Memorial Day Weekend: What’s Happening Around Town
Patch compiled a list of events so you can stay busy during the three-day weekend.
Who likes barbecue?
Patch has listed all the Memorial Day cookouts in the back yards of Lutherville-Timonium, sorted alphabetically by street name and cross-referenced by degree of experience and skill of the cook, listed in descending order by the hotness of the barbecue sauce.
Actually, we did round up some great events for you to check out, but it’s up to you if you want to advertise your own back yard barbecue… or crash your neighbor’s.
Here’s what’s happening around town.
Loch Raven Day
- When: Saturday May 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Where: Loch Raven Dam
- Price: Free
- What: The fourth annual Loch Raven Day event celebrates the Baltimore tradition of family trips to the reservoir to enjoy the warm spring weather. The dam itself, recently renovated and enlarged, will be open for tours sponsored by the Department of Public Works and Gannett Fleming, Inc., including the opportunity to walk out onto the dam and appreciate the view from a unique, and probably thrilling, perspective. Also, the “Scales and Tails” exhibit from the MD Department of Natural Resources will delight the kids with rescued wildlife exhibits. Guided hikes through the trails will occur at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and if you didn’t pack a lunch, fear not—hot dogs and sodas will be on sale. Best of all, a Loch Raven first: live acoustic music will be performed on the dam, by musician Mark Hopkins.
Memorial Day Ceremony
- When: Saturday, May 26, at 9 a.m., and Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m.
- Where: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens
- Price: Free
- What: On Saturday, the Elkridge Young Marines will be placing 3,500 American flags on the veterans’ graves at Dulaney Valley Gardens peaceful and expansive cemetery to prepare for the observance on Monday. On Monday, the ceremony will open at The Circle of the Immortals—a veterans’ garden within the cemetery—with a Pledge of Allegiance from Carney Elementary School’s students, who will honor their former physical education teacher, Army Major Robert Marchanti II, who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Six other recently fallen members of the military with ties to Maryland will also be honored, and tributes will be paid to all soldiers who have served, are still serving, or who gave their lives in battle. A 21-gun salute and Taps will conclude the ceremony.
- The secretary of veteran affairs for Maryland, Edward Chow, Jr., a Vietnam veteran, will be the keynote speaker. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and Maryland’s senior Air National Guard officer Brigadier General Allyson Solomon will give memorial addresses. The Patriot Guard Riders, a national group of motorcyclists largely composed of veterans, will attend, as will the Maryland Army National Guard with a Black Hawk helicopter.
Comedian Timmy Hall
- When: Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26
- Where: Magooby’s Joke House
- Price: The 10:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday are free for active military and students. Otherwise, the 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows both nights are $15.
- What: Baltimore City police officer and standup comedian Timmy Hall will perform at Timonium’s comedy club. With 15 years in comedy and television credits from HBO’s The Wire, to Homicide: Life on the Street, to Def Comedy Jam, the audience never knows what to expect from Timmy Hall. For tickets, call Magooby’s at 410-252-2727 or click here.
Lunch with Centenarian World War II Veterans
- When: Sunday, May 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: Mission BBQ restaurant in Glen Burnie
- Price: Whatever you order on the menu. The lunch is free for the vets, but unless you’ve seen the better part of a century and fought in a war in the 1940s, then be prepared to pay for your food—and don’t forget to tip!
- What: Glen Burnie is a bit of a hike from Lutherville-Timonium, but this lunch at the Mission BBQ restaurant is such a special event that we’re excited to mention it. In honor of Memorial Day, 22 World War II veterans, all of whom are between 85 and 101 years old, will be traveling from California to Washington, DC, to visit the memorials, courtesy of the Honor Flight Network. The group is stopping for lunch at Mission BBQ and will be happy to chat with residents, pose for photos, and generally bump elbows while lunching on some all-American barbecue. Take the time to meet some true American heroes and enjoy some slow-smoked, hand-pulled pork.
- When: Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds
- Price: Adults: $10, children 5-12: $5. Free for boy scouts, girl scouts and den leaders who attend in uniform, and for school employees who can show an ID or pay stub.
- What: Repticon has become a regular event at the fairgrounds, attracting droves of reptile- and amphibian-lovers to experience the vendors, the exhibitors, and the critters—from bearded dragons to snakes to arachnids to mice. (The mice are the food—don’t get excited.) Presentations about reptile care and exotic pet health, as well as door prizes and food (not the mice this time) are available to all attendees.