July 21, 2017
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    Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Summer Season Includes Eclectic Mix

    By Dylan Roche
    While summer usually means a vacation or hiatus for most people or groups, these months are proving to be the busiest time for the artists at Annapolis Shakespeare Company. And really, who needs the boring reruns on television or cheesy sequels at the movies when an audience can connect with the...
    • Ed Sparks has made 12 instruments including the Falcon 12 guitar and the Lily, a six-string guitar that he named after his granddaughter.
      Ed Sparks has made 12 instruments including the Falcon 12 guitar and the Lily, a six-string guitar that he named after his granddaughter.
    • On July 12, Ed Sparks will explain how he makes his custom guitars during a presentation suited for musicians, woodworkers and everyone in between.
      On July 12, Ed Sparks will explain how he makes his custom guitars during a presentation suited for musicians, woodworkers and everyone in between.
    • Edward Sparks will showcase his guitar-making techniques at the Broadneck Library on July 12.
      Edward Sparks will showcase his guitar-making techniques at the Broadneck Library on July 12.
    • Some of Sparks’ miniature guitars are on display in Martin Guitar Company’s museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, while others have found their way to Don Everly and Emmylou Harris.
      Some of Sparks’ miniature guitars are on display in Martin Guitar Company’s museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, while others have found their way to Don Everly and Emmylou Harris.
    • Some of Sparks’ miniature guitars are on display in Martin Guitar Company’s museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, while others have found their way to Don Everly and Emmylou Harris.
      Some of Sparks’ miniature guitars are on display in Martin Guitar Company’s museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, while others have found their way to Don Everly and Emmylou Harris.

    Edward Sparks To Bring Knowledge And Guitars To Broadneck Library

    By Zach Sparks
    Eddie Van Halen could make his guitar wail and dive-bomb. Jimi Hendrix enveloped his tone in fuzz and twang. With his fingers, Randy Rhoads raced down the fretboard with distorted fury.
    To emulate these and other iconic sounds made famous by legendary guitarists, musicians often purchase custom...
    • “Wonder Woman,” unlike so many of its contemporaries in the incessant tide of superhero wish-wash, is great fun not because it’s overly ridiculous but because it perfectly balances all the elements that normally drag a superhero movie down and gets all those elements just right.Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
      “Wonder Woman,” unlike so many of its contemporaries in the incessant tide of superhero wish-wash, is great fun not because it’s overly ridiculous but because it perfectly balances all the elements that normally drag a superhero movie down and gets all those elements just right.

    Superheroic Success With New “Wonder Woman”

    By Audrey Ruppert
    I’m not normally a fan of superhero movies, especially the reboots of late. They often follow the same, tired formula: too much cheesy backstory with cringe-worthy dialogue, oversimplification of complex moral questions, hacky “patriotism,” over-the-top battle scenes and...
    • Cape St. Claire resident Deborah Banker created a statue that was positioned in front of Dragon Stadium at Glenelg Country School.Deborah Banker
      Cape St. Claire resident Deborah Banker created a statue that was positioned in front of Dragon Stadium at Glenelg Country School.
    • Cape St. Claire resident Deborah Banker created a statue that was positioned in front of Dragon Stadium at Glenelg Country School.Deborah Banker
      Cape St. Claire resident Deborah Banker created a statue that was positioned in front of Dragon Stadium at Glenelg Country School.

