Welcome to SCALE ’19, the eleventh annual Summer Camp for Applied Language Exploration. You follow in the trail blazed by exceptionally talented past participants who made substantive strides in HLT research during each of the previous SCALE workshops, and we are excited about the prospects for this summer’s projects. I am confident that the next eleven weeks will be rewarding, both professionally and personally, as you work with new colleagues and enjoy the activities and amenities available in the local area. I appreciate your sharing this valuable summer time with us, and welcome any suggestions you may have for future SCALE workshops.
Best Regards –
Dr. Sanjeev Khudanpur
810 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21211-2840
The Stieff Building houses several Johns Hopkins University tenants. A badge is required for entry to the Stieff Building and to the HLTCOE spaces. Enter via the 810 Wyman Park Drive door (under the blue awning). If you have forget your badge, please see the security guard on duty when you arrive.
Google Directions to the HLTCOE/Stieff Building
Please arrive by 9:00 am daily. Notify your project lead no later than 9:00 am about any schedule changes. You are expected to report daily unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
You are welcome to work as late in the day as you like. If you leave after dark, feel free to ask the desk guard to escort or watch as you walk to your car.
Many hotels in the area offer discounted rates to visitors to Johns Hopkins University, so do ask if they offer a corporate rate for JHU visitors. Listed below are some suggested hotels that offer a JHU discounted rate. Homewood hotels are closest to the HLTCOE/JHU Homewood Campus.
The Double Tree Inn at the Colonnade $229 per night
4 West University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218
Taxi service to Inner Harbor
A short walk to campus
Radisson at Cross Keys $129.00 per night
100 Village Square
Baltimore, MD 21218
Free shuttle service to Hopkins and Inner Harbor
A five-minute drive from campus
Book online at http://www.radisson.com/jhu/
The Mount Washington Conference Center $105-125
5801 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
Offers discounted rates to Johns Hopkins visitors
Hotel Indigo Baltimore – Mt. Vernon $129.00 per night
24 West Franklin Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Kimpton Hotel Monaco $148.00 per night
2 North Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Use Discount Code: JHU to receive this rate.
Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor $179.00 per night
1000 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor $129.00 per night
101 President Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Come to the HLTCOE Lounge (Room 300) on Mondays 3:00 p.m. for SCALEdown! Enjoy a snack, good conversation, and a well-deserved break!
The HLTCOE provides a variety of beverages at no cost. Water and soda is located in a water dispenser and small fridge located in Room 300, the COE lounge. A coffee/tea machine with a range of coffee and tea packs is located in Room 20, the Executive Conference Room.
The center corridor has a lunchroom kitchenette for Stieff building occupant use with a refrigerator, freezer, two microwaves, toaster oven and a vending machine. Please keep the kitchen clean at all times and remove any unwanted leftovers from the refrigerator.
Hopkins Gym – Contact the JHU gym for details about use/membership.
The gym is located at:
Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center
JHU Homewood Campus
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States. Go to http://www.prattlibrary.org/ to find a convenient branch.
JHU’s Eisenhower Library is located on campus (refer to the campus map.) Your JHU badge or your HLTCOE badge will authorize access to the JHU Library System. http://www.library.jhu.edu/#
Barnes and Noble:
Inner Harbor: there is a huge Barnes & Noble store in the Inner Harbor, inside the Power Plant http://storelocator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2881
Atomic Books – 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, 410-662-4444 (very close to the HLTCOE) http://www.atomicbooks.com/
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of the world-famous conductor Marin Alsop, performs limited concerts during the summer. https://www.bsomusic.org/
Various music events are held at the Lyric Opera House. Check their summer schedule: http://www.lyricoperahouse.com/index.php
The only theater of its kind in Baltimore, The Charles, has the unique distinction of offering first-run specialty films in addition to Hollywood movies, foreign films and cinema classics. The 1,150-seat, 23,000 square-foot movie house, is located at 1711 North Charles St, in one of Charles Street’s most intriguing historic buildings. Check their summer schedule: http://www.thecharles.com/
Harbor East movie theater, 645 S. President St. https://www.landmarktheatres.com/baltimore/harbor-ea
Druid Hill Park is immediately next to the COE – turn to the right leaving the Stieff Building and walk along Wyman Park Drive across the bridge that goes over I-83. It has numerous recreational activities
Baltimore Zoo: http://www.marylandzoo.org/
Numerous additional bike / walking paths past the Zoo – you can bike over to Woodbury along nicely forested paths.
