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  • Mahaffey's manager brings beer to story-time with children's book 'Hophead Harry'

    Mahaffey's manager brings beer to story-time with children's book 'Hophead Harry'

    Last year, Dennis Kistner came face-to-face with a dilemma many new parents know all too well: He was tired of reading the same stories to his son, Little Dennis. “We always read the same ones,” Kistner, a Dundalk native, said last week inside the Canton bar he manages, Mahaffey’s Pub. “Some books...

  • Harry Potter Festival to draw thousands of witches, wizards to Chestertown

    Harry Potter Festival to draw thousands of witches, wizards to Chestertown

    You won't need a broomstick, floo powder or the Hogwarts Express to travel to the magical world of "Harry Potter" this weekend.  All it takes is a quick trip down to Chestertown, where the small Kent County town will be transformed into the wizarding world this weekend for the third annual Chestertown...

  • Best bets for kids, teens at Baltimore Book Festival

    Best bets for kids, teens at Baltimore Book Festival

    There's so much happening at the annual Baltimore Book Festival, it can be hard to keep up — especially if you have a bunch of little ones in tow. To make things easier, here are some highlights of the festival's offerings for kids and teens: Between the Pages, Behind the Scenes: The Art and Words...

  • Post-summer, pre-fall limbo is a real pain

    Post-summer, pre-fall limbo is a real pain

    The school bus stops at the corner across from our house, and wordlessly, the neighborhood children board. There's a coolness to the night; sometimes the early mornings, too. Our lawn is dotted with leaves. Signs of early fall used to thrill me: a porch sporting a pumpkin. Trees transforming into...

  • What a mom really wants for her daughter

    What a mom really wants for her daughter

    Someone I love dearly is in an abusive relationship. My heart breaks for her every time she recounts another violent episode, and so I can only imagine what her parents must feel — the mother and father who raised her, loved her and dreamed tremendous dreams for her. Having a child is a weight...

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