These are a Few of Our Favorite Things: Admissions Look into Baltimore Traditions

These are a Few of Our Favorite Things: Admissions Look into Baltimore Traditions

The city of Baltimore is filled with fun and interesting traditions that appeal to people from all walks of life. Our admissions team share the traditions they love most in Baltimore.

Baltimore Black Choreography Festival 

Alexander Murphy, Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives and Healthcare Organizational Leadership Recruitment

Moving to Baltimore in 2022 was such an exciting, yet nerve-wracking experience. I was nervous about not finding a community to express myself in the same way I had in Florida. After 4 months of living in the Baltimore area, I was introduced to some talented and creative black choreographers and dancers located in the Baltimore area. After attending the 2nd Annual Baltimore Black Choreographers Festival, I felt so inspired to continue my craft in dance and choreography. I quickly found a community that supports my creative endeavors while providing me an outlet to express myself. I really enjoyed seeing the intersection of black choreography and dance when seeing techniques from ballet to modern, to dancehall, and Afro-fusion.  This festival hosted a weekend of dance classes and workshops focused on improving technique while fostering community. This opportunity allowed me to collaborate more with the Black Baltimore Dance and Choreography community. 

Baltimore Farmers Market

Kaitlyn Williams, Admissions Officer

I have lived in Maryland my whole life and moved to Baltimore City as a young adult. One of my favorite things in the city is going to the Baltimore Farmers Market. The market is under the Jones Falls Expressway, which is open every Sunday from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. The season is from April through December. Some local farmers bring fresh produce to buy and other treats as well.  Some vendors sell clothes and jewelry. I enjoy this outing because it is nice to walk around and see what there is to offer. I also love getting a nice breakfast sandwich from one of the vendors.  My favorite stand is Zeke’s Coffee, and it’s always my first stop! I like to enjoy this market with my mom and sister; it’s a nice place for us to walk around and catch up. The Baltimore Farmers Market is a great way to spend a Sunday morning and support local farmers.  

4th of July

Betsy Emery, Senior Assistant Director DNP Advanced Nursing Practice and Post Degree Certificate Recruitment

Not being a Maryland native and living in a suburb of Baltimore, one of my first questions when I moved to the area was “Where is the best place to watch Fireworks” in Baltimore? I chose the city because the firework display is over the beautiful Inner Harbor – the waterway to the Chesapeake Bay. The responses were vast and varied.  We tried many venues and enjoyed them all.  However, a good friend heard about the Baltimore Museum of Industry and we decided to go and watch the 4th of July fireworks there. The museum is on the south side of the Inner Harbor in a neighborhood called Locust Point.  It is in an old cannery where different types of manufacturing and industry from the early 20th century are on display. The location is perfect to watch fireworks with the city skyline as the backdrop and every seat has a perfect view.  If you are into history, then you will enjoy this tidbit. East of the museum is Fort McHenry which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the “Star –Spangled Banner”, the official national anthem! If we are in town over the 4th of July, that is where you will find us. It is my favorite tradition in Baltimore.  

Brew at the Zoo

Laura Panozzo, Assistant Director DNP Executive, PhD, and DNP/PHD Recruitment

Ever since I moved to Baltimore almost ten years ago, thus leaving my best friend in the Midwest, the annual Brew at the Zoo has become a time-honored friend’s reunion. This event is the Maryland Zoo’s largest (and most important!) fundraiser of the year and one of Baltimore’s largest beer festivals. All proceeds from the festival go directly to the Maryland Zoo to help further their mission. Enjoy admission to the zoo to visit the animals, live music, local vendors, and unlimited beer, wine, and seltzer tastings! 

Restaurant Week

Brandon LeBlanc, Assistant Director
MSN Entry into Nursing Recruitment

To my FOODIES out there, there is a tradition in Baltimore to stimulate your palate that you won’t want to miss out on. Baltimore Restaurant Week is presented by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore to encourage citizens to support and discover the city’s premium food scene. Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or just interested in trying a new cuisine, Restaurant Week is a great time to do this on a budget. I’m constantly looking for something new and this has been a tradition I haven’t missed since my arrival to the city.  

The Night of 100 Elvis’s

Sharon Warner, Associate Director

The day the King of Rock and Roll died was a day I will never forget.  I was sixteen and my mother announced through heavy sobs that Elvis Pressley was gone.  We mourned Elvis as we would a favorite family member or friend and lamented that rock and roll would never be the same.  Over forty-five years later, Baltimore has found a way to celebrate “the King”, raise money for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and fill the hearts of old and new Elvis fans around the Baltimore area and beyond-all with the kitsch that Baltimore is known for.  I have set the stage for one of my personal favorite Baltimore traditions-The Night of 100 Elvis’s! 

Since the early 1990’s, this party in honor of Elvis has been held in early December in a variety of locations, my favorite being the well-worn Lithuanian Hall to the west of downtown Bmore.  People of all age groups, ethnicities, and various levels of Elvis adoration come to celebrate the King and his music.  The entertainment is eclectic-belly dancer Elvis, Paul McCartney Elvis, local EPI’s (Elvis Pressley Impersonators), Santa Elvis-all come together to revel in all things Baltimore with great music as a back drop. Costumes have become the norm for the guests and if you ever wondered what a Baltimore “Hon” is, there are plenty in attendance. Sadly, because of COVID, this special night has been on hiatus and Elvis has left the building but brighter days are ahead to continue this unique Baltimore tradition! 

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