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April
24

Federal Hill Block PartyBaltimore's Federal Hill is a neighborhood in the truest sense of the word. Many of the people that live here have families that go back three or more generations and are very active in the community. The residents of the area are committed to making it a great place to live by keeping the area's history alive while planning for the future. Nowhere is this sense of community living more evident than the annual Federal Hill Block Party.


Federal Hill Spring Block Party

Federal Hill Main Street organizes three festivals every year and the first is the Spring Block Party. Held in the streets on the north end of the Cross Street Market, the Block Party is a chance for all the residents of Federal Hill to come together and meet new friends while enjoying great food, drinks, and vendors displaying their arts and crafts for sale. Local bands will play on two stages to really get the party going and local food vendors will be serving up everything from crabcake sandwiches to shrimp on a stick. 


This year's block party will be held on Sunday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 or in advance for $5. Don't miss out on the opportunity to kick off Festival Season and celebrate in the streets with your friends and neighbors.


Living in Baltimore's Federal Hill

The homes in Federal Hill are mostly brick townhouses, single family homes, and homes that have been divided into apartments. The majority of the homes were built between 1870 and 1920, some of them are even on the National Registry of Historic Places. Most these homes have been restored and remodeled to include modern conveniences and updated finishes while many are still waiting for just the right person to love them back to life.


The Federal Hill neighborhood is located just a few blocks south of downtown Baltimore's business district giving local residents easy access to the top employers in the area such as the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Under Armour, and an American Sugar refinery.


More Things to Do in Federal Hill
There is a wonderful array of restaurants, taverns, and shops in Baltimore's Federal Hill that gets people out and walking the streets. The Cross Street Market is the heart of the neighborhood and businesses in the market include groceries, fresh produce, live crabs, and more. There are also art galleries, beauty spas, upscale furnishings, and professional services in the area.


Some of Baltimore's best-known dining destinations are in Federal Hill. Some of the highlights include:

  • Ryleigh's Oyster, 36 E. Cross Street, Federal Hill Baltimore
    People come from all over Baltimore to enjoy the fresh oysters, shrimp, mussels, and more in a lively atmosphere.
     
  • Mother's Federal Hill Grille, 1113 S. Charles Street, Federal Hill Baltimore
    Enjoy classic food like wings, burgers with names like The Hangover and Tri-Fecta, and fresh seafood along with cold drinks and great music.
     
  • SoBo Cafe, 6 W. Cross Street, Federal Hill Baltimore
    Each dish is prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients and served in a cozy dining room that is perfect for date night, Sunday brunch, or Happy Hour.

If you are thinking of moving to Baltimore's Federal Hill, the right home will help you enjoy all this neighborhood has to office. Homesale Realty is ready to help you find the right property for sale in Federal Hill. Contact us today to learn more about this thriving, family-friendly community.

April
24

York PA BaseballYork is known for being a hub of cultural and arts attractions in the Susquehanna Valley because of the ability of its many theatres and festivals to attract national performers and artists. It is also known for being a great place to raise a family, especially now that it has a place to enjoy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks!

The History of Baseball in York PA

The sport of baseball in York PA dates back to 1884 when the local team was the York White Roses. This team and Lancaster's Red Roses were named after the opposing sides of the English historic War of the Roses as the houses at war were the houses of Lancaster and York. The team represented York until 1969, when it was known as the York Pirates, when professional baseball in York came to a close.


There were several attempts to bring a team back to York since then and efforts were almost successful in 2003 but the deal for a new stadium fell through. Finally, in 2006 a location was agreed upon and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced an expansion team for York.


The York Revolution: From the Past into the Future

The new baseball team for York was to be called Revolution and the meaning behind the name has three significant sources. The city of York played a major role in American history as far back as the Revolutionary War. The Continental Congress called York home after being forced out of Philadelphia and then Baltimore and the Articles of Confederation were signed here. The name "Revolution" reflects this history.

