Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Waverly Wonderland!

Saturday's the big day! From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., join us for the Waverly Wonderland holiday celebration!

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with special holiday breakfasts and a visit from Santa at these Main Street restaurants (call for reservations):

  • Thir-Tea First Street Cafe and Tearoom, 410-889-7112
  • Waverly Grill, 410-889-6400
  • Darker Than Blue Cafe, 443-872-4468

After breakfast, Santa will be available for FREE photos in his horse and buggy from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While you shop, enjoy live music and check out the winners of the Waverly Main Street holiday window decorating contest.

Waverly Wonderland is part of Miracle on Main Streets, a celebration of shopping local on all ten Baltimore Main Streets. For more information about Waverly Wonderland, please contact Waverly Main Street Manager Laura Kindseth at lkindseth@greaterhomewood.org or 410-258-6295.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Light Up the Night on Waverly Main Street

Get in the holiday spirit! On Friday, December 5, Waverly Main Street will kick off its holiday shopping season with a tree-lighting at 7 p.m. at 33rd Street and Greenmount Avenue. Join us for hot chocolate and carols as we light up the night on Waverly Main Street.

Then come back on Saturday, December 13 for the Waverly Wonderland celebration, featuring:

  • Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m.
  • FREE photos with Santa in his horse-drawn buggy from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as you do your holiday shopping

It's more important than ever this year to shop local and keep our neighborhood commercial areas strong. See you on Waverly Main Street!

Waverly Wonderland is part of Miracle on Main Streets, a celebration of shopping local on all ten Baltimore Main Streets. For more information about Waverly Wonderland, please contact Waverly Main Street Manager Laura Kindseth at lkindseth@greaterhomewood.org or 410-258-6295.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Get Ready for the Holidays on Waverly Main Street!

Sure, it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but it's never too early to start planning your holiday shopping. Try Waverly Main Street this year!

Had your fill of driving to the mall, searching for parking, and waiting in long lines for the same old gifts you give every year? Waverly Main Street is what you're looking for. Shopping local is more important than ever this year, as we're all looking for ways to trim costs. Don't fill up the tank -- take a walk or bike ride over to Waverly Main Street for one-of-a-kind gifts like books, electronics, and jewelry. And when you shop local, your support of local businesses makes their communities even stronger.

Stay tuned for more details about the Miracle on Main Street promotion on Waverly Main Street in December!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Second Annual Neighborhood Institute

Second Annual Neighborhood Institute
Saturday, November 15
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Charles Commons Conference Center

Calling all community leaders, activists, and neighbors! The second annual Neighborhood Institute is your one-stop source for a wealth of information on the issues that matter most in your community, like sanitation, public safety, drug nuisance abatement, greening projects, and much more. Attend workshops and hear from leading City officials, including Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III. Exchange ideas with members of other communities. Free refreshments! Bring a friend!

For more information, visit http://www.greaterhomewood.org/. Sponsored by Greater Homewood Community Corporation.

To RSVP, please contact Olga Maltseva at 410-261-3510 or omaltseva@greaterhomewood.org.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rise and Sweep on Saturday

With the weather cooling, it's the perfect time of year to spruce up Waverly Main Street for the upcoming holiday shopping season!
Join us on Saturday, October 18 for Rise and Sweep cleanup. Volunteers will meet for refreshments at St. John's church (3009 Greenmount Avenue) at 7:30 a.m. for refreshments, followed by the street cleanup until noon. Relax after your hard work with a barbecue back at St. John's at 12 p.m.
To sign up, please contact Laura Kindseth at 410-258-6295 or lkindseth@greaterhomewood.org; or contact Joe Onyebuchi at 571-277-3696 or jonyebu1@jhu.edu.
See you on Saturday!

Taste of Waverly Village a Success!

Thanks to our sponsors, performers, neighbors, and friends for making A Taste of Waverly Village a success this past Saturday! We also thank the City Paper for naming our event a Critic's Pick in their October 8 issue.

Stay tuned for photos from the event. And you can still purchase your own limited edition Waverly t-shirt, featuring the vintage artwork from the Waverly sign at 32nd and Greenmount (pictured above). Just call or email Laura Kindseth at 410-258-6295 or lkindseth@greaterhomewood.org. T-shirts are just $12 and support Waverly Main Street!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Band Lineup for Taste of Waverly Village

While you're treating your taste buds to some great local restaurants at A Taste of Waverly Village on Saturday, October 11, you can treat your ears to music from some of Baltimore's best local bands!

