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By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Jolly Roger Parks is celebrating 50 years in Ocean City on Tuesday with a ceremony at its flagship amusement park on Coastal Highway. Charles "Buddy" Jenkins, the founder and owner, laid the groundwork for Jolly Roger Parks in 1964 when he met renowned golfer Arnold Palmer and collaborated with him to open the Arnold Palmer Putting Course and Driving Range on 30th Street. During the years that followed, Jenkins added several rides and attractions to the property, and in 1974 he acquired the rights to open a second amusement park on Ocean City's downtown pier.
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By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Jolly Roger Parks is celebrating 50 years in Ocean City on Tuesday with a ceremony at its flagship amusement park on Coastal Highway. Charles "Buddy" Jenkins, the founder and owner, laid the groundwork for Jolly Roger Parks in 1964 when he met renowned golfer Arnold Palmer and collaborated with him to open the Arnold Palmer Putting Course and Driving Range on 30th Street. During the years that followed, Jenkins added several rides and attractions to the property, and in 1974 he acquired the rights to open a second amusement park on Ocean City's downtown pier.
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Jacques Kelly | July 26, 2013
I was not prepared for the dramatic and clear view of the Bay Bridge that I had on my recent visit to Edgemere. I went in search of the old Bay Shore amusement park, where Baltimore families once traveled by streetcar to spend the day, and I found a delightful summertime oasis, minus the old carousel, roller coaster and bowling alley. And while many of the 1906 park pavilions and rather grand architectural pieces vanished after World War II, enough survives to satisfy anyone with an amateur's interest in archaeology.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
It was a fantasyland created to celebrate innocent storybook tales, yet it was integrated nearly a decade before civil rights laws demanded it. That was the unusual mix of sweetness and humanity that could be found for decades at the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City. Their sentimental pull still powerful nearly six decades later, the Ellicott City amusement park's figures and structures, which found a second home eight years ago at Clark's Elioak Farm, will soon enjoy yet another revival in the public's consciousness.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1999
About two dozen people -- at times nostalgic, angry and enthusiastic -- attended the first meeting of the Friends of the Enchanted Forest last night at Cafe Bagel in the Lynwood Square shopping center in Ellicott City.The group wants to find ways to revive the abandoned amusement park on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City.The meeting last night gave some who attended an opportunity to share memories of trips to the park as children or parents."It was like coming out to the country to come to a park made for us," recalled Lori Pearson, an Ellicott City resident whose parents drove her to Enchanted Forest from Washington about 30 years ago. "It was special."
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Six Flags America, an amusement park in Upper Marlboro, said Thursday it would introduce its 14 t h major attraction in its water park — a set of six tubes more than six stories tall that can accommodate six riders simultaneously, the company said. The attraction, called Bonzai Pipelines, will open next season within the Hurricane Harbor water section of the park. Visitors will free fall through clear tubing for 50 feet and then slide an additional 200 feet in darkness, the company said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2010
A Randallstown man was sentenced Thursday to serve 15 years for three hold-ups with a sawed-off shotgun in Glen Burnie, one of which he told a friend he would commit so he'd have cash to go to the Kings Dominion amusement park. However, Daniel Hunter Howard, 23, has similar cases pending in Baltimore, Howard and Prince George's counties -- multiple-count indictments stemming from armed robberies last summer, said Anne Arundel County Assistant State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
It was a fantasyland created to celebrate innocent storybook tales, yet it was integrated nearly a decade before civil rights laws demanded it. That was the unusual mix of sweetness and humanity that could be found for decades at the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City. Their sentimental pull still powerful nearly six decades later, the Ellicott City amusement park's figures and structures, which found a second home eight years ago at Clark's Elioak Farm, will soon enjoy yet another revival in the public's consciousness.
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May 26, 1999
SOME ADVICE for visitors to the new Six Flags America Amusement Park in Largo: Make the trip on a weekday.Those who dare visit on weekends should be prepared to sit through traffic jams on roads that lead to Maryland's only big-league amusement park and then to scout for scarce parking. Many visitors defy caution and park on the shoulders and grass along Route 214.So while the new Joker's Jinx roller coaster is not dangerous, getting to it could be.The $40 million expansion of the former Adventure World -- off Central Avenue (Route 214)
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By Jake Fewster, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
The eerie sound of a pipe organ fills the air on Ocean City 's boardwalk as families, couples and solitary fans enter the seaside ride filled with severed heads, torture chambers and other ghoulish delights. Trimper's Haunted House is a vacation staple that has stood in the same location since 1964. But this boardwalk icon is far more than a nostalgic reminder of summers past. The house is an important part of the legacy of Bill Tracy, master of dark rides, those amusement park staples that ferry patrons through interiors where lighting, sound and creative displays are designed to amuse - or terrify.
