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Holiday Guide Feature

The Holiday Guide

City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.

Illustrations by Daniel Krall

Holiday Guide 2005

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The Holiday Guide City Paper's 2005 Guide to Seasonal Events and Places.

Posted 11/16/2005

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Cooking Modern, 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Atwater’s at Belvedere Square Market, Belvedere Square, (410) 323-2396, website. Face it—last year your fruitcake could hold a vault door open and your turkey was as dry as the Gobi. Susan Spungen, founding food editor/editorial director of food for the empire that is Martha Stuart Living will be shilling her new cookbook, Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook for expert chefs and people just like yourself.

Garden of Lights, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 19-Jan. 8, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1411,, $15 per vehicle. This year will be a holiday Wonka-land of 650,000 lights, though none of them edible. Feel free to bring some Christmas cookies or halvah and feast your eyes on this dazzling display that includes a fountain, flowers, and a kaleidoscopic caterpillar.

Gratitude and Grief: A Thanksgiving Workshop and Surviving the Winter Holidays, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 16 and Dec. 5, Heartland Hospice, 4 E. Rolling Crossroads, Suite 307, Catonsville, (410) 719-8670, free, but pre-registration required. The holidays can be especially overwhelming for those who have lost a loved one, and Heartland Hospice is offering these two workshops for those adults who are struggling to cope at this time of year.

Downtown Holiday Lunch Party, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17, Harbor Place, (877) 225-8466, Downtown Baltimore office workers can loosen their ties, scarves, and belts as they “lobby hop” through the Gallery Office Tower and other buildings to sample dishes from area restaurants.

Harbor Hora, 8 p.m. Dec. 24, Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 356-5200, $25, advance $20 advance. Just because you’re home for the holidays doesn’t mean you’re staying in for the holidays. Rams Head Live has a huge dance floor and bar area for you to tear it up and raise the roof in all of the mishegas the Harbor Hora has to offer. L’Chaim!

Holiday Fashion Extravaganza, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, Lexington Market, Market Arcade Stage, 400 W. Lexington St., (410) 685-6169, website. While Anna Wintour and her minions from Vogue won’t be there to stiletto you in the head if you get a front row seat, resident Baltimore fashionisto Travis Winkey will be producing a show featuring holiday, winter, and evening fashions from national and local designers. There will be on-site beauty makeovers, live saxophone music, and, of course, the deliciousness of Lexington Market eateries within your reach.

Home for the Holidays, 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3, the Square, 2910 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-8505, website. We here at Baltimore’s Wassilliest Alternative Weekly love to give Baltimore-themed gifts and can’t get enough of seeing a crab hat strapped to our parents’ golden retriever’s head. But we are even more excited to check out Linda Amtmann’s painted bricks—fastidiously detailed to look like our fair city’s row houses and storefronts. As collectables or one-time deals, we’re talking great Baltimore mementos.

Lights on the Bay, 5-10 p.m. Nov.18-Jan.1, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, (441)481-3161,, $12 per car or van, $50 per bus. More than 60 stationary and animated displays illuminate a two-mile drive along the shores of the Chesapeake.

Renaissance Christmas Festival, Dec. 1-3 and 8-10, Towson University Newman Center, 7909 York Road, Towson, (410) 828-0622, $20-$30. Celebrate Christmas as they did in Olde England, with a full-course meal, entertainment, caroling, madrigal performances, and other forms of revelry. Come in costume if you wish, casual if you must. Benefits the Towson University Catholic Campus Ministry.

A Taste of Maryland History book signing and free tasting, 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Reynolds Tavern, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis, (410) 295-9555, The authors of the cookbook will be there, and you can sample some of the recipes and tea from Reynolds tavern that are featured in the book

Tavern Traipse, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 17, William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis, (410) 267-8146,, $30-$35, must be 21 or over. You don’t need to ask us twice to participate in a little pub hopping, 18th-century style—especially when it offers more than a pitcher of Miller Light at each stop. These taverns will offer period music, dance instruction, pub lore, and refreshments. Be sure to partake of colonial-style spirits, such as rum punch, as well.

Winter Art Exhibition, Dec. 9- Jan. 20, Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St., (410) 396-1185. The students present their best works in this juried exhibition that features every grade level and studio in the school.

Deck the Walls, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays Nov. 3-Dec. 16, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, (410) 263-5544, While you may be busy covering every available inch of your front yard with twinkle lights, come in from the cold to see this eclectic exhibition. It features a variety of works, and it is an excellent way to postpone your impending frostbite.

Winterfest 2005, Nov. 19-Dec. 23, Baltimore Clayworks, 57107 Smith Ave., (410) 578-1919, Baltimore Clayworks is featuring artists from all over the country with their exhibition of functional clay art. If the winter months make you think of sipping hot tea by a fireplace, then check out some funky variations of teapots and other accouterments for inspiration, and gifts.

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