Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Celebrating America is the highlight of my year.
Independence Day—or the Glorious Fourth, if you like—is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. There is no artifice to the Glorious Fourth, no need to comply with societal pressures to consume 10 percent of GDP or pretend to enjoy the company of layabout relatives. No one stresses over the Fourth of July. Christmas is months' worth of planning and shopping and news about the state of the economy or religion or the secular state viewed through the prism of a holiday. This is not a concern come Independence Day. Typical planning session, on or about July 2: American 1: “Hey, the Fourth is coming up. Want to come over and grill?” American 2: “Sure. I’ll bring the beers.” American 1: “And after it gets dark, we’ll blow something up! Then have …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dundalk's Independence Day Parade kicks off at 8:15 a.m. from the Logan Village Shopping Center; fireworks begin between 9 and 9:15 p.m.
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- Marge Neal
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The 37th annual Heritage Fair, Dundalk's three-day celebration of America, finished its run on July 1. But there's still plenty of Fourth of July fun to be had in Dundalk. While fair volunteers are catching up on some much-deserved rest, Independence Day parade and fireworks volunteers are gearing up for their big moments. The 78th annual 4th of July parade, with the theme of "Welcome Home Our Troops," will kick off at about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday from the Logan Village Shopping Center parking lot. The prcession will travel north on Dundalk Avenue, east on Belclare Road, north on Liberty Parkway, west on Dunglow Road, west on Dunmanway, north on Shipping Place, east on Shipway, north on Admiral Boulevard, south on Liberty Parkway and end at …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Sean Caskey and Christopher Sufczynski, a pair of 20-year-old college runners, swept the top two places at the annual July 4 run.
Two 20-year-old runners from Dundalk swept the top spots at the annual Heritage Independence 6K earlier this week. Sean Caskey hit the tape with a winning time of 20:38, averaging a 5:35-mile pace over the 3.72-mile run that starts at the Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk and traces much of the annual parade route through town to Heritage Park. Caskey bested Christopher Sufczynski, also 20 and from Dundalk, who took second place with a time of 20:57. Caskey, a Calvert Hall College High School graduate, runs track and cross country at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg. Sufczynski, an Eastern Tech grad, is a distance runner at Salisbury University. Zach Sell, 22, also of Dundalk, finished in the top 10, posting a time of …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A photo gallery of the Dundalk Heritage Fair – and the wedding proposal from the judge's stand.
At the conclusion of the 2011 Dundalk Heritage Parade, Dennis Connery walked up to the viewing stand. He came to the stage, asked for the microphone and proposed to the "love of my life," Danielle, standing in the crowd across the street. She accepted. "Not a dry eye in the house," said Bill Barry, one of the parade's emcees. In the first photo, Connery puts an engagement ring on his new fiancee. In the second photo, he's making his proposal over the speakers with Barney Wilson, the other emcee, looking on.... There are 13 categories in the Dundalk Heritage Parade, as well as The Parade Theme and Dundalk Heritage Youth Award. The winners of the 2011 Dundalk Heritage Parade are as follows: Category: Antique Fire Engines 1st Place: Michael …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
This year's Dundalk Heritage Fair attracted the most people ever, according to a fair board member.
You would’ve thought Dundalk might have been a bit exhausted after three days of the Heritage Fair, an early morning 6K Monday and the big Fourth of July parade. Not at all. One of the great things about the annual Fourth of July fireworks display in Dundalk is all the peripheral activity in the sky. Over the years, the neighborhood displays have become more elaborate and amateur fireworks were flying all over yesterday afternoon and evening. The Fourth of July weekend, a continuous four-day celebration this year, finally came to a close Monday night with a fireworks at the North Point Government Center. Highlights of the fair this year included exciting performances from The Guess Who on Saturday and Eddie Money on Sunday night. Even the …
Monday, July 4, 2011
Tracing the history of Independence Day from 1776 and forward.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…” The words above are some of the most powerful that have ever been written. That first line on a piece of parchment changed world history back in 1776 and they continue to do so centuries later. With one simple document, The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and his radical, revolutionary comrades laid the foundation for the birth of a new nation which would go on to become the most powerful country in the world. Although the “Shot heard ‘round the world” was fired on April 19, 1775 just as the sun was rising in Lexington, Massachusetts, thus beginning the American Revolutionary War, …
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Vendors at the 2011 Dundalk Heritage Fair run the gamut from food, to crafts to non-profit groups.
Kim Ross has provided seafood dishes at the Dundalk Heritage Fair since 2001. Her business, Ross's Crab House on North Point Road, features a colossal crab cake which she’s brought out to the fair this year, along with coddies, clam boats and fries. Ross used to sell at many fairs, but now she limits her efforts to the Heritage Fair because it’s a definite profit maker, “and in this economy, that’s always something you have to think about,” she said. Part of the success of her stand, said Ross, involves the support of the fair’s planning committee. “They are so helpful and so accommodating. They work with the vendors to make it as easy as possible,” she said. It’s much more than selling a product, however, Ross explained. “The point of …
The author and his family make their annual pilgrimage to the Dundalk Heritage Fair, sharing their fair favorite eats.
The Dundalk Heritage Fair offers some of the best food vendors in the region, but navigating the many different sights, smells and tastes the the fair has to offer can be a tricky task. Who serves the most the most tender pit beef sandwich? The freshest homemade sausages or the crispiest french fries? Let me guide you on your taste adventure around the Heritage Fair. In order to get the best meal possible at the fair one must visit several different stands. My go-to meal at the many fairs my children and I attend throughout the year is the rare pit beef sandwich. A tradition born in Baltimore, pit beef is our region's answer to BBQ. The top-round cut of beef is grilled, not smoked like Kansas City BBQ. The beef develops a dark char of bark…
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Founded in 1976, the annual Heritage Fair become a can't-miss institution over the years for the author and his family.
Walking into the Heritage Fair each year always turns back the clock for me. Growing up in Old Dundalk, I can remember going to the fair every year since I was five years old. The excitement I felt when the fair banner went up over Dunmanway, and as the fencing magically appeared around Heritage Park and Dundalk Elementary School, was only equaled by the roar of the fire engines and boom of the fireworks on the Fourth of July itself. Attending the Heritage Fair is not only my family’s tradition; it's a tradition for the entire community. Entering Heritage Park this year, there is a feeling of comfort in knowing the fair “standards” will be there: the enormous Stage I, on Shipway, the crowded and joyous carnival section, the arts and crafts…
The Mahoney Brothers, a Beatles tribute band and local favorite, packed the main stage area after official ceremonies opening the renovated Heritage Park gazebo and kicking off the fair.