25 Years of One Family Bringing Christmas to Catonsville

In 1994 Greg Morgan pitched the idea of an annual community Christmas tree lighting to the fire department and the rest is 25 years of history!  Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 1,000-1,500 residents gather at the corner of Frederick Road and Egges Lane for cookies, hot chocolate, the chance to meet Santa and of course, the annual tree lighting.

From the beginning, Morgan’s goal has been to make it a free family event for local residents to celebrate the start of the holiday season.  Morgan is in charge of the tree lighting and with the help of the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce’s Santa House Committee, the local government who lends the stage for speakers and performers and the State Highway Administration for closing Frederick Road, this free event has been a favorite of the residents since it’s inaugural year.

2018 Elves in the ‘Ville

The Catonsville Chamber of Commerce is helping members promote their businesses through the 2018 Elves in the ‘Ville campaign.  From November 24th through December 19th participating retailers will have an elf hidden in their store somewhere.  Anytime a customer spots the elf, they are encouraged to fill out an entry form to win one of three grand prize gift card packages.

The three winners will be announced on the Chamber’s Facebook page on Friday, December 21st.  Check out the Chamber’s website for a list of participating businesses.

Veteran’s Day FREE Oil Changes

Caton Auto Clinic will be holding Catonsville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Veteran’s Day event offering FREE oil changes to past and present military Monday November 12th through Friday November 16th.

Call 410-788-3838 as soon as possible to schedule your free oil service.

Bakery Express Celebrates 10 Years in Halethorpe with Free Donuts

Charlie Burman, founder of Bakery Express, began his business in a converted town house in 1970 and supplied local 7-Eleven stores with doughnuts.  Almost a half century later, Bakery Express employees almost 400 people in their company headquarters in Halethorpe with additional locations in Orlando, Dallas and Los Angeles each with about 755 employees and provides baked goods for 4,000 7-Eleven stores.

To celebrate 10 years at their Halethorpe headquarters, Bakery Express will be giving away free doughnuts to every customer that comes to their retail store and cafe at 4711 Hollins Ferry Road from October 27th-31st.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win prizes that include a $25 gift card, a duffle bag, a jacket, winter gloves, fitness tracker and more.

Fest on the Field

League of Dreams Foundation and the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce’s first annual fall festival, Fest on the Field, in association with Christian Athletic Association, was a huge success.  Check out pictures from this year’s event, held on October 7th

Maker’s Practice to Host Art Guild

On Sunday, November 4th Catonsville’s Makers Practice will host the second annual Art Market to showcase local art.  Vendors will be offering paintings, photography, jewelry, mosaic work and more.

In addition to purchasing artwork and crafts, visitors can also purchase do-it-yourself projects from Makers Practice which can be made in studio or at home.  The Art Market will take place from 10 am to 3 pm.

Catonsville Library Historic District Walking Tour

On September 29th at 10 am the Catonsville Library branch will conduct one of its fall historic walking tours through the Old Catonsville Historic District.  Librarian Monty Phair, a local history guru, leads the 2 mile 2 hour tours four times a year and points out the oldest houses through newest along the way.  Many homes along the path were built during the Second Empire and have a Queen Anne or American arts and crafts style.

The walking tour starts at the Catonsville Library at 1100 Frederick Rd and is limited to 25 participants.  The week before the tour, those wanting to participate will be asked to register online.

CBCC and Hungry Harvest Bring Fresh Produce to Families

CBCC and Hungry Harvest have created the “Produce in a SNAP” program which helps reduce food waste by offering reduced-cost produce to students, faculty and staff.  Hungry Harvest will set up every Thurdsay from 11:30am-1pm from February to November and offer $7 bags of produce.  During its kickoff on September 7th, CBCC and Hungry Harvest anticipated only 25 bags to be sold; by 1:30, 50 bags which included brussel sprouts, organic blackberries, apples and plums had been sold.

Those wishes to purchase from “Produce in a SNAP” can pay with cash, credit card or EBT.  Proof of identification or income is not required to buy.