Hello June! There’s lots to do in Maryland this month.

Besides the cool events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments, there are some great events throughout Maryland this June.

This weekend, June 3-5, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia ( just a few miles from Chatham Gardens Apartments in Howard County) is the nationally recognized 24th annual Capital Jazz Fest. This year’s lineup includes Toni Braxton, New Edition, En Vogue, Al B. Shore and many, many others. For details, please click here.

Next weekend on June 11-12 is the Colonial Market Fair at Benjamin Banneker Museum and Historical Park in Oella, just a few miles away from Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville. For details to this 18th century crafts and music fair, please click here. If Pirates are more your thing and you live at Burnam Woods Apartments, then check out the Havre de Grace Pirate Fest at the Susquehanna Museum the same weekend (June 11-12). For details, please click here. Also on June 11 and 12 is Bawlmer’s 23rd annual HONfest in Hamden, a cherished Maryland tradition for everyone. For details, please click here.


If you’re not totally exhausted by the end of the month, then make plans to attend the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival on June 25 at the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. For details and tickets, please click here. To see all the events happening in Maryland this month, please click here. Have a safe and happy June!


Resident Appreciation Carnivals at Century Corporation / Awalt Builders

This month has seen Resident Appreciation Carnivals at Century Corporation / Awalt Builders apartment communities of Burnam Woods in White Marsh, Old Orchard in Catonsville and Chatham Gardens in Ellicott City. A great time was had by all playing games, getting faces painted, winning prizes and eating lots of food such as cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, hot dogs, french fries and pizza. We look forward to seeing you at our next Resident Event!


Resident Events at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments



Over the past few weeks the residents of Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments have enjoyed our Annual Free Outdoor Movie Nights. Residents voted on which movie they wanted to see and we brought in a huge outdoor screen and supplied the popcorn, candy and drinks – all for FREE!

If you missed our Movie Night, don’t worry there are more Free Resident Events coming up this Fall and Winter. In September we will have Resident Appreciation Days at each of our communities featuring food, drinks, games, prizes and local vendors. Burnam Woods Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Thursday September 10 from 5:00-7:00pm, Chatham Gardens Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Wednesday September 23 from 5:00-7:00pm and Burnam Woods Apartments Resident Appreciation Day is Wednesday September 16 from 5:00-7:00pm. For the upcoming Holiday Season, we have planned a Food Drive in November and a Toy Drive and Pictures with Santa in December.

We hope to see you in the coming months!

Maryland in June, what are you doing?

Summer is almost upon us and the kids are almost out of school. Whether you like festivals, food, movies or music, Maryland has it all this June!

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Baltimore’s annual Hon Fest is next weekend June 14 from 11am to 10pm and June 15 from 12pm to 6pm. The weekend is full of music, food and contests for Bawlmer’s best Hon. For instance, there is a Best Beehive Contest, an Elvis impersonator and of course Maryland crabs.

Speaking of Maryland crabs, the following Saturday is the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival at the Inner Harbor on June 21st. It is four hours of all-you-can-eat extravaganza with over 20,000 crabs, many beers, music, crafts and so much more.

For our residents at Burnam Woods Apartments, you can enjoy the Party on the Plaza at the Avenue at White Marsh every Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer. It is an evening of free music under the summer stars. This week Baltimore Rockabilly plays Friday night and Elikeh plays Saturday night. Music starts at 7pm.

Our residents at Chatham Gardens Apartments can enjoy free outdoor movies every Saturday night throughout the summer in the parking lot behind the Wine Bin on Main Street in Ellicott City. Bring your chair and pack a picnic dinner. Movies start at 9pm. This Saturday the classic Wizard of Oz is playing.

Just down the road, our residents at Old Orchard Apartments can enjoy free music every Friday night throughout the summer at Frederick Road Fridays at 15 Mellor Avenue in Catonsville. Music starts at 6:30pm. This Friday is Out of the Blue is playing.

All of our residents can participate in our Patio and Balcony Contests this June. Get those patios and balconies cleaned up. Management will be coming around to “Judge” all. We’re looking for neatness, creativity, color, etc. Winners will receive a gift card. Chatham Gardens judging will be on June 12th, Old Orchard’s judging will be on June 17th and Burnam Woods’ judging will be on June 20th. Good luck!

