Category: Features

Out & About

The kids are back in school and the evenings are getting cooler, but there are still plenty of reasons to get out and about in the Urbana area this month: In the Street For over 25 years the In The…

Out and About

As the dog days of Summer make their way to Urbana, many area residents head out of town, but there’s plenty of fun in our own backyard, too. Here are a few things to get you Out and About in…

Savoring Steinbeck Country

Ever since I read “John Steinbeck: A Writer” by Jay Parini, I’ve longed to visit his literary landscape of Monterey County, Calif. I’ve yearned to see Cannery Row in Monterey, Monterey Bay, and especially Salinas, Calif., Steinbeck’s birthplace and now…

Chili Out

Summer will be over soon and the kids will be back in school, so let’s eat out while we can. I recently met Spike at a charity affair and was very impressed by him, his food and his book. The…

Mike at the Movies

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (PG-13) ** I still don’t like vampire movies. Call me contrarian and I know that what the critics say will not touch these pictures, but that does not remove from us the responsibility for commenting on…

Out and About

It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s Frederick County in July. Here are a few ways to get out and about this month: Great Frederick Float Join Downtown Frederick Partnership July 3, 5 – 9 p.m. for the third annual Great Frederick…

The Way Grandmother Rode

I never knew my Grandmother Nora. She had died more than a quarter-century before I was born, but my mother used to tell me stories about her. One in particular I can still remember: “Your Grandmother Nora rode on a…