York also played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution as some of America's earliest inventors created the first coal-burning locomotive and iron steamboat here. Lastly, the name is a nod to the revitalization efforts to improve the city's overall development, appearance, and administration to continue to make it a great place to live.


Santander Stadium: Home of the Revolution
With more than 5,200 seats, 20 skyboxes, and plenty of space in the outfield lawn, there is room for everyone at the new Santander Stadium. Construction of the $33 million stadium began in 2006 and was completed in time for Opening Day in 2007. The stadium features concessions on either side, a kids playground, and a picnic pavilion with seating for 600. "Cannonball Charlie," dressed in his Revolutionary War best, fires a real cannon after each home run scored by the home team.

The stadium also hosts concerts when the Revolution is out of town and has featured performers such as Blues Traveler and Willie Nelson.


The War of the Roses Lives On
The names may have changed and the fields moved, but the rivalry continues. The York Revolution continues to battle it out with the Lancaster Barnstormers to be champions of the Susquehanna Valley. The War of the Roses is fought in a series of battles each year with the defeated team singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" to the winners and planting a rose garden at the winner's stadium.


If you would like more information about moving to York PA, or for help finding a home here, contact Homesale Realty today.

April
17

Mechanicsburg PA Earth Day Mechanicsburg PA has the motto "A Good Place to Live." This thriving community is an excellent city in which to raise your family, and one way you an see this is in the way the community embraces green living around Earth Day. The annual Earth Day Festival focuses on teaching children how to help sustain the local community, so they can grow up and become assets to the entire Mechanicsburg PA area.

Mechanicsburg's 2014 Earth Day Festival

The 2014 Earth Day festival in Mechanicsburg PA is one of the highlights of the year in the community. It will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Mechanicsburg between Main and Market Streets.


At the center of the festival, a stage, which is powered by energy-efficient solar power, will host live performers all day long. Starting at 10 a.m. with Jonathan Frazier and ending at 2:00 p.m. with Troupe Yalla Habibi, a belly dance performance troupe, the stage will come to life with local performers who are providing entertainment throughout the day.


Away from the center stage, local vendors will host demonstrations, workshops and activities for people of all ages. Because the festival is focused on helping kids learn how to take care of the environment, many of the activities are geared towards young people, but people of all ages can learn about local ecology at the festival.


The Earth Day festival is an excellent time to pick up some items for your own home. You can purchase plants from several different vendors who are offering special festival pricing. A silent auction for rain barrels will be held to help raise money for the community while also giving you the chance to purchase a rain barrel. Vendors who sell eco-friendly products will have their items on display throughout the day, with many available for purchase.

 

Finding a Comfortable Life in Mechanicsburg PA

Earth Day 2014 is just one of many local events that show why Mechanicsburg is such an excellent place to live. A community that is dedicated to its own local ecology is one you can trust to provide a solid foundation for your family as you seek to raise responsible children.


If you are considering making the move to Mechanicsburg, the right home will help you experience the welcoming nature of this community. Homesale Realty is ready to help you find the right property for sale in Mechanicsburg. Contact us today to learn more about this thriving, family-friendly community.

April
15

Baltimore Celebrates Green Week


Baltimore MD Green TeamAs Earth Day nears, Baltimore will celebrate Green Week.  Baltimore Green Works, a local volunteer organization, hosts Green Week for the sole purpose of increasing awareness about how area residents can make Baltimore a cleaner and environmentally friendly place to live and work.