This Weekend in Maryland

After Tropical Storm Andrea blows through tonight, the weather should be nice this weekend for some great events across Maryland. In Columbia, Capital Jazz Fest is this weekend June 7-9. This year’s lineup includes Chaka Khan, Babyface, Eric Banet, Will Downing, and many more. Tickets range from $42-$175 per day. In their 36th season, the Salem Players are performing Annie Get Your Gun at Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville this weekend June 7th and 8th at 8pm. If a free concert is more your scene, then go to the Avenue at White Marsh for their Party on the Plaza Concert Series. Music starts every Friday and Saturday night at 7:00. This weekend funk group Speakers of the House play Friday June 7th and rock group Late Ancients play Saturday June 8th. For a great Maryland tradition, get down to Hamden Hon! This weekend is the 19th Annual Bawlmer HonFest June 8-9. For information on this fun street festival, please click here.


April in Maryland

The saying is that “April showers bring May flowers,” but so far this April has been full of sunshine and summer-like temperatures. It is the perfect weather for all the great events going on in Maryland this month. Fortunately most of these are just minutes away from our apartments at Chatham Gardens, Old Orchard, and Burnam Woods.

Blossoms of Hope‘s annual pink season brings a month-long celebration of activities in Howard County that honor the beauty of the trees and help raise cancer awareness.” Over 1,600 Cherry Trees have been planted across Howard County. So far $176,000. has been raised through the Cherry Tree project for Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. There are a variety of Cherrybration Day events throughout April in Howard County. Fifteen restaurants in Howard County, including Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Tersiguel’s, Kelseys, and Alexandra’s at Turf Valley, are offering Pink Plate specials to help raise cancer awareness and support the cancer center. The 5th annual Pink Greens Golf Classic at Turf Valley takes place on April 19th. It is a fundraising tournament for Blossoms of Hope in support of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

This Saturday April 13th is the TaxMan Jam in Catonsville, a part of the FamilyTime Festival Series at Strawberry Fields. It will be a day of live music, local food, beer, local vendors, bicycle demonstrations, and interactive games. The fun goes from 10am to 5pm at 821 Frederick Road – and it’s free!

“The opening of the Maryland Steeplechasing season signifies the true start of spring to many Marylanders.” Steeplechase is a three to four mile race that has man and horse flying over timber fences. The next race is My Lady’s Manor this Saturday April 13th, gates open at 10am and post time is at 1:30pm.

The 9th annual Fells Point Privateer Festival is April 19-21. This is a family-friendly free festival honoring the maritime history of Fells Point. There are activities, live music, food, and crafts from Thames Street Park and Ann Street Pier to Broadway Square. The Tall Ships will be on display and available for tours. The festival is Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm.

The Federal Hill Spring Block Party is Sunday April 28th from 11am to 7pm on Cross Street. There will be lots of food, drink, crafts and live local music. This year’s lineup includes The Cheaters, Segway, J Pope and Funk Friday, Uncle Jack Band, The Reserves, Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale, Bravenoise, The Evokatones, Rufus Roundtree and and da B’more Brass Factory.

Whatever you choose, get out there and enjoy all that Maryland has to offer. Have a great April and a Happy Spring!

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is just six days away. How will you be celebrating? Are you just going to grab a card and a flower on the way home from work on the 14th, or are you really going to put some thought into it?

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For those of you who are planning ahead, you may want to order a delicious cake from The Yummery in White Marsh – especially if you live at Burnam Woods Apartments. They specialize in custom cakes for all occasions. Surprise your Valentine with a yummy cake delivered to their work, or you can pick it up for dessert. Click here for more information. If you live at Chatham Gardens Apartments, you should enter the ‘date nights for a year’ contest from Howard County Tourism. Let your Valentine know that you have entered a contest to win the two of you “over $4000. worth of romance inspired experiences!” Click here for details. For those of you who live at Old Orchard Apartments and want to avoid the Valentine’s dinner rush on the 14th, buy tickets for the Winter Wine Tasting on February 21st at Overhills Mansion in Catonsville. It will give your Valentine something to look forward to, and you won’t have to sit in a crowded, loud restaurant with everyone else. Click here for more information.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Old Orchard Apartments Resident Appreciation Day

A good time was had by all yesterday at our Resident Appreciation Day at Old Orchard Apartments. Our staff showed our appreciation for our residents by serving pizza and sodas, giving out door prizes, and playing games with the kids. We were joined by local businesses including Comcast Xfinity, Wells Fargo, Verizon Fios, Verizon Concierge, and LA Fitness. Everyone loved Rita’s mango Italian ice served up by Verizon, and of course the free pizza from Comcast was a big hit. People were thrilled to get Karen Gatzke’s “Life is Great in 21228” magnets – one resident even exclaimed, “It sure is!”

