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Star-Spangled Sailabration This Weekend

American Flag2Millions of visitors will attend the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore this weekend.

2012 marks 200 years since the United States took on Great Britain in the War of 1812, protesting Britain’s attempt to restrict our trade and prevent our efforts to expand.  There were many costly defeats for our young country, but we sucessfully repulsed British invasions in the key ports of New York, Baltimore and New Orleans.

During the battle for Baltimore, Francis Scott Key penned a poem that became lyrics of our National Anthem as he watched “the rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air” over Fort McHenry.  Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Sailabration celebrates the 200th birthday of our National Anthem and kicks off Maryland’s Star-Spangled 200, a three-year state-wide commemoration of the War of 1812, a war that has been dubbed “Our Second War of Independence.”  

Birthdays and anniversaries come and go, but each is a “once in a lifetime” event.  There won’t be a repeat if you miss this event, so come to Baltimore in the next few days to enjoy the festivities planned for the Star-Spangled Sailabration.

 

Tall ship (Pride of Baltimore)

Air Show – Watch five high-precision aviation acts between 1–4 on Saturday and Sunday over the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, including a 45-minute performance by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.  Fireworks and musical performances will follow the air show.

Tall Ships – Tour more than 40 ships from nations around the world, through June 18.  Ships berthed at the Baltimore Inner Harbor and Fell’s Point are open for tours from 11-6 p.m.  Vessels berthed at North Locust Point will be open for tours from 1-5 p.m.  This photo of the Pride of Baltimore arriving in the Baltimore Harbor was taken yesterday by my husband from a window overlooking the harbor. (Click to view map)

Festival Villages – Enjoy everything from live entertainment to hands-on fun for kids throughout the festival in these Star-Spangled Sailabration Villages: Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Martin State Airport.   

Concert – Attend the world premier performance of a Star-Spangled Symphony on June 17, 2012 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The 90-minute musical celebration includes the world premiere of Overture for 2012, composed by Philip Glass and performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of music director Marin Alsop.  Tickets are only $15, thanks to the sponsorship of PNC Bank.

 

How to get there:  I’m guessing that traffic in Baltimore will be a nightmare and parking will be nearly impossible, so why not take rail transportation to the Star-Spangled Sailabration

For Crofton residents, I suggest you board the Light Rail at BWI – just follow the signs when you get to the area. Before you head downtown, though, be sure to check out the official website of the Star-Spangled Sailabration for details about the hundreds of events, schedules, locations, and more.  

 

 

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Crofton Community Planting Day

June 2, 2012, was a community planting day for local residents to particiapte in completing a rain garden on the north side of Crawford Boulevard, behind the front gate to Crofton.

Planting Day 6.2.12The objective of this project is to mitigate storm water runoff which ultimately reaches and damages the Chesapeake Bay.  Community leaders and environmental experts have been talking about this for years, and the project gained momentum over the past two years. Finally, a grant came through for funding the project and Crofton Village Garden Club donated $3,000, raised through a fashion show and high tea in 2010. 

Construction began in May, after the design was approved.  With over 400 plants to go in the ground, however, an army of volunteers was needed to finish the job.  Here is a photo of the activty on Saturday, as those volunteers got to work on a beautiful sunny day.  (Photo by Joanne O’Malley)

It will be interesting to watch as the plants grow and the Crofton rain garden takes shape.

 

 

 

 

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Junior Golf at Crofton Country Club

Junior Golf News

Crofton Country Club Head Golf Pro Fred Ryder reported that Evan Santa captured the CAGT (Capital Area Golf Tour) Championship this past weekend with a 1 up victory over Fairfax, Virginia, Freshman David Rebil.

Evan had qualified for the match play competition two weeks earlier after capturing Medalist honors (71-69) during stroke play competition over at Glen Dale Golf Course. Those honors propelled him into the number one (#1) seed. The match play finals were played this past weekend out at Avenol  Country Club. His steady play, calm demeanor and consistency led the South River Freshman to his biggest career win.

Crofton is proud to count Evan among its growing list of junior players who continue to make their mark in the competitive sand trap of junior golf.  Way To Go Evan!  We sure are proud of our Junior Golfers who continue to dominate the headlines in Junior Golf in the Mid Atlantic.  Keep up the great work!

