Sizzlin' Summer 2014

  • SIZZLIN' SUMMER

    SIZZLIN' SUMMER

    It feels like just yesterday we got a tweet for the 29th consecutive week with a link to Tom Tasselmyer’s forecast and some humble-miserable message like, “Don’t look now, but next week’s storm is even bigger.” This time last year, the phrase “polar vortex” had not yet entered our vocabulary. Those...

  • Custom Cool

    Custom Cool

    Meet the Nomads, a black hippie gearhead van club trucking all over the Mid-Atlantic

  • PARKS AND REC

    PARKS AND REC

    Beartown State Park. Near Hillsboro, W. Va., (304) 653-4254, www.beartownstatepark.com. Known for its unusual rock formations rather than any actual bears, Beartown is over 100 acres and rich with trails and beautiful sites. Free to visit and open from April to October, Beartown, with its constantly...

  • POOLS

    POOLS

    Park Pools: (weekends only May 25-June 9, open daily June 15-Aug. 11) Cherry Hill Splash Park: 101 Reedbird Ave.Roosevelt: 3500 Poole St.Clifton: 2013 Sinclair LanePatterson: 148 S. Linwood Ave.Druid Hill: 800 Wyman Park DriveRiverside: 1800 Covington St. Walk-To Pools: (weekends only may 25-June...

  • GEPHYRO-PHOBIC HOLIDAY

    GEPHYRO-PHOBIC HOLIDAY

    Tears, screaming, kids, and a strange woman's head in your lap at 60 miles an hour

  • OCEAN CITY

    OCEAN CITY

    Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts Annual Parade. May 31, 10 a.m., Baltimore Avenue between 19th and 26th streets, (443) 615-5130, councilrr.com. Get your purple and gold on and show some Ravens pride as the spring comes to an end, alongside players, cheerleaders, mascots, live music and colorful...

  • OCEAN CITY ALTERNATIVES

    OCEAN CITY ALTERNATIVES

    Assateague Island National SeaShore. 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, (410) 641-1441,assateagueisland.com. Paddle a kayak or take a scenic drive on over to a more natural beach habitat, away from the tourists and beer cans over at Ocean City. Marvel at wild horses, salt marshes, maritime forests,...

  • FESTIVALS AND EXTRA-VALS

    FESTIVALS AND EXTRA-VALS

    3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival. Featuring six award-winning films from the U.S., Taiwan, Germany, and India, using both documentary and narrative formats to explore various themes. May 29- June 1, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org...

  • SUMMER CONCERT GUIDE

    SUMMER CONCERT GUIDE

    May 21 Bat & Pony Dynamic String Band. Joe Squared.Deer Tick with Langhorne Slim and The Law. Black Cat.Jacob Panic. Joe Squared. free.Jordan August. Joe Squared. Maryland Deathfest Preparty with Immolation, Misery Index, Black Breath, Noisem. The Ottobar. Queen Wolf, Cubbie Bear, Snake Feast. The...

  • KIDS

    KIDS

    Stuff to See Adventure Park USA. 11113 W. Baldwin Road, New Market, (301) 865-6800, adventureparkusa.com. Have a top-notch amusement park experience with rides, mini-golf, laser tag, and a ropes course. Bring the family, or send the kids off to the park’s weekly summer camp and enjoy it all for...

  • INDEPENDENCE DAYS

    INDEPENDENCE DAYS

    A Capitol Fourth. Join Tom Bergeron, two-time Emmy Award-winning TV personality, as he hosts the annual Fourth of July concert. Enjoy performances from the National Symphony Orchestra and some of the country’s best-known musical artists, and finish the night off with a fireworks display. Located...

  • MINOR DETOUR

    MINOR DETOUR

    Orioles' farm teams offer intimacy, craft beer, giant dog shit

  • SPORTS

    SPORTS

    2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. The best in Divisions I, II, and III descend on the field of M&T Bank Stadium to play for the lacrosse title. You can bet there will be plenty of Maryland schools represented. May 24-26, 1 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., (410) 230-8000. 5th Annual...

  • HISTORY

    HISTORY

    Chestertown Tea Party Festival. Maryland had a tea party of its own in 1774, when residents of Chestertown dumped British tea into the Chester River. Celebrate the occasion with a reenactment, colonial parade, street performances, music, and more. May 22-25, Chestertown, chestertownteaparty.org...

  • ON THE WARPATH

    ON THE WARPATH

    Getting down with history on a War of 1812 paddling-and-partying tour of North Point

  • SUMMER STAGE

    SUMMER STAGE

    Amadeus. Fells Point Corner Theatre presents the play about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by one of his chief rivals, Antonio Salieri. Through June 1, Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., (410) 276-7837, fpct.org. Amadeus. Center Stage performs the Tony Award-winning musical...

  • GARDENS

    GARDENS

    Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, (410) 634-2847, adkinsarboretum.org. Located on the Eastern Shore, this 400-acre sanctuary is home to a huge collection of plants native to Maryland as well as 600 species of local plant life total. There are also trails along streams, meadows, and...

  • OUTDOOR DINING

    OUTDOOR DINING

    Ale Mary’s, 1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044,alemarys.com. The Ambassador Dining Room, 3811 Canterbury Road, (410) 366-1484, ambassadordining.com. Annabel Lee Tavern, 601 S. Clinton St., (410) 522-2929, annabelleetavern.com. Arcos, 129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777,arcosrestaurante.com. Atwater’s, 529...

  • OH, BALTIMORE, AIN'T IT COLD JUST TO DRINK?

    OH, BALTIMORE, AIN'T IT COLD JUST TO DRINK?

    The Cold, Wet Results of the 11th City Paper I-Team¿ Investigation in Search of Baltimore's Coldest Draft Beer and Wherever the Hell We Parked Our Car Before We Started Drinking Last Night

  • THE BEST TUBING BEERS

    THE BEST TUBING BEERS

    There’re very few summertime diversions as splendid and spectacular as tubing: a verdant voyage that takes one down a sometimes robust and rocky waterway that, at other bends and stretches, slows to a sluggish pace that allows you to examine the leaves in the trees above or the litter on the riverbank....

  • SUMMER CAMP HORROR STORIES

    SUMMER CAMP HORROR STORIES

    City Paper readers offer tales of woe, woo-woo, and Hummus

  • ART

    ART

    Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville, (410) 455-2232, aok.lib.umbc.edu/gallery.Book of Lies. UMBC hosts an exhibition that looks at truth and common lies through art and poetry. Through May 31. American Visionary Art Museum, 800...

  • COLD AS ICE

    COLD AS ICE

    Preparing homemade frozen treats, mostly without machines

  • FARMERS MARKETS

    FARMERS MARKETS

    City Paper readers offer tales of woe, woo-woo, and Hummus

  • FOOD FESTIVALS

    FOOD FESTIVALS

    Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival. June 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; June 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, (410) 263-4012,annapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com. The Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival.Sept. 13, noon-6 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial...

  • WINERIES

    WINERIES

    Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, (410) 472-0703, basignani.com. Black Ankle Vineyards, 14463 Black Ankle Road, Mount Airy, (301) 829-3338, blackankle.com. Boordy Vineyard, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015, boordy.com. Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery, 3155 Noble Farm Road,...

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