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October 2015

11th Annual Pumpkin Patch


Pick from thousands of pumpkins, enjoy live entertainment, family activities, crafts, baked goods, local handicrafts and more. Pumpkin purchases benefit Light House residents. Thru Oct. 31. M-F noon-6pm, SaSu 10am-6pm, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Annapolis: friendslhs.org.

There’s a great spy story in the middle of this bloated epic

James Donovan (Saving Mr. Banks) knows how to strike a deal. The insurance lawyer is used to haggling for his clients. Though his expertise is litigation and payouts, Donovan is asked to defend Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance: Wolf Hall), an accused spy.

Green Drinks: Celebrate Being Responsibly Local

Event Date:  November 3, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Annapolis Green is having its own historic "tea party" holding November’s edition of Green Drinks in the historic 77 Main Street Warehouse now occupied by Capital Teas. The event is sponsored by Historic Annapolis. Attendees will enjoy interesting teas, adult beverages and appetizers in a building that was the “Warehouse of the Victualling Office” during revolutionary times. Admission is free. Beverages will be available for a small donation. RSVPs are not necessary. Location Capital Teas 77 Main Street Annapolis, MD 21401 United States See map: Google Maps

If you don’t love this show, I will personally refund your money

What do you expect from an iconic musical winner of five Tonys, a Grammy and an Oscar? A show so revered it cemented the careers of Shirley Jones and Robert Preston, and launched little Ron Howard to stardom?     At 2nd Star Productions, expect the perfect delight of screen and vinyl.

CPR Training

The Men's Group of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shady Side, MD is sponsoring a non-credited CPR training taught by Anne Arundel Fire Department on Wednesday, November 4 from 6-8 PM.

USNA Band Wind Quintet Recital

Event Date:  November 12, 2015 - 6:15pm - 7:15pm The United States Naval Academy Band Wind Quintet will perform at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis, MD on Thursday, November 12 at 6:15 p.m. Established in 1959, the Wind Quintet quickly evolved into a musical unit that is in demand for entertainment as well as for educational events. The quintet is a vital part of the Naval Academy Band, performing for receptions hosted by the Superintendent, as well as openings and exhibitions at the Naval Academy Museum.

USNA Band's Clarinet Quartet

Event Date:  November 1, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm The Naval Academy Band will present a program of clarinet music on Sunday, November 1 at 3:00 p.m. at Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church in Annapolis, MD. The Clarinet Quartet is made up of members of the USNA Band clarinet section, and performs traditional and contemporary clarinet quartet literature. The group utilizes all of the instruments from the clarinet family, including E-flat Soprano Clarinet, B-flat Clarinet, Basset Horn, E-flat Alto Clarinet, and B-flat Bass Clarinet. The Clarinet Quartet is led by Chief Musician Sheila Cullen.

The view was breathtaking — until the sun set, leaving us alone with a guide we didn’t know

It was late afternoon when I caught up with Sharon in the hotel bar. She was the roommate assigned to me by the travel company that ran my 1974 trip to Spain and Portugal. A teacher from New Jersey, she was older than me by 15 years, and, I thought, more worldly wise.     She was chatting with a man whom she introduced as Robert, a ­fellow American. “He’s an archeologist,” she told me. “He’s working on an old castle that’s not yet open to the public. Want to ride out with us and take a look?”

It was a school night when I awoke from a deep sleep to my sister’s piercing cry

Mother was away for schooling and Daddy was in charge. He was doing pretty well until the night of the attack.     It was a school night when I awoke from a deep sleep to my older sister Heather’s piercing cry. Our rooms were adjacent and I heard everything: the banging, the fighting, the blood-curdling screams. My sister and I weren’t the best of friends, but I had never wanted anything bad to happen to her.     “Daddeee!” I heard her shriek.

22, alone and 4,500 miles from home

Imagine her: 22, attractive, alone, more than 4,500 miles from home. In a country whose native language is not hers. In a city of five million. On a Metro nearing midnight.