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Welcome to Issue #10 of Off the Beaten Path. This weeks issue includes motorcycles, butterflies, improv, and airplanes. Feel free to share this issue with family, friends, or co-workers by using the “Share/Save” button at the bottom of this page.
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The Thomas Dixon Aircraft Observation Area, also called Friendship park, is known as one of the best places in the Baltimore area for planespotting, or to watch planes arriving and departing from BWI Thurgood Marshall airport. Planes fly directly over top of the area and at times pretty low.
The park is located off of Dorsey Rd. (MD-176) near the south end of Runway 15 R -33 L, two of the primary commercial jet runways at BWI. In addition, the park also includes picnic tables, a playground, bike racks, and it connects to the 12.5 mile BWI trail.
Planes can also be viewed from the airports Observation Gallery between Concourse B and C within the airport. The observation gallery is not beyond the check point.
Where: Dorsey Rd. (MD-176)
The Baltimore County Trail Riders Association is a group of motorcyle lovers that have dedicated themselves to promoting and preserving the sport of motorcycle riding and racing. The group organizes and runs the Mid Atlantic Short Track Series, a 9 race points series with 18 different classes of racing. The short track series includes an indoor and outdoor season.
Currently, the outdoor season is taking place which includes the 16th Annual Kevin McNicholas Memorial to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. There are two more opportunities to catch the racers in action this summer, August 6 & 13.
When: Friday, Aug. 6 & 13
Where: Maryland State Fair Grounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093
Cost: $10.00, 8 yrs & under are free
The “Revolution Will Be Improvised”, that is the last line of the Washington Improv Groups mission statement. For over a decade, the group has entertained, trained and connected with the Washington community by providing performances and improv training to after-school programs, mentor programs, and retirement communities.
Next up for the group is Improvapalooza! 3 days and 18 hours of 10 to 15 minute shows back to back to back. The group is calling Improvapalooza its answer to the summer music festival. Saturday, August 7 very much is scheduled like an all day festival. The first show starts at 12PM and the last show will start a little before midnight.
When: 8:00 pm Thursday-Friday, Aug. 5-6
12:00 p.m.-12:00 am Saturday, Aug. 7
Where: Washington Improv Theater at Source, 1835 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
Cost: $10 single day pass, $20 three-day pass
Brookside Gardens, located in Wheaton Regional Park, annually hosts the “Wings of Fancy” butterfly exhibit. Hundreds of butterflies fly freely inside the conservatory while patrons stroll through.
The focus of this years exhibit is “butterflies in your backyard, and the host plants that local caterpillars need in order to survive and thrive”.North American, Costa Rican and Asian butterflies can be found in the exhibit.
When: Saturday, May 1 through Sunday, September 19, 2010
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
Where: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Cost: $6 adults, $4 ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are permitted for free.
Note: No strollers are allowed in the exhibit.
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