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THE HOME ISSUE HAMPTON MANSION

SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS

UPDATING A MODERN CLASSIC


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LIFESTYLE LETTER

Home Is Where the Heart Is THE CONCEPT OF HOME IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE. For some, home is where the family is. It’s the place where weekends were— or still are—filled with baby snuggles, bedtime stories and Saturday morning cartoons. The place where the smell of bacon and pancakes fills the air on Sunday mornings, "do your homework before you go outside" is a daily mantra and unsnoozable slobbery dog kisses take the place of your morning alarm.

MARCH 2018 PUBLISHER

Glen Cox | Glen.Cox@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Nicolette Martin | Nicolette.Martin@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Alexis Barone, Alex Bird, Dylan Markov

For others, home is where the rest is. It’s the place where, after a long day, they go to relax. Where they spend meaningful time with their significant other, enjoy home-cooked meals and settle in on a comfy couch to catch up on the week's latest guilty-pleasure TV shows.

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For some, home is where the work is. It's where they build their dreams, where they start their businesses and where they work day in and day out for success. And for us here at Towson Lifestyle, home is where the heart is—it's where we get to share meaningful stories with all of you. Whatever your home may be, we hope you find a piece of it here in this month's issue.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2018

FEATURES 14 Updating a Modern Classic An Architect and Client Collaborate to Refresh a Midcentury Masterpiece

18 The Hampton Mansion and the Ridgely Estate Towson’s Birthplace and Architectural Gem

22 Floral Paradise Local Florist Raises Flower Arranging—and its New Home— to an Art Form

26 Seafood Athena Carl Gray, The Mount Washington

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Tavern Kitchen Manager, Shares One of His Favorite Recipes

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Open House

26 Culinary Creations 29 Realty Report 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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AROUND TOWN

TOWSON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO RECOGNIZE TOWSON COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTORS The Towson Chamber of Commerce recently announced a new award series dedicated to honor-

“I am honored to have been chosen for this appointment and thank Councilman David Marks for nominating me,” King said. “I will do my best for the citizens of Baltimore County.”

hosted April 14 at the Towson headquarters of Stanley

KNOLLWOOD-DONNYBROOK IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION AWARDED $115K FOR HERRING RUN IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Black and Decker, will present awards in six catego-

Towson’s Knollwood-Donnybrook Improvement

ing those who make significant contributions to the Towson community. This year’s event, which will be

ries: build, lead, serve, inspire, innovate and host.

Association was recently awarded an $115,000 grant

Nancy Hafford, the executive director of the Towson

by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to study pro-

Chamber of Commerce, says the new award series is

posed improvements for the Herring Run tributary,

an opportunity to recognize members of the Towson

a 31-square-mile watershed that begins in eastern

community and reflect on the progress that Baltimore’s

Towson. The grant is a result of an application sub-

county seat has seen over the last few decades.

mitted by the Knollwood-Donnybrook Improvement

“There’s been so much growth and positive

Association to the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Watershed

energy,” Hafford says. “The real reason our commu-

Assistance Two-Year Milestone Support grant pro-

nity has grown in a positive way is the people, and

gram, which helps communities take the first steps

we want to recognize that.”

in environmental restoration projects. Knollwood-

BALTIMORE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM PROPOSES $1.65 BILLION BUDGET

Donnybrook residents hope that the grant will help them create a sustainable trail system that connects neighborhood parks buffeting the Herring Run bank.

County education officials have proposed a $1.65

Dave Riley, president of the Knollwood-Donnybrook

billion operating budget for the Baltimore County

Improvement Association thinks the grant helps the

School System, a 5.7 percent increase over the cur-

project take a step in the right direction.

rent budget. Roughly $40 million—about half of the

“It’s a great thing,” he says. “Now it really becomes

increase—would be allocated to increasing the sal-

a reality in the fact that a great organization like the

aries and benefits of teachers and staff. The budget

Chesapeake Bay Trust has shown faith in the project.”

also includes funds to create another 80 positions in the school system to keep up with Baltimore County’s increasing student enrollment. While the burden of

BALTIMORE COUNTY APPROVES $43 MILLION FOR TOWSON ROW PROJECT

the increase would fall mostly on the shoulders of

The Baltimore County Council recently approved

Baltimore County taxpayers, county officials argue that

a $43 million assistance package for the Towson

the increase would allow them to add a wide range of

Row development. The package, proposed by

new programs and provides necessary resources for

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, is

the county’s growing school system.

the most recent attempt to jumpstart the long-

WEST TOWSON RESIDENT NOMINATED FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY COMMISSION

stalled project at the intersection of York Road and Towsontown Boulevard. While plans for development were first announced in 2013 and followed by

Margaret Willis King, a resident of West Towson,

the demolition of old structures in 2015, the project

was recently nominated to join the Baltimore

has languished over the last three years due to dis-

County Human Relations Board of Directors.

agreements over design and funding.

