Light City Week

It’s Thursday so we’re thinking out loud all about Light City Baltimore! Not from Baltimore or been living under a rock all week? Well to catch you up, Light City is a festival that has taken over Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (with ancillary exhibits in other neighborhoods) with light, art installations, musicians and performers.

The whole thing kicked off Monday evening with the Creative Alliance Lantern Parade. Jeanette and I made lanterns for volunteers to walk with during the parade and were eager to see them in action. However, when Monday night ended up a bit chilly and windy we decided to play it safe and try to watch the action from the warmth of the bar at the Royal Sonesta…

Cheers at Royal Sonesta Baltimore

According to the Light City website, the parade was scheduled to kick off around 7pm so we settled in at the bar a little before 7, just in time to cash in on the end of happy hour and get discounted drinks and a couple of appetizers. The only problem? It was still super light out! The parade didn’t actually get underway until closer to 8pm which made a lot more sense for an event that centered around glowing lanterns against a dark sky. That was fine by us because it gave us plenty of time to catch up, have another drink and enjoy our honey wings and spinach and brie spread.

We both commented on how much we like the bar at the Sonesta: the ambiance is loungey with gorgeous views of the harbor, it’s super close to where we live, it’s usually not too crowded AND they have daily happy hour specials until 7pm. By the time it got dark and the parade started we realized we couldn’t actually see that much…oh well, we still had a fun night. #LightCityFail

Tuesday night Adam and I were celebrating our first wedding anniversary and walked to Harbor East for a special dinner. Our dinner ended up being a disaster (more to come on that in a separate port), but we enjoyed the late night walk back to our apartment. It was awesome to see the Harbor absolutely packed at 10pm on a week night and we loved seeing the various light displays and performances. I’m eager to see whether or not people view Light City as a success and what the economic impact ends up being. It certainly appeared that they were getting big crowds and that people were having very positive experiences.

We plan to check out more of the Light City offerings Friday night – including drinks and food from some of Baltimore’s best restaurants! Parts & Labor, Ekiben and Nickel Taphouse all have stands.

Have you been to Light City yet? What was your favorite part? 


Thursday Ramblings

Good morning, Baltimore! There is just too much fun stuff going on for me to stick to a coherent, linear blog post so we are linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursdays. Here is what I’m thinking about…

  • How beautiful it is today! No humidity, warm but a little breezy. Walking the dog was a joy this morning. Now if only I could spend the day outside by the pool instead of at work…

pool time

  • This hilarious Pitch Meeting for Wishbone Toast post. I was a big fan of the PBS show with the literature loving Jack Russell so this article has me dying laughing.
  • My yogurt bowl breakfast this morning is hitting the spot. I go through phases of liking Greek yogurt or regular yogurt and I am firmly in a regular yogurt phase. Loving this vanilla yogurt, strawberries and granola.

yogurt bowl

  • Baltimore restaurant week is coming up and I’ve been wondering where Adam and I should go this year. Our first nice dinner date was at Black Olive during restaurant week 2010 (also where Adam took me to dinner after he proposed!). We have also had great restaurant week experiences at Sotto Sopra and Jack’s Bistro. Any suggestions for where we should go this year?
  • The Pluto flyby is blowing my mind. When we visited the Maryland Science Center a few weeks ago, I first learned about the New Horizons mission and just the fact that it was launched in 2006 and is now 3 BILLION miles away is incredible. I have loved reading all about Pluto and how the surface is way different than what the scientists expected. New Horizons isn’t done yet – it’s still sending back images of Pluto’s moons. Learn more here, here and here.
  • To Kindle or not to Kindle. I love reading and am having a hard time letting go of the feeling of a physical book in my hands in favor of an e-reader. I think it may be time though as I like to read before bed and Adam is bothered by the light. Could I read my kindle without a light on? Any tips on the best one to get?
  • The Kastles! I spent four years working for DC’s pro tennis team and I am heading down for tonight’s match. The job was crazy (not the least of which was the last year I spent commuting from Baltimore to DC) and my life is so much more balanced now, but I am definitely looking forward to returning tonight as a fan.


  • I’m excited to go to the Kastles, but I am bummed I’m missing Seth MacFarlane who is performing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tonight. I have had a thing for Seth since he hosted the Oscars – he is so crazy talented! He’s funny, he sings and he wrote Ted! Ted! Hilarious.
  • Funnel cake and the Maryland State Fair. I have never been to the fair in Timonium, but hope to check it out this year when it’s in town August 28 – September 7.
  • Kinky Boots is coming to the Hippodrome this fall and I’m thinking about getting tickets. I’ve heard it is a really great show! Has anyone seen it? Book of Mormon is also coming which is amaaazing so if you haven’t seen it, definitely go!!

Okay that’s all I’ve got this morning. Have a great day everyone!