March 28, 2017
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    • While they stayed in Maryland for their recent Baltimore performance, the Whiffenpoofs of Yale — comprising 14 members in total (two not pictured) — stayed in Severna Park at the childhood home of member Solon Snider (front right).Photo by Dylan Roche
      While they stayed in Maryland for their recent Baltimore performance, the Whiffenpoofs of Yale — comprising 14 members in total (two not pictured) — stayed in Severna Park at the childhood home of member Solon Snider (front right).

    Severna Park Graduate Returns To Maryland With World-Renowned Whiffenpoofs A Cappella Group

    By Judy Tacyn
    Severna Park native and Yale University student Solon Snider is a Renaissance performer and a natural onstage. He has acted in dozens of shows and played instruments in pit orchestras, school orchestras and the Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) orchestra. He has sung in choirs such as the vocal...
    • Christalene Karaiskakis juggles multiple projects between face painting, body painting for cancer patients, and an affirmations board outside her home that provides positive reinforcement to passersby.Photos by Zach Sparks
      Christalene Karaiskakis juggles multiple projects between face painting, body painting for cancer patients, and an affirmations board outside her home that provides positive reinforcement to passersby.
    • Crystalooneys Creative Arts owner Christalene Karaiskakis spends some of her spare time sharing affirmations with the Cape St. Claire community.Photos by Zach Sparks
      Crystalooneys Creative Arts owner Christalene Karaiskakis spends some of her spare time sharing affirmations with the Cape St. Claire community.

    Healing Through Art: Christalene Karaiskakis Sees Art As A Calling

    By Zach Sparks
    When Christalene Karaiskakis paints, she has to exercise caution. After all, skin can be an unforgiving canvass.
    The Cape St. Claire owner of Crystalooneys Creative Arts is adept at face painting and coloring the crowns of cancer patients. She has also endeared herself to neighbors for daily...

    Blast From The Past: Walker Babington, Karen Crighton And Keenan O'Meara

    By Zach Sparks
    Have you ever read a great novel, only to be dismayed at the discovery of a cliffhanger? Have you ever glanced over a news article, only to wonder what happened to the child prodigy with Broadway aspirations or the old lady who lived in a shoe? (OK, maybe that last example wasn’t from a news...
    • Stephanie Verni’s third book, “Inn Significant,” follows a woman named Millie who overcomes loss by helping with the family business on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
      Stephanie Verni’s third book, “Inn Significant,” follows a woman named Millie who overcomes loss by helping with the family business on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

    Local Writer Releases Third Novel, “Inn Significant”

    By Judy Tacyn
    Stephanie Verni (neé Parrillo) has always been a writer, though her path to fiction novelist was less direct. She currently is a professor of business communication at Stevenson University, where she instructs writing and communication courses. Prior to teaching, Verni spent 13 years...
    • In “The Great Wall,” Matt Damon is a Spanish foreigner captured by a border patrol force trying to combat green monsters called Tao Tei. Sound ridiculous? It is.Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures
      In “The Great Wall,” Matt Damon is a Spanish foreigner captured by a border patrol force trying to combat green monsters called Tao Tei. Sound ridiculous? It is.

    "The Great Wall" And The Line Of Ridiculousness

    By Audrey Ruppert
    I have long promoted a concept I made up, a concept called the “line of ridiculousness” — a threshold that must be surpassed in order for a silly, plot-hole-ridden film to go from stupid to just plain fun. This is why I was not a fan of any of the individual Marvel movies, like...
    • The meat from Adam’s ribs was smoky and slightly charred, soft enough to literally fall off the bone and topped with sweet, tangy barbecue sauce.Photos by Shelley Allen
      The meat from Adam’s ribs was smoky and slightly charred, soft enough to literally fall off the bone and topped with sweet, tangy barbecue sauce.
    • Bursting with flavor were the steak nachos, which were covered with thinly-sliced Philadelphia cheesesteak-style meat, melted cheddar, barbecue sauce, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream in the middle.Photos by Shelley Allen
      Bursting with flavor were the steak nachos, which were covered with thinly-sliced Philadelphia cheesesteak-style meat, melted cheddar, barbecue sauce, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream in the middle.
    • The wings at Adam’s Taphouse and Grill were covered with a crunchy and flavorful coating, and brushed with a spicy hot sauce. There was no fat or grease.Photos by Shelley Allen
      The wings at Adam’s Taphouse and Grill were covered with a crunchy and flavorful coating, and brushed with a spicy hot sauce. There was no fat or grease.

