November 15, 2012
For Bryan Voltaggio, this holiday season is about beginnings. His latest restaurant venture - and the first outside Frederick - is slated to open. It will be his family's first Christmas in their new Urbana home. And with a son age 5 and a daughter who's not quite 2, that tender age when he's pretty sure Christmas memories start to truly cement, the chef and father is determined to do it right. No surprise, he'll be making most of it happen in the kitchen - Santa's workshop with cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel and peppermint.
December 22, 2011
"Women are not dying because of disease we cannot treat; they are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving. " — Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla, author of the "World Report on Women's Health" A young woman, large with child, took a long journey with her husband; during the trip she went into labor and delivered her baby in a barn. There was no room at the inn, nowhere else for her to go. After delivery, she made a bed for the baby out of a feeding trough.
December 30, 2010
Reminiscing about favorite holiday shows in and around Annapolis seems a pleasant diversion as the new year begins. Although my celebration with my husband began with the Annapolis Chorale's "Celebration of Christmas" concert and then "The Nutcracker," I'll concentrate on three other events: Standing O's "A Christmas Story," the Annapolis Chorale's "Messiah" at St. Anne's Church and "Stef and Sue's Christmas Show" at the Powerhouse. Standing O's humorous presentation of "A Christmas Story" — a favorite spanning generations that I had somehow entirely missed until now — is based on the Indiana boyhood reminiscences of radio personality Jean Shepherd.
December 11, 2010
Preparing for Christmas Sunday School students at Galilee Lutheran Church will help worshipers prepare Christmas through presentations in words and music at the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the church, 4652 Mountain Road, Pasadena. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the service. Information: 410-255-8236 or galileelutheranchurch.org. Christmas programs The Chesapeake Christian Center, 206 Weston Woods in Pasadena, is sponsoring these free holiday programs: •"The Splendor of Christmas": Broadway-style musical tells the Christmas story through dance, drama and song at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. •"Candy Cane Lane": Dove Award-winning musical teaches God alone can satisfy his children.
December 24, 2009
IMAX AT THE MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER: The Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and two IMAX films will be screened. To get ready for the big day, "A Christmas Carol: 3D" is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For the more artistically inclined, "Van Gogh: Brush With Genius" is at 1 p.m. There are also showtimes for both films on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $12. Go to mdsci.org. POP-UPS AT HARBOR EAST: If you're the kind of person who gets a kick out of waiting until the last possible moment to buy your gifts, several temporary boutiques have set up shop on the first floor of the Legg Mason Tower at President Street Circle.
December 24, 2009
THE CHRISTMAS STORY: The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., might be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but there's still plenty of time to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. "The Christmas Story: Picturing the Birth of Christ in Medieval Manuscripts" includes medieval illustrations based on the events of the Christmas story as recounted in the New Testament. This exhibit runs through Feb. 28. Admission is free. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org. DANIELIA COTTON: This rock-and-roller influenced by the likes of Tina Turner, AC/DC and Joe Cocker comes to Rams Head on Stage, 33 West St. in Annapolis, at 8 p.m. Kat Parsons also performs.