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Sizzlin’ Summer Calendar

Sizzlin' Summer

Your guide to the best stuff to do all summer long

Photo: Christopher Myers, License: N/A, Created: 2011:05:08 18:42:46

Christopher Myers

Sizzlin' Summer Stories
  • Neighborhood Watchers Baltimore’s rec centers remain vital community hubs as they struggle to stay afloat | 5/18/2011
  • Endless Summer DJ Batman celebrates 30 years as Ocean City’s party priest | 5/18/2011
  • Rocks Off See the boulder, be the boulder | 5/18/2011
  • See the Light Summer love and fireflies have more in common than you think | 5/18/2011
  • Beachwood Park Memoirs A family remembers running one of Maryland’s African-American beach destinations | 5/18/2011
  • Stir of Echo A healthy dose of reverb defines my summer jams | 5/18/2011
  • Drifting for Drinks The boat-in bars of Furnace Branch make for a fine day’s outing | 5/18/2011
  • Snowbal-timore Vital Summer information furnished in the Public Interest | 5/18/2011
  • Frosty, The Boh, Man The City Paper I-Team™ slurps around for the coldest draft beer in Baltimore | 5/18/2011
Sizzlin' Summer Calendar
  • Sizzlin' Summer Your guide to the best stuff to do all summer long | 5/18/2011
  • Parks and Rec Beartown State Park, Fort Frederick State Park, Jones Falls and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Gardens Brookside Gardens, Dumbarton Oaks, Longwood Gardens and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Ocean City Things to see, stuff to do, and OC alternatives | 5/18/2011
  • Swim Time! Druid Hill Park, City Springs, Coldstream and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Sports Druid Hill Park Disc Golf, Free Yoga Series, Hiking with the Mountain Club of Maryland and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Art Area galleries, exhibits and shows. | 5/18/2011
  • Festivals and Extra-vals Charles Village Festival, Honfest, African American Heritage Festival and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Kids Stuff to see, stuff to do, zoos and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Independence Days A million different ways to spend your Fourth of July weekend whether you want to stay close to home or hit the road. | 5/18/2011
  • History Discover the region's 300-plus years of history | 5/18/2011
  • Outdoor Films Summer is just about the best time for movie-watching | 5/18/2011
  • Summer Stages Lettuce and Lovage, The Seafarer, Measure for Measure and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Summer Concert Guide A whole season of music concert series, shows and performances | 5/18/2011
  • Outdoor Hotspots Ale Mary’s, Bo Brooks, City Café and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Food Festivals Beckwith Church Strawberry Festival, Caribbean Wine Festival, Soft Shell Spring Fair and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Farmers Markets Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar, Druid Hill Farmers Market, Dundalk Village Farmers Market and more. | 5/18/2011
  • Local Wineries Basignani Winery, Cove Point Winery, Knob Hill Winery and more. | 5/18/2011

So what makes summer special? Sure, it’s hot and sunny (mostly), and the kids are out of school, but if you’re reading this, you’re probably not a “kid” (despite what irate callers insist whenever we run a nude photograph). Probably a lot of you haven’t been in school for some time now, and yet whenever Memorial Day rolls around a little touch of that giddy last-day-of-school feeling bubbles up, right? Why is summer special? What is it that makes the rules seem different for this season, when you can maybe be a little more indulgent, a little more carefree, for no other apparent reason than it’s summer?

Well, it’s growing season, which means grass to cut and strawberries to pick. And it’s swimming season (or at least it is by July—the pool’s still a little chilly for us in early June) and outdoor-music season and the season for everyone to wear a lot less clothing, which is always interesting. Even if you have to put on a tie or pantyhose and go to work every day, there’s something about summer that’s different. Other than the sweat.

There is, one could say, a certain interlude quality to summer, even if you’re not out of class for three months. And whatever form your interlude takes, City Paper has you covered with our annual Sizzlin’ Summer issue. In these pages, you’ll find stories on the city’s beleaguered rec centers (p. 14) and on the unexpected ties between summer love and fireflies (p. 50). You can read about summers at the black beaches of the past (p. 62) or on the drinky beaches of the present (p. 82) and the never-ending summer of Ocean City’s DJ Batman (p. 26). You can read about the mini rock-climbing opportunities Maryland has a good bit of (p. 38) or about sno-ball stands, of which it also has quite a few (p. 95). You can listen for the secret sound of summer (p. 76), or stay in a dark bar and drink a cold draft beer (p. 109). And in between, you’ll find the various sections of the Sizzlin’ Summer calendar, jammed with places to go and things to do. It’s your summer—go nuts.

The Sizzlin’ Summer calendar was wrangled by Wendy Ward with help from Michael Byrne, Laura Dattaro, Lee Gardner, Joe MacLeod, Bret McCabe, and Max Robinson.

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