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June 14, 2011
I've been watching the ruckus surrounding Denise Whiting, the owner of the Café Hon, with a certain degree of perplexity. I am new to Baltimore, having moved here with my family this past August, so I feel like a person who has stepped into a movie theater halfway into the movie. I know I've missed important parts of the story and am trying to make sense of it all. What I can't understand is why Ms. Whiting is trying to control the use of the word "hon" through her trademarks and restrictions, including the one prohibiting merchants from selling cat's-eye sunglasses during Honfest 2011.
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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.
NEWS
By Baltimore Sun staff | June 11, 2011
Baltimore transportation officials warned residents of road closures along West 36th Street in Hampden on Saturday and Sunday, as the neighborhood hosts the annual Honfest celebration. The Baltimore neighborhood's main drag, also known as The Avenue, will be closed to traffic between Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue all day Saturday through 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. Intersections along that stretch of 36th Street will be closed as well, and traffic will not be allowed to cross.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2011
There was no shortage Saturday of feather boas, rhinestone-bedazzled cat's eye glasses, leopard prints and bouffant hairstyles at the annual Honfest. Despite threats of protesters and those opting to stay home and boycott, crowds filled Hampden's 36th Street for the yearly weekend festival celebrating the Baltimore hon. "This is my favorite festival. It feels like a big costume party," said Sue O'Neil, who was selling her "O'Crabby Creations" — hand-painted crab shells with logos for the Ravens, the Orioles and the Utz girl, among others.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2011
Where are you dining this weekend? Keep your eye on the Twitter box on the right of Baltimore Diner. I'll be retweeting specials throughout the weekend. Here's what caught my eye. Chazz opens, softly, tonight. Ocean City Restaurant Week continues through next Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday atOregon Ridge, it's Great Grapes, a family-friendly wine, arts and food festival, featuring 20 Maryland Wineries. Sounds like fun. The Greek Folk Festival is runing all weekend at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
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 Laura Vozzella | June 10, 2011
Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting stepped up after Sheila Dixon's fall to assume the role of top Charm City villainess. Now, with Honfest protests looming, a city stripped of its favorite term of endearment watches to see if Whiting will lose her hold on "hon" just as Dixon lost her fur coats and Jimmy Choos. Will rebel vendors defy Whiting's orders and sell cat's-eye glasses? Will aspiring mayors and other pols ignore her no-politics-in-a-public-street decree and work the crowd? One hopeful sign that, given enough pressure, Whiting's greedy grip can be loosed: She got so busy defending her "hon" copyright last winter that she let her Twitter account lapse.  "Cafe Hon abandoned this account, so we could swoop in and parody them," writes whoever is tweeting as @cafehon.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2011
Not counting her seven custom-made beehive wigs, her cat's-eye glasses and her flamingo purse, Charlene Osborne holds little closer to her heart than the bedazzled rhinestone tiara that was fixed onto her lacquered bouffant as she was crowned Baltimore's Best Hon two years ago at Honfest. But this year, Honfest will be at least one beehive short. Osborne is among those who have pledged to boycott the annual event to protest what they consider to be the co-opting of a Baltimore institution: the fabled hon. "I consider myself a hon, raised by a real hon in Dundalk, which is hon territory," says Osborne, who's 49. "But I do not support the trademarking of the word and the strict handling of all things hon — it's very un-hon.
NEWS
By Mike Peters | June 8, 2011
Not everyone in Baltimore thinks the image of the "hon" or its glorification through Honfest is cute, funny or endearing. It is actually rather insulting to a generation of working, lower-middle class people and does not put on Baltimore's best face for the tourists. What was once a quirky, local reason-to-drink has become an event that tourism guides tout as a reason to visit our city and watch us mock ourselves. That said, Café Hon owner Denise Whiting, the organizer and promoter of the event, is actually the hero of Hampden — and its only voice of reason.
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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.
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