Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 "HamFest" Hamilton Street Festival and Classic Car Show July 30th

18th Annual Hamilton Street Festival and Classic Car Show
July 30, 2011
11 am to 7 pm
Food, Art, Crafts, Beer, and Live Music (3 stages, 14 bands)
Harford Road at Hamilton Avenue
Baltimore MD 21214

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Maryland State Boychoir to Perform in Mayfield


The Maryland State Boychoir under the direction of Stephen Holmes, will perform a Welcome Home Concert on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the MSB Center for the Arts (3400 Norman Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213). The concert will feature the Tour Choir (just returning from its twelve day concert tour to Canada and New England) in a energizing program featuring classical and contemporary choral masterworks, spirituals, hymns, folk songs, and popular music. Free and open to the public!



The Maryland State Boychoir under the direction of Stephen Holmes, having just returned from its week-long concert tour will perform a Welcome Home Concert on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the MSB Center for the Arts (3400 Norman Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213). The concert will feature the Concert Choir (just returning from its weeklong tour to the mid-West in a energizing program featuring classical and contemporary choral masterworks, spirituals, hymns, folk songs, and popular music. Free and open to the public.

Any questions, please contact

Kathy Hawker
Office Manager
Maryland State Boychoir
3400 Norman Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21213
phone: (410) 554-8644 fax: (410) 554-1033

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Getting Ready for the 18th Annual Hamilton Street Festival and Classic Car Show

18th Annual Hamilton Street Festival & Classic Car Show

Saturday, July 30th
11:00am - 7:00pm
3 stages, 14 bands

live performances by Mid-Atlantic Center for Performing Arts, Cadet Martial Arts...and more
Classic Cars
Grand Prix representatives on site.
over 40 vendors
great food, beer, arts, crafts, music &
fun for the whole family.

pictures from 2010 festival.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sewing Classes continue at the Hamilton Gallery

Sew Fabulous sewing classess continue at the Hamilton Gallery

The next session starts July 5th 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., for a  6-week session

For more information, contact:

Margaret Garland

Sewfabulous Sewing School

Last week to register for Summer Performance and Playwright Classes at the Performance Workshop Theatre

Last week to register for July Classes!

Performance Workshop Theatre
5426 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214


A Creative Drama Workshop for Preschool Children with Katherine Lyons
Tuesday and Thursday mornings: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
July 5 – July 28 (4 weeks)
Ages: 3 - 5
Special Introductory Tuition: $50
Integrating movement, storytelling, song, dance, and puppetry, this workshop will enhance young children’s confidence, concentration and excitement for learning. In each session, children will explore and re-enact stories using simple props, instruments, costumes, and puppets to create characters with their bodies, voices and imaginations.

A Creative Drama Workshop for Elementary Students with Katherine Lyons
Tuesday and Thursday mornings: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
July 5 – July 28 (4 weeks)
Grades: 2nd – 4th
Special Introductory Tuition: $125
A fun, interactive class using theatre games and improvisation to explore voice, movement, and imagination. Children will develop self-esteem, problem-solving and listening skills, learn to express themselves clearly and work together to create their own play based on a story.

A Two-Day Workshop with Ruth Willi-Guidon and Mark Scharf 
Saturday July 9th and Saturday July 16th
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 12 - 15
Special Introductory Tuition: $125.

Curious about this Theater Workshop? What’s it all about? Your curiosity will take you on an adventurous trip into unexplored territories. During the morning sessions with Ruth Willi-Guidon, you will play theatre games, create improvisations with a partner or in a group, and explore ordinary experiences, like walking, sitting, and dressing, by looking at them in an uncommon way. These activities will prepare you for the sessions in the afternoon where your discoveries will be developed into scenes on stage.

During the second part of your day, Playwright Mark Scharf will help you build on what you’ve created 
in the morning to create clear, effective, playable scenes that work on stage. In doing so, Mark will introduce you to the craft of Playwriting by exploring structure, character and dialogue and by using techniques employed in the writing of plays such as settings, images and objects, metaphors, characterizations, objectives and negotiations.


Throughout the year, Performance Workshop Theatre provides a creative environment where student actors are developed by professional resident artists through training and performance opportunities in company classes and productions. Our Theatre offers a wide range of Classes and Workshops for beginners, Professional Master Classes, and Individual Training. Our Young Actors Studio offers Acting Classes for teens and youth. Enrollment per class is limited to 10 participants due to the emphasis on individual coaching. All classes are held at our Theatre in Baltimore.

