ENJOY A NIGHT OUT IN BALTIMORE!

     

    This year's event is to be held in two hotels, the Sheraton Baltimore City Center at 101 West Fayette Street and the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore at 20 West Baltimore Street, in historic downtown Baltimore. The two venues are immediately adjacent to one another and connected by a short bridge above street level. Sessions and workshops will be held in both hotels while conference registration, your starting point for the conference, will take place on the Mezzanine level in the Radisson. These downtown venues will put you in the heart of the action. We offer:

    The Evaluation 2007 Local Arrangements Committee has put together a terrific menu of evening outings to enable conference attendees to experience the wonders of Baltimore hospitality and cuisine.

    • Who Pays for the Outings? Rather than a ticketed event for which attendees pay in advance, the outings are designed to be a more intimate gathering with friends and colleagues. Each attendee is required to cover his or her own expenses. Anticipated expenses are detailed for each outing.

    • Where are the Outings? Outings have been scheduled all around Baltimore. Most are within a mile of the headquarters hotels. Location, distance, and transportation details are provided for each outing.

    • When are the Outings?  All outings will take place on Thursday evening, November 8, 2007. Specific times are detailed for each outing.

    • Is there a limit on how many may participate?  Each outing has a limited number of spaces. Be sure to sign up early to save your spot!

    • How do I get there? Each outing has an "Local Host" who will meet the group at the pre-determined place and time and will lead the group to the outing location.

    • How do I participate? First, take a look at all the outings to see which you might like to attend. Then, once you have made a choice click on the sign-up link for that outing.

    • What is the deadline for signing-up? Online sign-ups will conclude on Wednesday, October 31 or when all spaces are filled. If additional spaces are available after October 31, then the sign-up sheets will be posted onsite on the conference message board near the registration desk.

    • What if I Need to Cancel? If you need to remove yourself from an outing before October 31st, please send an email to smort@eval.org as soon as you can so we can open your spot to another individual. If you need to cancel after October 31st, please contact the staff at the registration desk on site.


     

    Nights On the Town

    Dinner With a Special Guest Host


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    Night Out #1: See the Magnificent Inner Harbor

     

    If we receive cancellations they will be noted on this page.  We are not maintaining a waiting list for outings.

     

    Enjoy a Wonderful Dinner on the Water at the Inner Harbor

     

    What: Dinner at McCormick and Schmick’s for anyone who enjoys a nice atmosphere.

     

    Your Local Host: Steve Ruffini is President of Baltimore Area Evaluators and a 17 year Baltimore resident 

     

    Description: Steve will lead you from the Sheraton through the beautiful Inner Harbor area. There is plenty to see – great shops, the Baltimore Aquarium, and a variety of restaurants and nightclubs. You will end up on Pier 5 of the Inner Harbor at McCormick and Schmick’s, a wonderful seafood restaurant.

     

    Where we are going: McCormick and Schmick’s, 711 Eastern Avenue. www.mccormickandschmicks.com

    How are we getting there: The restaurant is less than a mile walk from the hotel. The lights at night in the Harbor area are fantastic and you will get to see the sights. If you prefer to take a taxi, your local host will help arrange this for you at the time the group meets.

     

    Anticipated expenses: Most meals are between $18-$30. The atmosphere is casual to business casual.

     

    Departure time: 6:30

    Departure location: Sheraton Exhibit Foyer - look for signs for Night Out #1

     

    Max number of participants for this outing: 15

     

    1. Manal El Tigi

    2. Srik Gopalakrishnan

    3. Peta Scott

    4. Susan Depue

    5. Janet Hlavna

    6. Nils Bjorksten

    7. Mary Dugan

    8. Pamela Bishop

    9. Sam Held

    10. Nancy Carrillo

    11. Stephen Axelrad

    12. Tessa Crume

    13. Becky Van Buhler

    14. Pat Lauer

    15. Sheila Pinchin

     

    THIS EVENT IS FULL!!! If we receive cancellations they will be noted on this page.  We are not maintaining a waiting list for outings.

     

    If you have questions about this or any of the outings, please email Christy Lynch, the local arrangements outings coordinator at colynch@verizon.net.

     


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    Night Out #2: Special Night Out for Independent Consultants

     

    If we receive cancellations they will be noted on this page.  We are not maintaining a waiting list for outings.

     

    Network with Other Independent Consultants over Tapas

     

    What: Tapas and drinks with other consultants for networking and good conversation.

     

    Your Local Host: Taj Carson is the President of Carson Research Consulting, established to helps clients improve organizational performance using evidence-based strategies. She is the Vice-President of the Baltimore Area Evaluators and a five year Baltimore City resident.

     

    Description: Taj will take you from the Sheraton through the Inner Harbor to the fabulous Fells Point area of Baltimore. There is plenty to see at the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, including the Little Italy area. You will end up at Pazo’s, a hip tapas restaurant.

