What’s in a chair? They’ve got four legs (usually), a flat surface, perhaps a back, maybe a cushion if you’re lucky. But in Catonsville around the Fourth of July, a chair is so much more: it’s a stake-out spot for the beloved Independence Day parade along Frederick Road. Each year hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of chairs are set up on the parade route, often days and weeks in advance. Baltimore Sun Media Group video intern Anastasia Champ takes a look into the tradition of Catonsville’s Independence Day in the video below.
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As it approaches its 20th anniversary, take a look back through the years at Hampden’s annual HonFest, celebrating the style and culture unique to Baltimore. In the video below, Cafe Hon founder and HonFest creator Denise Whiting talks about the history of the event.
Kathryne and Essam Shomali adopted Little Joe from a shelter in Dallas, Pa., in 2012, thinking they would enjoy several years with him. But earlier this year, LJ was diagnosed with a form of cancer called adenocarcinoma, and the Shomalis were told he may only have six to 12 months to live. The couple, who live in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood of Towson, then decided to make a bucket list for LJ to create some fond memories with him before he passes.
Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers attend dozens of graduations each year in Howard, Harford, Baltimore counties and more to capture the moment students have been waiting for for four years (or longer). Here’s some of the best shots taken in recent weeks by our staff photographers and freelancers.
This is another installment in a series of photo compilations from baseball and softball games this spring – this time, a game between Reservoir and Governor Thomas Johnson high schools on Tuesday, May 20. [More on compiling the photos below.]
Standing in one of Scott Shearer’s barns next to one of his antique fire trucks, a visitor might be forgiven for thinking they’ve stepped back in time, to an era when the firefighter manning an engine as it sped toward a blaze would sit perched atop a leather seat uncovered from the elements, manually sounding the siren with a heavy metal hand crank.
Here is a series of photo compilations from a softball game between Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills high schools on Tuesday, May 6. [More on compiling the photos below.]
The annual Towsontown Spring Festival was held over the weekend in downtown Towson, and the Baltimore Sun Media Group had photographers there on both days. One of the artists at the festival was also featured in a Towson Times video, which can be seen below.
Take a behind-the-scenes look into the Howard High School softball program, usually one of the top teams in the county. Head coach Chuck Rice and several players give insight into this year’s team as they practice for and face rival Mt. Hebron – who ended their 2013 playoff run – in a rainy, scrappy battle for first place on April 25.
Here is a series of photo compilations from a baseball game between two Howard County teams: Atholton and Mt. Hebron on Thursday, April 24. Each image was made in Photoshop using three images taken fractions of a second apart. [More on how I did this below.]