From classical masterpieces to newly-composed commissions to free-wheeling pops concerts, Maryland Symphony Orchestra?ensures its seasons contain something for everyone. Special performances are staged especially with children and youth in mind, and an annual patriotic concert celebrates American history with an extra star-spangly program at the Antietam National Battlefield. The skilled musicians are guided by the baton of award-winning musical director Elizabeth Schulze.
One million bricks. That's what remained of The Maryland Theatre after a fire damaged it in 1974 and it subsequently fell into disrepair. Luckily a local businessman, a funeral director, and a group called Citizens to Save The Maryland Theatre joined forces to rescue it from the scrap heap and revive its 1915 glory. Not only did they polish its arabesque proscenium arches, curved orchestra boxes, and medallion moulding, they straightened up all the other neoclassical and art-deco elements that fill its five stories. Today, thanks to their efforts and the fact that Americans haven't gotten bored with entertainment, the venue is once again a go-to spot for musicals, bands, and standup acts.
The menu harvests local and organic ingredients, creating tasty eats to be savored in between rounds of freeze tag with the friendly servers. Dishes are designed to be delicately paired with a fine wine but are just as tasty alongside a '98 Capri Sun. Start with a classic mouth amuser, including an assortment of three artisanal cheeses ($12) or a plate of charcuterie ($10). There are farmed feastables such as the Parisian herb gnocchi with brussels sprouts, pearl onions, balsamic, and ricotta in a brown butter sauce ($12), or netted nuggets like the pan-seared flounder ($13). Phenomenologists who reject substance dualism will enjoy the chicken and waffles dish, which is actually a deep-fried quail served with cornmeal and herb waffles and drizzled with bacon-caramel syrup ($12).
Traditional pubs served as community hubs, places to see neighborhood folks and combine the flow of information with the flow of taps. Finnegan's Irish Pub aims to recreate that same setting for a modern audience, serving friendly sandwiches, burgers, and Irish entrees with plenty of beer.
Rather than depending on word of mouth for their stream of news, the pub's staff instead bedecks the dining room with flat-screen televisions and projectors. Outside, a television screens bathe the patio in its technicolor light. And some of the indoor booths come with their very own TVs, ideal for quietly feeding your curling addiction while pretending to care about football.