One of the best things about living in Baltimore is being part of a community where people come together to make the city a better place to live. The community embraces Earth Day by finding ways to make the city and the surrounding areas more beautiful while learning how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

 

Baltimore Green Week

During Green Week community-wide activities, discussions, and seminars are held throughout the week. Some highlights include:

  • Family Farm Day. Held at the Pearlstone Center at 5425 Mt. Gilead Road in Reisterstown, this is a great opportunity for some hands-on activities for the whole family to learn about composting, recycling, farming, and more. 
  • Energy Efficiency in the Home. A workshop presented by Retrofit Baltimore and Blue Water Baltimore educates homeowners on energy efficiency and storm water issues. The community is empowered with tools to be greener and more energy efficient. 
  • EcoFest. The culmination of Baltimore Green Week is EcoFest where everyone comes together to celebrate green living. There are activities for kids including a natural play space, scavenger hunt, and bicycle safety course. Whole Foods sponsors a local food tasting tent and live music plays all day long.



Getting the Kids Involved
The One Photo Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by the Parks and People Foundation and it's the perfect opportunity for kids to get involved in Green Week and take part in EcoFest on April 26th. Elementary and middle school students are asked to take six photos from around the city for a chance to win pool passes for four or a family membership to Port Discovery. 


Arbor Day Tree Planting

Arbor day is usually celebrated around the same time as Earth Day in Maryland and trees are a great way to make the parks and neighborhoods more beautiful while giving back to the Earth.

  • Free Tree Giveaway. Whole Foods Market has teamed up with Tree Baltimore to double the city's tree canopy one tree at a time. Pick up a free tree on Arbor Day at the Harbor East Whole Foods at 1101 Fleet Street, or the Mt. Washington Whole Foods at 1330 Smith Avenue. 
  • Community Tree Planting. The entire community is welcomed as trees are planted throughout the community. The 2014 tree planting is scheduled for Wyman Park after it was left damaged from utility work.


The entire community has been working hard for many years to make the entire city and all of the surrounding areas a more beautiful, clean, and green place to live. The Earth Day and Arbor Day efforts have drawn national attention, and even landed Baltimore on SaveOn Energy's Top Ten Cities to Visit for Earth Day 2014. When the whole community comes together, small efforts are able to achieve great results.


If moving to Baltimore, a city that cares about its future, sounds like a place for you to call home, contact Homesale Realty for help and advice finding homes for sale.

April
11

Phoenix MDDo you picture yourself living the country lifestyle, but want the convenience of the city close at hand? If so, then real estate in Phoenix MD is the answer. Here are five reasons why Phoenix is a great place to call home.


Excellent Maryland Real Estate Options

Phoenix is a true gem in Baltimore County. The spacious homes in Phoenix appeal to luxury buyers, yet because of the more rural destination they have a decidedly lower price tag than similarly sized homes in the city. This is changing as more and more people are discovering the benefits of living in Phoenix, but you can get more home for the money in this area than in other nearby communities.

Convenient Shopping

While Phoenix MD residents sometimes head out of the community to do your shopping, one thing I love about life in Phoenix is the convenient options we have right here in town when we need something. Manor Shopping Center has everything you need. From a Goodwill for those retro and trendy bargain items to a Rite-Aid for day-to-day essentials and two grocery stores, not to mention a range of dining options, Manor Shopping Center has all of the essentials conveniently located right inside our community.

Historic Attractions

Phoenix may be small, but it has its share of historic attractions. One of the most famous is the Eagle's Nest. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Eagle's Nest is a large fieldstone dwelling that was finished in 1802, but started in the 1700s. the breathtaking architecture brings visitors to Phoenix all year long.

Perfect Location

Phoenix is truly in the perfect location. It is close to the city, so you can enjoy the benefits of urban life whenever you wish. Yet it is decidedly country in its atmosphere. Large, spacious homes sit on spacious lots providing ample space for residents to spread out.

The pace of life in Phoenix MD is slower than that of the city, which is what is appealing to so many of its new residents. It provides you with the best of both worlds, urban and rural, in one neat little package. This location and overall atmosphere is driving interest in Phoenix, helping the population grow and the demand for houses to remain strong.

Natural Beauty

Finally, Phoenix MD is a naturally beautiful area. The region boasts many miles of shoreline, so you can spend your weekends fishing, boating or lounging by the water. A drive or bike ride through the countryside is a common pastime as well, and the mild climate of the region makes it a nearly perfect place to live.

