Saturday, December 26, 2009

Save the Date: "Fest-of-All" Party 2010

Don't miss THE party of the year: Federal Hill Main Street's Fest-of-All on Saturday, Feb. 27. It's a celebration of everything Federal Hill, from 7-11 p.m. at the Museum of Industry, Key Highway. Tickets on sale soon.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Federal Hill Open for Business & Fun!

Our sidewalks are clear after yesterday's snowstorm and the streets and shops are hopping. Everyone's out enjoying the sun and snow. Come on down to Federal Hill and visit your favorite shops -- only 5 more shopping days till Christmas.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Day? No Way! Fed Hill Shops Are Open

Yes, the weather outside is frightful, but don't let that stop you from some last minute holiday shopping in Federal Hill. The shops and businesses in the neighborhood are shovelling out and opening, like Zelda Zen's (above) on Cross St.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Moonlight Madness: Carolling on South Charles

Larksong kept the shoppers in the holiday mood during Moonlight Madness tonight. They were great!

Don't Miss Moonlight Madness Tonight!

It's finally here: Federal Hill's biggest shopping night of the holiday season. Progressive discounts throughout the evening at many shops. And don't forget the free gift wrapping at our office on Cross St. Hope to see you tonight!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rave Reviews for 14th Annual Festive Flavors


The streets of Federal Hill were filled with Festive Flavors merry-makers on Tuesday night as more than 300 participants traversed the neighborhood, enjoying food & drink at over 40 shops, restaurants, and taverns. It's a great opportunity to show off our neighborhood and everyone rose to the occasion.

Participating businesses created a warm, welcoming environment decked out for the holidays and provided excellent dishes and beverages. The photo (above) shows revelers entering Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast on S. Charles St. for an amazing and creative array of food & drink.
Guests were impressed, and many said they would be back for Moonlight Madness shopping on Friday night and for the 15th Annual Festive Flavors in 2010.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Don't Miss a Tasty Tour of Federal Hill on Tuesday

Kick off the holidays this Tuesday night with a grand & tasty tour of Federal Hill. Our annual Festival Flavors starts at 6pm and takes you to 7 food & drink stops throughout the neighborhood. Join one of the groups of up to 30 of your friends and neighbors for an evening to remember.

Visit the Federal Hill Main Street web site to order tickets online, or call 410-727-4500 on Monday. There aren't many tickets left!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Federal Hill Shopping District on Fox45 News

On Friday, Fox45 News ran a story on the plight of small businesses in this tough economy as the 2009 holiday buying season got underway on "Black Friday." The story featured interviews with Zelda Zen owner Beth Hawks and Main Street's Jane Seebold. A main focus was the difficulty small businesses are having getting the new low-interest loans from the federal Recovery Act program.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Order Tickets Now for Festive Flavors

Don't miss out on this popular annual event! There are a limited number of tickets available. Act now to reserve a spot for you and your friends.

Tickets are a bargain at $55, which includes six food and drink stops in Federal Hill.

Call 410-727-4500 for tickets or order online at: http://www.historicfederalhill.org/www/docs/167

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mark Your Calendar for Yulefest: Dec. 12


Head on down to Mother's Purple Patio (1113 S. Charles) on Saturday, Dec. 12 for our annual Yulefest Family Fun in Federal Hill. The free event starts at noon.
Visit with Santa (bring your own camera), and enjoy the games, Moon Bounce, crafts, food & beverages from local establishments. Pet Parade at 2 pm. Drawing for a Federal Hill Shopping Spree! Toys for Tots donation drop-off; please bring a toy to give away.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Moonlight Madness Returns: Dec. 11

Don't miss our Moonlight Madness Shopping Extravaganza, Friday, December 11, 8 pm to Midnight, in "Baltimore's Best Shopping Neighborhood," according to Baltimore magazine. Come early, stay late!

