Friday, October 31, 2014

First Friday

November 7, 2014
4505 Harford Road

Charmed Life Gallery presents:

Dark Matter: artworks by Annie Farrar
In my most recent body of work I use materials from daily life, objects that have cultural associations and points of reference for viewers. I explore the tension between the cerebral concerns of minimalism and an investigation of humanity: emotional, spiritual, symbolic, and narrative. At its core, the work is a meditation on entropy, time, loss, decay, renewal, and survival.

 My background in painting informs my interest in the materiality of paint and how its physical properties can be explored beyond two dimensions. The artwork changes with time; it is a mirror that invites viewers to consider their own mortality. Materials off-gas, break down and decay, just as our own bodies do. I ask the viewer to feel raw and vulnerable and to delve into their own emotional landscapes.

Annie Farrar was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her BFA in Painting in 2004 from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MA in Museum Studies in 2009 from the George Washington University. Annie is a Baltimore artist whose process-oriented work is a meditation on decay and renewal. She has exhibited throughout the east coast and southern United States.

Annie Farrar 

Come join the fun!

Cellar Stage presents
Friday, November 14

IONA’s music is a unique, acoustic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man, Asturies and Galicia (Spain), as well as their transplants in America. Blending songs, dance tunes, and aires into a rich and stunning tapestry, their style is outstanding in an arena where these traditions are seldom intertwined. Conceived in 1986, IONA was the musical offspring of lead singer, bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán player Barbara Ryan and wind section,Bernard Argent. With fiddler Jim Queen (banjo and vocals as well) and bass guitar player Chuck LawhornIONA has become the leading Celtic group in the Mid-Atlantic region. They are all seasoned performers: entertainers who involve their audiences with the history and cultural backgrounds of the music, with teaching words to the songs — even those sung in a Celtic tongue, with leading simple Breton dances, with humor, and with every emotion in the spectrum. Traditional Celtic material, haunting songs, toe tapping dances and the humor of the Celtic peoples from Scotland to Brittany provide IONA with an incredibly varied repertoire.
Original acoustic arrangements all the members of the band play several instruments, often switching within a piece to achieve their unique sound. They weave tunes from different countries around their songs, pursuing complex rhythms with deft professionalism.
Barbara Ryan’s voice has been described as “smooth and sweet as dark honey.” A folk singer in the 60’s, she studied voice for 10 years, and has been a vocal coach ever since.
Bernard Argent is IONA’s charming historian and yarn spinner. He studied music through much of his youth and at university in England.
Chuck Lawhorn, IONA’s bassist, not only owns just about every bass guitar conceived by mankind, but plays them all expertly. He also dabbles in whistle and sings a mean tenor harmony with the group.
Jim Queen comes to IONA as a veteran of 30 years performing with the Air Force Band. Master of many instruments, his primary contributions are fiddle and vocals, although he brings a touch of banjo and guitar to the mix as well. He’s performed all over the world and in just about every state, for presidents, heads of state and luminaries in every field.
Dancer Kathleen Larrick will be joining IONA for this performance.

IONA in concert, at The Cellar Stage © 
@ Faith Community United Methodist Church
5315 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214
Friday November 14, 2014
Show time: 8:00 P.M.    
Tickets $21.00          
Show time is 8:00 P.M.  Doors open at 7:00 P.M. Tickets & information, call 410-521-9099

The Cellar Stage is brought to you by Uptown Concerts, a non-profit, 501c3, organization affiliated with the International Folk Alliance.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Indie 900' Downhill Derby

Downhill Derby
....another great race down Harford Road

Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street
thanks everyone involved in making this a great event!

Thank you to our sponsors!

 Thank you to H-L Sprouts
for organizing the Halloween Parade!

Thank you to Jen & Pam for lending your promotional and organizational skills!
Thank you to Jamie Costello for being our Emcee for the day!
Thank you to Rich, (Hamilton Vacuum) & Thomas (Zeke's Coffee)
for all the behind-the-scenes work!
A view from the top of the hill before the race gate is released.
Thank you Team Lansinger for organizing the top of the hill activities!
Officer Angelini is ready to check the speed of each racer.
Officer Angelini, BCPD, with two Downhill racers.
Baltimore Dept of Recreation & Parks brings soapbox-style cars to add to the
Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street fleet.
Jamie Costello interviews an excited race car driver.
THANK YOU to Bob Wall from Dept of Recreation & Parks
for partnering with Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street!
Rec & Parks brings city derby cars to add to the Main Street fleet.

Thanks, Winston & Rich for hauling the race cars & drivers back to the top of the hill.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 5-10pm
4341 Harford Road in Lauraville

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Sunset walk with a NED Officer around Lake Montebello*, of course.  We want to show support for the safety all our neighbors in Baltimore
that use the Lake recreation lanes, nearby residents that live by the lake and take some steps for fitness.  Come enjoy the 
camaraderie of neighbors and feel great about where we live.  Let's TAKE TO THE LAKE TOGETHER on Tuesday.  

