Suspenseful fiction for summer reading

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: July 31, 2020

The Bibliophile This summer, relax and enjoy these tales of crime detection, spycraft and murder as conjured by talented older authors. The Department of Sensitive Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel, by Alexander McCall Smith, 240 pages, Anchor paperback, 2020 Follow Detective Ulf Varg of the Malmo, Sweden, Criminal Investigation Authority as he solves quirky cases assigned to his... READ MORE

Old-time radio buffs celebrate its heyday

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: July 31, 2020

“Enter the theater of your own imagination,” beckons Murray Horwitz every Sunday evening. Listeners tune into shows like “Gunsmoke,” “Superman” and “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar” on WAMU/88.5 FM’s “The Big Broadcast.” Rapt listeners can ride along in a patrol car with detective Joe Friday as he tracks down a murder suspect on “Dragnet,” or follow U.S. Marshal Matt ... READ MORE

Author brings history to life with tours

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Normally at this time of year, author and historian Garrett Peck of Arlington, Virginia, would be leading his popular walking tours throughout the greater Washington area, and having a drink with the participants afterward. Now, due to the pandemic, he’s had to go virtual. Peck, 52, established his walking tour business in 2006, exploring Prohibition-related sites in Washington, D.C. A ... READ MORE

An antidote to pandemic’s stress

By: Tony Glaros
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Be it a world steeped in pandemic drama or a frayed social order, the show must go on for devotees of the Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant in Woodstock. Nestled on a gentle, 232-acre rise, the land was originally owned by a family who farmed it for three centuries. They set aside the property for students and adults in order to enrich their environmental consciousness, said Meg... READ MORE

Let’s put on a concert in the barn!

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Imagine being able to listen to your favorite classical musicians, while sipping wine and enjoying light fare, all without having to dress up, fight for parking, or maneuver around hundreds of other people. In a barn located in the spacious farm country of Phoenix, Maryland, 22 miles from Baltimore, Steinway Series at Silo Hill has room for around 100 guests. Since 2016, it has hosted... READ MORE

Are you itching to get rid of mosquitoes?

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Has your tomato plant produced blossoms but no fruit? If so, that may be because a neighbor engaged a mosquito control service. The principal active ingredient in the insecticides used by these services — pyrethrum, permethrin, resmethrin, or d-phenothrin — does not differentiate between mosquitoes and beneficial insects, such as the bumblebees needed to pollinate your tomato... READ MORE