For more information about the Teaching Artists, the classes, and registration, call  410.659.7830 and visit our website:

Performance Workshop Theatre is located in Hamilton, in the Provident Bank
Building at 5426 Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21214.

Summer 2011 Class Schedule at Welcome Om Yoga (Baltimore 21214)

Welcome Om Hatha Yoga,
4711 Harford Road, 2nd floor, Baltimore, MD 21214


And Happy Summer Solstice!

Our Spring session is in the final two weeks (ends 7/2) and we're eagerly anticipating our 11-week Summer Session, beginning Thursday, July 7th. Please open the enclosed attachment which contains our Summer2011 flyer detailing a full schedule of great classes!

The start of any session is a perfect opportunity for beginners. As usual, Level I Yoga classes, geared to rock-bottom beginners, will start from the beginning and gradually advance through the 11 weeks.

Were happy to announce the return of Family Yoga with Halene Lloyde, Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15pm. The ultimate family bonding experience!

AND there will now be 2 weekly Belly Dance classes with Rashelle Celestin: Sundays, 11am to Noon & Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30pm!

Please join Velvet for "Crack 'o Dawn Yoga", a much requested early morning practice Tuesday and Thursdays, 7-8:30am. Featuring free-form expression; level II work with minimal instruction. "Donation": pay what you can! (FYI: The 1st class is Tuesday,7/12. No class 7/7)

Also new: Restorative Yoga with Regina Tassone, Fridays, 5-6:30pm. Sometimes called "close to the Earth yoga", this class sequences seated and reclining poses and stretches which maximize deep relaxation. Also for "Donation"!

We are very fortunate to have Alan Reese continue to offer Tai Chi, 6:30-7:30pm Thursdays. All are welcome to attend this great class!

While many of your favorite classes remain unchanged, the Summer schedule features some minor time changes, so please take note: Velvet's Saturday Level II will be held from 8:30-10am (beginning 7/9). Level I on Saturdays will be held from 10:30am-Noon and will be taught by Dorothy Valakos.

Also, note that while the studio is officially closed for the 4th of July holiday (7/3-7/6) Chris WILL be holding class on Sunday 7/3, 9 to 10:30am.

Thanks to all for your continued support! We look forward to seeing you in class this Summer!

Velvet (Director, Welcome Om Yoga)

The Hamilton Gallery Guest Artist - July 1st

Hamilton Gallery: The Hamilton Gallery Guest Artist Series: "LOY ELLIOT - THE ORCHARDS OF ADAM'S COUNTY OPENING RECEPTION Friday, July 1st 2011 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pictures from 2011 Downhill Derby in Hamilton (Baltimore 21214)

Pictures from the 2011 Downhill Derby in Hamilton on June 4th

And the winners are:

1st place Super Stock: Hamilton Vacuum - driver Aidan Ryan
2nd place Super Stock: Helping Boys Understand - driver Kaimin Madden
1st place Stock: Tattoo Museum - driver Bella Seergae
2nd place Stock: Clementine - driver Grey Rumain
1st place Fun Run: Hamilton Tire - driver Jay Kramm

  HBU Team

Family Respiratory Team

Murph's Garage Team

Hamilton Tire - Fun Run driver Jay Kramm

Saturday, July 2nd, Toddfather Art and Big Neighborhood BBQ at Charmed Life Gallery

Monday, June 20, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hamilton Festival Vendor, Charm City Craft Mafia, is having a craft fair on June 25th

HLMS is helping to spread the news about an upcoming event of one of the Hamilton Festival  (on July 30th, 2011) vendors .....

For immediate release.

June 13, 2011
The Charm City Craft Mafia Steps into Summer

The temperature may have cooled this week but the hottest deals are just around the corner. The Charm City Craft Mafia has announced Pile of Craft, an indie and alternative craft fair featuring a wide array of the country’s best crafters, will take place on June 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM at St. John’s Church, located at 2640 St. Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Shoppers at Pile of Craft will delight in finding one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts from over 65 vendors, juried from applicants nationwide. Local crafter favorites include Bowerbox Press, City Sparrow, Cotton Monster, Found Studio, illegible ink, MeepCraft, Phampersand Press, Pink Kiss Pottery, Red Prairie Press, Spaghetti Kiss and Sugar Paperie. For a full list of vendors, information on the fair and more information on the Charm City Craft Mafia and its talented members, please visit

In addition to checking out the vendors, please visit Carlybird Weaves’ ongoing demo with handwoven cuffs, scarves and cloth for your body and home as well as hear what one of our craftastic idols, Hello Craft, is up to. You’ll also want to commemorate your Pile of Craft experience with a stop at the Anneka Photo Booth!

