Turf Valley in Ellicott City hosted its fifth annual Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival from May 10-12. Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana got an early look Thursday morning, while Brian Krista came out at night to see the balloons light up the sky for the evening glow. Videographer Jon Sham took video from the morning event as well.
Season four of Rupaul’s ultimate drag queen competition came to an end last week, with RuPaul crowning the fierce shock queen Sharon Needles as America’s Next Drag Superstar. Currently on her Everyday is Halloween tour, Needles stopped by this month’s Deep in the Game party at Club Hippo. Baltimore-based photographer Jen Mizgata was there to capture the style, the glam and the fearsome kids that came out to play at night.
This past weekend the Maryland SPCA held their 17th annual “March for the Animals” in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. Along with the 1.5 mile walk-a-thon, there was a dog agility course, a “flea-less” market of pet friendly vendors, musical chairs for the dogs, and of course, a pet costume contest. Despite all the attention focused on this wonderful cause, I couldn’t help but wonder whether our four-legged friends love, or loathe, being dressed up for our amusement. Until someone develops a good bark-to-speech app, we’ll just have to settle on appreciating their cuteness, while throwing in a few extra treats for good measure.
Let’s take a quick look at the adorableness from last weekend along with other past pet-centric events.
More than 300 volunteers came to Winters Mill High School on Wednesday, April 25 for the annual Special Olympics Carroll County Spring Games. The event culminated a year of training for the athletes, who represented nearly every school in the county, and were warmly greeted by hundreds of spectators as they walked around the Winters Mill track during the opening ceremony.
Charismatic politician William Donald Schaefer served the people of Maryland for 50 years at both the local and state level. It was one year ago today that Schaefer was buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. During his tenure, Schaefer won praise for his “do-it-now” philosophy. His focus was as much on getting potholes patched as launching major developments such as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. At times, Schaefer could be a charmer, a task master and enigmatic, but he was never dull. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at the many faces of this man-of-the-people.
The brainchild of The Sun’s Entertainment Content Editor Amanda Krotki, Baltimore 365* sprang forth in 2012 as a visual chronicle of a year in the life of our city. With our keen collective eye on local news, we began posting visually stimulating photos that best exemplified that day in Baltimore.
The following 13 photos are a sampling from the first 3 months of Baltimore 365. Among the diverse topics covered so far, the winter of 2012 saw unseasonably warm weather, the ups and downs of the Ravens, Orioles spring training and Elvis’s Birthday Fight Club.
The Baltimore region is full of character and life, and so are the people who live here. Their photos have filled the pages of The Sun since 1901, when photos were first published in the newspaper. They’ve made news, changed history and often entertained our readers. With this in mind, we look at some of the people who helped define our great city. These are just a few. Who do you feel we left out? We would love to hear your suggestions in the comments.
The Baltimore Blues Society is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of America’s native musical art form, the Blues. Recently they brought Sugar Ray and the Bluetones along with Terry Hanck and his band to the Rosedale American Legion Hall where the Blues were put on full display for the pleasure of the packed house. For a modest donation of $25, you can become a member of the society, which comes with a newsletter, a bumper sticker and a membership card. To learn more go to www.mojoworkin.com.