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.
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.
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."
Alice Ann Finnerty, the longtime owner of The Turnover Shop and founder and first president of the Hampden Village Merchants Association, will throw a party at the store Sept. 7 to celebrate her 35th year in business. We profile her in advance of the party.
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Among the teased and towering hair, the fluttering boas and the crowd sticky with snowballs Saturday at Hampden's Honfest wound a joyful party who were celebrating more than the neighborhood's quirky character.