     

    Where we are going: Pazo’s Restaurant, 1425 Aliceanna Street. www.pazorestaurant.com

     

    How are we getting there: The restaurant is about a 1.5 mile walk from the hotel. The lights at night in the Harbor area are fantastic and you will get to see the sights in Fells Point as well. If you prefer to take a taxi, your local host will help arrange this for you at the time the group meets.

     

    Anticipated expenses: Most tapas and salads range from $4-$8. Wonderful wood oven pizzas are $11-$14. Main courses run from $19-$28. The atmosphere is casual to business casual.

     

    Departure time: 7:10 (Please note: this departure time has changed to accommodate the IC TIG business Meeting)

    Departure location: Sheraton Exhibit Foyer - look for signs for Night Out #2

     

    Max number of participants for this outing: 15

     

    1. Melanie Hwalek

    2. Victoria (Essenmacher) Straub

    3. Linda Knispel

    4. Suzanne Callahan

    5. Norma Rubin-Martinez

    6. Amy Germuth

    7. Anne D'Agostino

    8. Stephen C. Maack

    9. Arlene Hopkins

    10. Dianne Apter

    11. Mirele Goldsmith

    12. Gail Barrington

    13. Beverly Tremain

    14. Emma Norland

    15. Eric Abdullateef

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    If you have questions about this or any of the outings, please email Christy Lynch, the local arrangements outings coordinator at colynch@verizon.net.


     

    Night Out #3: Walking Tour of Mt Vernon

     

    See the Sights in Mt Vernon

     

    What: A walking tour of Mt Vernon, a 19th century urban square.

     

    Your Local Host: Catherine Carey of Practical Research loves cities; her cats are Skyscraper, Urbanite and Boulevard. 

     

    Description: Take a leisurely stroll through Mt Vernon, Baltimore's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender mecca.  See the Hippo, Washington Monument, Peabody Conservatory, Mt. Vernon Park and more.  We'll finish at the Mt. Vernon Stable and Saloon where drinks, desserts and dinner are scrumptious.

     

    Where we are going: Mt Vernon Stable and Saloon, 909 North Charles Street. www.mvstable.com  

     

    How are we getting there: Meander up North Charles Street about one mile, taking time to see the sights. The group will end up at the Mt Vernon Stable and Saloon.

     

    Anticipated expenses: Appetizers, soups, salads, pizza, and sandwiches are between $5-$11. Other main dishes are under $20. The atmosphere is casual.

     

    Departure time: 6:30

    Departure location: Sheraton Exhibit Foyer - look for signs for Night Out #3

     

    Max number of participants for this outing: 15

     

    1. Christina Ballatyne

    2. Annette Griffith

    3. Kristin Duppong Hurley

    4. Rachel Holbert

    5. Aradhana P Sathiadevan

    6. Joel T Nadler

    7. Nicole L. Cundiff

    8. Kathleen McKay

    9. Jay Ringle

    10. Dominica McBride

    11. Machteld Wilmese

    12. Teresa Chavez

    13. Amber Holland

    14. Michael J Walk

     

     

     

     

    To sign up: Click here to email Susan Mort in the AEA office. In the body of your email, note "Sign me up for Night Out #3" and include your full name and she will get you on the list.

     

    If you have questions about this or any of the outings, please email Christy Lynch, the local arrangements outings coordinator at colynch@verizon.net.


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    Night Out #4: Culinary Adventure in Baltimore’s Little Italy

     

    If we receive cancellations they will be noted on this page.  We are not maintaining a waiting list for outings.

     

    Your Local Hosts:

     

    Gordon Bonham has 34 years of social and health research experience, including research with Towson University, the University of Louisville, and the National Center for Health Statistics. His career has focused on conducting applied social research and evaluation for nonprofit organizations and local, state and federal government. He has experience in private consulting, academic research, and governmental data collection. His areas of expertise include disability, social services, children and families, substance abuse, and health care. Gordon is also Past President of the Baltimore Area Evaluators.

     

    David J. Bernstein is a Senior Study Director with Westat in Rockville, Maryland. He was previously an Evaluation Specialist with the Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools, where he was responsible for the district’s survey research. Prior to this he was with the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Finance and Office of Management and Budget, and served as a Performance Measurement Research Consultant to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Dr. Bernstein has also worked with the American National Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a long time contributor to AEA.

     

    Where we are going: Germano’s Trattoria located in the middle of Baltimore’s Little Italy - 300 South High Street. Serving Tuscan and regional Italian dishes. www.germanostrattoria.com  

     

    How are we getting there: The restaurant is about a 1.5 mile walk from the hotel. The walk will take you through the Inner Harbor area where you will see the shops, Baltimore Aquarium, and other great restaurants and nightclubs. If you prefer to take a taxi, your local guide will help arrange this for you at the time the group meets.

     

    Anticipated expenses: Most meals are between $11-$28. The atmosphere is casual to business casual.

