A Mount Vernon Staycation

August, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 2

Dear Reader,

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown
The Beautiful Hotel Indigo,
courtesy of the hotel

Greetings from the ‘other side’ — I want to thank you for your well wishes as I underwent major surgery earlier this year. It has taken a while, but I’m happy to say I’m back on track!

Perhaps my mind has been sensitive to beautiful surroundings to escape and relax in, because this month, I had the chance to visit some of the city’s best hotels–and they’re located right here in Mount Vernon. So take a virtual tour with me and then enjoy a special discount for a staycation of your own making, below.  Special thanks to Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown, The Ivy Hotel and the Hotel Monaco for opening their doors to us.

An Interesting Bit of History

Some of you might remember when this 1908 building was a YMCA — in fact, it was one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Closed since 1981, after a $14 million renovation, in 2015 the Hotel Indigo Downtown Baltimore opened, and the place has been buzzing ever since. This is Intercontinental’s boutique offshoot, offering the brand’s same level of high-end service and modern accommodations at wallet-friendly prices.

Walk up the short flight of steps, and you’re welcomed into an expansive lobby lit by Palladian windows. To your left is the chic library, with several volumes dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe, himself perhaps the most stylish writer to walk the streets of Baltimore.

The Hotel Indigo’s Library, courtesy of the hotel

In fact, it’s said that Poe got into fisticuffs with a literary critic across from the Baltimore Basilica on nearby Mulberry Street!

Back at the hotel, you can create your own literary fantasies on one of its custom chartreuse sofas. The popular restaurant, Poets Modern Cocktails, fills the opposite end of the building, bedecked in glossy white shelving, dramatic etched mirrors and a selection of tasty home brews, such as the signature Gold Ale.

Hotel Indigo Downtown Baltimore is extending a special Friends of Mount Vernon discount to our readers: click here for complete details.

The hotel is located at 24 W. Franklin Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District. Call 410-489-1580 for more information or visit http://www.baltimoreindigohotel.com.

A Jewelbox In Mount Vernon

The Ivy Hotel’s winding staircase, courtesy Miller Orians

Making headlines as one of the coolest new luxury hotels in the country, the 18-room Ivy Hotel is nestled into a historic brownstone on Calvert Street. 

Step inside and you feel as though you’ve entered a friend’s house; that is, if your friend is a B&O Railroad Baron. A conservatory filled with greenery and zebra-print chairs is the site of the evening cocktail hour. Guests are welcome to play a game of chess or billiards – both are antiques. Hand-painted murals by Baltimore artists fill one room; carved mahogany rosettes are in another.

All gratuities are included in your room rate, so when you get hungry you won’t feel bad about calling down to the famed on-site restaurant, Magdalena: The chef himself will send up a plate of goodies.

Guests take the winding wooden staircase (it’s original to the building) or one of two elevators to the upper-floor guest rooms.

Each layout is different and filled with one-of-a-kind finds: when I visited a 16th century tapestry from Spain had just arrived.

A bathroom fit for a king – or a B&O Railroad Baron, courtesy Miller Orians

The heralded Spa at the Ivy must have had a hand in the bathroom design, as each features heated limestone floors, deep soaking tubs, and NaturaBisse products. I can attest that the remote-controlled toilet speaks Japanese.

The Ivy Hotel has become a favorite haunt for weekenders from Pennsylvania, DC and Virginia (and beyond), so make your reservations now while you can. 

This hotel is located at 205 E. Biddle Street in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. Call 410-514-6500 for more information or visit http://www.theivybaltimore.com.

Perfectly at Home in Baltimore

Room service includes goldfish
at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore

Speaking of the B&O Railroad, its 1831 headquarters has become one of the city’s most popular overnight destinations, duly representing West Coast style and Charm City swagger: The Hotel Monaco.

It’s part of the Kimpton brand, which is best-known for its upbeat vibe and some quirky extras that feel right at home in Baltimore. Not only are dogs welcome, cats birds and even amphibians are allowed.

For those having trouble counting sheep, the front desk can supply a goldfish who will swim in circles for your evening enjoyment.

A beautiful grand marble staircase leads down from the hotel’s lobby area to the popular street-level B&O Brasserie. New arrivals will find friendly staffers in the lobby sharing space with bold art and contrasting patterned fabrics.

The Modern Lobby at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore, courtesy of the hotel

The nightly wine hour that Kimpton is known (and loved) for takes place by the fireplace near the reception desk. Generous staycation packages at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore include National Aquarium tickets and free parking: click here for all of the details.

The Hotel Monaco Baltimore is located at 2 North Charles Street in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. Call 443-692-6170 for more information or
visit http://www.monaco-baltimore.com

Upcoming Events In Mount Vernon

Baltimore School For the Arts
712 Cathedral Street | 443-642-5167 | Website

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Open House/Information Day for Prospective Students
and Parents

Saturday, Oct 7 | 9 AM

Do you know a student interested in Baltimore School for the Arts? Join us at BSA for annual Open House/Information Day to learn all about the audition process and the school’s academic and arts curriculum. No reservations required, and all parents and families are welcome.

If your last name begins with A-L, please attend the morning sessions:
9 AM: Visual Arts, Vocal & Instrumental Music
10 AM: Academics
11 AM: Dance, Theatre, Theatre Production

If your last name begins with M-Z, please attend the afternoon sessions:
12 PM: Visual Arts, Vocal & Instrumental Music
1 PM: Academics
2 PM: Dance, Theatre, Theatre Production

You’ll learn about how to apply, how to prepare for the audition, how acceptance decisions are made, our college prep program, and what our alumni do. Student-guided tours follow each arts session.

