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November 29, 2009
Event with chorus lines, singing and holiday lights takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday in the auditorium at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane. Tickets are $10. Call 410-313-2856 for more information.
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NEWS
September 17, 2014
Our words weren't exactly, "Let's put on a show," but they could have been. Maryland Public Television is forever grateful to PBS, the "Great Performances" series and our colleagues at WNET in New York for responding to our 2012 invitation to join us in putting on a show to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner in Baltimore in 2014. For two hours last Saturday night and with the tremendous support of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Dick Clark Productions, Pier Six , Star-Spangled 200, Inc., The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Fort McHenry, the National Park Service and others, we were pleased to present "Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem" as a national MPT production for the PBS system.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2014
If you glanced at the sky lately, you will understand why the Baltimore Symphony made this call. Here's the statement: Due to this evening's weather forecast, the July 3 performance of Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge has been canceled. All tickets and parking passes for tonight's performance will be honored tomorrow evening, Friday, July 4. Please contact the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 for more information. Please note that both winners of the “O, Say Can You Sing?
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will split her time Tuesday between working from home and at City Hall as her health continues to improve after a brief hospitalization over the weekend, her spokesman said. Spokesman Kevin Harris said Rawlings-Blake would resume her public appearances Wednesday. She has been in regular contact with her senior staff and Cabinet and is making decisions, he said. "The mayor is continuing to work a modified schedule that is not as heavy on public appearances and speaking engagements," Harris said in a statement.
NEWS
May 24, 1995
Now that President Clinton has made the difficult decision to close Pennsylvania Avenue to traffic for security reasons, authorities should make the best of what could be a great opportunity. Washington is a city of spectacular open spaces, like the Capitol grounds, the Ellipse behind the White House and the Mall connecting the Capitol and Lincoln Memorial. A plaza in front of the White House, linking it with Lafayette Square across the street, could be one of the grandest of all.There's plenty of precedent and experience in Washington for turning eyesores into pleasing vistas.
TRAVEL
By RICHARD C. ALBINS | January 15, 2006
No other country captures my soul quite like Switzerland. Its spectacular mountains, industrious people and idyllic villages are true wonders. In July, my wife and I traveled through Germany, Austria and Switzerland - for our second time in 10 years. I was still captivated. This time, we stayed in a small lodge in Emmetten, a village not far from Lucerne that is nestled on the side of a mountain. Although it had rained most of the night and was still raining when we got up, I was determined to venture out on my own before breakfast to get a picture of the town from a higher vantage point.
FEATURES
By Jay Clarke and Jay Clarke,Knight-Ridder News Service | September 5, 1993
Bergen, Norway--Composer Edvard Grieg never missed an opportunity to visit Norway's extraordinary fiord country."I have never experienced anything like it," he wrote after one summer visit to the Hardanger fiord. "The surroundings seemed to come from a fairy tale world."Indeed, Norway's fiordscapes are so spectacular that they seem to mesmerize visitors. Tourists stand transfixed on chilly ferry decks or atop icy mountains, simply gazing upon these happy meetings of land and water.What they see are long, sinuous channels of water winding between rock walls so steep that not even grass will grow on their faces.
NEWS
By Thomas H. Maugh II and Charles Piller and Thomas H. Maugh II and Charles Piller,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 7, 2004
NASA's Spirit rover has sent back the clearest, sharpest picture ever taken on the surface of another planet, a "spectacular" postcard from Mars that is two to three times as sharp as similar photos from the earlier Viking and Pathfinder missions. The photo shows about one-eighth of the Gusev Crater region around the lander, but it is already providing researchers a great deal more information than the black-and-white images returned a day earlier. It "is spectacular, but this is not the best this camera can do," said James Bell of Cornell University, who was in charge of the camera's development.
NEWS
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1996
Flash! Comet Hale-Bopp is not being escorted through the solar system by a hollow alien spacecraft four times the size of the Earth.That's the bad news.The good news is that the comet is on course for a spectacular springtime display. It should provide backyard astronomers with a nighttime show at least as good as the naked-eye appearance by Comet Hyakutake in March.Hale-Bopp is sure to be the highlight of a 1997 astronomy calendar that also promises a near-total eclipse of the moon in March, and a striking lineup of planets in late December.
