Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wine Garden at Federal Hill Festival: SUNDAY!

The Federal Hill Jazz&Blues Wine&Art Festival is this Sunday, June 3, from 11am-7pm, and we are adding a Wine Garden this year for everyone to enjoy.

Featuring 11 different red and white varietals for drinking and/or sampling, the Garden will be located in the lot at the corner of South Charles and West Cross Streets. Along with tastings, we'll be offering two wine seminars led by experts: “Zin & BBQ” and “Bubbly & Cheeses,” which will be repeated twice throughout the day. Cheese Galore & More of Cross Street Market is providing cheese. Find something you really like? Take it home - bottles and cases of wine will be available for purchase.

Right next to the Wine Garden, you'll find Artist Alley, where you can browse and purchase beautiful, original art from several different local artists. Be sure to check it out.

And, of course, you'll find great music all day on two stages, lots of arts&crafts and food&drink, Kids' Kross Street, and the usual Federal Hill festival fun. All with FREE admission!

We are very excited about the new Wine Garden. Come out and enjoy the festivities and support our nonprofit community revitalization program! Info:, 410-727-4500.

Margeaux Appel, Intern

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Arts & Crafts for All at Jazz&Blues Fest this Sunday!

Looking for something unique and interesting? Need a new outfit, the perfect accessory, or a one-of-a-kind item for your home? The Federal Hill Jazz&Blues Wine&Art Festival has it all! This Sunday, June 3, from 11am-7pm, the streets of Federal Hill come alive with music, art, wine, food, children's activities, and lots of arts & crafts.

From garden sculptures to hand-crafted jewelry to colorful purses to original photographs and artsy prints, you can find them all at this fun, FREE event. Need new Orioles, Ravens or Natty Boh gear? Yup! We have that, too!
While you are browsing the vendors and enjoying the food & drink, be sure to stop by the Wine Garden and Artist Alley on Cross Street. The music stages are a must as well.

    See you Sunday on the streets of Federal Hill! Info:

    Margeaux Appel, Intern

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Artist Alley: A Federal Hill Festival Special, June 3

The Artist Alley at the Federal Hill Jazz&Blues Wine&Art Festival on June 3 features several talented artists. One of them, Jessica Damen of Federal Hill, has painted a beautiful still life, "Morning Tea" (see photograph), specifically for the festival. Jessica has posted the painting on e-bay to generate interest in the piece and the festival, and has generously offered to donate 50% of the net proceeds of the sale to Federal Hill Main Street.

Jessica Damen's studio is located in Baltimore City, but her artwork is seen throughout the United States. She has won many awards, and her work has been included in national shows, art galleries, and in private and public collections. Be sure to stop in and say hello when you are browsing through Artist Alley, which will be located on West Cross Street, adjacent to the festival Wine Garden. Info:

Several other artists who will be displaying and selling their original work on Artist Alley as well, including Mark Cottman of Mark Cottman Gallery and Crystal Moll of Crystal Moll Gallery, both located on South Charles Street in Federal Hill.

In addition to great art and wine, the festival also features lots of live music on two stages, food&drink, arts&crafts, and a whole city block dedicated to children's activities. Info: or 410-727-4500

Margeaux Appel, Intern

Friday, May 25, 2012

Great Live Music in Store for Federal Hill Festival-Goers!

It wouldn't be Federal Hill's Jazz&Blues Wine&Art Festival without MUSIC! And, we've got a very exciting line-up for you on Sunday, June 3, 11 am to 7 pm.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to see two well-known New Orleans acts performing FREE: Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Honey Island Swamp Band, just off the NOLA JazzFest stage. Popular local bands include Cris Jacobs Band, The Players, Ruben Montoya, Dawgone, Community Groove, Jake Leckie Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and many more.

Along with the music, you'll find a wide selection of food&drink, wine, arts & crafts, and games and fun for the kids, too. What a fun way to welcome the summer months! Be sure to come out and join us.

Info:, 410-727-4500.

Margeaux Appel, Intern

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Expanded Kids' Kross Street at June 3 Festival

   The popular and FREE Federal Hill Jazz&Blues Wine&Art Festival is coming soon - on Sunday, June 3, 11am-7pm on S. Charles and Cross Streets.

            No need to leave the kids at home; there are activities for all ages to enjoy! Kids' Kross Street on the south side of Cross Street Market is a block-long extravaganza! Federal Hill Main Street donates equipment, and parent volunteers contribute time to manage a lot of fun activities.

            After several years of coordinating the fun, Wendy Muher and Teri Bickford have passed the baton to Misty Keens and Shane Splitt. We thank Wendy and Teri for the great service they have done for their community and look forward to working with Misty and Shane. They'll be making sure everyone has a blast with two moon bounces, bubble machines, a toddler play area, craft tables, and many other fun games including ring toss!

            SoBo Kids, a local nonprofit family service organization led by Andrea Sommer and family, will be offering face painting and temporary tattoos. Towson Athletics will bring its inflatable tiger mascot, a football toss game, and an obstacle course. Waterfront Partnership is getting into the action with a booth of fun toys including beanbag tosses, hula-hoops, parachutes, sidewalk chalk and more!

            So, while adults are enjoying the music, wine, food and art, the kids will be having just as much fun! Come on down to Federal Hill. You will not want to miss out! 
   Margeaux Appel, Intern

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Crystal Moll Gallery Celebrates 1812 Bicentennial

             Federal Hill is getting in on the action of the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration. During the Sailabration Extravaganza, June 13-19 in the Inner Harbor and Locust Point, the Crystal Moll Gallery (1030 S. Charles Street) is featuring an “Honoring 1812” show of works related to the historical events. The show runs from May 23 to June 17, with an opening reception on June 15, 5-8 pm. Be sure to stop by and see all of the amazing artwork, including Crystal’s “ Fort McHenry” painting! For more information, visit:           

    Margeaux Appel, Intern

Monday, May 21, 2012

Artesanos Don Bosco: New Peruvian Furniture Coming Soon!

         Federal Hill's very own Peruvian furniture gallery and shop, Artesanos Don Bosco (828 S. Charles Street), is welcoming lots of beautiful hand-crafted items from Peru next month. This means significant discounts on current items, including sideboards, tables, and chairs to make room for the new inventory!
            As the summer months creep up on us, the discounts increase from 20-30% off!  Stop in and check out these unique international pieces and amazing prices. For more information, visit:

                                                                                                   - Margeaux Appel, Intern