The Baltimore Museum of Industry highlights the workers and small businesspeople whose contributions during the Industrial Revolution and beyond helped build the country?s framework. Visitors can take a gander at the museum?s 100,000-object collection?including an 1850s shipyard bell and an 1820s Acorn printing press?and romp through bygone eras, dropping by sites including the recently renovated 1865 Platt Oyster Cannery and a reproduction of the 1910 pharmacy where Noxzema was invented. Just beyond the interior walls lies the last operating steam tugboat in the nation, the coal-fired SS Baltimore, as well as the 1937 Mini-Mariner, a prototype for the WWII flying boat bomber, two pieces of aquatic history more inspirational than a sailor's duffle filled with Popeye quotes.
In 2009, the Baltimore Bocce League shuffled into existence with a mere 20 players. Since then, its roster of athletes has exploded to more than 3,000 competitors of all ages, genders, and skill levels. The league gathers weekly in groups of 200–300 at four different locations to debunk the myth that bocce ball is a sport for older men and clairvoyants who can predict the ball's path. During games, teams of 5 to 12 players toss four bocce balls toward the palina, earning a point each time their ball is closer to the target than their opponents'. To foster postgame mingling, the league grants its members specials at nearby bars after each game and even rewards its winners a 2-liter German boot of beer. TK to ALL: MP written for Baltimore Barskee League; view/copy the profile from the permalink associated with this record: https://na8.salesforce.com/006C000000g1Iib
Things are a little smaller at Glen Burnie Bowling Center, though the facility itself encompasses 30 lanes and a full-service snack bar, named GB Ducks Cafe. The petite objects in question are the pins and balls themselves. Glen Burnie celebrates the tradition of duckpin bowling, which incorporates lighter pins and smaller, easy-to-throw balls that almost never hatch into dragons. The objects collide during league games and open play. The smaller equipment also accommodates kids, and young bowlers can start playing in leagues as early as four years old. The coaches and instructors who oversee these programs hold certifications from the National Duckpin Youth Association.
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking garage
Pro Tip: Please leave plenty of time for parking. Bring your government-issued ID for our pub tour.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We're a locally run and locally owned business.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Tours run rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if the weather looks bad.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Yes. I loved hearing how the guides personalized the stories by adding anecdotes from their own experiences. Many of our guides have been with us for years.
Ballyhooed by both Baltimore magazine and City Paper, Stoneleigh Lanes sets the scene for friendly bowling battles in a retro 16-lane alley. Strikers lace up rented kicks and hurl three-hole balls at 10 ivory duckpins. Sixteen-inch cheesy pizzas hush fifth-frame tummy grumbles, and sudsy pitchers of soda quench postpizza thirsts. The alley's BYOB policy lets bowlers imbibe brews brought from home, clearing out refrigerator space to be used for snowball storage. Handwritten scoring and gravity-feed ball returns enhance the spot’s retro charm.
The American Visionary Art Museum devotes its space to original work by self-taught artists who honed their craft—often unintentionally—while operating on the outskirts of the formal art world. As temporary exhibitions explore a particular artist or theme in depth, the permanent collection displays thousands of powerful and often whimsical items, such as Andrew Logan's mirror-winged Black Icarus, or the haunting Applewood Figure, an emaciated sculpture said to wince whenever someone eats a piece of fruit. The museum spreads its arresting pieces throughout three historical buildings, including the expansive main building, which boasts a reflective mirrored-mosaic exterior and neighbors the Tall Sculpture Barn, an ex-whiskey warehouse fully equipped with 45-foot ceilings for large-scale projects. A wildflower garden—complete with meditation chapel—and a sculpture plaza featuring a 55-foot whirligig beckon visitors to the museum's outdoor space, where envious clouds shape themselves into crude versions of Pietà. Completing any trip, the museum's Sideshow gift shop stuffs shopping bags with an ever-rotating collection of eclectic artwork, jewelry, toys, and more.