Federal Hill adds a dating twist to its block party

Romance is in the air, and all you need is half a chance

Scene: clubs, bars, nightlife

April 22, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

For more than a dozen years, Federal Hill's Spring Block Party has been known by many Baltimoreans as the annual singles event for area 20- and 30-somethings.

But despite the party's solid social reputation, organizers say they're trying to make the mixer even more inviting for available-and-looking locals by adding a contest called Pot Luck Date.

"The Spring Block Party really appeals to young singles, so ... we decided to have fun with that idea," says event spokeswoman Bonnie Crockett.

What she and other organizers have planned is this: On Sunday, partygoers can buy a chance for a night on the town - or half of one, at least.

At 5 p.m., 10 ticket holders will be called to one of the festival's stages to receive their prize; but only five will be given torn restaurant gift certificates.

These contestants will then be matched with dates (the other five ticket holders) in accordance with the audience's rounds of applause.

And finally, the potential dinner partners will be given the other halves of the certificates so that the prizes can be redeemed if the contestants dine in pairs.

In addition to the good-time contest, this year's noontime party will also have the usual attractions, including live music, arts and crafts tables and food and beer vendors.

Crockett said she expects more than 5,000 revelers to pay the $3 entrance fee for the all-day affair, which runs until 7 p.m.

Federal Hill's Spring Block Party will take place Sunday on Cross Street, along the north side of the Cross Street Market. Hours are noon-7 p.m. The festival is an all-ages event. Admission is $3. Call 410-727-4500 or visit www.his toricfederalhill.org.

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On stage

Two stages will provide a wide variety of music at the 2004 Spring Block Party. Here's a list of the acts that will appear.

The Funk Box Stage

The Waifs

The Bridge

Stone Gato

The Jarflys

Fools and Horses

The Main Street Stage

Eleven 54


Voodoo Blue

The Seldon Plan

Black River Circus

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