Honfest 2016 brings soaring beehives, crowds to Hampden
June 13, 2016 - accent chair
Even a double bypass heart medicine couldn’t stop Sue Hodges Grant from creation it to Honfest 2016.
Grant, a late librarian who was named Baltimore’s Best Hon 2006, has done a three-day expostulate to attend a festival any year given relocating with her father from Essex to Phoenix, Ariz.
The medicine in Feb done her shaken she competence skip it this year. But after some coaxing, her cardiologist gave a OK.
“I wouldn’t skip this for a world,” she said. “Baltimore is my home; it’s my heart.”
The 23rd annual Honfest featured all of a common old-timey Bawlmer aptitude — soaring beehive hairdos in a rainbow of colors, cat’s-eye glasses, pinkish plume boas galore — and crowds make-up a Avenue in Hampden to suffer a music, food and people-watching.
Bonnie Marie Shiksakowski, an organizer, pronounced a eventuality honors a working-class women of Baltimore who took adult a mantel when their husbands went off to war.
“It’s a reverence to a mothers, a aunties and a grandmothers,” Shiksakowski said. “God gave us talent. It’s a pursuit to find out what it is and make a universe a improved place.”
In a Glamour Lounge, beautician and self-described “Honmaster” Sue Ebert teased, sprayed, pinned, sprayed, tucked, sprayed and sprayed some more.
Ebert pronounced she crafted so many beehives via a weekend that she’d mislaid count by Sunday afternoon. Ladies and immature girls shaped a line in a tent for a $25 hairstyles.
The top hair Ebert managed over a weekend reached 18 inches, yet she pronounced she’d also fluffed adult dual 16-inchers Saturday. She kept a fasten magnitude subsequent to a chair.
The winds Sunday threatened even a sturdiest, many hairsprayed hives, though Ebert didn’t balk.
“It’s challenging, though a uncover contingency go on,” she said. “I’ve been doing this for 15 years.”
Stephanie Williams, 29, of Bowie, sipped a margarita in a styling chair. She pronounced it was her initial time entrance to Honfest — most reduction removing a signature up-do.
“It’s a internal attraction,” Williams said. “I’d never been, so we had to check it out.”
Rebecca Hall, 35, of Severn, wore 6 National Bohemian drink cans as curlers in her hair for a Baltimore’s Best Hon Contest.
“A crony came adult with it final year,” she said. “I had one row. This year we took it adult a notch.”
The hairdo took half an hour, Hall said, and compulsory “lots of constable pins and hairspray.”
Katie Shea, 64, of “Govans, hon!,” assimilated 3 friends, donning beehive wigs, pinkish flamingo aprons, boas and capri shorts for a event.
“It’s Bawlmer, hon,” Shea said, laying a accent on thick. “You’n get a snowball!”
Her friends Vonnie Baran, 67, Winnie DuVall, 65, and Barilyn Ellis, 40, laughed as they displayed their relating get-ups.
On a categorical stage, a four-piece, pink-clad Rock ‘n’ Roll Relics done their Honfest debut.
“We listened about Honfest, and we figured a code of song would fit in,” pronounced Chip Chiappone, a group’s 64-year-old bassist. “It’s fun song that brings behind all a good memories and creates everybody feel immature for a small while.”
Alaina Rumbley, 30, and Vivian Ballantine, 40, both of Abingdon, picked adult slices of a “Baltimore Bomb” Berger’s Cookie cake from Dangerously Delicious in Hampden.
Rumbley pronounced she was display Ballantine, who is from Norway, “the quirkiness of Baltimore.”
Ballantine’s favorite partial of her initial Honfest? “The Bald Elvis.”
Indeed, Darrell Grant, 51, a father of Sue Hodges Grant, looked each bit like a King of Rock ‘n’ Roll — solely a hair.
“I adore entrance down here, enjoying a people, enjoying a sights,” he said. “And removing seen.”
Leslie Moore and Bob Weyforth, co-owners of Moore Sauces by Leslie, peddled Sweet Heat red peppers sauce, dual horseradish salsas and a balsamic vinegar grill salsa underneath an orange tent.
Moore pronounced Honfest reminds her of a annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.
“It’s Baltimore during the best,” she said. “It’s a informative thing, a city thing.”