The evening kicks off at 7 pm with a Tree Lighting ceremony at Federal Hill Park, followed by a holiday sing-along at South Baltimore Recreation Center at Light and Cross Streets, and then on to the shops to find unique and affordable gifts for everyone on your list. Progressive discounts at many stores starting at 8 pm and ending at midnight.
Free gift wrapping and holiday treats at Federal Hill Main Street, 42 E. Cross St. For more information, call 410-727-4500, http://www.historicfederalhill.org/.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sign Up Now for "Festive Flavors"



Get your tickets now for the 14th Festive Flavors of Federal Hill on Tuesday, December 8, our annual boutique, restaurant, and tavern tour through Historically Hip Federal Hill. Groups travel around the neighborhood, stopping at six different popular retail and dining hot spots for food, drink, and fun.
Info and tickets: 410-727-4500, http://www.historicfederalhill.org/

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Engraved Bricks Are In!

Come by the Main Street office and Visitors' Center, 42 East Cross Street, and check out the new engraved bricks in the sidewalk. Lots of people got creative with their messages.


This marks completion of Phase II. We have already had inquiries about Buy-A-Brick Phase III. So you might still have another chance if you missed out on the last opportunity to become a permanent part of Federal Hill.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Federal Hill Hits the Highways

You might have seen some familiar places flashing by as you drove on I-95, I-395, and I-895 last week. Free ads for local businesses were on display on four area billboards through Baltimore Main Streets' deal with Clear Channel to promote "shopping local" for the holidays.

"It was so much fun to see our ad on 95," said Andrea Shelby of Federal Hill Fitness, who took photos of several ads for the participating merchants. Eleven businesses were able to take advantage of the last-minute opportunity on the electronic billboards: Alliance Comics, Babe boutique, Blue Sky Factory, Federal Hill Fitness, Morstein's Jewelers, Ropewalk Tavern, Scarborough Fair B&B, Shofer's Furniture, SoBotanical, Stalking Horse, and Whimsy/Reason.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

"Festive Flavors" Scheduled for Dec. 8

It's just about that time of year again! Groups are forming now for Festive Flavors, our annual boutique, restaurant, and tavern tour on Dec. 8 from 6-10 p.m.

Groups of about 30 spend the evening walking to select local businesses and tasting some of the best food & drink Federal Hill has to offer. Proceeds go to the Federal Hill Business Association and Federal Hill Main Street to support community improvement projects.

Tickets are on sale now for $55 per person. Groups will gather at Shofer's Furniture, 930 S. Charles St., at 6 p.m. to start the tour.

For more information, call 410-727-4500.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Miss Maryland Goes Federal Hill

Federal Hill's own Babe. (a boutique) is getting exposure far and wide as the outfitter for Miss Maryland. The Miss America candidate, Brooke Poklemba, felt it important to "go local" in selecting fashions for her public appearances around the state, region, and country.

“I always find three or four outfits that I love at Babe,” said Brooke. “And, Babe’s clothing selection is unique, so I don't have to worry about showing up in the same dress as someone else.” Babe owner Lisa Ponzoli is "thrilled." The two met at Baltimore magazine's Best of Baltimore party. (Babe won in "Best Dresses" category.)

Lisa has invited Brooke to model in the Fashion Show she is coordinating for Federal Hill Main Street’s Fest-of-All Celebration at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on February 27th, and Miss Maryland is hoping her schedule will accommodate an appearance.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dangerously Delicious Pie Lands TV Gig

The irresistable smells wafting out of Dangerously Delicious Pies on Light Street in Federal Hill have caught the attention of the national Food Network. Owner Rodney Henry's local favorite, the Baltimore Bomb, featuring Berger's Cookies (can't go wrong with that ingredient!), will be highlighted on a future "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" show.
A film crew was on location on Thursday, Oct. 15th, to shoot and sample the "star" of the show. The group gave it rave reviews. Look for an early 2010 airing on Food Network. Pictured at right is Henry serving up the dangerously delicious delight for the camera.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Amy's Boutique Launches Charity Benefits

Shopping for a cause is now a regular part of the experience at Amy's Boutique, 1133 S. Charles Street. Each month, owner Amy Mutch selects a different charity to receive a percentage of proceeds from sales of the unique apparel, accessories, and jewelry that adorn the attractive shop. Sisters Academy, a Catholic, community-centered middle school for girls from families of limited economic means, particularly in southwest Baltimore, was the first charity selected. Students do not pay tuition for the 5th through 8th grade school, which is focused on empowering the girls "to become agents of transformation in their families, communities, and society," according to Sister Delia Dowling, SSND, President of the school, pictured above (left) with Amy during a recent reception at the shop.

