“Pimlico is more than a dirt track bound by four streets,” explained then-Maryland Club president Alfred G. Vanderbilt 50 years ago. Vanderbilt was referring to Pimlico’s status as an “American institution,” a title it has earned as the country’s second oldest racetrack. Founded in 1870, Pimlico has weathered everything from World War II to the day steeds skipped work en masse to see Seabiscuit, and remains a popular destination to this day as host to the US Triple Crown’s second leg, the Preakness Stakes. In its four-star Terrace dining room, patrons dine on buffet breakfasts and lunches as they view thoroughbreds galloping to the finish line. Meanwhile, the screens in the venue’s Sports Palace project simulcasts of offsite races, and the patrons seated in the Jockey Club enjoy especially clear views of the competing horses without having to glue equine portraits to the insides of their sunglasses.
Instead of pictures, the goldenrod walls of Ambrosia Bead Shop hold long strands of multicolored beads that shimmer under the glare of tiny track lights. The selection—which includes semiprecious gemstones, Swarovski crystals, and freshwater pearls—constantly changes: each month, the shopkeepers supplement their wares with new or exotic materials. The shop also hosts jewelry-making classes that cover a range of topics, from beading to metalwork to taming a swarm of fireflies so they form a tiara.
The Woodworkers Club is a multi-faceted business that strives to spread the love of woodworking through our classes, club, and store. Regardless of your skill level, you'll find all you need here: tools, materials, advice, workspace, and comrades willing to celebrate your victories and watch you pull out your splinters.
At over 90 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
The Mercy High School Alumni Association swears by the notion that "When asked where they went to school, Baltimoreans proudly answer with the name of their high school." In this spirit, they invite their proudest alumni to strap on sneakers, headbands, and souvenir t-shirts to take part in the B-More True to Your School 5K, a friendly fundraising competition between Baltimore-area schools. After running and sweating through the race route together, participants are invited to an all-ages post-race celebration with food, drink, and live music. Though the celebration includes a random prize drawing, prizes also go to the overall winners of the race and whoever stops to help the groundskeeper fight the local squirrel gang. These awards aren't the only incentive to compete: all race fees and donations go to support Mercy High School, and the school with the most registered supporters in the overall competition receives a donation.
When Stephanie Gaines-Bryant isn’t reporting the news for WTOP Radio or posing for photos with the station’s celebrity guests, she is likely teaching for her aptly named roaming yoga studio, Radio Yogi Health and Fitness. Having completed Crofton Yoga’s 200-hour training program, she now specializes in pranakriya yoga’s gentle and meditative varieties. Both classes emphasize slow movements, deep breathing, and postures that should be held until a passerby mistakes you for a statue.