Baltimore’s HonFest has been on my radar for quite awhile. All the stars aligned properly this year and I made it down to Baltimore’s cute & quirky Hampden neighborhood for the second day of the 2011 festivities!
What is a Hon?
“Hon” is the Bawlamarese term of endearment (a shortened version of “honey” — Baltimore style). HonFest evolved from a contest held at Cafe Hon way back in 1994 and has grown into a four-block celebration of Hampden culture, arts, and music. The biggest attraction for visitors is probably the Baltimore’s Best Hon contest, which features women of all ages (in all their beehived & leopard-skinned glory) vying for the annual crown.
Hampden was originally settled in the early 1800s by blue-collar flour and cotton mill workers. The streets are lined with the style of row houses that just scream “Baltimore”. Though the mills have been gone for decades, the area still retains a working class atmosphere mixed with a few blocks of 21st century gentrification.
Stand back Marge Simpson and Peg Bundy … no one can rock a beehive like the ladies of Baltimore can!
What! You don’t have a beehive? Not to worry … visit the Glamour Lounge and they’ll hook you up with a kick ass up-do while you enjoy some smooth lounge sounds!
I believe the woman at left (with the red belt) is Denise Whiting, owner of Cafe Hon and creator of Hon Fest.