Is Your Home Ready for Freezing Weather?

You’re ready for the holidays, but are you prepared for the freezing weather that comes with the season?  Keep yourself and your home warm, safe and cozy this winter by following these tips that my friend Scott Keenum from Fitzgerald Financial group emailed me:

  1. Protect your pipes. Protect your pipes from bursting this winter by insulating them if needed. Pipes that run through exterior walls are particularly at risk, but those that run through uninsulated attics or crawlspaces can also freeze.
  2. Clear the gutters. Inspect and clean your gutters and drains to avoid ice from building up and leaking water into your home.
  3. Seal air leaks. Inspect your home’s interior for cracks. Open cracks or leaks allow warm air to escape, so seal them up and keep the warm air in.  
  4. Get your fireplace ready. If your chimney hasn’t been cleaned in a while, call a chimney sweep to remove any dangerous soot or buildup. If you don’t plan to use your chimney, make sure the damper is closed.
  5. Maintain your furnace. Clean your furnace once a year to remove build-up and improve efficiency.
  6. Cover your windows. Don’t let heat escape through your windows. Use your blinds or drapes to add a layer of insulation.  
  7. Change outdoors bulbs. Clean all light fixtures and replace burnt-out bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
  8. Bring in the outdoors. Cold temperatures, snow or ice can damage outdoor furniture and grills. Bring them in if possible, or purchase covers to protect them from the elements.
Wishing you a safe and warm winter season. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we
can help you in any way. ~Scott Kapinos

WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS

WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS

Jingle Bell Run

Dec 1, Ellicott City: The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason!

Symphony of LIghts

Now- Dec 30, Columbia: Enjoy a drive through the Howard County General Hospital Symphony of Lights, a time-honored holiday tradition, in the comfort of your car. This family-oriented spectacular offers a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 300,000 bulbs.

Natural Holiday Sale

Dec 1, Columbia: Come enjoy our annual Holiday Sale- fun for the whole family! Browse locally crafted natural gifts while enjoying music and refreshments. Children will enjoy creating whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of our naturalists!

Celebration in the Woods

Various dates, Columbia: Join the Inner Arbor Trust and Downtown Columbia Partnership for Celebration in the Woods, a joyous, seasonal celebration of winter in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. Stop in for crafts, performances, and to enjoy our artist-created trees.

Downtown Holiday Market

Now-Dec 23, DC: Celebrating its fourteenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.

Nationals Winterfest

Dec 1&2, DC: Winterfest is coming home - to Nationals Park - for the holidays! The annual weekend-long festival is a celebration of baseball and the holidays with presents and Presidents. This year's Nativity scene includes both indoor and outdoor programs so fans can enjoy many of your favorite activities from last year along with several new additions only available at Nationals Park.

Zoolights

Now-Jan 1, DC: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with two dazzling laser light shows set to music. 

A Jazz Family Christmas

Dec 1, DC: Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music! This year, Jason Moran will be joined by Booker T. Jones and James Francies, among others. This perennially sold-out event will be recorded for future broadcast on NPR and streaming online.

Holiday Boat Parade

Dec 1, DC: Join us as we celebrate the holidays and see the beautifully decorated boats pass by. Get into the spirit as you decorate ornaments. Warm up by our fire pit and visit our lighted Christmas Tree. Go ice skating and bring the whole family to meet Santa and make memories during this annual DC tradition.

Georgetown Glow

Dec 1-Jan 6, DC: Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region's only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. Set against the historic backdrop of DC's oldest neighborhood, it's a whole new way to shine.

MetroCooking DC

Dec 1&2, DC:  Join us for the 13th annual MetroCooking DC Show! The ultimate foodie outing returns to the Washington Convention Center. Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or expert entertainer, the two-day culinary extravaganza provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts. Enjoy cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs. Sample from over 50 local restaurants in the Grand Tasting Pavilion.Learn new techniques and tips in the Taste Talk Workshops. Sharpen your skills in the pop-up cooking school. Meet your favorite James Beard award-winning chef and see them whip up delicious dishes live on the James Beard Stage. Plus, shop from hundreds of specialty food vendors in the exhibitor marketplace! Chances are, you’ll discover a new favorite hot sauce!

Christmas Bazaar

Dec 1, DC: The SWEA Washington DC Christmas Bazaar is a popular event and kick starts the season. Talented artisans and vendors offer everything from gifts, crafts, textiles, books and homemade bread to Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware, and our Swedish delicacies, such as “fika” and “glögg”, is certain to get you in the spirit of the season. The event ends with the traditional caroling by our Swedish St Lucia Procession.

Christkindlmarkt

Nov 30-Dec 2, DC: Each December, the Heurich House Museum celebrates the winter season and honors the Heurich family’s German heritage with a holiday artisan market in our garden. This holiday shopping event features goods from over 40 local artisans from DC, Maryland, and Virginia and a tour of our seasonally decorated historic house.

Cinderella

Now-Jan 6, Bethesda: This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season!

Winter Wonderland

Dec 1, Bethesda: Celebrate the holiday season in Veterans Park in downtown Bethesda with a variety of performances, live ice sculpting, a visit from Santa Claus and more!

USNA Glee Club Messiah

Dec 1&2, Annapolis: Continuing a long-standing tradition, the USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Christmas Village

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: Coming to the Inner Harbor from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve in 2018, Christmas Village will feature 50 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world!

