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Participating Restaurants to Offer Specials August 4 to 19

Organizers of Baltimore County Restaurant Week—the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce—are pleased to announce its 14th bi-annual promotion beginning on Friday, August 4. Joining Sysco this summer as sponsors are and Bond Distributing Co.

Participating restaurants from across the area will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch and/or dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35.

“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week—it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”

As restaurants register, the list will be posted on

Social media partners for the promotion include Downtown Diane, CITYPEEK, and The Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Take a Leap, a month-long-plus Baltimore County Dance Celebration, takes to the stage February 2 - March 18, 2017. The celebration, now in its fourth year, highlights the range of dance styles offered on Baltimore County stages, from ballet to bluegrass stompin’ to contemporary.

Featured performances include African American-inspired contemporary dance from Philadanco, edgy multi-media works with original scores from Baltimore Dance Project, an opportunity to meet ballet master Alan Hineline, and Baltimore’s best regional dance companies at the Baltimore Dance Invitational.

“This is one more exciting way we are bringing the performing arts into our communities. Baltimore County has gathered our rich and varied dance community to create opportunities to ‘take a leap’ and try something new,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

“Take a Leap is a wonderful partnership between Baltimore County, the Gordon Center and our dance community. The styles and range of performances are designed for dance lovers and performers, as well as a lively introduction to dance for all ages and interests,” said Randi Benesch, Managing Director of Arts & Culture for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.  

Featured performances include:

Baltimore Dance Project 

February 9, 10, 11, 2017 8:00 p.m. UMBC Performing Arts & Humanities Proscenium Theater 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Edgy collaborations among dancers, sound and visual artists, with premieres of Doug Hamby’s Duet, Sandra Lacy’s mysterious new solo Lost, and Carol Hess’ reconstruction of Janet Soares’ Image in Red for dancer Franki Trout. Additional works include Carol Hess’ Dolled Up, examining the interiors of five women in fancy dresses. Original scores by sound artist Timothy Nohe and composer Anna Rubin. 

Alan Hineline, Ballet Showcase and Meet the Artist

February 10, 2017 6:00 p.m. Goucher College, Todd Studio 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD  21204

Meet the artist and enjoy a showcase of a ballet segment by Alan Hineline. Hineline’s artistic and management leadership talents have served Ballet San Jose, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Ballet Phillipines. His body of work is in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble.

Ariel Rivka Dance

February 12, 2017 4:00 p.m Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

This New York company performs The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther and other works. This evening-length narrative dance work with an original score written by David Homan explores the biblical stories of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther, which epitomize the traditions of community and collaboration. 

The Peking Acrobats

February 19, 2017 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

The Peking Acrobats’ daring acrobatic maneuvers deftly defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. A family event, all with the rhythm, choreography and beauty of dancers.

Towson University Dance Majors Performance Projects

February 23, 24, 25, 2017 7:00 p.m. Towson University Center for the Arts, Towson, MD 21250 

A concert featuring unique performances by Towson University dance majors. 


February 25, 2017 8:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

Experience the artistry of The Philadelphia Dance Company, aka Piladanco, celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. 

Baltimore Dance Invitational

February 26, 4:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts  3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

The Baltimore Dance Invitational (BDI) draws the region's top talent together for an eclectic evening of original dance. Dance companies are selected through a juried process that represents high-quality professional dance from the Baltimore region and beyond. Hosted by Baltimore's own The Collective Dance Company.

Maryland Dance Alliance

Friday, March 3 Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

With support from the Maryland Dance Education Association, the Maryland Dance Alliance presents an evening concert of public and private high school dance students performing juried work. 

Steppin’ at the Junction Featuring Charm City Junction & Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Saturday, March 18 Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

Acoustic roots band Charm City Junction joins forces with the legendary Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble for an evening of old-time, Irish, and bluegrass-inspired music and dance.

Tickets and full event calendar are available at

Take a Leap is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills and Baltimore County’s dance community. 

Diageo today announced its intention to build a US version of Dublin’s popular Guinness Open Gate Brewery in southwest Baltimore County. The company plans to build a mid-sized Guinness brewery and a Guinness visitor experience with an innovation microbrewery at the company’s Relay site. This new brewing capability and consumer experience, combined with a packaging and warehousing operation, would bring the company’s investment in Relay to approximately $50 million and create up to 70 new jobs. 

“Beer tourism is about to boom in Baltimore County. We are thrilled that Diageo is reviving an historic building with the iconic Guinness brand. This will be a world-class tourist destination that will bring new jobs and become the perfect complement to our Maryland craft breweries,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.  

The new brewery would be a home for new Guinness beers created for the US market. Visitors would be able to tour the working brewery, sample experimental beers brewed on-site at the taproom, and purchase Guinness merchandise at the retail store.

“The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin is a popular new addition to St. James’s Gate brewery and the Guinness Storehouse, one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations,” stated Tom Day, President, Diageo Beer Company USA.  “We want to leverage our 250 years of brewing heritage and bring the success and excitement of the Guinness visitor experience in Ireland to Baltimore County. We believe a replication of the Open Gate Brewery in Relay will benefit residents and our industry partners, including beer distributors and on- and off-premise retailers, as well as increase overall tourism for the region.” 

The project would re-establish a Guinness brewery in the US after 63 years of absence. The new brewery and visitor experience would become part of Diageo’s production facility in Relay, site of the historic Calvert Distillery which opened in 1933. 

Relay was chosen as the preferred location for this project for the site’s proximity to major East Coast tourist and population hubs, availability of skilled employees, and space to build and adapt existing structures on the property.  

Up to 70 new jobs expected 

While specifics are still being evaluated, it is estimated that the project could generate approximately 40 jobs in brewing, warehousing and an agile packaging operation, which may include canning, bottling and kegging. The Guinness visitor experience could create approximately additional 30 jobs. A significant number of construction jobs would also be created during the building phase, and the company would endeavor to hire as many local firms as possible to conduct this work.

Tom Quirk, Chair of the Baltimore County Council whose district encompasses the Relay site, stated, “More than just a brewery, this is a significant investment in our community that represents a new direction for the historic Relay facility. This will be a strong boost for tourism, not only in the county, but the entire region.”

“This will be an exciting addition to Baltimore County’s vibrant tourism scene. Visitors will discover an authentic taproom experience in a unique, historic building,” said Hal Ashman, chair of the Baltimore County Tourism Advisory Council.

Diageo hopes to receive approvals and to begin construction this spring with the goal of opening the brewery in fall 2017 to mark the 200th anniversary of Guinness being first imported into the US.   

The iconic Guinness Stouts will continue to be brewed at St. James’s Gate in Dublin, Ireland. The Guinness brand was established in 1759 when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin.  


Revised September 26, 2016