If you are ready to start looking for homes for sale in Phoenix MD, contact the team at Homesale Realty. With a Homesale agent on your side, your home search can be quick and hassle-free.

April
11

Today's Manheim PA may not be the thriving community it is without Henry William Stiegel.  In 1750, Henry William Stiegel arrived in Pennsylvania from Germany and began a journey that would lead him to both riches and to ruin.

Manheim PAWithin a few years of his arrival, Stiegel became a proficient and prosperous ironmaster and had become an influential member of local churches and other affairs. Stiegel built a forge in Lancaster County and another in Berks County and began experimenting with blown glass along with continuing his mastery of forged iron. Shortly thereafter, he purchased a large tract of land in Lancaster and began plans for laying out a new town of his own.

Manheim PA Takes Shape

In 1768, America was slowly building up to the conflicts that would start the Revolutionary War and Americans were boycotting British imports. Encouraged by this, Stiegel built a glassworks and brought glass workers from Venice, Germany, and England to make both necessary household tableware and delicate decorative pieces.
 
All of Stiegel's ventures were extremely prosperous and his building of Manheim PA continued. His plans included an open space in the center of town that he called High Street. Today it is known as Market Square. In this square, Stiegel built one of his three lavish mansions and an office building.

Stiegel preached to his workers and other members of the town from his mansion and continued expansion of Manheim PA to accommodate his growing number of employees and suppliers in the area. He built schools, supported local musicians, and even sold land to the Trinity Lutheran Church to build a place of worship in Manheim PA for the price of a few shillings and one red rose annually.

Too Big to Fail?
Stiegel lived his success every day. His lifestyle was lavish, and not sustainable in the uncertain times leading up to the Revolutionary War. As the war approached, people in the area were funneling resources in that direction and Stiegel's businesses slowed down. His spending, however, did not and he eventually ran out of money. He was sent to debtors prison in 1774 and his glassworks and properties were sold. When he was released from prison, he worked at his ironworks until that also went bankrupt. He spent the remainder of his life preaching and teaching music.

Manheim PA Forges On

The glassworks that Stiegel established never operated successfully again and the town of Manheim PA struggled to survive. It held on, however, and in 1838 it was incorporated as a borough by the State Legislature. The first railroad came to Manheim in 1862 and in 1884 public utilities arrived helping to keep the town moving toward the future.
Today, Manheim is a thriving town of almost 5,000 people. The community is friendly and many of their gatherings and traditions are a reflection of the town's first years. The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church continues to pay their annual rose to an heir of Henry Stiegel every June. Stiegel's glass company is even being revived by the Stiegel Glassworks which creates delicate contemporary pieces and replicas of Stiegel's work.

A Bright Future
Manheim PA continues to honor the man who started it all. His glassware is exhibited in museums throughout the area, and stories of his elaborate lifestyle are still passed around in local coffee shops. To learn more about living in Manheim or for help finding a home here, contact Homesale Realty today.

April
3

Lebanon PASpierling's voted Lebanon PA one of the least stressful places to live, and those of us who call this community home completely understand why. From hiking through the hills to dining in a fine restaurant, Lebanon offers countless things to do. Here are some of the best.

 

Outdoor Relaxation

For some people, relaxation means time spent outdoors, and Lebanon makes this simple.


Few outdoor activities are quite as relaxing as fishing, and you can do so in Lebanon. Head to Stoever's Dam Park where you can fish in the dam or explore the 163-acre area in search of local wildlife and other natural treasures.


Outdoor recreation is also possible in town. Lebanon has 10 parks, including six with playgrounds, and walking paths throughout the city. Coleman Memorial Park is a local favorite, and the water park complex it contains provides a place where families can unwind on a hot summer day. Spend some time outdoors near your neighbors as you enjoy the benefits of our thriving community.


