Baltimore County Now
Jordan Fish, Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, Baltimore County is in the holiday spirit! Be sure to check our list of the many events and programs going on around the County during the month of December. From train gardens to tree lightings – it’s the most wonderful time of the year in Baltimore County!
Christmas Open House at Basignani Winery - Christmas time very special at Basignani Winery. Visit the north Baltimore County winery for its annual celebration of the Tuscan Christmas. Experience an Italian Christmas as Basignani transforms the tasting room and piazza into a little piece of Tuscany. Taste the wines and try some seasonal Tuscan Christmas treats.
December Saturdays at DeJon Vineyards - Join DeJon Vineyards, located in Hydes, during the first 3 Saturdays of December for free live music, tasty treats, and decorative scenery. They deck the halls with a giant Christmas tree and train garden in the tasting room. Each week different acoustic musicians will perform classic holiday songs, as well as their regular catalog of tunes.
Holiday Hoopla - December 7th is the official start of the holiday season in Dundalk! The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation joins forces with Dundalk-Eastfield Recreation to create a day with lots of tradition, memory-making and fun for all ages. Some of the event highlights include a parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a delicious cookie tour, and the train garden at the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum.
Holidays at Hampton....a Yuletide Celebration - Get into the holiday spirit early with “Holidays at Hampton” where the public can celebrate the season at Hampton Mansion, Baltimore County's only National Park. The “Holidays at Hampton” Yuletide weekend, Dec. 13th - 15th, includes special evening tours, antique cars, period crafts, musical and dance performances, African-American storytelling and unique holiday shopping in the Museum Shop. All of the festivities are free and open to the public.
Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland - Kids of all ages will enjoy the Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland. The layout features the Bromo Seltzer Tower and a burning building, complete with fire engines and hoses crisscrossing the fire ground. Watch Antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way past many of Baltimore’s famous neighborhoods and landmarks.
Jacksonville in Miniature for the Holidays - Now in its third year, Jacksonville in Miniature has grown into an animated wonderland. Train team members combine their talents to create replicas of local landmarks, scenes of "life in Jacksonville", and, of course, operating model trains. Located at the Jacksonville Senior Center, the 2013 display is expanding beyond Jacksonville to include the Ocean City boardwalk and the Washington D.C. Mall.
Towson WinterFest - Presented by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, WinterFest features numerous events in the downtown Towson area throughout December. Activities range from family friendly breakfasts with the Grinch and Frosty, to Ho Ho Happy Hours at area bars and restaurants. Check out the full schedule of events.
Wine Country Christmas at Boordy Vineyards – On December Saturdays, through the 21st, Boordy's Barn is the perfect setting for seasonal merry-making with traditional music, a tour of the winery, and steaming Wassail (a specialty from Boordy for over twenty-five years). Wines may be purchased by the glass or bottle for enjoying in the barn with your friends. The wine shop will be brimming with gifts for the hard to please wine lovers!
To find out about other great happenings in Baltimore County throughout the year, visit the Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion events calendar.
by Marjorie Hampson
Baltimore County Tourism Director
The 4th of July is a holiday that Americans know how to celebrate. Fireworks, cookouts, and parades can be found in communities throughout the country, but I don't think there are many places that can throw a 4th of July Parade better than Baltimore County.
It all starts off in Dundalk, where an entire community gets out of bed to start their Independence Day with an 8:15 parade that is a 78 year old tradition. The parade runs all throughout historic Dundalk, but it all begins at the Logan Village Shopping Center. For a parade route click here.
A little over an hour later, we shut down our County Seat at 10:30 a.m. for a parade that brings together all the bands and floats from the Towson area. The route runs from Bosley Avenue to Allegheny to Washington.
Next, we head over to the west side of the County for the Arbutus Parade, which runs through Arbutus’ historic downtown on East Drive at 12:30 sharp and shows off its residents’ patriotism with some of the biggest American flags you’ll ever see.
Finally, our parades wrap up on Frederick Road in Catonsville at 3:00 p.m. with a parade so popular that residents reserve their spots along the parade route with chairs weeks in advance. It may be too late to get your chair out there, but its not too late to find a good vantage point, just make sure to get there early.
So no matter where you call home, if you’re serious about celebrating our nation’s birthday in style, then Baltimore County is the place to be this 4th of July. I can’t wait to see you on the parade routes, but remember, you have to bring your own sunscreen.
Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE
Baltimore County Health Officer
Gone are the days of waiting for x-ray film to be developed during a dental appointment at a Baltimore County Dental Clinic. The new digital equipment now being used consists of a sensor that goes into the mouth and connects to a laptop.
Patients will not notice any difference in the technique used to capture a picture of their pearly whites, but they will notice the difference in the way the images are viewed.
Once an x-ray is taken, with the click of a button, the image appears on the laptop screen and can be manipulated to enhance its diagnostic quality. The smallest detail can be viewed larger than life.
Upgrading to digital x-rays has become a great way to go paperless and manage patients’ dental snapshots, leaving our dentists and patients with a smile. To find out more about our Baltimore County Dental Clinic, just click here.