One might have to be completely lost or a true fan to know about the Arcadia Carnival Grounds, six miles north of Reisterstown in Upperco. Nestled among century-old hardwood trees, the northwest Baltimore County community is normally a peaceful place, until drivers fire up their modified junkers to compete in Demo Derby Day, a series of races organized to raise funds for a local fire company.
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Whether recent construction or a work completed decades prior, the building of high rises and bridges pierce the sky, offering the chance to catch a glimpse of when symmetry and geometry create a symbiosis with a cerulean dawn, or celestial transit.
Colorful hues surround man-made structures, embracing reflective glass, hardened steel and sculpted granite, once harvested from organic quartz, iron, aluminum, clay and shale. Architects and engineers planned and designed these structures, and then construction workers used machinery and pure human effort, building from foundation and footing, then capping off with the crest of an 85-year-old arch bridge, or the mast that tops a 509-foot tower. These structures themselves evoke a sense of artistry, yet make for an even more beautiful spectacle when paired with a dramatic sky or setting moon.
The University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institution held it’s inaugural Crab Pot wheelchair rugby tournament. The sport, also know as quad rugby (short for quadriplegic), is an international sport for players that have disability affecting at least three limbs.
It’s easy to discover why Maine’s catchphrase is, “The Way Life Should Be,” when spending a summer vacation in the northeastern-most state. Cooler climates, clearer seas and quieter environs beckon, offering people any mixture of adventure or relaxation. Nature hikes, charter boats or a round of golf or mini-golf followed by homemade ice cream and window shopping help relieve the stress with a much-needed vacation.
In the midst of a long hard winter, it’s nice to take a moment to reflect on one of the annual rites that give us hope the spring will soon be upon us. One such ritual is the beginning of Orioles spring training in Sarasota, Fla. Baltimore Sun photojournalist Karl Merton Ferron traveled south to capture images of the players as they stretch, run, throw and do drills as the team begins to take form.
A three-alarm fire gutted a late 18th century mansion in late January in the Roland Park area. Firefighters battled the blaze in frigid temperatures that were so cold that two fire hydrants were frozen and rendered inoperable. What was left behind the next day was a strange juxtaposition of destruction and beauty as water froze around the surrounding area formed interesting geometric shapes. Baltimore Sun staff photographer Karl Merton Ferron, who covered the fire for the newspaper, went back to scene the next day to record what Mother Nature’s cold snap had created in the wreckage.
Nestled behind blocks of homes adorned with holiday lights in the Severn community, whistles and bells sound from a freight train as dusk settles in the land of Beaverton Cliffs. A boy lies on his back, making a snow angel while sledders race down a slope beneath the train trestle. Travelers ride a passenger train through a picturesque landscape, where the mountainside town’s residents never fail to wave at passers-by.
Excited children and adults watch the two trains pass each other in the holiday-themed, G scale train garden created in John and Kim Beverly’s front lawn at 7927 Stone Hearth Road. “People need a little shot of Christmas spirit,” laughs John Beverly, who has created the display for the past two years. “If you cant get a little bit of Christmas spirit from coming out here and walking down the sidewalk and listening to the music and watching the trains, then you’re just a Scrooge.”
Baltimore Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron retraces the steps of famed Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner and shows a modern perspective on the carnage Gardner documented in 1862 when 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of fighting in the Battle of Antietam.
Horseback riders of all ages can play polocrosse, a sport invented in Australia in the 1930s. Think of the sport as a cross between polo and lacrosse, with players on horseback carrying rackets that resemble lacrosse sticks, scooping up the ball and passing it to their teammates – all while riding a horse. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron has more details.
Randy Hofman gently guides handfuls of sand as he sets in for another day of sand sculpting at the Ocean City Boardwalk. A strong wind whips the fine grains across his canvas – a patch of beach that the self-employed artist has shaped almost daily during the tourist season for decades. His project represents the worship and ministry outreach group he works with, “Son’Spot.”