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 Photo by J.M. Giordano 

Photo by J.M. Giordano 

Witch Country: Burkittsville and the Long Shadow of 'The Blair Witch Project'

For the first time on our two-day journey, I felt a pang of real, instinctive panic in my gut. Something bad could happen to us here. We’d hit the middle of a hot Sunday afternoon in September and Joe’s car was parked off of Hernwood Road, which runs through a quiet suburb. We were looking for the remains of a house, the Griggs House, the one seen at the very end of “The Blair Witch Project.” In 1999, moviegoers everywhere watched as a man stood silently facing a corner in the home’s basement while a woman screamed.

 Photo by J.M. Giordano

Photo by J.M. Giordano

Good BBQ Is Not Hard to Find: At Wieland's in Catonsville you're part of a secret sauce and meat club

You wouldn't think much looking at Wieland's simple set up, really just a trailer with a smoker on the side that's mounted in a parking lot a few times a week. But that side-of-the-road stand simplicity is part of what makes eating there such a treat: They offer only a handful of items, and what they do they do well.

 Photo by J.M. Giordano

Photo by J.M. Giordano

At the Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention—the dirtbag comic con this city deserves, and where I got my first tattoo

Look at it this way: If Baltimore Comic Con had an older brother who blasted Slayer and chain smoked in their mom’s car on their way to class, it’d be this tattoo convention.