August 20, 1996
HAZARDS OF the trade: In my last column featuring Baltimoreans who have gone on to fame in Hollywood or New York, Peggy Obrecht reminded me that I left out Remak Ramsay: "Remak, the late Carrie Ramsay's oldest son, is usually on Broadway in any given season. He just finished a successful run in 'The Heiress.' He is best known for the TV commercial he did for Noxzema. He's shaving while this Swedish model is whispering, 'Take it off, take it all off.'"Herbert Shofer called to tell me that I left out "Baltimorean Michael Tucker.
April 14, 1993
A homemade birthday cake used to mean colored candles and sugary decorations that broke before you could get them arranged.Now, the supermarket stocks all sorts of materials for the amateur cake decorator, from colored sugar to canned icing with dinosaur sprinkles.And that's just the cake aisle. The candy and cereal sections yield more possibilities, from marshmallows to Froot Loops.Cut-up cakes -- sheets or layers cut and reassembled into fanciful shapes -- provide the ideal canvas for the cake-cupboard artist.
January 15, 1995
Historic birthday parties will take place Thursday through Saturday in Lexington, Va., to celebrate the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (Thursday) and Stonewall Jackson (Saturday).Lexington contains homes, colleges, churches and the final resting places for both generals. Activities include a Founder's Day Convocation at Washington and Lee University Thursday; a birthday cake bake-off and party at Campbell House and a slide lecture Friday; free tours and birthday cake at the Stonewall Jackson House and a wreath-laying ceremony by cadets from Virginia Military Institute at his grave Saturday.
August 26, 2009
The forecast calls for snow and ice. At least that's what Baltimoreans seemed to prefer in the blistering weather last week. When humidity pushes the heat index beyond 100 degrees, snowballs and ices provide sweet relief. Each year, hot new flavors cool crowds. Anika Cunningham, 25, whose pink hair and purple-rimmed eyeglasses could be modeled after a snowball split between cotton candy and grape, says she started working at Hamilton's One Sweet Moment snowball stand when she was 8 years old. The stand - more of a snowball rowhouse where customers crowd a carryout window on the porch - opened 17 years ago. Back then, the menu featured 14 flavors; customers can now choose from more than 100 regular flavors and more than 100 specialty flavors, many of which, Cunningham says, she created herself.
May 1, 1999
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- What a mess.What a jumbled, incomprehensible, beautiful mess.The Kentucky Derby is never anything less than an equine and human circus, but this year's 125th running is taking the theme to a new extreme.There are geldings, fillies, a battery-charged horse, a female trainer, an Arab sheik, Bob Baffert's possible threepeat and, well, let's not forget about the owner who met his wife when she jumped out of a birthday cake.Oh, and there's no clear-cut favorite, either."You can't say the Derby is boring this year," trainer Nick Zito said yesterday on a cool, clear morning at Churchill Downs.
September 19, 2002
When the Baltimore Public Works Museum celebrates its 20th birthday on Saturday, there will be no typical party. Instead, the museum is marking the occasion with a Heavy Metal Birthday Bash, offering guests a chance to interact with the machines that keep the city clean. Equipment including a dump truck, a line-painting machine and a fire engine will be on site for guests to climb aboard and operate (in some cases). Kids can wear uniforms, gloves and hard hats and pretend to be workers.