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

Don’t retire; reinvent yourself

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on March 06, 2023

After Paula Coupe retired from her 30-year government career, she spent her first six weeks organizing recipes. Once rested, the Alexandria resident set about finding a new life. Now she’s making jewelry, pottery and lamps, even entering juried shows. “I became a new person,” Coupe said. Another Northern Virginia retiree, Arina van Breda, who practiced medicine in Northern... READ MORE

Unsung hero of chamber music

By Robert Friedman
Posted on February 22, 2023

Harry Glass, 84, has been called a “true impresario” as well as the “chief cook and bottle-washer” who, for the past 22 years, has made possible the highly regarded Sundays at Three chamber music concerts in Columbia. The concerts have featured many of the region’s top musicians — including members of the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestras, faculty from... READ MORE

Meet Baltimore’s firetruck buffs

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on February 20, 2023

Once a month, Jim Melia drives his gleaming red 1961 American LaFrance firetruck to a grocery store in Cockeysville to pick up some milk. Hampsted retiree Malden Miller drives one of his five antique firetrucks to Walmart now and then. While onlookers might be baffled at the sight of an antique firetruck rumbling into the parking lot without sirens blaring, Melia and Miller regularly... READ MORE

Author made history as a baby

By Margaret Foster
Posted on January 17, 2023

When more than 250,000 Americans gathered to hear Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, a family of three was quietly making history in Baltimore. Baltimore native Sharon Langley was only 11 months old when her parents, Charles and Marian Langley, brought her to Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. Like many ... READ MORE

Vets pivot to serving community

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on January 03, 2023

It took three days and a lot of sweat, but last September, 15 volunteers hauled 12,000 tires out of a wooded area in a National Park site in Washington, D.C. They also pulled out sinks, toilets, rusty pipes and other debris that had been illegally dumped in the city’s Fort Dupont community gardens. In addition, they’ve spread compost, prepared garden beds and cleaned chicken coops.... READ MORE

Funky art museum’s new leader

By Robert Friedman
Posted on December 19, 2022

If you have ever asked, “What is the meaning of art and why should I care?” then Jenenne Whitfield, the new executive director of Baltimore’s popular American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), has the answers for you. Whitfield believes that the creation and appreciation of art can lead to a fuller life. “The key for me,” Whitfield told the Beacon in a recent interview, “is the ... READ MORE

A passion for teaching technology

By Margaret Foster
Posted on December 05, 2022

Say you call a loved one who lives alone, just to check in, but they don’t pick up the phone. As it rings and rings, you wonder if they’re okay. What if the worst has happened? At times like those, technology may save the day, or at least save an in-person safety visit. A quick video call to a device called an Amazon Echo Show, for instance, can give you a live view inside your loved ... READ MORE

Pickleball craze picks up speed in Howard County

By Margaret Foster
Posted on November 22, 2022

Pickleball — a game that early on attracted mostly older adults at senior centers — is now the fastest-growing sport in America and the country’s newest major league sport. It’s attracting the rich and famous: George Clooney, Stephen Colbert and author Brené Brown are avid picklers, along with other celebrities like Phil Mickelson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Larry David, Melinda Gates,... READ MORE

New sports memoir hits home

By Robert Friedman
Posted on November 21, 2022

“I saw Brooks Robinson dive to his right, I saw Cal Ripken Jr. dive to his left” in magical fielding plays for the Baltimore Orioles, writes Baltimore-raised Tom Callahan in his latest book, Gods at Play: An Eyewitness Account of Great Moments in American Sports. “I saw [Johnny] Unitas hand the ball off and still go through his many fakes” to fool would-be tacklers, Callahan... READ MORE