Author: Ellyn Wexler

A Glimpse Into the Canons of Two Prolific Contemporary Novelists

This past month, I discovered two novelists who are compelling storytellers and best of all, have written multiple well-received books I can add to my “must read” list. It’s always a delight to try something new—and love it. A number…

MorFIT Promises a Well-Run Hometown Gym

Photo | Submitted The former Gold’s Gym North Potomac is now MorFIT Gym.

Morgan Barnes appears to have just what the former Gold’s Gym North Potomac needed. Effective Jan. 15, she took over the facility, renamed MorFIT Gym, with plans and “confidence in my ability to give members the comfortable and high-level experience”…

Kentlands’ Own Master Classical Couple to Perform at Arts Barn

Photo | Submitted Kentlands residents and master classical musicians Alessandra Cuffaro and Simeone Tartaglione will perform at the Arts Barn on Jan. 26.

Master classical musicians Alessandra Cuffaro and Simeone Tartaglione love their adopted hometown. After leaving their native Italy for the United States in 2005, the couple eventually found their way to the “family-oriented, very cozy and architecturally very pretty and unique”…

Community Museum Focuses on Rocks, Minerals and Fossils

Photo | Courtesy of Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County Members of the Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County will have a table full of rocks to examine at the Discovery Days’ Rocks, Minerals and Fossils program.

This article originally appeared on CultureSpotMC.com. Karen Lottes, the Gaithersburg Community Museum’s program coordinator, is excited about the next installment of Discovery Days, a “series designed to stir the imagination and foster family involvement in a fun and stimulating environment.”…

Kentlands Community Players to Take the Arts Barn Stage

Photo | Cara O’Connor (L to R) Kentlands Community Players Brendan Emerson, Sheldon Reiffenstein, Meredith Fogle (seated), Peter Wolff, Kay Holcombe, Tracy Husted (seated), Maura Winkworth and Natasha Mirny meet to discuss their spring production.

Live theater generates a unique energy that has engaged Meredith Fogle since childhood. The Kentlands resident and realtor recalls “feeling transported” by the local productions of “Annie” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” her parents took her to, and…

Jodi Picoult’s New Novel Sparks Self-Examination

Jodi Picoult's "A Spark of Light"

Like nearly all of the Jodi Picoult books I have read, her latest, A Spark of Light, engaged me with its story and characters. And as in her more recent novels that have tackled contemporary controversial subjects, this one compelled…

Kentlands Mom Proves It’s a Great Life, If You Can Hack It

Photo | Submitted Kentlands resident Amanda Mushro’s quirky, entertaining and helpful look at parenting has taken her on a wild ride.

Amanda Mushro—who defines her occupation as “lifestyle/mom personality and life hacks expert”—has little time for slumber. “Because there are so many aspects to this job, I have a lot of balls in the air all the time,” acknowledged the Kentlands…

The Constant Reader

George Pelecanos' The Man Who Came Uptown

George Pelecanos’ ‘The Man Who Came Uptown’— An Homage to the Power of Literature George Pelecanos is The Man—in the awesome sense of the word. The uber-talented crime writer has demonstrated his excellence in some 20 previous best-selling novels as…