     

    Departure time: 7:00

    Departure location: Sheraton Exhibit Foyer - look for signs for Night Out #4

     

    Max number of participants for this outing: 12

     

    1. Sarah Heinemeier

    2. Jean Gearing

    3. Kim DiBella-Farber

    4. Elizabeth Serow

    5. Kelly Smith

    6. Laura Lessard

    7. Anelien Venter

    8. Michelle Bensenberg

    9. River Dunavin

    10. Hannah Betesh

    11. Kim van der Woerd

    12. Ron Roesch

     

    THIS EVENT IS FULL!!! If we receive cancellations they will be noted on this page.  We are not maintaining a waiting list for outings.

     

    If you have questions about this or any of the outings, please email Christy Lynch, the local arrangements outings coordinator at colynch@verizon.net.


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    Night Out #5: Wine Tasting with Laura Leviton

     

    If we receive cancellations they will be noted on this page.  We are not maintaining a waiting list for outings.

     

    Dr. Leviton is a senior program officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She has overseen evaluations in most of the areas of focus for the foundation, and now works primarily on Foundation initiatives preventing childhood obesity and in serving vulnerable populations.  Her past experience has included serving as a professor of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.  Dr. Leviton is a leading writer on evaluation methods and practice, in particular for disease prevention, and serves on several editorial boards for evaluation journals.  She served as President of AEA in 2000.

     

    Your Local Guide: Mary Morris Hyde is Senior Managing Associate at the Association for Study and Development of Community. She provides research and technical support on the implementation of education, community development, and systems change projects. She is a long time member of the Baltimore Area Evaluators.

     

    Where we are going: Ixia Restaurant is a contemporary, sleek restaurant serving topnotch gourmet food and wines. Located at 518 North Charles Street. www.ixia-online.com

     

    How are we getting there: The restaurant is less than a mile walk from the hotel. The North Charles Street area is filled with lovely shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. If you prefer to take a taxi, your local guide will help arrange this for you at the time the group meets.

     

    Anticipated expenses: Ixia will provide a tasting of 3 wines and one sparkling wine or champagne to AEA dinner guests in their fabulous lounge area. Wine tasters will also have a gourmet cheese and fruit platter to include homemade crackers, breads, and jams. The total cost for the wine tasting and cheese platter is $30/person. A table will also be reserved for those who want to stay for appetizers, main dishes or desserts. These items will be extra and could range from $9-$30.  The atmosphere is business casual to business attire.

     

    Departure time: 7:00

    Departure location: Sheraton Exhibit Foyer - look for signs for Night Out #5

     

    Max number of participants for this outing: 15

     

    1. Deanna Van Hersh

    2. Tracy Patterson

    3. Jessica Baltes

    4. Ann Kanof

    5. Dennis Watson

    6. Maurene Flory

    7. Jennifer Sweeney

    8. Jennifer Martineau

    9. Joyce Lowery

    10. Evie Green

    11. Erin Droege

    12. Rex Foster

    13. Kathleen Tinworth

    14. Bettye Ward Fletcher

    15. Aisha Fletcher

     

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    If you have questions about this or any of the outings, please email Christy Lynch, the local arrangements outings coordinator at colynch@verizon.net.


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    Night Out #6: International NGO Night with Jim Rugh

     

    If we receive cancellations they will be noted on this page.  We are not maintaining a waiting list for outings.

     

    Jim Rugh has had 41 years of professional involvement in rural community development in Africa, Asia and Appalachia.  He has specialized in evaluation for 25 years; the past 10 years as head of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for CARE International, a large NGO.  He now runs his own consulting business out of his home. His particular skills include promoting strategies for enhanced capacity for evaluation through world-wide organizations.  He is a recognized leader in evaluation among colleagues in the international NGO community, including InterAction.  He has been an active member of the American Evaluation Association since 1986.

     

    Your Local Guide: Jaime Dominguez is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in US Operations at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) whose headquarters are located in Baltimore. Jaime’s experience in evaluation and research methods began at GAO, and expanded into quality control and statistics at two management consulting firms.  Most recently, he has worked for Catholic Relief Services in both Internal Audit and Quality Assurance teams.

     

    Where we are going: Mem Sahib Restaurant serves traditional Indian food in a lovely setting – and Jim knows the owner! There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices. It is located at 400 West Lexington Street. www.memsahibrestaurant.com  

     

    How are we getting there: The restaurant is less than a half mile walk from the hotel. You will see the newly renovated Hippodrome Theater on the way.

     

    Anticipated expenses: Mem Sahib has a fixed price menu. Appetizer, main dish, and dessert with tea costs $20/person. The atmosphere is casual to business casual.

     

    Departure time: 6:30

    Departure location: Sheraton Exhibit Foyer - look for signs for Night Out #6

     

    Max number of participants for this outing: 15

     

    1. Antoinette Brown

    2. Mark Wright

    3. Mary Picard

    4. Jonya Leverett

    5. Patty Hill

    6. Tamara Arsenault

    7. Alphonsus Ekon

    8. Chuck Fisher

    9. Mark Elliot

    10. Diane Gardsbane

    11. Toni Freemen

    12. Ruth Saunders

    13. Kelli Kenison

    14. Eileen Dryden

    15. Cindy Clapp-Wineck

     

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    If you have questions about this or any of the outings, please email Christy Lynch, the local arrangements outings coordinator at colynch@verizon.net.


