Author: Ellyn Wexler

Kentlands Community Players Stages First Production

Photo | Submitted Ray Essick and Alexandra Guyker rehearse “Play On!” by Rick Abbott, the first Kentlands Community Players show scheduled to debut on the Arts Barn stage April 26 and 27.

The brand-new Kentlands Community Players (KCP) are poised to put on their first show April 26 and 27 on the Arts Barn stage. The subject of Rick Abbott’s “Play On!”—a play-within-a-play about community theater—seemed a natural choice for the fledgling…

Lakelands Resident Strives for LLS Man of the Year Title

Photo | Submitted Rob McGowan, who is in the running of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year, is pictured with his mother, Eve McGowan, and (L to R) Ryder, Landon and Hali McGowan.

Rob McGowan wants to be Man of the Year. And his quest is far nobler than anything to do with excellence on or off an athletic field. Instead, it is all about philanthropy. The Lakelands resident and Kentlands Main Street…

Clear Skies Ahead for Meadery to Open in Kentlands This Fall

Photo | Submitted Clear Skies Mead’s steampunk honey bee logo reflects their concept of merging the old with the new to “bring mead into the modern age,” according to co-owner Yancy Bodenstein.

Yancy Bodenstein knows more than a modicum about mead. The Gaithersburg-based home brewer has been making the alcoholic beverage for about 13 years and has won a few awards for his products. “I would argue that mead is the oldest…

Curtis Sittenfeld Brings the Bennets to the 21st Century

Photo | Submitted "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld is a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

A few reasons inspired me to pick up Curtis Sittenfeld’s 2016 novel “Eligible.” Most important, I felt something light to read might alleviate the stress of my news-cycle obsession. Also, I had loved the St. Louis-based author’s four other novels,…

Safe Grow Montgomery Activists Star in New Environmental Documentary

Photo | Helen Jurkowski (L to R) Julie Taddeo, Jennifer Quinn, Ethan Quinn, Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin and Catherine Cummings attend the screening of “Ground War at the March 19 Environmental Film Festival in DC.

Kentlands resident Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin and her Safe Grow Montgomery (SGM) colleagues are featured in a 2018 documentary titled “Ground War: When Playing Fields Become Battlefields.” When it premiered as part of the Environmental Film Festival on March 19 at D.C.’s…

City Exploring Options for Its Historical Railroad Artifacts

Photo | Submitted The restored 1950s Budd Company of Philadelphia Car No. 1951 was moved from the B&O Museum to Olde Towne Gaithersburg in January 2012.

With the approval of the developer’s site plan for a mixed-use development—109 rental units plus retail space at 315 Diamond Ave., the property adjacent to Olde Towne’s Gaithersburg Community Museum, the City of Gaithersburg is considering the fate of two…

Two Books Everyone’s Talking About… for Different Reasons

This month’s choices came from the sphere of “Everyone’s talking about them, and I want to know why.” What Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” and A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window” have in common is being published to great…

Cowgirls of Color Lasso in Celebrants for ‘Butch Cassidy’

Photo | Submitted The Cowgirls of Color will make a special appearance at the Arts Barn on March 29 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Typical Arts Barn events are visual arts exhibits, lectures and meetings with community relevance, theatrical presentations, concerts and films. It is hardly the place anyone associates with horses. But the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Academy Award-winning…