Take a peek at the pictures and see who would be your choice if you could cast a vote before the real panelists — Maria Dennis, show host on radio station 106.5, Hillary Geisbert, style editor at Baltimore magazine, and Janelle Diamond, Editor at Baltimore Bride — take over.
Welcome to our occasional series The Mom Blog by Baltimore Fishbowl contributing photographer Lee Kriel. Lee has been shooting Sartorial Baltimoreal, our feature on personal style, for the past two years. Her captivating blog on mothers and motherhood can be found here, but she has agreed to let us re-publish it below for our readers. -The Eds.
meet sue mead. a mom raising two beautiful, active girls with her lovely husband alex. the mead family had some challenges early on when their oldest daughter julia was diagnosed with cancer at the age of three. avery was just turning one. julia is now in remission and sue and her family continue to help those in need, especially by supporting families who are making the same transition they made years ago as they embarked on living with cancer. one way is by organizing a swim-a-thon each summer to raise money for child life at johns hopkins children’s center as well as arranging meals for families who find themselves in the hospital over thanksgiving and christmas. she gathers all the neighborhood kids and encourages them to get sponsors and swim laps in the river. it is one of my children’s favorite events — they love to compete with the other kids and make hashtags on the dock to mark their laps. even the adults have a time to swim (with cocktails too, of course, for those not swimming)! she has raised thousands and not only has made a difference for johns hopkins but also for our neighborhood, where she has given us all an example of how to give back. enjoy her story in her own words below (or as she says “off the cuff words” which is what i love about her!) and her continued journey through motherhood.
As my family counts down the days ’til winter break, there’s one gift we’re all anticipating. It’s not a fancy Caribbean vacation — deep sigh — or even a quick jaunt to a local ski resort. Nor does it involve any hot gift items under the tree or in the driveway. It’s the simple but beautiful gift of no homework for two long weeks, a fairly long-lasting present that is likely to translate into far fewer rants and refusals and foot stomping in our house during that peaceful period. France’s president has promised this gift to his country’s youngest students, those in primary and middle school — permanently.
Okay, so this isn’t exactly Baltimore-centric—but we’re putting it in the “worth a trip from anywhere” category. If you’ve visited downtown Frederick any time in the last, say, twelve years, you may have had the pleasure of stopping into Dancing Bear Toys—an old-fashioned, neighborhood toy store. To owners Tom and Marlene England, that means that nothing they sell requires a battery, or a plug, or a screen to attach to. They’re specialists in fun the way it used to be. Ah, the simple things. But why bring this all to your attention on today of all days? Well, today is the very last “Merry Monday” of the season at Dancing Bear. That means that today (they’re open until 8p.m.) they’ll be giving away 17 $17 gift cards (if that strikes you as strange, remember that today’s the 17th) at random throughout the day. That means potentially even more goodies and surprises you can bring home for the holidays.
Everyone knows what the first few weeks of school mean: very important fashion decisions. Perhaps your personal experience agonizing over what outfit most accurately says, here’s everything you need to know about me, is but a distant memory. No matter. When your eight year-old steps out of her bedroom in a carefully chosen combo of zebra-print leggings, knee-high Santa socks, and a gingham apron from the costume box, it’ll all come back to you.
Thankfully, the folks at Birdie Blu have created a lovely and versatile line of children’s clothes — all manufactured here in Baltimore on Wicomico Street — featuring a variety of charming dresses. They’re simple, fun, and sure to appeal to both the princess and the ragamuffin within. Perfect for building sandcastles, or simply holding court in them. And if you start to get jealous, don’t worry. Teen and adult lines are on the way.
Birdie Blu is recruiting sales staff for at-home trunk shows for its spring 2013 line. For more information, visit: http://www.birdieblu.com
Such is life for the dedicated bohemian. Unless of course you’re Erik Johnson, the renowned traveling silhouette artist. That’s right: he travels the country creating hand-cut silhouettes—a traditional form that his family has practiced for three generations. As classic as the medium is, it’s clearly still as charming and resonant as ever—Johnson has become something of a celebrity in the world of portraitists. And he’s coming to the Baltimore area for one day only.
Right now, included among the inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center are 43 youths who have been charged and tried as adults — they are kids, convicted of things like “murder, rape, assault, handgun violations and robbery with a deadly weapon.” Maryland has been tasked with improving the conditions these young people endure –which have included “assaults, lax oversight by correction officers, and stifling heat” according to the Sun.