Hampton Plaza Holiday Decorating Contest

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It’s time to get creative for our

Holiday Door Decorating Contest

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Create a FUN, BEAUTIFUL, or ORIGINAL front door design on your Hampton Plaza Apartment’s front door, and you could win a $100 RESTAURANT GIFT CARD and, most important, a year’s worth of

BRAGGING RIGHTS!

So take a deep breath, close your eyes and visualize an eye-opening design that celebrates the holiday spirit.

Both the Judging of the Doors and the WINNER will be announced at the HOLIDAY PARTY, which will take place on:

Thursday, December 16

6 pm to 8 pm

Don’t be shy! Let Your Creative Spirit Fly.

Get Decorating and help make this Holiday Season a Special One.

Below are a few previous entries for inspiration.

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Downtown Towson: What’s New in 2022

Out with the old and in with the new – it’s a new year and time for a fresh start in downtown Towson. The year is already looking like a fun and busy one for residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments, with plenty of events planned and good news on the horizon. 

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Whole Foods Opens

After years of anticipation, the opening of the new Whole Foods Market in Towson is finally here. The popular grocery store opens its Towson outpost on January 14.

The store is located at 300 Towson Row and is visible from York Road. In addition to a wide selection of high quality foods and beverages – including many local products – the new Whole Foods will include a full-service coffee bar and an upstairs mezzanine with a lounge, arcade and local seating. There will also be a community room available for meetings.

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The Loop

The Towson Loop, the new circulator bus that debuted last year, is still going strong in the downtown Towson area. 

The Loop has two routes, both of which are convenient for residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments. 

The Purple line, which runs north to south, travels through GBMC and St. Joseph Medical Center on the south side, to just past Fairmount Ave. to the north.

The east-west Orange line stretches from The Exchange on Kenilworth Drive in the east all the way to Towson Place, where Target and Walmart are located, in the west.

Both lines have stops along Joppa Road, near Hampton Plaza

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National Bagel Day

January 15 is National Bagel Day and Towson Hot Bagel has big plans to help locals celebrate. All THB guests will receive a free bagel and cream cheese on the 15th. Plus, a portion of all proceeds from the day will be donated to the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

For a limited time, you can also wash that down with an Old Bay hot chocolate. THB has partnered with the crew at McCormick to create a spicy-sweet seasonal beverage designed to keep you warm.

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What’s Happening at The Recher

The Recher Theater has been a busy spot for live music for the past few months – and that will continue moving forward. However, given the current rise in COVID cases, some shows may be rescheduled or cancelled.

The theater has several shows scheduled during January, including Relentless Souls, Echo 2 Locate, The Stifled, KOTWT and No Promises on January 14, local favorites Crack the Sky on January 15 and Yutzie with The Luvable Idiots and Jordan Gillis Band on January 21.

However, they have also announced that the Grateful Dead tribute show by the Dancing Bears will no longer take place on January 8. The show has been rescheduled for May. 

Downtown Fun

Downtown Towson bars and restaurants are kicking off the new year with fun activities.

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The Point

On January 15, The Point in Towson will honor America’s beloved, recently departed sweetheart, Betty White, with a brunch celebration. The event will feature food and drink brunch specials inspired by White and proceeds will be donated to two local animal rescues, in honor of her commitment to similar causes.

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C&R Pub

C&R Pub has a regular line up of Friday night musical guests, including Jon Zorn on January 7 and WhiskerFish Band on January 28. 

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Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro

Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro is planning a Lunar New Year celebration featuring members of the Beauty of Beijing Opera Company and members of the Traditional Chinese Orchestra of DC, along with dancers from the Dongfang Dance Group.

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Perennial

Perennial continues to have live daily music on its patio every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lineup changes regularly.

Dine & Delight at the Mall

From now through February 28, Towson Town Center has a Dine & Delight promotion, offering a $20 reward when you spend $50 or more at mall restaurants. 

Mark Your Calendars

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Towson Town Spring Festival. This year’s festival will take place on April 30 and May 1, 2022, with Gardens Day on April 28.

Applications to be a festival vendor are now available on the organization’s website.

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Hampton Holiday Party

 


Break out your Festive Attire and JOIN US in the Courtyard on

Thursday, December 16

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Feel Festive in Downtown Towson this Fall

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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