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Jacques Kelly | July 26, 2013
I was not prepared for the dramatic and clear view of the Bay Bridge that I had on my recent visit to Edgemere. I went in search of the old Bay Shore amusement park, where Baltimore families once traveled by streetcar to spend the day, and I found a delightful summertime oasis, minus the old carousel, roller coaster and bowling alley. And while many of the 1906 park pavilions and rather grand architectural pieces vanished after World War II, enough survives to satisfy anyone with an amateur's interest in archaeology.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
The wooden roller coaster and the Dixie Ballroom are long gone. Gone, too, from Gwynn Oak Park is the merry-go-round where a toddler in a pink dress took a historic spin on a summer afternoon a half-century ago. That simple pleasure, a first for a black child at the formerly segregated Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, had become possible just weeks earlier in 1963 when hundreds of black and white protesters thrust Baltimore into the national spotlight...
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
Even as an experienced sailor, Peter McChesney said that racing the J/70 gives him a different kind of thrill. The 223/4-foot boat, the newest design of Rhode Island-based J/Boats, which began building its line in the late 1970s, will be the most popular entry in the prestigious Annapolis National Offshore One-Design (NOOD) Regatta Series, which will be held Friday through next Sunday. The third leg of the six-race series is expected to attract an estimated 1,000 sailors, with the top prize being a trip to the Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Championship in the British Virgin Islands in November.
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By Bob Allen | December 29, 2012
For many Carroll residents, a visit to the Pleasant Valley Christmas Train Garden is a touchstone of the holiday season that brings them back year after year. And each year for the past 30 years, there have been others who discover the garden's magic for the first time and make plans to return to the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company station in pastoral hamlet of Pleasant Valley for a visit the following December as well. Mike Chrest, of Union Mills, a long-time volunteer firefighter, has been the principal curator and keeper of the roughly 18- by 18-foot HO-gauge train garden, which casts a warm glow in the dimly lit gallery-sized room where it is housed.
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By Jake Fewster, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
The eerie sound of a pipe organ fills the air on Ocean City 's boardwalk as families, couples and solitary fans enter the seaside ride filled with severed heads, torture chambers and other ghoulish delights. Trimper's Haunted House is a vacation staple that has stood in the same location since 1964. But this boardwalk icon is far more than a nostalgic reminder of summers past. The house is an important part of the legacy of Bill Tracy, master of dark rides, those amusement park staples that ferry patrons through interiors where lighting, sound and creative displays are designed to amuse - or terrify.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Six Flags America, an amusement park in Upper Marlboro, said Thursday it would introduce its 14 t h major attraction in its water park — a set of six tubes more than six stories tall that can accommodate six riders simultaneously, the company said. The attraction, called Bonzai Pipelines, will open next season within the Hurricane Harbor water section of the park. Visitors will free fall through clear tubing for 50 feet and then slide an additional 200 feet in darkness, the company said.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1998
You can tell Glen Echo Park is alive in the glint of the carousel lion's eye, the shrieking laughter of children at a puppet show, the whirling gracefulness of couples waltzing in the ballroom.But the peeling paint, rotting wooden pillars and boarded-up windows remind you that the century-old park on the Potomac River Palisades in Montgomery County is dying, too.And that's the quandary for the owner, the National Park Service: too expensive to save, too beloved to bulldoze.Glen Echo Park is part of the social fabric of the Washington suburbs and beyond.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Daniel Ewald says he's ready when and if zombies ever take over. His Hampden home is fitted with solar panels to provide power in case he needs to be locked away. His partner is a former Eagle Scout with survival skills galore. And the two have honed their "Zombie Apocalypse" training with video games such as "Zombies Ate My Neighbors," "Dead Island" and the "Resident Evil" series. "We could survive the first wave," the 28-year-old said with a chuckle. Should the zombie apocalypse strike, self-described zombiephiles such as Ewald are ready.
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By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
Every year, new restaurants, stores and other attractions pop up on the Delaware shore. This year is no exception. The list below is a sampling of some of the more interesting places that have recently opened their doors, as wel as some beach standbys. Rehoboth Beach What's new Little Egg Harbor Soap, 129 Rehoboth Ave., lehsoap.com. This is the third location and the first in Delaware for the New Jersey-based fancy-soap retailer, founded in 1997. The shop sells blocks of house-made soaps in attractive colors and scents, as well as sugar scrubs, lip balms and lotions, all made with all-natural, nonanimal ingredients.
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