The Charles Theater (on Charles St., just past Penn Station) – Baltimore’s art house cinema. For showtimes, see http://www.thecharles.com.The Charles is next door to Tappas Teatro, an excellent place for a nice meal, and Sofi’s Crepes, a cute (small) café for a delicious quick bite, and across the street from Club Charles, a bar where John Waters hangs out (the bar also has a trapeze on which an acrobatic show is purportedly occasionally performed). Tappas Teatro has a deal on Tuesdays: $10 pitchers of Sangria.
“The Avenue” – a 6-block stretch of 36th Street, starting around Chestnut –has lots of little charming shops and restaurants in the new trendy Hampden neighborhood. A cool bar called “Rocket To Venus” is nearby, but not on The Avenue itself. Check out: Golden West Cafe, The Food Market (restaurant), The Wine Source (store with huge beer and wine selection that is even open on Sundays), Atomic Books (comics, records, indie books), Grano Pasta Bar (BYOB, not for groups, good for date nights), The Corner (restaurant next to the Wine Source). Also look for cute boutiques and furniture stores. Don’t miss the annual HonFest that takes place along the Avenue, June 10th and 11thhttp://honfest.net/.
Camden Yards / Baltimore Orioles – Inner Harbor – A really nice place to see a baseball game. Home runs can be hit into the nosebleed seats. There are many promotion and giveaway night and several games during the summer include postgame fireworks.http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=bal
If you’re an avid baseball fan and want to go a bit farther away, check out the Bowie Baysox, a minor league baseball team located about 45 minutes away in Bowie, Maryland. They are the class-AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and play in the Eastern League.http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t418
The Aberdeen IronBirds are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The IronBirds play in the New York – Penn League and are play games at the Cal Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland.http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t488
The National Aquarium – Inner Harbor – The aquarium is awesome, but the tickets are rather expensive (~$25 + 3 for the dolphin show), and admissions are staggered due to popularity. Purchase timed tickets upon arrival and plan another activity for an hour or so before admission. The Half-Price Friday Nights summer program starts at 5 p.m.http://www.aqua.org/
Water Taxis – Inner Harbor – Venice is not the only place where you can get around by boat. The water taxis aren’t exactly gondolas but they do have their own charm. For a fun evening, take a taxi to the Canton Waterfront stop and go to Bo Brooks for crabs.
Baltimore Street Car Museum – 1901 Falls Road (near Hampden) – A labor of love museum that restores old trolley cars and street cars to their former beauty. The $7 admission includes a ride on the beautifully restored street cars which the conductors take along a stretch of Falls Road by the river. The retried conductors look so happy. Like the adult versions of kids with train sets. Open Sundays all year round, and Saturdays from June – October.
Note: State and national parks often have entrance fees, and some areas (e.g., beaches) can be crowded on holiday weekends.
Cunningham Falls St. Park / Catoctin Mountain Park (about an hour west on I-70, and north towards Gettysburg)
Cunningham Falls is the tallest waterfall in Maryland (77 ft.), and it’s more or less “climbable” for those willing to get wet. The state park has a 44-acre lake with excellent swimming beach area (with a lifeguard), and room for fishing & boating. The National Park (Catoctin) has a number of nice hiking trails. There are campgrounds and picnic areas in the parks.
Elk Neck State Park: 1.5 hours away, up I-95 to Elkton, then down the peninsula.
The beach area is at the bottom of a long slope on a usually gentle river (no lifeguard). There are concessions for food, and renting boats. There is an enormous tire playground. There is a separate campground area, and nearby is Turkey Point light, a beautiful lighthouse at the end of a trail eight-tenths of a mile long. The trail is rocky and steep at different points, manageable by little kids but not with a stroller. Turkey Point is located just outside the beautiful, quaint, inviting little town of North East, Maryland. For good seafood, try Woody’s Crab House in North East.
Harper’s Ferry WV (1.5 hours west out I-70; it’s possible to get there by train). The national park has a historic town which kids love and there are campgrounds. The historic Civil War town is located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and opportunities abound for inner-tubing on a lazy river or renting a canoe. There are rock climbing options on the VA cliffs, and hiking trails all around; the Appalachian trail runs through the town and the hike to Maryland Heights is pleasant. http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm
Shenandoah National Park (2-3 hours’ drive into Virginia) The park is about 100 miles long and 10 miles wide, with scenic Skyline Drive running along the mountain ridge. There are numerous picnic areas and campgrounds. Starting along the top of the Skyline Drive, there are a number of circuit hikes that descend along a valley, and return up to Skyline Drive. There are lots of waterfalls, deer, and quiet and observant hikers might see a black bear. There are also cave systems to tour (e.g., Luray Caverns).http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm
Other enjoyable destinations include Ocean City and Delaware beaches, Havre de Grace, St. Michaels, Annapolis, and lots of local and more urban parks, many of which are closer and don’t have entrance fees.
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