    Adam’s Taphouse And Grill Offers Outstanding Ribs, Desserts And More

    By Shelley Allen
    Some days, you just want a good salad. Then some days, you want to demolish an entire rack of ribs dripping with tangy barbecue sauce. When this mood strikes, go ahead and feed your inner carnivore at Adam’s Taphouse & Grill.
    The restaurant, formerly known as Adam’s Ribs, has been...
    • An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.Photos courtesy of Stan Barouh
      An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.
    • An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.Photos courtesy of Stan Barouh
      An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.
    • An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.Photos courtesy of Stan Barouh
      An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.

    “God Of Carnage” Delves Into The Hilarious Dark Side Of Modern MannersExclusive

    By Dylan Roche
    It’s an inevitable fact of life that children fight. They might call one another names, break one another’s toys, or even hit and kick one another — and all for the pettiest of reasons.
    When people grow up though, they leave all that behavior behind them, right?
    At least, that...
    • Robert John Biedermann gives a sharp performance as Captain Andy Hawks, the showboat’s owner, demonstrating with his shrewd one-liners just how funny the script can be.Photo by Jeri Tidwell
      Robert John Biedermann gives a sharp performance as Captain Andy Hawks, the showboat’s owner, demonstrating with his shrewd one-liners just how funny the script can be.

    “Show Boat” Sets Sail At Toby’s Dinner TheatreExclusive

    By Dylan Roche
    Billed as an American classic, “Show Boat” made its debut at Toby’s Dinner Theatre on January 12, and that wasn’t just the debut of this production – it was the first time in Toby’s nearly four-decade history that this iconic piece of American culture has been...
    • Josh Denny (left), host of “Ginormous Foods,” cuts into an oversized stack of pancakes during a conversation with The Breakfast Shoppe’s owner, Jeff Fitchett.Photo courtesy of Food Network
      Josh Denny (left), host of “Ginormous Foods,” cuts into an oversized stack of pancakes during a conversation with The Breakfast Shoppe’s owner, Jeff Fitchett.

    Food Network’s “Ginormous Food” Stops At The Breakfast Shoppe For 30-Pound Pancakes

    By Leslie Dolsak
    On any given weekend, a line extends out the door of The Breakfast Shoppe in Severna Park. That’s why regulars like Bill and Paula Schulze of Arnold go before the rush.
    The Schulzes have been making the same deliberate choice every weekend: to sit down for a bite at The Breakfast Shoppe and...
    • Lyn Laviana’s piece “Sunday Brunch,” soon to be displayed at the Columbia Arts Center, is modeled after a restaurant in Littleton, Colorado.
      Lyn Laviana’s piece “Sunday Brunch,” soon to be displayed at the Columbia Arts Center, is modeled after a restaurant in Littleton, Colorado.
    • Currently at Benfield Gallery in Severna Park, Lyn Laviana’s piece “Eleanor” is based on Eleanor Roosevelt's house.
      Currently at Benfield Gallery in Severna Park, Lyn Laviana’s piece “Eleanor” is based on Eleanor Roosevelt's house.
    • Laviana’s piece called “Glowing West” was inspired by Colorado.
      Laviana’s piece called “Glowing West” was inspired by Colorado.

