Local comic book stores take part in Free Comic Book Day

Spider-Man at Barbarian ComicsSpider-Man welcomes visitors to Barbarian Comics in Wheaton on Free Comic Book Day. Click on "Image Gallery" for more photos. PHOTO BY MARK C. ROBINSONOn Saturday, May 7, local comic book stores in Montgomery County took part in the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day. Scheduled on the first Saturday of May, this nationwide promotional event was created in 2001 to attract new readers. Participating retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books by various publishers, and some offer special deals and creator signings at their locations. For more information on this annual event, visit



This "Man Cave" is home to some of the sweetest sounds produced in Montgomery

Patuxent Studio 3Tom Mindte in his recording studio. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

ROCKVILLE – Entering Patuxent Studio is like stepping into a living room composed of different decades.

Perhaps it is the 1940s television set on the far right side of the room of the warehouse or the 1950s jukebox right next to it.

In the next room is the live space for bands to play and record - the birthplace of 280 albums.

Farther back is the control room and walls lined with photos from decades of musical work.

To Patuxent Music founder and producer Tom Mindte, it’s his “man cave,” where modern recording equipment meets vintage interior design.


Rocklands Farm takes advantage of great wines and good country living


POOLESVILLE - Driving up to what seemed to be a scene in a film set in the 1800s, one can see the signs in front of Rocklands Farm pointing either way with the words “Artisan Tour” on them. According to farm manager Greg Glenn, the farm was only one stop in a tour that spanned most of the countryside in Poolesville.

The closest stop to Rocklands Farm was up the road toward Beallsville, where artists like David Therriault welcomed tourists into their studios to see works such as stone sculptures.

The Artisan Tour consisted of 15 stops spread out between Poolesville and Glenwood. Each stop was at the home and studio of the artists displaying and selling their work. Their mediums ranged from stone sculptures to hand-blown glass.


Getting down and dirty with Bluegrass in MoCo

Gary 5Gary Reid entertains the audience with his one man show depicting Carter Stanley. PHOTO BY NADIA PALACIOS

SILVER SPRING – A small Silver Spring venue, also known as Bruce Cohen’s living room, could fit 60 people.

Nearly that many showed up and sat in a semicircle Sunday afternoon to watch Gary Reid’s one man show depicting the life of bluegrass singer Carter Stanley.


No train in vain in Gaithersburg museum

GAITHERSBURG – Several hundred people visited the Gaithersburg Community Museum Sunday to learn about trains and the role they have played in shaping modern society.

The event was the first “Train Day” of 2016. The museum hosts several such events annually.

Attendees could tour the caboose and rail car which are kept at the museum, participate in trained-themed arts and craft activities, and play with and watch model trains.


Variety show to showcase autistic students’ talents

GERMANTOWN – People diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder are often perceived as antisocial or withdrawn.

This Friday, several autistic students will defy that perception when they perform on stage.


Wootton High stages production of musical “Legally Blonde”


Wootton Center for the Arts is currently presenting "Legally Blonde: The Broadway Musical" at Wootton High School in Rockville.

The play, of course, is composed of several acts, lead and minor roles, music, and drama. But behind the scenes of “Legally Blonde” at Wootton High are the sets and subsets of these larger components.


Potomac river excursion revisits the country's first national highway - water

POTOMAC – The passengers waited along the dock on a cool yet sunny Sunday afternoon for the captain of the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn packet boat from the 1870s.

While the captain prepared for the 3 o’clock canal boat excursion, park ranger at the Great Falls Tavern Rebecca Jameson laid out the rules for the passengers.

“We’re going to go back in time to the 1870s,” Jameson said.

Though that particular excursion was the last one for the day Sunday, Great Falls Tavern recently began the excursion season, which will last from now until October.


Mrs. Washington D.C. calls for Veterans awareness

DSC 5521Mrs. Washington D.C., Kinosha Soden is using her title to campaign for greater awareness of veterans issues. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

Now that medical aesthetician, businesswoman and mother of two Kinosha Michell has conquered the Mrs. D.C. 2016 the pageant, her next battle is to call attention to issues affecting the nation’s war veterans.

Soden also said there is a huge need to engage girls into careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.