Amy is taking suggestions from customers for future months."I'm willing to be as creative as the charity allows or encourages" in determining how to make this work," said Amy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Life for Art Exposure Project

Art installations in vacant storefronts around Federal Hill will continue for another year, with a second grant from Abell Foundation to Federal Hill Main Street. The grant enables the Federal Hill-based Art Exposure, Inc., to display works by local artists in vacant properties.

In addition to making the spaces more attractive to passers-by as well as potential businesses, the project offers exposure to artists from the Baltimore area. The grant covers art displays in three addresses in the Federal Hill commercial district, and art is rotated regularly to feature different artists. Photographs by Jerry Weinstein (pictured here) are on display at 1201 Light Street.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Look for Old Library


The old Library at 1401 Light Street has a new name and new look. Currently on display at Jordan Faye Contemporary gallery is an exhibition "Orbs," pictured here, by James Long.

Jordan Faye Block has other plans for the 2500 square foot structure: block events or "be." She explains, "We are creating an art event space, with a large great room, an intimate gallery, curated flat files, art inventory, woodshop and studios." (Photo by Helen Huriaux)

Friday, October 9, 2009

No Tricks, Just Treats: Fall Bootique Sale

Don't miss the scaaarry sales at the Fall Bootique Sidewalk Sale in Historically Hip Federal Hill on Saturday, October 24th from noon to 5 pm. Many of the shops in Baltimore's "Best Shopping Neighborhood" are participating. Rain or shine.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Federal Hill Goes to Capitol Hill

Financing for small businesses in these difficult economic times was the subject of a Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship roundtable discussion today in Washington, DC. Federal Hill Main Street Executive Director Jane Seebold was invited by Sen. Ben Cardin's staff to provide information about the experiences of Federal Hill businesses in securing new Recovery Act loans.

Securing working capital for inventory purchases and other operating costs is a challenge here and elsewhere, as banks have not loosened borrowing requirements since the economic downturn. Small Business Administration loan guarantees are assisting some larger small businesses, but banks are still balking about lending to the smaller local businesses like those in Federal Hill.

The Senate committee staff is collecting input so they can recommend modifications to the federal Recovery Act legislation to make it more responsive to small business needs.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mark Your Calendar for these Big Events

Save the dates for these popular community events in the next several months, sponsored by the Federal Hill Main Street Program.

Dec. 8 -- FESTIVE FLAVORS, a tasty tour of Federal Hill

Dec. 11 -- MOONLIGHT MADNESS, shopping extravaganza

Dec. 12 -- YULEFEST, family fun

Feb. 27 -- FEST-OF-ALL, a celebration of everything Federal Hill

For more information, call 410-727-4500.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

South Baltimore Tree Project Digs Saturday

The second part of the South Baltimore Tree Project will take place Saturday, Sept. 26. The project involves preparing 9 tree pits (6 on Gittings; 3 on Fort) for a fall planting. Meet at 9am at St. Mary's Star of the Sea (Riverside & Gittings). All ability and experience levels are welcome. Bring pets, kids, and friends. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

The South Baltimore Tree Project is a joint neighborhood planting project with Riverside, Federal Hill South, and the South Baltimore Neighborhood associations. The project is funded by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, which paid for 30 new tree locations within the South Baltimore area.

For more information, contact Jackson Fisher jkf42@yahoo.com.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Another Great Festival -- Thanks Everyone!

What a great day! The weather couldn't have been better for the Street Beat Festival. And a very big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

And check out our photo album on Facebook.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Updated Band Schedule for Street Beat

There have been a few changes to the great music line-up for Sunday's Street Beat Festival. Here's the new schedule for our 3 stages:

HAMBURG STREET STAGE
11:35–12:30 - Muddy Water Blues Band
12:40–1:30 - Gizmo
1:50–2:40 - Psycho Killers
3:00–3:45 - The Reserves
4:15–5:20 - Bull Buckers
5:40–7:00 - The Cheaters

CROSS STREET STAGE
11:20–12:00 - The Lombards
12:30–1:20 - Sons of the Radio
1:40–2:40 - Digital Elvis
3:00–3:45 - Cold Cold Heartbreakers
4:00–5:15 - Down Goes Fraizer
5:30–7:00 - Hotspur

WEST STREET STAGE
11:20–12:00 - School of Rock
12:15–1:15 - Jarflys
1:25–2:10 - Van Meter
2:25–3:15 - Stones Throw
3:30–4:55 - Bill Iuso & the Restless Natives
5:20–7:00 - Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New at Street Beat this Sunday ...

