November 25, 2012
Kitchen backsplashes are a popular kitchen upgrade, right up there with a fancy stone countertops. Tile and glass are probably the easiest and the most common — even the big-box stores carry them now for DIYers. And the Internet is filled with photo galleries for inspiration. But what Jackie Smith and her architect husband, Chris, do for their customers is off the grid. (Excuse the tile pun.) "I ask them what would make them smile when they come down for their morning coffee.
August 26, 2012
Naomi Stoltzfus, a young Amish woman, pushed a cart full of soda she'd just bought at Redner's Warehouse Market across the parking lot of Joppatowne Plaza to another section of the shopping center, where she planned to resell the beverages at the food stall where she works. Stoltzfus is employed at Kreative Kitchens, a salad and sandwich shop in the Amish Market, which occupies part of the Joppa Market Place section of the plaza. "We get a lot of ingredients for the salads from Redner's," Stoltzfus said on a recent Friday.
February 17, 2012
Fairfax, Va. Blake Shelton Stop by for Weekends at Mason to see country singer (and NBC's "The Voice" celebrity vocal coach) Blake Shelton's "Well Lit & Amplified" tour. Performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, on the campus of George Mason University, Shelton will be joined by rising star Justin Moore and Meg and Dia, a group founded by Dia Frampton, a finalist on "The Voice," and her sister, Meg Frampton. The concert is at George Mason University's Patriot Center.
January 6, 2012
This weekend, I was not going to go Dutch. Yes, we were in the "Dutch Country. " Lancaster County, Pa., to be exact. But I was not going to stuff my face at Kitchen Kettle Village, gawk at Amish buggies or get sidetracked by the QVC or Pottery Barn outlets. No. The goal of this two-day getaway was to discover the other Lancaster — the one that sits downtown within a compact 7 square miles and offers an artsy and hip vibe. Theater. Architecture. Galleries. Farm-to-table eateries.
April 9, 2011
James B. Cooper, a lifelong arabber turned stable manager and wagon builder, died April 1 of lung cancer at his West Baltimore home. He was 76. "He is a wonderful and colorful character and is among the last of the arraber wagon builders and restorers," said Elaine Eff, veteran state folklorist, who is co-director of the Maryland State Arts Council's Maryland Traditions. "Mr. Cooper lived and loved the streets of Baltimore. He would show up unannounced at the Arts Council — his eyes sparkling, an impish smile — just to tell us that he had discovered a lumber supplier on Pulaski Highway plastered with historic arraber photographs," said Dr. Eff, who is also folklorist-in-residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
March 27, 2011
The spring thaw — if we ever get one — will likely come with a good helping of mud. The Pennsylvania Dutch are counting on it. The segue between the seasons is when the Amish and Mennonite communities launch their annual mud sales in Lancaster County. No, they're not selling dirt. The sales are actually auctions featuring anything from tools and furniture to toys and livestock — and a whole lot in between. The events benefit the region's local fire companies.