What’s going on, Hon?

It’s times like these that I’m glad I moved to the Baltimore area. Having grown up just down the street in Washington, DC, I always looked at Baltimore as a smaller city with nothing to do. Now that I live here, I realize just how wrong I really was. With summer approaching, here are some ways to enjoy Charm City and appreciate all that this city has to offer:

Starting this Friday, we’ll see the return of the famous Bawlmer HonFest. Described as a local celebration of Baltimore’s working-women, the celebration is nothing to be missed. Started in 1994 in the Hampden neighborhood, also known as “The Avenue”, the celebration continues to expand internationally. Each year, visitors come from all over the world to see Baltimore’s Best Hon and the festivities that ensue.

Simply walking down “The Avenue”, you’ll be sure to spot colorful characters sporting their high hair and speaking the famous “Bawlmerese”. From the Mashed Potato Dance Contest to live music and food vendors, there will be more than enough to soak in from the event. So grab your pink boa and festive spirit and head on down to HonFest for a good time. See you there, Hon!

If you’re looking for something to do next week, be sure to visit the Harbor and Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Sailabration, running June 13-19. The celebration marks the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. The event will bring over 40 tall ships and naval vessels into the Baltimore area. Many of the ships will feature tours as well as waterside festivities.

On top of the free tours there will also be a special airshow put on by the Blue Angels. For months, organizers have been promoting this event. Judging by all of the online support, it looks to be a huge success. Be sure to head down and take lots of pictures!

Media Perspective

It’s hard not to evaluate local events and their web presence, as a media professional in the Baltimore area. Having seen many event websites in the past, I can say the groups behind the Sailabration and HonFest have done an excellent job of promoting their events online and through social media. They’ve created Facebook, Twitter, and a YouTube pages to help promote the events. The Sailabration team even built an interactive site for visitors to get more information about the show. The site includes maps, a schedule of events, and profiles of the visiting ships.  All of these steps are vital when trying to attract users to your event, and they’ve done this flawlessly.

As a communications agency Media Works is always proud when we get our clients prime TV placement. With only one week left until the Star Spangled 200 we were able to get our friend, Bill Pencek from MD Tourism,  featured on NBC10 last week in Philadelphia! You can catch the full interview right here:

http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/assets/pdk449/pdk/swf/flvPlayer.swf?pid=q5Cwz4qnryCN

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