Visit the new Dog Vendor Area on E. Cross St. near S. Charles (the south side of Cross Street Market).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Help! Volunteers Needed for Street Beat

We are in desperate need of 2nd shift volunteers on Sunday (2:30-7pm) for the Federal Hill Street Beat Festival. All volunteers get a free t-shirt and beer tickets. It's a lot of fun and a great way to support our community. To help out, call Jane at 410-727-4500 or admin@historicfederalhill.org. Thanks!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Band Schedule for Sunday's Street Beat

Three stages of free music at Federal Hill's annual Street Beat Festival on S. Charles and E. Cross Sts. Things get started at 11am and continue till 7pm.

HAMBURG STREET STAGE
11:35–12:30 Heller Highwater
12:45–1:30 Gizmo
1:50–2:40 Van Meter
3:00–3:45 The Reserves
4:15–5:20 Bull Buckers
5:40–7:00 The Cheaters

CROSS STREET STAGE
11:20–12:00 The Lombards
12:20–1:20 Sons of the Radio
1:40–2:40 Digital Elvis
3:00–3:45 Cold Cold Heartbreakers
4:05–5:15 Down Goes Fraizer
5:30 –7:00 Hotspur

WEST STREET STAGE
11:30–12:00 School of Rock
12:20–1:20 Jarflys
1:45–2:30 Psycho Killers
2:45–3:45 Stones Throw
4:00–5:15 Bill Iuso and the Restless Natives
5:30–7:00 Chopteeth Afrobeat Big Band

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Volunteer at the Street Beat Festival

The Federal Hill Street Beat Festival - the biggest and best festival of the season - is just around the corner! Don't miss the fun on Sunday, September 20th, 11 am to 7 pm, along S. Charles Street between Hamburg and West and on E. Cross Street, both sides of Cross Street Market.

Volunteers are still needed to sell beer tickets and pour beer. Get a front row seat for the action: 18 bands on three stages, arts & crafts and food & drink vendors along South Charles and East Cross Streets, Little Ones Lane, and new this year: dedicated Doggie area (leashes required).

For info about volunteering to support community revitalization efforts in Federal Hill, contact Jane: 410-727-4500 (or admin@historicfederalhill.org).

Friday, September 11, 2009

Local Input Sought on Proposed Slots Facility

A group of local citizens is charged with representing the interests of those most affected by the major slots development coming to South Baltimore. The plans are still being finalized for the complex with 3,750 slots, live entertainment, bars, and restaurants, but the Local Development Council (LDC) is polling area residents to determine major areas of concern for the large-scale project, which will be located east of Russell Street and south of M&T Stadium.

Composed of seven community representatives, four business/institutional members, three legislative representatives, and one representative of the Baltimore City Entertainment Group, the LDC has three primary missions: review of the master plan for development of the site, consultation in transportation planning, and consultation on the expenditure of “local impact grant funds” earmarked for the area surrounding the facility, once slots are operational.

Co-chairing the LDC are State Senator George Della and community representative Betty Bland-Thomas, Sharp-Leadenhall Community Association. Other community representatives are Julie Tice, South Baltimore Neighborhood Association; Cynthia Griffin, Federal Hill West Community Association; Paul Robinson, Federal Hill Neighborhood Association; Jack Baker, Southern District Police Community Relations Council; Narda Carroll, Pigtown/Washington Village; and James Alston, Westport Community. Nonvoting advisors are Brad Slater, Riverside Neighborhood Association, and Dave Hirst, Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association.

Business/institutional members are Sonny Morstein, Federal Hill Business Association; Rev. Alvin J. Gwynn, Leadenhall Baptist Church, Michael Seipp, The Baltimore Station; and Ian Neuman, Carroll Camden Industrial Park Association. Nonvoting advisor is Michael Frenz, Maryland Stadium Authority.

