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OCT 3rd-9th, 2013


community mascot

Gaston The Gargoyle

Inspiring events for this week


El Toro Bravo

Fall festivals

IN COncert

Fun For Everyone

Vienna Teng

cupcake culture

table of contents

week of oct 3rd-9th

food 04

Sweet Potatoes

recipe 05

Sweet Potato, Onion, and Goat Cheese Tart

Community 06

Meet My Gargoyle

in concert 10 Vienna Teng

Culture 11


Hispanic Heritage Month


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This week’s inspiring events


fall fairs & festivals


el toro bravo review

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food / by jeanne m. slaughter

sweet potatoes


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hink outside the box with Sweet Potatoes this season. Go beyond plain old baking and the expected holiday marshmallow casserole with this fluffy, crispy, magical tart.

recipe / by jeanne m. slaughter

Sweet Potato, Onion & Goat Cheese Tart 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled 2 medium onions, chopped 1 pkg puff pastry 1 oz. goat cheese 1/3 C chicken broth 2 Tbsp half & half (or cream) splash balsamic vinegar kosher salt and black pepper fresh thyme and sage, minced Preheat oven to 400. Thinly slice one peeled potato into coins and the other into small chunks. Place the coins on a baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil and roast for 15 min until just soft. Place the chunks in a pot of water and bring to a boil, cooking until very soft. Thinly slice the onions and toss lightly with oil in a large skillet. Season with salt, pepper and thyme. As the onions begin to caramelize, add half of the chicken broth and balsamic vinegar, scraping any browned bits off the pan into the broth for flavor. Continue cooking until liquid is gone and repeat, adjusting the temperature until

onions are caramelized to a golden brown, approx. 20-25 min. Roll out the puff pastry into a long sheet. Use a knife to slice a 2 inch edge off each side, forming a rectangle with the remainder. Slice the trimmings in half and layer two pieces on each side of the rectangle to form raised edges, like a picture frame. Using a fork, poke holes in the center of the pastry but not on the edges. Bake for 15 minutes until beginning to puff. In a small bowl, beat the boiled potato chunks with half & half until creamy. Season with salt. Spread over center section of the puff pastry “frame”. Layer onions, goat cheese (broken into bits) and potato coins on top. Sprinkle with salt and sage. Bake at 400 for 25-30 min, or until puff pastry is golden brown and bottom is crisped. Cook times may vary by oven so check in on your pastry part way through cooking. Looking for a tasty Yellow Squash recipe? View last week’s recipe for Yellow Squash Fritters.

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community / by mary mccarthy

Meet My Gargoyle

Town mascot hangs proudly on Centreville haunted house


t’s not easy being the caretaker of a

We live in an 1881 Victorian house that

small town’s mascot, and I fell into the

both looks and is haunted. He had been

job accidentally.

salvaged from an 1880s building that

One day, over a decade ago, I

was torn down in Chicago, and I wanted

found a late 19th century copper gar-

him. Badly. I am a bit of an obsessive

goyle in an antiques store in Galena,

Halloween antiques collector, but he was

MD. I saw him hanging there with his

the holy grail of Halloween cool. He was

amazing Statue-of-Liberty-like greenish

also $800, which was way out of my

patina, his open, hollow eyes and mouth,

“whimsical vintage Halloween” budget.

his rippled neck muscles, and I was in love.

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Every once in awhile, I would drive through Galena and stop at Firehouse


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much money on a jagged-edged piece of metal that would probably scare the kids or b.) formulate a convincing story about how I found him by the side of the road. I named him Gaston, for no other reason than it sounded French and gargoyle-y, and he hung proudly atop the tower of our Victorian house that year on Halloween. On Nov. 1, I took him down, with the rest of my home haunts, and I immediately started hearing all over town that people missed him, loved him, wished he was up all year. But in the off Antiques to see if he was still there. I was terrified of the day he’d be gone. After a few years of visiting him, I received a $400 check for a writing job. It was getting close to Halloween, so I called the shop on a whim and asked if they’d take half price for him. They did. I was ecstatic, driving home and thinking of ways to a.) hide him from my husband, who would flip out if he knew I spent that

