Kate Drabinski

Columnist Field Tripping

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  • Field Tripping: Sick Days

    Field Tripping: Sick Days

    I would rather write this column about all the fun times I’ve been having under these spring-y blue skies, riding my bike in the wind, looking for ducklings in Patterson Park, fantasizing about a summer full of field trips to Middle Branch Park and Oregon Ridge and out to the swimming holes of...

  • Because whiskey: Cocktail Week's Balvenie Master Craft class

    Because whiskey: Cocktail Week's Balvenie Master Craft class

    When Ginny Lawhorn of Sticky Rice and Baltimore Style fame invited us to join the festivities of the first Baltimore Cocktail Week, we scanned through the main events—a welcome cocktail party, sessions on wellness and money management for those in the hospitality industry, a movie night with tastings...

  • Field Tripping: Basketballing

    Field Tripping: Basketballing

    It’s my spring break, and I usually spend this week fretting about the work I should be catching up on—the writing, the grading, the exercising, the bill-paying—but this year I’ve decided to just do the grading without fussing about it, put the writing on the shelf until next week, call riding...

  • Field Tripping: Get on the bus

    Field Tripping: Get on the bus

    I didn’t learn to drive a car until I was in my 20s. Rather than save my meager McEarnings toward a vehicle, I was the ultimate nerd, using my hard-earned cash to help pay my way to debate camp every summer instead. And then I went to college in New York City. Sure, I might have needed a car if...

  • Field Tripping: Dipping a toe in

    Field Tripping: Dipping a toe in

    I’ve never gotten a pedicure. Manicures and pedicures have always felt to me like something straight women get with their girlfriends, bopping into a place, arms draped with shopping bags and already-done nails, gossiping on their cellphones about whoever isn’t there. They plop their stuff down,...

  • Field Tripping: Missing Mardi Gras

    Field Tripping: Missing Mardi Gras

    When people from outside New Orleans think of Mardi Gras, I think they mostly imagine people flashing their tits at drunken men leaning over balconies, throwing beads and trying to ring the most erect nipples in the crowd. Or at least that’s what I imagined before I moved there in 2007 for a job...

  • True Directions, a lesbian/queer feminist film series, is a fun way to build community. Check it out this Sunday

    True Directions, a lesbian/queer feminist film series, is a fun way to build community. Check it out this Sunday

    Sara Lautman wanted to screen just one movie: "Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby," a 1999 film featuring Natasha Lyonne and Vincent Gallo that tracked the escapades of two women on the run from a mental institution and toward relief from eating disorders. She reached out to Rahne Alexander,...

  • Field Tripping: National Memorializing

    Field Tripping: National Memorializing

    My twin sister and I meant to head straight to the Johnstown Flood National Memorial on our annual Sister Trip, but instead we found ourselves feeling almost blasphemous—an odd feeling for two people with no religious beliefs of note whatsoever—as we watched folks filling up old milk cartons and...

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