In addition to Sen. Della, Delegate Brian McHale and City Council Vice President Ed Reisinger are legislative members. Michael Cryor of Baltimore City Entertainment Group, LP, represents the licensee.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Last Chance to Buy a Brick for Federal Hill

Become a permanent part of Federal Hill by purchasing a brick in the sidewalk in front of the Federal Hill Visitors Center and Main Street office at 42 E. Cross Street. You can have your name, business name or company logo engraved on it -- or create a personal message.

Bricks are available in two sizes and start at $100. Proceeds from these bricks supports Federal Hill Main Street's community revitalization and promotion efforts. Use this form to place your order.


The order deadline is Sept. 21. Bricks will be installed this fall.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Shop Crawl Coming: Thursday, Sept. 10

Be sure to check out the "Best Shopping Neighborhood" in Baltimore on Thursday, Sept. 10th, 6 to 9 pm, when Baltimore Magazine holds its popular Federal Hill VIP Shop Crawl. You'll find great merchandise, good deals, gift bags, wine, and light refreshments in the boutiques and stores throughout the business district. Make it a night out -- bring your friends and neighbors!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Online Magazine Features Federal Hill

Federal Hill is the "featured place" in the latest edition of a new online weekly magazine, "Bmore." Touting the charms of our community with its great shops and restaurants, the article cited Babe, Whimsy/Reason, and the Cross Street Market.

The magazine is published on Tuesdays and is free. To get it "delivered," go to www.bmoremedia.com/.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Get Ready: Street Beat Festival Sept. 20


Federal Hill's biggest annual street festival is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 20. The party starts at 11am and runs till 7pm.
Here's a preview of this year's music line-up: Chopteeth Afro Beat Big Band, The Reserves, Bill Iuso and the Restless Natives (from New Orleans!), The Slackadelics, Van Meter, Bullbreakers, Cold Cold Heartbreakers, Jarflys, Digital Elvis, Down Goes Frazier, Sons of the Radio, Stone's Throw, The Cheaters, The Lombards, School of Rock Al Stars, Psycho Killers (Talking Heads tribute), and more.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Shop Owner Hosts Alzheimer's Fundraiser

Have some fun with neighbors and friends while supporting a good cause this Saturday, August 29th, 6 to 9 pm at Illusions Magic Bar on S. Charles St. Coordinated by Julia Elgert of The Bottom Drawer, the event features magic show, raffles, light fare, and a good time. Tickets are $15 in advance at The Bottom Drawer, 1003 Ss Charles, or $20 at the door. All proceeds go to the Maryland Alzheimer's Foundation.

Can't go? No problem! You can support the foundation by donating to "Team Unforgettable," a group of Baltimore Marathon runners (including some of Julia's family members) dedicated to the cause. Call Julia, 410-783-8998.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

'Historically Hip' Bags Have Arrived!

Now you can be historically hip ALL the time, with a new reusable shopping bag! Cost is $3. Proceeds go to Federal Hill Main Street's community promotion efforts.

Bags are available at the Federal Hill Main Street office at 42 E. Cross St., Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. You can also get the bags when you are out shopping in our fabulous neighborhood at Amy's Boutique, Funky Beehive, Ladybugs & Fireflies, Lucinda Gallery, Lucky Lucy's Canine Cafe, Phina's for the Home, Zelda Zen, with more to come. And look for them at the Street Beat Festival on September 20.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Stroll Through Federal Hill ...

Cross Street Market caught the fancy of a Washington Post reporter engaged in Baltimore's new promotion to bring visitors to the city. The 10,000-step walking tour takes visitors through Federal Hill, Fells Point, and midtown.

Reporter Christina Talcott wrote about her experience in Wednesday's Washington Post, with a photo in Federal Hill Park. Read the article at: http://tr.im/wLTV

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Local Business Featured in Sun Story

The Baltimore Sun's page 1 story August 17 on "Federal small-business lending plan off to slow start" about the plight of small buisnesses in these tough economic times featured Federal Hill boutique owner Amy Mutch and executive director Jane Seebold of the Federal Hill Main Street.

Read the story online: http://tr.im/wHfZ

Monday, August 17, 2009

"Party Like It's 1929" in Federal Hill

Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge, 1025 S. Charles, made CNN Travel's “9 places to party like it’s 1929” list recently. Now Baltimore joins the ranks of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other U.S. cities in claiming one of the top lounges to visit for “old-time cocktails and décor.”

