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Sizzlin Summer 2010

Sizzlin' Summer Our annual comprehensive guide to surviving, thriving, and diverting yourself until September

The Scenic Route Rediscovering the countryside from a skinny-ass bike seat | By Michael Byrne

Parks and Rec Use our amazingly all-out, exhaustive and full-fledged key to find the outdoors-y hot spot you can c...

Gardens Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, (410) 634-2847, adkinsarboretum.org. On your next tr...

Fishing For A Dip Looking for clean water? Look for guys in hip waders | By Van Smith

OC and OC Alternatives Ocean City Things to See Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofocean...

Pools Baltimore City's public pools were put in the crosshairs of the budget crunch this year, but the Dep...

It's Time World Cup 2010 kicks off in June--got your barstool lined up yet? | By Bret McCabe

Sports Druid Hill Park Disc Golf, pretty much any time you want, goofball. (443) 271-5351, md-discgolf.com...

Ramping Up Local skaters spend the summer combining street art and activism | By Alex Ebstein

Art AIA Baltimore Bookstore and Gallery, 11 1/2 W. Chase St., (410) 625-2585, aiabalt.com, 9 a.m.-4:30 ...

Festivals and Extra-Ivals Sowebo music and Arts Festival, noon-9 p.m. May 30, around Hollins Market, soweboarts.org. This mus...

Get Them To The Creek Family fun is as close as the nearest running water | By Lee Gardner

Kids And Zoos Stuff to See Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. Baldwin Road, New Market, (301) 865-6800, adventureparku...

Fourth Of July Gotta love it when July 4 falls on a weekend--for those who really dig the Independence Day merrymak...

History The Fells Point Haunted Pubwalk, 7 p.m. most Saturdays, outside Max's Taphouse 733 S. Broadway, (41...

Cinema Al Fresco Dusk! Projector! Action! | By Martin L. Johnson

Stage Welcome to all things theater during the hottest, stickiest part of the year. Some of these thespian...

Roll Down Your Windows Baltimore musicians make a playlist of their personal local summer jams | By Al Shipley

Summer Concert Guide May May 22-23: Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival with Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, Jimmie Vaughan, Shemekia ...

Numb The City Paper I-Team™ tips it hard for the coldest beer in Baltimore

Outdoor Drinking Here in the Land of Pleasant Living, enjoying a refreshing legal beverage in the out-of-doors in the...

Food Festivals Funnel cakes, corn dogs, and other renditions of deep-fried dough may not be enough to make you want...

Farmers Markets Baltimore City Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar, 7 a.m.-noon Sundays May 2-Dec. 19, Holliday...

Wineries Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, (410) 472-0703, basignani.com. Black Ankle Vineyards,...

Unhampered Pack a better picnic basket | By Wendy Ward

Posted 5/19/2010

Ocean City

Things to See

Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofoceancity.com. Stop by this family-friendly nonprofit for events, workshops, and exhibitions. Art rules, especially when it's raining.

Jolly Roger Amusement Park, 2901 Coastal Highway, (410) 289-3477, jollyrogerpark.com. Jolly Roger has water slides, bumper cars, and roller coasters for the beach-weary.

K-Coast Surf Sessions, 35th Street, Ocean City, (410) 524-8500, kcoast.com. For those who are ready to take the plunge and ride the wave, K-Coast's surfing lessons start at $100 and drop 40 percent for additional lessons.

Planet Maze and Lasertron, 3305 Coastal Highway, (410) 524-4386, planetmaze.com. Nothing complex about this family "Funplex"--choose what you're in the mood for, whether it's laser tag, mini golf, or arcade play.

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, South end of Boardwalk at Inlet, (410) 289-4991, ocmuseum.org. Get a glimpse into Ocean City's unique aquatic history with exhibits of shipwrecks, bathing fashions, and mermaids.

Ripley's Believe It or Not, 401 S. Atlantic Ave., (410) 289-5600, oceancity.ripleys.com. The proud home of everything weird, gross, and wacky. You may have seen it before, but let's be honest, two-headed animals and shrunken heads never lose their appeal.

