Snow Day Memories from Childhood

This winter has seen a record number of school closings in Baltimore and the suburbs due to snow and wintry weather. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we invite you to share your favorite memories of what you did on snow days when you were a kid. Did you get together with neighborhood friends and go sledding or have snowball fights? Maybe you built snowmen and snow forts?

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Donna February 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

Growing up, I lived across the street from JHBMC. Years ago before the Triad Building was constructed there was a pond at the top of the hill in front of the Mason F Lord Bldg. We would walk up to the pond and begin our sledding adventures eventually making our way to the bottom. The Bayview lawn was a wonderful place to play in the snow!

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Lydia Tanksley February 21, 2014 at 6:46 am

Native New Yorker when i was a child all the kids in the neighborhood would go out and get anything that looked like a sleigh and try to snow board down the streets. We also made alot of angels and put our tongues out so that we can taste the snow. We would play for hours in the snow

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Diana February 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

We lived only a few blocks away from JHH when I was a kid. Sometimes we only got a few inches, and the snow would disappear in a day or two - sometimes we got a foot and once it snowed on Easter Sunday! After a heavy snowfall, we sledded down Cannonball Hill in Patterson Park for hours! When we got home my mom made hot chocolate with milk, Hershey's cocoa and marshmallows. We also toasted marshmallows on a wire hanger over the gas burner on the stove. When I was a teen, we sledded down Hillen Road or down Northern Parkway (yes, they closed Falls Road, so we could do that!) Currently, my grandkids live in the country, but I have been snowed in with them at least three times over the past 20 years while their parents were away in late Jan-mid Feb. They have a hill almost as long as Cannonball hill right in their front field. I make hot chocolate out of a can now, and we toast marshmallows in the fireplace to make s'mores. People who haven't lived in the Baltimore City/County area all of their lives think the recent snowfalls are a phenomenon - but really, it's just that you don't have the memories of the past 60 years!

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Peg February 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

Those were the days! We built snow forts stocked with ammunition (snowballs). We also sledded down the hilly streets in the neighborhood. I guess they didn't plow side streets back then. I remember sledding down a street that emptied into route 1. We had to make a sharp turn into a gas station so we didn't end up going into route 1. I had a big dog that would run down the street and pull me, sliding on my feet. What fun!

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Jennifer February 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

When I went out sledding it was always a marathon session, since good snowstorms only happened a few times a year. My parents, knowing I'd be taking on the neighborhood hill for hours, would wrap newspapers around the fronts of my legs and secure it with tape "to keep the wind out." My father would lend me a particular green sweater--his warmest one--and I'd roll the sleeves up. I still have--and wear--the green sledding sweater.

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Michele February 20, 2014 at 7:08 am

Wow!!!! Memories of the snow days back then was pure fun. The neighborhood boys and girls would make snow forts and pick teams and "let the games begin". The girls would make the snowballs on their teams and the boys would be throwing the snowballs and taking them down...lol .

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Anita February 20, 2014 at 6:48 am

snow angels

and sliding down the hill on a piece of cardboard we found from outside.

My kids don't know what they are missing with a store bought sleigh 🙂

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Bonnie February 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

Our family moved to Baltimore city just several weeks before my 7th birthday, so I grew up in the city. When the neighbors shoveled their sidewalks, the snow piles were sometimes almost as high as my head. I would love sliding down the piles pretending I was skiing (my boots didn't offer a lot of traction, so I didn't even need skis!).

Of course there were snowball fights, and we usually found a way to build a snowman. When we heard from relatives "back home" and compared the snow we got with the accumulation they received, we were grateful we had so much less than they did.

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