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!

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Where are you watching the Super Bowl?

Happy Purple Friday! Just two more days before the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47 – Ray Lewis’ last game. There are plenty of places around Maryland having great Super Bowl parties.

Go Ravens!

Go Ravens!

The Super Bowl party starts today at 3pm with the Ravens Pep Rally in the Alley at the side street of Della Rose’s. So those of you who live at Burnam Woods Apartments should head over to The Avenue at White Marsh this afternoon. There will be special drink and food prices, as well as prizes. Go back to The Avenue at White Marsh on Sunday where the Super Bowl party continues at The Tilted Kilt. If you live at Chatham Garden Apartments, you may want to check out Jilly’s Super Bowl party starting at 3pm Sunday. They are having $2.25 beers and $6. wings, pizza and nachos – and best of all no cover and plenty of big screen tvs to watch the game. For those of you at Old Orchard Apartments, drive down Frederick Road to Dimitri’s on Super Bowl Sunday for their buffet and drink specials.

Where are you watching the Super Bowl?

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.”

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.

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Free Outdoor Concerts this Summer

It is Summer in Maryland, and that means free outdoor concerts! Luckily there are free summer concert series within minutes of each of our apartment communities. Across from Burnam Woods Apartments is the Party on the Plaza Concert Series at The Avenue at White Marsh on Friday and Saturday nights. Just a few minutes from Chatham Gardens Apartments is the Sunset Serenade Concert at the Park at Centennial Park every Wednesday night. Down the road from Old Orchard Apartments is Frederick Road Fridays Summer Concert Series every Friday night.

Free Summer Concerts!

The Party on the Plaza Concert Series is every Friday and Saturday night this summer through September 29th at The Avenue at White Marsh. The music starts at 7pm and the beer garden at Red Brick Station opens at 6pm. No outside food or drink is allowed, but there is plenty on sale for you to choose from. This Friday June 29th is classic rock band Great Train Robbery, and Saturday June 30th is the more alternative Fiction 20 Down. Next Friday July 6th is blues artist Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark, and Saturday July 7th is the rockin’ Jon Bailey Band.

Party on the Plaza

The Sunset Serenade Concert at the Park is every Wednesday this summer through August 15th at Centennial Park on Route 108 in Ellicott City. Music starts at 7pm and children’s activities, like a petting zoo, start at 6pm. Pack a lunch and a blanket and bring the whole family. Tonight is the Columbia Orchestra playing music from Broadway and film, as well as classical. There will not be a Sunset Serenade next Wednesday as it is July 4th. In two weeks Wednesday July 11th is Electric Brigade, which is the U.S. Naval Academy Rock Band.

Sunset Serenade

The Frederick Road Fridays Summer Concert Series is every Friday night this summer through August 31st on Egges Lane in Catonsville. Music starts at 6:30pm, and there is a beer garden at Jennings Cafe. This Friday June 29th is party band Appaloosa. Next Friday July 6th is R&B/Soul band Marquis Soul.

Frederick Road Fridays

Have a great summer enjoying some of the area’s best free local music!