When:  Tuesday, October 28th;  Meet between 6:00 and 6:05 p.m.  (Sunset is at 6:11)
Where: Meet at Lake Avenue and Lake Montebello Drive.  Good parking on Lake Montebello Drive 
between Dobler and Erdman. 
Or park in the parking lot near the school 
and walk to meet us. 
Feel free to share this event. The more the merrier! 
Mayfield Fall Yard Sale 
Saturday, October 25  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Come and shop!  Throughout Mayfield.  30 families participating.   Smiley great stuff for sale
Map and List of what will be sold by address attached.  Feel free to share.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

City Neighbors Hamilton Open House

Dates and Times:

December 10, 2014, 9:00-10:30 AM
December 16, 2014, 6:30-8:00 PM
January 14, 2015, 6:30-8:00 AM
January 27, 2015, 9:00-10:30 AM
Location: City Neighbors Hamilton, 5609 Sefton Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21214
City Neighbors Hamilton is offering an Open House to those interested in applying for enrollment in grades K-8 for the school year 2015-2016.  RSVPS are not required.
Enrollment applications will be accepted from November 3, 2014 through 3 PM on February 6, 2015. For more information or to download an enrollment application visit their website at: or call 443-642-2052.

City Neighbors Open House

City Neighbors Charter School Open House

Dates and Times:
December 5, 2014, 9:00-10:30 AM
December 18, 2014, 6:30-8:00 PM
January 16, 2015, 9:00-10:30 AM
January 27, 2015, 6:30-8:00 PM
Location: City Neighbors Charter School, 4301 Raspe Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206

City Neighbors Charter School is offering an Open House to those interested in applying for enrollment in grades K-8 for the school year 2015-2016.  RSVPS are not required.
Enrollment applications will be accepted from November 3, 2014 through 3 PM on February 6, 2015. For more information or to download an enrollment application visit their website at: or call 410-325-2627. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Arts & Ideas Sudbury School is back in Hamilton!

Arts & Ideas Sudbury School, the only democratic school in Baltimore, is happy to be back home with friends in Hamilton for a year while looking for their forever home. The school, founded by two professors from the neighborhood of Arcadia, spent last year in Mt. Washington where it had moved to find room to grow.  The aging St. John's building, where the school was located, went on the market in June and the school community voted to return to the Church of the Messiah.  Arts & Ideas, a school for students ages 5 to 18, opened in 2008 and spent its first five years at the Harford and White location. It is one of two Sudbury Schools in Maryland. The Sudbury model of education was started in 1968 in Framingham, MA.  Arts & Ideas currently has 48 students, which is near capacity at the Messiah location, so the school is continuing its search for a location where it can grow and put down long-term roots. The school community will vote on a location later this year, and students are part of the decision-making process. Meanwhile, Arts & Ideas is happy to be back at the beautiful Messiah location that we enjoyed for so many years. 

Upcoming Open Houses for learning more about Arts & Ideas and the Sudbury model of education: November 8, January 10, February 7 and April 11 from 11:00 to 2:00.

This past August the school was also featured on the front page of the Baltimore Sun:

Welcome back!

Monday, October 20, 2014

"This is not your kid's Indy Rock"  -- The Turnip

To:   All Fans of Local Live Music and Free Parking

Re:   Get on Your Dancing Shoes:  Local Music Series begins in Northeast Baltimore 

The North by Northeast American Roots Music Series, a showcase for unique local musicians, starts Saturday night, November 8, with the hip-shaking, ear-tingling rhythm/blues/funk of Baltimore's veteran party band, The (Shameless) Mooks -- along with the guitar-and-blues harp duo Patapsco Delta Boys, who play from the catalogue of blues, rags, jugband music, early country, early jazz and mountain music -- plus original songs in those traditions. 

This show is the first of six monthly events* planned at The Church of the Messiah, 5801 Harford Road in Hamilton, NE Baltimore City. 

Doors open at 8:00 PM and the music goes to 11:30 PM.

This is a family-friendly event in Northeast Baltimore. Admission is $10, and $5 for kids 10 years old and under. Refreshments: BYOB; hot food, pie, and non-alcoholic beverages will be on sale.

And don't worry, there really is a lot of free parking, both at the church lot (off White Ave.) and on Harford Road. We want you to have a good time. 

* Future shows include The Stone Hill All-Stars (December) and Boister (January).

Friday, October 17, 2014


The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore is conducting an important 5-minute survey to learn more about people who moved within Baltimore City or between the city 
and nearby counties. 

Please participate in this research by clicking here and resending this email to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers—especially people who have moved recently or are thinking about moving. The survey will continue through Monday November 3, 2014. This research, funded by Goldseker Foundation, supports the mayor’s vision to Grow Baltimore. Thank you!

For more information, visit 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kinkx Studio


Join the fun this Saturday
October 18 from 12-4pm
at 4500 Harford Road.

