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The Blossom Kite Festival 2013

The Blossom Kite Festival 2013

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The annual Blossom Kite Festival, held Saturday, March 30 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was met with spring-like weather, but inconsistent winds. Thousands of people came out with their kites of all shapes, colors and sizes. Some came just to watch.

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Curling like a champion

Curling like a champion

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The unique sport of curling remains mostly out of the spotlight. But every four years, that changes, says brothers Hunter and Caleb Clawson, of Clarksville. After each winter Olympics, the Potomac Curling Club in Laurel sees a huge influx in interest at its meetings and open houses. For now, it’s just a core group of devotees shuffling up and down the ice.

The Clawsons, trained by their father Eric for the past eight years, are competing in the International Curling Championships this week in Vancouver. On Sunday, the Clawsons did some training exercises and competed in a friendly match with other club members.

The video below was partly shot on a GoPro camera attached to a curling stone to give a rare perspective of the sport.

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The end of an era at The Recher Theatre

The end of an era at The Recher Theatre

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Since 1997, The Recher Theatre in Towson has been hosting live music acts, big and small, giving many local groups a chance to perform. Mike Ruocco, who is originally from Lutherville, was one of those acts. He started playing when he was a teenager at the Recher in his then-band Plunge, went on to join SR-71 and eventually started the band Cinder Road. A week before the Recher closes for renovations to turn it into a club and bar, Ruocco led Cinder Road Saturday night to their final performance at the venue.

Below, watch a video from Cinder Road’s performance, and hear Ruocco and theatre owner Brian Recher talk about how the venue contributed to their success.

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Matt ‘Fan Man’ Andrews: The Godfather of Baltimore Ravens fans

Matt ‘Fan Man’ Andrews: The Godfather of Baltimore Ravens fans

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Forest Hill resident Matt Andrews has been a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan since the team came in 1996. He now has a fan bus filled with paraphernalia and mementos, as well as a group of men and women who join him at rallies, parties, charity events and anywhere else the Fan Man will go. Check out these photos from The Aegis and The Baltimore Sun, and the video below.

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Lisbon Ole Fashion Christmas Horse Parade

Lisbon Ole Fashion Christmas Horse Parade

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The Lisbon Ole Fashion Christmas Horse Parade was held for the second year on Saturday. But with the number of people who showed up to see the holiday-dressed horses parade through town, you’d think it had been going on for decades.

The parade moved west across Frederick Road in Lisbon, in Howard County, and featured horses and people of all sizes, wearing any number of holiday and Christmas costumes. Watch the video below the gallery to see some action from the parade.

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Train gardens bring holiday cheer in Baltimore area

Train gardens bring holiday cheer in Baltimore area

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Holiday train gardens are a tradition for many local fire stations, including the Baltimore City fire house on Glen Avenue in Mount Washington. The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson also has an elaborate garden around its fountain.

The gardens feature dozens of scenes with action figures, Baltimore landmarks, moving parts and, of course, trains.

The gallery shows images from both train gardens, and the video below is from Glen Avenue.

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From football to field hockey, best photos from the fall sports season

From football to field hockey, best photos from the fall sports season

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Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers Brian Krista, Nicole Munchel and Jen Rynda cover dozens of high school and youth sports competitions in the fall season. Football, field hockey, cross country and soccer fields are where they have spent many evenings and weekends — sometimes in the rain and cold — over the past three months.

Here’s a selection of their best — and favorite — shots from the season.

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Time lapse shows construction of poinsettia tree at the Mall in Columbia

Time lapse shows construction of poinsettia tree at the Mall in Columbia

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On Thursday, November 15, workers set up the annual tradition of the large poinsettia tree at The Mall in Columbia. They used about 1,000 plants — mostly red, but a few white — and took more than 14 hours to complete the tree of poinsettias.

Work began just after 6:30 a.m., scaling the metal tree structure and attached with harnesses to keep them from falling. They slowly (slowly… slowly…) made their way down, level by level.

I spent about four 90-minute spans of time at the mall: 6:15 – 7:45 a.m., 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., 2 – 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8 p.m. Setting up my camera on a tripod, I configured it to shoot one frame every 10 seconds. The completed time lapse included more than 1,600 images, each lasting for 2 frames of a 30-frame-per-second sequence. Each second of the time lapse, then, had 15 images.

Flip through the photos to see a cross section of the total, and watch the video below to see the whole thing.

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Thanksgiving is homegrown in Howard County

Thanksgiving is homegrown in Howard County

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Every summer, Maple Lawn Farms in Fulton brings in 20,000 newborn baby turkeys to their grounds. For several months, they feed them, raise them and let them grow in time for Thanksgiving. Farm manager Chris Bohrer says they take a lot of pride in their turkeys because they eat them, too. Learn more about Maple Lawn Farms and its turkeys in the video below the gallery.

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