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    Night Out #7: Beer Tasting & Participatory Evaluation with Jean King

     

    If we receive cancellations they will be noted on this page.  We are not maintaining a waiting list for outings.

     

    Dr. King is a professor in the Educational Policy and Administration Program at the University of Minnesota. She focuses on research that addresses two broad topics: (1) studying educational and evaluation practice in school settings, especially during school reform and change efforts, and (2) the role and function of program evaluation in school districts and other organizations, including the use of both the evaluation process and its results. The ultimate goal of her work is to determine how to foster and support evaluation processes in educational and social service organizations over time. The terms she uses to describe what she studies have evolved, from action research and process evaluation, to participatory or collaborative evaluation, and finally to evaluation capacity building. Dr. King is a long time member of AEA and Editor-in-Chief of New Directions for Evaluation.

     

    Your Local Guide: Sathi Dasgupta is founder and President of SONA Consulting Inc. and has over twelve years of experience in research and evaluation, program support and technical assistance in the areas of health, substance abuse and reproductive health. She is also a current member of the Baltimore Area Evaluators.

     

    Where we are going: The Brewer’s Art is a classy restaurant and brewery located at 1106 North Charles Street. They serve seasonal food and beer made on premises. Desserts are homemade by their pastry chef. www.thebrewersart.com 

     

    How are we getting there: The restaurant is a one mile walk from the hotel. The North Charles Street area is filled with lovely shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. If you prefer to take a taxi, your local host will help arrange this for you at the time the group meets.

     

    Anticipated expenses: A beer tasting of four seasonal brews is always available for varying cost. Appetizers and lite fare range from $6-$12. Main entrees are between $17-$27. The atmosphere is casual to business casual.

     

    Departure time: 6:30

    Departure location: Sheraton Exhibit Foyer - look for signs for Night Out #7

     

    Max number of participants for this outing: 15

     

    1. Jemimah Njuki

    2. Nurit Fischler

    3. Collette Young

    4. Seth Martin Cooper

    5. Danelle Marable

    6. Pamela Larson Nippolt

    7. Kate Lytton

    8. Allen Ferguson

    9. Maureen Wilce

    10. Sarah Gill

    11. Osvaldo Feinstein

    12. Deena Murhpy

    13. Alice Navarro

    14. Cheryl Gomez

    15. Christine Fisher

     

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    If you have questions about this or any of the outings, please email Christy Lynch, the local arrangements outings coordinator at colynch@verizon.net.


     

    Night Out #8: Cocktails and Dinner with Guest of Honor Con Katzenmeyer

     

    Conrad Katzenmeyer is the former Director of Research, Evaluation and Communications at the National Science Foundation.

     

    Your Local Guide: Kris Juffer is Executive Director of Action Research & Associates, Inc. based in the Washington DC/Baltimore corridor.  She specializes in conducting program evaluations for the federal government, as well as educational programs, communications efforts, and US and international television and radio networks. 

     

    What: We'll share our stories of research "surprises" and "miraculous saves," and enjoy a great evening of camaraderie. 

     

    Description: Come share cocktails with old and new friends and Con Katzenmeyer, and an interesting evening's conversation over reasonably priced, yet outstanding, subtly seasoned Afghan cuisine in a quiet, sophisticated atmosphere. The Helmand has won perennial "best" awards in Zagat's survey, the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, the Baltimore City Paper, and other publications.  Dinner is prepared by Afghan President Helmid Karzai's brother.

     

    Where we are going: The Helmand, 806 North Charles Street.     www.helmand.com

     

    How are we getting there:  The Helmand is located approximately 8 blocks north of the Inner Harbor, near the Walters Art Gallery, the Peabody Conservatory and the Washington Monument.. The North Charles Street area is filled with lovely shops, restaurants, and nightclubs.  If you prefer to take a taxi, your local host will help arrange this for you at the time the group meets.

     

    Anticipated expenses: Main dishes are reasonably priced under $20. The atmosphere is casual to business casual.

     

    Departure time: 6:15

    Departure location: Sheraton Exhibit Foyer - look for signs for Night Out #8 

     

    Max number of participants for this outing: 25

     

    1. Lori Lynn Jouty

    2. Kristine Chadwick

    3. Hui Zhao

    4. Juan M. D'Brot

    5.  

    6. Annabel Jackson

    7. Paula McFarling

    8. Nate Hixson 

     

    To sign up: Click here to email Susan Mort in the AEA office. In the body of your email, note "Sign me up for Night Out #8" and include your full name and she will get you on the list.

     

    If you have questions about this or any of the outings, please email Christy Lynch, the local arrangements outings coordinator at colynch@verizon.net.


