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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • July 11: The Cool Down Issue

    An inside look at Baltimore party boat culture You probably shouldn't be reading this right now. According to my husband, I should be telling you that the idea of a Baltimore Boating Culture is a myth. A lie. Who would want to swim in that dirty,...
  • Head of the Class: Locals scoring honors, degrees

    Paige Cook, of Parkton, recently participated in a Spring Break trip to Japan, as part of her "Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy" class at Washington College, Chestertown. Olivia A. Cypull, of Baldwin, a senior at Loch Raven High School is a...
  • Howard County college notes

      University of Evansville archaeology major Nathan Biondi, of Ellicott City, will travel to Israel this summer as part of the Jezreel Expedition, an archaeological project co-sponsored by the university. Beverly Frimpong, daughter of Charity Marfo...
  • Next Great Adventure awaits three teachers retiring from Fulton Elementary School

    You probably categorize your life by the milestone events that have occurred. I like to call mine "Chuck's Great Adventure: XYZ." It wasn't always this way. I remember the time I was sent on an overseas assignment when I was in the Air Force. It was more...
  • 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...