Baltimore’s favorite summer treat once meant opportunity for all You may think you know what a snowball is. That conical treatment of chunky ice where all of the flavor drops out of the bottom of a paper triangle? Nope, that’s a snow cone. That fruity, pureed ice that you have to scrape with a wooden spoon? Wrong again, that’s Italian ice. Or maybe the fluffy bowl of ice with condensed milk on top? Nope, that’s Hawaiian shave ice.
Before cell phones, cable TV, the internet, personal computers, playlists, smart phones, Grindr, Xtube, Netflix, Amazon – you name it – people gathered to listen to new record albums, go to discos and bars to dance and drink and socialize and hook up. Community was all about gathering places.