     

    Baltimore Happenings

    Baltimore, Maryland, also known as “Charm City” is comprised of several distinct neighborhoods, all of which offer restaurants, shopping, and tourist attractions. Below we have listed some local favorites and places that are unique to our city. In addition to the hotel concierges, other information sources include the Visitors’ Center, City Paper (free, published on Wednesday) and the Baltimore Sun newspaper Live section (published on Thursday).


    Baltimore Visitor Center (401 Light Street; 1-877-BALTIMORE; Hours: daily 9 am to 6 pm.)

    An array of information services, including event tickets, brochures, and restaurant reservations, is available from the friendly staff in this state of the art facility. With so much to experience, this is a great place to start. vc@baltimore.org [Inner Harbor, next to the Light Street Pavilion]. Approximately 6 blocks from headquarters hotels


    Baltimore Maps

     The following link brings you to the map section of the visitors’ center website. Click on Downtown Area for a PDF version which shows the neighborhoods and many tourist attractions. The quality is very good printed in color. Note that Center City section on the visitor center downtown map is the Inner Harbor on other maps. .http://www.baltimore.org/visitors/v_mapstrans_maps.html


    Visitor Notes

    Weather. In early November the days are still pleasant and warm, evenings can be brisk.
    Average Temperatures:             High 59º F/15ºC            Low 37ºF/3ºC

    Area Codes. When making calls in Baltimore, the area code is needed for all local calls since the city has two area codes.

     Streets. Many streets will have N.S,E,W designations. Charles Street separates East from West. Baltimore Street separates North from South. St. Paul Street becomes Light Street at Baltimore Street.


     

    Getting Around

    Baltimore has a public bus system, a light rail train, and taxi service. For the best options please consult with your hotel concierge or visit the Maryland Department of Transportation.  http://www.mtamaryland.com/

    Water Taxi: This is a good way to travel to some major attractions and neighborhoods including Fort McHenry, Little Italy, Fells Point, and Canton. Runs year round, 7 days a week; hours during conference, 11 am to 6 pm. www.thewatertaxi.com [Inner Harbor stop between harbor pavilions]


    Nearby Neighborhoods

    The following neighborhoods are excellent areas to experience what Baltimore has to offer. Each is identified at the end of the listed restaurants and attractions. At the visitors’ center, be sure to ask about neighborhood walking tours.

    Inner Harbor: Primary tourist attraction which includes a wide array of attractions, shops, restaurants and bars.

    Little Italy: Between Inner Harbor and Fells Point, small 12 block neighborhood with approximately 20 restaurants, ranging from casual to upscale. http://www.littleitalymd.com/

    Fells Point: East of the Inner Harbor and Little Italy. Settled by a shipbuilder in 1730, this is one of the few remaining downtown waterfront communities in the eastern United States. Cobblestone streets and 18th and 19th century homes are prominent features, many restaurants and bars with some shops. www.fellspointdevelopment.com

    Federal Hill: South of the Inner Harbor, this neighborhood served as an observatory from 1795 to 1895. The top of Federal Hill offers a great view of the city. Shops, art galleries, pubs and restaurants line Light Street and Charles Street. www.historicfederalhill.org

    Canton: A few blocks east of Fells Point this is where many 19th century European immigrants settled to work in canneries. There are numerous bars and restaurants on O’Donnell Square. www.cantoncommunity.org

    Mount Vernon: Majestic mansions from the late 19th century many of which are restaurants and museums today are located in this cultural center of the city. The area includes museums, restaurants, and shops. www.mvcd.org

    Westside: Just west of the headquarters hotels this area has experienced major renovations in recent years. The area is rich in African-American culture, entertainment and historical attractions. www.downtownwestside.com


     

    Quick Food Options

    There are several options in almost every direction. Good selection along Charles Street a few blocks north or south of Fayette Street. Inner Harbor pavilions are 6 blocks away and offer numerous restaurants and take out options. A few choices are listed here.

    Food Court (Light Street Pavilion, 2nd level). Several options available; indoor and outdoor seating. Approximately 6 blocks from headquarters hotels. [Inner Harbor] $

    Cosi’s (410-545-0550; 100 S. Charles Street; Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 am to 7 pm) Sandwiches, soups, and salads, also serves breakfast. Approximately 2 blocks from the headquarters hotels. [Inner Harbor] $

    Lexington Market (410-685-6169; 400 W. Lexington Street; Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30 am to 6 pm) Historic public market established in 1782 with more than 140 merchants, with several options for lunch. Faidley’s has excellent crab cakes which many consider to be the best in the city. Approximately 6 blocks from headquarters hotels. www.lexingtonmarket.com [Westside] $

    Plaza Deli (410-528880; 222 St. Paul Place; Tremont Plaza Hotel)

    Quizno’s. (410-685-0882; 100 S. Charles Street) Toasted submarine sandwiches, also open for breakfast. Approximately 2 blocks from headquarters hotels. [Inner Harbor] $

    Subway (410-962-5548; 2 E. Redwood Street) Sandwiches, soups, and salads. Approximately 4 blocks from headquarters hotels. [Inner Harbor] $


     

