Baltimore County

Stoop Storytelling Series takes a trip down the aisle

The Stoop Storytelling Series, which features local celebrities giving monologues on various topics, will take the form of an old-time radio show at its next happening, Thu.-Sat., June 9-11, 8 p.m., at Centerstage. The upcoming edition of the series is called "The Stoop Says I Do: Stories of Holy and Unholy Matrimony." The evening will start at 7 p.m. with cocktails and live music by the Bellevederes. Admission is $20. Call 410-332-0033.

Great Grapes returns


The eighth annual Great Grapes! Wine, Arts and Food Festival, happens this year Sat.-Sun., June 11-12, noon-6 p.m., at Oregon Ridge Park. Visitors will be able to sample wines from some 20 wineries and enjoy music by the Kelly Bell Band, cooking demonstrations, an area for kids and culinary items for sale. Admission is $20 in advance online and $35 at the door. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. Go to

West Shore fun


An outdoor celebration will be held Fri., June 10, 4-7 p.m., at West Shore Park, between the Visitor's Center and Maryland Science Center. The family-oriented event will feature cookout fare and beverages, with proceeds going to the Waterfront Partnership's Healthy Harbor initiative. There will also be activities for children and music by the local Latin music group Mambo Combo. Admission is free. Go to

HonFest returns

Hampden's annual celebration of kitschy Baltimore culture, HonFest returns Sat., June 11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun., June 12, noon-6 p.m., on W. 36th St. Expect to see a lot of beehive hairdos and cat-styled glasses, and hear live entertainment, now spread across two stages. The event will also hold its trademark Baltimore's Best Hon contest, the final round of which happens Sun., June 12, at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Go to

Go Greek

Baltimore's Greek culture will be on display at the annual St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival, taking place Thu.-Sun., June 9-12, at the St. Nicholas Church Complex (520 S. Ponca St.). On tap will be ethnic food, music, dancing and a performance by comedian Angelo Tsarchouras June 9, 8 p.m. Hours are Thursday noon-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday noon-10 p.m. Admission is free. Call 410-633-5020.

Pause for the Pledge

At the Fort McHenry National Monument, Flag Day will be marked by a naturalization ceremony Tue., June 14, 6:45 p.m. At this event, some 30 people will be naturalized take the oath followed by a rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner." There will also be performances by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Chorus and the Chorus of Chesapeake/Dundalk. Admission is free. Call 410-962-4290.

That's Italian


Baltimore'sLittle Italy neighborhood will host its annual St. Anthony Italian Festival Sat. and Sun., June 11-12, noon-8 p.m., in the area around St. Leo's Church. On the menu will be Italian food, ethnic music, dancing, games of chance and Italian-American games. Admission, $1. Go to

Fun on Thursdays

Boordy Vineyards, in Hydes, opens its Good Life Thursdays happy hours Thu., June 9, 4-8 p.m., with a performance by the group Love Story. Visitors can enjoy wine, burgers and organic treats as well. Admission is free; wagon rides run $3 for adults and $2 for children. Call 410-592-5015.

Fiddle around

Bluegrass music will come alive again at the annual Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention Sat., June 11, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., in Westminster. The competition features singers and a musicians competing for cash prizes as well as museum tours, artisan demonstrations, crafts and food. Admission is $10 and $3 for children ages 7-18. Call 410-857-2771.