Festival of Wreaths

Now-Dec 2, Westminster: The Festival of Wreaths has been a Westminster holiday tradition for 21 years. This silent auction of more than 150 uniquely decorated theme wreaths is always a hit. Come and see all the amazing creatively on display. Vote for your favorite wreaths. While you are here you can bid on wreaths for yourself and as gifts for others.

Miracle on 34th Street

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: Over the years, many visitors from around the world have visited the lights on 34th street and left many messages in the books that the Hosier’s, the lovely couple who started it all, leave on their porch for people to sign and share. The street has been nationally recognized by Nightline, The Travel Channel, the Maryland Lottery, and Home and Garden to name a few. Some of the favorites are the hub cap Christmas tree, bike rim snowmen, overhead trains, and the Big Red Lighted Crab.

Holiday in the Park

Now-Jan 1 select days, Bowie: Holiday in the Park is back at Six Flags America. It's the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.

A Christmas Carol

Now-Dec 30, Olney: Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended  – in his own words – and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Adapted from Dickens’ original novella and reading tour, Morella’s solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see.

Joshua Bell

Nov 30, Dec 2, Baltimore: One of today's hottest young conductors, Romanian-born Cristian Măcelaru is joined by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell in Saint-Saëns' technically brilliant Violin Concerto No. 3 and Ravel's hair-raising Tzigane, perfectly designed to show off Bell's sheer talent. Vaughan Williams' dramatic Symphony No. 4, one of the most revered symphonies of the 20th century, is also on the program.
















WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS

Movie with Orchestra: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nov 2-3, Baltimore: Experience Tim Burton’s 1993 animated musical fantasy film accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in this unique movie-going experience!


Maryland Corn Maze

Now-Nov 4, Gambrills: LAST WEEKEND! This 8 Acre Corn Maze is one of the Largest in Maryland... plus it's got UNICORNS! Bigger is always better when it comes to corn mazes! If you are going to get lost... why not do it right!?!? Find all 10 posts in our corn maze and enter to win this season's GRAND PRIZE!  Get the family... call your friends... come choose a flag... grab a map... and explore all 8 acres today!

Out of the Darkness Walk

Nov 3, Baltimore: When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Charm City Fringe Festival

Nov 1-11, Baltimore: Voted "Best Eclectic Festival" by Baltimore Magazine, Charm City Fringe Festival celebrates cutting-edge and quirky theater and performing arts throughout 11 days of performances across multiple venues in the Bromo Arts District.

Songs for a New World

Nov 2-25, Baltimore: Spotlighters Theatre presents the stories and characters of today.  With a rousing score that blends elements of pop, gospel and jazz, featuring tight harmonies and darling vocals, Songs for a New World transports its audience, as each character ‑‑ in their own way ‑‑ takes hold of that one moment and enters a new world.

The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival

Nov 3, Baltimore: The Festival returns to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at West Shore Park! The festival includes live music, oysters, beer & wine, local vendors, and family-friendly activities. Returning this year is the Oyster Shucking Contest, pinning professional Oyster Shuckers against each other and the clock! Learn about oysters, their vital role to keeping our waters clean, how they grow, and where they come from.

Annapolis By Candlelight

Nov 2-3, Annapolis: Historic Annapolis showcases privately-owned historic houses on its popular tour.  Visitors see how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings constructed in the 20th, 19th and 18th century.  Each house is a reminder of the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Maryland’s capital city and illustrates the practical and aesthetic benefits of effective historic preservation.

Sweat

Now-Nov 25, Baltimore: Having grown up side-by-side in small-town working class America, best friends go from fun-loving schoolchildren to saloon-loving adults who work together on a steel manufacturing line. In a tight-knit community like this one, however, it takes but one fracture in it's core for the breaking point of friendship to be tested. Inspired by field research and first-person testimonials collected in Reading, PA, this is an unflinching, intensely researched slice of life drama. Presented by Everyman Theatre.

Union Market Drive-In

Nov 2, DC: Hocus Pocus is the final movie of the season. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse

Nov 1-Apr 28, 2019, DC: In the Hirshhorn’s largest interactive technology exhibition to date, three major installations from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse series will come together for the artist’s DC debut. A Mexican Canadian artist known for straddling the line between art, technology, and design, Lozano-Hemmer will fill the Museum’s entire Second Level with immersive environments that use heart-rate sensors to create kinetic and audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. Over the course of six months, Pulse will animate the vital signs of hundreds of thousands of participants.

Beetlejuice, the Musical

Now-Nov 18, DC: The National Theatre presents the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. It’s true – great theatre IS dead! See for yourself!

Anything Goes

Nov 2-Dec 23, DC: Arena Stage presents this quintessential American musical. The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, heiress Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter. It’s the perfect night out at the theater.

DMV Black Restaurant Week

Nov 4-11, Various locations:Culture. Education. Good Food.

Anne of Green Gables

Nov 1-4, Columbia: River Hill High School presents this beloved story which has been enchanting the hearts of readers for over a century. Come support our local students!

Try It Out Comedy: PG-Rated Comedy Showcase

Nov 3, Columbia: Try It Out Comedy Showcase features 10 stand-up comics. Some old, some new, some slightly used, all funny. PG-Rated and appropriate for ages 16-100. 

Family Fridays Under the Dome: We Are Aliens

Nov 2, Columbia: Treat your family to unique shows at Robinson Nature Center's NatureSphere planetarium. Each program features a full-dome movie preceded by a family-friendly planetarium presentation.

Anastasia

Now-Nov 25, DC: Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is proudly presented by The Kennedy Center. From the Tony Award®–winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s.