Getting together with Jesse Colin Young

By: Barbara Ruben

It was one of the anthems of the late 1960s, the Youngblood’s “Get Together,” playing from top 40s stations, at outdoor concerts, and repeatedly on TV ads as the official song of the National Council of Christians and Jews. “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together. Try to love one another right now,” was a folk-rock rallying cry that was both Vietnam... READ MORE

Fats Waller to Shakespeare this summer

By: Carol Sorgen

If you’re stage-struck year-round, you’ll have plenty of theatrical offerings in the upcoming months to keep you entertained. Baltimore’s Arena Players, the oldest continuously operating African-American community theater in the United States, will put on the popular Fats Waller musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’ from June 8 to July 1 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4... READ MORE

Jurors announced for amateur art contest

By: The Beacon

The Beacon’s Celebration of the Arts — an online competition for amateur artists over 50 — continues to invite entries from throughout the Baltimore/Washington area in four categories: Painting and Drawing, Sculpture/Jewelry/Pottery/Mixed Media, Photography and Poetry. Prizes include cash awards and gallery showings (including a showing in downtown D.C. at the Pepco Gallery, and... READ MORE

Stories of presidential retreat Camp David

By: Danielle E. Gaines

From re-smoothing rumpled snow to dressing walkways with perfectly imperfect fallen leaves, much goes into creating a soothing — and orderly and secure — rustic mountain retreat for U.S. presidents. “Everything looks so natural, but it’s kind of perfect,” retired Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione, a former Camp David commanding officer, said in a recent interview. Released to... READ MORE

How much do you know about pollinators?

By: Lela Martin

Does your morning include a cup of coffee, a mug of hot cocoa, or a glass of orange juice? You have pollinator insects to thank. From almonds to zucchini, most fruit and vegetable crops, nuts and seeds rely on pollinators. In fact, pollinators are critical to the production of one-third of our food and beverages. Additionally, fiber crops (such as cotton) and hay to feed livestock... READ MORE

Local authors’ books enlighten, educate

By: Dinah Rokach

We are blessed to have living among us in this area talented writers, journalists and medical professionals whose books add light and depth to our understanding and knowledge. Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life, by Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard, 256 pages, Scribner hardcover, 2018. This practical guide to improving your social skills includes ... READ MORE