From the Vault: 50 years ago, Pimlico Clubhouse burned to the ground

From the Vault: 50 years ago, Pimlico Clubhouse burned to the ground

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There’s a distinct smell that a Baltimore house makes when it’s burning, says Sun reporter Jacques Kelly.

That smell was in the air the night of June 17, 1966, as Kelly rode with his father in a car from their Charles Village home to the Pimlico race course. The oldest clubhouse in American racing was burning, and his father wanted the family to be there to see it happen.

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Baltimore Street Photographer: At the Maryland Zoo with Brian O’Doherty

Baltimore Street Photographer: At the Maryland Zoo with Brian O’Doherty

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Brian O’Doherty, who works at the Maryland Zoo, won’t say what his favorite animal is.

It’s not that he doesn’t love animals: he spends all day with them. But to name a favorite, he says, is to risk personifying it, to make a wild animal out to be a cuddly little creature that you might want as a pet, when really it’s a big old rhino.

(But the rhinos do act a bit like big dogs, he says.)

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Scenes from the 2016 Maryland Film Festival

Scenes from the 2016 Maryland Film Festival

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The Maryland Film Festival brings together filmmakers, producers, artists, actors and film lovers in Baltimore. The 18th annual festival showcased approximately 50 feature films and 75 shorts. More than 150 filmmakers attended the event, with many discussing their work with fans at screenings and during special programming hosted at the Ynot Lot at the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street. The festival screened movies throughout Station North and central Baltimore, hosting screenings at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Museum of Art, multiple MICA locations, Single Carrot Theater and the Baltimore Lab School.

Beyond screenings, the festival organizers also hosted talks with filmmakers, dance parties, a comedy night, and the Closing Party, where filmmakers and local musicians partied with attendees. Baltimore-area photographer Jen Mizgata took these instant photos (real film!) at the Closing Night party.

Photos and text by Jen Mizgata, a Baltimore-based photographer, who can be reached at mizgata@gmail.com. See more of her work at jenmizphoto.com.

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