The musical lineup for A Taste of Waverly Village is:
4-4:45 p.m.: Hornsby and Clark (http://www.myspace.com/hornsbyclark)
5-6 p.m.: The Chroma Blend (http://www.myspace.com/thechromablend)
6:25-7:25 p.m.: Sandy Asirvatham (http://www.myspace.com/sandyasirvatham)
7:45-8:45 p.m.: The Reactors (http://www.reactorsmlc.org/)

(Schedule subject to change)

See you on Saturday, October 11 at the 32nd Street Farmers Market! A Taste of Waverly Village will be held from 4-9 p.m.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Live Music at the Taste of Waverly Village!

Waverly Main Street is proud to announce three great local bands who will be performing at the Taste of Waverly Village on Saturday, October 11!

The Reactors (http://www.reactorsmlc.org/)

The Chroma Blend (http://www.myspace.com/thechromablend)

More to come!

And we're also happy to welcome two event sponsors, Greenmount Loan and Jewelry and Giant Food.

REMINDER: Applications for food and craft vendors are due on September 26!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sign Up Now for the Taste of Waverly Village!

GHCC and Waverly Main Street are seeking participants for the second annual Taste of Waverly Village!

The Taste of Waverly Village will gather restaurants and crafters on Saturday, October 11 at the site of the Waverly Farmers Market for tastings, live music, and shopping. It's a great day of fall fun for the entire family, and a wonderful way for restaurants and crafters to meet new customers.

Click here for links to the Food Vendor and Craft Vendor applications. Applications are due September 26. For more information, please contact Main Street Manager Laura Kindseth at 410-258-6295 or lkindseth@greaterhomewood.org.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Waverly BookFest 2008

It’s a party! It’s all about books! And it’s coming soon!

Waverly BookFest 2008
Brought to you by Friends of the Waverly Branch

Saturday, September 13, 2008
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 E. 33rd Street

(Across from the Waverly Farmers’ Market)
No Charge for Admission

Come to the Waverly Branch for a day of book-related merrymaking and storytelling for all ages. Snap up great deals on books at our book tables; get your rare books appraised for free by David Grey of Allen’s Bookshop (limited so register early); bid on antique, vintage, and other unique items at the Silent Auction; sample fresh-baked goodies and enjoy special programming for all ages throughout the day.

Children’s Programming
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children’s Reading Room
At 11 a.m, recent Newbery award-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz will read from her enchanting book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! The author will be available to sign books immediately following the reading. Children will also enjoy crafts, face painting, balloons, animal visitors, and giveaways for those who come early.

Teen Programming
12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Meeting Room
Teens interested in exploring journalism can participate in a dynamic program led by Baltimore Sun staffer John-John Williams. Thinking about a career in journalism? Want to hone your reporting skills? This program is for you. The program is free but space is limited so register in advance. Snack and beverage provided to participants.

Adult Programming
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Meeting Room
Join us for Conversations with the Artist Lee Freeman: Beyond Golden Fences. Freeman will use his experiences with the conceptualization and installation of Golden Fences as a starting off point in a broader discussion of art and public dialogue.

Book Appraisals
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Adult Reading Room
With over 25 years of experience in the book business, David Grey, owner of Allen’s Bookshop, will appraise your books (five-book maximum ) for free. Find out just how valuable those old books of Great-Aunt Mabel are. Bring on the books for the Waverly BookFest’s version of “Antiques Roadshow.” Pre-registration encouraged due to time constraints.

We Want Your Books
Well, someone wants your books and we’d love to play matchmaker. Here’s the catch: Books must be in good condition – with covers, no torn or missing pages, and not overly marked up. We will not accept textbooks. Books are being collected at the Waverly Branch in the marked bin in the lobby. And thanks! We promise your books will find great new homes and people to love them. Please do not place rare books or books of great value in the book bin. Instead, contact Ann Giroux at (410) 889-6484 to schedule your donation so that you can receive a donor acknowledgement letter. Don’t know exactly how much the books are worth? We can help!

We Want Your Stuff
We would love to have donations for our Silent Auction. This is not a White Elephant Sale. Please donate your antiques, collectibles, new in-box electronics, decorative items, art, bottles of fine wine, vacation package and restaurant gift certificates, or other items. Your contributions are tax-deductible and a donor acknowledgement letter will be provided. To donate items, please contact Ann Giroux at (410) 889-6484.

