Friday, April 29, 2011

Federal Hill Fight Fest: May 14

Baltimore Boxing presents FED HILL FIGHT FEST on Saturday, May 14th 2:30 to 8:00 pm, in the M&T Bank Stadium parking lot. The event features food vendors, music by DJ Ramon, cash bar, prizes, and more. There will be 8-12 Olympic-style boxing matches with local fighters including Derek Blazer (Mad River Grill). Patrick Celtic Tiger Conelius will fight for the Maryland State Heavyweight Senior Division title with Federal Hill Fitness’ Donavon by his side as trainer and corner man.

Tickets are $25 for general admission or $50 for a VIP ticket. For tickets, call Donavon, 318-372-1231, or pick them up at Sign-A-Rama, 1100 Light Street.

Info: Fed Hill Fight Fest on Facebook.

-Meredith Cook

FUNdraising Fridays at MaGerks!

Looking for a way to raise money for your favorite cause? MaGerks is here to help. You bring the people, they provide a venue and staff. The fundraising night is tailored to fit each individual cause to maximize profit and fun.

Each organization can set a cover charge, which is pure profit to the organization and has the option of selling raffle tickets, holding an auction or other forms of fundraising. “This can be extremely profitable to the organization,” said Sarah Clark of MaGerks. Through the FUN-draising Fridays at MaGerks, they are hoping to show that the bars in Federal Hill do some good for the community.

MaGerks will reserve the upper level for the group and will donate a keg of beer, a platter of food or 10 percent of sales from the party. Each party will also enjoy drink specials and inexpensive food, on a night that many people are already out. The organization also has the choice of making the party private or opening it to the public.

“It’s always good to give back and it’s always been very important to me,” said Clark. “It’s exciting its actually happening.” The program has very recently begun and has already been extremely successful. MaGerks is happy to help with any organization’s needs and wishes for each to have a successful fundraising night.

For more information:

-Meredith Cook, Intern

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Adopt-A-Pet Day at Federal Hill Ace Hardware

Looking to adopt a furry friend? Federal Hill Ace Hardware, 1214 Light St. is hosting an Adopt-A-Pet Day on Saturday, April 30, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., in collaboration with Recycled Love Rescue. A couple of pups will be in the store that day, as well as all the information on the pet adoption process. Federal Hill Ace Hardware is also offering 30% off of pet supplies to all customers who adopt through May 31st.

For a list of dogs who need a home visit,

For more information contact Rachel Machacek at 202-907-3539 or

Friday, April 22, 2011

Whimsy of Federal Hill Expands Inventory

Whimsy, known for its fantastic dress collection and more, is now selling a small collection of lingerie. New items include an assortment of underwear including Commando undies, Eberjey undies, chemises and rompers, and fun easy gift items.

Stop in and check out the beautiful new items as well as great items for spring and summer! Info:

-Meredith Cook, Intern

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Etsy Artists Come to Federal Hill

Alexandra Webb Artisan Jewelry is hosting several Baltimore Etsy artists and crafters to showcase their handmade items. Visitors will have the chance to meet the artists as well as purchase the handmade products.

Some of the Etsy artists at the trunk show include: Maria Louise High fabric with flower brooches and accessories, Raw Olive natural olive oil bath and beauty products, Rowhouse 14 cards and photography and of course, Alexandra Webb quality gemstone jewelry (pictured here).

“Etsy is a great venue for artists and crafters, especially now that ‘handmade’ is getting the attention it deserves, and people like to meet the person behind the work,” says Alexa.

Stop by and meet the artists on Saturday, April 23, 2-5 pm at Alexandra Webb (1028 S. Charles). Info:

Monday, April 18, 2011


Thank you to all of our volunteers who contributed to a great festival! Spring Block Party was a great success and we hope everyone had a great time!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Block Party Band Schedule!

Charles Street Stage
12:00-1:00 School of Rock All-Stars
1:20-2:10 All Night Long
2:20-3:00 Petticoat Tea Room
3:15-4:00 Nelly's Echo
4:15-5:20 The Real Geniuses
5:40-7:00 Old Man Brown

Light Street Stage
12:00-1:00 Getamungstit
1:20-2:30 The Reserves
2:45-3:35 Rodney Henry
4:00-5:10 Soul Island Rebels
5:30-7:00 Can't Hang

Live music, plus great food & drink, arts & crafts, the Grand Prix Show Car and great fun! Don't forget, Spring Block Party is this Sunday, April 17, 11am-7pm!

NOTE: Residential neighborhoods around the festival area have parking restrictions. Try the West Street Garage, located just 2 blocks from the festival. Or, avoid parking hassles and take the free Charm City Circulator (Purple Line to Cross Street Market) or the Light Rail to Camden Yards.

