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December 4, 2000
Do you have a dazzling display of holiday lights outside your home? Does your neighbor? In mid-December, LIVE will run its annual guide to the best displays of residential holiday lights in the metro area. If you know of a display that should be included, e-mail or fax us. Describe the display in detail and give the address and directions to the display from a major road. Include your name and daytime phone number in case we have questions. Sorry, but we can't visit every home or confirm receipt of every suggestion.
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By Mary K. Tilghman | December 4, 2012
Holiday lights, carols and traditional foods are just the things to create a festive mood this month. But for the adult child who recently lost a parent, a longtime member of a couple whose spouse has died, or the family facing an empty chair at their traditional gathering, there may not be much fa-la-la-la-la in late December. The psychological stress of the holidays, often a time of raised expectations, is especially painful for a family in mourning, said Robert Rubinstein, a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, whose research has focused on loss and grief for older adults.
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By Alan J. Heavens and Alan J. Heavens,McClatchy-Tribune | December 9, 2006
Choosing decorative holiday lighting was much easier (though, perhaps, less safe) in Colonial times, when candles were the only option. These days, there are enough choices to make your head spin - not a good idea if you're standing on a ladder. Need to know: With about 300 styles of Christmas lights on the market, it's a good idea to decide at the outset just what you'll be illuminating, and then figure out how that translates into yards and yards of bulbs and wires. That way, you'll buy just what you need (and maybe an extra string)
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November 16, 2012
Despite superstorm Sandy's best efforts, Hampden's Halloween festivities this year would not be derailed. Postponed, sure, but not canceled. So instead of the annual Hampden festival taking place Oct. 31, it took place the following Saturday, Nov. 3. And the change in time seemed to have very little impact on the turnout of trick-or-treaters or those entering in the costume contest. The winners this year, by age group and category, are: Ages 2 and Under: Adrianna Torres as a Scarecrow (Funniest)
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By PAT BRODOWSKI | December 21, 1994
The holiday hurry slows to a crawl during December nights. There is good reason to pause, for houses and gardens throughout North Carroll have become painted in light.In just about every neighborhood, every manner of door frame, fence post, sidewalk, or tree, even the school bus on Route 482, has received a mantle of colorful light bulbs.A drive through the streets of Robert's Field at night is sure to inspire oohs and aahs.With enthusiasm high for holiday lights, members of the social committee of the Robert's Field Homeowners Association cruised their neighborhood to pick out the houses that are showiest at night and during the day.The committee has marked six homes for merit and granted the holiday decorator of each a gift certificate to Cranberry Mall.
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By JOANNA DAEMMRICH and JOANNA DAEMMRICH,SUN REPORTER | December 18, 2005
Only a few days before Christmas, the little town of Lonaconing is not quite as merry as usual. And it's a lot less bright. While nearby towns sparkle with lights, this tiny coal-mining community in the mountains of Western Maryland lies still and sparsely decorated. Unless you count the blowup Grinch on Main Street. Some locals put up the Grinch as a prank - and a protest - after a utility pole dispute forced the town to abandon its 68-year tradition of stringing colored bulbs across Main Street.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,SUN STAFF | November 14, 2002
What's the best part of the holiday season? Some say the gift-giving and receiving. Others say the food and drink - what with all those delectable sweets, rich egg nog and hot cider. Still others say the holiday music is really what makes the season. (Who hasn't belted out "Feliz Navidad" along with the car radio?) Then there are those who insist that the dazzling lights and sparkling sights are the highlight of the holiday season. As for me, I'm with them. Already, as the sun races to set so very early and the leaves hurry themselves off the trees, the holiday lights are coming up, all over.
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By Stephanie Citron, Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
Where does a highly acclaimed Baltimore chef like to escape when she has the opportunity to temporarily hang up her apron? If you are Cindy Wolf, there's no better place than Paris. As often as possible, Wolf sneaks away to "the world's best food city" to gain new inspiration for her Baltimore restaurants, Petit Louis Bistro, Pazo, Cinghiale and Charleston. She first visited Paris, briefly, in 1985 while on a backpacking trip. She returned for her honeymoon in 1994 and has been going back ever since.