Trimper's Rides of Ocean City, Boardwalk and South First Street, (410) 289-8617, trimpersrides.com. The perfect time-consumer for kids (tires them out) and grownups (oddly romantic) alike, with cotton candy, carnival classics, and that carny music that runs around your brain for hours afterward.

Stuff to Do

Geico Offshore Grand Prix, May 28-30, Between 10th and 36th streets off the Boardwalk, (732) 920-3945, oparacing.org, free for spectators. Watch as powerboats race along the Boardwalk, and meet the racers afterward at the Atlantic Hotel.

Spring Arts and Crafts Show, May 29-30, Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, (410) 213-0735, ococean.com/events, free. Ocean City's only Memorial Day weekend craft show brings an array of nautical-themed knickknacks to the shore.

Ocean City Restaurant Week, May 30-June 6, Ocean City, (410) 289-6733, oceancityrestaurantweek.com, $20-$30. Treat yourself to fancy cuisine for less, as local restaurants offer fixed menus of two- and three-course dinners.

Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts Annual Parade, 10 a.m. June 5, 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue to 28th Street, (410) 544-8200, councilrr.com, free. In this two-hour parade of purple, 50 member roosts show Baltimore pride for Charm City's chargers.

ride Across Maryland, June 5-7, Ocean City, (410) 992-9999, rideacrossmaryland.org. Motorbikers kick off their three-day eastward trek from Columbia to Ocean City in support of the fight against breast cancer. Cars and trucks welcome too.

OC Car and Truck Show, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 6, Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, (302) 436-0183, occarshow.com. Three things sum up this annual show of automobiles and youth culture: big wheels, fast cars, and bikini-clad women.

OC Air Show, noon-3 p.m. June 5-6, beaches and boardwalk, ocairshow.com,free. Don't miss this aerial spectacle, as U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds and U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs zoom overhead in crazy formations.

OC Surfrider Longboard Challenge, June 11-13, 37th Street, beachside, surfrider.org/oceancitymd. Live the beach life with a weekend of stand-up paddleboarding and longboarding contests, followed by a Life Is Better after-party.

Ocean City Shark Tournament, 3:30-7 p.m. June 17-19, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane, (410) 213-2442, ocsharktournament.com, free for spectators. The hunter becomes the hunted in this contest to snare the biggest shark. Dun-uh, dun-uh, dun-uh.

Art's Alive, June 19-20, Northside Park Complex, 127th Street, bayside, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Ocean City's artists show their treasures around Northside Park in the annual fine art show.

Movies on the Beach, 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays June 28-Aug. 13, beach at 27th Street, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Bring a blanket and a friend for games, and afterwards, relax and watch a movie on the big screen.

Family Beach Olympics, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays June 28-Aug. 10, beach at 27th Street, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Family fun night switches it up each week with tug-of-war, relay races, and sandcastle contests. Who's afraid of a little competition?

Bonfire and Story Hour on the Beach, 9 p.m. Thursdays July 8-Aug. 19, beachfront, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Gather round, young and old, for secrets and storytelling by the fire.

OC Tuna Tournament, July 9-11, OC Fishing Center, Route 50 and Inlet Isle Lane, (800) 322-3065, ocfishing.com. Not as hair-raising as Deadliest Catch but just as entertaining, the Tuna Tournament features live music and good food. The winner goes home with a big fish and up to 500,000 buckaroos.

Captain Craig Swim, July 10, 14th Street on the beach, (410) 289-7556. Show off your backstroke in this mile around the beach. Ginny Craig half-mile swims are also available.

Sundaes in the Park, 6-8 p.m. Sundays July 11-Aug. 29, 125th Street, bayside, (800) 626-2326, oceocean.com, free. Bring your picnic basket and chairs to Northside Park and enjoy the family concert series while munching on delicious ice cream sundaes.