Illusions goes beyond the décor; don’t miss the house magician Spencer Horsman’s show while you enjoy the atmosphere. Read the full article:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/07/24/bars.speakeasies/

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Federal Hill Crab Soups Draw Crowds

Ryleigh’s Oyster was voted runner-up for best Vegetable Crab Soup in a “Visit Baltimore” crab soup cook-off in the Inner Harbor on August 6. Scotti Offutt of Ryleigh's Oyster (above, right) could not fill up bowls fast enough at the Inner Harbor crab soup cook-off. A new Federal Hill favorite, Taverna Corvino, competed in the cook-off as well, along with Café Hon, Lebanese Taverna, Eden West, Brightons Inner Continental Harbor Court, Marie Louise Bistro, Alizee, Phillips Harborplace Restaurant, and Glass Grill.

Now It's Baltimore Restaurant WeekS

Bonus for you gourmands out there. You now have an extra week to enjoy special menus and great prices at several of Federal Hill favorite restaurants. Baltimore's Restauraunt Week has been extended through Aug. 23. Participating are Blue Agave, Corks, Mother's Federal Hill Grille, Regi's American Bistro, Ryleigh's Oyster, and Taverna Corvino. For more information, go to www.baltimorerestaurantweek.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Restaurant Week Comes to Federal Hill

Enjoy special menus at great prices at several Federal Hill favorites during restaurant week, August 7 to 16. Participating are Blue Agave, Corks, Mother's Federal Hill Grille, Regi's American Bistro, Ryleigh's Oyster, and Taverna Corvino. Most offer lunch and dinner specials.

For more information, go to www.baltimorerestaurantweek.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Locals Compete for Best Crab Soup Title

Federal Hill is well represented in the competition for Baltimore's Best Crab Soup. Ryleigh's Oyster and Taverna Corvino will face off against eight other Baltimore restaurants on Thursday, August 6, between 11 am and 1 pm, at the Harborplace Amphitheatre in the Inner Harbor. Stop by and sample cream of crab and vegetable crab soup and then place your vote!

Also competing are Café Hon, Lebanese Taverna, Eden West, Brightons, Marie Louise Bistro, Alizee boutique bistro and wine bar, Phillips Harborplace Restaurant, and Glass Grill Restaurant and Bar. The event is a kick-off for Summer Restaurant Week, August 7 to 16.

Chef Patrick Morrow of Ryleigh's Oyster will be up early that day, appearing around 6 am on Fox Morning News with the restaurant's famous Maryland Crab Soup. The family recipe was passed down from the great great grandmother of the restaurant's namesake, Ryleigh McComas (daughter of owner Brian).

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Federal Hill Stores Rock 2009 “Best of Baltimore”

The August 2009 issue of Baltimore magazine highlights nearly a dozen Federal Hill shops, taverns, and eateries in its annual “Best of Baltimore” awards. Below are the businesses selected for top honors.

Congratulations to all the winners! Be sure to stop by and give them a try.

Food
Best Fondue – CORKS, 1026 S. Charles
Best Takeout Thai – THAI ARROY, 1019 Light
Best Small Plates – TAVERNA CORVINO, 1117 S. Charles
Best Milkshake (Berger Shake) – ABBEY BURGER BISTRO, 1041 Marshall
Best Pies – DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS PIES, 1036 Light

Indulge (Relaxation and Pampering)
Best Holistic Spa – APOTHECARY WELLNESS, 1301 Light

Home Gifts
Best Euro Home Gifts – LE PETIT COCHON, 1030 S. Charles
Best Kitschy Home Gifts – FUNKY BEEHIVE, 920 S. Charles

Shopping
Best Aromatherapy – SOBOTANICAL, 1130 S. Charles
Best New Boutique – WHIMSY/REASON, 1033 S. Charles
Best Sweet Dresses – BABE. (a boutique), 910 S. Charles

And other winners nearby . . .

