Oh, What A Night

Oh, what a night

Late September, back in ’71

What a very special time for Hampton Plaza

As I remember, what a night

Hypnotizing, mesmerizing me

HPA was everything I dreamed she’d be

Sweet surrender, what a night…

Okay, it doesn’t quite rhyme, but what a night we had for our first bash since COVID. Our last party was Holiday 2019! Over 150 residents and families joined us in the courtyard. The kids, of course, had a blast in the moon bounce. The music was delightful, and the food was excellent.

Happy 50th birthday to our Hampton Plaza Community! Our family of residents and staff glows brighter with each passing year.

 

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Back to School – and Autumn Fun – in Downtown Towson

As the leaves begin to fall and Towson locals gear up for Halloween and the holidays beyond, there’s a fun vibe in the air. October is a busy time in downtown Towson, with plenty of reasons to head out and enjoy the neighborhood.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up around town this month:

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Café Troia says goodbye – but Bandito’s will open

Cafe Troia, the Italian restaurant that has been beloved by Towsonites for decades, served its last meal in late September. While that’s disappointing news, its space won’t be empty for long. Locally-owned Mexican food spot, Banditos Bar & Kitchen, has plans to open in the space. 

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Pinktober at THB

All month long, a portion of all Bagel Boxes, pink gear, and pink bagels purchased by the dozen at THB will be donated to LifeBridge Health Hospitals, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

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Towson Fall Festival

On Sunday, Oct. 10, Patriot Plaza and the blocks of Pennsylvania and Washington will light up with fun during the Towson Fall Festival. The festival, which starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m., features food trucks, local vendors, fun activities for kids, including moon bounces and face painting, and beer, wine and cocktails (drinks in the plaza itself).

There will also be live music from That’s What She Said and Crushing Day. 

Fun at the Library

All month long, the Towson library hosts outdoor story times on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The 30-minute story times are designed for preschool-aged children.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the library hosts “Keeping the Beat: Multicultural Influences in American Music and Dance,” a fun performance that’s great for elementary school-aged kids and more. The hour-long show starts at 11 a.m.

Party on Penn

On Friday, Oct. 15, head to West Pennsylvania Ave. for the “Uptown Roar” Party on Penn. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature food and drinks from CVP, The Point, Nacho Mama’s, Coffee Talk Café, Kyodai Sushi, and Slice Pizza, plus live music from the Sundogs and appearances by Towson University’s cheerleaders, pom squad and mascot. 

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Spooky Sips at Papi’s

The brand new Papi’s Tacos in Towson has a fun cocktail menu for the month of October. Choices include drinks like Ghostbusters’ Slimer (orange vodka, sour apple and melon liqueur and lemonade) and the Dracula (tequila, ancho chili liqueur, strawberry puree and housemade sour mix). Scary – but sounds delicious!

Gameday Specials

We’re in the thick of football season and whether you’re a diehard Ravens fan, cheer for another team, or just like the camaraderie of gameday, local bars and restaurants have you covered in terms of football specials.

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C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, specials include a $21.99 pitcher and wings deal and $10 loaded nachos. 

 

Nacho Mama’s

Nacho Mama’s has a full menu and $5 20-ounce Miller Lite drafts on game days. 

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CVP

Specials at CVP include $6 Ravens bombs and $11.99 Bud Light, Mich Ultra and Natural Light buckets. 

Barley’s

Barley’s deals include $20 and $25 shareable boards and buckets of Twisted Tea, White Claw and Mich Ultra for $15. 

Live music around Towson

This month is a great one for local fans of live music

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On Friday, Oct. 8, Chris Montcalmo will perform acoustic favorites on the rooftop at Barley’s Backyard Uptown. 

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The Recher

If emo is more your style, head to The Recher on Oct. 8 for Emo Night Baltimore with Tickle Me Emo. 

Sunday, Oct. 10, Black Stone Cherry plays The Recher, along with Jared James Nichols and Georgia Thunderbolts. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show. 

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C&R Pub

C&R Pub has live music on Saturday, Oct. 9 (Luvable Idiots) and Friday, Oct. 22 (T. Hayes & John Love). Both days, the acts begin at 9 p.m. 

