Spring Is on Its Way in Downtown Towson

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With the weather warming up and restaurant and gym capacity restrictions lifted in Baltimore County (as of 5 p.m. on March 12), spirits are high in the Towson community. Local spots have many plans in the works to celebrate the new season. Here’s a look at what’s happening right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments:

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Perennial News

Olympic Place restaurant Cunningham’s closed last year, during the pandemic. This year, the space has received a refresh by celebrated local designer Patrick Sutton and when the restaurant inside reopens this spring, it will be called Perennial

Cunningham’s chef Jay Rohlfing – who is terrific – remains at the helm and Perennial will also carry on Cunningham’s commitment to work with local farmers and purveyors.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is officially Wednesday, March 17, but at many Towson eateries, the celebration of the Irish lasts all month long. Keep an eye out for specials (like Reuben sandwiches at Barley’s, Guinness beef stew at CVP, and Guinness Blonde deals at C&R) and fun events, like kegs and eggs at The Point. 

Plus, Towson restaurants and bars are banding together the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, hosting an Irish stroll on Saturday March 13. There will be fun specials and entertainment at several downtown Towson spots, including Nacho Mama’s, The Point, Rec Room, Barley’s Backyard Uptown, and CVP.

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Pop-ups at The Point

The Point is continuing its pop-up series, welcoming chefs from different spots around the city for kitchen takeovers. On Monday, March 22, Chef Jonny Lease will offer a fun BBQ menu – and there are more pop-ups to come, too.

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Maryland Day at THB

Maryland Day is March 25 and Towson Hot Bagel has fun plans in store for the holiday. The Towson bagelry is serving fun Maryland flag themed bagels that day (they’re available for pre-order, too) and will host a “Feed the Industry” event in partnership with the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund

During the event, THB will provide a meal to unemployed/underemployed members of Baltimore’s restaurant community who sign up via the BRRF website.

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Paint Your Pet at The Point

On Thursday, March 25, head to The Point with a photo of your favorite pet for a night of sips, snacks, and pet portrait painting.

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Live Music Returns to the Recher

After an 8-year hiatus, live music returns this month to The Recher Theater.

Opening night is March 19 – local icons Kelly Bell Band will take the stage for the first show. That concert is sold out already but there will be plenty more to follow, including a comedy show hosted by Mickey Cucchiella on March 20 and The Dirty Grass Players on March 26.

The Recher isn’t the only live music venue in town, either – keep an eye on social media for spots like C&R, The Point and Barley’s. They frequently host smaller acts, both on weekends and weeknights.

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Upcoming Events

There’s much to look forward to over the next several months, including the return of Towson Gardens Day on April 29, a new season of Feet on the Street starting May 7, and the renewal of the Towson Farmer’s Market on June 3. 

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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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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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