Author: Ellyn Wexler

The Constant Reader: Two Sequels Worth the Wait

Photo | Submitted Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

The authors of the two 2019 novels I consider here delayed producing sequels to their critically-acclaimed and commercially successful novels an unusually long time. “Olive, Again” is Elizabeth Strout’s follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel “Olive Kitteredge.” “The Big…

Sharon Cantrell Joins Planning Commission

Photo | Phil Fabrizio In mid-November, Kentlands resident Sharon Cantrell became alternate commissioner for the City of Gaithers- burg’s Planning Commission.

If you want something done, ask a busy person. Sharon Cantrell is one of those people. The longtime Kentlands resident, who has a degree in finance, insurance and business law from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, works full-time as…

New Book Tells Story of Hunt for Nazis Hiding in the U.S.

Photo | Submitted Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper's new book "Citizen 865" was published in November.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter dwells in our midst. Debbie Cenziper came to Montgomery County in 2007 upon taking a job with The Washington Post. Pulitzer already in hand for a series about affordable housing corruption that she wrote for…

New Dog on the Block: Dog Haus Biergarten to Open in Kentlands

Photo | Mac Kennedy Faizan and Adila Khan are bringing Dog Haus Biergarten to Kentlands Market Square.

Faizan Khan is bringing a bit of Southern California to Kentlands. Sadly, he cannot import the weather, but what he brings may be equally delicious. Dog Haus Biergarten—offering signature gourmet hot dogs plus handcrafted sausages, Black Angus beef burgers as…

Recommendations from a Constant Reader

Goodreads, the book review and recommendations website I use to record my reading, reported that during my journey in books for 2019 so far, I have read 11,971 pages across 34 books with an average rating of 3.9 (on a…

Kentlands Community Players’ Second Show Penned by Kentlands Playwright

Photo | Mac Kennedy (L to R) Kryss Lacovaro Curtis and Sheldon Reiffenstein rehearse "Shoulda Coulda Woulda," opening on the Arts Barn stage Nov. 22.

In choosing its second production, Kentlands Community Players (KCP) was true to its mission “to highlight the talent we have within our community,” said Meredith Fogle, the company’s founder. “Shoulda Coulda Woulda” (SWC), which will premiere on the Arts Barn…

Cycling Group Raises Funds for Veterans

Photo | Dave Parrish For former Kentlands resident Walter Ellenberger, Ride Allegheny 2019 was his 18th and last ride. Ellenberger will be focusing on Return to Goat Island, a kayaking and paddle-boarding event that raises funds for Operation Second Chance Delmar that started seven years ago in the beach community where he now lives.

Nearly two decades ago, a group of Kentlands residents rode their bicycles around the community for fun and exercise. In 2001, those men—Clark Wagner, David Baseheart, Dan Borten, Chris O’Brien and Walter Ellenberger plus Ellenberger’s father—opted to add a bit…

Arts on the Green Presents a New Season of Concerts

Photo | Submitted The Singer Songwriter Series, presented by Kentlands’ O’Hair Salon + Spa, returns for an eighth season. Look for headliner Peter Case on Oct. 19.

All manner of music will be in the air around the Kentlands as the City of Gaithersburg’s Arts on the Green initiates a brand-new season of concerts at the Arts Barn and the Kentlands Mansion. Music Program Coordinator Suzanne Takahashi…