You Don’t Have to be Irish to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

There are many, many places in Maryland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday – and you don’t have to be Irish! As luck would have it, some of the best St. Patrick’s Day parties are within minutes of our apartments at Old Orchard, Burnam Woods, and Chatham Gardens. Down the road from Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville there are two great celebrations. Caton Tavern on Edmonson Ave is having an Irish band and drink specials. Jennings Cafe on Frederick Road is having their famous Corned Beef and Cabbage for just $3.17.

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This Sunday March 17th there are three great St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at The Avenue at White Marsh across the street from Burnam Woods Apartments. Della Rose’s Saint Patrick’s Day Party features live music with Jenny Stephens from 3 – 6, Louie V. From 6 – 9, and Dj Cabbage Breath from 9 – close. There will be Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage, $5 Car Bombs, $5 Irish Coffee, $5 Green Jug Love, and a House Specialty St. Pat’s Day Cocktail. St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Red Brick Station starts at 9am with Corned Beef Hash & Eggs breakfast and $2 Stouts. St. Patrick’s Day at the Kilt (the Tilted Kilt) starts at 8am.

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Just a couple of miles from Chatham Gardens Apartments is The 8th Annual Historic Ellicott City St. Patrick’s Day Irish Stroll. It is a pub crawl through Historic Ellicott City complete with bagpiper, featuring seven bars (Cocoa Lane, Diamond Back Tavern, Ellicott Mills Brewery, Judges Bench, La Palapa Grill & Cantina, Phoenix Emporium, Trolley Stop). La Palapa will feature a Jameson/Miller Lite OUTDOOR heated tent with music from 12pm-close. Register at the Jameson & Miller Lite tents located along Main Street on Sunday March 17th starting at 11am. A $5 donation to “Voices for Children” gets you an 8th Annual Historic Ellicott City bar crawl T-Shirt, Miller Lite lanyard, $3 Miller Lite, $4 Jameson’s at all of the participating bars, and a chance to win opening day tickets from Miller-Coors.

Where will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

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Halloween kicks off the Holiday Season!

Most people consider the Holiday Season Thanksgiving through New Year’s. But right or wrong, the Holiday Season really begins with Halloween. People no longer wait until after Thanksgiving to do their holiday shopping – they start at Halloween. And stores certainly do not wait until after Thanksgiving to start their holiday marketing – they start at Halloween. Not that the Holidays are all about consumerism, but unfortunately it does seem to fuel the season. The day after Halloween people start listening to holiday music and putting up their holiday decorations. People just want to have that fuzzy and warm Holiday feeling as long as they can, so they get a head start with Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

There are many Halloween events in the Baltimore area, especially since we live in the land of Edgar Allan Poe. Every year on Halloween, people in costume wait in line to tour Poe’s house and grave on Fayette Street in Baltimore City, just a few miles from our Old Orchard Apartments. A little less scary event is this Saturday Octover 27th at The Avenue in White Marsh, right around the corner from our Burnam Woods Apartments. It is the Annual Trick-or-Treat complete with fun and games for adults, kids and dogs. There are many Halloween events on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, right down the street from our Chatham Gardens Apartments. There is a Halloween Party for the adults at Diamondback Tavern on Halloween, a Halloween Spooktacular for adults and kids at the Pottery Stop and Coffee Shop this Saturday October 27th, and of course Ellicott City Ghost Tours the last weekend of October and first weekend of November. However you celebrate, have a safe and happy Halloween!

According to the History Channel, “Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.”