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The Star Spangled Banner Flag House Header

Philadelphia may pride themselves on being home to Betsy Ross, but Baltimore has their own flag maker. Baltimore native Mary Pickersgill’s flag not only flew over Fort McHenry in one of the most important battles in the War of 1812, but her 15 stars and 15 stripe creation inspired the penning of our National Anthem.

Little Italy is the proud home of The Star Spangled Banner House and Museum. In the early days of the War of 1812, General George Armistead asked Ms. Pickersgill, a master military flag maker, to create a flag so large that the British could see it flying high when they approached the Fort up the Chesapeake Bay. Ms. Pickersgill, along with her family, started sewing in their tiny row house, built in 1793. The flag became so large that she later had to finish in the basement of the neighboring brewery. Today, the home-turned-museum grants a unique look into how such the large and iconic flag, 30 by 42 feet, was no easy feat in such a small home.Mary Pickersgill

Although the actual flag hangs in preservation at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, there’s a lot to explore throughout the Flag House. When entering the Pickersgill home, visitors meet Mary and her family in an interactive experience as they make their way through the family heirlooms that fill the rooms, transporting visitors back in time. In the museum next door, visitors are treated to a theater experience and galleries with even more history about Baltimore in the War of 1812. Make sure to check out Ms. Pickersgill’s built-to-scale “American flag window” in the courtyard between the two museums that displays a replica of the historic flag.

Want to know more about Mary and her flag? Check out The Star Spangled Banner Flag House online and become an expert before the Star-Spangled Sailabration!

The Star Spangled Banner Flag House

The Star Spangled Banner Flag House

844 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

    

Source: flaghouse.org

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Sports Legends Museum

Long before nicknames like “the Sultan of Swat” and “the Babe,” George Herman Ruth, Jr. was a bright-eyed, Baltimore-born ballplayer. Even though Babe played the majority of his major league ball for the Yankees, his storied career is cataloged and on display in Baltimore at the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum.

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum ExteriorThe museum is made up of several exhibits, such as the 500 Home Run Club and the Historic House. It even boasts the small upstairs bedroom where Ruth was actually born on February 6, 1895. Located just a long fly ball away from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the museum can easily be found by following the 60 painted baseballs on the sidewalks leading from the ballpark to the museum’s front door.

Looking for a more comprehensive Baltimore sports experience? Opened in May 2005, the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards is home to everything from horse racing to the Baltimore Colts, the Blast to the Ravens, and the Terps to the O’s. Located inside the historic Camden Station (Abe Lincoln stopped here en route to his 1861 Inauguration,) the Sports Legends Museum is every fan’s ticket to history. With interactive exhibits, one of a kind memorabilia, and frequent appearances by Baltimore sports icons, Sports Legends Museum is a must-see for any fan.

Want to know more? Check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museum on their official homepage or follow along with their social media profiles below.

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends MuseumBabe Ruth Birthplace Museum
216 Emory Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Neighborhood: Ridgely’s Delight
     
Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards

301 West Camden Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Neighborhood: Camden
     

Source: baberuthmuseum.com

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Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race

Nobody has more “moving” art than Baltimore! Want proof? This Saturday, May 5, the 14th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race from the American Visionary Art Museum pits human-powered works of art against one another in a grueling race across land, through mud, and even through the waters of the Inner Harbor. Constructed from a multitude of spare parts, these peddle-powered pieces of art can be piloted solo or by a team. Pilots (Kinetinauts) compete for the most coveted “Mediocre Award” (given to the sculpture that finishes in the middle) or the highly prized “Next-to-the-Last Award,” as well as more serious prizes, like best-of Art and Engineering.

Kinetic Sculpture Race ParticipantAfter the opening festivities (including the “Blessing of De Feet,”) the race begins at 10am in front of the American Visionary Art Museum. The race is free for spectators anywhere along the nearly 15-mile course, which takes the participants through Federal Hill, Patterson Park, Canton and more.

