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!

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

 

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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!

Celebrating Halloween

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Happy Halloween! There are many ways to celebrate this year. Residents of Burnam Woods Apartments can enjoy Trick or Treating this evening from 5-7pm. When the kids are finished Trick or Treating, the adults can go across the street to the Halloween Party at Della Rose’s at The Avenue at White Marsh. Throughout the day today the residents of Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments can stop by the leasing office for a yummy treat. Today from 4-6pm is the 30th Annual Trick or Treating on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, where vendors will be giving out candy. For those who want a truly spooky Halloween experience tonight, you can visit Edgar Allan Poe’s grave in the catacombs under the 1851 Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore City. However you decide to celebrate, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Chatham Gardens Apartments Welcomes Jaime Heinbuch

Have you visited the Chatham Gardens Apartments Leasing Office recently? There is someone new to greet you. We have a new Assistant Leasing Manager, and her name is Jaime Heinbuch. She is a real people person who wants to help make your experience at Chatham Gardens the best ever. When Jaime is not working, she enjoys cooking (ask for her lasagna recipe), reading, listening to her favorite band Aerosmith, swimming, visiting the Aquarium (especially the sharks), and spending time with her family. Jaime is married and has three children, one grandchild, three cats and many turtles (about 12 right now). Jaime loves football! And being a Baltimore girl, her favorite team is of course The Ravens! If you ask Jaime where you should you eat in Ellicott City, she will tell you her favorite place is Cocoa Lane on Main Street. If you have any other questions for her, or just want to say ‘Hi,’ please stop in the leasing office and welcome Jaime to Chatham Gardens.

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Maryland 2012, year in review

2012 was a stormy year in Maryland filled with great achievements and unthinkable tragedies. Here are a few moments that we will never forget.

Derecho summer storm

Derecho summer storm

On June 29th a derecho storm blew through Maryland causing hundreds of thousands to lose power. A derecho storm is a series of  severe thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds. This summer storm brought winds as high as 70 mph. Besides power outages, Maryland’s derecho storm caused downed trees, crushed cars, and roofs blown off houses. Six months later on October 29th, Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Atlantic Coast. Although Maryland was not hit as hard as New Jersey, Sandy did cause damage – especially in Ocean City. This storm caused downed trees and flooding throughout Maryland and almost 200,000 people were without power. The fishing pier at the inlet in Ocean City was severely damaged, as was some of the boardwalk.

Maryland Live Casino

Maryland Live Casino

Maryland Live Casino, the third largest commercial casino in the U.S., opened on June 6th with long lines and causing terrible traffic. Maryland Live is a $500 million casino located at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, MD. Along with 4,750 slot machines, Maryland Live is also home to great restaurants such as Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, Phillips Seaford and The Prime Rib and concert venue Rams Head Center Stage. The casino just began 24-hour operation this week and has plans for table games in 2013. Maryland Live Casino has generated more than $1 million a day for five of the past six months that it has been open. Almost half of its revenues goes to the state’s Education Trust Fund, which is used for health, education, public safety and environmental programs.

Ellicott City train derailment

Ellicott City train derailment

Two unthinkable tragedies occurred in the same week in August. On August 21st, 21 cars of an 80-car freight train derailed in historic Ellicott City killing two young women who were sitting along the train tracks. Elizabeth Conway Nass and Rose Mayr, both 19, were from Ellicott City and were scheduled to return to college the following week. The train derailment also caused damage to many parked cars in nearby lots as well loss of business to many restaurants and shops while Main Street was closed. Just six days later on the first day of school, there was a shooting at Perry Hall High School. One student opened fire in the cafeteria, shooting and seriously injuring another student, Daniel Borowy. Luckily no one was killed thanks to the heroics of one of the teachers.

Cal Ripken and his statue

Cal Ripken and his statue

2012 was a great year in Maryland sports. It was the year Orioles Magic returned to Baltimore, and we proudly admitted that we were Orioles fans! For the first time in 15 years, the Baltimore Orioles made it into the playoffs. Throughout the season, the Orioles unveiled statues of its Hall of Famers. September 6th marked the 17th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2131 record-breaking game (for most consecutive games played). Cal’s statue was unveiled with much fanfare and a pregame ceremony that had fans arriving hours before the first pitch. Another team in Baltimore also made the playoffs in 2012. For the fifth consecutive year, the Ravens made the playoffs winning the AFC North division. And Baltimore native Michael Phelps broke the record for winning the most Olympic medals on July 31st when he won his 19th, a gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Orioles Magic

Orioles Magic

What will you remember about 2012? Hopefully next year’s review will have more achievements and less tragedies. Have a safe and happy new year – 2013!

