The Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, which opened in 1996, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution that is operated by the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. The museum’s extensive and fascinating collection includes thousands of items such as drills, extractors, antique mouthwash bottles, toothpaste tubes and antique dental chairs.
David MacCubbin has been hand-making steel string acoustic guitars for nearly 15 years in the basements and garage of his Cockeysville home. MacCubbin spends more than 100 hours on each guitar, meticulously poring over each detail. On a recent afternoon, he let me spend some time with him as he worked on the back struts and the sides of a guitar. More below…
APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — The surrender of Confederate Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday was the definitive milestone of the end of the Civil War. This is a rolling account of Thursday’s commemoration of the anniversary, including a reenactment of Lee’s last clash with Grant’s troops and the Confederate surrender in a Virginia farmhouse. Interspersed are historical accounts of events 150 years ago. – By STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press
This post has been updated with the 2015 Maryland Film Festival poster, which was again designed by Post Typography. This year’s festival is May 6-10.
Originally published May 4, 2012: Before the lights go down and you settle in to watch your first film at the Maryland Film Festival, you’ve already seen them — the ubiquitous festival posters that pop up around Baltimore in the weeks leading up to the event. They’re “almost unavoidable,” says Bruce Willen of Post Typography, the Baltimore design studio that’s created the film festival posters the past two years. Willen, who heads Post Typography with longtime collaborator Nolen Strals, discussed the inspiration for this year’s poster, the design process and more in a Q&A with The Darkroom.
But wait, there’s more! To celebrate the 14th annual festival, which kicked off Thursday night and runs through Sunday, and the familiar posters we associate with the event, here’s a gallery featuring artwork from all the previous festivals, 1999-2012. How many posters do you remember? Which are your favorites?
MOUNT JACKSON, Va. (AP) — The pins and balls in duckpin bowling aren’t as forgiving to beginners as the larger, heavier 10-pin bowling, but according to competitor Jerry Middleton it is what keeps him coming back to Shenandoah Bowling Lanes. The sport is believed to have started in Baltimore, and while duckpin enjoyed its peak in the 1960s, only around 60 alleys remain in the United States.
“It’s like a mind game,” says Middleton during a decidedly low-key tournament at Shenandoah.
Six bowling lanes are squeezed inside the second floor of the old brick building at the alley, which has been open since 1948. Its maple wood floors and vintage fixtures still largely intact, the only thing that is out of mid-century character is the Black Keys and Alabama Shakes playing on the radio.
More photos: Duckpin bowling at the Patterson Bowling Center
For the first time since 2000, the Department of Natural Resources endorsed extending the oyster harvesting season in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for Maryland watermen. This was due to the harsh winter that froze those waters, causing watermen to miss a good portion of the season. Also, for the first time in six years, state regulators opened up Kent Narrows to shellfish harvesting. It is a rare case for watermen to gain a new area to tong for the prized oysters.
To hear him tell it, Essien Ture loves basketball more than most things. That’s why it was devastating when the Hammond High School junior found out last spring that he would have to have part of his right leg amputated due to blood clots.
But his love for the game led him forward, and despite needing a prosthetic, he still made Hammond’s varsity team in the fall. Ture’s perseverance has led him to be honored at the Ed Block Courage Awards on Monday, March 16.