Saturday, February 28, 2009

Save the Circulator Bus!

Fans of the downtown Circulator bus take note: the Circulator may be a candidate for the chopping block! Main Street has been told that there are some who feel the funds would be better spent in other ways, and are urging delay or deferral of the Circulator. (For more on the Circulator, see Jan. 7 blog entry.)

There is a briefing about this free transit system on Wednesday, March 4, at 2 pm in the Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall as part of the Land Use and Transportation Committee hearing, chaired by City Council Vice President Ed Reisinger. Supporters are urged to attend or fax a letter of support to Reisinger at 410-545-7353.

The buses are scheduled to hit the streets on July 6, including the north-south route servicing Federal Hill. The contract with the operator has been signed, and tax increases at parking garages to fund it have been approved.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

2009 Street Festival Dates Announced

Back by popular demand: Federal Hill Main Street's three fun-filled street festivals. Mark your calendars now for ...
* Spring Block Party, Sunday, April 26, 11 am to 7 pm
* Jazz & Blues Festival, Sunday, June 28, 11 am to 7 pm
* Street Beat Festival, Sunday, Sept. 20, 11 am to 7 pm

Vendor forms and applications are now available at, (see "Important Documents"). Contact Federal Hill Main Street about sponsorships and other ways of becoming involved; call 410-727-4500.

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Fest-of-All" Food: Something for Everyone

The menu for Main Street's "Fest-of-All" at the Museum of Industry on March 14 offers a lot to sample and savor. Food items from many fine Federal Hill restaurants will be offered, and all included in the ticket price! To order tickets now, go online or call 410-727-4500.

Participating restaurants (so far) include Abbey Burger Bistro, MaGerk's Pub, Matsuri Japanese Restaurant, McFaul's, Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, Mother's Federal Hill Grille, Nick’s Oyster Bar, Nobles Bar & Grill, Ropewalk Tavern, Ryleigh's Oyster, SoBo Café, Spoons Coffeehouse, Stalking Horse, Thai Arroy Restaurant, Trattoria Annamaria.
And there will be desserts, too, from Dee Dee Bakery & Café, Tenzo: Art Within Pastry, and Brighton’s (Intercontinental Hotel).

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Litter in Federal Hill: Can It!

It would be hard not to notice the new arrivals in our main business district: 30 heavy-duty new trash cans. This week, the Baltimore Main Streets program installed specially designed metal trash cans around our neighborhood, the area bounded by Montgomery, S. Charles, West, and Light streets. Now it's easier than ever to keep our streets litter-free!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Federal Main Street Annual Meeting & Election

All are invited to attend the Federal Hill Main Street Annual Meeting and Board of Directors election on Wednesday, February 11, 7 pm, at Ryleighs Oyster (upstairs), 36 E. Cross St., Baltimore.

Federal Hill Main Street members are eligible to vote, and the public is welcome to attend to learn more about this community revitalization program. For information, call 410-727-4500.