King, who was nominated by Baltimore County

The current design calls for a 220-room hotel, a

Councilman David Marks, will be considered to

905-bed student housing complex, 250 apartments,

join the 15-member board that enforces the coun-

140,000 square feet of office space, 140,000 square

ty's anti-discrimination laws in education, finance

feet of retail shops and a parking garage.

and employment as well as housing and public accommodation. King has served as the presi-

Kamenetz said the upfront investment on the part of the county will provide a benefit in the long run.

dent of the Morningside Community Association

“Today is a great day for Baltimore County," he said

since 2009 and has also volunteered at several of

the day the package was approved. "We just created

Towson’s churches and schools.

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Updating a

Modern Classic AN ARCHITECT AND CLIENT COLLABORATE TO REFRESH A MIDCENTURY MASTERPIECE ARTICLE DYLAN MARKOV | PHOTOGRAPHY VINCE LUPO/DIRECTION ONE INC.

WHEN TOWSON-BASED ARCHITECT PETER TWOHY OF 2E

“The [new] open floor plan effortlessly accommodates large par-

ARCHITECTS WAS APPROACHED BY CLIENTS ANDREA AND

ties, yet still manages to feel cozy when it’s just the five of us (Ozzy

KEN BURKOM TO DO A COMPLETE UPDATE OF A RAMBLING

the bulldog included),” Andrea says.

1960’S HOUSE THEY HAD RECENTLY BOUGHT, HE JUMPED

Replacing all the windows enables more natural light to enter

ENTHUSIASTICALLY AT THE OPPORTUNITY. The Burkoms

the home. A dramatic 48-foot-long wall of floor-to-ceiling win-

were downsizing from a larger house in Reisterstown where they

dows now makes the tree-lined yard outside seem almost like an

had lived for 11 years and wanted a home located closer to the city

extension of the interior living space.

that would be better suited to the needs of their young family.

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MODERN HOME,” PETER SAYS. “OUR GOAL WAS TO STAY TRUE TO THE

The Burkoms also replaced the existing carport with a new twocar garage and built an addition that houses a gym, laundry room, art studio and two bedrooms for their teenage sons, TJ and Casey. Attractive and functional concrete floors were installed throughout the 3,900-square-foot home, flowing continuously into every room. The focal point of the home is the back-lit onyx island in the

ORIGINAL ESSENCE OF THE DESIGN,

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through every color of the rainbow for a New Years' celebration.

CLIENTS' VIBRANT PERSONALIT Y.” One of the main tasks was to open up the kitchen to the living

the Ravens play (or any other color for any other reason), and cycle Peter brought to the table his expertise as an architect of livable, highend homes, while Andrea, an artist who had designed the Burkoms’ previous home, acted as her own interior designer for the project.

and dining area to create a more livable, open space. This required

“It was very collaborative, and neither of us had an ego,” Peter

the removal of a bulky load-bearing masonry wall that included a

says. “We both created a bunch of drawings and design concepts,

fireplace and replacing it with a steel beam and columns, which

searching for the best ideas for her, Ken and the boys. It was a

they decided to leave exposed.  

very enjoyable experience.”

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THE HAMPTON MANSION AND THE RIDGELY ESTATE

JUDGING BY THE ENDLESS RIVER OF CARS FLOWING AROUND TOWSON CIRCLE AND THE SOUNDS OF CONSTRUCTION NOW PRESENT ON PRACTICALLY EVERY STREET CORNER, TOWSON FEELS AS MODERN A TOWN CENTER AS ITS CHARMING CITY NEIGHBOR TO THE SOUTH. As ever, looks can be deceiving. Jump off the Towson Circle, and the trappings of 21st-century development can quickly melt away, especially when you head just three minutes north to Towson’s Hampton neighborhood. Buried among the suburban sprawl and hidden by the hum of the beltway is a stately remnant of Towson’s colonial beginnings.     

