For the Birds

November can seem like a bleak month as temperatures drop, days shorten and the rich colors of autumn give way to bare branches and stark waterways. But there is an upside to nature’s annual denuding of the Maryland landscape.

Blakehurst Senior Living Community 25th Annivesary

Blakehurst Senior Living Community celebrated its 25th anniversary during two events for residents and their families. Blakehurst held a Family Fun Day on its Rotunda lawn on Aug. 11 and hosted a residents’ cocktail party on Aug. 16 in its new expansion. Celebrations included recognition of staff and residents who have been with Blakehurst since its opening … Continued

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s “Evening in the Woods”

A little bit of rain didn't stop Gunpowder Valley Conservancy from holding its annual fundraiser, Evening in the Woods, on Saturday, Sept. 8. More than 200 people attended and enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere at the Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association. The event raises funds to support the Conservancy’s mission to preserve the lands of … Continued

Culinary Mainstays

While creativity is the name of the game for Towson’s top chefs, all have tried-and-true ingredients they reach for again and again as they prepare the dishes that wow local diners. We asked three popular chefs to share their favorite pantry standby—here is what they picked.

Local Harvest

The arrival of autumn brings a bevy of fun seasonal activities, but perhaps none makes more memories than a family trip to the local farm to buy apples, sip cider and peruse the pumpkins for that perfect Halloween jack-o’-lantern.

Sip and Savor

Maryland is home to a wide variety of excellent wineries, and autumn is the perfect time to pay them a visit. To plan your tour, visit the website of the Maryland Wineries Association:

The Lost Town of Warren 

 Article Alexander Bird   For at least a century, local legends have been an integral part of the Loch Raven Reservoir community.   But while tales of the hauntings at Glen Ellen Castle, a gothic mansion that once sat on the shores of the loch, and reported UFO sightings near the Loch Raven Dam have never been borne out, there is one…

Finding the Right Fit

 Article Sue DePasquale | Photography Provided  Choosing a private school for your child is a highly personal decision, and with the plethora of standout schools in the Towson area, narrowing your choices can seem daunting. Fortunately, fall is the ideal time to start your search, since most schools offer open houses and information days throughout October and November. Here are…

Pets Welcome

 Article Jeanette Simmons | Photography Keith J Schneider  You know that look your dog gives you when she can tell you’re about to leave the house? She follows you to the front door, cocks her head and stares at you with those big, soulful eyes. “Please, Mom. Take me with you,” they seem to say. That’s when your heart melts…

Straight Talk about Orthodontics

 Article Jeanette Simmons | Photography Nicole Allen  When your child’s dentist tells you it’s time to seek a consultation with an orthodontist, it’s natural to have questions and concerns. To find out more about the latest trends in orthodontics, we reached out to Dr. Elizabeth Spannhake, a board-certified orthodontic specialist with offices in Towson and Westminster, who is dedicated to providing…