Top Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Baltimore

by Erica Starr 8. March 2013
Top Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Baltimore

It’s that time of year again. St. Patty’s Day in Baltimore - March 17th… Baltimore’s most celebrated unofficial holiday of the year. A day when, like it or not, everyone is Irish.

Green beer, the Baltimore St. Patrick's Day Parade, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirts, tent-lined streets, the Baltimore Shamrock 5K, and even the occasional random bagpiper walking the streets of Baltimore have all become traditions here in Baltimore around St. Patrick’s Day.

Last year we went around to try to find the top things to do in Baltimore on St. Patty’s Day. This year we did the same thing, and as we suspected, you won't be at a loss for ways to celebrate. Each neighborhood in Baltimore has its own way of celebrating. With that being said, we again went to our branches to ask them for recommendations on what to do this St. Patty’s Day in their neighborhood.

"The official 1st Mariner Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2013 – What to do in Baltimore"

The 58th Annual Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Shamrock 5K

Thousands of Baltimoreans will gather at the Washington Monument and line the sidewalks of Charles Street as they help Baltimore celebrate Irish culture, song, music and dance at Baltimore's 58th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade kicks off on March 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Monument and continues to Pratt Street and Market Place. 1st Mariner Bank is a proud annual sponsor of the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The Baltimore Shamrock 5K is another option that takes place on March 10th. For several years, over 5,000 runners take the streets of Baltimore to support St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Inc. Starting at Charles and Franklin Street and ending with a celebration at Power Plant Live, the Shamrock 5K is a great way to get your endorphins moving, stay healthy and support a good cause. Unfortunately, every year this race fills up fast so if you haven’t already signed up, you’ll have to settle for standing on the sidelines and cheering on the runners.

Dennis Finnegan, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking’s Recommendation: Claddagh Pub

Just as he suggested last year, our President of Retail Banking, Dennis Finnegan is sticking with his St. Patrick's Day go-to. "As always, my faviorite place to spend St. Patty's Day is Claddagh's Irish Pub located in Canton. For the past few years, [Claddagh Pub owner] Mike Clarke always has a stool and a Jameson waiting for me as soon as I walk in the door."

Other local Baltimore Irish Pubs and Restaurants:
Looney’s Pub
James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant
Slainte Irish Pub & Restaurant
Cat’s Eye Pub
Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill
Patrick’s of Pratt Street
J. Patrick’s Irish Pub
Mick O’Shea’s
Ryan’s Daughter Irish Pub and Restaurant

Our Annapolis Branch Recommendation: Galway Bay Irish Pub

Galway Bay gives you an immediate sense of feeling right at home as soon as you walk in the door. We'd highly recommend Galway Bay as a place to check out on St. Patty’s day. They throw quite the celebration!

Other local Annapolis Irish Pubs and Restaurants:
Fado Irish Pub
Castlebay Irish Pub

Our Cockeysville/Towson-Loch Raven Branch Recommendation: An Poitin Stil

An Poitin Stil, or “The Still” as the locals call it, is probably one of the most “authentic” Irish pubs in the Baltimore area. They have live Celtic bands playing on most days of the week, and their St. Patty’s Day Festival is epic!

Our Perry Hall/White Marsh Branch Recommendation: The Twisted Harp

As Perry Hall's only major Irish pub, The Twisted Harp is bound to be a place of interest for the residents of the White Marsh/Perry Hall area on St. Patty's Day. Their corned beef and cabbage is delicious, and they serve a variety of other authentic Irish food as well.

Other local Baltimore County Irish Pubs and Restaurants:
Patrick’s Restaurant and Pub
The Tilted Kilt

Our Bel Air Branch Recommendation: Sean Bolan’s

Judging by the countdown to St. Patty's Day on their homepage, Sean Bolan's is where you need to be if you happen to be in the Bel Air area on March 17th.

Other local Harford County Irish Pubs and Restaurants:
Looney’s Pub
MaGerk's Pub & Grill

With all of these options, you’d think that we strategically placed our branches to be in close proximity to the Irish pubs and restaurants of Baltimore, right? We’re sure there are plenty of other options out there that we’ve forgotten to mention, but at least you now have a decent amount of possibilities to choose from when it comes to your 2013 St. Patty’s Day celebration.

Regardless of what you choose to do, just remember one thing…everyone is Irish on March 17th!

You're Engaged, Yay! Now What? Wedding Planning!

by Erica Starr 22. February 2013

 

Relax and enjoy the moment.

Wooohoo! He asked, you said yes…welcome to the wonderful world of wedding planning! But not so fast - before you start envisioning your wedding day place settings, stop, take a deep breath and ACTUALLY enjoy the moment. Too often, brides-to-be don’t take the time to actually enjoy being engaged, and before they know it, they’re up to their eyes in wedding planning and wedding costs. So why not REALLY let yourself experience the engagement phase before jumping into the wedding planning phase? Trust me, there is a huge difference. You’re only doing this once, remember? Enjoy it!

Call your mom.

Believe it or not, she’s been waiting for this moment for as long, if not longer, as you have. As a matter of fact, call everyone that is important to you and your new fiancé. Yes, CALL (read: a voice conversation) all of these important individuals before you even consider hitting the social media highway. As much as Aunt Cathy likes to keep up with what is going on in your life via Facebook, finding out that you are recently engaged is NOT one of the things that she’d like to discover. Trust me, Christmas dinner will never be the same.

