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Month: October 2017

Maryland Live! Casino

Owned and operated by The Cordish Companies, Maryland Live! is a casino and entertainment complex located in Hanover, Maryland. The casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the age limit is 21 years.

Limo ColumbiaYou will see people arriving by limousine on a regular basis to spend the evening gambling and enjoying the entertainment. Nearby is constantly being called on to supply limousines and party buses for people going to Maryland Live! Casino.

The entryway is a typical gambling venue similar to Las Vegas; sounds of slot machines, neon dazzling lights hanging from the ceiling, shiny reflective tiles, etc. The speed at which the lines at the cashier, ATM and voucher machines move are wanting; probably because of slow staff or machine malfunction. First timers receive $25 in slot play or in chips for the tables.

The restaurants are average with the food ranging from below average to decent. The staff is slow to respond but are generally friendly. The drink prices are quite unreasonable as compared to other casinos and Vegas which gives free alcohol. However, they do have free soft drink machines for juices and soda. There is a nightclub located near the casino bar whose entry is free of charge. It plays great music. Their restrooms are large and clean with modern décor finishing.

The casino has over 4,200 slots and electronic table games, 52 poker tables, and 189 live table games. So there is a wide variety of games and tables to choose from. The multi-level parking area can host 5,000 vehicles; both valet and self-parking. A Live! Hotel and conference center, currently undergoing development, adjacent to the casino is expected to open in 2018.

The casino should definitely be an option if you are looking to have some fun. It is always lively and packed; conveniently so because it is inside a shopping mall. Another reason could be because it is a popular tourist destination. If you happen to win, chances are you will spend all your money on a shopping spree at the mall.


Evergreen House Museums

Evergreen Museum and Library is located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It houses an amazing collection of Tiffany glass, one of the largest in the US. Along with the Homewood Museum, they make up the John Hopkins University Museums. Inside it is a fine collection of art, manuscripts, and unique books collected over two generations by the Garrett family. A lot of contemporary artists derive their inspiration from this magnificent venue.

Evergreen HouseThe mansion dates back to the mid-19th century, when it was built and later sold to John Garrett who was the then president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The rail industry in those days was a key industry in the US and this led to the wealth and fame of the Garrett family. In 1952, it was donated to the university and later listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house, sited on a 26-acre parcel of land, is a perfect example of Gilded age architecture. The house is a representation of their style and luxury with 48 rooms, bathrooms plated with 23-karat gold, and a staggering 30,000 book library. The rooms are filled with over 50,000 belongings of the Garrett family.

There is an art gallery, both fine and decorative art, a theatre painted by Leon Bakst, a famous Russian artist, and the Carriage House. These collections give a perspective of the evolving American from the post-Civil war to the modern age. The Museum and Library’s changing exhibitions and permanent collections can only be seen by guided tours at specific days and hours of the week.

They hold annual programs with notable speakers in the fields of decorative arts, architecture, and illustrated talks. Aside from that, they have an artist-in-residency program where they host artists and provides them with the opportunity to experience their visual and cultural setting. The collections and architecture are able to inspire them which in turn helps the public to see and understand the place through the artists’ work.