    Restaurants

    The dining options in Baltimore are too numerous to mention. Below is a sample of places which are unique to Baltimore or which feature local ingredients or which are simply favorites of Baltimore Area Evaluators. Many dining options are available throughout the city. Reservations for the listed restaurants are recommended, especially on weekends. $=Under $10 for most entrees, $$=$10-$20, $$$=$20-30

    Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen (410-563-2666; 1019 E. Lombard Street; Hours: Monday-Saturday 8 am to 6:30 pm, Sunday 8 am to 5 pm) Deli with over 90 years of service serving excellent corned beef and pastrami. www.ATTMANSDELI.com  [near Little Italy, 4 blocks from Shot Tower] $

    Bertha’s (410-327-5795. 734 S. Broadway; Open daily for Lunch and Dinner; Scottish tea by reservation) Famous for mussels in a casual setting; other seafood entrees available. Live blues or jazz performances on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Don’t forget a “Eat Bertha’s Mussels” bumper sticker. Kids welcome. www.berthas.com [Fells Point] $$

    Blue Agave Restaurant Y Tequileria (410-576-3938; 1032 Light Street; Open daily for Dinner; closed Monday) Named after the plant that gives us tequila, this is an excellent highly rated Mexican restaurant that features fresh made salsas, upscale regional Mexican fare and more than 100 tequilas. Reservations strongly recommended for weekends. www.blueagaverestaurant.com [Federal Hill] $$

    Boccaccio (410-234-1322; 925 Eastern Avenue, Open for Lunch weekdays and Dinner daily) Award winning Northern Italian restaurant featuring innovative and elegant cuisine emphasizing local and season ingredients; extensive wine list featuring some of Italy’s finest vintages; complimentary pick-up for guests at local hotels (call in advance). www.boccaccio-restaurant.com [Little Italy]. $$$

    Brewer’s Art (410-547-9310; 1106 North Charles Street; Open daily for Dinner, full-service begins at 5:30, Bar opens at 4 pm Monday-Saturday, 5 pm Sunday) Classy restaurant and brewery in a beautiful Mount Vernon townhouse; serves seasonal European fare; beers brewed on the premises; and desserts homemade by the pastry chef. www.belgianbeer.com [Mount Vernon] $$$

    Capitol City Brewing Company (410-539-7468; 301 S. Light Street; Open daily for Lunch and Dinner) Traditional pub fare and regional cuisine. www.capcitybrew.com [Inner Harbor, Light Street Pavilion] $$ (most under $15)

    Dangerously Delicious Pies (410-522-7437, 1036 Light Street; Hours: Sunday 10 am to 6pm; Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 8 am to 11 pm). All pie, all the time. Full range of fruit pies, pies with chocolate, quiche, and savory pies such as the steak, mushroom, onion, Gruyere cheese pie. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. www.dangerouspies.com [Federal Hill]. $ (All slices $5).

    Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar (410-322-1666; 720 Aliceanna Street: Open for Dinner daily) Stylish and contemporary serving excellent prime beef steaks, award winning wine bar featuring 100 bottles of wine that can be ordered by the glass. Sample “Flights” of 3 wines (2 oz. each) are a fun way to select a dinner wine. www.flemingsteakhouse.com [Fells Point] $$$

    Germano’s Trattoria (410-752-4515, 300 S. High Street; Open daily for Lunch and Dinner) Specializes in Tuscan cuisine offering pasta, seafood, and specialties in a cozy setting. www.germanostrattoria.com [Little Italy] $$$

    The Helmand (410-752-0311; 806 N. Charles Street; Open daily for Dinner at 5 pm) Award winning, reasonably priced, yet outstanding, subtly seasoned Afghan cuisine served in a quiet, sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant is named after Afghanistan’s longest and most important river. www.helmand.com [Mount Vernon] $$

    Ixia Restaurant (410-727-1800; 518 N. Charles Street; Open Tuesday-Saturday for Dinner at 5 pm, last seating Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 pm; Friday-Saturday 10:30 pm) Sleek, contemporary, with many architectural details maintained this elegant restaurant features exquisite Modern fusion cuisine; Chef’s blind tasting menu available every Wednesday ($55, $80 with wine); theatre menu available; jazz and blues every Friday. www.ixia-online.com [Mount Vernon] $$$

    McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood (410-234-1300; 711 Eastern Avenue; Open daily for Lunch and Dinner) Located on Pier 5 with some beautiful views of the harbor, this critically acclaimed national chain restaurant features more than 30 fresh seafood items with seasonally and regionally inspired specialties; menu changes daily. www.mccormickandschmicks.com [Inner Harbor, Pier 5] $$$

    MemSahib Indian Restaurant (410-576-7777; 400 W. Lexington Street; (Open daily for Lunch (buffet) Monday-Friday and Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm) Serves traditional Indian food in a lovely setting; vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices; 3-course prix fixe dinner costs $20. www.memsahibrestaurant.com [Westside] $$

