!

Join us after pumpkin carving at the Market Connection for some live music and fun times!

A Save Vs. Poison Production (Straight Outa Lauraville!)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

BOO FEST for Halloween at the Connection (4500 Harford Rd, Lauraville 21214)

October 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Connection (4500 Harford Road, Lauraville 21214)

Music, pet costume pageant, games, and loads of fun for the entire family.

Be sure to check out the Tuesday Market lot at 4500 Harford Road as you pass by. New characters have arisen since the market last night! Thanks to Sue & Pam, Main Street volunteers extraordinaire, for their clever creations to add to the 'spirit' of the Fall Season.

BOO FEST is sponsored by Baltimore County Savings Bank and the Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street.

Regina Lansinger, Director
Hamilton Lauraville Main Street
5500 Harford Road - Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21214
410.319.7151 (fax)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Events in October - Main Street and Beyond

• Every Tuesday in October - Farmer's Market at the Connection from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 4500 Harford Road

Saturday, October 17 – Mayfield Fallfest * 3 – 7 pm rain or shine * Information is available at 410-925-6162 or Vendor spaces are still available.

• Saturday, October 17, Baltimore Urban Agriculture Harvest Ball at the Connection * 4500 Harford Road * 2 to 5 p.m. activities include contra dancing, music, kid's activities.

•Saturday, October 24, 7:00p.m. Movie Night in Lauraville with the Donovan Film Series

• Saturday, October 31 – HLMS Halloween BOO FEST at the Connection* 4500 Harford Road * 2-4 pm * fun for the whole family & pets, too * Dance to the Monster Mash under the direction of MCPA * Healthy treats, cookies & witch’s brew!

• Saturday, October 31 – Trunk or Treat! Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA) hosts a Trunk or Treat special for the kids * 4:30 – 6:30 * 5543 Harford Road in the parking lot behind the building.

Lauraville's Beth's DIY in the Urbanite

Beth's DIY is highlighted in the October issue of the Urbanite (scroll down to read the story.)

At Beth's, the following classes are forming:
Thursday October 8 - Power Tool Blitz for Women: Drills, Saws and Sanders

Thursday October 15- How to catch a running Toilet: Fundamentals of Plumbing Repairs

Thursday October 22 -Don’t Be Shocked: A Beginner’s Look at Electrical Repairs

Thursday October 29 - If Walls Could Talk:Everything You Wanted to Know About Walls,But Were Afraid to Ask

Monday November 2 - Getting Floored Part 1: How to Install Ceramic Tile Floors or Walls

Starting Tuesday November 3 - Thinking About the Box: The FundamentalBuilding Block

Don't forget at Beth's

Keys and Photocopies Made There!

Tuesdays Through Saturdays

8:30am to 6:00pm

Radio Kitchen Highlights Charcuterie at Clementine (21214)

Did you hear this morning's Radio Kitchen on WYBR 88.1 fm?

If you did, you would have heard Hamilton's own Winston Blick, the chef and owner of Clementine, talking about his yummy Duroc Charcuterie.

One of the true joys of life is discovering that someone has opened up a new restaurant in your neighborhood. Up in northeast Baltimore, in Al's part of town a new sport [sic] called Clementine's [sic]has been packing them in for several months now. One of the secrets to Clementine's success is the delicious cured and smoked meats they serve. The French call it Charcouterie, Winston gave it the brand name Duroc, but we just call it delicious.
Husband and wife Cristin Dadant and Winston Blick own Clementine's. Winston is the chef and meat man while Cristin runs the front of the house. Charcouterie, as practiced by a chef-owner, is something of a lost art. But once Winston perfected his technique and realized how creative he could be, pates, rillettes, sausage and cured meat began showing up all over his recipes. A great way to sample his wares is to order the Charcouterie Plate as an appetizer and dig in. Word has it that in the near future you will be able to purchase Duroc products over the counter, right at the restaurant.

Clementine is located at 5402 Harford Road in the heart of Hamilton. The phone number is (410) 444-1497. Visit the website at

5402 Harford Road
Hamilton, Baltimore

Monday, October 12, 2009

News from Bedalicious (Mayfied 21218)

News from Main Street neighbor on Harford Road, Sabirah, the owner of Beadalicious:


I’m excited to bring you this great opportunity to possibly win $1,000 before December 25, 2009! Purchase a $3 bag of beads and you could be winner! I’m placing the winning bead in one of the bags and if you produce the winning bead say, “I GOT THAT BEAD” and
Collect your CASH!


Proceeds from your purchase will benefit BeadCause I Care

I created BeadCause I Care because of my efforts to teach jewelry to people who deserve another chance at life. This organization allows me to continue teaching these individuals at no cost.

BeadCause I care is a non profit organization opening doors of community and hope by teaching the art of jewelry making to the homeless, vulnerable teens, ex-drug offenders and ex-prisoners. While nurturing their capacity to think skillfully, critically and creatively, we also strive to deepen their commitment to prosocial values such as kindness, helpfulness, personal responsibilities and respect for others – qualities we believe are essential to leading humane and productive lives.

