WCBM 680 and Q 1370 took part in the 2015 'Festival of Trees'
1 - Steve Miller Band - Hippodrome
1-15 - Something's Afoot - Vagabond Theatre
1-8 - Betrayal - Fells Pt Corner Theatre
1-8 - Zombie Prom - Spotlighters
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Farmers Market - under JFX
1-15 - Titus Andronicus - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
1-22 - Fences - Everyman Theatre
1-29 - American Crazy Quilts - Museum of Art
1-29 - The Secret Garden - Center Stage
1-30 - Nelson Mandela Exhibit - Reginald L Lewis Museum
1-30 - Paul Simon: Words & Music - Jewish Museum
6-8 - Greek Festival - Greek Orthodox Church
6-8 - Irish Festival - Md Fairgrounds
7 - Baltimore Blast - Royal Farms Arena
7 - A Season of Vivaldi - Meyerhoff
7-8 Veterans Day Weekend -B & O Railroad Museum
8 - St. Leo's Spaghetti Dinner - Little Italy
8-30 - Pearls on a String - Walters Art Museum
12- An Evening with George Benson - Lyric
12 - Mitch Albom - Gordon Center
13 & 15 - Bolero - Meyerhoff Hall
14 - Wild Kratts - Lyric
15 - Ravens vs Jacquars - M & T Bank Stadium
19-Jan 3 - Winterfest of Lights - Ocean City
20-21 - Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Lyric
20-Dec 6 - Death by Chocolate - Arena Players
25 - Baltimore Comedy Festival - Meyerhoff
27-29 - Polar Express Train Ride - B & 0 Railroad Museum
27-29 - Festival of Trees - Md Fairgrounds
29 - Judy Collins - Meyerhoff
If you can plan a trip out western Maryland by mid November you will be treated to a fall color spectacular. The trees out that way are beautiful in the fall but they don't keep their leaves too long. And if a wind storm should occur, well you'll have to look on the ground to see them.
I made it out to Rocky Gap State Park where I spent the night at the casino. I am not the best gambler, especially when I discovered my lucky number in blackjack was 22. But gambling wasn't my first priority on this trip.
But I will admit the Rocky Gap Casino is an excellent location for a daytrip (about two hours from Baltimore) or for an overnight. The first thing you'll notice when you drive off Interstate 68 is the huge man made lake. In the warmer months small boats are available for a leisurely ride. And there is a beach.
For you golfers, you'll no doubt enjoy the golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. I usually shoot in the low 70's. If it gets any hotter I wont play. You'll be surrounded by nature.
In the evening you can venture into the casino or dine at one of the restaurants. More are open in the summer. There's also a Comedy Club. Or perhaps a treatment in the spa. I had the mud pack treatment and it worked for three days. Then the mud fell off!
For you seniors (55 or older) every Tuesday and Wednesday is Senior Day.
If you want to leave Rocky Gap, Cumberland in only nine miles away. I did just that and had a delightful dinner at Ristorante Ottaviani, 25 North Centre Street. This is family owned, open for dinner only, seating for 75 (outside available in warmer months) and open seven days. Try one of their Daily Creations, something the chef cooks up.
Let's Go to the Movies
Here's some quick movie reviews to help you decide on a flick. We'll begin with Steve Jobs, obviously the story of the man responsible for introducing some major technology to the world. From the Mackintosh in 1984 to the I Mac in 1998. The film basically is in three acts, each one set at the introduction of new products.
The cast includes Michael Fassbender, Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet. Made for 30 million, I enjoyed it. Jobs was certainly portrayed in a not very flattering way. Rated R.
One of the better films I've seen all year is Bridge of Spies, inspired by true events with Tom Hanks in the lead. He plays lawyer James Donovan, hired to negotiate the exchange of two spies, one Russian one American.
The film has its share of international intrigue. It is the 4th collaboration between Hanks and director Steven Spielberg. It is set during the height of the cold war. Rated PG-13.
Then there's Crimson Peak. About a house that holds secrets and ghosts. There are frights and the special effects are good. Scenes will keep you on edge. Rated R.
Another film with it share of frights is Goosebumps with Jack Black. He is a prisoner of his own imagination. The film is based on a young adult horror anthology book series. It's a love story with monsters. Rated PG.
We now go the mountain top with Everest. Based on a true story of a 1996 expedition which up until then was the worst accident on the 29,000 foot mountain. It's the epic battle of man versus nature. Jack Gyllenhaal heads the cast.