All interested students must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for more information.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website

Wynton Marsalis

2017 Gala Concert with Wynton Marsalis
Saturday, Sept 9 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Dan Nimmer, piano
Carlos Henriquez, bass
Ali O.M. Jackson II, drums

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, nine-time Grammy┬« Award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and three of the finest jazz artists in the world; the perfect pairing of legendary jazz and classical musicians in a celebration of America’s art form.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street | 410-396-5430 | Website

Genealogy Circle Meeting: Brick Wall Session
Saturday, Aug 12 | 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children’s Garden Night Room

Brick Wall

Do you have ancestors you just can’t find? What do you do when your research comes to a standstill and you’ve hit that proverbial brick wall? When you’ve already tried all the obvious places, you’ll need to consider the not so obvious.

Bring your questions, as well as your knowledge and experience to help others solve their problems. We’ll share and work together to break down those brick walls!

A panel of Maryland genealogy experts, including Lisa Crawley from the Reginal F. Lewis Museum’s Resource Center; Melvin Currie who has been working with genetic genealogy for over ten years; and Malissa Ruffner, Vice President of the Maryland Genealogical Society, will be on hand to work with you.

Click here for more information. Registration is not required.

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | Phone 410-685-3750 | Website

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Eliza Crawford Anderson Godefroy: Shattering the Glass Ceiling in the Intellectual World of Baltimore, 1800-1819
Thursday, Sept 7, 2017
6:00 PM Cocktails
6:30-7:30 PM Lecture
7:30-8:30 PM Reception

This lecture is part of the Francis Scott Key Lecture Series, and is presented by Edward Papenfuse, Ph.D., Maryland State Archivist (retired).

A friend of Elizabeth Patterson, abandoned wife of a failed Baltimore merchant, a single mother who divorced for love to marry a French artist/architect, and an accomplished editor/writer in her own right, Eliza Godefroy’s life was both extraordinary and tragic. Her failed journal, the first of its kind in America edited by a woman, remains a monument to her skills as a writer and observer of the intellectual life of the emerging urban presence of Baltimore, as much as her second husband’s Battle Monument remains as the centerpiece of the city’s official seal. This lecture will explore the career of the brilliant, Eliza Godefroy during the first two decades of the nineteenth century.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Maryland Humanities
108 West Centre Street | 410-685-0095 | Website

Mt Vernon Park

Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour
Saturday, Aug 19 | 11 AM
Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library

What do Tupac Shakur, Upton Sinclair, and Emily Post have in common? At one point, all three resided in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. On Maryland Humanities’ Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour, you’ll walk in the footsteps of these iconic cultural figures, along with other literary greats of Baltimore like Edgar Allan Poe and H.L. Mencken. There are only a few more tours left this season – get your tickets now and join the fun!

Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $10 per person and can be reserved online. Tours begin at 11 a.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library at 400 Cathedral Street.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website

Peabody Conservatory to Offer Dance Degree

danah bellan

The Peabody Institute has announced the launch of a new bachelor’s degree in dance.

Internationally known dancer, choreographer, and teacher danah bella will chair new Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance program.

Building on its long history of high-level training for dancers, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University will launch a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance program beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, pending approval of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. danah bella, the founder of danah bella DanceWorks and former chair of the dance faculty at Radford University, will lead the new department.

“The Peabody Conservatory Dance BFA is designed to prepare exceptional 21st century artists to push the boundaries between dance and science and expand the role and relevance of dance,” stated Abra Bush, Peabody’s senior associate dean of institute studies. “With her bold artistry and diverse experiences as a performer, choreographer, and teacher, we’re thrilled that danah bella has agreed to lead this innovative new program at Peabody.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street | Phone: 410-752-1225 | Website

Cleanup Day Volunteers

Saturday, Aug 26 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Volunteers can work as little as 2 hours – or as much as all day!

We will be working in three teams:

1. General Theatre Clean
Deep cleaning of seating areas
Cleaning Baseboards
Dusting / Cleaning around window & mouldings
Cleaning Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures

2. Costume Room Organization
Sorting and Re-hanging of costumes
Re-stocking shoes & hats into proper containers
Re-shelving of fabrics (separating into finished pieces and raw fabrics)

3. Green Room / Dressing Room Clean
Cleaning counters and shelves
Organizing Under Cabinets and Kitchenette space
Cleaning Floors / Sweep, Vacuum, Mop as needed.

4. Outdoors
Re-painting the courtyard concrete (dependent upon weather)

To volunteer, contact Fuzz Roark by calling 410-752-1225.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-547-9000 | Website

Uncertain Times

Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul focuses on the ways in which Martin Luther, the 16th-century German religious reformer, comforted the distressed souls of his contemporaries by approaching them as a father, a husband, and a friend – rather than as a priest or theologian. This exhibition, curated by Zanvyl Krieger Fellow Yu Na Han, provides insight into Luther’s world, friendships, and family. Approximately 20 works will be on view, ranging from a simple beer cup to a mesmerizing rendering of the Lutheran orb and cross composed entirely of microscopic hand-lettered prayers. The Walters presents this one-gallery exhibition during the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Click here for more information.

Until next month,

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Mount Vernon Cultural District Is
A Proud Partner of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit BaltimoreC

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