May 25, 2012
'Moonlight and Magnolias' Comedy about the writing of the movie script for "Gone with the Wind" runs June 8-30 at the Colonial Players, 108 East St. in Annapolis. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a 7:30 p.m. performance on June 17. Tickets are $20 and $15 and can be purchased at thecolonialplayers.org or by calling 410-268-7373. Book sale Thousands of books, videotapes, and miscellaneous items will be on sale Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3, at 1718 Urby Drive in Crofton.
December 30, 2010
Someone once told me that home design and improvement projects should be fun. But if you've ever built a new house, tried to renovate a bathroom, landscaped the front yard or selected a paint color for the hallway, you know that projects around the house can be stressful. They shouldn't be. After spending much of my free time over the past 21/2 years fixing up my old house, I need to remind myself of that on a regular basis. So one of my New Year's resolutions is to keep the projects I am working on around the house fun. Sure, the wood floors underneath the wall-to-wall carpet I just had removed on the second floor look like someone splattered them with driveway tar, tried to ice-skate on them and then scorched random boards with a handheld torch, but I know it could be much, much worse.
March 8, 2010
Coming out of the snowiest Maryland winter on record, thousands of Marylanders got a jump-start on spring at the Maryland Home & Garden Show where tulips, daffodils and pansies were in full bloom. Last month's blizzard inspired McCarroll Nole of Baltimore to attend the annual show on Sunday for the first time. "We are tired of the white stuff. We want to see some green. We want to see something come out of the ground," said Nole, who brought a camera with him to record ideas for sprucing up his flower garden.
March 5, 2010
Joey Green, the "mad scientist of clean," and Jeff "Mole Hunter" Holper aren't the only "live" attractions at the Maryland Home and Garden Show. Here are a few others: •Among the must-sees at the show are 19 fully landscaped gardens, including one designed by European Landscapes, winner of Best-in-Show last year. Boordy Vineyards and Linganore Wine Cellars are offering free wine tastings to add to your enjoyment of the gardens. •The Maryland Spring Craft Show features more than 250 artists, including Chester Shuey's handcrafted wood furniture and Charles Adams' metal garden art. Adams' stone and metal birds are featured at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
June 4, 2009
If gardeners are ever truly green, it is probably with envy, an emotion that commonly overtakes them when they see someone else's garden. That's never more true than on garden tours, when you pay for a ticket to see gardens that are nicer than yours. Home and garden tours clutter the calendar in late May and early June, when the weather might still be mild and the gardens are at their peak of color and freshness. Saturday and Sunday in Reservoir Hill, Charles Village and Annapolis' Murray Hill neighborhood, many "little gems" will be on display on self-guided walking tours.
March 12, 2009
Can I transplant my dogwood while it is blooming? I planted it too close to the house two years ago, but it is flourishing. Dogwoods are forest understory trees, so choose a new location that is at least part shade. Spring is the time to transplant your dogwood, but wait until the soil is workable, i.e. dry enough that a ball of soil squeezed in your hand will crumble when you bounce it. Working with soggy soil that contains a high percentage of clay could turn it into cement. When you transplant your dogwood, prepare the transplant hole ahead of time.