    Cape Resident Deborah Banker Creates Bronze Dragon For Howard County School

    By Alyson Kay
    A large green stone dragon statue sits inside Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, staring out at students, staff and visitors of the upper school building. Thanks to the class of 2017, a smaller bronze dragon has joined it on campus.
    The addition was placed on a pillar in front of the school...
    • The arugula salad leaves paired well with sweet grapes, toasty pine nuts, succulent cherry tomatoes, tangy blue cheese, diced cucumbers, and a smooth oil and vinegar mixture.Sharon Mager
      The arugula salad leaves paired well with sweet grapes, toasty pine nuts, succulent cherry tomatoes, tangy blue cheese, diced cucumbers, and a smooth oil and vinegar mixture.
    • Jam-packed with succulent sautéed seafood, the paccheri allo scoglio was arranged in a white wine and garlic sauce with soft, cooked grape tomatoes and Italian parsley.Sharon Mager
      Jam-packed with succulent sautéed seafood, the paccheri allo scoglio was arranged in a white wine and garlic sauce with soft, cooked grape tomatoes and Italian parsley.
    • Baked in a wood-burning oven, the four-cheese pizza had olive oil brushed on the crust. Several pieces of fresh basil added an extra dimension of flavor.Sharon Mager
      Baked in a wood-burning oven, the four-cheese pizza had olive oil brushed on the crust. Several pieces of fresh basil added an extra dimension of flavor.
    • The tiramisu was made with cream layered on the top and bottom of espresso-soaked ladyfingers, creating a creamy, complex taste that was just sweet enough to satisfy. The dessert was dusted with cocoa powder and powdered sugar, and it was topped with fresh berries.Sharon Mager
      The tiramisu was made with cream layered on the top and bottom of espresso-soaked ladyfingers, creating a creamy, complex taste that was just sweet enough to satisfy. The dessert was dusted with cocoa powder and powdered sugar, and it was topped with fresh berries.

    La Posta Pizzeria Receives Stamp Of Approval

    By Sharon Mager
    La Posta Pizzeria in Severna Park has been open only since February, but it’s already made quite the splash in the area since the owners renovated the old post office to create a unique Italian retreat right here in town. My husband and I visited the restaurant on a Tuesday, thinking it would...
    • Dru DeCaro was a part of Nick Ineck’s Team Elevate, which raised $45,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by the June 10 deadline.
      Dru DeCaro was a part of Nick Ineck’s Team Elevate, which raised $45,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by the June 10 deadline.

    Dru DeCaro Gives Back To The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Former Severna Park resident and Grammy-nominated producer and guitarist Dru DeCaro recently took part in a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society campaign started by his friend, drummer Nick Ineck.
    “Nick and I are always making music together and so we’re always in the same room, always...
    • Known for the ‘90s cartoon series “Life with Louie” and a stint as host of the popular game show “Family Feud,” Louie Anderson will visit Rams Head On Stage June 18 to joke about the F words: family, food, fathers and fat over 50.
      Known for the ‘90s cartoon series “Life with Louie” and a stint as host of the popular game show “Family Feud,” Louie Anderson will visit Rams Head On Stage June 18 to joke about the F words: family, food, fathers and fat over 50.
    • Henry Cho will bring his clean style of humor to Rams Head on July 30. “Basically, I try to make my shows feel as though the audience has invited me over for dinner and something funny happened on the way,” Cho said.
      Henry Cho will bring his clean style of humor to Rams Head on July 30. “Basically, I try to make my shows feel as though the audience has invited me over for dinner and something funny happened on the way,” Cho said.

    Laughs And Drafts Brings Renowned Comedians To Rams Head

    By Zach Sparks
    Whether you like your humor clean or crude, you’ll have the opportunity to witness some intriguing comedy in the coming weeks and months as Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis hosts its Laughs and Drafts series. Among the headliners are Louie Anderson, Henry Cho, Dave Attell and Jim Breuer....
  • SPCC Announces Rock The Park Summer Concert

    By Anonymous
    The Severna Park Community Center will hold its inaugural Rock The Park music gathering on Friday, July 14, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The concert, projected to be the first in a series throughout the summer, will feature music by Andy, a child of the ‘80s known to friends as George Evans, who...
  • Nextival, A Music Extravaganza, Set For July 8