Please think of these individuals when you purchase your bags of beads. I look forward to participation and I thank you in advance.

For additional information contact:
Sabirah, Owner
3500 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 527-7006

Friday, October 9, 2009

Poetry Reading at the Red Canoe (Lauraville 21214)

Poetry-reading news from Nicole and Peter:

Hi everyone,
2nd Saturday featured poets for this Saturday 10/10 are Jesse Briete, Sarah Miller, and Shelley Puhak. Reading begins at 4pm in the cafe and is hosted by Matt Hohner!
So come one, come all and enjoy a couple of hours of poetry--here at Red Canoe with good coffee and great neighbors!
Don't forget that we will be closed Monday through Wednesday for a mini vacation. The plan is to spend a bit of time on the Sassafras River of the Upper Chesapeake Bay--and to eat new foods, think about fall menu additions, and read a good book. Nice field trip! But we will be back on Thursday 10/15.
See you then, bring your appetite, and pick up your coffee and breakfast to go!
Nicole and Peter

Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tuesday Market in Lauraville going strong!

The TUESDAY MARKET is still going strong! You can still grab your dinner & eat it, too! Fresh fall fruits & vegetables are still available. A new vendor joined in this week...seafood! And, we still have our craft vendors selling great jewelry, warm hats & scarves, handbags, totes and a lot more! Hot cocoa & coffee will keep you warm while you wait for your dinner to be prepared - Chef Mac is still a crowd-pleaser. Or choose Indian food, Kimchee, warm soups, pies, cakes & cookies. Visit the Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street Facebook page for the newest Tuesday Market album. Support your local Market! We will still be having fun till the very end of October!

Regina Lansinger, Director
Hamilton Lauraville Main Street
5500 Harford Road - Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21214
410.319.7151 (fax)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Children Clothes Swap at the Parkside

Message from the Parkside:

We're still going to host the swap on October 17th but I've changed the time to 1pm so folks can enjoy other events that day. Don't forget to pass it on!

In other Parksdie related news, menu changes are happening this week, we have lots of events this month for adults and children alike, we're working on some combo specials as we are offering pitchers of beer now and we will be showing all Ravens games as we just erected our antenna yesterday, Woot!

As usual, I will send out an events update as soon as I have everything in order. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.


Colleen & Chris

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Autumn Fare at the Red Canoe

Yummy-menu update from Lauraville's Red Canoe:

Hi Everyone,

Yummy fall items are making their way on to our café lunch menu. Grilled cheese with spicy apple butter and bacon (or not), yam apple soup, our ever delicious Red Canoe wrap with roasted pecan pesto, sun dried cranberries and roasted turkey…cheese and apple chutney melt, a roast beef pepper jack melt on rye bread…oh yeah, all good, all the time.

Our coffee is still Zeke’s served hot fresh and delicious every day and especially in the morning—with a sweet or savory muffin, with a toasted English muffin slathered with melted cheese, fluffy eggs, bacon…a delicious breakfast burrito –have you tried the Cajun remoulade yet?

And to really spark our appetites lightly fizzed Italian sodas in raspberry, blackberry, mandarin orange, cherry….or a nice hot spicy chai latte.

It is all here, breakfast and lunch, every day except Mondays at Red Canoe: good food, good coffee and great neighbors. Stop in, relax in the garden, and feel like you’ve come home.

Nicole and Peter

Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

Hamilton-Lauraville Yard Sale in the 'B'

The Community Yard sale organized by Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street was highlighted in the 'B'

Go here to read the article.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Closing of Harford Road Senior Center on Fox 45 News

From Fox 45 News:

A northeast Baltimore senior center is shutting its doors after more than three decades, but many people say the center is their second home.

The city can no longer afford to give the Harford Senior Center nearly $100,000 each year and plans to close the facility at the end of the month.

The center helps more than 400 nearby residents who say they want city officials to reconsider.

Link to video here.

Harvest Ball at the Connection

Please come out on Saturday, October 17th, from 2:00 for the Harvest Ball presented by the Baltimore Urban Agriculture Task Force. (Poster design by Mike Clark.) Activities will include: music and contra dancing, food, storytelling, apple bobbing, scarecrow making, garden talking, info getting, picture taking and history making.

Harvest Ball
4500 Harford Road (the Connection lot, across from Safeway)
October 17th, from 2 to 5

Friday, October 2, 2009


Attn: Yard Sale Vendors

Message from Pam Wallace, organizer of said event.

If it is raining at 7:00 am, more than a drizzle, we will postpone the yard/craft sale until the raindate of 10/10, same time, same place. If the forcast is drizzle all day we will postpone the sale. But a cloudy day of no rain we will continue on as planned.

Thursday, October 1, 2009