Want to bid on something? Come to the Waverly BookFest 2008 and bid away. We will post a list of items closer to the event so check back!

We Want You Too
This amazing event is made possible by the Friends of the Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, an all-volunteer organization comprised of your neighbors and friends. Do you live in Abell, Barclay, Guilford, Oakenshawe, Pen Lucy or Waverly and surrounding areas? This is YOUR branch. Volunteer for BookFest 2008. We have many volunteer opportunities and one will make you say “yay,” we’re sure of it.

Contact Information
For further information about Waverly BookFest 2008:
Contact Ann Giroux, Waverly Friends at (410) 889-6484

For further information about the Waverly Library:
Waverly Branch Circulation Desk (410) 396-6053

For registration forms:
Contact Sherri Alms at shalms@his.com

Waverly Main Street Featured in the Baltimore Sun!

In addition to Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, and Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III, a reporter from the Baltimore Sun joined us for the sights and sounds of the Third Annual Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade on August 2. Click here to read the great article by Kevin Rector about the parade and about the ongoing revitalization of Waverly Main Street!

Photos from the National Night Out Kick-Off Parade

The Third Annual Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade was a success! Many thanks to our sponsors, participants, and Waverly family and friends for a beautiful day!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tour du Greater Homewood on August 2

Before heading out to the Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade, why not start the morning with the Tour du Greater Homewood? This relaxed bike ride through north central Baltimore is a great way to get ready for the Baltimore Bike Pageant, which is part of the parade this year.
To participate, just meet the group on Saturday, August 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Roland Park water tower (Roland Avenue and University Parkway). The route will wind through Hampden, Remington, Station North, Waverly, and Ednor Gardens before ending at 35th and Greenmount in time for the start of the parade. Free t-shirts for everyone who rides!
For more information, please contact Laura Kindseth at lkindseth@greaterhomewood.org or 410-258-6295.
* All riders are expected to wear a helmet! *

Friday, July 11, 2008

Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 2 at 11 a.m. and the 3rd annual Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade!

The parade begins at 11 a.m. and proceeds along Greenmount Avenue between 35th and 29th Streets. This is a can't-miss neighborhood event with plenty of music, step groups, and special guests like McGruff the Crime Dog.

This year, there are two new ways that you can be part of parade:

The Best Pet Yet Parade

Got a dog who can skateboard? A fabulous feline? An incredible iguana? Enter them for the Best Pet Yet Parade. Judging and prizes will follow at the end of the parade route. Prizes are sponsored by the Baltimore Dog Bakery and Pretentious Pooch.

Baltimore Bike Pageant

Sign up to ride your bicycle in the parade and compete for awesome cycling-related prizes like a helmet, pumps, and a free registration for the Tour du Port! Prizes are sponsored by One Less Car, Proteus Bicycles, Light Street Cycles, and REI.

To register for the Best Pet Yet Parade and the Baltimore Bike Pageant, please contact Laura Kindseth at 410-258-6295 or lkindseth@greaterhomewood.org.

The 3rd Annual Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade is sponsored by Waverly Main Street, Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, and Target.

See you at the parade! And afterwards, stop by the community-built playground behind the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg YMCA (East 33rd Street and Ellerslie Avenue). It's open for everyone!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Baltimore Bike Pageant!

Do you love your bicycle?
Whether you're a cool commuter, mighty mountain biker, or still on training wheels, you're invited to enter the Baltimore Bike Pageant!
The Baltimore Bike Pageant is part of the Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, August 2 at 11 a.m. and goes along Greenmount Avenue between 35th and 29th Streets. The parade is always a great way to meet your neighbors, make some new furry friends during the pet parade, and show Baltimore how much you love your bike in the Bike Pageant!
To participate, just register to ride in the parade by contacting Laura Kindseth at 410-258-6295 or lkindseth@greaterhomewood.org. The judging and prizes will take place at the end of the parade route.
The Waverly Village National Night Out Kick-Off Parade anticipates National Night Out on August 5, a celebration of community partnerships with law enforcement.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Waverly Farmers Market Reminder

Please keep in mind that pets are no longer permitted to accompany you to the Waverly Farmers Market. This is in accordance with a state ordinance prohibiting live animals from any place that serves food. Copies of the ordinance are available at the market for your review.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Open Houses for Charles Street Trolley

The Charles Street Development Corporation (CSDC) is hosting two Open Houses this June about a proposed trolley line that would run along Charles Street between University Parkway and the Inner Harbor.