everyone having a good time

pizza anyone?

our first door prize winner

another lucky winner

There was also a table showcasing all of the social media sites that Old Orchard Apartments are on, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, foursquare, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. If you ‘like’ our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/OldOrchardApts, you could win $50. – one ‘like’ equals one chance to win $50. If you check in with us on foursquare at http://foursquare.com/v/old-orchard-apartments/4fb69a7e0cd6c7f906a4c808, you get a free gift. Just show your check in to the leasing office when you visit to receive your free gift, while supplies last.

social media at Old Orchard

These Facebook and Foursquare specials are also available on our Burnam Woods and Chatham Gardens Apartments’ sites. Also, our Resident Appreciation Fall Festival is tomorrow at Burnam Woods Apartments, so stay tuned for a complete recap of that event in the next few days.

5 Things to Do this Last Weekend Before School Starts

Next weekend is Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of Summer. But this weekend is the last weekend before schools start in Baltimore and Howard Counties – and there are a lot of great activities going on. We have picked five great events going on in our communities this weekend.

Ellicott City

  • In the wake of the tragedy of the train derailment in Ellicott City, residents are coming together to support the businesses on Main Street in an event called Main Street Appreciation Weekend. They are asking everyone to come to Main Street in Historic Ellicott City this weekend to shop, eat and drink.
  • The Party on the Plaza Concert Series continues this weekend at The Avenue at White Marsh. Junkyard Saints play tonight and S.T.O.R.M Reggae Band play Saturday. Music starts at 7pm and the beer garden opens at 6:30pm.
  • Frederick Road Fridays continues tonight in Catonsville on Egges Lane with Jay Cleaver & the Love Leaders. Music starts at 6:30pm, and there is a beer garden at Jennings.
  • The Maryland State Fair starts today in Timonium and runs through September 3rd. There is great food, fun rides, crafts and lots of animals – fun for the whole family!
  • This weekend the Orioles are back in town, and today is Cal Ripken Jr’s 52nd birthday. If you can’t make it tonight, the Orioles are also playing the Blue Jays Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Get to the Yard and support our team who is going to the playoffs for the first time in over 10 years! Go O’s!

Go Orioles!

Where to Eat near Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments

Where should you go to eat if you live at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens or Old Orchard Apartments? Whether you are looking for a place for lunch, dinner or dessert, we have suggestions sure to satisfy whatever craving you are having.

Conveniently located across from The Avenue at White Marsh, Burnam Woods Apartments has lots of great restaurants to choose from. For lunch, dinner or happy hour, DellaRose’s Avenue Tavern and Red Brick Station at The Avenue at White Marsh are great choices for burgers, sandwiches, and other pub fare. If you want to eat in after a long week, order online from Casa Mia’s and get everything from subs and wraps to pizza, crabcakes and wings delivered to your door. Looking to cool off after a long, hot summer day? Take a trip over to Campbell Boulevard for some yummy frozen yogurt with all the toppings at Yogi Castle.

Frozen Yogurt

In the heart of Catonsville, Old Orchard Apartments is surrounded by many great neighborhood restaurants. What describes Maryland better than steamed crabs? Nothing, so drive down Frederick Road to Ships Cafe, who specialize in steamed crabs and seafood. If you’re looking for comfort food, venture over to Grilled Cheese & Co on Edmonson Avenue for the best grilled cheese you’ve ever had. You can get it with crab, bbq chicken, meatball, or just a traditional grilled cheese sandwich – and don’t forget the sweet potato fries. Continue down the street and get a snowball or ice cream cone at Opie’s Soft Serve & Snowball. If you prefer frozen yogurt, then Sweet Frog on North Rolling Road is the place for you.

Steamed Crabs

Chatham Gardens Apartments is close to many great restaurants in Ellicott City. For the best BBQ Ribs, steaks, and burgers go to Bare Bones in St. John’s Shopping Center. This is also a great destination for Happy Hour – complimentary buffet and discounted drinks weekdays from 4pm-7pm.  If seafood is more your thing, then go across the street to Shanty Grille on Plum Tree Drive. Is pizza what you crave? Then a trip to Ledo Pizza in Normandy Shopping Center is a must. They also have pasta, sandwiches and salads, but do yourself a favor and order the pizza! (Luckily there are also Ledo Pizza locations in White Marsh near Burnam Woods Apartments and in Catonsville near Old Orchard Aparments) If you like to finish off your hot summer day with frozen yogurt, then stop by Yogi Castle on Route 40.