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January 2013

Spend a Saturday Morning Exploring the Classics at St. John’s College

Event Date:  February 16, 2013 - 9:30am - 12:00pm How does one make aesthetic judgments? What is the best way to live one's life? How can one recognize a second self when one does not know one's primary self? St. John’s College invites the community to explore timeless questions and texts by participating in a Saturday Seminar. Sponsored by the Friends of St. John’s College, these seminars attract about 200 participants of various ages, experiences, and backgrounds. Participants join in groups of approximately 15-20 for one of 13 seminars. Seminars will be held in Mellon Hall on February 16 (snow date February 23) from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Location St. John's College, Mellon Hall 60 College Avenue Annapols, MD 21401 United States See map: Google Maps

Merlin Ensemble Vienna Performs Schoenberg at St. John’s College

Event Date:  February 3, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm The acclaimed Merlin Ensemble Vienna presents “Transfigured Night,” a performance featuring Schoenberg’s piece by the same name in an arrangement for piano trio. The concert, which is free and open to public, will be held in the Great Hall on February 3 at 4 p.m.

Dave Kidwell, executive chef at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis, prepared the winning Healthiest Dish at last week’s Weight of the Nation event. Read the original story at        

In the winery and the vineyard, ­January races into a new cycle

It is wintertime for North American vineyards. Vines are quiescent, tasting rooms less crowded. Vintners, like writers, are presumed to be tucked indoors somewhere with a glass of wine in hand, eyes searching skyward, contemplating their notes and testing their palates. Barrel A: nice cherry, a bit of rose, acidity. Viognier: lean with definite jasmine and soft apricot, orange. Montepulciano: earthy — even smoky! — and better than 2011.

After two members survive cardiac arrest, music keeps Telesma alive

Last spring, Ian Hesford dropped to the stage from cardiac arrest while playing a show with his band, Telesma.     After 93 minutes of CPR, a hypothermic treatment and stents in his heart, Hesford survived. Knowing CPR saved their friend’s life, band members and dedicated fans took classes.     Telesma vocalist Joanne Juskus didn’t realize how soon she would put that training to the test.

Student-artists show why turtles and balloons make a bad couple

When the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response team found Kermit washed ashore, the small green sea turtle was wasting away. X-rays showed balloons and plastic bags blocking Kermit’s throat.     Kermit and many turtles like him inspired the students at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach to use the trash to get people talking. The student-artists created turtles stuffed with the balloons collected on the beach to demonstrate what turtles swallow.

CSM honors the child victims of Terezin

Think spring by creating a handcrafted butterfly to help the College of Southern Maryland stage I Never Saw Another Butterfly.     The play tells the story of Raja, one of 132 survivors from the 15,000 kids who went to Terezin. Nazis disguised the World War II concentration camp with flowerbeds and concert venues to deceive International Red Cross inspectors.

Celebrate at the annual Trade Expo

Maryland Watermen’s Association celebrates its 40th birthday at the association’s annual East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Exposition Jan. 18 to 20 in Ocean City.

Jupiter’s “Three Fixed Stars”

It was 403 years ago this month, in 1610, that Galileo Galilei trained his telescope at distant Jupiter, and discovered the first four and the largest of its many moons. The first discovery came on January 7, when the Italian scientist wrote of seeing in front of Jupiter “three fixed stars, totally invisible by their smallness.” Lo and behold, when he peered at the objects the next night, he found that they had changed positions, which led to the realization that these were not stars but objects orbiting Jupiter.

Feeling energized and confident? Good thing. We’ve got work to do.

It seems to be working, and aren’t we glad.     The great old stories of rising from darkness into light, all synched to the winter solstice of our northern hemisphere, held the day. The battle of myths was lost by the doomsayers who predicted time’s termination on the ancient Mayan calendar’s last day. Now 12/21/12 joins Y2K in the museum of failed prophecies.     In and on earth, we’re all energized and confident, behaving as if we have indeed been reborn.