Best Neighborhood Bar (Southwest) – NO IDEA TAVERN, 1649 S. Hanover
Best Sports Bar – CITY LIMITS SPORTS BAR, 1700 E. Fort
Best Day Spa – STUDIO 921, 921 E. Fort
Best Classical Music (Affordable) – BACH CONCERT SERIES, Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles
Best Game Night (Weds.) – DON’T KNOW TAVERN, 1453 Light

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Federal Hill Cup Winners Announced

The first, second, and third place teams were not the only winners at the 2nd Annual Federal Hill Golf Cup -- the whole Federal Hill business district wins! This is because the tournament sponsor, Federal Hill Hospitality Association, will use the proceeds (approximately $7,000) to pay for street cleaning as well as security details during special events in the business district.

The cleaning takes place twice a week on all the streets in the commercial area under an arrangement with the Baltimore Station, which sends a crew out at 6 am on Thursdays and Sundays.
The Federal Hill Cup winners are: First Place, Ryleigh's Oyster; Second Place: The Abbey Burger Bistro; Third Place: Mad River Bar & Grill (pictured here). The Cup was presented at an after-tournament celebration at Ryleigh's Oyster that was open to the public.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Saturday Family Bike Rides

Calling all family bike enthusiasts! Meet at Federal Hill's Light Street Cycles in their new location at 1124 Light Street on Saturday mornings at 9 am for a weekly bicycle ride exploring nearby bike trails.

Anyone who enjoys riding at a slower pace is welcomed to join in the fun. A bike mechanic will accompany the group each week. Bring water and snacks, along with proper safety gear.

Call Erica Gonzalez (pictured here with her son, Nahum) at 512-393-9857 if you are interested, or simply join us Saturday morning.

Monday, July 20, 2009

School 33 Studio Artists Shine

Works by the very talented Studio Artists at School 33 Art Center are on display through August 1 at the former school, 1427 Light St. Nine artists are featured, each exhibiting unique works that make for a varied and satisfying experience.

The Art Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 6 pm. On Saturday, July 25, there is a reception and gallery talk with artists, 6 to 9 pm. Rosetta DeBerardinis, one of the nine studio artists, was recently featured in Washington Spaces magazine's summer art issue (page 47).

For more information, visit: http://www.school33.org/

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Federal Hill Cup Invitation

Come to Ryleigh's Oyster on Monday, July 20, from 7 to 9 pm and witness the crowning of the champions of the 2nd Annual Federal Hill Cup golf tournament.

The festivities will include open bar, oysters, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. A $20 donation is requested, with proceeds going toward the Federal Hill Hospitality Association's street cleaning initiative with the Baltimore Station.

RSVP: monica@ryleighs.com

Monday, July 13, 2009

Reminder: Trash Collection Changes Start July 14

"One Plus One" weekly trash collection will soon be here. In Federal Hill, every Wednesday will be Trash Day and every Friday will be Recycling Day. The sweeping changes apply to both residential and commercial areas that utilize city services. Everyone must use trash cans with tight-fitting lids or risk a $50 fine; enforcement is being stepped up. Cans can be placed out for pick-up at 6 pm the night before.

The changes will cut collection costs and help control rats, according to city officials.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Shopping Bargains Draw Crowds

Today's summertime Sidewalk Sale brought out neighbors and visitors to enjoy the streets of Federal Hill and catch a bargain or two along the way.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Don't Forget: Bargains Galore Saturday

Join us Saturday for our 3rd annual Sidewalk Sale. There will be great deals, discounts, and refreshmentns. Participating areas: 800-1200 block of S. Charles St., 800-1200 block of Light St., and both Cross Sts.

For more information, contact Federal Hill Main Street, 410-727-4500.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Riverside Park Concerts Return

Back by popular demand: free summer concerts in Riverside Park. Bring the family, a blanket, and a picnic and hang out with neighbors. All concerts begin at 6 pm on the following Sundays:

July 12 -- Natty Beaux
August 2 -- Sandy Asirvatham Quartet
August 23 -- Red Hot Ts

Federal Hill Hospitality Association is the primary sponsor of this year’s series. Sobo Sports is also supporting the concerts. Friends of Riverside Park will hold 50/50 raffles and bake sales at the concerts to raise money for park improvements.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Live from New York ... Mother's!

Tune in this Thursday morning ... It's Mother's Federal Hill Grille!

The Today Show on July 9th at 8:30 am is featuring Mother's Chef Adam Rather. Watch him cook up the restaurant's award-winning "Heart Attack on a Plate" burger on air. Food Network Magazine recently named this concoction the best burger in the State of Maryland.

