Maryland Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by Ewingjr98
  • Local Customs
    by Ewingjr98
  • Local Customs
    by Ewingjr98

Maryland Local Customs

  • Scenes of Baltimore

    Baltimore Local Customs

    Charles North is bounded by Howard Street, Penn Station, St. Paul Street and 22nd Street It mostly has a transient rental population with many commercial properties. Good things about the area include Charles Theater, antique shops on Maryland Ave., and a new shopping center at Howard and 21st streets. The area grew in the 1880's and 90's as...

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  • Crabs

    Baltimore Local Customs

    Crabs are as much a part of Baltimore culture as anything possibly could be. If you visit Baltimore, you MUST have some sort of crab dish complet with Old Bay seasoning. The common way to eat crabs is get a a dozen of steamed hard shell blue crabs with a mallet and lots of napkins, to be washed down with cold beer. Typically, the beer would be...

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  • People of Baltimore

    Baltimore Local Customs

    I took this picture in my passenger side mirror while I was stopped at a light. It's not as good of course as the photo by the qunitessential Baltimore photographer A. Aubrey Bodine's poster Arabbers(taken c. 1940) ('Arabbing' is a term used to describe the activities of a group of small scale entrepreneurs -- mostly Black and male -- who for...

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  • Media

    Baltimore Local Customs

    "Please do not deliver the Examiner to this house" I had a good chuckle when I saw these signs on several adjacent rowhouses in the Federal Hill district, it appears that the Examiner is a free tabloid that is delivered to your home whether you ask for it or not. Not sure if these homeowners are making a political statement or an environmental...

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  • The 'Hons' of Baltimore

    Baltimore Local Customs

    Many Baltimoreans will call you "hon". Don't get offended....it's not meant to be an insult or degrading to women (and men). It's just a Baltimore thing. We call everybody "hon", whether we know your name or not. There's even a place called Cafe Hon, where you can grab a great meal and check out some local "hons". Cafe Hon even has a "hon"...

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  • Universities

    Baltimore Local Customs

    College of Notre Dame of Maryland Also known as the CONDOM school....... A college for women. for some unknown reason, CONDOM students don't like to be called CONDOM students... I don't understand why they don't like to be called CONDOM students.....

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  • The Baltimore Orioles

    Baltimore Local Customs

    Baltimore residents really get into their professional sports teams -- apparently more than their religions, if you check the adjacent photo. Local athletes like Johnny Unitas and Cal Ripken Jr. are icons, and the day the Colts moved to Indianapolis is still infamous even though the Ravens are here now (most locals were very conflicted about...

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  • Maryland Lottery

    There was very little gambling in Maryalnd - except for the lottery and the racetrack. Recently some casinos have also been approved. But you have to go to the casinos or track in order to bed. But the lottery is available everywhere. I'm not a gambler in any way shape or form, and I have not played the Maryland Lottery. I don't really know how it...

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  • Fireman's Carnivals, County Fairs & the...

    Each of our county volunteer fire departments has a fair once a year in the summer to raise funds for equipment and buildings that lasts a week and has rides and food.Each county also has a fair. Ours includes 4-H competitions, a horse show, horse pulling, a parade, and of course rides and food. Our fair is the third week in September, Friday is...

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  • state symbols

    state bird is the Baltimore Oriole.state flower is the Black Eyed Susan.state nickname "Free State".state tree is the White Oakthe state seal: obverse side says "cecilius absolutus dominus terrae mariae et Avalonia Baro de Baltimore" (Cecil, Absolute Lord of Maryland and Avalon, Baron of Baltimore); the front side says "scuto bonae voluntatus tuae...

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  • The Maryland flag is one of...

    most unique State flags in the USA. Maryland's flag bears the arms of the Calvert and Crossland families. Calvert was the family name of the Lords Baltimore who founded Maryland, and their colors of gold and black appear in the first and fourth quarters of the flag. Crossland was the family of the mother of George Calvert, first Lord Baltimore. The...

