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June 6, 2011
Regarding the restriction of political activity at Honfest: Is Denise Whiting's ego so inflated that she thinks her seeming endorsement of a candidate would sway an election? I wonder what William Donald Schaefer's response would have been to such a ban. Stephanie Charles
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
It began with a bathroom renovation and ended with a toilet race Saturday at Hampdenfest. Lisa Harbin and Bob Atkinson redid a bathroom in their Baltimore house this year, and what else could they do with their old toilet but mount it on a board between two bikes and roll it down Chestnut Street with crowds cheering and the toilet paper rolls on their bike swirling. With perfect late September weather and crowds that filled The Avenue for blocks, Hampdenfest went on a week later than usual but with fun, food and everything quintessentially Hampden.
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NEWS
June 14, 2011
Every year we hear complaints from merchants or residents who don't like Honfest for a variety of reasons. This is fine. The good news is that we all have the ability to choose the festivals (and businesses) we wish to support (or not). The even better news is that if we all have the opportunity to create our own festival, honoring whatever we want to honor and placing restrictions on whatever we want to restrict (or not). We just have to be willing to take the initiative and risks involved, develop and grow the creative idea, do all the hard work, garner volunteer support and sponsorships, deal with the city's permitting process, put up our own capital and then start all over again for the next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Evan Siple | July 8, 2014
Oh, the swelter we know oh-so-unfondly as summer in Baltimore. 105 heat index? Check. Freak rainstorms? Double check. Comically oversized, fruity, refreshing cocktails? Thankfully, that's a triple check. Hampden's own Hon Bar has you covered with its cocktail list, all of which are available in standard or "party" sizes, with the Pink Flamingo (have you seen Cafe Hon 's exterior?) being our drink of choice in Size Enormous. The Pink Flamingo, as assembled by bartender Lisa Davis, is unabashedly fruity - consisting of Bacardi Black Razz, Triple Sec, cranberry juice and a dash or three of lemon and lime juice.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Among the teased and towering hair, the fluttering boas and the crowd sticky with snowballs Saturday at Hampden's Honfest wound a joyful party who were celebrating more than the neighborhood's quirky character. "Make way, make way, here come the bride and groom," called Dot Tucker-Houk, leading a procession of several dozens revelers cheering and rattling noisemakers. Behind her, niece Angie Gentile twirled a parasol, beaming at her newly-wed husband, Andy Snair, and paused for a photo with a crowd of women wearing towering pink wigs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Since 1994, Hampden's Honfest has been celebrating the archetypal Baltimore hon. Women - and even some men - have flocked to 36th Street (if you're a local, you know it as the Avenue) for the sole purpose of winning the title of Baltimore's Best Hon. But what separates the true hon from the mere pretender? Why do people regard her so fondly? And why are women willing to come back to Hampden, year after year, to vie for the coveted title? We asked three veteran hon contenders, ranging in age from 12 to 65, those very questions.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Laura Vozzella | June 13, 2011
Anyone with the chutzpah to run for mayor shouldn't be intimidated by a gal in a beehive hairdo and cat's-eye glasses, even if the gal in question is armed with a trademark, a litigious nature and a curious interpretation of the First Amendment. A least a couple candidates for Baltimore mayor showed up at Honfest, despite Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting's attempted politics ban. City Councilman Carl Stokes was brave enough not only to work the crowd, but to post a photo of himself on Facebook with a group of drag hons.
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By Benn Ray, benn@atomicbooks.com | June 8, 2011
I ask you, Hampden, are you ready to get your HON™ on? Regardless of how you answer that in the wake of controversy over the trademarking of "HON," this weekend is HONfest, the annual festival founded by Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting . It takes place Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 12, from noon to 6 p.m., on The Avenue, West 36th Street. This year's festival promises to be a more restrained affair. Last year's fest spanned three days and spilled into Roosevelt Park, bringing 65,000 people to Hampden, according to organizers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Janis and Special to b | June 10, 2011
Shifting through kitschy clothing in Dreamland, the legendary John Waters Baltimore-inspired boutique in Hampden last week, New Mexico transplant and former Charm City resident Connie Murphy had a lot to say about the lingering controversy over the trademarking of the word “Hon.” “I think the controversy has a negative effect in general, it’s sort of absurd to say you own the word that has so much meaning here,” she said....
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2010
Usually, Honfest is a celebration of kitsch, from beehives to cat's-eye glasses. This weekend, the annual Hampden festival will be honoring a different Baltimore icon. "It was all about the beehive," said Honfest founder Denise Whiting. "This year, it's all about the bird." Whiting is referring to the giant pink flamingo affixed to the front of her restaurant, Cafe Hon. It was there for years, until the city demanded Whiting take it down or pay an $800 "minor privilege fee" last fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Since 1994, Hampden's Honfest has been celebrating the archetypal Baltimore hon. Women - and even some men - have flocked to 36th Street (if you're a local, you know it as the Avenue) for the sole purpose of winning the title of Baltimore's Best Hon. But what separates the true hon from the mere pretender? Why do people regard her so fondly? And why are women willing to come back to Hampden, year after year, to vie for the coveted title? We asked three veteran hon contenders, ranging in age from 12 to 65, those very questions.
