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October 2018

Factory Tour of Fashions Unlimited: A Renaissance in Baltimore’s Garment Industry

October 2 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Fashions Unlimited, 1100 Wicomico Street, Ste. 515
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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$10
Sunlit cutting table with measuring table, scissors, weights, and a large stapler.

If you thought that the garment industry in Baltimore was a relic of the past, think again and join us on this repeat of Fashions Unlimited! Since its founding in 1976, Fashions Unlimited has been manufacturing clothing from its South Baltimore factory and is going as strongly today as ever. With sewing machines and a skilled workforce of designers, cutters, and sewers, it produces a range of products from bathing suits for start-up businesses to sportswear for Fila, Nike, and Champion. Please join us and company founder Phil Spector on a tour of the Fashions Unlimited factory in action and learn how “Made in the USA” is happening here in Baltimore.

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Masons, Jazzmen, Doctors and More: A Bus Tour for Doors Open Baltimore

October 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, 1307 Eutaw Place
Baltimore, MD 21217 United States
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$25
A large former synagogue faced with white stone and turrets at each corner.

The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Eutaw Place, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center on Howard Street, and Davidge Hall downtown, the oldest medical teaching facility still in use in the Western Hemisphere: Central Baltimore is packed with wonderful historic places! As part of Doors Open Baltimore 2018, join Eric Holcomb, executive director of Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, on a bus tour stopping at five fantastic historic places in central Baltimore: The Prince Hall Grand Lodge; the Eubie Blake Cultural Center; Davidge Hall; Rachel’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast; and Ambassador Theodore Marburg's mansion on Mount Vernon Place.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

October 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Faidley’s Seafood (Entrance), 203 N. Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10
Colorized postcard of people standing around market stalls in front of the Lexington Market shed building.

If you haven’t been to Lexington market in a while, or even if you’re a regular there, we hope you’ll join us on a tour of this iconic Baltimore place to learn about recent changes and plans for the future of the market. On the tour, we will talk with the owners of Faidley’s, Berger’s, Konstant’s Candy, and other vendors that have been in their stalls for 100 years or more. We will also go down and explore the catacombs under the marketplace, getting a first-hand look at these mysterious spaces that are normally closed to the public.

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Historic Jonestown and the Shot Tower: Monumental City Tour

October 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Phoenix Shot Tower, 801 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Walk just a few blocks from Baltimore's Sunday Farmers Market and you enter one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city—historic Jonestown. On this tour of often overlooked landmarks, you'll see the city’s oldest religious building (Friends Quaker Meeting House) and third oldest synagogue in the country (Lloyd Street), learn about cast iron buildings and the longest-lived signer of the Declaration of Independence, and get inside the famed Phoenix Shot Tower—the tallest structure in the United States until 1846.

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Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument: A Monumental City Tour

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$10

From Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard’s country estate “the” place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century, join us for a tour of this grand historic neighborhood. The recent renovations to the two-hundred-year-old Washington Monument are the latest news, and if your legs are strong, we’ll climb to the top for a birds-eye view of central Baltimore! Space inside the monument is limited. Each tour is capped at 15 people and we'll meet at the south entrance of the monument.

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Federal Hill Beyond the Views: A Monumental City Tour

October 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Federal Hill Park (Southwest Corner), 301 Warren Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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$10

Baltimoreans have celebrated atop Federal Hill when we ratified the U.S. Constitution, used it to defend the city in the War of 1812, and fortified it to make sure we stayed in the Union in the Civil War. We have even tunnelled under it to quarry minerals. Join us to learn about the rich history of this waterfront community, including stops at one of the last wooden houses in the city, the oldest house in the community, and the wonderful alley houses along Churchill Street.

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November 2018

Food from Home: Immigration, Bakeries, and Delis by Bike

November 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Patterson Park Pagoda, 27 South Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231 United States
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$25

Celebrate Baltimore’s rich history of immigration with a bike ride that will include stops at several, hundred-year old ethnic food establishments in east Baltimore. Each will offer some tastings of their most famous goodies to sample. In addition to picking up some calories (and hopefully burning them off along the way!), you’ll have the chance to “digest” the motivation for different ethnic groups to migrate and the importance of immigration to the growth of Baltimore. Also “sandwiched” into this tour will be some facts about painted screens, formstone, the sad fate of the bagel, and the history of Nutella.

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Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour

November 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Hollywood Diner (at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market), 400 East Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
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$10

Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore's buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture. Best of all, you'll discover where all the noble lions, hellish fiends, and neo-Egyptian sphinxes are hiding—the trick is in looking up! If you are Baltimore born-and-raised or a visitor from out-of-town, you don’t want to miss this Monumental City walking tour!

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