Check out the Kinetic Sculpture Race on AVAM’s homepage or follow along with their social media profiles below.

American Visionary Art Museum HomepageAmerican Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
Neighborhood: Camden

     

If seeing is believing, have a look at this Kinetic Sculpture Race preview from the AP:

Source: avam.org

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Baltimore Orioles 2012

April in Baltimore means three things: 1. blue crab season opens, 2. the start of neighborhood street festivals, and 3. Orioles Baseball. We can practically hearthe roar from section 34 now as the 2012 Birds prepare to take the field this Friday, April 6 against the Minnesota Twins for Opening Day. Adding to the excitement, “the stadium that changed baseball,” Oriole Park at Camden Yards, celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year with ceremonies honoring team greats like Frank Robinson, Arnold Palmer, and Cal Ripken Jr. (among others,) stadium improvements, commemorative logo stamped baseballs used during all O’s home games, new food venues available on gamesdays and more.

But before the first commemorative ball is put into play, fans will be treated to a variety of Opening Day pregame events such as musical groups roaming Eutaw Street and the main concourses, God Bless America complete with the large 15 Star American flag from Fort McHenry in center field, and the 2011 Golden Glove presentations to Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis. Make sure you’re in your seats for the ceremonial first pitch, as Rick Sutcliffe is set to throw to Chris Hoiles, the starting pitcher and catcher from the ballpark’s debut two decades ago, April 6, 1992.

Want to know more? Check out the Baltimore Orioles on their official homepage or follow along with their social media profiles below.

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National Great Blacks In Wax LogoOriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street
baltimore.orioles.mlb.com
Neighborhood: Camden

     

Source: baltimore.orioles.mlb.com

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National Great Blacks In Wax

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum in Baltimore is America’s first wax museum committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history with the presentation of over 100 life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry.

In 1983, Dr. Elmer and Joanne Martin founded the Great Blacks In Wax Museum in downtown Baltimore with 21 wax figures to highlight the stories that make up the African-American experience. They began traveling with the figures and setting up exhibits in schools, shopping malls, and churches. In 1988, they opened their museum on North Avenue, making their mark in Black History with wax figures and scenes including Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Langston Hughes and a full scale model of a slave ship.

In this Visit My Baltimore video, Dr. Martin talks about what visitors can expect when they tour the museum and the significance of the exhibits on display.

Want to know more? Check out The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum homepage and related profiles below.

National Great Blacks In Wax LogoThe National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
1601 E. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21213
www.greatblacksinwax.org
 
Neighborhood: East Baltimore

     

Source: greatblacksinwax.org

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Visit My Baltimore Favorites Bracket

March is an exciting time in Baltimore. St. Patrick’s Day brings the green, Spring brings the flowers, and Visit My Baltimore brings the brackets! From Food & Drink to Pop Culture, Landmakrs and Famous Faces, we’ve taken some of Baltimore’s most iconic things and pitted them against one another for ultimate bragging rights. Click the bracket below to view the matchups and then visit our Facebook page to cast your votes. Let the madness begin!

Source: baltimore.org

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Baltimore Hsitoric Ships Constellation

From fighting the Transatlantic slave trade to performing daring rescues on the Chesapeake, the Historic Ships in Baltimore boasts some of the most impressive and historically relevant ships in the world. Visitors can expect a “hands-on encounter with history” as they tour these floating museums throughout the Inner Harbor.

USS TorskBaltimore’s Historic Ships Tour consist of four vessels and the Knoll Lighthouse, with all of the attractions just a short walk from one another. The USS Constellation (pictured above) was constructed in 1854 and is the last all-sail warship still afloat in the United States.  The USS Torsk (to the right) is one of two Tench Class submarines still in the US and is credited with firing the last shot of WWII. The USCGC Taney, known as “The Last Survivor of Pearl Harbor”, is one of two Treasury-class Coast Guard Cutters still afloat. The LV116 Chesapeake is a survivor of two hurricanes and worked to guide ships in and out of the Chesapeake Bay port. The Seven Foot Knoll was built in 1855 and is the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland. Visitors are encouraged to plan a visit and hop aboard the historic ships, speak with the crew members, and explore a collection of roughly 50,000 objects, photographs and historical documents pertaining to the ships.

