First Fall 2015 Tree Fundraiser – Thursday, August 27th at Poets
We’ve finalized details for our First Fall 2015 Fundraiser to be held at Poets at the Hotel Indigo Mt. Vernon/ Downtown Baltimore. The fundraiser will run from 5:30 until 9 p.m., and Poets will generously donate 50% of alcohol sales during this time to the tree effort. We have an event up on MVBA’s Facebook page – please sign up there at this link, share the event, and invite your friends to attend!
Postponed Flower Mart Returns in September
For the first time in modern FlowerMart history, Baltimore’s rite of spring is being held in September–a historic event. The activities originally planned for May 1 and 2 will now occur on September 11 and 12. A few of the vendors who signed up for May had conflicting shows in September and cannot participate, but most have agreed to come to Mt. Vernon Square for
the festival. In addition, new vendors are taking advantage of this unexpected opportunity. (If you are a vendor and want to participate, download our contract from www.flowermart.org.) . All of the contests that were originally scheduled to take place in May will take place in September. The Hilda Mae Snoops Art Contest winners were selected before the postponement and the artists have received their winnings, courtesy of 1st Mariner Bank.
Because sunset occurs significantly earlier in September than May, the Mart will end at 7PM both days. However, the Monument will be available to the public in September, having been closed for several years, renovated and opened on July 4. MVPC has installed several exhibits inside. And make sure you’re in shape to climb the 227 steps to the top for some great city views.
In September, we will have a full slate of interesting entertainment on two stages. This year, Gene Vincentt will bring his Cadillac Cruisers to the William Donald Schaefer stage on Saturday afternoon. Larry Stevens’ 2015 t-shirts and FlowerMart cookbooks will be for sale at the FlowerMart Shoppe. A FlowerMart cookbook would make a great gift for the holidays as would unique and lovely items from our vendors.
Our thanks to the Mt Vernon Place Conservancy (MVPC) for allowing FlowerMart to hang two sets of postponement signs on the construction barrier.
So join us for this historic event, have some fun, nosh a little (lemon peppermint sticks and other luscious treats will be offered) and do some shopping. Then we’ll see you again for FlowerMart 2016 on May 6 and 7.
Opening Soon in Mount Vernon
Bottle of Bread 229 West Read Street
(opening second week of August)
Moving from Fells Point, Bottle of Bread offers vintage clothes and home accessories, local artists and designers and part gallery.
Mount Vernon Marketplace 520 Park Avenue
(opening late summer)
Celebrating the best of culinary categories, they’ve hand-selected some local experts in their area and brought them together in a warm, vibrant, convenient marketplace in the heart of historic Mount Vernon.
Congrats to the Winners!
Baltimore Magazine released their “Best of 2015” issue this month. Congrats to the winners in the Charles Street corridor!
Dance: Peabody Dance Centennial
Innovation: Baltimore School for the Arts
Reaction: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Installation: The Contemporary’s Bubble Over Green
Trip Through A Collection: The Walter’s From Rye to Raphael
Rebirth: The Centre
Retail Activism: For Rent Shoes
Alternating Menu: Pen & Quill
Italian Deli: Trinacria
Lunch Spot: Dooby’s
Tapas: Tapas Teatro
Fond Farewell: The Hippo
Happy Hour: Ryleigh’s Oyster
Sports Bar: Turp’s Sports Bar
Swanky Bar: B&O American Brasserie
Bookstore runner-up: Red Emmas
Gallery runner-up: The Metro Gallery
Street Art runners-up: Artscape, Open Walls II
Movie Theater: The Charles
Live Theater: Center Stage
Bakery runner-up: Patisserie Poupon
Coffee runner-up: Dooby’s
Fine Dining: The Prime Rib
Indian runner-up: Akbar
Italian runner-up: Sotto Sopra
Pizza runner-up: Joe Squared
Soup runner-up: Soup’s On
Steak: The Prime Rib
Thai runner-up: Stang of Siam
Bartender runner-up: Brendan Door (B&O)
Brewery runner-up: The Brewer’s Art
Fitness instructor runner-up: Guy Cragwell (MV Fitness)
Personal Trainer: Guy Cragwell (MV Fitness)
Residential Parking Permit Renewal
Residential Parking Permit Renewal process begins on-line on August 20th. Current permits expire on September 30. This year, Area 28 will be one of the early users of the new on-line parking management system by IParq. The new system, 3 years in development, offers a vastly improved user interface and a shopping cart that can handle all purchases by an applicant at one time.
Please note that only renewals can be done on-line. Your user id and password should be the same as it was last year, but if you forgot your password, use the “forgotten password” option to obtain a new password. For those of you wishing to apply for a new permit, you must visit the offices of the Parking Authority at 200 W Lombard Street. Google “Parking Authority, Baltimore Md” and connect to their website for more information. They can also be reached at 443-573-2800.
This year, MVBA will be offering 4 pick-up sessions, all located at the Belvedere Condominiums, lobby level. Our thanks to the Belvedere & Co for providing space for renewals and be sure to visit the Owl Bar for great drink and food, as well as the 13th floor, where one can now schedule catered events.
Pickup Schedule 5:30 to 8pm, at the Belvedere:
Tentative Extended Hours at the Parking Authority
9/12/15, Sat, 9am-1pm
9/22/15, Tues, 8am-8pm
9/30/15, Wed, 8am-8pm
Please call the Parking Authority to verify the extended hours at 443-573-2800.
On Thursday, August 27, at the Liquor Board, there are two applications from Mount Vernon on the hearing docket. Hearings take place at City Hall, Room 215, beginning at 1pm.
The first hearing is for an application by Dooby’s to seek permission for live entertainment, outdoor table service, and off-premise catering. MVBA has historically not objected to outdoor table service or off-premise catering permits. However, live entertainment always raises a concern, Fortunately, in discussions with Phil Han of Dooby’s, they are willing to agree to MVBA’s usual request for sunsetting the live entertainment privilege when the venue is sold or transferred to another entity. It is the café’s desire to be able to provide limited small groups playing acoustical instruments and occasional amplified keyboards. Dooby’s has no plans for a DJ, bands, or dancing in the future. The live entertainment privilege can extend to Sugarvale as well.
The second hearing involves “The Room” where the applicant is requesting a transfer of a Class A license to be downgraded to a Class D license, beer and wine sales only. There is not request for live entertainment. At a recent general membership meeting, the owner, Andre Mazelin, presented his plans and those present overwhelmingly voted in favor to support the downgrade and transfer.
A Salute to Lance Humphries
On Wednesday, September 9, from 5-9pm, in the Rooftop lounge of the Wyndham Baltimore Hotel (612 Cathedral Street), multiple hosts will be celebrating Lance Humphries’ tireless years as a volunteer to see through the restoration of the Washington Monument. Lance’s efforts is a wonderful gift to the citizens of Baltimore, the State, and the country, not to mention those that live in Mount Vernon.
All are cordially invited to attend. There will be live music, food, and cash bar. Please RSVP by September 7 to firstname.lastname@example.org. A $10 donation per person is suggested at the door.
Hosts include: Jane McConnell, Jason Curtis, Steve Shen, Adriane Carroll, Susan & Paul Warren, Andy Smith, Oscar Baltodano, Adam Blumenthal, Eva Higgins, and Vicki Schassler.
If you would like a copy of the printed newsletter, click 2015-08.pdf