Check the Kinkx Studio Facebook page to learn more about the 
radio launch here:

Find information about the radio program, 
"The right music for growing kids."

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Cellar Stage 
opens a new season!


THE KENNEDYS in concert, Kipyn Martin open, at The Cellar Stage © 
@ Faith Community United Methodist Church
5315 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214
Friday October 17, 2014
Show time: 8:00 P.M.    
Tickets $21.00  

The Kennedys
Unafraid to mix philosophy, spirituality, love and artistry with a folk-rock back beat is what makes this duo a positive force on all things human.” ~ Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange.
Inspiration is where you find it — and where it finds you. Open to every moment, the much-traveled married duo of Pete and Maura Kennedy have spun their personal experiences, musical influences and philosophical beliefs into nine previous albums of winsome original songs, frequently seasoned with exquisitely-performed cover tunes, that blend acoustic-based folk, rock, country, pop and secular gospel into an inclusively delightful sound that’s all their own. The Kennedys use their full palette of vocal and instrumental colors to bring their songs to glowing life. Maura’s lead vocals range from comforting to yearning, from girlish to womanly, from exuberant to delicate, sometimes bolstered by her own sweet harmonies and those of Pete and sometimes several guests. As usual, multi-instrumentalist Pete provides a vibrant tapestry of chiming, jangling and twanging guitars, as well as mandolin, interwoven withMaura’s sturdy acoustic rhythm guitar, harmonica and glockenspiel. The body of work The Kennedys have created since their 1994 wedding is a reflection of their musical and philosophical influences and experiences separately and as a couple. Their live show and CD’s encompass their favorite musical styles while incorporating the naturalistic, transcendental and mythological teachings of Joseph Campbell, Eckhart Tolle, Walt Whitman, and various Eastern-oriented philosophers into their songs and lives. Their goal is to live in the moment, appreciating every second of sensation, which imbues their music with a constant sense of wonder and freshness. With the release of their tenth CD as The Kennedys and recent CDs by their Strangelings and Stringbusters side projects added to their discography, Pete and Maura remain the Energizer bunnies of the folk/rock world.

Kipyn Martin
Kipyn Martin is an emerging Mid-Atlantic singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Her voice is gathering a reputation in the region, hailed by listeners as “an instrument of unrefined purity” ~ Tony S.- Leicester Bangs and “the most pure voice I’ve ever heard” ~ Karin Fuller- The Charleston Gazette. In February 2013 Kipyn celebrated the release of her debut album, Undercover Muse offering an authentic representation of Kipyns live performance. Placing in the New Song Academy Songwriting Competition inspired Kipyn to pursue a Master of Music degree which she attained from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2012. Most recently her song, “Nightbird” earned a gold medal, as well as the Director’s Choice Award, in the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. She also received international distinction in the 2013 UK Song Contest when “I Believe in You” from Undercover Muse earned a semi-finalist rating. An honesty and vitality of voice make this woman a performing artist not to be missed.

Press Contact: Joyce Sica - 410-922-5210


School 33 Art Center
has provided a list of Open Studios this weekend.
Please check here for a full list of studios to visit:

Nick Aumiller
Open 10am - 6pm Saturday & Sunday

Hamilton Gallery will be open 
10am - 6pm on Saturday & Sunday

October 11th and 12th
10 am - 6 pm on Saturday* and Sunday

artist demonstrations and special displays of art including:

Saturday, October 11th

Bridget Z. Sullivan demonstrates her mixed media process of 
drawing on pigment prints with pastel.

noon–2 pm
Marilyn Clutter demonstrates pastel portrait painting.

2–6 pm
Kris Willett demonstrates her canvas wheat paste techniques using digital printed tissues, stencils, and mixed media to create multiple layered collages on tarpaper canvas.

Sunday October 12th

Bob Paulding will be on hand to discuss his photographic techniques and recent 2 month photography trip out West.

Theresa Reuter demonstrates how to capture a person's likeness in a pencil drawing.

2–6 pm
Kris Willett demonstrates her canvas wheat paste techniques using digital printed tissues, stencils, and mixed media to create multiple layered collages on tarpaper canvas.

* Hamilton Gallery is open until 9pm on Saturday October 11th

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Downhill Derby
Sunday, 10/12/14
Start Your Engines at 10:00
The race begins at the top of the hill on 
Harford Road at White Avenue.

Please check this blog or Facebook
for last minute updates in case 
of bad weather.

Come in costume to 5500 Harford Road and join in the Halloween Parade!
The parade begins at 9:00am.
Dept of Recreation & Parks is planning an extra surprise for very young racers!

Hamilton Bank
Hamilton Business Association
H-L Sprouts
Recreation & Parks
Zeke's Coffee
Dept Recreation & Parks

H-L Sprouts' Halloween Parade
Derby racers
Trophy Winners for Downhill Derby 2014