Friday, October 29, 2010

Sharing and Giving Opportunities with Main Street

Community Philanthropy: Sharing and Giving in the Community
Hamilton Lauraville Main Street is a volunteer-driven organization. Volunteers help us make Lauraville and Hamilton a great place to live, work, and play. We welcome all members of the Hamilton and Lauraville community who would like to contribute toward the improvement of our vibrant community and have some time to help us reach our goals.

We need and welcome all forms of help: your time, talents, ideas, suggestions, and enthusiasm! Join a committee to help plan upcoming activities and projects: Organization CommitteeDesign CommitteePromotion CommitteeEconomic Enhancement Committee Committees meet on a monthly basis for strategic planning and implementation. Please contact HLMS for more information on how you can help us help our community.

To volunteer, please call the Main Street office at 410-319-7150 or email the organization committee.

Or if you would like to donate funds to HLMS, please go to our web page at the and click on the donate button.

Thank you.
Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
(picture from the Sinclair Community College Website)

A Great Article about the Down Hill Derby on Harford Road.

(picture from Studio H Photography)
A great article and pics from Studio H Photography about the Hamilton-Lauraville Down Hill Derby held on Harford Road on October 2010.

Night of Theater at the Hamilton Arts Collective: November 5 @ 8:00 p.m.

You’re Soaking in It! A Billion Tiny Plays by Barbara DeCesare
Starring You Poor Suckers
Friday, November 5, 2010 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Tickets are $10
The Hamilton Arts Collective
5440 Harford Road, 2nd Floor
Baltimore 21214

Performance Arts Series at the Hamilton Theater Oct 29

The B-more Erotic Performance Arts Series at the Hamilton Theater

Doors open 7:30 p.m.
Show starts at 8pm
Tickets $10 at the door
Must be over 18 to enter

Hamilton Theater
2929 Hamilton Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21214

more info
or 443-418-4762

Volunteer Opportunities at the Hamilton Arts Collective

Theater Volunteer Meeting Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 6:00 in the Hamilton Theater
Learn more about upcoming opportunities to volunteer and organize events in the theater.

Theater Workday Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 10:00 to 2:00 in the Hamilton Theater Help fix-it-up and paint-it-up!

For more information,

Hamilton Arts Collective Theater & Studios
5440 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214

First Friday: November 5 at the Hamilton Gallery

News from the Hamilton Gallery

First Friday: November 5 at the Hamilton Gallery

Featuring artwork by guest artist Jeanette Ortt, featured member artist Marcus Dagold and member artists.

Hamilton Gallery
5502 Harford Rd
Baltimore, Maryland

Hamilton Gallery is membership operated with monthly shows featuring the works of our members as well as a featured monthly guest artist. Membership is open to all interested artists who seek to showcase and sell their work as well as assist in helping to maintain and grow the gallery.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

BooFest Halloween Parade: Family Fun

BOO FEST Halloween Parade
Saturday October 30th
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performance Arts Parking Lot
5543 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

Donovan Fund Film Festival: The Thing

Usher in the spooky season with film, friends and Fall chills for a good cause.
Please Join Us for the Donovan Film

“The Thing” (1982)

John Carpenter’s thriller about a shape shifting alien in a chilly setting.
Starring Kurt Russell

Film discussion after showing facilitated by Filmmaker Chris Reed.

Saturday, October 30, 2010
7:00 pm
4321 Harford Road
Suggested Donation $10
This film is part of a series to benefit The Donovan Fund,
which assists medically fragile Baltimore City seniors with fixed incomes.

Reservations: Chris Muldowney
410-366-1980, x271 / 410-426-2529

Bakery on Harford Road in Hamilton

A bakery is planned for a spring opening in Hamilton. Kristin from Mid-Atlantic Center for Performance Arts (MCPA) signed a contract to purchase the building at 5414 Harford (where Crystal's dress shop is now) and has plans to bring a bakery to Hamilton. Stay tuned to

Koco's Pub 25th Anniversary

News from Koco's Pub


Please join us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary!!!!

through Saturday, Oct 30th, 2010 we are holding a Crab Cake Platter on special for $19.85 ( the year we opened) along with 1/2 Price Original Margaritas!!!

Special is for dine - in only, regular pricing on carry out orders.
We hope to see you here! Give us a call to make a reservation at 410-426-3519.


