Today Anna and I took the Moms to the Sugarloaf craft festival at Timonium Fairgrounds. Saw lots of great stuff and had a hell of a time! My favorite booth was filled with the art of a guy named Craig James(I think) His work was very colorful and was primarily concerned with Baltimore/DC and Maryland themes. The best stuff he had was his paintings of the classic old school burger joints called, Little Tavern. There were tons of them all over Baltimore and DC and all Maryland points in between. They are all gone now. The last one i know of was on Eastern Avenue right between Highlandtown and Greektown. While searching images on Google of Little Tavern restaurants, I found these Bill Griffith, Zippy the Pinhead comics. Anyone who knows the Zippy strip knows that Baltimore is celebrated often and for some ridiculous reason, The Baltimore Sun stopped running Zippy on it’s comics page a couple of years ago. Why, no one can figure out.
My Dad loved Little Tavern. I loved Little Tavern. John Waters filmed Divine working at a Little Tavern for the film “Female Trouble” So be a hon, hon and click on the Zippy link at the top of the blog and marvel at how well Bill Griffith draws Baltimore in a four panel comic strip. If you get the chance to check out the Sugarloaf craft festival when it comes to your town, do it, take your Mom. Oh yeah, let’s also bother the Baltimore Sun in hopes that they will take on Zippy the Pinhead again. See ya!