TOWSON’S BIRTHPLACE AND ARCHITECTURAL GEM

While it may be hidden, Towson’s Hampton mansion is hard to miss. Towering above the century-old oaks and elms that surround it, Hampton is the largest example of 18th-century Georgian architecture in North America. Larger than both Washington’s Mount Veron and Jefferson’s Monticello, Hampton is an imposing balance of symmetry and intricacy that seems otherworldly compared to the 20th-century American ranchers built right across Hampton Lane. Its grand nature and bucolic location is no accident. Hampton was designed as the crown jewel and summer home of the Ridgely family, a once powerful dynasty in the Old Line State. The Ridgelys were some of the Towson area’s earliest settlers, coming to Baltimore

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ARTICLE ALEXANDER BIRD

County in the early 18th century to establish an ironworks and develop

PHOTOGRAPHY HAMPTON NATIONAL

plantations. By the late 1700s, the Ridgely's had amassed an estate

HISTORIC SITE, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

of 12,000 acres known as Northampton, running from modern-day

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south Towson through the Cromwell Valley. Much of this expansion

he served in the Maryland State Legislature and then as the state’s

took place under the guidance of Capt. Charles Ridgely, a patriarch of

governor from 1815 to 1819. Charles Carnan was also one of the first

the Ridgely family whose vast wealth and resources gave him a​s​ up-

Marylanders to take progressive action towards the slave labor that

porting role in Maryland and America’s early history.

underpinned much of the region’s wealth, emancipating more than

During the Revolutionary War, Charles used his family’s indus-

300 slaves following his death in 1829.

trial assets to produce arms and ammunition for the American

It was under this Ridgely that Hampton Mansion first became

cause. He also acquired a large merchant fleet that helped turn

nationally known as an architectural marvel and opulent social

the sleepy port of Baltimore into a commercial powerhouse on

stage for the new nation’s upper class. Believed to be the sin-

the eve of the 19th century. The profit and regional prestige gen-

gle largest personal residence in the country, Hampton was

erated by these ventures among the upper class soon led to the

outfitted with the rarest and most expensive amenities of the

construction of a country home where the family could escape

age, making it a popular destination for the rich and powerful.

the humid streets of Baltimore’s summer months and entertain

So popular in fact that the Ridgelys hosted some of the era’s

their peers. In 1783, the cornerstone of Hampton mansion was

most popular living legends, including French Revolutionary

laid near the center of the Ridgely's Baltimore plantation.

War hero Marquis de Lafayette.

No expense was spared. The structure covered 24,000 square

By the time of his death in 1829, Charles Carnan had estab-

feet, likely making it the largest private residence in the nation

lished Hampton as a lavish country estate that reflected the gran-

when it was completed. Six bedrooms were splayed out across

deur and power of its occupants. His son, John Carnan Ridgely,

the second floor while the third floor was home to eight smaller

and his son's wife, Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely, largely amplified

bedchambers whose usage over the next century would vary

the work of the elder Ridgely. Pouring time and money into the

from private quarters to wine storage.   

aging family home, John and his wife redesigned the estate’s

While Charles oversaw construction of his stately summer home

gardens, introducing popular European designs and flora to the

for the next seven years, he never got the chance to live in it. Dying

grounds. They also added a wide range of modern amenities to

in 1790, control of the mansion fell to his nephew, Charles Carnan

Georgian structure, including indoor plumbing, gas lighting and

Ridgely. He went on to make his own mark on Maryland’s history;

an early form of central heating.

