There are some terrific things to do around town, we'll share some of them here and remember you can add events to our calendar.
Unique, funny, and thought-provoking barely sums up experiencing the captivating and critically acclaimed Blue Man Group, which is currently touring for a limited time in Washington, D.C. at Warner Theatre.
After blogging about Terrapin Adventures a couple week ago, I felt the urge to experience it for myself, so I somehow convinced my little brother to tag along with me to the Beer and Fear event last Saturday. Of course, the fear portion took place first, since the rules strictly forbade attempting any of the challenge events while tipsy.
My brother and I arrived at Terrapin Adventures, which is conveniently located right next to the Historic Savage Mill mall in Savage, and we're immediately suited up in our helmets and harnesses -- well, after signing a form saying we wouldn't sue if we plummeted ... okay, moving on. It's worth noting that everything is done with safety in mind. We were not even allowed to climb a ladder without being clipped onto a rope with a carabiner. The first rule we were taught, in fact, was "never unclip," meaning the only person allowed to unhook you was a person that works at the establishment. No reason to be a hero here.First, we headed to the high ropes course.And when I say high, I mean high. It actually has three levels to it. The first obstacle was simply crossing a wire while holding on to a wire overhead. It was easier for my brother, who is 6' 4", but not so simple for me, a good foot shorter than that. Somehow, I made it across and was greeted by a couple easier obstacles. Yay! These were a kind of rope bridge and a log that you could simply walk across quickly, as long as you didn't look down.
Then, it was time to climb up to the next level, a good 10 feet higher up, if I had to guess. The first obstacle on this level was the extreme torture cargo net. You had to climb across it sideways. The guide told us to stay near the top of the net, since that would be the easiest way to get across. Of course, I immediately lose my footing and end up near the bottom. I would like to credit my kickboxing instructor and his insistence on copious numbers of push-ups for my being able to complete this one.
After completing two levels of the ropes course (we didn't have time for the ominous looking level three -- higher up still), my brother and I headed for the giant swing. It reminded me a bit of the Skycoaster at King's Dominion, although it wasn't quite as high and you didn't have to wear a complete jumpsuit, just the good old helmet and harness. I let my brother pull the rope, and if you go, remember that you have to pull it hard. If not, you may slip off of the swing a bit, and your sister might laugh at you. Just saying.Anyway, it's a huge adrenaline rush dropping from that height, especially when your line catches you and you drift back in the other direction at high speed.
Finally, I got to try the zipline. It included another wire crossing that was not too shorter person friendly to arrive at the zipline, but it was totally worth it. (a) it required no athletic ability for those who were already tired and sore, aka, me. (b) it was scary jumping off the platform to "take off," but it's amazing whizzing across the sky.
After trying the zipline again, backwards, it was time to retreat to the Rams Head for beer. We were given a sampler and then a pint of the brew we chose as our favorite. Dinner was also included; a great way to finish the day. I also had the chance to drag my brother around the mall, shopping for art, ice cream and of course, books. This part isn't mandatory though.
If you'd like to attend Beer and Fear, I was told that they hold the event at least once a month. Check out the event calendar at terrapinadventures.com.
As a group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will celebrate their 45th anniversary in 2011, no small feat for a group that has stood the test of time.
It’s a summer weekend on Martha’s Vineyard and the LeVay family’s two adult sons, Kent and Skip, have decided to bring home their girlfriends to meet Mom and Dad.
Planning on doing some home improvements this spring? The costs of all that paint, and primer and putty can surely add up. It's enough to make you use that as an excuse to just take a nap instead. Until now. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Easton is opening back up, selling new and used home improvement goods for a lot cheaper than retail. To celebrate, there's going to be a Grand Opening Party this Saturday with live music, and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Come check it out and stop putting off that project.
“An island of five thousand damp souls” is where the story of Snow Falling on Cedars takes place. The year is 1954 and the place is a courtroom on the fictional island of San Piedro off the coast of Washington State. Kabuo Miyamoto, played by Kenneth Lee, is on trial for murder. The deceased is Carl Heine, Jr., played by Danny Gavigan. The two grew up on the island together and the two were friends. The trump card is that they reached adulthood during World War II around the time of the attack at Pearl Harbor. Miyamoto is second generation Japanese.
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Another week has come and gone, and now it’s time to celebrate. If you’ve had enough of the green beer, here are some more relaxing events you can attend to pass your time. For the Grownups ... See a Play that Resonates Snow Falling on Cedars opened Wednesday night at Centerstage in Baltimore. This show, which deals with prejudices and World War II, is serious in tone but lively in spirit. You can see it one of five performances this weekend. Check our homepage for a full review. For the Kids ... Take an Art and History Tour Bring your young art love to the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. for a special kid-oriented lecture on the exhibits and a hands-on activity. Call 301-581-5100 to make a reservation.
For the Whole Family ...
Rock Out, or Chill Out, to Folk SingersHead to the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park at 8 on Saturday night to see the Zen Monkeys, a band that boasts influences from rock to bluegrass to country. When it comes to delivering a rockin' good time, these girls don't monkey around. But you can just sit back and watch.
Sometimes you hear music that just makes you feel happy and relaxed at the same time.
Before you know it, all of the excitement will be over. No more revelers decked out in green, no more Guinness flowing from every tap, no more Irish music and dancing, no more celebrating your Irish heritage whether or not it actually applies to you. But wait; what's that on the horizon? It's the Annapolis Irish Festival! It's coming our way this July -- on the 9th to be exact, to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds to be more exact. The festival promises Irish step dancers, Irish foods, pipe and drum corps, traditional Celtic music, workshops, and lots more. And it's a fundraiser for Hospice of the Chesapeake. Enjoy yourself tonight, and don't despair. Every day is a holiday in Annapolis.
It's about 100 degrees in the office today, which got me thinking about warm weather, which got me thinking about: Austin Grill! I started to wonder if they have any events going on at the relatively new location in the Westfield in Annapolis. (For those of you who don't know, the Westfield is the massive indoor mall right off of West Street.) So, I took a trip to the Austin Grill website and discovered that I was in luck. Every Tuesday night there is a Showcase of Original Music, or SOMA for short. Next Tuesday's performers will be local acoustic guitarists Meg Murray and Bryan Ewald, plus the Frederick-based Carousel Rogues. Show starts at 7. Grab your Diet Coke or Margarita and enjoy.