Sizzlin’ Summer Calendar
Discover the region's 300-plus years of history
Published: May 18, 2011
The Fells Point Haunted Pubwalk, 7 p.m. most Saturdays, outside Max’s Taphouse, 731 S. Broadway, (410) 357-1186, baltimoreghosttours.com, $20, ages 21 and up only. Listening to a ghost story can be stressful, especially when you’re standing in the exact spot where the ghost story is said to have happened. At least this way, you get to be in a group, you’re in beautiful Fells Point, and you can drink as many beers as you’d like. Just don’t blame them if you can never quite relax down along the harbor again.
Civil War Lecture Series, noon May 21-June 25, Mount Clare Museum and Stable, 1500 Washington Blvd., (410) 837-3262, mountclare.org, $5. American history buffs would do well to take in the Mount Clare Museum’s series of 12 Civil War lectures running throughout the summer. These afternoon examinations of one of the most important conflicts in our country’s history, presented by a host of local academics, include lectures on prison conditions, the roles played by women and African-Americans, and even what effect George Washington’s presidency nearly 100 years earlier had on the war. Seating’s limited, so be sure to register ahead of time.
Heritage Days, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21, noon-5 p.m. May 22, Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown, (301) 739-4665, roundhouse.org. Let your kids ride a train or take a Thomas the Tank Engine trackless train ride amidst the Roundhouse Museum’s collection of train parts, pieces, and memorabilia. There will also be food sales, scale models, and trolley rides to Locomotive No. 202.
Chestertown Tea Party Festival, May 27-29, along the Chester River, Chestertown, chestertownteaparty.com, free. There’s a whole lot going on at this thing other than the central re-enactment of Chestertown citizens dumping boxes of tea into the Chester River: a Friday-night cocktail party, a wine tasting, a colonial parade, live music, craft-making demonstrations, food, and, on Sunday, the annual raft race down the river. Admission to the festival is free, but some events require tickets; a $5 purchase of a Toss the Tory ballot is request (proceeds benefit Women in Need, the Alley Teen Center, and the festival).
Fairmount Academy’s 1800s Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 28, Fairmount Road, Fairmount, (410) 651-3945, visitsomerset.com. Test your vocabulary with an 1800s-style spelling bee, and console yourself after with entertainment, crafts, seafood, and desserts.
Memorial Day at Fort McHenry, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 30, Fort McHenry National Monument, 2400 E. Fort Ave., (410) 962-4290, nps.gov/fomc. The typical Memorial Day celebration has little or nothing to do with what the holiday is actually intended to celebrate—you know, our fallen veterans. Spend this important national day at an important national landmark, with a flag demonstration with veterans, historic speeches, poems, wreath-layings, and the observance of the 3 p.m. National Moment of Silence.
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Centennial Celebration, 5:30-9 p.m. June 2, the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 21 S. Eutaw St., (443) 874-396, bromoseltzerartstower.com, free. Come celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the city’s coolest historic landmarks-turned-studio space, with an evening of refreshments, live music, tours, and, of course, art. Want to be a part of this momentous occasion? Organizers are looking for a few good quilters to submit 9” x 9” blocks to the Brom Commemorative Quilt, which will be unveiled during the celebration.
Civil War Tour, 10 a.m. June 11, July 9, and Aug. 13, Watermark Cruises at Annapolis City Dock, Info Booth, P.O. Box 3350, Annapolis, (410) 268-7601, watermarkcruises.com, $16, ages 3-11 $10. Annapolis is as chock-full of history as Baltimore, and as beautiful on a sunny day. Let a period character—a maid, a shopkeeper, a lieutenant—give you an 1860s look at the city while you learn about the city’s role in the Civil War.
Flag Day Commemoration Event, 6:45 p.m. June 14, Fort McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave., (410) 962-4290, nps.gov/fomc. The most wholesome, patriotic day ever: A U.S. Naturalization Ceremony naturalizes 30 citizens to the tune of “The Star Spangled Banner”; a Girl Scouts chorus and the Chorus of Chesapeake/Dundalk perform; bands play patriotic music to accompany the 50-state Parade of Flags; and, of course, it’ll be topped off with fireworks.
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours, 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. June 16-17 and Aug. 12-14, Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis, (410) 295-0104, amaritime.org, $70, reservations required. Visit the last screwpile lighthouse left in its original location and see what it was like to live as a lighthouse keeper. The tour includes a 30-minute boat ride and a steep ladder climb, so leave your Crocs and flip-flops at home.
Behind Closed Doors: The Tragic, Untold Story of the Duchess of Windsor, 6 p.m. June 23, Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750, mdhs.org, $50, members $35. The royal wedding was more than a month ago, so here’s a local fix: The Maryland Historical Society invites you to a titular illustrated talk on his latest book, Behind Closed Doors: The Tragic, Untold Story of the Duchess of Windsor, by British royal biographer Hugo Vickers. The Duchess of Windsor, as you know, was just a fancy divorced lady from Baltimore who stole a prince’s heart and thus his right to the crown.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum Community Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, africanamericanculture.org. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, which honors, researches, and documents the African-American experience in Maryland, celebrates its sixth anniversary this year with a family-friendly celebration highlighting the museum’s exhibits. Since the museum’s main focus is education, don’t be surprised if you learn something at this party.
Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment, July 1- 3, 965 Pumping Station Road, Gettysburg, Pa., (717) 338-1525, gettysburgreenactment.com, $12-$54 general admission, plus $10-$30 for bleacher seating, children under 6 free. This is truly one of those “history comes alive” things that even non-history buffs can get into. Three days of events are centered around five battles, including a fashion show, wedding re-enactments, ghost stories, discussions of Civil War life, and music. Plan to arrive early and spend the day.
Tuckahoe Annual Show, July 7-10, Tuckahoe Showgrounds, Easton, (410) 822-9868, tuckahoesteam.org. Stop by the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association’s yearly celebration of antique industrial machinery and agricultural equipment, trains, steam engines, gas and oil engines, and rural life for a slice of the ordinary. Its also holds tractor and truck pulls about once a month, and FYI: TSGA is volunteer-run nonprofit, so it’s not just lube that keeps their machines running, but a passion for the mechanical.
Chautauqua, July 8-10, Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, mdhc.org/programs/chautauqua, free. In observance of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, this year’s Chautauqua features Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Jefferson Davis brought to life by Jim Getty, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, and Doug Mishler, respectively.
Tidewater Archaeology Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23-24, off Route 5, Historic St. Mary’s City, (800) 762-1634, stmaryscity.org, free with admission. St. Mary’s City was founded at the junction of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, home to a vast swath of archaeologically fascinating land. Bring the little ones to this quaint historical landmark and dig into what can be found underneath.