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Collectors’ Paradise

In a suburban development in Phoenix, Maryland, it’s easy to spot Jack and Jean Lowry’s home. Their acclaimed collection of trees and plants begins curbside. An artistic, year-round tapestry of conifers, Ginkgoes and Japanese maples—highly textured and in a spectrum of yellows, greens and reds—offers the Lowrys screening from the …

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Welcoming Meals, Smiling Faces

Columbia-born Corey Laub’s resume includes Aida Bistro, The Wine Market, Washington, D.C.’s Firefly, Beuchert’s Saloon and Lincoln as well as Chicago’s Novo gastropub. Recently, Laub became executive chef at the Sanchez Gruver Concepts, owners of Fork & Wrench and Modern Cook Shop. He talks about the menu items that make …

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Generation Next

The difference between a giraffe and a canary may just be the best way to explain how technology has changed the classroom. Or to be more precise, a second grade animal report about a giraffe and another about a canary. Megan Shay, director of pre-K to 12th grade English language …

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Reality Star: 5 Questions for David Burdick

This month, the frilly fashion conceived by Everyman Theatre costume designer David Burdick will make its stage debut in Intimate Apparel, one of four plays at the theater to feature his work this season. Burdick, a seven-year company member, began researching, designing and fabric-shopping back in July. Here, he shares …

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In Concert

Asgerdur Sigurdardottir greets her competition with an impressive spread: an array of cheeses, gourmet crackers, hummus, caprese salad kabobs and a sheet of nametags. Any moment now, the other women will arrive. Nervous energy practically crackles off her. Tonight’s guest list includes Catherine Cochran of the Shriver Hall Concert Series, …

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Mugged in Philly

Quick, what’s the best beer town in the country? As a homer who can detect malty aromas wafting over from Union Craft Brewing in my Woodberry backyard, I might answer Baltimore. But there are the established craft beer hotbeds to consider—Portland, Seattle and Denver. Old-schoolers might even suggest Milwaukee out …

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Home Slice

Blueberry. Coconut cream. Pumpkin. Apple. There are all kinds of pies, but one thing is certain: “Pie is special,” says Max Reim of Pie Time. Pie definitely has an enduring appeal, perhaps because it demands that you stop and have a cup of coffee and a conversation. It connects you …

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A Dose of Love

Love typically defies logic, but doctors marrying doctors makes perfect sense, particularly in the world of academic medicine. The profession’s challenges — long shifts, the 2 a.m. call to the hospital, grant deadlines, late meetings, early rounds, conferences and on-call duties during holidays — can be hard on any partner. …

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Burn Baby Burn

$1,199,000 MODERN MARVEL Bed: 6 Bath: 4/2 Square feet: 6,801 This cool Cockeysville home comes equipped with a two-story marble foyer, a beautiful brick patio overlooking the forest, and not one, but two, fireplaces—including a two-story Master Craftsman stone fixture in the great room. A wet bar, billiards room and …

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Flower Power

Love the cool weather, but hate throwing your spring wardrobe in storage? When it comes to fall fashion, compromise is key—and it doesn’t get better than the “In Bloom” leather jacket from kate spade. The pretty bomber offers plenty of petal power while keeping the October chill at bay, and …

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A Cut Above

What comes to mind when you think of October? Many might conjure images of pumpkin-picking, tiny trick-or-treaters or even the classic frightening faces of Jason or Freddy Krueger. As for us? We think of the glorious gamut of fall foods—warm squash soup and savory stews, pristine pies and cider for …

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Cultural Connections

Restaurateurs Bill Irvin (La Folie, Boat House, Falafelicious) and Patrick Dahlgren (Row House Grill, Heavy Seas Alehouse) have transformed the space recently known as Le Garage, and Dogwood before that, into Avenue Kitchen & Bar. The new restaurant occupies a narrow niche in Hampden—more casual than the Food Market, more …

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