Lou Catelli, “patron saint of Hampden,” will tell you his real name — Will Bauer — but not the story behind the pseudonym. Or his real age. (It’s not 26, like his Tinder profile suggests.)
Since 1994, Hampden’s Honfest has been celebrating the archetypal Baltimore hon. Women — and even some men — have flocked to 36th Street (if you’re a local, you know it as the Avenue) for the sole purpose of winning the title of Baltimore’s Best Hon.
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As it approaches its 20th anniversary, take a look back through the years at Hampden’s annual HonFest, celebrating the style and culture unique to Baltimore. In the video below, Cafe Hon founder and HonFest creator Denise Whiting talks about the history of the event.
The annual “Miracle on 34th Street” display draws thousands of visitors to Hampden to see the spectacular holiday lights of the 700 block of W. 34th Street. Look through images taken by Baltimore Sun photographer Kenneth K. Lam, who this year documented residents setting up their decorations ahead of the grand lighting on Nov. 30.
A week into autumn, the cider and pumpkin beer have already begun to flow at the first of the area’s harvest-time events. Before the taste of summer is completely washed away, here’s a salute to the warm weather festival season for making the year’s lazy days a little bit livelier.