NEWS
By Benn Ray benn@atomicbooks.com | June 3, 2014
This is traditionally the time of year when I use this column to give the HonFest update. And I'll get to that in a bit, but before we do, there are a number of other awesome events going on in Hampden to highlight first. Friday, June 6 is First Fridays in Hampden, and there are a number of events going on. For folks who remember the 1990s, especially the 1990s in Baltimore, WHFS was the area's leading alternative rock radio stations. And one of the most popular DJs there was Johnny Riggs.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, Baltimore Sun Media Group | February 19, 2014
HONtown, a gift shop run by Cafe Hon owner and HonFest founder Denise Whiting, has moved out of its space at 1001 W. 36th Street (The Avenue) in Hampden and is moving across the street to Cafe Hon, 1004 W. 36th St. The space was empty last week and a sign on the door announced the move. Sugar, a sex toy shop currently located in Hampden Hall, will move into the former HONtown space, Sugar owner Jacq Jones announced at a meeting of the Hampden Village Merchants Association on Feb. 12. “I'm really excited,” Jones said, adding that she needs to expand.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
It's only been a year? A hit from the start, the Food Market opened on the eve of last year's Honfest. Co-owners Chad Gauss and Elan Kotz, the Food Market's executive chef and general manager, respectively, are celebrating their great first year with a birthday party at the Hampden restaurant on June 5. The party, a benefit for the Hampden Family Center , will include hors d'oeuvres and sweets provided by chefs and restaurateurs. The well-wishers providing food include Cyrus Keefer ( Fork & Wrench )
EXPLORE
June 18, 2012
Whew! Another HonFest is now in our rearview mirrors, and the only thing left to remember it by are the persistent feather boa sheddings that seem to get everywhere and are impossible to completely clean up. (That and the embarrassing photos, darn cell phone cameras!) Seriously, at one point during the festival, it looked like someone had taken a lawn mower to a flock of pink flamingos — which this columnist does NOT recommend doing. But during all the hubbub, it was easy to overlook an exciting new dining opportunity that opened the Friday before HonFest — The Food Market, 1017 W. 36th St. It is in the old location of the Hampden Food Market, and the new owners have done a fantastic job renovating the space.
NEWS
The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2012
WEATHER Today's forecast calls for increasing clouds and a high temperature near 90 degrees. Tonight is expected to be cloudy, with a 60 percent chance of rain and a low temperature around 73 degrees. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute. FROM THE WEEKEND... Rawlings-Blake names panel to look for Bealefeld replacement : The mayor's office said the panel will conduct interviews of internal and external applicants and recommend finalists to Rawlings-Blake.
NEWS
By Benn Ray benn@atomicbooks.com | June 3, 2014
This is traditionally the time of year when I use this column to give the HonFest update. And I'll get to that in a bit, but before we do, there are a number of other awesome events going on in Hampden to highlight first. Friday, June 6 is First Fridays in Hampden, and there are a number of events going on. For folks who remember the 1990s, especially the 1990s in Baltimore, WHFS was the area's leading alternative rock radio stations. And one of the most popular DJs there was Johnny Riggs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jaclyn Peiser, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
It's been seven months since Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting publicly dropped her controversial trademark of the word "hon. " Chef Gordon Ramsay and the rest of the "Kitchen Nightmares" crew were even in town last week for a follow-up to the original Cafe Hon "Kitchen Nightmares" episode. So, with Honfest set for this weekend, is Hampden and the rest of hon-loving Baltimore ready to put the hon-troversy to rest? Whiting thinks so. "We have heard from an overwhelming number of our neighbors since the 'Kitchen Nightmares' experience ... generally, most everyone who objected to the initial trade-marking have embraced our efforts to put the issue behind us," Whiting said in an e-mail.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Among the teased and towering hair, the fluttering boas and the crowd sticky with snowballs Saturday at Hampden's Honfest wound a joyful party who were celebrating more than the neighborhood's quirky character. "Make way, make way, here come the bride and groom," called Dot Tucker-Houk, leading a procession of several dozens revelers cheering and rattling noisemakers. Behind her, niece Angie Gentile twirled a parasol, beaming at her newly-wed husband, Andy Snair, and paused for a photo with a crowd of women wearing towering pink wigs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
The Food Market opens Friday on the Avenue in Hampden. The new restaurant is the project of Chad Gauss, former executive chef at City Cafe, and Elan Kotz, a veteran of Aldo's in Little Italy. The 3,000 square-foot restaurant has seating for 90 in the dining room, a 12-seat bar and an open kitchen whose focus, Gauss has said, will be "basically blue-collar food in a white-collar execution. " The Food Market will be open for dinner seven days a week, serving a full menu until 1 a.m. An a la carte Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday -- and Friday.
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