The 21st annual HonFest, an ode to the working women or "honeys" of Baltimore, will take over West 36th Street, The Avenue, on Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14. The festival will feature high-haired hons, feather boas, Best Hon and Little Miss Hon contests, a Best Mustache contest, a new oyster shucking contest, and lots of crafts, food and live music.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake used her first veto since taking office in 2010 to strike down a bill passed by the City Council aimed at reducing or eliminating many of the so-called "minor privilege" fees the city charges.
This is traditionally the time of year when I use this column to give the HonFest update. And I'll get to that in a bit, but before we do, there are a number of other awesome events going on in Hampden to highlight first.
The Rev. Bonnie McCubbin, 27, will be celebrating her first Easter next month as pastor of Good Shepherd, a United Methodist congregation of 60 members. While it's the biggest UMC in Hampden, that's not saying much, as mergers in recent years have left only two UMC churches in Hampden. She is one of only three full-time pastors in the area of any denomination. We profile her.
HONtown, a gift shop run by Cafe Hon owner and HonFest founder Denise Whiting, has moved out of its space at 1001 W. 36th Street (The Avenue) in Hampden and is moving across the street to Cafe Hon, 1004 W. 36th St.
Crews of contractors with jack hammers ripping up our Hampden streets and making a general mess of things, due largely to the past month's emergency water main repair by Baltimore City along The Avenue and surrounding streets..
Longtime Hampden resident Jack Barr, a colorful, well-remembered character who trolled The Avenue for news and passed it on as a beloved town crier, died Sunday at the Manor Care nursing home in Towson, of heart disease and a colon infection at 79. Denise Whiting of Cafe Hon said he was "Hampden's original Facebook page."
Merchants say they need a foot patrol officer on and around The Avenue to solve rising crime, but Northern District commander says she doesn't have the resources, even though she agrees a foot patrol officer is needed.
A proposed loan to the Greene Turtle in Towson has helped shine a spotlight on a program that lends millions of dollars each year to businesses that can't fully finance their openings, renovations or expansions through private financing. The program's track record in Cambridge shows its potential, though other loans have been criticized.
The 12th annual Scrabble tournament and fundraiser coinciding with National Library Week is April 12. Sponsored by Greater Homewood Community Corp., the tournament and dinner is expected to raise more than $10,000 for Greater Homewood's Adult Literacy Center
The Hampden restaurant had posted the photo on its Facebook page. It showed an employee, in blackface, apparently dressed for Halloween as Whitney Houston, singing with a smudge of white powder around the nose.
The annual Taste of Hampden is Thursday, Oct. 25 held at and to benefit the Hampden Family Center, which supplies services to area poor.Twenty restaurants will participate; organizers hope to raise $10,000.