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.

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  • 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.

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Summer Fun across Maryland – festivals, movies and farmers markets

Summer is almost half over, but there are still plenty of outdoor events coming up including festivals, movies, and farmers markets. Luckily many of these great events are free and close to our three apartment communities: Chatham Gardens Apartments, Old Orchard Apartments, and Burnam Woods Apartments.

This weekend is Artscape in Baltimore City. It is America’s largest free arts festival. Artscape takes place July 20-22 outside on Mount Royal Ave & Cathedral St, Charles St, Bolton Hill, and Station North. There are over 150 artists including a great lineup of music on 3 stages. Artscape draws over 350,000 people generating over $25 million for Baltimore City.

There are weekly free outdoor movies in Columbia and Baltimore. The free Lakefront Film Festival is every Monday and Friday night through September 15th at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront in Columbia. Mondays are G and PG movies and Fridays are PG-13 movies. Tonight’s movie is War Horse and begins at 8:30pm. Baltimore City hosts free outdoor movies every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Films on the Pier shows movies at 8:30pm every Wednesday night through August at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point. Flicks on the Hill shows movies at 9:00pm every Thursday night through August at the American Visionary Art Museum in Federal Hill. The Little Italy Outdoor Film Festival is every Friday night through August at High and Stiles streets. Live music begins at 7:00pm and the movies start at 9:00pm. Tonight’s movie is From Here to Eternity.

Film Festivals

There are weekly Farmers Markets in Ellicott City, Catonsville and White Marsh – coincidentally that is also where our three apartment communities are. There are several Farmers Markets in Howard County, but the closest one to Chatham Gardens Apartments takes place every Wednesday from 2:00pm-6:00pm at Howard County Library Miller Branch on Frederick Road. There are two Farmers Markets in Catonsville, and both are very close to Old Orchard Apartments. Catonsville’s Sunday Farmers Market is located at 730 Frederick Road in the parking lot behind Friendly’s from 10:00am to 1:30pm every Sunday through November 4th. The ‘Original’ Catonsville Farmers Market is every Wednesday through November 23rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Bloomsbury Community Center. The Farmers Market at The Avenue at White Marsh, across from Burnam Woods Apartments, is every Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm behind A.C. Moore and Staples.

Farmers Markets

For the first time, Baltimore is hosting a great music festival. The Charm City Music Festival is Saturday September 15th from noon to 11:00pm at the Harbor East Waterfront, between Fells Point and Pier 6 in Baltimore City. There is going to be over 13 bands including Weezer, Flogging Molly and Eve 6 on two stages – plus a dance tent. In addition to a day of great music, there will also be local cuisine and micro beers in the Crab and Seafood Village. Tickets are on sale now for $50.

Living Happy at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments

Century Corporation / Awalt Builders have three fantastic apartment communities in central Maryland. They are Burnam Woods Apartments in White Marsh, Chatham Gardens Apartments in Ellicott City, and Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville. Our apartments come complete with everything you need to live happy including washers and dryers, controlled access buildings, and a patio or balcony.

Living Happy!


Burnam Woods Apartments offers the largest floor plans in White Marsh, with rents starting at $999. and square footages ranging from 830 to 1,236 square feet. This 180 garden-style apartment community is located in the Perry Hall High school district and minutes from The Avenue at White Marsh.

Burnam Woods Apartments

Chatham Gardens Apartments is located in the highly regarded Centennial High school district in Ellicott City. This 414 garden-style apartment community has beautiful pool where the residents can cool off during the hot Maryland summers. Rents start at $1,060. and square footages range from 830 to 1,236 square feet.

Chatham Gardens Apartments

Old Orchard Apartments is a community of 180 garden-style apartments located minutes from the Baltimore Beltway (695) in Catonsville. Rents start at $999. and square footages range from 760 to 1,100 square feet. Residents send their children to the highly regarded Westchester Elementary school in Catonsville High school district.

Old Orchard Apartments

In addition to fabulous accommodations, our apartment communities host great resident events throughout the year. On June 6th each  community had its Balcony and Patio contest with the winners receiving $50 Gift Cards. This coming Wednesday June 20th Burnam Woods Apartments is hosting a ‘Going Viral’ Party in its leasing office for its residents to talk about our new pages on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest. Follow this blog to learn about upcoming events at our apartments and in our communities and discover why people are living happy at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments.