Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Bawlmer is Hot, Hon!

Hon is a feeling that you have in your heart.
-- Denise Whiting, founder of HonFest and owner of Cafe Hon and the Hon Bar
International travel experts Frommer's has listed Baltimore as one of this year's top ten up and coming summer destinations.

I'm not kidding. Here's what they say:

If you've never considered Baltimore, now is the time. It's undergoing a cultural renaissance that goes beyond baseball and steamed crabs. Check out the fascinating medieval art, suits of armor, and Egyptian mummies at the Walters Art Museum. Then, fast forward to the American Visionary Art Museum where the offbeat and funky works will engage your imagination. Go "down under" at the always popular National Aquarium in its new wing devoted to "Animal Planet Australia" opening this fall. Top off your day by visiting one of the new ethnic restaurants that have been popping up in neighborhoods like Fells Point, Mount Vernon, and Little Italy that make dining an event unto itself.

A Must: Shop 'til you drop on Antique Row, where you'll discover silver, porcelains and chairs of all sizes and shapes.

No, I'm really not kidding.

But why spend the day in a stuffy art gallery when you could be attending the HonFest in Hampden? Sorry, it's over for this year (I meant to post this blog last Friday), but mark your calendars for HonFest 2006 (Saturday, June 10, 2006, on W. 36th St.), where you can celebrate big hair, cat's-eye sunglasses, and good old-fashioned charm. The event features the "Best Hon" contest, including prizes for "Li'l Hons," as well as a life-sized "Hon-Opoly" game, and--new this year--the "Hon Run."

Baltimore, Maryland, a city with a proud history, where our national anthem was written and our young democracy was defended from the ravaging Brits. Where Babe Ruth was born, and Edgar Allen Poe decided to die.

Come for the museums, stay for the Hons.

(Yankee fans, stay home.)


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