Concerts on the Beach, 8-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays July 14-Aug. 25, North Division Street beachfront, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Sit back and relax with tunes by tribute bands and local favorites every week by the beach.

Starpower National Talent Competition, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. July 25-29, Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, starpowertalent.com, free. OC hosts one of five Starpower Dance Championships, in which local and national talents strut their stuff.

Jesus at the Beach Music and Ministry Festival, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Convention Center and 7-10 p.m. on the beach, July 26-28, Convention Center and North Division Street on the beach, (410) 289-1296, jesusatthebeach.org. Take the worship outside--to the beach, in fact--as people pray, sing, and dance by the shore. A baptism in the holy sea is planned for Wednesday.

Greek Festival, noon-9 p.m. July 30-Aug. 1, 40th Street and the bay, (410) 524-0990. Become an honorary Greek this weekend, indulge in roasted lamb chops and moussaka, and join the rounds of Hellenic dancing. Kali orexi!

White Marlin Open, 4-9 p.m. Aug. 2-6, Harbour Island, 14th and Bay streets, (410) 289-9229. whitemarlinopen.com, free for spectators. The world's largest billfish tournament offers big money to the one who wrangles in the big fish. Last year's winner was 1,062 pounds--can you beat that?

Ocean City Antique Show, Aug. 13-15, Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, (302) 539-3049, call for hours. Find anything from formal to vintage to shell-encrusted tacky at this antique show by the beach.

Ocean City Alternatives

Things to See

Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofoceancity.com. Stop by this family-friendly nonprofit for events, workshops, and exhibitions. Art rules, especially when it's raining.

Jolly Roger Amusement Park, 2901 Coastal Highway, (410) 289-3477, jollyrogerpark.com. Jolly Roger has water slides, bumper cars, and roller coasters for the beach-weary.

K-Coast Surf Sessions, 35th Street, Ocean City, (410) 524-8500, kcoast.com. For those who are ready to take the plunge and ride the wave, K-Coast's surfing lessons start at $100 and drop 40 percent for additional lessons.

Planet Maze and Lasertron, 3305 Coastal Highway, (410) 524-4386, planetmaze.com. Nothing complex about this family "Funplex"--choose what you're in the mood for, whether it's laser tag, mini golf, or arcade play.

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, South end of Boardwalk at Inlet, (410) 289-4991, ocmuseum.org. Get a glimpse into Ocean City's unique aquatic history with exhibits of shipwrecks, bathing fashions, and mermaids.

Ripley's Believe It or Not, 401 S. Atlantic Ave., (410) 289-5600, oceancity.ripleys.com. The proud home of everything weird, gross, and wacky. You may have seen it before, but let's be honest, two-headed animals and shrunken heads never lose their appeal.

Trimper's Rides of Ocean City, Boardwalk and South First Street, (410) 289-8617, trimpersrides.com. The perfect time-consumer for kids (tires them out) and grownups (oddly romantic) alike, with cotton candy, carnival classics, and that carny music that runs around your brain for hours afterward.

Stuff to Do

Geico Offshore Grand Prix, May 28-30, Between 10th and 36th streets off the Boardwalk, (732) 920-3945, oparacing.org, free for spectators. Watch as powerboats race along the Boardwalk, and meet the racers afterward at the Atlantic Hotel.

Spring Arts and Crafts Show, May 29-30, Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, (410) 213-0735, ococean.com/events, free. Ocean City's only Memorial Day weekend craft show brings an array of nautical-themed knickknacks to the shore.

Ocean City Restaurant Week, May 30-June 6, Ocean City, (410) 289-6733, oceancityrestaurantweek.com, $20-$30. Treat yourself to fancy cuisine for less, as local restaurants offer fixed menus of two- and three-course dinners.

Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts Annual Parade, 10 a.m. June 5, 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue to 28th Street, (410) 544-8200, councilrr.com, free. In this two-hour parade of purple, 50 member roosts show Baltimore pride for Charm City's chargers.

ride Across Maryland, June 5-7, Ocean City, (410) 992-9999, rideacrossmaryland.org. Motorbikers kick off their three-day eastward trek from Columbia to Ocean City in support of the fight against breast cancer. Cars and trucks welcome too.

