Making the Most of February in Downtown Towson

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It’s cold outside but downtown Towson is hot this February. From Valentine’s Day festivities to National Margarita Day, there are tons of events planned throughout the month and into March – and all within easy walking distance of Hampton Plaza Apartments.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in downtown Towson over the next few weeks:

Celebrating Love
Valentine’s Day is Friday, Feb. 14 but local businesses celebrate love all month long.

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THB is celebrating all things sweet with a cinna-bagel – a cinnamon sugar bagel with salted caramel drizzle and cinnamon swirl cream cheese – available all month long.


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Throughout the month, Stoney River is featuring a special cocktail, the Lady Duchess.


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On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Godiva Chocolatier in Towson Town Center will give away free chocolate with a Valentine’s message.


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Cunningham’s Café has lots of cute heart-shaped chocolates and cookies available Feb. 12 through Feb. 14.


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For Galentine’s Day – the Feb. 13 celebration of ladies – The Point in Towson will offer extended happy hour deals including $4 wines, $5 crushes, $6 cosmos and $20 bottles of bubbles.


Café Troia will be celebrating Galentine’s Day on Feb. 13 and Valentine’s Day on both Feb. 14 and 15. The excellent Italian spot will serve its regular menu but will also have specials created for the holiday.


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At C&R Pub, a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s dinner includes choices like a 10-ounce prime rib entrée and a crab dip appetizer.


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Wedding Bells
Just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day engagements, The Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel will host a wedding showcase on Sunday, Feb. 16. The event includes a fashion show, specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to meet a variety of wedding professionals.


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Mardi Gras
World of Beer gets the Mardi Gras party going early, with a party on Thursday, Feb. 20. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for every Cigar City or Oskar Blues beer purchased, you’ll get to try to toss beads around the tap handle display. If your beads hit the mark, you’ll win prizes.


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Classical Cliffs Notes
On Thursday, Feb. 20, WTMD teams up with Classical Revolution Baltimore for a “Cliffs Notes” style classical show at the WTMD studio at 1 Olympic Place.

The show, dubbed “Classical Music for People with Short Attention Spans,” will explore how different genres of music have influenced classical-style music over the past four centuries. Baltimore artists, including beat-boxer Shodekeh Talifero, will perform.

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The show will be broadcast live on WTMD, so even if you can’t make it to the studio, you can listen.


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National Margarita Day
Saturday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day and – no surprise – Nacho Mama’s is ready to celebrate. All day long, there will be tons of specials, including $5 Nacho’s famous premium hubcap margaritas and Graceland Hubcaps for just $15.


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Taste of Asia Tour: Vietnam
Also on Feb. 22, the Towson University Asian Arts & Culture Center will host a food tour of The Bun Shop and Den Da Coffee. The tour will include discussion of how traditional Vietnamese cuisine is blended with international street food at the restaurants and the menu will include some classic dishes served during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.


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Go Green(e)
The Green Towson Alliance will host a social hour at the Greene Turtle on Wednesday, Feb. 26. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., head to the Turtle to get to know what the organization does and who’s involved.


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Looking Ahead…and Looking Back
Start planning now for next month. On March 7, Baltimore Heritage will host a walking tour of Towson dubbed “From Farmstead Settlement to Booming Suburb.” The history-oriented tour will start at the Towson Courthouse and will last an hour.

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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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