Photographer Jen Rynda spent some time at the 136th annual Clarksville Picnic over the weekend, which featured farm animals, food, carnival rides, face painting and fun.
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.
Jeannie Walden has been performing all of her life. At least since age 4, when she stood on the counter doing an impression of Mae West at a Piggly Wiggly store in her hometown of Lenoir NC, she has held many roles. From “Showboat” to Shakespeare, Jeannie Walden has a rich theatrical history.
Since 1994, Hampden’s Honfest has been celebrating the archetypal Baltimore hon. Women — and even some men — have flocked to 36th Street (if you’re a local, you know it as the Avenue) for the sole purpose of winning the title of Baltimore’s Best Hon.
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The city of Baltimore is peppered with historic national sites. One the most important is the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House located on Pratt Street near Little Italy. Founded in 1927 the museum is the home of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the 30 X 42 foot American flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the September 1814 Battle of Baltimore.
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.
Many gathered at Loudon Park Cemetery to attend the 141st commemoration of Confederate Memorial Day in Maryland. The Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), along with other patriotic and heritage preservation groups, hosted the annual ceremony to honor the thousands of soldiers who served the Confederacy during the War Between the States. Over 600 Confederate soldiers are buried at Loudon Park.