Free parking to be offered in Parkville, Essex, Overlea on Thanksgiving weekend

Free Holiday Parking 2017Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-26. For last-minute shoppers, there also will be free meter parking December 20-25, just before Christmas.

Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.

“A little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season makes it easier to support locally owned shops and restaurants,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “These small businesses help support the neighborhood economy. We encourage everyone to shop local on Small Business Saturday, November 25, and throughout the holiday season.”

Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.

Tree lighting, holiday parade, Noon Year’s Eve: winter fun at The Avenue

the-avenue-holiday-paradeThere’s plenty of winter fun on the way at The Avenue at White Marsh.

Several annual traditions will continue this year and have already been scheduled, including the grand opening of the new ice rink and the annual tree lighting and holiday parade.

Ice Rink Grand Opening
Wednesday, November 15
Noon to 10 p.m.

Lace up your skates – or just rent a pair. The Avenue will premiere its new 60′ x 115′ outdoor ice skating rink on November 15th.

20th Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, November 17
6 to 9 p.m.

Join host, Jamie Costello, as The Avenue unwraps another holiday season on Friday, November 17th. Live musical performance by King Teddy begins at 6 p.m. followed by Santa’s arrival to light the tree at 7 p.m. Then, stick around for visits with Santa, dinner at one of The Avenue restaurants – or demonstrate your ice skating skills on the brand new 60′ x 115′ outdoor ice rink.

Note – additional parking for customers of The Avenue will be available on the Mariner Finance lot (off of Town Center) Friday evenings through Sunday.

19th Annual Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 2
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Avenue at White Marsh will play host to the area’s 19th Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 2nd at 10 a.m. Celebrate the season with local high school marching bands, street performers, mascots, dance troops, and much more – all leading up to the big guy in the red suit.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
Sunday, December 31
10 a.m. to noon

Why stay up late to ring in the New Year? The Avenue is throwing a family celebration from 10:00 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve with live musical entertainment for kids by the Joanie Leeds Trio. Don’t miss the big countdown and the ball drop when the clock strikes noon. Then, stick around for lunch – or demonstrate your ice skating skills on the outdoor rink.

Smallcakes Cupcakery coming to The Avenue at White Marsh

CupcakesCupcakes are coming to White Marsh.

The Avenue at White Marsh has announced that Smallcakes Cupcakery will soon be opening its doors there.

Jeff Martin founded the popular chain that bakes and frosts 18 signature flavors every morning, fresh from scratch. Smallcakes features seasonal and special flavors created by Martin.

After appearances on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” seasons one, two, and seven as well as on the daytime talk show “The View,” Smallcakes Cupcakery became well known across the nation.

Many celebrities have had Smallcakes at their events and weddings. USA TODAY listed Smallcakes Cupcakery as one of the Top Ten Cupcake Places to try in the country.

The new shop will be located next to Slice on The Avenue and should open by the end of the year.

‘Shop and Eat to the Beat’ all summer long at The Avenue at White Marsh

The Avenue Shop Eat BeatNow that construction on the new plaza is complete, with a grand opening scheduled for Saturday, The Avenue at White Marsh is relaunching its summer concert series for 2017.

“THE AVENUE LIVE! Shop and Eat to the Beat” will take place every Friday and Saturday from 7:00  to 9:00 p.m.  It will stretch from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Patrons will be able to enjoy patio dining or they can grab a bite from one of The Avenue’s many eateries.  Attendees may also bring a blanket (no chairs).

The events will feature new musical talent every week.

For the convenience of those in need of additional seating, representatives from Perry Hall High School will provide chairs (appropriate for use on the turf) and blankets for rental. A minimum donation of $2 per chair or blanket is required. All proceeds will benefit the fundraising efforts of Perry Hall High School.

Please note – rented chairs must be utilized on a designated area at the back of the turf so as not to interfere with the blanket seating space.
* Please remember… B.Y.O. is prohibited at these performances. Only food and beverages purchased from The Avenue at White Marsh restaurants and eateries are permitted in the event area. The Main Plaza (event area), is designated smoke free.

Here the 2017 concert line-up:

5/20 Unity Reggae (5 p.m.) & 8 Ohms (7 p.m.)
5/26 Nelly’s Echo (Pop Rock)
5/27 The Crawdaddies (Roots Rock, Zydeco)
6/2 Proverbs Reggae Band (Reggae)
6/3 Liquid A (Pop)
6/9 Will Hill (Rock, Ska)
6/10 Justin Trawick and the Common Good (Americana)
6/16 LVT (Alternative / Indie Rock)
6/17 King Teddy (Rockabilly, Swing)
6/23 Jah Works (Reggae)
6/24 Dublin 5 (Celtic Rock)
6/30 Swampcandy (Blues, Roots)
7/1 The Racket (Roots Rock)
7/7 Pressing Strings (Folk Rock)
7/8 Moonshine Society (R&B)
7/14 Michael Louis Band (Rock Blues)
7/15 The Crawdaddies (Roots Rock, Zydeco)
7/21 The ShamRogues (Celtic Rock)
7/22 Gold Magnolias (R&B/soul, Pop)
7/28 NOMAD (Modern Country)
7/29 Classroom Dragons (Americana)
8/4 Billy Coulter Band (Roots Rock/Pop)
8/5 Hustle Souls (Soul, Roots Rock, Funk)
8/11 Natty Beaux (Jump Blues/Swing/Rockabilly)
8/12 Proverbs Reggae Band (Reggae)
8/18 Nelly’s Echo (Pop Rock)
8/19 The Scotch Bonnets (Funky Reggae Rock)
8/25 Junkyard Saints (New Orleans Funk)
8/26 Sweet Leda (funk, soul and pop)
9/1 Barleyjuice (Celtic Rock)
9/2 Speakers of the House (funk, Rock)