TRAVEL
By Special to the Sun | July 31, 2005
A Memorable Place The subtle and spectacular in S. Dakota
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
The Baltimore Running Festival consistently generates about $40 million in economic impact each year, according to official estimates, and at its peak, the Grand Prix of Baltimore pumped $47 million into area hotels, restaurants and stores. Organizers of 2012's Star-Spangled Sailabration say that weeklong event poured even more money - about $166 million - into the local economy. But city officials say this week's Star-Spangled Spectacular - which marks 200 years since troops in Baltimore beat back a British invasion and the national anthem was written - could surpass all those totals.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Far from the smoothest production imaginable, and a little too reminiscent of a typical, lightweight PBS fundraiser, the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert Saturday night at Pier Six nonetheless delivered a decent level of entertainment for a sizable, enthusiastic crowd. In his opening remarks, the host, actor John Lithgow, called the program "a tribute to a great national treasure, American music. " That meant mostly the pop side of the musical spectrum, of course, since this event was nationally broadcast and nothing too classical would likely have been approved.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | September 13, 2014
One of the biggest events in Baltimore history is going down this weekend. Here's what you need to know to make the most of the Star-Spangled Spectacular.  What is it? Star-Spangled Spectacular is a 10-day festival to celebrate the 200th birthday of the national anthem. It starts Wednesday Sept. 10 and ends Tuesday Sept. 16. The events will be centered on the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry in Locust Point. What about the rain? As of noon Saturday, organizers said all events were scheduled to go on as planned including the fireworks.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
More than a million visitors were expected to land in Baltimore this past week to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," many of them from out of state and in need of a place to stay. Across the city, hotels have pushed deals and patriotic specials, leaned on their staffs to memorize long lists of Star-Spangled Spectacular events, and brushed up on their own place in Baltimore history in an attempt to lure the War of 1812 buffs streaming into town.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
As school assemblies go, this one was a winner. Austin Machin listened to a Blue Angels pilot speak for an hour at the Dundalk and Sollers Point high schools Friday, walked out and said, "I am at a loss for words about how awesome that was. " The 16-year-old wants to join the Navy SEALs right out of high school, and for him, the pilot was about as good a recruitment tool as he could imagine. Students from Dundalk and Sollers Point had dozens of predictable questions for Blue Angels pilot Lt. Mark Tedrow, who is in town for the Star-Spangled Spectacular, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of what would become the national anthem.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Clouds, a few rain showers and cool temperatures are forecast for the Star-Spangled Spectacular festivities around Baltimore into this weekend. The celebrations are expected to start with some humid and possibly stormy weather. Uncomfortably humid air, cloudy skies and likely storms are forecast Thursday, the first day visiting tall ships will be open for tours. A 60 percent chance of storms is expected Thursday afternoon and evening. About a quarter of an inch of rain is possible, and some storms could be severe.
TRAVEL
June 25, 2006
On a visit in January to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, I was standing on the beach watching a spectacular sunset when this beautiful sailboat came across the horizon. I grabbed my camera and captured the moment. Ralph Mirarchi Fallston
SPORTS
February 20, 2007
There was a day when basketball fans could count on the NBA All-Star Game for a good show. Was it the purest evocation of Dr. Naismith's creation? No. But it at least had the feel of an epic playground faceoff, with the best players in the world showing off their most spectacular stuff and playing actual defense at key junctures. Sunday night's "contest," on the other hand, had little to do with real basketball. The defense was so absent that the spectacular moves didn't seem spectacular.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Some of the Chesapeake region's culinary stars will have their own Inner Harbor showcase during Star-Spangled Spectacular, the free festival commemorating the bicentennial of the national anthem. Presented by Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and the developer Scott Plank, the Chesapeake Bay Demo Kitchen & Brew Garden will offer a busy schedule of chefs, brew masters, wine makers and cider makers in the  The  Harry D. Kaufman Pavilion at Rash Field.  From Friday through Sunday, such notable chefs as Gjerde, Bryan Voltaggio (Aggio)
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Myrtle Sanders was just a month old when she and her mother visited Fort McHenry with thousands of others to form the Human Flag in 1914 - 100 years after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. On Tuesday, the 100-year-old Lochearn resident was back, along with 6,600 schoolchildren, teachers and others from across Maryland to form the Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag, a visual kickoff for the seven-day Star-Spangled Spectacular festival commemorating the national anthem's bicentennial.
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