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THE HAMPTON MANSION

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By the eve of the Civil War, Hampton had been a fixture of wealth and opulence in Maryland for 70 years. However, its days as a prominent social venue were numbered. With the abolition of slavery in Maryland in 1864, the Ridgelys’ fortunes took a significant downturn as the slave labor they depended on for much of their wealth became a thing of the past. Following the Civil War, the family and estate entered a long period of steady decline as the mansion slowly became a single family residence and a symbol of past grandeur rather than present power. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Ridgelys gradually sold off acres of their once massive estate and entered into various small-scale mercantile ventures in an effort to keep up the increasing maintenance costs of the aging hall long called home by their family. Further economic hardships created by the Great Depression and the Second World War finally made the cost of maintenance far too expensive for the Ridgelys. In 1948, John Ridgely Jr., the seventh direct descendant of Captain Charles Ridgely to live in Hampton Hall, sold the mansion and its remaining 43 acres for one dollar to the Avalon Foundation, a trust set up to save the property. The property was then promptly donated to the National Park Service which has maintained the property to this day.    Today, the Ridgelys are no longer one of Maryland’s powerful first families. However, the striking Georgian Summer home their ancestors constructed still speaks volumes about the origins of modern-day Baltimore County. In addition to providing regular events and education programs,    the National Park Service has transformed the Ridgelys’ sleepy summer abode into a living monument to those who shaped the history of Maryland. Each room has been meticulously restored to provide a glimpse into one of the many eras Hampton saw. From the 19th century downstairs parlor to the austere bedchambers of the 1930’s, these restorations provide a striking glimpse into the past that fosters both curiosity and enthusiasm. During tours provided by the park rangers, visitors are very much able to walk through both the history of Hampton and that of the nation.   Most importantly, visiting Hampton provides a refreshing take on the often overlooked history of the many Marylanders, both enslaved and free, that gave Baltimore and the County its unique history and culture. Thanks to the park service, much about the building that left the 18th-century visitor in awe will still take your breath away 228 years later. So, while much of the surrounding area continues to build, grow and learn, Hampton mansion remains a striking reminder of why it’s all here in the first place.   

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RENNIE AND BRIAN FRIEDLANDER HAD BEEN RUNNING SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS & GIFTS OUT OF A QUAINT SHOP IN PIKESVILLE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS WHEN, IN 2014, THEY PARTNERED WITH DEBRA CAREY AND COURTNEY JAMES, AND BEGAN PLANNING A MOVE TO A LARGER SPACE. Over the years, they had established a solid reputation as a leading purveyor of beautiful high-end floral arrangements, serving many of the most discerning clients in Baltimore, but they needed room to grow. “We wanted to create a landmark, destination floral design studio and retail gift shop that would be unique to not only Baltimore but the entire East Coast,” Courtney says. So, they hired Peter Ratcliffe of Ratcliffe Architects and proceeded to do just that. The partners settled on a location in the Bare Hills area just off Falls Road, and over the course of the ensuing two years worked with Ratcliffe and Delbert Adams Construction Group to create their dream shop, which they built from the ground up.

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SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

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Simply Beautiful moved into their exquisite new space in the spring of 2016. The rustic, European-inspired building features luxurious meeting spaces where the team collaborates with clients and event planners, a well-appointed gift shop, a state-of-the-art walk-in storage cooler and a cavernous workroom where natural light washes over large custom-built wood tables. “Everyone on their team was fully committed to our project and became like family throughout the construction process,” Courtney says. “Our space is an absolute dream come true.” 

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CULINARY CREATIONS

Seafood Athena CARL GREY, THE KITCHEN MANAGER AT THE MT. WASHINGTON TAVERN, SHARES ONE OF HIS FAVORITE RECIPES

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Carl Gray in the Chesapeake Room at the Mt. Washington Tavern

CARL GRAY WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BALTIMORE. From an early age he helped his mother in the kitchen, which instilled in him a love of cooking, and later on led him to a career as a chef. Over the years, he has worked in the kitchens of some of the best-known restaurants in the area. “I started cooking at Peerce’s Plantation in Phoenix, Maryland, in the late ‘80s,” he says. “I’ve been [cooking] ever since.” From Peerce’s, he did stints at The Rusty Scupper and The Owl Bar, and for the past 13 years he has been the kitchen manager at the Mt. Washington Tavern. One of the dishes he learned to cook along the way is ‘Seafood Athena,’ a hearty seafood pasta dish he enjoys preparing for his five sons when they get together on one of his rare days off. Follow Carl’s recipe and cook up a batch for your family. You won’t be disappointed! SERVES 2 TOTAL PREP TIME: 25-30 MINUTES + 12-14-inch saute pan + Butter or oil of your choice, enough to coat your pan and sear your seafood + 6 scallops + 6 shrimp, peeled + Handful lump crab meat + 1 to 1 1/2 cups penne pasta + Salt/pepper + Basil + Feta cheese

“I started cooking at Peerce’s

+ Garlic, minced + ¼ cup white wine of your choosing 1. Prepare the penne to al dente (firm to the bite) It will finish

Plantation in Phoenix, Maryland,

cooking later in the pan.

in the late '80s; I’ve been [cooking]

minutes on each side.

ever since,” he says.

