Try these delightful novels this summer

By: Dinah Rokach

Escape into fantasy, revel in the past, follow a detective on his rounds around the Louisiana bayous, join a tour to Cuba with a suspenseful side trip, and enjoy the company of characters created by talented writers. What a great way to spend a relaxing day! Whether soaking up the rays at the water’s edge, enjoying the shade under a favorite tree with a cool drink in hand, or winding... READ MORE

Marvelous musical revisits 1940s New York

By: Michael Toscano

So you’re still annoyed or let down that you can’t get in, or can’t afford, to see Hamilton? Well, here’s a theater-insider’s secret: go to Olney Theatre Center for their splendiferous production of the musical On the Town, and you will have just as much fun and just as much sublime pleasure, for much less money and bother. Go ahead: feel smug. You’re saving on astronomical... READ MORE

20 years on a field of dreams

By: Barbara Ruben

On summer nights in the mid-1990s, Bruce Adams would travel to bucolic Virginia towns nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, take a seat in the bleachers of small ballparks, and revel in the thwack a baseball made against a wooden bat. Seemingly half the town would show up for the games to eat $1 hotdogs and watch the amateur college ball players who made up the summer teams and were housed... READ MORE

Play Ball!

By: Barbara Ruben

While Big Train’s players are college athletes, older adult amateurs have a number of opportunities to join softball teams across the Washington area. Virginia Northern Virginia Senior Softball (NVSS) is a slow-pitch softball league open to men 50 and up, and women 40 and up. NVSS has more than 550 players. There are three conferences based on skill level. There are both... READ MORE

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actress turns advocate

By: Rebekah Alcalde

When Chandra Wilson’s daughter suddenly became ill with nausea, vomiting and intense abdominal pain — a condition that persisted and returned many times — the 48-year old mother and actress rolled up her sleeves and began to keep a log of her daughter’s symptoms. Eventually, the binder of information she put together, accompanied by her persistent advocacy, helped doctors... READ MORE

Ghostly matters raised in ‘The Quickening’

By: Dan Collins

According to Wikipedia, “quickening” refers to the moment in pregnancy when “the woman starts to feel or perceive fetal movements in the uterus…the word, ‘quick,’ originally meant ‘alive.’” In award-winning local playwright Mark Scharf’s modern gothic tale, The Quickening, it’s the moment when one’s spirit — what constitutes one’s true self — takes... READ MORE