Wednesday, December 12, 2012


It's that time of year again! Federal Hill's Moonlight Madness is this Friday, December 14 starting at 8:00 pm. Shops will be staying open late for holiday shoppers, offering progressive discounts and specials.  Be sure to get your Passport and enter to win prizes.  

And, new this year, we've added a Tree Lighting to the festivities, with a little help from our friends at Federal Hill Neighborhood Association and SoBo Kids.  A tree (donated by Pork 'n Pine Tree Service,, will be illuminated at the Rec Center (corner of Cross and Light) at 7:00 pm before shopping begins. There will be hot cocoa, cookies, and a special visit from Santa Claus.  Children are invited to make a decoration to hang on the tree.  

Also, during Moonlight Madness, you'll have the chance to vote on your favorite drink entry for the Signature Fest-of-All drink contest.  Voting will take place from 8:00 pm to midnight at Federal Hill Main Street.  The winning drink will be served during our Annual Fest-of-All gala in February 2013. 

Hope to see you on Friday!
Happy Holidays,

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Work from Federal Hill Gallery Owner Mark Cottman

For some time now, Mark Cottman of Mark Cottman Gallery (1014 S. Charles St.) has wanted to create a piece that pays homage to the contributions African Americans have made to the sciences.  The talented local artist has captured this spirit in his newest painting,  "African American Inventions".

The piece features inventions ranging from the mailbox to traffic lights and refrigerators.  In classic Mark Cottman style, the painting is captivating, colorful, and expressive.  Just in time for the holidays, the piece is now available for reproduction and print

This unique piece is getting attention. Mark was featured on WEAA 88.9 FM with Baltimore Jazz Alliance on Monday, December 3rd for a meet and greet.  The event took place in his gallery.  

Stop by Mark Cottman gallery at 1014 S. Charles to see the original painting, or visit his Web site at 

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Friday, December 7, 2012

B'More Betty Opens in Federal Hill!

B’more Betty owner, Camille Edwards, is proud to announce she has opened shop and is ready for business! B’more Betty (1316 Light Street) buys and sells designer and vintage clothing and accessories for women.  It should be noted, however, that this is in no way a consignment shop.

Rather, Betty (which stands for Bringing Exclusive Trends To You) should be seen as a place where women can share, buy, and exchange their favorite clothing and accessories.   All types of styles are represented; sure to please any shopper. Ladies can find anything from J. Crew and Banana Republic to Louis Vuitton, Escada & Gucci at amazingly discounted prices.

A Federal Hill resident for a little over a year, Camille chose this location because she “loves the community and the people.”  I know I’m glad Betty opened up in time for the holidays!

A great chance to check out B'More Betty is during Moonlight Madness on Friday, December 14th.  This is one of more than 20 great Federal Hill shops and galleries participating by staying open until midnight and offering specials and light refreshments.  Free gift wrapping at Federal Hill Main Street, too!

Make sure to follow B’More Betty on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for her latest additions to the shop; great pieces will sell fast!

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jenny Leigh Band to play at the 8x10

Exciting news for all Jenny Leigh Band fans: the Jenny Leigh Band will be headlining at the 8x10, Federal Hill's great live music venue, on Saturday, Dec. 15! Doors open at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are on pre-sale now at a discounted price, you can buy one here: 

Also, with proof of ticket, fans can stop by nearby Ryleigh's Oyster and The Rowhouse from 6-8 pm for pre-show drink specials!

During the show, there will be plenty of giveaway and opportunities to get involved with the filming of their next music video.  Come out and see a great show and support local artist Jenny Leigh Band, always a favorite at Federal Hill Main Street street festivals!

Visit the Facebook event page here: Jenny Leigh LIVE at the 8x10

Or, check out the 8x10 website

Alex Marie Schmidt, Intern