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December 27, 2011
Submitting sports notices The deadline for submitting sports copy is 9 a.m. Monday. We prefer email (howardcountysports@patuxent.com). Questions? Call 410-332-6578. Volksmarch Baltimore Walking Club is sponsoring a volksmarch Dec. 30 through historic Hampden, the light displays on 34th Street and surrounding neighborhoods and Roland Park. The event is open to the public and free without AVA credit. AVA credit is available for $3. The start point is 711 W. 40th Street at The Rotunda, near the food court between 4 and 6 p.m. A flashlight is recommended for parts of the walk and the walk must be completed by 9 p.m. There will be both 5k and 10k trails.
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By Hannah Moulden, Special To The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2011
Fairfax, Va. Direct from Beijing The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China, one of the largest acrobatic and circus acts in the world, are making a stop at George Mason University's Center for the Arts this weekend as part of their North American tour. The company is known for displaying astounding flexibility and agility by using a variety of household objects, such as tables, ladders and plates. Sure, they want to entertain, but the acrobats also perform to honor the ancient Chinese tradition that combined deep cultural roots and dramatic folk art. The performance is in the concert hall at George Mason's Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Friday . Tickets are $24-$48.
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By Tiffany Arnold, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown | December 5, 2010
Anyone who has ever wondered what kind of people leave their Christmas lights up all year, meet the Morgans, the kind of neighbors you'll either love or hate. About seven years ago, Mary and Richard Morgan decided they weren't going to take down their Christmas lights. Ever. Traditionalists — those appalled at the thought of putting up Christmas lights any sooner than Thanksgiving and leaving them up beyond New Year's — would probably consider what the Morgans have done as something akin to sacrilege.
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December 7, 2008
Where:: 4 1/2 hours southeast of Baltimore When:: Through Jan. 1 What:: More than 250 nautical- and holiday-themed light displays, including Christmas crabs, jumping dolphins, surfing Santas and a three-story Christmas tree, will shine over the boardwalk during this annual event. Visitors can drive along the boardwalk and view the sea of lights, which stretches from Second Street to 33rd Street. Don't miss the "12 Days of Christmas" section. A free CD of holiday music is provided to each car, offering the perfect accompaniment to your drive.
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By Algerina Perna and Algerina Perna,Sun Photographer | December 16, 2007
When I got a positive answer to my request to photograph the annual holiday lighting of the historic Washington Monument in Mount Vernon and the spectacular display of fireworks that accompanied it, I was both excited and a little apprehensive. The pressure was on to record this Charm City ritual for the front page on deadline, and to shoot video for The Sun's Web site. I set up a tripod for the still camera in an 11th-floor room at the Peabody Court Hotel at the west side of Mount Vernon Square, an often-used vantage point for photographing the monument.
FEATURES
December 8, 2007
Lights on the Bay, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Drive through two miles of an illuminated display that features more than 70 lighted scenes. Proceeds benefit the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Now through Jan. 1. Hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily. $12 per car; $50 per bus. This year, Lights on the Bay will offer a $15 3-D entrance package that includes two pairs of Holospex 3-D glasses while supplies last. Sandy Point State Park, western end of the Bay Bridge, Exit 32 off U.S. 50/301. For more information, call 410-481-3161 or go to aahs.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN REPORTER | November 30, 2007
As you're decorating the house for the holidays, you might notice a little warning label on the strand of lights you're hanging on the window. The label most likely says the lights may contain lead, a known neurotoxin that can be hazardous to your health, or in some cases, deadly. But before you toss those lights out and rush out to buy new ones, realize that regardless of whether the lights are made in China or not, most holiday lights contain some level of lead. The risks, however, can be reduced by washing your hands thoroughly after handling the lights.
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