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By Evan Siple | July 8, 2014
Oh, the swelter we know oh-so-unfondly as summer in Baltimore. 105 heat index? Check. Freak rainstorms? Double check. Comically oversized, fruity, refreshing cocktails? Thankfully, that's a triple check. Hampden's own Hon Bar has you covered with its cocktail list, all of which are available in standard or "party" sizes, with the Pink Flamingo (have you seen Cafe Hon 's exterior?) being our drink of choice in Size Enormous. The Pink Flamingo, as assembled by bartender Lisa Davis, is unabashedly fruity - consisting of Bacardi Black Razz, Triple Sec, cranberry juice and a dash or three of lemon and lime juice.
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By Evan Siple | July 8, 2014
Oh, the swelter we know oh-so-unfondly as summer in Baltimore. 105 heat index? Check. Freak rainstorms? Double check. Comically oversized, fruity, refreshing cocktails? Thankfully, that's a triple check. Hampden's own Hon Bar has you covered with its cocktail list, all of which are available in standard or "party" sizes, with the Pink Flamingo (have you seen Cafe Hon 's exterior?) being our drink of choice in Size Enormous. The Pink Flamingo, as assembled by bartender Lisa Davis, is unabashedly fruity - consisting of Bacardi Black Razz, Triple Sec, cranberry juice and a dash or three of lemon and lime juice.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff | February 16, 2003
Instead of seeing pink crabs in the window display at the Pink Crab in Ruxton, you'll see a couple of flamingos wearing pearls. It's just as well. The flamingos do an admirable job of hinting at the loud yet ladylike Lilly Pulitzer clothing and accessories you'll discover inside. And there's stuff for men and kids too. Here preppy is a good thing and there are loads of pink and green to prove it, not to mention those wild Lilly prints fashioned into teeny tiny bathing suits for infants or bigger ones for dads.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Zajdel, a popular Canton cosmetologist who was a maestra of the shag, beehive, French twist and teased hair for decades, died Aug. 24 of cancer at Mercy Medical Center. The longtime Highlandtown resident was 67. Jacqueline Mary "Jackie" Zajdel was born in Baltimore and raised on Old North Point Road in Dundalk. She graduated in 1962 from Sparrows Point High School. "When she got out of high school, hairstyling was what she wanted to do, and she worked in a couple of shops in Dundalk," said her brother, Edwin "Zip" Zajdel, who lives in Joppa.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Sun Staff Writer | October 10, 1994
If you were one of the adventurers who passed through Ledbetter's bar in the early days of the Fells Point hippie era, you may remember Paul Swift. He was the guy dancing naked on top of the bar."Paul ended every night like that," said Mary Vivian Pearce, who starred with Mr. Swift in several of Baltimore director John Waters' early movies. "I guess he did it for the same reason he always wore 400 bracelets."Mr. Swift, best remembered for his role as the Eggman in the Waters' classic "Pink Flamingos," died of AIDS Friday at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.
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November 28, 2003
In the spirit of the annual shopping hysteria that traditionally kicks off today, the Today section has scoured catalogs and online sites for one-of-a-kind gifts that say a lot about both giver and recipient. We'll feature these items, ranging from the utterly tasteless to the nearly useful, occasionally through Christmas Eve. Happy shopping! Let's face it: It doesn't take long for the holiday season to grow old. It wasn't long after Labor Day that Christmas-themed CDs by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra were playing in every shop you visited.
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By Rosemary Knower and Rosemary Knower,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 5, 1998
In Japan, there are shrines to serenity in the garden. In England, classical statues in languid poses dot the sward. But for sheer, exuberant craziness, it's hard to beat the lawn ornaments of the United States. Nowhere else could you find such a confluence of strangeness. Miniature windmills jostle bending Amish couples with their underwear improbably exposed to the gaze of passers-by. St. Francis shares space with courting frogs. Concrete ducks trail miniature offspring across the grass, and gnomes beam benevolently from the petunias.
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August 2, 2000
What's for dinner Flamingos filter water with their beaks to eat tiny algae, insects and shrimp. On One Leg Flamingos have long legs for wading, long necks and small heads. Their large wings make them good flyers. Their feet are webbed for swimming and for stirring up the mud to find food. In the wild, flamingos live in large flocks (groups of birds) and build their nests with mud. You do it: Wing Salute Spread your arms to the side and fold them in again like wings. Learn more! Visit the Lesser, Chilean and Caribbean flamingos at The Baltimore Zoo. Read "Mrs.
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By Sun Staff | October 3, 2001
Female Trouble, the 1975 cult extravaganza from Baltimore's most notorious favorite-son filmmaker, John Waters, opens today at the Senator Theatre in a print that Waters promises is spiffier than ever and fuller than any available before, unless you bought six different video versions in various foreign countries and spliced them together. Female Trouble was Waters' follow-up to the outrageous 1972 film Pink Flamingos. The story is one of crime, beauty, and the depths of tragedy and comedy to which both can lead.
