Monday, May 7, 2012

FOOD, MUSIC & FAMILY ACTIVITIES @ CHARLES STREET FESTIVAL

Let’s Eat! Street Festival & Charles Street’s Green Shoots

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 12 til 5 PM
WHERE: 300 Block of North Charles Street (between Saratoga & Mulberry Streets)
35+ food & retail vendors
Plus music sponsored by WTMD FREE

The Historic Charles Street Association is thrilled to announce its 2012 Let’s Eat! Charles Street Festival! More than 35 food & retail vendors will be setting up tents along Charles Street, including Mick O'Sheas, Brewer's Art, BARCs Animal Rescue, Midtown BBQ and Brew, The Pampered Chef, Sascha’s, Urbanite Magazine, The Woman’s Industrial Exchange, MAC Cosmetics, TraciLynn Jewelry and more. Live music will be featured between 12 and 5 PM, with headlining band The Carousel Rogues playing between 4 and 5 PM. There will be fun family activities for children—including an appearance by the Oriole Bird.

“We want people to know that Charles Street is not ‘dead!’” says Executive Director Laura Rodini. “A few high-profile businesses may have relocated from Downtown, but our Charles Street corridor remains a vibrant and thriving community of unique, small businesses and excellent dining destinations.”

The Let’s Eat! Charles Street Festival is now in its third year of operation—it began in 2010 as a way to help market and promote the businesses along Charles Street. “This festival is a wonderful way to bring the Charles Street community together, and to show off some of Baltimore's best restaurants and retailers,” says Kristin Speaker, Executive Director of the Charles Street Development Corporation.

"We are working hard this year to encourage new businesses to develop the empty storefronts along Charles Street," Rodini continues, "And there are several 'green shoots' we're excited about—new retailers, such as Mina’s Delights and Roane’s Earth and business expansions, like the new banquet facility at Lumbini Restaurant."

The Let’s Eat Street Festival will require street closures along the 300 block of North Charles Street, with the following bus schedule in effect on Saturday, May 12, between Saratoga and Mulberry Streets: The No.3, 11 and 64 Lines will operate their regular route on northbound Charles Street. They will be diverted left on Fayette Street, right on Park Avenue, right on Mulberry Street, then back to their regular route on Charles Street. Bus stops at Fayette, Lexington, and Saratoga Streets, will be inoperative on Saturday, May 12,  until 6 PM.

Southbound routes are all on streets other than Charles Street and will not be affected.

The Historic Charles Street Association wishes to thank WTMD for their generous support in sponsoring the Carousel Rogues as headliners and Carrollton Bank for their generous support and sponsorship.

For more information, contact Laura Rodini at 410.332.4144 or info@charlesstreet.net  or visit their website: http://historiccharlesstreet.com .