    Mount Vernon Stable Saloon (410-685-7427; 909 N. Charles Street; Open daily for Lunch and Dinner) Local relaxed-setting pub with an extensive menu that includes pastas, salads, burgers, sandwiches, Tex-Mex, and more but its signature dish is the baby back ribs. www.mvstable.com [Mount Vernon] $$

    Obrycki’s Crab House and Seafood (410-732-6399; 1727 E. Pratt Street; Open daily for Lunch and Dinner) “Serving the best seafood since 1944”, a great place to grab a mallet and crack some crabs with friends at this popular crab house; many other seafood menu items available ; frequented by movie and sports celebrities. (Note. NFL players will be in town for the November 11 Bengals/Ravens game.) www.obryckis.com [Fells Point] $$$

    Pazo Restaurant (410-534-7296; 1425 Aliceanna Street; Open daily for Dinner) A beautifully transformed warehouse dating back to the 1880s, this award winning restaurant specializes in “…cuisine with the hedonistic soul of the rustic Spanish coast & Italian isles at an unprecedented dining & dancing venue…”; 100 label wine list; extended cheese offering. www.pazorestaurant.com [Fells Point] $$$

    Phillips Restaurant (410-685-6600; 301 Light Street) A Maryland tradition, legendary seafood restaurant, famous for crab cakes, other seafood and meat dishes can be complimented with crab or lobster; stunning waterfront views. www.phillipsseafood.com [Inner Harbor, Light Street Pavilion] $$$

    Tio Pepe (410-539-4675; 10 E. Franklin Street; Open weekdays for Lunch, daily for Dinner) Excellent upscale Spanish cuisine in a beautiful restaurant with an award winning wine list; one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Do not go here for tacos or fajitas. http://coloquio.com/coloquioonline/tiopepe.htm [Mount Vernon] $$$


    Cultural and Historical Attractions

    Baltimore Museum of Art (443-573-1700. 10 Art Museum Drive, Hours: Wed.-Fri. 11 am to 5 pm; Sat-Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday; Admission: Free) Holdings include 90,000 works of art including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Featured Exhibit during AEA: Rodin: Expression & Influence) www.artbma.org [Charles Village]

    Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum (410-752-2490; 901 W. Pratt Street; Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm; Admission: Adults $14, Seniors 60+ $12, Children 2-12 years $8, Children under 2 years Free; train ride included in price of admission) Birthplace of American railroading; contains locomotives and other exhibits that document the history of railroading; train rides available. Tickets can be purchased online www.borail.org [Westside]

    Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (410-727-3564. Corner of Cathedral and Mulberry. Open for Visitations: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 7 days a week. Guided Tours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm) The Mother Church of Roman Catholicism in the United States, the Basilica is the first Metropolitan Cathedral in the United States. It was fully restored and reopened on November 3, 2006 to celebrate the 200th anniversary. Note: This is an active parish with scheduled events. www.basilicabaltimore.org [Mount Vernon].

    Westminster Hall and Burying Ground (410-706-2072; 515 W. Fayette Street; Tours by arrangement) Restored historic church built on arches above the burying ground to create catacombs; surrounding graveyard is the burial site of the famous author Edgar Allen Poe who spent many years in Baltimore. www.westminsterhall.org [Westside]

    France-Merrick Performing Arts Center: Hippodrome Theatre (12 N. Eutaw Street, Box Office Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm) Beautifully restored landmark theatre that is now part of a performing arts center. Event during AEA, Nov. 6-11: My Fair Lady starring acclaimed British actors Christopher Cazenove and Lisa O’Hare. Shows tend to sell out fast; order tickets as early as possible. Tickets can be purchased online.  www.france-merrickpac.com [Westside] approximately 4 blocks from headquarters hotels

    Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine (410-962-4290; 2400 E. Fort Street; Hours: Daily 8 am to 5 pm; Admission: Adults 16 and older $7, 15 and under free; admission covers fort; grounds and visitor center free) Defense of the star-shaped fort during the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangle Banner. Special Event: November 7, Wetlands Bird Walk 8 am to noon, free. www.nps.gov/fomc/ [southeast of Inner Harbor, accessible by Water Taxi.]

    Carroll Mansion and Phoenix Shot Tower (410-837-5424; 800 E. Lombard Street; Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm or by appointment; Admission: Adults $5, Seniors/Military/ Students $4, Shot tower admission only $1.) National Historical Landmark. In service from 1828 to 1892, molten lead was dropped 215 feet into a vat of cold water to make shot for guns. www.carrollmuseums.org [Inner Harbor]

    Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (410-685-5290. 10 E. Mount Vernon Place; Open weekday mornings) Historic Landmark. Prime example of Victorian Gothic architecture. The exterior features four types of stones. The interior features floral stained-glass windows and flower carved walnut pews. www.gbgm-umc.org/mtvernonplumc/index.html [Mount Vernon]

    National Aquarium in Baltimore (410-576-3800; 501 E. Pratt Street; Open daily; Admission: Adults $21.95, Seniors 60+ $20.95, Children 3 to 11 years $12.95, Children under 3 years Free; Extra charge for dolphin shows; Reduced admission price Friday evenings) Hundreds of exhibits with over 16,000 animals includes a new Australia exhibit. www.aqua.org Tickets can be purchased online. [Inner Harbor]

    National Great Blacks in Wax Museum (410-563-4103. 1601-03 E. North Avenue. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm Admission: $9 Adults; $8 Seniors, College Students w/ID, and Students ages 12-17; $6 Children.) One of the nations most unique and dynamic cultural and educational institutions committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history with over 100 life-size and life-like wax figures. www.ngbiwm.com [East Baltimore].

    Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (443-263-1800; 830 E. Pratt Street; Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm; Admission: General $8, Seniors $6, College students with ID $6, children 6 years and under Free) Named after the native Baltimore lawyer who was the first person in the 148 year history of Harvard Law to be admitted prior to applying and the first African American to establish a Wall Street law firm, and the first African American to own a Fortune 500 company; the museums “…is dedicated to sharing the courageous journeys toward freedom and self-determination made by African American Marylanders.” [Inner Harbor]

    USS Constellation Museum (410-539-1797; Open daily 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Admission: Adults $8.75, Seniors (60+) $7.50, Youth $4.75, 5 years old and under Free). The last all sail warship built by the United States Navy, commissioned in 1855. www.constellation.org [Inner Harbor, Pier 1]

    Walter’s Art Gallery (410-547-9000. 600 N. Charles Street. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday. 11 am to 5 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission: Free) Holdings span 55 centuries from Ancient Egypt to late 19th century Europe. Four Exhibitions during conference: The Repeating Image in Renaissance and Baroque Art, Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt, Recurrence, and Déjà vu? Revealing repetition in French Masterpieces. www.thewalters.org [Mount Vernon]


    Nightlife

    13th Floor (410-347-0888; One E. Chase St; Open Tuesday-Saturday 5 pm to 2 am) Cozy bar in the historic Belvedere Hotel with a good view of the city. Entertainment nightly. www.trufflescatering.com/13th/index.html [Mount Vernon]

    Austin Grill (410-534-0606; the Can Company 2400 O’Donnell Street; Hours: Sunday 11 am to 10:30 pm, Monday-Thursday 11 am to 11 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am to midnight) Tex-Mex restaurant ($$) and bar that features local talent as well as national singer-songwriters and bands. www.myspace.com/austingrillbaltimore [Canton]

    Bin 604 Wine Seller (410-576-0444; 604 S. Exeter Street; Hours: Monday-Friday 11 am to 10 am, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm) Hundreds of wines for all tastes and prices. Special Event November 8, 6 pm to 8 pm:; Turkey Wine; cost $29. www.bin604.com [Inner Harbor East near Little Italy]

    Comedy Factory (410-547-7798, 36 Light Street; Shows Thursday 8 pm, Friday 8 pm, 10 pm, and midnight, Saturday nights 7 pm, 9 pm, and 11 pm; Tickets usually $17). November 8-10 see Nikki Payne from Last Comic Standing. www.baltimorecomedy.com [Inner Harbor] Approximately 4 blocks form headquarters hotels, above Burke’s Restaurant.

    Latin Palace (410-522-6700; 509 S. Broadway; Hours: Happy Hour daily 5 pm to-9 pm; Dance Club Tuesdays-Sunday 8 pm to 2 am) Night club that offers salsa lessons Wednesday-Saturday 8 pm to 9:30 pm www.latinpalace.com [Fells Point]

    Max’s Taphouse (410-675-6297; 737 S. Broadway; Hours: 10:30 am to 2 am). Legendary pub with the largest beer selection in Maryland with 72 rotating drafts, two hand-pump English beer engines and over 300 bottled beers from around the world; sampler “flights” available. Be sure to try Baltimore-brewed Clipper City ales. www.maxs.com [Fells Point]

    The Horse You Came In On (410-327-8111; 1626 Thames Street; Hours: Monday-Friday 2 pm to 2 am, Saturday-Sunday 12 noon-2 am) Opened in 1775, believed to be America’s oldest operating saloon; brick walls and wood floor; live rock and pop music 7 nights a week; crowds include all ages; serves mostly beer and shots. [Fells Point]


    Sports

    Mt. Pleasant Golf Course An old style links course that is the site of Arnold Palmer’s first U.S. tournament victory as a professional. (He won his first title in Canada.) The course is in excellent condition. Fees include a cart; a GPS system can be rented. Tee time needed. http://www.bmgcgolf.com

    ESPN Zone (410-685-ESPN; 601 E. Pratt Street; Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am to 11 pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30 am to midnight.) 10,000 square feet of interactive games and attractions, American fare food. www.espnzone.com/baltimore [Inner Harbor]

     Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum (216 Emory Street; Hours: Daily 10 am to 5 pm; Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $4, Children ages 3-12 $3.) A great display of memorabilia and exhibits documenting the life of a baseball legend, one of Baltimore’s most famous sons. www.baberuthmuseum.com [Westside]

     

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