Everyone has a to-do list, right? Usually, it consists of chores: painting, sanding, cleaning, etc. This time of year, it might also include washing the car and bringing out the patio furniture.
Here at the Guide, we’d like to suggest a few additional items for your summer list. They’re more fun than washing the car, and they benefit the local area. It’s what we like to refer to as a ‘things you can do to connect with the neighborhood’ list. So here it is, in no particular order:
*Wine festivals: The Highlandtown Wine Festival is this weekend. The Friends of Patterson Park have “Wine Tasting At Sunset” around the pagoda on the evening of Thursday, May 24. Get yourself some vino, enjoy some great local food and mix and mingle with your neighbors. You don’t need to travel far and wide to get some viticulture.
*Church suppers: Try to get to one of our local houses of worship for a spaghetti dinner, pancake breakfast or other event. It’s great food, it benefits nice people, and it’s not expensive. Plus you can play the wheels and raffles. Strawberry festivals start soon, too.
*Free concerts: Hampstead Hill Nights, Music on Pagoda Hill, you name it. The city offers plenty of opportunities for an evening of music under the stars.
*Outdoor movies: Little Italy has its own film festival, and there’s a movie in Patterson Park this weekend. Check the Community Calendar to keep track of everything coming your way.
*Festivals: The St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival, LatinoFest, the St. Anthony Festival, the street festivals in Federal Hill — they’re all taking place this summer. Get out and enjoy them.
Some of these events are available for a fee, some are free. None will cost you as much as a trip out of town, and all benefit local organizations. So make yourself a list and start checking it twice. We guarantee your summer will improve.
by Mary Helen Sprecher