Kate Drabinski

Columnist Field Tripping

Recent Articles

  • I Went to Ripley's, Believe It Or Not

    When the ladyfriend asked me out on a date recently and hinted we’d be heading toward the Inner Harbor on our bicycles, I jokingly asked if she was taking me to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Turns out I was dead right, so there I was, spending my Friday night taking in the exhibits at the Odditorium...

  • Summer Reading Challenge

    Well, I’ve got to admit I haven’t had time to take a real field trip in the last couple of weeks, unless you call shoving all my personal crap into boxes that I should probably just have set on fire and then hiring a couple of guys to drag said boxes to a new house where they will sit in my living...

  • Celebrate Baltimore's place in bicycling history at the Olde Timey Bike Fest

    Celebrate Baltimore's place in bicycling history at the Olde Timey Bike Fest

    Baltimore is the City of Firsts, as any visitor to the Museum of Industry knows. We boast the first umbrella factory, the first mass-produced ice cream for everyday consumption, the first Old Bay, the first purpose-built museum building in the Western Hemisphere (and the old Peale building down...

  • Tensions run high as Harwood residents discuss a new methadone clinic

    Tensions run high as Harwood residents discuss a new methadone clinic

    A crowd gathered on the corner of 25th Street and Brentwood Avenue last night, and they were angry. Concerted Care Group, LLC is opening a new health clinic there, and many residents are upset they were never consulted, fearful that promises of integrated care will give way to just another methadone...

  • At last night's forum on youth curfews, few questions and even fewer answers

    At last night's forum on youth curfews, few questions and even fewer answers

    The University of Baltimore Law Center opened its door last night for the second of two community forums on Baltimore's new curfew ordinance that will replace the city's 20-year-old ordinance, doing away with incarceration as a penalty for parents and guardians and diverting youth to Youth Connections...

  • Sandy Point State Park

    Real summer field trips mean trips to the beach, right? I’ve seen the movies and been in the traffic to the Eastern Shore, so I know it’s true. Two summers ago I even went to Seacrets: I obviously know how to party. But I also know how to ruin things with cynical complaining—about crowds, kids,...

  • Harriet Tubman, Badass

    I am filing this week’s column from a hotel room off Delaware’s Route 13 in Dover, as I finish up a weeklong field trip along the Harriet Tubman Byway, a self-guided 125-mile 30-stop driving tour of the American hero's life, with free audio (harriettubmanbyway.org). I started in Cambridge, Maryland...

  • Election Day

    I love Election Day. I mean, I really, really love it. It’s my mom’s fault, I think. She took us with her to punch the ballot every November at Madison Square Elementary School; she’d let me and my twin sister take turns poking the metal stylus through the metal hole, and afterward we’d each get...

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