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Spring Break

Spring Break
Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000...
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Spring Break is the common term for the mid-semester break for college students, who often vacation in sunny beach locations. Spring Break has no exact date, since universities schedule their break at different times, though Canadian Spring Break usually runs during February, while American colleges take their break in March.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. reigned as the top Spring Break destination for many years, but Daytona Beach, Fla. took over that crown in the 1980s, when Fort Lauderdale officials decided to shut out the Spring Break scene. Daytona's Spring Break peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but Daytona Beach also shut down the event after the crowds grew to nearly 500,000 and the drinking and partying became too excessive.

Panama City Beach in Florida, South Padre Island in Texas, and Cancun, Mexico have since become other popular Spring Break destinations. Spring Break in Daytona Beach persists as a small, quieter event.
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  • College students spend alternative spring break in Baltimore

    College students spend alternative spring break in Baltimore
    After a busy first semester last year at Boston University, Hayley Spivey was eager to head home to Florida for spring break. Yet while the theater arts major enjoyed the sun and fun, she also found herself slightly bored. "It was nice seeing my...
  • Elkridge Volleyball House offers spring camps

    Email sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. Monday. Volleyball The Volleyball House in Elkridge is hosting spring camps on April 21 and April 24. Camps are from 12 to 5 p.m. Participants must be ages 9-18. The cost is $60 for one...
  • Datebook

    Sunday, April 13 Theater The Children's Theatre of Annapolis presents its final performance of "Pippi Longstocking" at 2 p.m. at 1661 Bay Head Road in Annapolis. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and children 12 and younger. Discounted rates available for...
  • 30-second timeout with Evan Riss, Oakland Mills boys lacrosse freshman

    30-second timeout with Evan Riss, Oakland Mills boys lacrosse freshman
    Coming off a five-goal performance against Poly in the Oakland Mills Spring Break Tournament, Evan Riss is starting to make a name for himself on the Howard County boys lacrosse scene. Having scored three or more goals in five games this season, the...
  • Howard County softball shines at Anne Arundel County spring break tournament; River Hill splits at Cavalier Classic

    Howard County softball shines at Anne Arundel County spring break tournament; River Hill splits at Cavalier Classic
    On the heels of having this year’s season-opening District V softball showcase event being canceled because of rain, a few of Howard and Anne Arundel county’s top teams got a chance to square off in a similar head-to-head format on Saturday....
  • Donald L. Symington, Broadway actor

    Donald L. Symington, Broadway actor
    Donald L. Symington, a career feature actor whose classic patrician good looks earned him roles on Broadway and in movies, television, soap operas and regional theaters, died Wednesday of Parkinson's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The...
  • Proposed Carroll 2014-15 school calendar released

    Proposed Carroll 2014-15 school calendar released
    The 2013-14 school year has just begun, but Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Guthrie has already released his proposed 2014-15 school calendar. Guthrie presented Board of Education members with his proposed calendar Wednesday. The...
  • Senior Week at beach creates havoc — and business

    Senior Week at beach creates havoc — and business
    — Brent Ashley may have aged into the enforcer role at a certain point, but he still remembers when he was the miscreant. "I was halfway up the stairs and felt the hand on my shoulder," Ashley said of the night about 40 years ago when he got kicked...
  • Sports notices: Keep your kids active with spring break sports camps

    Submitting sports notices The deadline for submitting sports copy is 9 a.m. on Monday. We prefer email (howardcountysports@patuxent.com). Baseball Professional Baseball Training is offering a Spring Break camp on Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to...
  • Clarksville: Daughter's wedding the highlight of first Las Vegas trip for Clarksville couple

    Pat and Bill Kidwell recently returned from their very first visit to Las Vegas. They had a wonderful time on this extra special occasion. The highlight of the trip came when Bill walked daughter Denise Kidwell down the aisle in the lovely Chapel of the...
  • Spring Break

    I was away this weekend in Rehoboth. As usual, I experienced one of the best parts of travel: unexpected pleasures. On Friday I rode down with a woman I’ve known all but 10 years of my life.  Being with a friend of so many years is like travelling...
  • Second place for Goucher's Sarah Bart means $50,000 on 'Jeopardy!'

    Second place for Goucher's Sarah Bart means $50,000 on 'Jeopardy!'
    Sarah Bart's run at the college championship on 'Jeopardy!' ended Tuesday with the senior  history major finishing second. But as runner-up, Bart left with $50,000 for her effort. Here's the release from the show: Sarah Bart, a 22-year-old history major...