2. Place butter or oil in your pan on medium to high heat. 3. Place the scallops in first and let them sear for about 2 4. Add garlic, salt and pepper blend, and basil. Stir. 5. Add shrimp and repeat step three. 6. Add crab meat. 7. Pour white wine into the pan and stir occasionally for 2 minutes, or until wine cooks off. 8. Add marinara sauce and penne pasta, stir and let simmer 1 1/2 minutes. 9. Serve Seafood Athena in bowls and garnish with basil and feta cheese. 10. Enjoy! Pairs well with a pinot gris or a medium-light red—think Chianti/sangiovese or Rhône blends.

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REALTY REPORT

REALTY REPORT

NEIGHBORHOOD

TOWSON

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

3908 Charles St #303, GUILFORD

$1,498,000

$1,498,000

100%

0

3

2

9 Roland Ct, BRIDLESHIRE

$1,175,000

$1,050,000

89%

0

5

4

1747 Circle Rd, RUXTON

$899,000

$875,000

97%

59

5

3

9 Whitfield Rd, GUILFORD

$899,000

$875,000

97%

374

4

3

4309 N Charles St, GUILFORD

$929,000

$865,000

93%

7

6

4

6306 Blenheim Rd, PINEHURST

$865,000

$851,000

93%

145

6

4

6406 Cloister Gate Ct, THE CLOISTERS AT CHARLES

$750,000

$722,500

96%

190

4

3

913 Army Rd, RUXTON

$774,000

$717,500

93%

43

5

3

1 Erwood Ct, CHARLESBOOK AT PINEHURST

$729,500

$717,500

98%

126

4

3

8024 Rider Ave, RIDERWOOD

$730,000

$700,000

96%

35

4

3

1902A Indian Head Rd, RUXTON HILLS

$699,000

$680,000

97%

60

4

3

14 Midvale Rd, ROLAND PARK

$650,000

$620,000

95%

133

7

3

4501 Roland Ave, ROLAND PARK

$639,000

$620,000

97%

116

6

3

4304 St Paul St, GUILFORD

$689,000

$610,000

88%

94

9

5

1021 Winding Way, POPLAR HILL

$585,000

$585,000

100%

21

4

4

1320 Wine Spring Ln, RUXTON

$575,000

$570,000

99%

432

4

2

915 Wellington Rd, STONELEIGH

$589,000

$557,500

95%

13

3

2

603 University Pkwy, ROLAND PARK

$590,000

$550,000

93%

100

6

3

7322 Yorktowne Dr, YORKTOWNE

$525,000

$515,000

98%

5

4

3

1107 Green Acre Rd, MINE BANK

$519,900

$508,500

98%

85

4

3

Sampling of sold properties from Bright MLS, Inc. for December 2017 Properties may have been listed & sold by other companies *DOM=Days On Market

ASHLEY’S FEATURED LISTINGS

Glen Arm | $530,000

Wiltondale | $779,000

Stoneleigh| $475,000

Listings Courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Ashley Richardson CRS, GRI, ABR

Cell 410-868-1474

Office 410-377-2270

Ashley.Richardson@LongandFoster.com

GBBR 2018

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Lake Roland Office 6080 Falls Road Baltimore, MD 21209

www.AshleyRichardson.net

www.StoneleighHomes.net

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MARCH

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

2 NIGHT OUT WITH NATURE Sherwood House at Cromwell Valley Park

Join Loren Lustig for “Game Wardens The Thin Green Line” as he shares true

EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

3-4, 9-11

TRUCKS ‘N’ TUNES

Celebrate the start of spring with beautiful land-

MARYLAND HOME, FLOWER & CRAFT SHOW

Maryland State Fairgrounds

Boordy’s Vineyard

scaped gardens, home improvement contrac-

when they go out into the forests and

Enjoy live music from some of the

tors, plants, crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

aquatic areas. 7 p.m. $10 per person. To

region's finest performers and won-

Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Satur-

make reservations, call 410.887.2503

derful

available

day. Adults: $12, seniors 62+: $10, kids 6-12: $3,

or email info@cromwellvalleypark.org. 

from Pasta La Vista on Saturdays

kids under 6: free. Craft show only admission: $6.