For more information

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Get Your Own Federal Hill Street Festival Poster!

Check out these new limited edition original letterpress Federal Hill Street Festivals 2011 posters! The posters are available only at Spring Block Party on April 17, Jazz&Blues Wine&Art on June 5, and Street Beat Festival on September 18. Pick one up and take home a piece of the fun!

-Meredith Cook, Intern

Monday, April 11, 2011

Grand Prix Fun at Spring Block Party!

Check out the official Baltimore Grand Prix Car at Spring Block Party on Cross Street, this Sunday, April 17, 11am to 7pm! You can also enter a raffle to win free tickets to the entire weekend of races, including access to the race car paddock.

And, don't forget the great food & drink, arts & crafts and live music all day! Bring your friends, co-workers and neighbors to celebrate spring!

-Meredith Cook, Intern

Friday, April 8, 2011

Great Live Music at Spring Block Party!

Spring Block Party, April 17th, 11am-7pm, will feature great live music all day! The Real Geniuses (the band that rocked Fest-Of-All!), Old Man Brown, Nelly’s Echo, Soul Island Rebels, The Reserves, School of Rock All-Stars, and Can’t Hang are only some of the bands playing! The list includes cover bands, rock, blues, soul, and more.

The music will be great all day, as well as the food and drink and arts and crafts! Bring your friends, celebrate spring, and have a great time!

Information: or 410-727-4500

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More of Apothecary Wellness in Federal Hill!

Client Andrew Wiles and co-owner Rachel Costello enjoy Midnite Confection's Cupcakery (1051 S. Charles) treats during the celebration of Apothecary Wellness' new expanded space at 1200 Light Street. Photo by Helen Huriaux

Apothecary Wellness has moved - but just one block south, leaving customers with more room to enjoy their amenities. The new site at 1200 Light Street features 5 treatment rooms, a waiting lounge for clients, and a beautiful retail boutique.

The move became necessary due to the immense growth of the company and is just in time for their 2-year anniversary. “We understood the overwhelming need for holistic wellness treatments in Federal Hill and seized the opportunity to grow our business and fill this need for our community,” said co-owner Christine Cochrum.

Apothecary Wellness provides custom holistic and organic health and beauty services and has been awarded its second Best of Baltimore honor. Stop in, see the changes and feel relaxed!

-Meredith Cook, Intern

Monday, April 4, 2011

Feast On This in Federal Hill!

Don’t miss out on all the great food & drink at Spring Block Party on Sunday, April 17th! There is surely something for everyone.

Just some of the featured food items will be: pit beef & turkey, BBQ, pad Thai, salads, hot dogs & burgers, Mother’s chicken cheese steaks, a variety of grilled sausages, Ruben’s famous crepes, tamales, and tacos, hot fresh donuts and assorted sweets, and a festival favorite: funnel cake, crepes, tamales, and tacos!

Quench your thirst with lemonade, coffee drinks, tea, smoothies, orange crushes, sangria, beer and more!

Chow down at Spring Block Party (while you are enjoying live music all day)! April 17, 11am-7pm. Cross Street.

Information: or 410-727-4500

Friday, April 1, 2011

Federal Hill Featured in Two Magazines

This is no April Fools joke- Federal Hill has been showcased in two magazines, Washingtonian and Baltimore Magazine!

Federal Hill was one of only three neighborhoods featured in a “Best of Baltimore” article in the April edition of Washingtonian and the title of the article, “Good Views, Good Fun”, seems to fit Federal Hill very well.

The article showcased Whimsy, Curiosity and Artesanos Don Boscos, all on S. Charles, a must-go for shopping in Federal Hill and Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast as a place to stay and enjoy great food. As for recommended nightlife, Washingtonian provided a place for everyone, from the “popped-collar, frat boy” to the music lover: Ropewalk Tavern, Mad River Bar & Grille, Nick’s Seafood Inner Harbor in Cross Street Market, and 8X10 Club.

The article in Baltimore Magazine’s “neighborhood issue”, written by AMY Grace, former board President and current ex officio member, explains why she loves Federal Hill. When she moved here in 1996, the business district was struggling and community resources were scarce. After many changes, AMY now names Federal Hill, “Baltimore’s ‘historically hip’ place to call home.” The Insiders’Tips sidebar lists Dangerously Delicious Pies, SoBo CafĂ©, The Book Escape, Illusions Bar & Lounge, Cross Street Market and Ryleigh’s Oyster as musts.

Pick these two issues up and see for yourself!

-Meredith Cook, Intern

Federal Hill Families: We Want You!

Main Street News has a new column, Federal Hill Family Corner, devoted to family issues. Let us know what you’d like to read about, any thoughts on strengthening the community for families, why your family loves Federal Hill, etc. We’d love your input!

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-Meredith Cook, Intern