OC Car and Truck Show, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 6, Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, (302) 436-0183, occarshow.com. Three things sum up this annual show of automobiles and youth culture: big wheels, fast cars, and bikini-clad women.

OC Air Show, noon-3 p.m. June 5-6, beaches and boardwalk, ocairshow.com,free. Don't miss this aerial spectacle, as U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds and U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs zoom overhead in crazy formations.

OC Surfrider Longboard Challenge, June 11-13, 37th Street, beachside, surfrider.org/oceancitymd. Live the beach life with a weekend of stand-up paddleboarding and longboarding contests, followed by a Life Is Better after-party.

Ocean City Shark Tournament, 3:30-7 p.m. June 17-19, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane, (410) 213-2442, ocsharktournament.com, free for spectators. The hunter becomes the hunted in this contest to snare the biggest shark. Dun-uh, dun-uh, dun-uh.

Art's Alive, June 19-20, Northside Park Complex, 127th Street, bayside, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Ocean City's artists show their treasures around Northside Park in the annual fine art show.

Movies on the Beach, 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays June 28-Aug. 13, beach at 27th Street, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Bring a blanket and a friend for games, and afterwards, relax and watch a movie on the big screen.

Family Beach Olympics, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays June 28-Aug. 10, beach at 27th Street, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Family fun night switches it up each week with tug-of-war, relay races, and sandcastle contests. Who's afraid of a little competition?

Bonfire and Story Hour on the Beach, 9 p.m. Thursdays July 8-Aug. 19, beachfront, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Gather round, young and old, for secrets and storytelling by the fire.

OC Tuna Tournament, July 9-11, OC Fishing Center, Route 50 and Inlet Isle Lane, (800) 322-3065, ocfishing.com. Not as hair-raising as Deadliest Catch but just as entertaining, the Tuna Tournament features live music and good food. The winner goes home with a big fish and up to 500,000 buckaroos.

Captain Craig Swim, July 10, 14th Street on the beach, (410) 289-7556. Show off your backstroke in this mile around the beach. Ginny Craig half-mile swims are also available.

Sundaes in the Park, 6-8 p.m. Sundays July 11-Aug. 29, 125th Street, bayside, (800) 626-2326, oceocean.com, free. Bring your picnic basket and chairs to Northside Park and enjoy the family concert series while munching on delicious ice cream sundaes.

Concerts on the Beach, 8-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays July 14-Aug. 25, North Division Street beachfront, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com, free. Sit back and relax with tunes by tribute bands and local favorites every week by the beach.

Starpower National Talent Competition, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. July 25-29, Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, starpowertalent.com, free. OC hosts one of five Starpower Dance Championships, in which local and national talents strut their stuff.

Jesus at the Beach Music and Ministry Festival, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Convention Center and 7-10 p.m. on the beach, July 26-28, Convention Center and North Division Street on the beach, (410) 289-1296, jesusatthebeach.org. Take the worship outside--to the beach, in fact--as people pray, sing, and dance by the shore. A baptism in the holy sea is planned for Wednesday.

Greek Festival, noon-9 p.m. July 30-Aug. 1, 40th Street and the bay, (410) 524-0990. Become an honorary Greek this weekend, indulge in roasted lamb chops and moussaka, and join the rounds of Hellenic dancing. Kali orexi!

White Marlin Open, 4-9 p.m. Aug. 2-6, Harbour Island, 14th and Bay streets, (410) 289-9229. whitemarlinopen.com, free for spectators. The world's largest billfish tournament offers big money to the one who wrangles in the big fish. Last year's winner was 1,062 pounds--can you beat that?

Ocean City Antique Show, Aug. 13-15, Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, (302) 539-3049, call for hours. Find anything from formal to vintage to shell-encrusted tacky at this antique show by the beach.

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