Foodies grow and see green

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on July 05, 2023

Many of our grandparents made food from scratch — such as jam, biscuits, applesauce, even whiskey. Today, some local entrepreneurs over 50 are confirming that it’s possible to do it and even make a living at it. With a mindset of “If you can’t find it on the grocery shelves, make it yourself,” these enterprising older adults have built robust businesses making and selling... READ MORE

A great time to explore classes

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 20, 2023

Although retiree Janet Ameen-Lee had paddled a canoe as a child, she was anxious about getting in a kayak when visiting Centennial Lake with other members of Howard County’s Encore Adventures Kayaking Club. “I was nervous the first time. I even used my inhaler,” said Ameen-Lee, who lives in Columbia. But with encouragement from an instructor and other club participants, she... READ MORE

Helping those with disabilities

By Timothy Cox
Posted on June 19, 2023

In 1983, a group of Maryland parents who wanted better services for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities founded a nonprofit called Target Community & Educational Services. The late Milton M. Harris of Lutherville was one of those parents. He and his wife, the late Mary Charlotte Wooden Harris, sought a better life for their youngest daughter, Linda Ann,... READ MORE

Foster a mutual sense of worth

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 05, 2023

Whether we remember the taste of Grandma’s pies or the smell of Grandpa’s cigars, most of us recall our parents’ parents with fondness. After all, they seemed to love us unconditionally — and even spoiled us a little. Some older adults in our area are stepping up to act as grandparents to children in need. And so far, they’re finding that the time they spend with children as... READ MORE

Recalling a beloved puppeteer

By Tina Collins
Posted on May 22, 2023

“As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us, that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.” These words by the late puppeteer Jim Henson set the stage for an immersive museum experience into his enduring entertainment legacy. Henson’s remarkable contributions to pop culture will be showcased at “The Jim Henson Exhibition:... READ MORE

Honoring a woman of purpose

By Diane York
Posted on May 01, 2023

When Ify Nwabukwu came to the U.S. from Nigeria at age 25, her dream was to become a physician. She studied at several colleges, finally graduating with a degree in nursing from Howard University in Washington, D.C. But her real career developed as the founder and leader of an organization that has boosted the health of thousands of African women new to this country. In fact, the impact... READ MORE

Longtime conductor moves on

By Robert Friedman
Posted on April 18, 2023

Although Jason Love, 52, will be stepping down after 24 years as music director of the Columbia Orchestra, he intends to keep his music career moving in several directions, including more cello recitals, further composing and exploring ways to film musical events. “Columbia has been my dream job,” Love said in a recent interview with the Beacon. “I loved being with the orchestra.... READ MORE

Playwright opens eyes, not ears

By Margaret Foster
Posted on April 17, 2023

If you like Charlie Chaplin films, you’ll enjoy an upcoming production from The Performing Arts at Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville. Although Goya: en la Quinta del Sordo (Spanish for “in the house of the deaf man”) doesn’t have any words, it has a little bit of comedy, music and food for thought. It’s a play about the works of Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)... READ MORE

We all can give voice to history

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on April 03, 2023

Oral history can bring the past to life in ways history books can’t — from a first-person account of seeing a plane smash into the Pentagon on 9/11, to more pleasant recollections of Hot Shoppes restaurants, where waiters sprinted to cars with trays of milkshakes and burgers. And in the Washington area, opportunities abound for people to both share their stories and read or listen to ... READ MORE

Reenacting historical battles

By Ana Preger Hart
Posted on March 20, 2023

White-walled A-frame tents dot the field where Union soldiers dressed in their blues march nearby in formation, muskets propped up straight against their shoulders. The sun catches serious faces under their distinct forage caps; these soldiers are marching to battle. Soon, a cloud of smoke hovers over the field as a line of soldiers fires a volley at the enemy, stars and stripes on the... READ MORE