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.
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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2011
Atlantic City, N.J. Borgata Spa Experience It's important to take time to pamper yourself. For an ultimate week of relaxation, head to Atlantic City for the Borgata Spa Experience. Hailed as one of the best spa destinations in the world, the Borgata is offering discounted treatments, hotel packages and events at Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa at the Water Club. The spa offers free seminars and demonstrations all week, as well as massages by Spa Toccore, skin consultations by G.M. Collin and Epicuren and make-up lessons by Jane Iredale.
May 12, 2011
More than 600 students left William Paca Elementary on the city's east side Thursday and marched to Patterson Park for a field day. While they played, about 300 volunteers descended on their school to paint, carpet, tile and landscape. Those not assigned a renovation task organized kids' activities in the park. The student lounge underwent a makeover that turned its dark walls pale blue. Volunteers cleaned the library shelves and recataloged the books. They refurbished the stage in the assembly room, replaced ceiling tiles, repaired the scoreboard in the gym and planted flowers in the outdoor gardens.