Residents and businesses are invited to stop by the Open Houses any time between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. to hear from the trolley project’s four working groups, which cover Finance and Governance, Design and Engineering, Ridership and Service, and Communications.

The first Open House will be held on Thursday, June 12 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation at 4 East University Parkway. If you are unable to attend that date, an additional Open House will be held on Monday, June 23 at The Belvedere (1 East Chase Street). For more information on the trolley, visit www.charlesstreet.org/trolley.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Architectural Treasure Hunt

Waverly is home to some of Baltimore's most beautiful architecture, and since May is Historic Preservation Month, it's time to celebrate!

Waverly Main Street is holding an architectural treasure hunt photo contest this month. Take a close look at the photos below, match them to their business or address on the form that follows, and return the form to the Waverly Main Street office by June 1. The winner will receive a book on Baltimore architecture donated by Johns Hopkins University Press. He or she will also receive one ticket to a “Behind the Scenes Tour” of historic Baltimore offered monthly by Baltimore Heritage, Inc. The winner can reserve a space on any tour offered in 2008.

Good luck!

Please fill out by June 1, 2008 and return to WMS headquarters at 3009 Greenmount Ave. (St. John’s Parish Hall)

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Moms on Main Street!

Find the perfect gift for Mom on Waverly Main Street this year!

"Moms on Main Street" is a Mother's Day event that will take place on Saturday, May 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring:

Mother's Day Arts and Crafts
Sidewalk Sale
Mother/Daughter Crème Tea

The Mother and Daughter Crème Tea will take place at the Thir-tea First Street Cafe & Tearoom at 414 East 31st St. To make reservations or to inquire about this event, please call(410) - 889 - 7112.

Look for the tent at 32nd Street and Greenmount Avenue on May 10 and join the fun!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

CityPaint 2008!!!

Come support "CityPaint 2008" this Saturday, April 19! “CityPaint 2008” expands the Baltimore Mural Program by seeking to create 20 murals around the city this season. Six of those 20 murals will be within Waverly Main Street at the Waverly Giant supermarket at the intersection of Old York Road and 33rd Street.

Mayor Sheila Dixon will unveil “CityPaint 2008” at the Waverly Giant on Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Several artists, including established local muralists Gary Mullen, Michael Owen, and Danamarie Hosler, were chosen to help paint the mural. Mr. Mullen has painted the Arena Players building at 801 McCullough Street, while Mr. Owen and Ms. Hosler have painted murals at the Downtown Farmers Market under the Jones Falls Expressway.

And hey, while you're there, why not pick up a broom and help out WMS in its part of the Mayor's 9th annual Spring Cleanup!

Check out these accepted designs for the Waverly Giant mural!

Gary Mullen

Gary Mullen

Michael Owen

Danamarie Hosler

Nelson Rivas

Monday, April 14, 2008

Rise and Sweep!

On April 19 Waverly Main Street will be participating in the Mayor's ninth annual Spring Cleanup. The cleanup for WMS will occur along Greenmount Avenue between 28th and 35th Streets and side street blocks on both sides.

Starting at 8:00am on Saturday, merchants will be cleaning up their storefronts, and volunteers will be geared up with brooms cleaning the streets. Those involved in the cleanup will be able to take a lunch break at noon at St. John's Church for a special Barbeque. Following lunch, the cleanup will wrap up at around 1:00 p.m.

This event is sure to help beautify Waverly Main Street just in time for springtime!

To volunteer or find out more, please contact:
Laura Kindseth

Cleaning supplies will be provided for those who have registered to help with the cleanup.

Friday, March 28, 2008

What is Waverly Main Street?

Waverly Main Street (WMS) is a lively business district along Greenmount Avenue between 28th and 35th Streets and side street blocks on both sides.

WMS plays an important role in GHCC’s mission to strengthen neighborhoods by applying the Main Street approach to promote economic development and community revitalization. The volunteer-driven program is facilitated with assistance from Baltimore Development Corporation in efforts to improve safety, sanitation and code enforcement, as well as funding and design services for building renovations in the Waverly downtown area.

A walk down Waverly Main Street reveals innovative building façade improvements, new signage, and exciting new businesses. Other entrepreneurs are working with WMS to locate suitable space for their venture and to explore funding options.

This Blog is here to keep you and the Greater Homewood Community updated on current and past events, as well as new improvments occuring throughout the Waverly Main Street Community.