BANV kids win hermit crab who needs digs fit for HGTV

It was $5 for 30 attempts to toss golf balls into little glass bowls at the Greek Festival in Darlington on Saturday and after two or more rounds of this, my children scored enough...

Cool place for a wedding reception

BANV just got back from a wedding at one of the coolest venues in Baltimore. My husband and I were invited to a wedding where the reception was held at Baltimore's American Visionary Arts...

My kingdom for a hat and gloves

Of course, I expected that at some point this winter it would get really cold. I even dared to expect some significant snow. And yet, I still failed to put the necessary work toward...

Six days and counting and it’s getting wild out there

It's getting crazy out there. You can see it in shoppers' eyes. Last week, they were willing to chat. This week, conversation annoys them. Every errand takes at least twice as long. Every intersection...

Bel Air News & Views does Hampden’s Miracle on 34th Street

You've heard about it. You've seen it on TV. You've thought about going to see it. It's Hampden's very own Miracle on 34th Street. This Baltimore neighborhood block has been lighting up Griswold-style since...

The zen of Christmas shopping in downtown Bel Air

I did some boutique shopping in downtown Bel Air today and found it remarkably zen-like after an obligatory round of bumper carts at Toys R Us in the Tollgate Mall Shopping Center on Marketplace...

Harford Mall Santa Hours

(Update: December 10, 2007:I noticed a lot of folks searching this blog for the hours that Santa is available for photos at the Harford Mall. BANV & family went yesterday for our Santa pictures....

Braving Harford Mall on Black Friday

I took eej's advice and decided to brave Harford Mall on Black Friday (mostly because I felt like jumping into the holiday fray). She was right. It's been quite made over. If you can...

Just hours after Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday shoppers are already lining up

As of 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving night, a line of about 20 shoppers had already formed outside the doors of the Bel Air Best Buy in the Harford Mall Annex. They were likely hoping to...

TMX Elmo spotted in Bel Air today

Still looking for TMX Elmo? My husband spied at least four of the Tickle Me X-treme dolls at the Bel Air Toys R Us this morning (9:30 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 22). Word of caution...