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By Michael Pakenham | February 18, 2001
"What Makes Flamingos Pink?" by Bill McLain (HarperCollins, 318 pages, $24). The answer, of course, lies in what they eat. This is a resplendent cornucopia of information, much of it odd, some dramatically unexpected, a great deal utterly useless except for the delight to be found in the epiphanic discovery of memorable trivia. For golfers, the first recorded hole-in-one was hit by Tom Morris Jr. in the 1868 Open Championship. Nearly 50 percent of all bank robberies take place on Fridays.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2010
Usually, Honfest is a celebration of kitsch, from beehives to cat's-eye glasses. This weekend, the annual Hampden festival will be honoring a different Baltimore icon. "It was all about the beehive," said Honfest founder Denise Whiting. "This year, it's all about the bird." Whiting is referring to the giant pink flamingo affixed to the front of her restaurant, Cafe Hon. It was there for years, until the city demanded Whiting take it down or pay an $800 "minor privilege fee" last fall.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | November 19, 2009
The bird is back. Or, rather, a new and improved fiberglass pink flamingo has come to roost on the fire escape above Hampden's Cafe Hon, replacing the chicken-wire-and-bedsheets bird that was shooed away by a city code inspector last month. After a compromise was worked out with City Hall, an $800 "minor privilege" fee imposed to allow the bird to stay perched over the city sidewalk was cut in half. Cafe owner Denise Whitney then ordered up a new bird. She unveiled it Wednesday night with music, searchlights and another bit of only-in-Baltimore marketing genius.
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October 24, 2009
The decision by Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting to take down a sculpture of a pink flamingo that had been on the side of her building rather than pay a fee to the city for a minor use permit sparked varied, and passionate, reactions from readers of The Sun editorial board's blog, baltimoresun.com/secondopinion. I am really, really sad to see the Cafe Hon flamingo go, but I kind of agree with the fact that she really should have had to pay the minor privilege tax. $800 is a lot, but she saved $5,600 over the last seven years that she didn't have to pay the fee, and it's part of the price of doing business.
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By Jacques Kelly and Annie Linskey and Jacques Kelly and Annie Linskey,Jacques.kelly@baltsun.com and Annie.Linskey @baltsun.com | October 22, 2009
Mayor Sheila Dixon made what appeared to be conciliatory remarks on Wednesday about Hampden's pink flamingo flap. "I know probably my agencies are not going to like my comments, but I was really disappointed that we didn't reach out to the flamingo and work with the" owner, Dixon said. Cafe Hon's owner, Denise Whiting, removed the large pink flamingo that hung above her restaurant on 36th Street early Tuesday rather than pay $800 for a permit that would have allowed the sculpture to continue to hang over the public sidewalk.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | October 21, 2009
A Hampden restaurant owner's decision to disassemble an oversized flamingo rather than pay a newly imposed annual tax is being lamented by many in the business district where the big bird hung overhead for seven years. But others call the controversy a silly distraction. Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting, working with the artist who constructed the bird from bedsheets and wire, removed the flamingo from her fire escape before dawn Tuesday, several weeks after the city Department of General Services assessed her $800 in annual charges.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | October 13, 2009
A pink flamingo that adorns Cafe Hon in Hampden has become an icon in the neighborhood. But a city inspector has determined the sculpture, erected about seven years ago as part of a holiday display, needs a license or will have to come down. Denise Whiting, who owns the popular restaurant at the corner of 36th Street and Roland Avenue, calls the sculpture, made from chicken wire and a bed sheet, "public art." "It never crossed my mind I'd need a permit," she said. "Are there permits for all the sculptures around the harbor?
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By Patrick Ercolano and Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff | September 6, 1991
Pink flamingos awaited the new bishop.As Bishop George Paul Mocko went to his Towson office yesterday for the first time as the leader of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, pink flamingos lined the sidewalk in his honor.The display had been placed by a friend who had been the victim of a previous Mocko prank. The friend, an avid gardener, had awakened each day for a month to find plastic pink flamingos perched amid his beloved flora.Eventually he discovered the source of the flamingo infestation: Mocko.
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By TIM WARREN THE MIDNIGHT HORSE. Sid Fleischman; illustrations by Peter Sis. Greenwillow Books. 84 pages. $12.95. Ages 8 and up | February 3, 1991
A MORNING FOR FLAMINGOS.James Lee Burke. Little, Brown. 294 pages. $18.95. Things got too personal and too rough for Dave Robicheaux when he was a homicide detective in New Orleans. He got mixed up with the wrong crowd and lost a career, a wife and most of his soul. Now he's back in New Iberia, La., working in the police department and trying to nurse the many wounds he's accumulated from a broken childhood, a tour in Vietnam and 30 years of finding solace in the bottle. But he gets no peace.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | July 12, 2008
On a quiet, wooded street of well-kept homes, Erin Alban's front yard is a sight to behold - but for all the wrong reasons, her Howard County neighbors said. Stuffed animals and signs, some with religious slogans, cover virtually the entire yard, the house and the carport. Used-car-lot-style pennants run between trees. Plastic reindeer. Smiley faces painted on the driveway. Lampshades tied to bushes. And, protruding from what had been the mailbox support, a bent plastic middle finger.
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