The Koco Family

Slide Show from Downhill Derby on Harford Road in Hamilton

Down Hill Derby on WBAL

Friday, October 8, 2010

Maryland Art League at Studio 55 (Hamilton 21214)

Studio 55 is currently hosting a show by the MARYLAND ART LEAGUE, INC. The show will hang through October 29th.

Check for hours.

Studio 55
5529 Harford Road
Hamilton, Baltimore 21214
Contact Mary Rever for more information: 410-444-002

Good Eats and Ghost Stories from the Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe (Lauraville 21214)

News from Nicole of the Red Canoe:

Hi Everyone!
It is a beautiful Friday morning here at Red Canoe. We have a group of nursing students drinking gallons of coffee, a birthday muffin group out for breakfast, and some little kids picking up some Friday go to school treats. Sounds like our neighborhood alright!

Peter is making pumpkin muffins. Honey-dipped pumpkin using honey from one of our favorite farmers: Sunnyside Farm. You can buy their delicious honey every Tuesday at the Lauraville Farmer’s Market.

Tuesday (October 12) we will also be listening to GHOST STORIES! Playwrite Kimberley Lynne will read stories and tell tales—begins at 5:30 this Tuesday 10/12 here at Red Canoe.

How’s that for a market? Honey, Pumpkins, and Ghosts. (oh my)

So stop in this weekend for something good to eat, browse some books, meet up with your neighbors. All here at Red Canoe with good hot fresh coffee for here or to go—stop in to just say “hello”!

Nicole and Peter
Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214410-444-4440

Chef Mac's is relocating!

Chef Mac's Louisanna Cuisine is moving to the site of 4709 Harford Road, the site of Parkside Restaurant which closed this summer.

Read more about it here...

KWAIDAN (Japan) showing at the Hamilton Gallery on October 30, 2010

5502 Harford Rd.
Hamilton, Baltimore, 21214

("Ghost Story")

Saturday Oct. 30, 2010
2:00 PM

Admission is Free but donations welcomed

Introduction and Discussion led by Reed Hessler, Radio announcer and avid film collector

Kwaidan - "Ghost Story" - is a 1964 Japanese portmanteau film directed by Masaki Kobayashi; It is based on stories from Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folk tales. The film consists of four separate, unrelated stories. Awarded Special Jury Prize at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival and received an Academy Award nomination.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fall Acting Classes at the Performance Workshop Theatre in Hamilton (Baltimore 21214)

Following is the acting class schedule for the Performance Workshop Theatre, 5624 Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21214. For information and registration: telephone: 410-659-7830 or e-mail:

with Yvonne Erickson
Saturday mornings: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
October 23rd – December 4th (6 weeks)
(Class will not meet on Thanksgiving weekend)

See what actors do to approach a role on stage. Have fun building different actor’s skills by doing physical work for body awareness; improvisations; work with simple texts to access your theatrical imagination; communication and listening exercises designed to improve not just acting skills, but real life presentation skills. You will learn to think on your feet and feel good about it. A maximum of ten students participate in the class and early registration is recommended. No experience necessary………just the willingness to explore and learn from a seasoned theatrical artist.
Tuition: $200.

with Yvonne Erickson
Monday evenings: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
October 25th – November 29th (6 weeks)

Have some experience on stage? Ever studied acting in college and are itching to get back into it? Bring your skills and your instincts to a class using a practical approach to scene study to hone skills, learn new ones, progress as an actor, learn what is expected of you during the rehearsal process in the real world of professional theatre. This scene study class will attract actors who wish to expand their knowledge of the craft of acting through script analysis and related
exercises, touching on different methods of acting: mining emotional and sensory work to root your characters in reality. A maximum of ten students participate in the class and early registration is recommended. Pre-requisite; previous stage experience or at least one year of acting classes.
Tuition: $275.

