Venice Tavern, one of Highlandtown’s last basement bars, was born after Prohibition was repealed in 1933 when Mary Victoria and Frank DeSantis Sr. added a side stairwell to their corner house. The compact bar, located at South Conkling and Bank streets, started out serving shots, beers and spaghetti with meatballs.
Photos by Karl Merton Ferron, text by Joshua Land
Spring training is a time to prepare and warm up for the grind of another six-month baseball season.
It’s a time for players to gain favor as club officials evaluate who will be one of the lucky 25 to go north in April, and who will disperse among the minor league affiliates.
At the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla., much of the roster is already determined. Few spots are up for grabs. But this spring carries weight for an Orioles team with a record payroll coming off a disappointing .500 season. So, browse images of the assembled players stretching, practicing and bonding amid the balmier Florida temperatures leading up to the start of Grapefruit League play the first week of March.
Photos and text by Lloyd Fox: When I am out looking for Instagram pictures the first thing I do is to find distinctive or dramatic light and then look for the interesting lines, shapes or graphic designs within that area of light.
Photos and text by Kenneth K. Lam
When former corrections officer Lt. Melvin Easley toured the closed Baltimore City Men’s Detention Center recently, he was struck by the silence. The last inmates were relocated in August, and an eerie quiet had settled over the decrepit facility. No more hollering, as inmates tried to communicate across different sections, no more chatter from prisoners or guards, no more keys clanging, grills slamming, whistles blowing or heaters rattling.
Photos and text by Karl Merton Ferron
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 Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, completed in 1888, has been opened to the public for 127 years. Located in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park, it is the second oldest glass conservatory in America.
Originally The Baltimore Conservatory, it was renamed in 2004 after an extensive renovation funded by the state, Baltimore City, the Baltimore Conservatory Association and city residents. The conservatory is operated and maintained by city workers and a group of dedicated volunteers.