Get the ring insured.

What’s the first thing people ask when they find out that you are engaged? They ask to see the ring. This ring, ladies and gentlemen, will be the single most important ring of your lives. It symbolizes your love for one another and all that will come in your future life together. That being said, what can go wrong most likely will at some point or another. While nothing will ever replace the sentimental value of “the ring” if something were to happen to it, it’s always comforting to have peace of mind knowing that IF Murphy’s Law occurs, you can at least get money towards a replacement.

Contact your insurance agent to price out getting the ring added to your homeowners or renters insurance plan. However, many homeowners and renters insurance policies only cover up to a certain amount. If this is the case for you, you can look into a personal property insurance policy extension that covers particular items. Another option is to look into insurance companies that specialize in jewelry items. Whatever your preferred plan of attack, don’t take the risk of waiting…he put a ring on it, so you’d both better make sure there’s an insurance policy on it.

Ballpark your date.

The second most popular question that you’ll hear after getting engaged is, “Did you set a date?” Do yourself a favor and at least have a ballpark estimate of when you’d like to get married. It doesn’t have to be a specific date - it can even be an entire season (i.e. summer of 2014), but at least have some sort of answer for your fan club.

Start a tentative guest list.

Ah, the guest list...depending on the size of your families, the guest list can be the most fun or the most stressful part of the wedding planning process. Either way, you’ll want to get an early jump on it. The earlier you figure out your “tentative” guest list, the sooner you can start looking at venues (depending on the size of your wedding, some venues may not be big or small enough), pricing out menus and playing the lovely game of “Do we REALLY need to invite so-and-so?” Most importantly, once you have a tentative list you can begin to develop your budget.

Develop a budget, prioritize and start saving (in that order).

At the end of the day, the budget that you, your fiancé and your families come up with will be the deciding factor in all future decisions to come. I strongly encourage sitting down with both the bride and groom’s families to have an initial conversation about who is paying for what. While traditionally the bride’s family is mainly responsible for the wedding, nowadays the groom’s family often takes on more responsibility as well as the bride and groom themselves. It’s very important to have all involved parties on the same page early on in order to prevent any drama or misunderstandings moving forward.

Next, prioritize, prioritize and prioritize some more. Depending on your budget, you will more than likely have to start sacrificing the less important things for the more important ones. For example, if you both have big families, you may have to sacrifice the expensive venue in order to pay for everyone you care about to be invited. Is having a full open bar at the reception important to you and your fiancé, or will beer and wine work? These are all conversations and decisions that you’ll come across as you move down your wedding planning checklist.

If you and your fiancé have been discussing getting married in the near future, chances are you’ve probably already started saving for the big day. If you haven’t, now is the time to start. If you are like most people, after the sticker shock of the average cost of a wedding in 2013 wears off, you’ll quickly realize that you have drastically been under budgeting for the past twenty or so years of your wedding day fantasizing life. Sit down and talk with your fiancé about the best approach to start a wedding fund. There are lots of flexible interest-bearing savings accounts out there that make it extremely convenient to start putting money away for the big day.

Rinse, repeat and revisit your budget.

Before you know it, you’ll quickly start to move down your wedding planning checklist. From finding a wedding photographer to spending endless hours on “wedding ideas on a budget” boards on Pinterest, you may find yourself so caught up in the fairytale that you forget to consult your budget. Every time you are tasked with making a wedding related decision, always, always, always consult your budget before falling in love with the idea. Wedding planning is emotional enough. Don’t set yourself up for heartbreak by not reminding yourself of your financial priorities and limitations.

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Super Bowl 2013: MVP Joe Flacco Leads the Ravens to a 34-31 Harbowl Victory

by Erica Starr 4. February 2013

Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Billboards

Oh! Boy, What a Joe!

We think it’s safe to say, he’s not your average Joe – perhaps your “elite” Joe Flacco, or your Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, but average, he is not. Not many outside of Baltimore expected the Ravens to make it as far as Super Bowl XLVII; however, Baltimore fans thought otherwise, and the Baltimore Ravens proved otherwise.

Despite the “lights out” technical difficulties that seemed to impact the incredible momentum that the Ravens had built up, “General” Joe Flacco drove his “team of destiny” up and down the field, throwing 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and 3 touchdown passes, earning Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. With Joe putting up numbers that rival some of the biggest names in the NFL, Baltimore Sports Report has officially declared Joe Flacco to be elite.

Baltimore fans celebrate a Ravens Super Bowl Victory in Canton Square

Meanwhile back on the ranch, while the Baltimore Ravens celebrated their Super Bowl victory in New Orleans, thousands of Baltimore Ravens fans rushed the streets of Charm City to celebrate. Screaming the “Seven Nation Army” chant that Baltimore fans have associated with the Ravens (this chant also oddly incorporates the Baltimore Orioles’ “Oh!” that you could hear loud and clear during Alicia Keys’ performance of the National Anthem), fans hugged each other, jumped up and down and continued to celebrate till the early hours of the morning.

So did Baltimore fans get all their celebrating in last night? Of course not! According to the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore city officials announced today that the city will host a victory parade for the champion Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday beginning at 10:45 a.m. at City Hall. The parade will proceed from City Hall south on Commerce Street, continue to Pratt and Howard Streets, and end at the Raven’s stadium, where a celebration including the team will continue, Baltimore-style!



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