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The nation’s largest and best known historic commemoration of the life and times of America’s “Greatest Generation”…

The 26th Annual WWII Weekend airshow will feature many familiar friends as well as some exciting new additions.  Among the returnees are FIFI, the only flying B-29 Boeing Superfortress in the world, leading a squadron of a dozen bombers.  Nine fighters will scream around the Reading sky including two first-timers: the rare Messerschmitt Bf-109 and the De Havilland DH-98 Mosquito, the fastest  piston-driven aircraft of the war, both from the Military Aviation Museum.  A bevy of transports, trainers, utilities, and “L-birds” round out the roster of airshow performers.

For the second year, The World War II Airborne Demonstration Team will be jumping from the Curtiss C-46 “Tinker Belle”  on Saturday and Sunday.  Don’t miss this opportunity to witness an authentic WWII paratroop drop right before your eyes on the KRDG mid-field.


Gates open at 8:30 AM* each day RAIN or SHINE!


ADULTS: $26  ($28 AT THE GATE)
CHILDREN 6-12: $10  ($12 AT THE GATE)



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2016 Feb. 27: Field Trip – Fire Museum of Maryland

Fire Museum of Maryland

1301 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093

The Fire Museum of Maryland is one of the largest fire museums in America.  Located in Lutherville, just north of Baltimore City, the Museum is a leading institution in preserving, restoring, and interpreting the history of the urban fire service in the U.S.

The Museum, which was founded in 1971, houses a world-class collection, comprising more than 40 pieces of fire fighting apparatus, dating from 1806 to 1957. The collection also includes over 1,700 smaller 3-dimensional objects, an extensive working telegraph system,  and a large archive and library with over 13,000 documents, catalogues, photographs, negatives and books. These objects are used for research in order to help tell a more complete story of the history of the fire service.

The non-profit 501(c)(3) Fire Museum of Maryland grew from a collection of fire engines, apparatus and fire related materials that had been amassed over more than 40 years by the Stephen G. Heaver family. It now exists to tell the complete story of the history of the urban fire service in America. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has expanded the depth of its collections to become a professionally run institution that is open to the public 4 days a week during the summer, and on weekends during the rest of the year. It is also available year round for both school and adult tour programs.

Meet to the at the Fire Museum at 10 AM when they Open.

Admission Prices: $14 = Adults, $12 = Seniors & Firefighters, $6 = Children (Ages 2-18), Free = Children (Under Age 2).

Tripods and Flash Ok.

Lots of shiny Brass for interesting reflection from curved surfaces.

2016 Mar. 6: Field Trip – Insect Museum at National Museum of Natural History in DC

Meet at 10:30 AM at the

National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
10th Street & Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560-0135

Click here for Directions


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Insect Museum

The O. Orkin Insect Zoo is a special exhibit hall on the 2nd Floor of the Museum where visitors can observe live insects and their many-legged relatives. Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo.

Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Admissions: Free


11:30am Live Tarantula Feedings 2nd floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo,
12:30pm Live Tarantula Feedings O. Orkin Insect Zoo, 2nd floor, West
1:30pm Live Tarantula Feedings 2nd Floor, West, O. Orkin Insect Zoo

Butterfly Pavilion

Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world.

Hours: 10:15am – 5:00pm

Tickets: Adults $6, Seniors $5.50, Groups (10 or More) $4.50.

Tickets can be purchased at the National Museum of Natural History Box Offices, any other Smithsonian Theater Box Office, on the internet, or by phone at 866.868.7774. Please note that non-refundable handling charges apply for tickets purchased via the internet and telephone. Purchase tickets online to avoid sold out time-slots. They are also available at the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are timed-entry at 15-minute intervals, 40 tickets per interval. You can find instructions on buying tickets here.

Sorry No Tripods in Butterfly Exhibit.

2016 Jan. 23: Field Trip Orkin Insect Zoo CANCELLED

Just in case it’s not obvious, our field trip to the Orkin Insect Zoo Saturday has been CANCELLED due to incoming blizzard.

Turns out it was closed for maintenance anyway.

“The Live Butterfly Pavilion and the O. Orkin Insect Zoo will temporarily be closed for maintenance January 11 thru January 31 and will re-open February 1.”

