Lest Baltimore's Powwow Festivalgoers think they are unique in the surprising police crackdown of some springtime merriment, on Saturday in my old college town of Salisbury, in my old college neighborhood of Smith (St.) and Hazel (Ave.) police arrived because they claim 500 - 700 people had gathered to drink and have a party.
The cops then began pepperspraying college students, claiming someone threw rocks and bottles at them.
I think I can see the Haus O' Losers and almost The Way-Out Haus from this shot. Right around the corner was the Hippie Haus, Haus O' Rok and my house, Haus O' Sweet Pain. (Back in the late '80s/early '90s, we called all the houses that our friends lived in Haus).
Cops busting up parties and pepperspraying students while drug dealers sling rock on corners just serveral blocks been a Smith/Hazel tradition for years.
This year marked the 26th Annual Powwow at Ferry Bar Park over behind the scenic Port Covington Wal-Mart.
For years this festival stood as a regional rite of spring (like Sowebo Festival) as the nexus of Baltimore's hippie meets alternative culture gathered along a beach often strewn with medical waste (I shit you not, in '94 or '95 my girlfriend at the time went to sit down on the beach, screamed, pulled up her hand and it had a syringe sticking out of it that looked like it washed ashore from the hospital across the water), to contract poison ivy as you piss in the woods while yahoos in boats cruised the beach line to watch the ladies squat, drink cans of Natty Boh and buy cheap balloons filled with nitrous while bands with an insufficient sound system made a racket.
Unfortunately, the 26th Annual Powwow was busted up by Baltimore's finest because, evidently, there are no more violent crimes to investigate or open-air drug markets to shut down.
When Tim Sappington filmed this video of himself shooting a horse in the head and sending a message to animal activists, he was an employee of Valley Meat Co. - a New Mexico meat processor who is trying to get federal approval to convert from a beef to a horse meat processing plant.