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.

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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!

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There is Plenty to do in Maryland this October

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Looking for something fun to do in Maryland this October? We got you covered. Check out these great events:

  • Free Fall offers over 300 free events every October in Baltimore City, including walking tours, festivals and free admission to museums and the Zoo. For more details, please click here.
  • In it’s 38th season at Revel Grove, the Maryland Renaissance Festival takes place weekends through October 25th. It is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. For more details, please click here.
  • Also throughout weekends in October are the Ghost Tours of Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City, which is perhaps the most haunted town in America. For more details, please click here.
  • The Maryland Pumpkin Festival is October 10-11 at Summers Farm in Frederick. Celebrating All-Things Pumpkin with farm fresh attractions with pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides and a 12-acre themed corn maze. For more details, please click here.
  • In the spirit of Oktoberfest, check out Baltimore Beer Week October 9 – 18 at participating pubs in downtown Baltimore City. For more details, please click here.

Whatever you do, have a safe and happy October!

Maryland Wine

Did you know there were over 50 wineries in Maryland with more than 400 different wines to choose from? Having an ideal climate for ripening classical wine grapes, Maryland makes world class wine. “From the mountains of Western Maryland to the Chesapeake plains, from country landscapes to quaint historic towns, Maryland’s wineries provide a wide variety of delightful settings for a family adventure, a gathering with friends, a romantic interlude, or a moment of quiet solitude,” boasts MarylandWine.com.

Most of these wineries are just a short drive from our apartments at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard. The oldest of Maryland’s wineries, and probably the most famous, is Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, MD, which is only 10 miles from Burnam Woods Apartments. Boordy hosts events throughout the year including tastings, concerts and festivals. Another very popular winery in Maryland is Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy, MD, which is within 30 miles from Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments. Linganore hosts many outdoor music festivals, weekend events and picnics. For a full list of the great events at all of Maryland’s wineries, please click this link http://www.marylandwine.com/events-festivals. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!

October in Maryland

Fall is officially here and there is lots to do around Maryland this October. Free Fall Baltimore, a free month-long arts extravaganza, runs throughout October. With over 300 events planned, you can find a free activity on almost every day in October. These events include free admission to museums, festivals, concerts, and plays. Drive down the ocean hon for Corvette Weekend on October 4-5. This is the 27th anniversary of the Free State Corvette Club Corvette Weekend in Ocean City. This event includes two parties, three shows, four rallyes and the legendary Boardwalk Parade of Corvettes. The following weekend head over to Frederick for the Maryland Pumpkin Festival October 12-13. In addition to Summers Farm’s corn maze, farm animals, hay rides, and pumpkin patch, the Maryland Pumpkin Festival adds all things pumpkin including pumpkin pie eating contests, pumpkin donuts, face painting, pumpkin hunts, and live music. On the Ravens’ bye week on Sunday October 27, go to M & T Bank Stadium for the the 6th Annual Biggest Little Tailgate Party. The Baltimore Ravens and Under Armour host an authentic Game Day experience complete with a pro-am style cornhole tournament, live music, the tastiest tailgate foods, silent auction, a children’s football clinic and the first annual Big Little Bowl flag football tournament on the field with competing Baltimore companies. Continuing on weekends through October are the Maryland Renaissance Festival and Blob’s Park Oktoberfest

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What do you have planned in October?

September in Maryland

September starts off with 180 mph of excitement this Labor Day weekend in downtown Baltimore with the 3rd Annual Grand Prix of Baltimore August 30 through September 1. Catch all of the action as the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series snake through the heart of downtown Baltimore on a 12-turn course. The following weekend head down to Sandy Point State Park for the 46th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival September 7-8. Enjoy a weekend of  family entertainment, arts & crafts, and the best seafood that Maryland has to offer. On September 19-22, make the trip over the bridge to Ocean City for the 39th Annual Sunfest. Enjoy four fun-filled days of family fun, delicious food, arts and crafts, and musical entertainment at the Inlet at the end of the Boardwalk. The next weekend stroll through Mount Vernon Place for the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27-29. With more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, there are appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, and nonstop readings on multiple stages. Continuing weekends through October is the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the United States. Relive the times of King Henry VIII through theatrical performances, pubs, food booths and over 130 craft shops. Continue to support your Baltimore Orioles in their last month of baseball. September’s home games include series against the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox. If football is more your game, then you are in luck because September is the start of the NFL season. The Baltimore Ravens have home games September 15 against rival Cleveland Browns and September 22 against the Houston Texans.

