Best Mother’s Day Events In The Baltimore Area

May 10, 2013 6:00 AM

In ancient Egypt, an annual festival was held to honor the goddess, Isis, who was worshiped as the ideal mother and wife and the goddess of nature and magic. Later, in Greece and Rome, various mother goddesses were honored at the time of the vernal equinox, March 20-21. The modern observance of Mother’s Day began in earnest, in England, during the 17th Century when the Anglican Church issued a clerical decree to honor all mothers on Mothering Day. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, who wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” came up with the idea for a North American Mother’s Day, held on June 2; however, the observance was soon discarded. In 1908, Anna M. Jarvis, following the death of her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, convinced the superintendent of Andrew’s Methodist Church, Grafton, W. Va., to celebrate Mother’s Day by giving mothers white carnations; and on May 10, 1908, the first Mother’s Day was held. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day falls on May 12 this year, and in Baltimore, there are many ways children can honor their mothers, ranging from flowers and gifts to lunch or dinner at a favorite dining spot.

American Idiot
Hippodrome Theatre
12 N. Eutaw St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 837-7400

If your mom loves the theatre, treat her to a performance of the “American Idiot,” at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on May 11 and 12. The Broadway hit musical relates the experience of lifelong friends who must decide the path the rest of their lives will take — the security offered in suburbia or an unknown future of following their dreams. Michael Mayer directs the musical based on the Grammy Award-winning Green Day’s album. Choreography is by Steven Hoggett and musical orchestration and arrangements are by Tom Kitt. Tickets start at $45.

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Mother’s Day With Lily Tomlin
Majestic Theater
25 Carlisle St.
Gettysburg, Pa. 17325
(717) 337-8200

Treat your mom to an afternoon of laughs with Lily Tomlin at 3 p.m., Sunday May 12, at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pa. Tomlin’s comedic and dramatic talent has earned her six Emmy Awards, a Drama Desk Award, an Oscar nomination, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and many others. The New York Times has said Tomlin is “amazing” and “always a revelation.” Tomlin is well-known for her ability to use her voice to create unique and memorable characters, such as Ernestine, Mrs. Beasely and little Edith Ann. Tickets start at $60.

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
The Black-Eyed Susan
2700 Lighthouse Point E.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 342-6960

For a glorious Mother’s Day on the Chesapeake Bay, take your mother and the rest of the family on the Annual Deluxe Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise on board of the Black-Eyed Susan paddlewheel boat, which sails at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, May 12. The Black-Eyed Susan is an authentic paddlewheel riverboat, which was built in Greenville, Miss. After the Harbor Belle retired in 1998, the Black-Eyed Susan inherited the role of the Inner Harbor’s dinner cruise boat. With a capacity for 149 people on the main deck, the Victorian-style dining room and salon features high ceilings, brass sconces and an elegant oak bar. The southern hospitality food service is furnished by the Black-Eyed Susan’s catering service. Tickets are $52 for adults, $30 for children under 12; and children under 4 are free.

Mother’s Day Tea At Mount Clare Museum House
1500 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 837-3262

Enjoy an early Mother’s Day Tea and tour at the Mount Clare Museum House Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. The tour begins at 2 p.m., followed by the tea at 3 p.m. The tea at the Mount Clare Stable, features a menu of tea, finger sandwiches and baked goods. Prepaid reservations are $15 each. Half-priced tours for mothers will also be available on Mother’s Day at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 12. Situated in Carroll Park, the Mount Clare Museum House is considered to be one of the city’s finest and oldest Georgian structures. Built in 1760 by Charles Carroll, an attorney and one of Maryland’s first senators, the home was part of the Georgia Plantation.

45th Annual Market Day At Cylburn Arboretum
Cylburn Arboretum Association
4915 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21209
(410) 367-2217

Mothers and Mother Nature go together, so if your mom loves gardening and plants, then the 45th Annual Market Day, held 8 a.m., to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Cylburn Arboretum, is a perfect Mother’s Day weekend choice. There is no admission fee and parking is available on site for $10. The event features more than 15 plant and garden vendors. The theme for this year’s event is designed with the urban gardener in mind. All proceeds benefit the association. The arboretum is located on a 207-acre site that features gardens and trees with more than three miles of forest trails. A Nature Museum offers various programs about the arboretum and about nature.

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