Congratulations to Mother's owner Dave Rather and his brother, the chef!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Preview of Coming Events ...

There is a LOT going on in and around Federal Hill this summer. Here's a sampler of what's planned just this month ...

Flicks on the Hill -- AVAM, Thursdays at 9 pm.
July 9: “Dr. Strangelove”
July 16: “The Time Machine”
July 23: “Sleeper”
July 30: “Dr. No”

Summertime Sidewalk Sale -- Saturday, July 11, 11 am to 6 pm, in shops throughout Federal Hill.

2nd Annual Federal Hill Cup Golf Tournament -- Monday, July 20, sponsored by the Federal Hill Hospitality Association.

Local Farmers' Market -- Baltimore Museum of Industry, Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Stop and Enjoy the Flowers

Thanks to the Federal Hill Business Association and several volunteers, we have colorful hanging flower baskets in the commercial district. Anna Epsilantis of Big Jim’s Deli coordinated the effort. Brian McComas of Ryleighs Oyster and Taverna Corvino donated the flowers, grown on his mother’s farm north of the city. Vanessa Dallatezza of Sign-A-Rama contributed the American flags.

Baskets were installed by local contractors Aaron Stubbs, Craig Hannah, and Wayne McPartland, who donated their time along with Ed Jeffrey, who is ensuring the baskets stay secured. Other volunteers climbed ladders to place the flowers: Federal Hill foot patrol Officer Joe Goldberg (while off duty) and his son Matt, along with John Foti of Ryleighs Oyster and Brian McComas.

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Great Time at Jazz & Blues Fest!

Thanks to all our volunteers and everyone who turned out yesterday for Jazz & Blues Festival. It was a great time in Federal Hill!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Music Schedule for Sunday’s Jazz & Blues Fest

Well, it's almost here: Federal Hill’s annual Jazz & Blues Festival! The party starts Sunday at 11am and runs till 7pm along S. Charles St.

Don't miss all the food, fun, friends and tons of free music. Here’s the lineup:

HAMBURG STREET STAGE
11:30-12:15 -- John Patti
12:30-1:15 -- J and B Blues Project
1:35-2:20 -- Funk Master General
2:40-3:25 -- Funk Daddy G Band
3:45-4:30 -- Mambo Combo
4:50-5:35 -- Greg Hatza Organization
5:50-7:00 -- Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes

WEST STREET STAGE
11:30-12:15 -- JMB
12:35-1:20 -- Stones Throw
1:40-2:20 -- Lower Case Blues
2:40-3:25 -- Blues Therapy
3:45-4:45 -- Honey Island Swamp Band
5:00 -5:45 -- Jamie McClain Band
6:00-7:00 -- Big Daddy Stallings

Arts & Crafts Galore at Sunday’s Festival

The Arts & Crafts vendors at this year’s Jazz & Blues Festival offer more variety than ever before. Stop by on Sunday, June 28 and browse through creative offerings that range from fine art to funky fun, from the whimsical to the practical and everything in between.

Here is just a small sampling of the vendors: Fruits of the Spirit Fine Art, Dave Hardell Metal Sculpture, Funky Beehive Gifts, Big Foot Handbags, Mad Hatter, SGO Designer Glass, Alpaca Girl, Bardangle Jewelry… and many more.
Enjoy the free music while you’re taking in the goods. And, don’t worry, there will plenty of food and drink to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jazz & Blues & Little One’s Lane – Sunday!

There’s something for everyone – even the kids – at this Sunday’s annual Jazz & Blues Festival. Join the fun at Little One’s Lane on the south side of Cross St. Kids will have a blast with the games, crafts, and live performances all day long.

Don’t miss ... wildlife adventures, moon bounce, face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon artist, the toddler play area. Popcorn and snow cones, too.
The Festival starts at 11am. See you there!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Volunteers Needed for Jazz & Blues Fest

Want to have some fun and help your community at the same time? Volunteer at the 9th Annual Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival on Sunday, June 28. We have two 4.5-hour shifts: 10:30-3pm, 2:30-7pm. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt and beer ticket. Proceeds go to the award-winning Federal Hill Main Street community revitalization program!

Interested? Call 410-727-4500 or e-mail admin@historicfederalhill.org.