Celebrate Fall in Downtown Towson

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October is a great time to be a resident of Hampton Plaza Apartments. The air is crisp, the apples are fresh and there’s plenty to (safely) do in downtown Towson.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the neighborhood this month:

Dining Out in Towson

Dining out continues to look a little different than normal, with more masks, more outdoor seating, and fewer patrons inside restaurants. But the Towson food scene is as terrific as ever, with fun events and great opportunities to get out of the kitchen.

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Towson Tavern

At Towson Tavern, the menu is changing with the season; it’s now showcasing the best fall produce and other harvest season goodies, in dishes like an apple craisin crumb with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel.

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Cunningham’s Café

Cunningham’s Café is also celebrating the season with specials, like a cinnamon maple brioche. 

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Café Troia

Café Troia is breaking out the heaters to get its al fresco space ready for cooler weather. Even as the temperature drops, dining on the restaurant’s pretty, covered deck will remain comfortable. 

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So Good Barbeque

The So Good Barbeque truck will pop-up behind The Point on Monday, Oct. 5. You can sit on the patio at The Point and enjoy half-priced select whiskeys and bourbons, among other specials, and grab food from the truck. 

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Razorback’s Raw Bar & Grill

Unfortunately, this past month has brought some sad news on the restaurant front: Razorback’s Raw Bar & Grill has closed permanently. 

Gameday

M&T Stadium might not be open for fans this season, but the Ravens are still making things happen on the field. In Towson, local bars and restaurants have terrific game day specials and tons of TVs for a great viewing experience.

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Nacho Mama’s has outdoor seating with big screens plus tons of specials, including deals on their fantastic margaritas. 

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The Point

When you reserve a table at The Point, $50 gets you the table, a bucket of Bud Light, a platter of wings, fries and dips. 

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C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, gameday specials include $5, $8 and $10 plates, 99-cent wings and drink specials including $10 Miller Lite pitchers.

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CVP

CVP’s deals include $9.99 buckets of Corona products and $19.99 party tubs. 

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THB

Even if you’re watching the game at home, you can do it in tasty style with purple bagels from THB. The Ravens-inspired bagels are available each weekend, starting on Fridays. 

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The Point

Live Music: The Point in Towson will host the Jules Riser Band on Oct. 4 and Bread & Cheese on Oct. 23 – get there early for both! 

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

At Barley’s Backyard Uptown, Chris Diller will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 16 – get there for happy hour, which starts at 3 p.m. and settle in for dinner and tunes.

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Art at the Mall

From now through Oct. 20, check out the work of Dan Keplinger in storefront displays on levels two and four of Towson Town Center. The mall and Towson University are partnering on this exhibit showcasing the work of Keplinger, the Towson MFA grad who rose to national fame as the central character in the short film “King Gimp,” which won an Oscar.

The exhibit has been created in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

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Farmers’ Market Is Still in the Swing of Thing

Every Thursday, the Towson Farmers’ Market pops up on Allegheny Ave. from 10: 45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market features tons of great food, beverage, craft and art vendors and continues through October and November. 

New Shop Alert

Taken, the fun pop-up shop featuring cool art, furniture and other items from local artisans, will open in Dulaney Plaza shopping center, in the back building near Towne Barre, The Rellim Collection and FORM Salon

Taken is an excellent place for holiday shopping…or shopping for yourself. 

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As the leaves start to fall and our thoughts turn to turkey, pumpkin pie, and even candy canes, there are plenty of ways to celebrate autumn and upcoming holidays in downtown Towson.

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Flower Box Fun

Keep an eye out for vibrant flower boxes, painted by six female artists and funded by a Community Legacy Grant given to the Towson Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the colorful boxes, check out this article in Towson University’s paper The Towerlight: https://thetowerlight.com/more-than-flower-boxes/

 

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New Café

Keep an eye on the space at 215 Washington Ave. A new café – Hannah’s – is just about to open. The café will be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and will serve breakfast and lunch dishes like avocado toast, bagels, sandwiches and salads. 

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Farmers Market Winds Down

This month is your last chance to hit the Towson Farmers’ Market until next year. The market, which takes place on Allegheny Avenue every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., lasts through November 18 – the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It typically returns in early June.

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Library Story Time

The Towson branch of the Baltimore Public Library has a strong story time schedule this month, including a special surprise: a Pizza and Taco story time on Saturday, Nov. 20. The event starts at 10:30 and is geared towards preschoolers.

Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Thanksgiving – Nov. 24 this year – is always one of the biggest and best in Towson. Local spots have plans in the works to make it extra fun this year.

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

At Barley’s Backyard Uptown, the heaters will be on upstairs on the deck and happy hour will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

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C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, Sophomore will perform at 9 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving.

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CVP

CVP’s crowd will be entertained by Sydney Smith and Nate Finn starting at 6 p.m. 

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The Point

The Point is throwing a Throwback Thanksgiving Eve party with food and drink specials and ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s tunes from DJ Al.

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The Recher

If a live music show is more your speed, The Recher has you covered with a 20th year anniversary show from Baltimore’s own The Bridge. 

Thanksgiving Day

Barley’s and CVP both open at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, welcoming all Turkey Bowl-goers for pregame festivities.

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Barley’s

Speaking of Barley’s and Thanksgiving, the restaurant is also bringing back last year’s take home or delivered Thanksgiving feast options, including baked turkey or ham, sausage lasagna, and family-sized side dishes.

Weekend Plans

The weekend starting Friday Nov. 19 is shaping up to be a great one around Towson, with music from iconic bands and a big brunch party.

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The Recher

It starts Friday night, when ‘90s stars The Samples perform at The Recher.

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The Point

Saturday morning, The Point is hosting a “Basic B**** Brunch” starting at 10 a.m. That means pumpkin spice cocktails, “basic” brunch bites, bottomless brunch cocktails and more. 

New social recommendations and restrictions put in place to minimize the impact of coronavirus and “flatten the curve” of the disease have changed life as we know it – both inside the walls of Hampton Plaza and all over the world. We’re all taking life one day at a time right now – and we’re all in this together. 

Social distancing is strange but it’s also an opportunity to explore new interests and hobbies. Whether you’re a parent with an apartment full of young, active children, a retiree living on your own, or anyone in between, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied during this time. In addition to the usual suspects – watching movies, reading books, cleaning out your pantry, trying to teach your child 4th grade math – we’ve compiled some fun ways to pass the time while you are home:

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C&R Pub

Later in the day, local fave Chris Diller will take over the mic at C&R Pub

Black Friday Brunch

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The Point

Instead of braving the stores on Black Friday, head to The Point for a fun day-after-Thanksgiving brunch. The event starts at 11 a.m. and includes bottomless drink specials and more. 

Santa!

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and Towson Town Center is ready for it.

Santa makes his debut on November 26 – the day after Thanksgiving – and will be available for pictures through Christmas Eve. The mall is also hosting special pet nights with Santa, Monday evenings from November 29 through December 20.

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Mark your calendar now for December holiday events, including the Baltimore County Christmas tree lighting – with special appearances from Santa, the Grinch and Olaf. The lighting takes place in Olympic Park, on Alleghany Ave., on Friday, Dec. 3. 

Several local spots already have Breakfast with Santa plans in the works, as well – so now is the time to buy tickets and make reservations. CVP’s breakfast is on Dec. 4 and Barley’s Backyard Uptown’s breakfast is Dec. 12.

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