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Tax Free Shopping In Maryland This Week

It is Christmas in August! Select clothing and shoes under $100 are exempt from Maryland state tax, so you will save 6% on each item. The National Retail Federation says back-to-school time is the second-largest consumer spending season of the year. So hurry up and get to the stores because this 4th Annual Tax Holiday ends Saturday August 17th. For full information about tax-free week including a complete list of tax-free items, please click here.

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August in Maryland

There are several events and festivals in Maryland this August. The 68th Annual Howard County Fair is August 3 – 10 from 8am to 11pm daily. Admission is $5 for those 10 years and older, and $2 for Seniors 62 years and older. There will be plenty of food, games, rides and exhibits for everyone to enjoy! The Maryland State BBQ Bash is August 9-10 in Bel Air. This two-day family event features the Maryland State BBQ Championship, crafters, food vendors, live music, beer garden and kids area. The Maryland State Fair is August 23 – September 2. Admission is $8 for all adults and rides are not included. Scheduled to perform this year are Carly Rae Jepson, The Wanted, and Three Days Grace. The Maryland Renaissance Festival begins August 24 and continues on weekends through October. This is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the United States. Through September 15, admission is $17 for adults. Relive the times of King Henry VIII through theatrical performances, pubs, food booths and over 130 craft shops. The Grand Prix of Baltimore is August 30 – September 1. This is three days of 180 mph excitement with the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series on a 12-turn course throughout downtown Baltimore and along the Inner Harbor. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you make the most out of the last month of Summer.

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June in Maryland

Monday is Memorial Day and the unofficial start of Summer. There are many great events happening in Maryland in June to start your Summer off right! Although you don’t have to wait until June to enjoy the Party on the Plaza Concert Series at The Avenue at White Marsh. It starts this weekend and continues every Friday and Saturday night through August. These are free concerts with great musical acts each weekend starting this weekend with Nelly’s Echo and The Crawdaddies. Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival is at Oregon Ridge Park Saturday June 1-2 in Hunt Valley, MD. Admission is $27 in advance. Capital Jazz Fest is June 7-9 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. This year’s lineup includes Chaka Khan, Babyface, Eric Banet, Will Downing, and many more. Tickets range from $42-$175 per day. A Colonial Market Fair is June 8-9 at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, MD. This free festival is a living history with re-enactments of 18th century life. Columbia Festival of the Arts is June 14-29 at various locations in and around the Columbia Town Center Lakefront in Columbia, MD. This 16-day indoor/outdoor annual arts festival has both ticketed and free events. Starting in June and continuing through the summer are great Maryland Farmers’ Markets. Please click here to find one near you. 

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Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and enjoy June in Maryland!

May in Maryland

May starts next week, and there is a lot going on in Maryland. Luckily most of these great events are just minutes away from our apartment communities at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard. The Maryland Film Festival starts May 8 and runs through May 12 at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore. This year’s festival includes a movie by Bobcat Goldthwait and a presentation by John Waters. For a full list of this year’s movies and events and information on tickets, please click hereWine in the Woods is May 18-19 at Symphony Woods (aka Merriweather Post Pavillion) in Columbia. It is a weekend full of wine tasting, food, and live music. For full details including times and tickets, please click here. The 138th running of the Preakness is Saturday May 18th at Pimlico Race Course. For full information including times, tickets, and week’s events, please click here. Baltimore Museum Week is May 19-24. There are ‘Buy One Get One Free’ admission tickets to Baltimore Museums, free walking tours, and free outside events. For a full list of participating museums and events, please click here.

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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.

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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.

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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.