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December 2016

We’ve saved the best for last

We asked for your favorites, and you responded in droves, mailing ballots, hand-delivering them to our office and voting online. Now the votes are counted. And the winners are …

My favorite stories of 2016

Together, we read a lot of stories over the course of a year. Many of them give you a moment’s insight or delight. Others tell you just what you need to know. Some of them stay in your mind, even after all those words have come between you and them all that time ago. So I can still recount stories we ran five, or 10 or 23 years ago.     Before I close the book on 2016 (yes, I really do have a large, heavy book labeled Vol. XXIV), I want to revisit some of my favorites this year.

Based on August Wilson’s play of the same name, Fences is a stirring drama about the effects of systemic racism on the black family

From the outside, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington: The Magnificent Seven) has a pretty good life. He has a steady job as a garbage collector, an adoring wife named Rose (Viola Davis: Suicide Squad) and a nice house in a Pittsburgh neighborhood. A born storyteller with a gift for hyperbole, Troy enjoys spinning colorful yarns as he drinks his weekly bottle of gin with his coworkers. In the late 1950s, it’s as close to living the American Dream as any black man could hope to get.
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Free Throw Shootout

Jan. 15: Boys and girls ages 9-14 compete in a free throw competition sponsored by The Knights of Columbus Calvert County and Anthony’s North Beach. 1-3pm, Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach, free: [email protected]

Twelfth Night Concert

Jan. 6: Hear Victorian English carols with Elan Ensemble’s Elissa Edwards and Dr. Anastasia Pike; reception features historical recipes from the Maryland’s Way cookbook. 6:30pm, Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis, $30 w/discounts, rsvp:

Jeff Antoniuk & The Mars 4tet

8-11pm, 49 West Café, Annapolis, $10: 410-626-9796. 

Searching Census Records

Hear from Julia Coldren-Walker on genealogical research. 7-9:30pm, Severna Park UMC, free:

KIDS History’s Mysteries

Explore ancient Egypt and learn about King Tut (grades 3-6). 6:30-7:30pm, Twin Beaches Branch, Calvert Library, Chesapeake Beach, free: 410-257-2411.