 

Newcomer Perennial hosts live music outside on the patio every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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The Point

The Point in Towson has a strong music lineup all month long, starting with Jim Wockenfuss on Friday, Oct. 8 and Jimmy Solesky on Saturday, Oct. 9. Later in the month, check out the Luvable Idiots on Oct. 15, Chad Grey and John Love on Oct. 22, Chris Diller followed by The StarrFinn Trio on Oct. 23, Carlos Cubas on Oct. 29 and a reprise of both Chris Diller and Chad Grey and John Love on Oct. 30. Chris Diller will be back for one more show, too, on Halloween afternoon. 

Even more at The Point

The Point has more than music happening this month, too.

Oct. 16, Robyn Ya’Men pops up at The Point to host a spooky drag brunch with a bottomless drink option. 

On Thursday, Oct. 21, bring your favorite furry friend to the restaurant for a HOWLoween Yappy Hour on the patio. 

Farmers Market Fun

Best place around to pick up cider, pumpkins, apples, and other fall goodies. The market is every Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Allegheny Avenue. 

 

Shop & Win at Towson Town Center

Shop at the mall and enter to win great prizes worth over $20,000 – and a grand prize of a two-night trip to Las Vegas.

To enter, head to the mall and find a Gold Mall Together Sweepstakes sign. Scan the sign’s QR code and enter to try to win – and keep going back. You can enter to win once a week. 

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Back to School – and Autumn Fun – in Downtown Towson

Students are back, temperatures are cooling and soon, the leaves will start to change. September is a gorgeous time in Maryland – and it’s always fun in downtown Towson.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up around town this month:

The Loop Is Coming

Have you heard about Towson Loop? It’s a new, free circulator bus service that will begin operating in the Towson area on Oc. 12. 

The Loop’s 12 buses will run from 6 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays (no Sunday service). There will be two loops – the north and southbound purple loop and east and westbound orange loop. 

Both are very easily accessible from Hampton Plaza Apartments. There are orange and purple loop stops just outside the apartments’ doors – making it easier than ever to quickly (and inexpensively) reach destinations around Towson.

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Storytime at the Library

All month long, the Towson branch of the Baltimore Public Library will host outdoor family story times on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30. The story times are geared towards preschool-aged children (3-5 years old) and take place outdoors, so they will be as safe and COVID-friendly as possible

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One more Feet on the Street

Feet on the Street, the outdoor concert series put on by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, was supposed to end on Aug. 27. However, thanks to thunderstorms that evening, the event was canceled. There is good news, though – it will be rescheduled for Sept. 10. Crushing Day is set to perform. 

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Drag at The Point

The Point in Towson has a pair of fun drag events coming up this month:  brunch on Sept. 18 and a comedy show on Sept. 23.

 

Live music around Towson

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Friday, Sept. 3, Ebb & Nova will pop up at C&R Pub. The band just released an album, Night Sounds – the album release party was at The Recher in mid-August. 

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Speaking of The Recher – the venue will host lots of great music this month

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the beloved Talking Heads tribute Band Psycho Killers takes the stage. 

 

On Sunday, Sept. 12, The Recher will host Beutler’s ALS Band Bash, a benefit raising funds for the Brigance Brigade Foundation. The event features tons of great acts, including Caleb Stine and a performance by magician Adam Stone. 

 

And on Friday, Sept. 17, RUSH tribute band Sun Dogs will return to The Recher. The band played two sold out shows there last May – so grab tickets early. 

 

 

Back to Barre

Towne Barre is running a fall back-to-barre special. Now through Labor Day, you can purchase unlimited group classes for three months for $300. 

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Bend, Brew & Brunch at CVP

Speaking of workouts…on Sept. 12, head to CVP for a yoga and brunch event. Tickets, which are $10, include the hour-long, all-levels yoga class plus one beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to enjoy along with whatever brunch you choose to order. 

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Kenyan-Italian Fusion at Café Troia

On Sept. 16, Café Troia will host a special Kenyan-Italian fusion meal to raise funds to support the education of at-risk Kenyan children. 

Farmers Market Fun

If you haven’t made it to the Towson Farmer’s Market yet, you still have time – and September is a terrific time for local produce and other goods. The market is every Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Allegheny Avenue. 

Shop & Win at Towson Town Center

During Sept. and Oct., shop at Towson Town Center and you can enter to win fashion, food and beauty prizes totaling over $20,000 – and  grand prize of a two-night trip to Las Vegas.

To enter, head to the mall and find one of the gold Mall Together Sweepstakes signs. Scan the sign’s QR code and enter to try to win. You can enter once a week – so there’s motivation to drop back into the mall frequently. 

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