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  • Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham

    It used to be that you could only get Key Lime pie in the Florida Keys. Now, it is ubiquitous. But St. Mary's County Stuffed Ham is still a strictly local food - unknown outside of southern Maryland.Stuffed ham came about when some thrifty cook decided to stuff some greens in the cavity that was left when the ham bone was removed from a ham hock....

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  • Flagpole Finial

    When the United States flag is flown, there should be an eagle at the top of the flagpole. When the Maryland flag is flown, the top of the flagpole should be a cross bottonyCross bottony (Her.), a cross having each arm terminating in three rounded lobes, forming a sort of trefoil. The Crossland arms are quarterly, argent (silver) and gules (red),...

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  • Eat Hard Crabs

    In order to experience Maryland Seafood, you have to have hard crabs. One of the crab houses in Mechanicsville has the directions on the place mat. You can read them for yourself.

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  • Which Way is Up?

    It's really easy to get the flag upside-down with the red and white section at the top. (But if you do, probably no one will notice.) If you don't have a flag with the flagpole side indicated it would also be easy to fly it backwardsJust as the American flag should be flown on a flagpole topped by an eagle, Maryland flags should be flown on a...

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  • Raising Tobacco

    Tobacco is a big cash crop in southern Maryland. In the spring, the plants are raised in seed beds. Then they are set out by people who ride on the back of a planter (which is a machine with seats down almost on the ground that is pulled by a team of horses or by a tractor) - they feed the plants into the machine which sticks them in the ground and...

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  • Please Drive Gently

    If you ever doubted Maryland was more liberal than most states, for many years welcome signs admonished motorists to "drive gently". Out of staters got a real hoot of that. With the coming of the Ehrlich administration, "drive gently" was replaced by "Buckle up. We care and it's our law". Many thanks to my friend ClarkRB for letting me use this...

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  • Old Bay Seasoning

    If Maryland had a state condiment, it would have to be Old Bay Seasoning. The spice was first concocted in Baltimore in the 1930s by a German immigrant. It is a mixture of celery salt, mustard, red pepper, bay leaves, cloves, allspice, ginger, mace, cardamom, cinnamon and paprika. Old Bay Seasoning is also all-natural and certified Kosher. It is...

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  • Maryland Crab Cakes

    As was alluded to in the intro, the Chesapeake Bay and the seafood therein plays an integral part in Maryland's economy and culture. A favourite delicacy for Baltimore and the towns on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay is the Maryland Crab Cake.

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  • Enjoy "Old Bay Seasonings" on...

    Everyone had Old Bay to not only put on steamed Crabs but on everything else also. Yumyum, I love the spices so much, I brought some home & put it on everything at home also. I guess you could say I developed a "taste for it"!

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  • The USNA is closed to the...

    The USNA is closed to the public until further notice. Annapolis is the capitol, Baltimore is the largest city. The United States Naval Academy is IN Annapolis but Annapolis is not the USNA. If you get odd looks when you ask a resident, 'How can I get to Annapolis?' just ask for the Naval Academy, and we will be sure to help you .The United States...

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  • Dumb Maryland LawsThistles may...

    Dumb Maryland LawsThistles may not grow in one's yard.BaltimoreIt's illegal to throw bales of hay from a second-story window within the city limits.It's illegal to take a lion to the movies.It is a park rule violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt. $10 fine. This would include joggers that go shirtless. (1898)No person who is a...

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  • As with anywhere in the US,...

    As with anywhere in the US, tipping is expected for wait staff and bartenders. The old standard of 15% is now more like 18%. Also, when travelling by car, be sure to have money with you, as there are many tolls on the roads in the state.

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  • Make sure you bring the right...

    Make sure you bring the right kind of clothing. During the winter, it can be very chilly. During the summer, it can be very hot. To greet people, simply smile and say 'hi'. If they ignore you, just walk by them. Tips at restuarants depend on where you are dining. If you see others leave tips, do the same thing. If you don't, it will be O.K. not to...

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