Every year, Games and Stuff—a tabletop gaming store and event center in Glen Burnie—holds a “Game-A-Thon” to raise money for a special cause. More than 90 people showed up for this year’s gaming that benefited House of Ruth and raised over $1,900.
Famed landscape photographer Ansel Adams once said there are two people in every photograph, the photographer and the viewer. The Sun’s photo staff effort to bring compelling images that draw the viewer to the pages of the newspaper and baltimoresun.com. Be it humor or tragedy, their images elicit emotion. The pictures in this blog post are samples of their work in 2014.
Time has been good to Rick and Doris Graham. Married for over four decades, their livelihood spans four centuries. They sell clocks at their family business, the Maryland Clock Company located in Davidsonville, and repair some timekeepers that date as early as the 1700’s. Graham fixes the clocks and says his wife “does everything else.”
The Baltimore Museum of Art recently celebrated its 100th birthday. In addition the museum reopened its American art galleries after a two-year, $7.9 million restoration. The museum incorporated in November of 1914 and held its first exhibitions in a townhouse off Mount Vernon Square. The current museum was designed by John Russell Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
The Natural History Society of Maryland had a recent meetup lead by biologist Nick Spero in Herring Run Park. They were searching for wild mushrooms, but with the warning not to eat any mushroom that you cannot identify. They found many like Pleurotus pulmonarius, also called oyster mushroom, Phellinus linteus, or black hoof mushroom, and Lenzites betulinus. I later returned on my own to see what visual treasures I could find hidden in the woods of Herring Run Park.
Astronaut Reid Wiseman, born and raised in the Baltimore area, is currently stationed aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He literally has a window on the world as the space station circles in low orbit around Earth. Wiseman has been taking hundreds of pictures of Earth and posting amazing images on his Twitter account @astro_reid.
From November to February the Conowingo Dam attracts over a hundred species of birds, but the bald eagles are the star of the show. What draws them to the giant hydroelectric dam, which located on the Susquehanna River, is the way it makes energy. As the dam produces electricity, a large volume of water and fish are sucked through the generators stunning the fish into “floaters” as they exit the dam downstream. The easy prey becomes an excellent food source for bald eagles and other birds.
Ryan Diviney was a West Virginia student in 2009 when he suffered severe brain trauma after nearly being beaten to death outside a convenience store near campus. Ryan’s father Ken has documented his son’s struggles on a blog. Ryan has been pulling through – slowly but surely.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a 3-masted barque rigged sail training vessel, pulled into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Wednesday and dock along the west wall. The ship, based out of Bergan, Norway, is used to train Royal Norwegian sailors. According to the ship’s website it was build in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant marine. The ship was taken by England in World War I as a war prize and later sold to Norway in 1921. The ship has 22 sails that distribute over 2400 square yards of material. The Statsraad Lehmkul is Norway’s largest and oldest square rigged sailing ship. The ship is available for visits November 8th and 9th from 10am to 3pm.