    Lyn Laviana Portrays Pastels Post-Retirement

    By Darrell Mak
    Severna Park artist Lyn Laviana spent many years trying her hand at different types of artistic work, but after retiring, she realized her true calling in painting pastel arts. Laviana’s work is being featured at Benfield Gallery in Severna Park, the Kent Island Federation of Arts and the...
  • Weekly Jam Session At American Legion Showcases Seasoned Musicians

    By Zach Sparks
    Twelve years ago, Mark Sheid and two of his pals — Denny Bartosz and Ray Fielder — decided to turn their weekly trip to Severna Park American Legion Post 175 into more than a social visit.
    “When I retired, we would come once a week and they said, ‘Get your guitar,’...
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  • Scorcese Asks But Does Not Answer: Do We Pray To God, Or To Silence?

    By Audrey Ruppert
    I have been anticipating “Silence” for months. Having had my own experiences with faith at Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SPEP) for many years and majored in Japanese in college, the spiritually themed film, set in Japan, seemed promising on multiple fronts. I was not...
    • Pasadena resident Matt Beziat earned runner-up honors for two photos. The pond picture in the Landscape category was taken on Halloween at Bunk’s Pond, which is located in a forested area of Kinder Farm.
      Pasadena resident Matt Beziat earned runner-up honors for two photos. The pond picture in the Landscape category was taken on Halloween at Bunk’s Pond, which is located in a forested area of Kinder Farm.
    • Millersville resident Mary Gallo had two winning pieces, including “Yellow Beauty Peeking Under Fence,” which took first place in the Flora category.
      Millersville resident Mary Gallo had two winning pieces, including “Yellow Beauty Peeking Under Fence,” which took first place in the Flora category.
    • David Uy of Severna Park tied for first place in Fauna with “Park Information.”
      David Uy of Severna Park tied for first place in Fauna with “Park Information.”
    • “Buddies” by Martin McCann tied for first place in the Fauna category.
      “Buddies” by Martin McCann tied for first place in the Fauna category.
    • “Summertime and the Livin’s Easy” was taken by Laura Quevedo.
      “Summertime and the Livin’s Easy” was taken by Laura Quevedo.

    Photo Contest Captures The Splendor Of Kinder Farm Park

    By Judy Tacyn
    By contest requirements, those who participated in the 2016 Life in the Park photography contest were amateurs, but based on their entries, they were anything but novices. The Friends of Kinder Farm Park recently announced the winners, who snapped shots of the park’s 288 pristine acres within...
    • The shrimp, calamari and scallops sampler is served with arugula and topped with extra virgin olive oil infused with lemon juice, which provides a tangy kick.Photos by Sharon Mager
      The shrimp, calamari and scallops sampler is served with arugula and topped with extra virgin olive oil infused with lemon juice, which provides a tangy kick.
    • Soft and slightly buttery, the black squid ink linguini comes with shrimp and scallops.Photos by Sharon Mager
      Soft and slightly buttery, the black squid ink linguini comes with shrimp and scallops.
    • The chocolate soufflé was dusted with powdered sugar, perfectly baked with a lava-like center, and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and berries.Photos by Sharon Mager
      The chocolate soufflé was dusted with powdered sugar, perfectly baked with a lava-like center, and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and berries.

    Step Off Crain Highway And Enjoy Arturo’s Trattoria

    By Sharon Mager
    Looking for a cozy Italian restaurant for a special night out? You don’t have to search farther than Arturo’s Trattoria, a real find in a nondescript strip center at 1660 Crain Highway South in Glen Burnie.
    It’s an intimate and inviting restaurant with a small bar in the front....
    • Kelsey King, the artistic director of Maryland Performing Arts Center, was chosen to lead the dance team at Stevenson University.
      Kelsey King, the artistic director of Maryland Performing Arts Center, was chosen to lead the dance team at Stevenson University.

