Sizzlin’ Summer Calendar
Published: May 16, 2012
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. Baltimore’s good at mixing things together—Boh and Old Bay?—and here’s another one: bars and ghosts. Fells Point’s got both, so you might as well check ’em out at the same time, preferably under the watchful eye of the folks from Baltimore Ghost Tours.
Mount Clare Stables Benefit Bike Tour, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. June 12, Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd., (410) 837-3262, mountclare.org, $35, ages 15 and under $15. Beginning and ending in Carroll Park, home of the historic Mount Clare Museum House, the annual Tour Dem Parks Hon! benefit bike tour raises money to, well, benefit the parks. Give your glutes a workout for the park, then fill up your gut with a barbecue in the park accompanied by live jazz.
Heritage Days, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19, noon-5 p.m. May 20, Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown, (301) 739-4665, roundhouse.org. A chance to check out big industrial equipment old and new, real and toy. For Heritage Days, the Roundhouse Museum pulls out displays of local fire and rescue equipment alongside historic railroad equipment, plus Thomas the Tank Engine and trolley rides.
Chestertown Tea Party Festival, May 25-28, along the Chester River, Chestertown, chestertownteaparty.com, free. Dude, American history gets a bad rap in high school, but the Tea Party was, let’s face it, the ultimate in bad ass, aside from being quintessentially American. We just up and told the Brits what was up, and then we got our own country. Reason to celebrate? We think so.
Fairmount Academy’s 1800s Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26, Fairmount Road, Fairmount, (410) 651-3945, visitsomerset.com, free. The kids may balk at this one, since they’re itching to get out of their own schools, but once they see this restored 19th century schoolhouse in action, with a spelling bee, crafts, and, hello, seafood and dessert, they’ll be glad you brought them along.
Memorial Day at Fort McHenry, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 28, Fort McHenry National Monument, 2400 E. Fort Ave., (410) 962-4290, nps.gov/fomc, free. The only real way for a Baltimorean to honor Memorial Day. The fort hosts activities all weekend, wrapping up with a reading of Memorial Day poems, hoisting of the colors, a living history presentation, and a culminating National Moment of Remembrance. It’s at 3 p.m., so we promise there will still be burgers left when you get back.
Bicentennial Gala of the War of 1812, 6 p.m. June 9, Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750, mdhs.org, $250, 9 p.m. after party $75. Baltimore likes to party, and we bet that’s not a new thing. See how it was done 200 years ago with the Maryland Historical Society’s War of 1812 bicentennial dinner and dance gala, followed by a full-on party, both of which also mark the opening of the exhibit In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812. Rabble will surely be roused.
Civil War Tour, 10 a.m. June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11, Watermark Cruises at Annapolis City Dock, Info Booth, P.O. Box 3350, Annapolis, (410) 268-7601, watermarkcruises.com, $16, ages 3-11 $10. If you find yourself in Annapolis on any given day, you’ll most likely be doing a lot of wandering, down stone streets, along the water, into and out of shops. Add some structure, and some history, with a tour led by a Civil War-dressed character and see Annapolis the way restless 19th-century Americans did.
Flag Day Commemoration Event, 6:45 p.m. June 14, Fort McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave., (410) 962-4290, nps.gov/fomc, free. In this the year of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Fort McHenry nods to our stars and stripes with a celebration including the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and patriotic songs. That flag, she really is pretty.
Juneteenth Celebration, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 16, Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton, (410) 822-2787, academyartmuseum.org, free. America loves itself some freedom, and Juneteenth is yet another way we celebrate it. With the abolition of slavery came an upwelling of new cultural opportunities, and this year’s Juneteenth Celebration at the Academy Art Museum features a sampling: African dance and music by Baltimore’s Sankofa Dance Theatre, an exhibition of Baltimore artist Tom Miller’s work, performances by local church choirs, and family art projects, plus a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. Go, be joyous, and be grateful.
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours, 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. June 30, July 7 and 28, and Aug. 11 and 18, Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis, (410) 295-0104, amaritime.org, $70, reservations required, ages 12 and up only. Not all lighthouses are those monumental stone pillars we mostly imagine. In fact, in the Chesapeake, lighthouses perched on piles proliferated, and the one at Thomas Point is the last remaining one of its kind still in its original location.
Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment, July 6-8, 1085 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg, Pa., (717) 338-1525, gettysburgreenactment.com, $24-$54 general admission, ages 6-12 $12-$25 general admission, plus $10-$30 for bleacher seating, children under 6 free. There is far too much happening at the Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment to re-enact here (heh), but here’s a slice: live mortar fire demonstrations, a living-history village, live music, period shopping, food and bev, and, of course, the re-enactment itself.
Tuckahoe Annual Show, July 5-8, Tuckahoe Showgrounds, Easton, (410) 822-9868, tuckahoesteam.org. The annual celebration hosted by the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association, a nonprofit composed of those enthused by all things agricultural and antique.
Chautauqua, July 5-13, various locations, (410) 685-0095, mdhc.org, free. This year’s Chautauqua, hosted by the Maryland Humanities Council, is bigger than ever, with living-history performances spread out over eight days and six locations. Catch President James Madison, Francis Scott Key, and other cohorts as they resurrect themselves just for you. And everyone else who attends.
Tidewater Archaeology Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 28 and 29, off Route 5, Historic St. Mary’s City, (240) 895-4990, stmaryscity.org, free with admission. St. Mary’s City is plenty exciting aboveground, but it’s got more going on underneath. Professional archaeologists guide youths and adults alike in scraping and digging at little bits of Maryland history.