    By Anonymous
    The Nextival, a kid-friendly music festival, will return for its second year at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville on July 8 from 11:30am to 10:00pm. The event will include 50 food trucks and vendors, 15 bands and performers, 10 moon bounces and three stages. The festival will also...
    • Jeff Hughes created a crab out of oak pallets given to him from a friend who is a contractor.Gracie Fairfax
      Jeff Hughes created a crab out of oak pallets given to him from a friend who is a contractor.
    • Jeff Hughes created a tabletop decorative piece using beer caps. He considered it a happy mistake that the star ended up right where the eye of the fish should be.Gracie Fairfax
      Jeff Hughes created a tabletop decorative piece using beer caps. He considered it a happy mistake that the star ended up right where the eye of the fish should be.
    • Jeff Hughes created a crab out of wine tops and a heron out of pallets.Gracie Fairfax
      Jeff Hughes created a crab out of wine tops and a heron out of pallets.
    • Jeff Hughes stood with wine glass holders he created.Gracie Fairfax
      Jeff Hughes stood with wine glass holders he created.
    • Jeff Hughes created mosaic pieces using scraps from other projects.Gracie Fairfax
      Jeff Hughes created mosaic pieces using scraps from other projects.
    • Jeff Hughes signs his pieces by engraving his name on the back.Gracie Fairfax
      Jeff Hughes signs his pieces by engraving his name on the back.

    Jeff Hughes Creates Washed Up Art

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Jeff Hughes has a knack for seeing materials not as they are but as what they could be. While wandering the shores near his waterfront home in Pasadena six years ago, Hughes took notice of some pieces of driftwood.
    “I would see a piece of driftwood and I would almost immediately say, ‘...
    • Ann Brennan, Debi Vincent and Megan Brennan joined local families for Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention on May 21 at the Severna Park Taphouse.
      Ann Brennan, Debi Vincent and Megan Brennan joined local families for Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention on May 21 at the Severna Park Taphouse.
    • On May 21, Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention, a vision Ann Brennan had just a few short months ago, blossomed into a county-wide gathering at Severna Park Taphouse.
      On May 21, Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention, a vision Ann Brennan had just a few short months ago, blossomed into a county-wide gathering at Severna Park Taphouse.
    • On May 21, Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention, a vision Ann Brennan had just a few short months ago, blossomed into a county-wide gathering at Severna Park Taphouse.
      On May 21, Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention, a vision Ann Brennan had just a few short months ago, blossomed into a county-wide gathering at Severna Park Taphouse.
    • On May 21, Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention, a vision Ann Brennan had just a few short months ago, blossomed into a county-wide gathering at Severna Park Taphouse.
      On May 21, Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention, a vision Ann Brennan had just a few short months ago, blossomed into a county-wide gathering at Severna Park Taphouse.

    Family Event Raises Suicide Awareness Over Music, Food And Friendship

    By Judy Tacyn
    Anne Arundel County – and certainly Severna Park - is a terrific place to live, work and raise a family. However, even our comfortable community has experienced far too many suicides. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate; it comes for all ages, doesn’t care how affluent or educated...
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    Severna Park Inspires European Resident To Try Fiction

    By Brad Dress
    After six months of work, eight to 10 hours a day of writing and a three-year delay, former Severna Park resident Brian McPhee finally released his long-awaited debut novel “Bunco” at the age of 62.
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    • Fried to crispy perfection and filled with warm cream cheese, the crab rangoon appetizer was decadent and delicious.Shelley Allen
      Fried to crispy perfection and filled with warm cream cheese, the crab rangoon appetizer was decadent and delicious.
    • On the dinner menu, one option is three sushi rolls — the rainbow roll, the demon roll and the passion mango roll. The passion mango roll stood out with crunchy shrimp on the inside and tangy lobster salad and slides of soft mango on top.Shelley Allen
      On the dinner menu, one option is three sushi rolls — the rainbow roll, the demon roll and the passion mango roll. The passion mango roll stood out with crunchy shrimp on the inside and tangy lobster salad and slides of soft mango on top.
    • The orange chicken was coated in a sweet and spicy orange glaze and speckled with flecks of hot pepper flakes.Shelley Allen
      The orange chicken was coated in a sweet and spicy orange glaze and speckled with flecks of hot pepper flakes.

