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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Staff writer | December 24, 1991
At Severn School, dreams of a "White" Christmas have become a reality.The Admirals' veteran boys lacrosse coach, Rob White, finally has come home.After spending the past 10 months in Fort Bragg, N.C., with his Special Forces unit in support of Operation Desert Storm, White returned Saturday to a seasoned squad with hopes for another big year -- just like the ones they used to know."
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
Those sappy carols have it all wrong. "Let it Snow" and "White Christmas" and all the rest lead us to think snow makes this time of year more magical. But in reality, nothing messes up holiday plans in Baltimore like a good snowfall. Churches and schools postponed holiday concerts and plays after this week's double helping of snow. Luncheons and galas were rescheduled. Even the Mayor's Christmas Parade in Hampden was canceled Sunday for the first time in its 41-year history.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
Forecasters are predicting a gradually increasing chill in the air over the next 10 days, bringing weather cold enough for snow around Christmas. But the odds of a White Christmas are still relatively slim. The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to slide about 10 degrees downward from where they are starting this week with highs in the mid-50s. Highs are expected to reach the mid-40s with lows around freezing by this weekend, according to the weather service's five-day forecast . Forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center in College Park are expecting slightly above-average chances for cold temperatures and some precipitation for the weekend through the day after Christmas.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
There should always be room for an old-fashioned burst of holiday entertainment, free of complicated thoughts or challenging philosophy, well stocked with song and dance. "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," now at the Hippodrome, fits the bill nicely. To be sure, it does place a few demands on audiences. For a start, you have to suspend all cynicism and stifle the urge to groan at obvious jokes and turns of plot. Not that there is much of a plot. And you have to be open to some second- or third-drawer Berlin ditties along the way. Once you accept those terms -- if I can do it, you can do it -- you might be surprised how remarkably easy it is to enjoy this snowflake-thin variation on the let's-put-on-a-show business that goes with vintage musical comedy territory.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Anyone interested in time travel need not settle for an episode of “Dr. Who.” You can be whisked back to the 1950s in a flash just by catching the production of “Irving Berlin's White Christmas” at the Kennedy Center. You have to check a lot of baggage first, though. For a start, you can't take aboard any prejudices against mid-century musicals with snowflake-thin, surprise-free story lines and songs that do nothing to advance the plot or provide character insights. You also can't carry on your usual cynical antipathy to cornball humor, tap-dancing routines or precocious kids onstage.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
There should always be room for an old-fashioned burst of holiday entertainment, free of complicated thoughts or challenging philosophy, well stocked with song and dance. "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," now at the Hippodrome, fits the bill nicely. To be sure, it does place a few demands on audiences. For a start, you have to suspend all cynicism and stifle the urge to groan at obvious jokes and turns of plot. Not that there is much of a plot. And you have to be open to some second- or third-drawer Berlin ditties along the way. Once you accept those terms -- if I can do it, you can do it -- you might be surprised how remarkably easy it is to enjoy this snowflake-thin variation on the let's-put-on-a-show business that goes with vintage musical comedy territory.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2011
Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia is offering what has become a seasonal favorite — Irving Berlin's "White Christmas, The Musical" in evening and matinee performances through Jan. 8. Not just another holiday show, "White Christmas, The Musical" is also a celebration of the American popular song as defined by its prolific composer Irving Berlin. The show gives us with such favorites as "Blue Skies," "I Love a Piano," and "How Deep is the Ocean," along with introducing lesser-known Berlin tunes.
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BY ROBIN BENJES | December 24, 2012
As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, December 27, 1962: Harford Countians awoke to beautifully snow-covered grounds on Christmas morning. Snow began falling before daybreak early in the morning, making it truly a White Christmas. Safe crackers made off with more than $1,000 in cash and merchandise from the Livezey Lumber Company on Route 40 in Aberdeen. The thieves entered the building by breaking two windows in the rear of the building. They proceeded to the second floor where they broke into four different safes.
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By GILBERT SANDLER | December 18, 1990
IF YOU live in Baltimore and are dreaming of a white Christmas, the chances are slim. The last white Christmas here was in 1966. Since then, it's been wet and it's been warm; it's even been cold and icy. There's even been a touch of snow.But if you have in mind the kind of white Christmas Irving Berlin set to words and music -- well, it hasn't happened much in Baltimore.But in 1966 it did.Christmas that year was on a Sunday, and all day Friday and into Christmas Eve, snow was predicted for Saturday.
