801 Key Highway, Baltimore
3 bedroom(s), 4 bathroom(s)
3,834 square feet
Summer is almost upon us. And though adults don’t get the kind of three month summer vacay that kids do, summer does tend to bring with it at least a vacationy feeling. It’s a time to dig into projects, try something new, and try to at least tap into that youthful self-improvement drive. Whether it’s planting a garden, taking up a musical instrument, or working on your backstroke, summer is a great time to get into something new and potentially fruitful. All this is made even easier by the plentiful workshops being offered by the (air conditioned) Creative Alliance next month. We’re letting you know now since there’s a good chance these will fill up and sell out. And many of them are events you just don’t want to miss. Read More →
Every year, we invite local high school seniors to share with us their senior speech, a tradition at many local private schools where a student addresses the student body on a subject of his or her choice. Today we feature the speech of Gilman School Senior Zane MacFarlane. Zane is senior class president and played the lead role of Joe (Boyd) Hardy in the recent musical production of “Damn Yankees.” He will attend Pomona College in the fall. Chirp, Zane.- The Eds.
The drums were slow at first as they ran around outside, “Dum, dumdumdum, Dum, dumdumdum…” Meanwhile in my cabin, I was lying down on top of my bunk bed, staring at the rafters. It was my third year at Camp Virginia, a place I loved and returned to every summer, and tonight the honor council – the most respected group of campers – were going around, inducting the newest members to their society. The process of induction was called “tapping.” It was a big deal at camp to get tapped, and I thought tonight was my night. The drums got faster and faster as you could hear the kids running around, circling every cabin, until they gathered in the center of the field. The drums stopped. There was silence, followed by a sharp “let’s go.” Chaos erupted as 20 or so kids screamed at the top of their lungs, entered my cabin, pulled me out of bed, threw me up and down outside, slapped me, pinched me, cheered for me, stripped my bed, and dumped my trunk of clothes everywhere. I had just been tapped into the honor council at Camp Virginia, and it was one of the greatest moments of my life.
Mr. Schmick, Ms. Turner, Mr. Smyth, Mom, Dad, faculty, students, and friends, I am here today to talk about magic moments.
Now, let me step back a bit and open things up to you all. Try to picture something, a moment in your life that gives you the goosebumps. Something you want to relive every day of your life so you can feel that energy and that passion again. Something that happened that made you feel some sort of never-ending joy or even ecstasy at that time… You can argue that ability or talent or skill are the most important things in life, but I believe that these moments I’m talking about drive my life. They give me energy, they give me electricity to keep doing what I love.
For some people it happens with amazing sporting events, family vacations, or epic adventures with your buddies, but for me, as I said, it comes with traditions – like the “tapping” by the honor council at camp or putting on a musical every spring or, more recently, helping to plan the McDonogh Pep Rally that I’ve been itching to be a part of since pre-first. Those moments are so special for me.
But as I’ve been getting older and older, everything starts to feel smaller or less intriguing – less mystical. Camp Virginia isn’t what it used to be for me anymore. When I was twelve it was a place full of spirit and wonder, but as a senior in high school, it just feels like a summer camp. Basically, the idea of everything losing its sparkle, losing its light as I age has really been bugging me lately. Read More →
105 Goodale Road, Homeland
4 bedroom(s), 4 bathroom(s)
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Believe or not, you can Juggle, and walking a Tightwire is not impossible!
Tumbling is not just for kids, and Acrobatics is one of the best workouts you’ll find! This one time workshop allows you and your friends to find our just how talented you actually are! Learn the basics of all around circus arts. Bring a camera and get a great new photo for your Facebook profile.
Armchair travellers can delight in gardens and plants from around the world in the watercolors of Joan Elisabeth Reid. A Memorial Day weekend exhibition in the Vollmer Center at Cylburn came to Reid as the winner of the Chief of Horticulture’s award last November at the Celebration of Art show at Cylburn.
Reid by day is the Chief Registrar at the Walters Art Museum. In off-hours sketching, painting and travelling are her passion. Read More →
Before Baltimore’s art-punk trio Double Dagger abruptly called it quits in 2011, drummer Denny Bowen had already hatched Roomrunner, a crunchy, feedbacky, guitar-rock four-piece. After a couple buzz-heavy years of live shows and two EPs, the band is releasing their first full-length, Ideal Cities, on Fan Death Records. And the whole thing is being streamed on Spin.com, which should raise the group’s profile even more. Read More →
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