    General House Offers Fresh Sushi And Tasty Asian Cuisine

    By Shelley Allen
    Sushi is my favorite food, so I was more than thrilled when I found out that my next restaurant review assignment was a sushi place in my hometown of Pasadena. General House Sushi, located in the Southdale Shopping Center at 60 Mountain Road, is a small but inviting restaurant offering an all-you-...
    • Mark Castle creates Maryland flags and a variety of other handcrafted pieces as a hobby.
      Mark Castle creates Maryland flags and a variety of other handcrafted pieces as a hobby.
    • Castle’s daughter, Campbell, posed with one of her father’s Maryland flags.
      Castle’s daughter, Campbell, posed with one of her father’s Maryland flags.
    • Castle’s work includes wooden signs with family names.
      Castle’s work includes wooden signs with family names.
    • Castle created a sign for the Baltimore Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team.
      Castle created a sign for the Baltimore Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team.
    • Castle has created many varieties of customized flags including one with the Marine Corps emblem.
      Castle has created many varieties of customized flags including one with the Marine Corps emblem.
    • Castle has created many coordinate signs that can be customized to fit a customer’s home.
      Castle has created many coordinate signs that can be customized to fit a customer’s home.

    Woodworker Mark Castle Appears In Maryland Lottery CommercialExclusive

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Severna Park High School graduate and Side Street Framers artist Mark Castle can now check “be in a commercial” off his bucket list.
    In 2015, Castle appeared in a Severna Park Voice article that featured a photo of him with a Maryland flag he crafted out of wood. The picture caught the...
    • Julie Antinucci, Miki Burgnon, Alice Tignor, Jenn McCaskey and Maureen Griffith are among the members of the Annapolis Quilting Guild who will participate in Quilts on the Bay. The event is chaired by Antinucci and McCaskey.Caden Marin
      Julie Antinucci, Miki Burgnon, Alice Tignor, Jenn McCaskey and Maureen Griffith are among the members of the Annapolis Quilting Guild who will participate in Quilts on the Bay. The event is chaired by Antinucci and McCaskey.

    Local Quilters Chair Annual Quilts By The Bay EventExclusive

    By Judy Tacyn
    If you have ever used the terms “batting,” “basting” and “bearding” in a single conversation, you just might be one of the 300 members of the Annapolis Quilting Guild. Established in 1981, the Annapolis Quilting Guild will host its annual Quilts on the Bay event...

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    By Margaret Blunt
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    By Andrew Candella
    The Anne Arundel Community College Dance Company entertained families at Kauffman Theatre in May as they performed “Spring Migration,” showcasing a host of choreographed, skillful moves.


    The Young Columbians Are Coming To SPHS On June 10

    By Darrell Mak
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      Professor Henry Higgins stumbles upon the homeless flower peddler Eliza Doolittle in Compass Rose Theater’s production of “Pygmalion,” now playing through May 21.

    Compass Rose’s “Pygmalion” Packs A Punch

    By Dylan Roche
    If I told you there was this great love story that went a little something along the lines of “boy meets girl, boy gives girl a makeover, girl decides she’s too good for the boy and is no longer putting up with any of his nonsense,” would you be interested?
    Before you dismiss the...
    • Ron Pivarnik (left) came up with the mural concept designed by Joe Puskas at Firehouse Subs in Severna Park.
      Ron Pivarnik (left) came up with the mural concept designed by Joe Puskas at Firehouse Subs in Severna Park.

    Firehouse Subs Mural Pays Homage To Severna Park’s Past And Present

    By Zach Sparks
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    The mural was created by artist Joe Puskas, who brought to life the...

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