    Stevenson University Names Local Dancer And Businesswoman As Head Coach

    By Rob Odle
    Kelsey King continues to build her already impressive dancing portfolio. At the start of this school year, the Maryland Performing Arts Center co-owner and artistic director was named the head coach of Stevenson University’s Division III dance team.
    Surprisingly, King is not an alumna of the...
    • Robert John Biedermann gives a sharp performance as Captain Andy Hawks, the showboat’s owner, demonstrating with his shrewd one-liners just how funny the script can be.Jeri Tidwell
      Robert John Biedermann gives a sharp performance as Captain Andy Hawks, the showboat’s owner, demonstrating with his shrewd one-liners just how funny the script can be.

    “Show Boat” Sets Sail At Toby’s Dinner TheatreExclusive

    By Dylan Roche
    Billed as an American classic, “Show Boat” made its debut at Toby’s Dinner Theatre on January 12, and that wasn’t just the debut of this production – it was the first time in Toby’s nearly four-decade history that this iconic piece of American culture has been...
    • A founding member of the band Trampled Under Foot, Nick Schnebelen is taking his blues act to Rams Head On Stage on January 18.
      A founding member of the band Trampled Under Foot, Nick Schnebelen is taking his blues act to Rams Head On Stage on January 18.

    The Nick Schnebelen Band Comes To Rams Head January 18Exclusive

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    Hailing from the Midwest — where his parents’ band Little Eva & The Works frequented clubs, honkytonks and festivals — Nick Schnebelen knows about the blues and its power to connect with people through raw emotions. He also knows how to impress audiences with his lead guitar...
    • A self-proclaimed news junkie, Mike Quindlen is one comedian featured during the Severna Park Taphouse open-mic comedy night held on the first and third Monday of each month.Photo courtesy of Travis Marshall
      A self-proclaimed news junkie, Mike Quindlen is one comedian featured during the Severna Park Taphouse open-mic comedy night held on the first and third Monday of each month.

    Comics Compete For Cash At The Taphouse

    By Leslie Dolsak
    Preschool teacher by day, comedian and trivia host by night, Chris Lowman, a graduate of Severna Park High School and Towson University, loves connecting people. Lowman just launched an open-mic comedy night at the Severna Park Taphouse, held during the first and third Monday of each month. The...
    • A select group of SPHS music students, seen here with Principal Patrick Bathras, recently played alongside the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the annual Side By Side concert.
      A select group of SPHS music students, seen here with Principal Patrick Bathras, recently played alongside the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the annual Side By Side concert.

    Severna Park High School Students Play Side By Side With The BSO

    By Sharon Mager
    Nine students from Severna Park High School recently participated in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) Side by Side program, partnering high school instrumental music students with BSO musicians.
    This year’s students were Carolyn Hong (clarinet), Ricardo Calvo (bassoon), Richard...
    • On the weekend of December 10 and 11, nearly 30 performers between the ages of 9 and 14 performed “Elf the Musical Jr.” as part of Theatre in the Park’s inaugural season.
      On the weekend of December 10 and 11, nearly 30 performers between the ages of 9 and 14 performed “Elf the Musical Jr.” as part of Theatre in the Park’s inaugural season.

    Theatre In The Park Makes Its Debut With “Elf Jr.”

    By Dylan Roche
    For the countless little elves employed up at the North Pole to build Santa’s gifts every year, Christmastime is a special occasion when weeks and weeks of hard work pay off, and the diligent little folks get to enjoy well-earned recognition for their dedicated time and energy.
    The same...
    • Moment by moment, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” pays loving tribute to the best movie musicals of yesteryear and builds a rallying cry for dreamers everywhere.Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment
      Moment by moment, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” pays loving tribute to the best movie musicals of yesteryear and builds a rallying cry for dreamers everywhere.

    Top 20 Films Of 2016

    By Dan Gvozden
    Make no mistake, 2016 has been a tumultuous year for the world. A hate-fueled election season dominated our television sets, countless beloved figures died (from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher), and global tensions seem to be headed toward some inevitable critical point. And yet, because it takes...

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