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A red brick rowhouse with white marble steps and trim.

“My Own Two Hands”: A Birthday Tour of the H.L. Mencken House

Henry Louis Mencken wrote that his house on Hollins Street was “as much a part of me as my own two hands,” and his personality can be seen in everything from the parquet floors to the garden tiles. We’re celebrating Mencken’s birthday this year with a visit to his Union Square house. Please join us and our partners the Baltimore National Heritage Area and Friends of the H.L. Mencken House for some wine and cheese, a tour of the house, and an update on plans for restoring and reopening the building.

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31th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, we’re telling you why! It’s the 31st annual Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour! After serving more than 300,000 mouthwatering cookies, they will kick off the traditional jubilee on Friday, December 9th at 7:00 pm with the Union Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting and welcome. The Cookie Tour will be held on December 11th from 12:00 pm until 4:30 pm and starts at 1401 Hollins Street.

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30th Annual Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour

After thirty years and almost 250,000 tasty cookies, the Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour is set to celebrate, big time! The event will kick off on Friday, December 11th at 7pm with the Union Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting and welcome. To mark the 30th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour, organizers plan to recruit an unprecedented 30 neighborhood historic homes to host the event with the best cookies, brownies, candies and libations ever.

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See the city through H.L. Mencken’s eyes with Baltimore by Bike on November 11

Our last Baltimore by Bike ride of the year offers a chance to see the city through the eyes of Baltimore’s own H.L. Mencken – one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. H.L. Mencken grew up and spent most of his life in a handsome brick rowhouse on Union Square but he never hesitated to explore the city he loved (and loved to skewer) as he walked, reported, and even rode a bike through Baltimore neighborhoods from Mount Vernon to Bolton Hill and beyond.

Mencken’s Baltimore by Bike

Sunday, November 11, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Meet at Union Square Park, Hollins Street and South Stricker Street
RSVP online today! $15 per person.

Photo courtesy the The Smart Set.

Join us for a easy fall ride through H.L. Mencken’s Baltimore. The eldest son of August Mencken, a successful local cigar manufacturer, Mencken grew from roaming the alleys and vacant lots with gangs of West Baltimore boys to become one of the youngest reporters at the Baltimore Herald, launching a career in journalism and writing that endured for nearly 50 years.

We’ll ride along the streets that Mencken knew best as we discover the site of Little Joe’s Bike Shop where Mencken learned to ride a bicycle in the 1890s, imagine the fine meals Mencken enjoyed with friends at Marconi’s on Cathedral Street, stop by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s home in Bolton Hill and stop by the Poe House, just around the corner from Mencken’s birthplace on Lexington Street. Our tour ends with a chance to tour the H.L. Mencken House and enjoy light refreshments.

This tour is presented in partnership with the Friends of the H.L. Mencken House and proceeds help to support their ongoing efforts to restore and re-open the H.L. Mencken House. Learn more about events around West Baltimore neighborhoods from the Friends of West Baltimore Squares.