Area pageant winners from D.C. and Va.

By: Barbara Ruben

Everything that could go wrong indeed went wrong as Phyllis Jordan was preparing for June’s Ms. Senior D.C. pageant. She brought a complicated pattern for her evening gown to a dressmaker that ended up a “hot mess.” She hired a second seamstress to start again, but her results were “deplorable.” “I told her I would absolutely lose if I wore this,” said Jordan, 62. So she ... READ MORE

Former politico sculpts a new passion

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Most days you’ll find Karen Montgomery in a makeshift carport that she and her husband adapted into an art studio. There she wields hammer and chisel to bring forth sculptures from her ideas. She’s currently coaxing a large angel to emerge from a hunk of marble. Montgomery, 83, has recently returned to her first love, art, following a 16-year stint in Maryland politics. From 2000... READ MORE

From CIA to pageant circuit

By: Barbara Ruben

Karen Moore won her first competition at age 4. To reach the microphone in a talent contest at her nursery school teacher’s church, she had to stand on a chair. She crooned a song called “God Bless Us All,” popular in the early 1950s. Now 69 and a resident of Hyattsville, Md., Moore has continued to wow pageant audiences over the years. She was once a finalist for Cherry Blossom... READ MORE

‘Mamma Mia!’ returns with gusto to Toby’s

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Abba fans rejoice. The popular musical Mamma Mia! is back in town, this time at Toby’s Diner Theatre in Columbia, and it’s a smash. If you’re unfamiliar, this jukebox musical was created by Catherine Johnson, stitched together entirely through songs by Swedish pop duo Abba. There was a film adaptation in 2008, which now has a sequel in theaters. The show is loosely based on the... READ MORE

Christopher Plummer’s new first

By: Jake Coyle

Regal and commanding even in his youth, Christopher Plummer has turned into an even mightier force in old age. The 88-year-old Plummer earlier this year became the oldest actor ever nominated for an Oscar (for his J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World), six years after setting the mark for eldest acting winner (for his coming-out 75-year-old in Beginners). The King Lear phase of ... READ MORE

Fun facts to know and tell about Baltimore

By: Carol Sorgen

Whether you’re a lifelong Baltimorean or a recent transplant, chances are you don’t know everything about your hometown. How many of these fun facts did you already know? Fort McHenry is the birthplace of the American national anthem, written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, when the Fort was defending the Baltimore harbor. Baltimore is home to the USS... READ MORE