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1. Daylight Savings TimeSunday, November 4, 2 a.m.
Be sure to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 4 and prepare to be enveloped in darkness earlier. At the very least you have an extra hour of sleep to look forward to!
Put on by the Irish Charities of Maryland and held annually at the Timonium Fair Grounds (2200 York Rd., Timonium, MD), this annual celebration of Irish culture features local, regional, and international Irish music and dance; traditional cuisine; cultural exhibits and workshops; and a variety of Irish vendors. Get your fill of corned beef and cabbage (or Irish beer and whiskey, for that matter), or take part in the many children's activities planned. Tickets are $15, or $10 for seniors and $5 for young adults (12-17). Children under 12 and active military personnel get in free.
Hollywood legend John Travolta will join director and Baltimore celebrity John Waters for an evening of conversations that doubles as a fundraiser to support the Maryland Film Festival. Tickets are $70 for the conversation, or $300 for a post-conversation dinner with Travolta and friends.
4. Grand Opening of The Baltimore Museum of Art's New Wing
The Baltimore Museum of Art will open their newly renovated contemporary wing. The much anticipated opening will reveal the first phase of a $24.5 million renovation. Visitors will find 16 galleries showcasing masterworks from the contemporary collection by Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol alongside new works created by established and emerging contemporary artists. Additional highlights of the project include a new exhibition series; a new black box gallery for light, sound, and moving image works; two new interactive galleries; and the museum’s first smartphone tour of the collection featuring music by Baltimore artists.
5. Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22
Today's the day that many American's look forward to celebrating all year long: Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy a feast with your friends and family, gather round to watch some football, or do whatever else it is you do on this day. If you need some help getting things in order before the big day, this list of ways to prepare for Thanksgiving can help you out.
The day after Thanksgiving is not only the biggest shopping day of the year, but also the beginning of the Festival of Trees at Timonium Fair Grounds (2200 York Rd., Timonium, MD). Get the holiday season started right during the three-day extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns, and toy train gardens, all of which are complemented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodie, and activities for kids of all ages. Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $7 for kids ages 5 through 12. Children four and under are free.
7. More Fall Fun in BaltimoreAll month long you can also check out the following guides to help you get the most out of the harvest season.
- Fall Fun for Families in Baltimore: corn mazes, pumpkin patches, petting zoos, hayrides, apple picking, and more.
- Pick Your Own Farms in Maryland: go apple picking now, and save pumpkin patches for mid-October.
- Fall Arts Guide 2012: exhibitions, workshops, and other programming at Baltimore's art museums.
- Vineyards and Wineries Near Baltimore: perfect places to taste test some vino or take a tour.
- Baltimore Ravens 2012 Schedule: complete regular season schedule, including TV & radio information.