2016 January Schedule

There are still openings in our 2015-16 schedule. If you have any suggestions for 2016, please send Ron Peiffer and Chuck Gallegos an email at

January 2: Exhibit Setup – At 10:00 AM we will meet at the Glen Burnie Regional Library to setup our annual exhibit. Each member can bring three to four images matted, framed, ready to hang with wire on the back. We will need a ladder and t-pins or drapery hooks to hang the art work. Work cannot be listed for sale. Business cards may not be displayed with the exhibits. It is appropriate to display the photograph’s title, the name of the photographer, and their town of residence. (For example: “Still Life” by Janet Jones of Crofton.)

January 6: Program: Macro Tabletop Night – Club members will bring their cameras and stuff to photograph. The challenge will be macro photography. Good items to bring include anything but flowers are always popular. If you have strobes bring them. Also backdrops and tablecloths can be useful. Unlimited members will work with novice members to share tips and tricks to macro photography.

January 13: Contest – We will hold our January Digital contest for both novice and unlimited members. Only paid members may compete. Members may submit up to three digital images. The theme will be “Open” so anything goes. The rules for competitions are available at

January 20: Program: How Did You Do That? Part II – Part I went so well back in November, we have decided to give it another go letting other photographers show us how they post processed their images to get the final works of art.

January 23: Field Trip – Smithsonian Insect Zoo – We will drive down to D.C. to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion. The museum is open from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM daily. Tarantula Feeding Demonstrations Sat-Sun 11:30, 12:30 & 1:30

January 27: Contest – Color/Monochrome – We will hold our January color and monochrome print contests for both novice and unlimited members. Only paid members may compete. Members may submit up to three color prints and up to three monochrome prints. The theme will be “Open” so anything goes. The rules for competitions are available at

January 31: Exhibit Take Down – At 1:00 PM we will meet at the Glen Burnie Regional Library to take down our exhibit. Each exhibitor is expected to come and pick up their photographs.

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2015 Oct. 3: Worldwide Photo Walk

social_blog_banner_850x213Welcome to the 8th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk! Each year, photographers around the world gather together on the same day to explore an area, photograph, share those photos with one another, and hopefully make some new friends! …

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2015 April 18: Field Trip – Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve

On April 18 we will go to Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve near Conestoga Pennsylvania.

A place where Bluebells and Dutchman’s breeches cover hillsides. Trilliums abound in the millions in the ‘Rich ravines of the lower Susquehanna River’. Hard to find and off the beaten path, with bumpy dirt roads and an ancient stone tunnel that you must pass through to reach the other side. Once you make it through this tunnel, the landscape is transformed, and you are in a primordial world, with ancient trees and wildflowers abundantly growing.

You can find Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserver on a map here. But unless you have four wheel drive you must approach from the north.

 Mike Thomas Photos: Flowers &emdash; _DSC2729

Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower preserve (Pequea, PA) on TripAdvisor: Address, Reviews
We make time to visit Shenk’s Ferry at least once every spring… there are many attractive small ravines in the “river hills” part of Lancaster County, but this one really…

Antietam Field Trip Postponed

The Memorial Illumination has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 13 due to impending rain in the forecast. So we will check to see if there is enough interest to reschedule our field trip. We have permits for two cars.

2014 Dec. 6: Field Trip – Antietam Luminaries


On Saturday evening December 6, 2014, volunteers will light 23000 luminaries, one for each soldier that died on Antietam National Battlefield. We will meet at the visitor center and be able to walk around the immediate vicinity to get photos. This could be your last chance to get some night shots for the December night themed competitions. This is definitely a tripod event.

We will not join the string of vehicles waiting to view the illumination, but will meet at the Visitor’s Center, and be on the ground to shoot whatever we can from that area. Sunset that day will be at 4:49 p.m., so we will want to be up there by 4:00 at the very latest. It’s about a 2 hour drive to Sharpsburg, so we will plan our carpool caravan to leave by 2:00 p.m. If you are going to meet us there, you have to get their by 4:30PM before they close the parking lot. Each car will need a $25 parking pass. I need to submit the request for permits tomorrow. Please let me know if you are going and if you are willing to drive.

The carpool will meet at the park and ride next to the Severna Park Racquetball club off of Veterans Highway near Benfield Boulevard. Click here for directions.

After we’ve finished shooting for the day, we will plan to have dinner or pie at Bonnie’s at The Red Byrd Restaurant, in nearby Keedysville, Maryland.

In case of inclement weather, the rain date for this event is December 13.

Here is a web site from the National Park Service that will tell you more about the event.

Photos from Ellicott City Photo Walk

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