J.M. Giordano


Photos: The 2019 One Caribbean Carnival parade to Clifton Park


Hundreds from around the area came out to Northeast Baltimore this weekend for the Baltimore/Washington One Carnival, an annual celebration of Caribbean music, dancing, food and culture for the Baltimore and D.C. region.

What We Make Now: Silversmith Henry ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins III


Henry “Hoppy” Hopkins III is a second generation silversmith. He’s also one of the last in a city where names like Stieff, Kirk and Schofield used to be known throughout the country as makers and maintainers of the silver trade. Some, like Stieff, remain only as words on the building the company once occupied.

“I’m the only one left in Baltimore City, that I’m aware of,” says Hopkins from the workbench of his shop hidden away in a 130-year-old carriage house in Mt. Vernon. “I’ve had a few apprentices, but they usually leave when they learn how much time they’ll have to spend in the buffing room.”

What We Make Now: Pure Chocolate by Jinji


Welcome to the photo series What We Make Now. If you live in Baltimore, you may hear people on social media say “Baltimore used to make things” or “The city doesn’t make things any more.”

This series was created to show that nothing could be further from the truth. Baltimore’s traditional industries–iron working, steel fabrication, candy-making, silversmithing, brewing, distilling, textiles–are all still here and, in some cases, thriving. In this series, I’ll be looking at the modern-day factories and industrial spaces in the city where things are still made, with some guidance from the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Look for a new gallery twice a month until Labor Day.

Photo gallery: The 2019 Preakness Stakes in black and white


The Preakness is much more than two minutes of tension and energy. It’s stable hands bathing horses in the morning light, fans in big hats and the ritual awarding of a silver vase. By stripping the event of color, I hope the black and white forces viewers to concentrate on the subjects of the most important two minutes in Baltimore sports.

Photo gallery: Crowns of Black-Eyed Susan Day

Photo by J.M. Giordano.

As is tradition, attendees at Black-Eyed Susan Day, the Friday party before the Preakness Stakes, wore their best spring hats to Pimlico Race Course. Here are pictures of some of the best hats and fascinators.

Pimlico track detectives make sure the whole Preakness operation is on the level

Pimlico track detective Gary Yamin. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

The office smells like cigar smoke and horse. It’s not his cigar, though; the quality stogie belongs to a swell outside on a break from placing bets.

Gary Yamin doesn’t smoke. He sits behind a small desk with maps on the wall and maps in front of him and an icon of the Virgin Mary tacked to a bulletin board for prayers and luck. Yamin is Pimlico’s track detective, and he’s getting ready for the biggest, longest two days on the local racing calendar.

He’s a police vet, hitting the beat with the Baltimore Police Department for his 20 years, and a local. Parents are from Park Heights, the area he patrolled as a cop and his base at the track during the racing season.

Pop’s Tavern, a bastion of country music, heads to auction later this month

The neon signs of Pop’s Tavern light up the night. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Since 1928, Pop’s Tavern has served as a country music beacon in Sparrows Point, sitting at the corner of Wise Avenue and North Point Boulevard with multiple neon signs glowing late into the night.

The same lights could soon go out forever, as “Baltimore County’s Oldest Bar” heads to the auction block on May 28.

“It’s time,” said Deb Maxwell, manager and the daughter of the current owner, Patricia “Mom” Gawlik. “I can’t keep doing this seven days a week with no vacations.”

Charm City Smoke Fest and Grim Reefer Fest in photos

Glass blower Andrew Glasgow at Baltimore’s Charm City Smoke Fest

In celebration of 4/20, a few hundred weed enthusiasts and merchants, as well as the curious, packed into the Charm City Smoke Fest in Station North. Up at Ottobar, bands specializing in doom metal, stoner rock and psychedelic rock kicked off the night-long  Grim Reefer Fest at 4:20 p.m.

Check out our photos.

2019 Orioles Opening Day in photos


Orioles fans showed up to the home opener at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in their best attire. Whether it was foam fingers or full-on orange suits, fans got gussied up to watch the home team return after a 4-2 road trip to start the 2019 season.

Here are our photos from the pre-game parties outside the stadium.

The Asia North Festival’s underground night market in photos


The group Charm City Night Market, along with Motor House, hosted a three-day celebration of Asian and Asian-American culture this weekend at Motor House on North Avenue. Organized by Central Baltimore Partnership, Towson University Asian Arts and Culture Center, Motor House, Charm City Night Market and Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, Saturday night culminated with an “underground” night market in Graffiti Alley with Asian cuisine, drinks and music from DJ Shawn Smallwood.