Here Comes The Sunburn
City Paper's 2008 Sizzlin' Summer Guide
There it is, right out there on the horizon, peeking out at you with a peeling sunburn and sweat stains under its arms. It's summer and it's almost here. The beautiful days of spring we are now enjoying will soon give way to the sticky, broiling mess of code-red air and fallen sno-cones melting on sizzling sidewalks. If only a nearly snow-free winter meant a humidity-less summer. Instead, we will gird ourselves against the swelter with dirty flip-flop-clad feet and unflattering shorts showing off our damn-I-forgot-the-sunscreen-again carcinogenic tans.
Of course, summer in Baltimore isn't all bad, even if it is all bad hair days. It's a time of barbecues, outdoor festivals--and you know we never turn down an opportunity to drink outdoors--and reacquainting ourselves with our neighbors as we all emerge from our dim rowhouses, blinking in the light, for a season of sitting on stoops and porches and watching Charm City go by. It's a time to get back in touch with nature and, in some cases, to remind ourselves why nature just isn't our thing. It's a season of trips to the beach with friends that remind of us of being teenagers, and then, after seeing the teenagers puking by the boardwalk, why not being a teenager anymore rocks. It's summer, and it may be hot and dirty and asthma-inducing, but it's still an inexplicably magical time of year.
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A Step Apart
Community Drum Line and Step Group Makes Itself Heard | In Feature By Jess Harvell
City Paper's Summer Drink Contest | In Feature By Edward Ericson Jr.
The Cowboy Way
Local Gunslingers Take a Shot at the Wild West | In Feature By Chris Landers
A Wench in the Works
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State Apiarist Keeps An Eye On All That's Buzzing in Maryland | In Feature By Shelly Blake-Plock
Trying to Engineer Your Child's Perfect Summer | In Feature By Charles Cohen
7 Reasons Why Summer in Baltimore Rules More Than Any Other Place On The Face of The Earth
In Feature By Ben Claassen III
Take One For The Other Team
An O's Fan Suggests The Unthinkable--That You Watch The Nationals, Too | In Feature By Jeffrey Anderson
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