Junior Club Memberships Available

Crofton Country Club offers a Junior Golf Membership which provides children and teens the opportunity to be an individual member. The cost is only $145. Contact Membership Director Traci Denhart at (410) 721–3111 for more information about the privileges and restrictions of a junior membership, and tell her that Margaret Woda referred you.

Junior Golf Registration Meeting

A meeting for parents of junior golfers will take place tomorrow night, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at Crofton Country Club. This meeting will provide program information for the Junior Instructional League, Junior Interclub League, Junior Golf Academy, golf course etiquette and the rules of play.  This meeting is mandatory for the parent of any junior golfer who wants to participate in the 2012 Junior Golf Program at Crofton Country Club.

Crofton 2012 Junior Instructional League Calendar
June 6 Registration Night (Mandatory for Parents of Junior Golfers)
June 20 Skills Assessment Day
June 27 Clinic – skills practice
July 4 Course Closed- Club Event
July 11 Clinic – skills practice
July 18 On course experience
July 25 On course experience
August 1 Clinic – skills practice
August 8 On course experience
August 11 End of Season Party
Crofton 2012 Junior Interclub League Calendar

June 6 Registration Night (Mandatory for Parents of Junior Golfers)
June 9 Turf Valley
June 16 Hunt Valley
June 23 Rolling Road
June 30 Towson (2 Kid Scramble)

Crofton 2012 Junior Golf Academy Calendar

June 6 Registration Night (Mandatory for Parents of Junior Golfers)
July 24-26 Age Group 6-10
August 7-9 Age Group 11-16

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Crofton Junior Golf Summer Schedule

Crofton 2012 Junior Instructional League Calendar
CCC - 12th teeJune 6 – Registration Night (Mandatory for Parents of Junior Golfers)
June 20 Skills Assessment Day

June 27 Clinic – skills practice
July 4 Course Closed- Club Event
July 11 Clinic – skills practice
July 18 On course experience
July 25 On course experience
August 1 Clinic – skills practice
August 8 On course experience
August 11 End of Season Party

Crofton 2012 Junior Interclub League Calendar
June 6 Registration Night (Mandatory for Parents of Junior Golfers)
June 9 Turf Valley
June 16 Hunt Valley
June 23 Rolling Road
June 30 Towson (2 Kid Scramble)

Crofton 2012 Junior Golf Academy Calendar
June 6 Registration Night (Mandatory for Parents of Junior Golfers)
July 24-26 Age Group 6-10
August 7-9 Age Group 11-16

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National Pinball Museum Now Open

A new day-trip destination for Crofton residents opened in January… the National Pinball Museum, which relocated to Baltimore from its previous site in the D.C. area.

The pinball museum houses more than 100 pinball machines, including 19th century pinball precursors, vintage woodrail games and other favorites.

“Pinball is more than just a game,” according to the Visit Baltimore website, ”it’s a scrapbook of American tradition and folklore, a looking glass of culture, a pleasure-filled journey winding its way through a marriage of art and technology.”  For most of us, playing pinball recalls fond memories of rainy days during beach vacations with the family or hours of fun spent with friends at the local hangout, after school.

The 12,000 sq. ft. National Pinball Museum includes exhibit spaces, classrooms and workshops, a state-of-the-art restoration lab, library, and a gift shop, in addition to the machines that are available for “pay to play.”  Nearby, you can dine at the World Famous Baltimore Inner Harbor or Power Point Live, “Baltimore’s premier dining and entertainment desination.”

Winter hours are limited to weekends, 12–8 on Friday and Sunday, and 10–8 on Saturday. Tickets range from $12–$25, and memberships offer an ever better deal, from $50–$80 for unlimited all-day access.

Opportunities are available for flexible, dependable and interested adults who would enjoy volunteering as technicians, docents, instructors, researchers, and support staff. Volunteers will receive discounts on admission, workshops and merchandise, and one free game in the Pay-to-Play area for every hour of volunteer servce at the Museum.

The National Pinball Museum is located at 608 Water Street in Baltimore, MD 21202. According to Google Maps, this is just 24.5 miles and 38 minutes from Crofton, Maryland.

Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Margaret Woda

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