Want to learn more about Historic Ships in Baltimore? Visit their website to begin your next adventure and follow along with their social media profiles below.

Historic Ships in Baltimore LogoHistoric Ships in Baltimore
Neighborhood: Inner Harbor
301 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

   

Source: historicships.org

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Toby's Dinner Theatre Wizard of Oz

With locations in Baltimore and Columbia, Toby’s Dinner Theatre combines award-winning live performances with equally satisfying dinner options. Featuring countless Broadway favorites as well as original musicals, Toby’s has provided a deliciously different theater-going experience to Baltimore’s performing arts scene since 1979.

To find out more, we spoke with theatre founder Toby Orenstein:

Visit Baltimore: What can visitors expect when they see a show at Toby’s?

Toby Orenstein: “We have a wonderful professional cast and over and over again we hear the comment this was as good as any show I have seen on Broadway. The biggest difference you will find is the cost and we pass the savings onto the customer. For the quality, it is the best theatre value you will find.”

VB: What are some of the “must-see” performances this season?Toby'd Dinner Theatre Hairspray

Toby: “They are all must-sees! When you look at our line up in both our Columbia and Baltimore theatre you will see that there is something for everyone. When we make our show selections we are conscious of choosing shows to satisfy everyone’s taste. We always make sure that each season we have a show that will make it enjoyable to introduce a child to theatre. What better way to do that, then at Toby’s where they can get close to the stage and meet the actors.

VB: For a night out, why Toby’s?

Toby: For an extremely reasonable price you not only get a world class theatre experience, but your meal is included in the price too. We have a 25 item salad bar, a huge buffet and carving station, a choice of desserts and a make your own ice-cream sundae bar. Our two theatres offer two different experiences. The Columbia theatre is in the round and our Baltimore theatre is proscenium styled, more like a traditional theatre. But the best part is, your server is also one of the actors on the stage, so you get to meet the talent up close too. It’s Deliciously Entertaining!”

Want to learn more about Toby’s Dinner Theatre? Visit their website for an upcoming schedule, or follow along with their social media profiles below.

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park LogoToby’s Dinner Theatre
Best Western Hotel and Conference Center
5625 O’Donnell Street, Baltimore MD 21224

       

Source: tobysdinnertheatre.com

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Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park

Dedicated as a national heritage site, the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park celebrates the accomplishments of African American entrepreneurs throughout the history of Baltimore’s maritime industry. Located in historic Fell’s Point where the cobblestone streets meet the water, the views from the park are some of the best in the city, making the park a hotspot for outdoor events and weddings.

With 5,000 square feet of gallery space divided into permanent exhibits, exhibitions, and interactive learning centers, the maritime park highlights the lives of Frederick Douglass and Isaac Myers, the founding of the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company, as well as the establishment of an African American community in Baltimore in the 1800s. Visitors are welcome to explore the park and galleries on their own or schedule a guided tour where they can learn to caulk, build boats, and participate in many other family oriented activities.

Find out more about the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park by visiting them on the web at douglassmyers.org or follow along with their social media profiles below.

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park LogoFrederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
Neighborhood: Fell’s Point
1417 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

   

Source: douglassmyers.org

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Baltimore Buzz Brigade

We are looking for a few proud, loud Baltimoreans to represent this great city with pride, honor and cool travel tips. For your brave efforts in spreading the Baltimore love you will earn exclusive access to Baltimore events and attractions, and be featured as an expert on Baltimore.org.

Do you possess a deep love for this great city? Do you want to help convince people to visit, and give advice about what to do once they’re here? If so, fill out the application before February 12, 2012, and find out if you have what it takes to call yourself a Baltimore Buzzer. For more information and to apply now, check out: http://www.baltimore.org/pages/b3

Source: baltimore.org