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Looking for ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Baltimore? Here are three options: Juneteenth Museum Tour: Journey to Freedom with the Reginald F. Lewis MuseumThursday, June 18 | 7 PM – 8 PM | Virtual Begin the Juneteenth holiday on a freedom journey with Harriet Tubman, the greatest freedom seeker of all times. Online visitors will travel virtually to scenic historical sites on the Eastern Shore traveled by Tubman and others with a virtual tour and talk with Alex Green, Owner and Tour Guide of Harriet Tubman Tours. This program is presented In partnership with the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center. MORE Annapolis Juneteenth Music Festival (Pictured)Saturday, June 19 at 12 Noon | Annapolis City Dock To kick-off the festival, a parade will take place to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday featuring community-based civic organizations, marching bands, dance squads, floats, and more. The parade will begin at the Annapolis City Dock…

So, most of us are over the cacophony of dive-bombing cicadas; however, there are a select few planning to stick around until August and we’re loving it! We’re talking about the cicada art sculptures that have ‘flown in’ around Baltimore and central Maryland as part of the Cicada Parade-A. The Cicada Parade-A is a large-scale collaborative art project organized by Formstone Castle Collective, celebrating Brood X. There are tons of Cicada art projects – many of them sculptures – that you can see all over Greater Baltimore and the Central Maryland area! Check out Cicada2021.com to find Cicada creations near you and go on an art hunt! Cicada art will be on display through the end of summer. Pictured is artist Summer Blake and her cicada creation, Symphonia. Summer writes: “Symphonia invites us to explore rather than resist life’s extraordinary mysteries, and to remember that we each have a unique…

Baltimore author and illustrator Joyce Hesselberth has a NEW book… and it’s perfect for the pint-sized naturalists in your life! Joyce, the award-winning creator of Mapping Sam and Pitter Pattern, introduces young readers to everything there is to know about trees in Beatrice Was a Tree. This gorgeously illustrated informational picture book is an exceptional choice for your home library and a beautiful gift! “When it’s time to go to bed, Beatrice imagines how much fun it would be to stay outside with the trees all night long. If she were a tree, she would have a trunk and branches and lots of leaves. Her roots would reach deep. She would catch the morning sun with her limbs and cradle a bird’s nest in her branches. And when the air turned crisp, Beatrice would wait patiently for spring.” Enjoy Beatrice Was a Tree ‘al fresco’ at The Ivy Bookshop’s new…

Looking for a great new restaurant to try or dish for take-out? Make sure you’re subscribing to Charm City Cook’s FREE (and ad-free!) newsletter. Amy Langrehr (aka Charm City Cook) created the newsletter as a way of supporting the struggling restaurant community during the pandemic. Each week, she shares news, specials, and more. It’s our secret to knowing where and what to eat! Sign-up through the Charm City Cook website. The email comes out each weekend! Photo by Amy Langrehr.

Laura Lippman has done it again! She has returned to the NY Times’ Best Seller list with her new novel, Lady in the Lake. Set in the 1960’s in Baltimore, the novel is a modern psychological thriller with elements of classic noir. Despite taking place 50 years ago, in an era without social media, internet, and 24/7 media coverage, the themes in the book – racism, homophobia, sexism – are current and could be ripped from today’s headlines.

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