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.


Nutcracker prequel comes to Rockville

Ballet 1The Nutcracker prequel original ballet "Beoming Sugar Plum" was performed for the first time at Montgomery College by the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy March 18 through March 20.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

ROCKVILLE — The new “spin” didn’t just come from the ballerinas.

A local artistic director has put a new spin on Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”


Let there be music…

For over 27 years, Outta the Way Cafe remains center of MoCo music scene

OTWC - Late as Usual Band-21Patrons crowd the bar at The Outta The Way Cafe. PHOTO BY TERRY BRENNAN

DERWOOD — The audience continued to share laughs and conversation across every table at Outta the Way Cafe as they waited for the band to set up and kick off Saturday night with some live music. 

“We are . . .  ‘Late As Usual’,” Tom Blood said, introducing the band. 

This is a typical Saturday night at Outta the Way Cafe.


Women in combat reflect on rebel roots

IMG 0742Olney resident Sylvia Henderson (left) moderated a panel discussion featuring documentary filmmaker Maria Agui Carter (right) and four other women discussing the history of women serving in combat. The panel discussion at the Black Rock Center for the Arts followed a screening of Carter's 2013 documentary, "Rebel." PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM

GERMANTOWN – The term “You’ve come a long way baby,” took on special significance to a small group of veterans as they assembled this week and celebrated their rebel roots.

On Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts, documentary filmmaker Maria Agui Carter answered questions after a screening of her movie, “Rebel,” about Loreta Janeta Velazquez, who served as a trailblazer 153 years ago when she fought for the Confederacy posing as a man.


Shatner beams himself into the Warner


ShatnerL William Shatner. COURTESY PHOTO

“Tell us a tale, you’re the Rocket Man, tell us a tale tonight/We’re all in the mood for a homily, and you’ve got us feeling all right…”


WASHINGTON – At about 7:30 last Thursday, I made my way to my upper balcony seat at Warner Theatre. I was there to see William Shatner perform his one-man show, “Shatner’s World.” An usher walked around the section, asking if anyone was interested in paying $20 to upgrade to suite seating. Embracing the affirming motto of my generation –“#YOLO” (You only live once.) - I raised my hand and said I’d do it. In the end, I was very happy with this decision, not simply because of the increased legroom, but because the closer proximity to the stage made for a more intimate and moving experience.


Celebrating Black History in Montgomery County

Several organizations and institutions recognize the significant contributions of African-Americans during February, Black History Month. According to Lisa MacLeman of Montgomery County Parks, here is what Montgomery County has planned this month. More information can be found online at