Author: Ellyn Wexler

Musica Viva Free Outdoor Concert No. 3

Photo | Pam Schipper Maestro Simeone Tartaglione conducts the Musica Viva Kentlands Orchestra, a live 15-piece professional string orchestra, at the Musica Viva free outdoor concert no. 2 on Sunday, June 23 at the Kentlands Mansion.

This article was originally published by Culture Spot MC, www.culturespotmc.com.   Musica Viva will present its third free-admission classical music concert—its second of 2019—at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. The approximately 650 people who attended the June 23 performance can attest…

Ryan Spiegel Seeks Another Term

(L to R) Ryan Spiegel visits with Rob Garretson and Jud Ashman at the fifth annual Kentlands Under the Lights. Photo | Markham Luke

Ryan Spiegel knew he had a lot to learn when he first took a seat on the Gaithersburg City Council back in 2007. He recalled, “I took the time to listen and observe, to understand what makes for a successful…

Pritchards Lobby Congress for Music Education in Public Schools

Joe Pritchard and his daughter, Olivia, recently joined with fellow members of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation to lobby Congress for funding music education in public schools. Photo | Submitted

“Nobody doesn’t love music,” said Joe Pritchard, who firmly believes in the value of instilling that love in children as part of a well-rounded education. He acknowledged that such thinking is also intrinsic to the future of his business, Kentlands’…

Wine Harvest to Close After 20 Years

Photo | Phil Fabrizio The Wine Harvest kitchen will shut down on June 30, but the store will remain open for a few more days so the community can come in and reminisce, purchase wine and beer, and bring in food from outside.

Alas, the community is losing a beloved Market Street institution. Andy, Randi and Marty Meyrowitz, longtime owners of The Wine Harvest, have announced that they are closing their cozy neighborhood gathering place. “A confluence of events, a lot of different…

It’s Greek for Me: ‘Circe’ Reimagines Sorceress as Heroine

Circe

I got back to the gods in May. No need for concern. I was not undergoing a spiritual transformation. Instead, I had the illuminating and pleasing experience of reading Madeline Miller’s “Circe.” The 2018 novel—its stunning cover art; its mix…