Yvonne Erickson is a professional actor, instructor, acting coach and director. Long standing member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA. Extensive acting experience; 30 years. TV/Film credits: guest star on such shows as Matlock, Homicide, Hack, American Gothic, and film roles in The Prince of Tides, Mothman Prophecies, Ladder 49 and many more. Extensive regional theatre; favorite roles- Stella, A Streetcar Named Desire; Joy, Shadowlands; Elizabeth Almond, The Heiress….local appearances at Center Stage, Rep Stage, Studio Theatre (D.C.), and American Century Theatre, Theatre J. Many regional & national TV commercials, mostly during election years; radio spots, narrations on camera and off, training films. Teaching experience; Virginia Commonwealth University, BFA acting program, on-camera acting; Howard Community College, theatre department, beginning acting and advanced auditioning technique. Private coaching and classes. Directing: staged readings at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival; Rep Stage, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale; Studio Theatre, Welsh Words Festival (In ooperation with the Smithsonian Institute and the National Theatre of Wales).

For information and registration please contact us by telephone: 410-659-7830
or e-mail:

Marlyn G. Robinson Marc Horwitz
Co-Artistic Director Co-Artistic Director

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Indie 900 ' - Soap Box Derby on Harford Road in Hamilton - Drivers Needed

In preparation of next year's Baltimore Grand Prix, Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street (HLMS) is sponsoring the first "Indie 900' Downhill Derby" on October 24th. Driver check-in is at 9:00am. Race begins at 10:00. The starting line is White Avenue, the finish is 900' down the hill before Hamilton Avenue. Cars have been purchased by: Zeke's Coffee, Clementine, Murph's Garage, Hamilton Vacuum, Hamilton Federal, Hamilton Tire (Goodyear), Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street, Tattoo Museum, Helping Boys Understand (Hamilton Elementary-Middle School). In addition, HLMS will arrange to have 6-10 extra soap box cars on hand for kids to race.

There are two age groups: 8-12 driving the stock cars and 13-17 driving the super stock cars. Most of the cars are ready to go. Drivers are still needed. If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in the race and if you are in the age range of 8-17, please contact HLMS to register as a driver. The HLMS stock car has two registered drivers so far (ages 8-12), and can accommodate two more. Hamilton Vacuum's super stock car has room for two more drivers. The 6-10 extra cars are available for drivers. The registration cost is $20. If more than one driver from a family wants to race, the price is $10 for the 2nd driver.

Drivers will be provided with a tee-shirt to keep and a helmet to use for the race. Please check our website for race information & registration forms. Forms & information will also be available at the Tuesday Market in Lauraville. RACE TRIALS will take place this Tuesday evening at the Tuesday Market in Lauraville. Montebello Terrace, next to Safeway, is closed between 3-8:30. As the market is cleaning up, we will have two cars available for test drives down the closed street. This is a great time to test drive an Indie 900 racer.

Raffle tickets are available for $5. The prize is a soap box derby car (kit) valued over $700. The prize will be drawn on race day, 10/24.

Mosaic Workshop Series in Hamilton (21214)

Lynn Dodds, whose work can be seen around Hamilton (City Neighbors Charter School and the Hamilton Art Gallery) will be holding workshops to learn the art of Mosaic.
For more information go to or call 410-215-6809
Workshop series begins October 18

Friday, October 1, 2010

First Friday at the Hamilton Gallery

First Friday at the Hamilton Gallery
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
5502 Harford Road
Guest Artist Nan Thompson

The Hamilton Gallery is proud to be hosting local artist Nan Thompson for the month of October.
Thompson, who resides in Nottingham, MD is a retired interior decorator who specializes in making paper and transforming it into various forms of decorative and practical art. Thompson also practices other art mediums such as: stained glass, drawing, acrylic painting, Sumi-e (Chinese brush painting), polymer clay and photography.
In addition to the monthly guest artist, Hamilton Gallery will feature the works of an artist who is a member of the Gallery - This month's featured member-artist is Brandy Baker.

Tuesday Market in Lauraville until October 26, 2010

Video of Tuesday Market in Lauraville

NASCAR without the Noise! Soap-Box Racing on Harford Road: October 24 - Register Today!

Harford Road, BALTIMORE, October 24, 2010

A great event for race lovers and their families!

Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street announces the First “Indie 900’ Downhill Derby” soap box race on Harford Road. Driver check-in at 9:00 a.m. Race time at 10:00am! The race begins in the 5700 block of Harford Road below White Avenue and ends 900 feet down Harford Road near Hamilton Avenue. Ten Main Street businesses will sponsor the gravity-driven race cars. Extra cars on hand for a limited number of contenders! Teams of 4 racers per car.

Registration is limited. Register by 10/15/10. For race details and more information,c ontact Regina Lansinger (410) 319-7150