CromwellValleyPark.org

and Brick'n'Fire Pizza on Sundays. 1

Free admission for active military, police and fire

p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Wine tastings op-

employees with ID. MDHomeAndGarden.com

stories of what game wardens deal with

3 FAMILY ARTS DAY Towson University, Center for the Arts

food-truck

fare

tional for $8 or $15. Boordy.com

10-11, 17-18 & 23-25

4

Drop in for a day of interactive art ac-

MAPLE SUGARING 2018

tivities, dance workshops and gallery

Lake Roland Park

tours, all inspired by current art exhi-

Hike through the Lake Roland Forest

"SHREK THE MUSICAL" PRESENTED BY CHARM CITY PLAYERS

bitions. All ages welcome. N ​ oon. ​Free​.​

and learn the art of tapping maple trees

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg

for syrup. 2 p.m. All ages. $5 per person

Auditorium, Mercy High School

or $3 per member. LakeRoland.org

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks CONTINUED >

CLEAN WATER

CHANGES

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything. It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school.

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THIS IS WHAT SUMMER FUN LOOKS LIKE!

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MARCH

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR Animation film, "Shrek The Musical" is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure. "Shrek" brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. $15. All shows at 2

14

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MASTERWORKS FOR STRINGS AND CHAMBER WINDS

GUITARIST STANLEY ALEXANDROWICZ: THE ROMANTIC GUITAR

Towson University, Center for the Arts

p.m. except 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23.

Come join Towson’s string orchestra and

CharmCityPlayers.com

chamber winds for an evening of classical

Goucher College

and contemporary masterworks. 8 p.m.

Haebler Memorial Chapel

Events.Towson.edu

Classical guitarist Stanley Alexandro-

10

wicz brings his double-necked 10-string

CONCERT ARTISTS OF BALTIMORE PRESENTS “THE MAGIC OF THE BAROQUE”

romantic guitar for a concert of music

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from the Romantic era and more recent music. 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

STEINWAY SERIES AT SILO HILL

Events.Goucher.edu

Phoenix, M​aryland

Friends’ School, Forbush Auditorium

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish

Join conductor Edward Polochick and the

mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey—one

CAB Chamber Orchestra and Chorus as

of the most exciting new singers on the

they perform Vivaldi, Handel and Bach in a

operatic scene—in a riveting program

FINAL FOUR FUNDRAISER

program inspired by the rich acoustics of For-

of Strauss, Prokofiev​​and DeFalla. ​7 p.m.​

Rec Room and Patio at Towson Tavern

bush Auditorium.​7:30 p.m. ​CABmusic.org

Tickets:​ $50​. ​SteinwaySiloHill.org

Cheer on your favorite team while sup-

31 porting a great cause! This popular annual event raises charitable funds for

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NUTS & BOLTS OF STARTING A BUSINESS

LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY

Baltimore County Public Library

Baltimore County Public Library

course, great hoops! 5 p . m. to 11: 30 p.m.

- Towson Branch

- Towson Branch

Tickets: $75 or $675 for a ‘team of 10.”

The Maryland Small Business Develop-

Lawyers are on hand to offer free legal ad-

FinalFourFundraiser.com

ment Center teaches you how to write a

vice. Please bring all relevant documents.

business plan and other aspects of start-

Assistance is offered on a first-come, first-

ing a business. Registration required. Call

served basis. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

the Brian Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship Fund, and features live music, food, beer and wine, silent auction, and, of

240.342.9410 or visit MarylandSBDC.org to register. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

COSMETIC, FAMILY, AND RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

Providing the Opportunity for Optimal Oral Health

Dr. Devon Conklin & Dr. Charlie Ward

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SUMMER AT GARRISON FOREST 2018 Over 110 amazing offerings for boys and girls ages 2 and up Half day, full day, residential, evening and weekend program options Extended day and lunch available FOR MORE INFORMATION summer@gfs.org 410-559-3433

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PARTING THOUGHTS

GREEN POTTERY VASE WITH LOTUS BLOSSOMS

CHAMPAGNE GLASSES (2) BOOK

DECANTER

SHELFIE SHOWCASE PHOTOGRAPHY HARRISON HART

SHELVES ARE GREAT FOR MORE THAN JUST STORING BOOKS. Instead, use your imagination and leverage your horizontal surfaces to showcase the things you love. Towson Lifestyle asked Camille Quillen, co-owner of highend consignment store Great Finds & Design in Lutherville, to combine items from her store to demonstrate how seemingly random objects can be displayed in combination to produce a dramatic effect. Her advice? 1. Use various textures, and then layer them, so it creates depth and interest. 2. Don't be afraid to think outside the box! 3. It's fun to create a juxtaposition with different elements and always do a little bit of the unexpected. Great Finds & Design is located at 1924 Greenspring Drive, Lutherville, MD 21093. For more information, visit GreatFindsAndDesign.com. 

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