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December 24, 1991
By a margin of 62 percent to 37 percent, callers to SUNDIAL would prefer to see snow on the ground on Christmas. Of 217 callers, 135 wanted a white Christmas, and 82 didn't."
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
When Live Arts Maryland music director J. Ernest Green conducted the season-closing "Light & Life" classical concert in April, it was a performance that seemed impossible to surpass. Yet the classical season opener, the "Dona Nobis Pacem" concert performed Nov. 8 and 9 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, managed to rival it. Once again, Green and the 160 voices of the Annapolis Chorale, accompanied by the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, produced a bright sound to enthrall near-capacity audiences.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Few holiday movies give such cinematic chestnuts as "It's a Wonderful Live" and "White Christmas" a real run for their money, but, every now and then, one takes off. In 1983, it was the wry, nostalgic "A Christmas Story. " Twenty years later, it was the cute, disarming "Elf" with Will Ferrell. Like "A Christmas Story," "Elf" was transformed into a musical about three years ago and has enjoyed a good deal of success. The show, which tells the story of a sweet, super-naive orphan named Buddy who is raised in the North Pole and travels to New York in search of his father, has played Broadway a couple times since 2010.
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BY ROBIN BENJES | December 24, 2012
As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, December 27, 1962: Harford Countians awoke to beautifully snow-covered grounds on Christmas morning. Snow began falling before daybreak early in the morning, making it truly a White Christmas. Safe crackers made off with more than $1,000 in cash and merchandise from the Livezey Lumber Company on Route 40 in Aberdeen. The thieves entered the building by breaking two windows in the rear of the building. They proceeded to the second floor where they broke into four different safes.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Anyone interested in time travel need not settle for an episode of “Dr. Who.” You can be whisked back to the 1950s in a flash just by catching the production of “Irving Berlin's White Christmas” at the Kennedy Center. You have to check a lot of baggage first, though. For a start, you can't take aboard any prejudices against mid-century musicals with snowflake-thin, surprise-free story lines and songs that do nothing to advance the plot or provide character insights. You also can't carry on your usual cynical antipathy to cornball humor, tap-dancing routines or precocious kids onstage.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
Forecasters are predicting a gradually increasing chill in the air over the next 10 days, bringing weather cold enough for snow around Christmas. But the odds of a White Christmas are still relatively slim. The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to slide about 10 degrees downward from where they are starting this week with highs in the mid-50s. Highs are expected to reach the mid-40s with lows around freezing by this weekend, according to the weather service's five-day forecast . Forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center in College Park are expecting slightly above-average chances for cold temperatures and some precipitation for the weekend through the day after Christmas.
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By Gregory Rodriguez | December 25, 2011
Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Although the wistful tune soothed homesick soldiers in such God-awful places as Guadalcanal more than half a century ago, and no doubt it still plays in Kandahar today, Berlin most likely wrote what he called "the best song that anybody's ever written" somewhere in the sunny Southwest, probably while sitting by a swanky hotel swimming...
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By Dan Berger | December 10, 2001
Anyone caught denouncing military tribunals will be a defendant in one, by order of the attorney general. The steel industry may go to the devil, but Congress is on the verge of nationalizing baseball to save its present employment. Bethlehem and U.S. Steel may bond into an alloy. Psst, buddy, wanna be chancellor of the University System of Maryland? Dream of a white Christmas.
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December 21, 2011
It's Christmas and the song of the season that first pops into my head shouldn't be Elvis Presley crooning "Blue Christmas. " But it is, even though I'm not blue at all. Far from it, but that's the only Christmas song I can think of whenever I drive through downtown Havre de Grace. The only other words that come to mind are: "Attention, Kmart shoppers, the Blue Light Special…" It's Christmas and the song of the season that first pops into my head shouldn't be Elvis Presley crooning "Blue Christmas.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2011
Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia is offering what has become a seasonal favorite — Irving Berlin's "White Christmas, The Musical" in evening and matinee performances through Jan. 8. Not just another holiday show, "White Christmas, The Musical" is also a celebration of the American popular song as defined by its prolific composer Irving Berlin. The show gives us with such favorites as "Blue Skies," "I Love a Piano," and "How Deep is the Ocean," along with introducing lesser-known Berlin tunes.
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