All the great work available for your viewing pleasure and purchase will clearly make you hungry, so make sure you step outside to the curb and visit Baltimore food truck phenom, Curbside Café, and enjoy their famously fresh burritos!

You can join the Charm City Craft Mafia in helping Baltimore Clayworks by purchasing a raffle ticket (or three!) at Pile of Craft. One lucky person will win a huge basket filled with a collection of handmade goods from many of our super talented vendors! All money raised from the raffle will be donated to Baltimore Clayworks, and the more money we can raise, the more potters’ wheels will spin, kilns will fire, and educational and collaborative programs in ceramic arts are able to take place.

The Charm City Craft Mafia is an organization that promotes independent artists, designers, craftspeople and businesses in the Baltimore region. Our collective of artists is committed to educating the greater community through the sharing of our skills and knowledge. In this vein, we support the network of indie art and craft businesses in Baltimore, while celebrating the quirks of our charming city.

Kathy Beachler, illegible ink

(410) 905-7278
For additional inquiries, please direct email to

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Work Your Hair Wednesdays at the Chop Shop

Wednesday June 22, 7:30 p.m
Twists and Curls

Seriously! Who doesn't love those beach waves! This class will show you how to get them without actually going to the beach. We can't help you with that beach smell though. Lisa will show you how to use the curling iron like a pro. Learn how to loosely curl or tightly curl and every level in-between. Also Lisa will show how to pin back those newly made curls with bobby pins. Once those curls are in place, Lisa will go over hair products. Learn what product is best for your hair with which style you are going for. Yes ladies.... there is more available than hairspray.

Wednesday June 29, 7:30 p.m
Beat the Heat Blowout

We have all said," Lisa... why can't you blow out my hair every morning so it looks this good all the time." Well here is your chance to learn how to do it yourself. Yes you can blow out your hair yourself!! Lisa will patiently show you how to prepare your hair with the proper product then blow out your hair to perfection. All your questions will be answered including those about nasty cowlicks that refuse to straighten out. You will leave The Chop Shop looking like a straight haired Greek Goddess.

All of this classes are FREE!!! So please take advantage of them if you can. If you would like to attend any or all please r.s.v.p to this email.

Have a great summer everyone!


Chop Shop
4321 Harford Road

Help protect the old Hamilton Library from demolition

HLMS has requested from CHAP (Baltimore City's Commission For Historical & Architectual Preservation ) a "special list" protection for the old Hamilton Library at 3006 Hamilton Avenue.  The new owner of the property recently filed for demolition permits.  A hearing was scheduled for June 14th, but now has been postponed until further notice. We are requesting that concerned neighbors write a letter to CHAP to save the building from destruction.

417 East Fayette St, 8th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-4866
(410) 396-PLAN (7526)
Fax: (410) 396-5662

The old Hamilton Library is an Andrew Carnegie library built after 1918 and opened on December 15, 1920.  It's a beautiful, yet neglected building that is well worth saving.

For more information on how you can help, please contact:
Regina Lansinger, Director
Hamilton Lauraville Main Street
5500 Harford Road - Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21214
410.319.7151 (fax)

St. Veronicas Youth Steel Orchestra at the (June 7) Tuesday Market in Lauraville

Thank you to St. Veronicas Youth Steel Orchestra for helping to make the opening day (June 7) of the Tuesday Market in Lauraville a great success. And Congratulations to this group of young and talented musicians for winning the 9th Annual Virginia Arts Festival Panorama for 2011! Check their website for more details about this lively group at

Baltimore's 2011 Top Neighborhood Dad Award goes to Robert Madden (nominated by Hamilton Elementary- Middle School)

Robert Madden was awarded Baltimore's 2011 Top Neighborhood Dad, through the office of the mayor. Mr. Madden is from the organization "Helping Boys Understand."  He was nominated by Hamilton Elementary-Middle School.

Mr. Madden is a selfless person who works tirelessly for the organization that he created - Helping Boys Understand.

Mr. Madden and HBU work with the Hamilton Business Association and Hamilton - Lauraville Main Street to help with projects in and around the business district. 


