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Sizzlin' Summer Calendar

Our 2009 guide to great fun in the summer sun

Frank Hamilton
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Easy Pickings Local pick-your-own farms offer memories as well as fresh produce | By Lee Gardner

Broke-Ass Summertime Fun Hey you with no money maybe you could use some ideas? | By Emily Flake

Dancing in the Ruins Exploring the area's not-so-hidden crumbling gems | By Michael Byrne

Lost in Place If travel isn't a vacation option, try letting a book take you away | By Bret McCabe

Break Out Another Thousand Cheap boating might be possible, but not, alas, for the ignorant | By Edward Ericson Jr.

Factory Girl Greetings from York County, Pa., the factory tour capital of the world | By Michelle Gienow

Shades of Green Small ways you can make your city home more environmentally friendly | By Erin Sullivan

Balls Up Let's hear it for Baltimore's favorite (but perhaps not homegrown) summer treat | By Henry Hong

Stay Frosty The City Paper I-Team™ once again searches for the coldest beer in Baltimore

Posted 5/20/2009

Spending your summer vacation entertaining folks who are actually on VACATION could bite the big one if we lived in a boring state out in the middle of landlocked nowhere (nothing personal, Nebraska!). But we live in Maryland, a gorgeous state with a multitude of cared-for state parks and well-tended cultural institutions, plenty of entertainments and interesting people, a long history, diverse waterways, and an amazing coastline. We celebrate our lucky location with this Sizzlin' Summer Calendar and packed it full of choice spots to spend your lazy days and perfect places to party when you're looking to show friends and/or family (or yourself) a good time. From within walking distance to day-trips, you'll find hiking and biking, parks and rec, children's activities and zoos, pools and sand, historic locales, fine arts and performances, drinks and eats indoors and out, festivals, and sports on the pages that follow. You don't have to hop a plane or a train for the next three months to change it up, just appreciate the Land of Pleasant Living.

Sizzin' Summer was compiled by the City Paper editorial staff with help from Katherine Hill and Karma Ward.

Parks/Hiking and Biking


Downy Ocean, Hon

OC Alternatives

Get Wet and Wade




Festivals and Extra-vals



Fourth Of July




Outdoor Dining

Food Festivals

Farmers' Markets


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