Fine Dining

For those who prefer a warm meal to time spent outdoors, Lebanon PA is sure to please. Lebanon is home to Trattoria Fratelli, an Italian restaurant known throughout the area for its fine food. Inn 422 is another local favorite for those who prefer the bistro and American style cuisines. Of course, nothing melts away stress quite as well as some delicious ice cream and Patches Family Creamery is the place to go in Lebanon for an icy cold sweet treat.


Local Attractions

In addition to the great parks and recreation department, Lebanon has several attractions that locals can enjoy whenever they wish. For some family fun, head to Cedar Lanes, the local bowling alley. Wertz Candies, a specialty candy store, brings out the kid in all Lebanon residents, and kids and grownups alike enjoy browsing the colorful confections on display.


Theater is also important to the people of Lebanon. For movie lovers, the convenient Regal Lebanon Valley Stadium 10 shows the latest hits. To see live performances, catch a recent show put on by the Lebanon Community Theater, which puts on a variety of performances throughout the year.


Yes, there's a reason Lebanon is known for its low stress lifestyle and high quality of life. The hard working people of Lebanon and its excellent community amenities all combine to make it a great place to live. If you are considering a move to Lebanon PA, the team at Homesale Realty is ready to help you find the right home to perfectly meet your needs. Give us a call today to discuss your options.

April
3

Millersville MD Baldwin HallMillersville MD got its start as the site of the first Post Office along the A&E Railroad in 1841. The town still retains the cozy crossroads feeling and has only expanded slightly from its original size. Today, it contains a mixture of historic buildings and homes alongside modern structures. One of the town's most beloved historic locations is the Baldwin Hall whose history dates back almost as far as the town itself.

History of Baldwin Hall in Millersville MD

Originally built in 1861 to serve as a sanctuary and Sunday school for the Cross Roads Methodist Church, the Baldwin Hall was made possible by William Henry Baldwin and his wife Jane, along with their children. The church was seen as a gesture of peace to a community that was being torn apart by secession and slavery disagreements during the Civil War. 

The children of William and Jane Baldwin promised one another not to let the complications of the war come between their family and religious obligations. In 1866 Charles William Baldwin took over as minister and stayed in that post for the next 71 years. 

In 1935, the building was rededicated the "Charles William Baldwin Hall and Church School Building" in honor of the longtime minister. The next several decades would prove unstable for the worshiping congregations and the church would periodically fall out of use and become home to various theater groups in the area. 

The Severn Cross Roads Foundation

The not-for-profit Severn Cross Roads Foundation was established in the 1970s to preserve the Charles W. Baldwin Hall and surrounding grounds. It presided over the Hall's 1981 move to its present location and petitioned for entry into the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Hall serves as a significant example of 19th century country church construction. This particular style is known for incorporating Gothic details such as tall arched windows and molded battens with 18th century church foundations.

Current Activities at Baldwin Hall

The Hall is no longer a place of worship. Instead, it exists to collect and preserve the history of the people of Millersville MD. It is also a popular place for community events such as craft fairs, banquets, fundraisers, Scouts meetings, dance recitals, and more.

The Hall can accommodate up to 150 seated guests, less if you want space for dancing. Reservations include chairs and tables and assistance with coordinating events and recommendations for local florists, caterers, music, and more. The building and grounds are meticulously maintained and are the perfect backdrop for event photos.

Spring is Wedding Season at Baldwin Hall

The Hall is surrounded by two acres of expansive lawns, mature trees, formal gardens, and even houses a replica one-room school house. The building itself features a large open front porch, beautifully arched windows, lofty ceilings, hardwood floors, and sparkling chandeliers. The Bride's Room is the perfect private retreat for the bridal party to get ready for the big event. The Hall also has a warming kitchen for caterers to set up and a nook for bar service. 

The Severn Cross Roads Foundation and the Millersville MD community hope that Baldwin Hall can serve as a community gathering place for another 150 years. To learn more about living in Millersville or for help finding a home here, contact Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty today.

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