Charmed Life Studios Saturday July 2nd art opening features Lauraville's Todd Brizzi

For Immediate Release:

Volume One
Art by Todd “The Toddfather” Brizzi
Opening July 2nd 4:00PM to 10:00PM

Whitney Webre
4505 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
(443) 449-7630

Charmed Life Studio is proud to present Volume One the first gallery show by the Logo Pimp of Lauraville, Todd Brizzi. If you live in Baltimore and have eyes, then you have probably seen work by the Toddfather. It’s quite possible that you have some of his work in your house right now. Because everybody loves Todd, we’ve decided to do something special for his opening, our first Art Opening Barbecue. July 2nd, 4:00PM to 10:00PM we will have grilled meat, cold beverages and live music. As always, this event is free and fun for all ages.

Todd’s interest in graphic design began early. His father worked for an advertising company in New Jersey. “My dad took me to work and they had these books of paste-ups. You had to take scissors and cut these graphics out and paste them onto your work. As a kid I thought that was the coolest.” He graduated from MICA with a BFA in 1991 and immediately started working in the video game industry. Early in his career Todd hand rendered graphics for MicroProse Software, working on titles such as Civilization and 1942: Pacific Airwar. His early years in the game industry taught him to work with limited resources, such as a 256 color palate. By the mid-nineties, Todd had moved to working on military flight simulators for EA. At this point, the work had become more technical in nature and rather procedural. “The early years in the game industry were very free. It taught me that nothing was permanent; everything could be changed with the click of a mouse”..

Todd began doing freelance graphic design for local rock band The Tombs. His flier and T-shirt work appeared all over Baltimore. His most ubiquitous work came in 2005 when he designed the logo for Zeke’s Coffee. In 2008 Todd stopped working for the video game industry and began doing freelance design work. His work includes almost every logo in Northeast Baltimore, fliers for local fairs, farmer markets, roller derby teams, schools, and just about anything else he can do. “A friend described my work as very masculine, and East Coast street. I’m not sure how street it is, but it is definitely not West Coast.” His logo work uses few colors and lines to create bold images. He is a master of font choice, frequently manipulating existing fonts and occasionally creating his own. His poster work combines those elements with an impeccable sense of placement and flow. Todd’s work is influenced by comic book artists Charles Burns and Robert Crumb. He is also inspired his friends, especially Hungry Knife Collective founder Guy Sparger, and tattoo artist George “Fudgie” Dobbs.

Todd Brizzi lives in Northeast Baltimore, where he and his wife raise triplets. When he isn’t drawing Ganesh or keeping three kids in line, he works as a Master Coffee Roaster for Zeke’s Coffee. His art can be seen at:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"Before/After" pics of Harford Road Storefront Renovations.

Along Harford Road in Lauraville and Hamilton, several business owners have renovated their store fronts in part with Facade Grants from Hamilton Laurville Main Street, part of the city-wide Baltimore Main Street initiative of the Baltimore Development Corp.

To find out more about the activities of Hamilton Lauraville Main Street and the effect on neighborhood buisinesses, please go to the our main website

Family Dinner Theater at Clementine on Monday June 20, 2011 - $30

News from Liz Galuardi, soon-to-be resident of Hamilton, who runs Glass Mind Theatre when she is not working at Clementine:

Glass Mind Theatre is thrilled to collaborate with Clementine and Chef Dave Whaley for Glass Mind’s Family Dinner, where the company will announce Season 2! Glass Mind would love to get to know members of the Hamilton/Lauraville area.

Glass Mind’s Family Dinner is on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at Clementine, located at 5402 Harford Road Baltimore, MD 21214. The cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm and the cost is $30. Tickets can be purchased here:

Videos of the Glass Mind Theatre:

Thank you so much,
Liz Galuardi

Friday, June 3, 2011

June 5th, 2011 Harford Road in Hamilton Downhill Derby and more...

A reminder that Harford Road will be closed on Sunday for the 2nd Indie 900' Downhill Derby. The road will close at 7:00 a.m. The race takes place from 10 - 3, and the road will re-open shortly after. Gibbons Avenue will be open to traffic on the southern border; White Avenue will be open to traffic on the northern border. Buses transportation will be diverted.

If anyone is up for volunteering to help set up for the race, you will be very welcome. (Please come by when you can, but many volunteers will be there at 7:00 a.m.) Some of the events include a mural painting in the intersection of Hamilton Avenue & Harford Road, led by Whitney Frazier, a visit by the Grand Prix (hopefully, but not looking promising) and the soap-box style race. We expect a large group to attend and realize this could impact parking in your neighborhood. We will try to minimize that to the best of our ability and have arranged for numerous "free parking" areas.

Thank you!

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