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season, I was happy to have him perched on my second story sleeping porch. The following year, he was up again for Halloween and trip to Disney prevented me from taking him down. I joked that if he was still up when it got close to Christmas, I’d have to put a Santa hat on him. And so I did. The town went crazy. He was quickly becoming the town mascot. I reasoned that his third floor location

made it too hard to take him down, so

back to school, he had a vintage E.T. met-

up he stayed. He got a heart around his

al lunchbox and a huge inflatable crayon

neck at Valentine’s Day, a Leprechaun hat

in his mouth. He’s had champagne and

on St. Patrick’s Day, and bunny ears at

party gear for New Year’s, worn a som-

Easter. Plus a pink sequined bow tie.

brero for CInco de Mayo and become

Someone in town asked me if he was

a turkey for Thanksgiving. Gaston has a

“going gay” with the pink and the se-

different costume every Halloween. His

quins. A gaygoyle? I loved the idea,

Angry Birds outfit was popular with the

though I assured her that a gargoyle can

town kids and one year, a giant spider

wear pink sequins and retain his mas-

appeared to have spun him into her web.

culinity. Maybe he was an effeminate

He had a huge shark hanging from his

heterosexual like Dana Carvey’s Lyle

mouth during Sharknado/Shark Week.

character from Saturday Night Live. May-

For $400, he was a great investment

be he was born gay, but I love him no

in entertaining the town’s kids. What we

matter what and accept him for who he

need around here is some Gaston t-shirts,

is. Plus, he looked great in the rainbow

and I think the elementary school should

lei he wore to celebrate the beginning of

switch from their lame “cubby” mascot


to a very cool antique copper gargoyle.

So now, as holidays roll around, I think about what my gargoyle will wear. For

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in concert / by heather grant

Vienna teng “I’m kind of a late bloomer,” says Vienna Teng. Not that you’d guess from looking at the past few years. The songwriter, singer and pianist has released three critically acclaimed albums, landing her on three Billboard charts and in’s top ten. She regularly sells out theaters across the U.S. and Europe, fans travel hundreds of miles to catch a single show, and her opening sets for the likes of India. Arie, Joan Baez and Madeleine Peyroux end in standing ovations. Mere months

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after quitting her job as a software engineer in 2002, she was being interviewed on NPR and performing on The Late Show with David Letterman, who declared that he’d listened to her entire debut album, Waking Hour, and that there was “not a dud” on it. Her brand of sophisticated, piano-driven pop has been gathering accolades ever since: “seductive and transcendent” (, “gorgeously conceived… accomplished yet understated” (Paste), “singular among her peers” (Variety). The newfound confidence shows several years later. Her fourth album, Inland Territory, is a tour de force musically and lyrically, a complex and deeply thoughtful work from an artist cut loose from limitations. Recorded over five months and in four cities, with instrumentation ranging from orchestral percussion to foundobject loops to polyphonic choirs, it’s without question her most ambitious work yet. Check out Vienna at Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis on Sunday, October 6th, at 7:30 pm with Alex Wong. For more information on Vienna check out her facebook page here.

culture / by angela pesi

Cupcakes and Culture


ce cream trucks are a normal neighborhood sight, but have you ever seen a cupcake truck? Cupcake Blvd is a bakery on wheels that delivers tasty treats to people all around the Silver Spring and Rockville areas. Angelette Aviles, the founder of the company, got her start handing out baked goods to neighbors and other parents at her kids’ sporting games. The popularity of her treats inspired her to go mobile and eventually open a brick and mortar shop, Cupcake blvd, in Crofton (1117 Route 3 North #104 in Gambrills.) This month, Angelette is excited to share a taste of her Puerto Rican heritage with her customers. Cupcake Blvd is participating in Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15. This holiday celebrates the traditions and contributions of American citizens whose

ancestors came from Hispanic countries. Cupcake Blvd is offering new HHMinspired cupcake flavors all month long, ranging from Chocolate Chili to Pina Colada. Cupcake Blvd is also partnering with Hospice Hundred in honor of the holiday. Hospice Hundred develops financial resources for programs like Hospice of the Chesapeake, an organization that provides support services to individuals living with and affected by advanced illnesses. All month, 25% of the proceeds from purchase of the daily cupcake flavor will benefit Hospice Hundred. If you’re craving something sweet and want to support a good cause, stop by the bakery’s Crofton/Gambrills location or keep an eye out for the Cupcake Blvd truck. Check out the flavors of the day online at O c to b e r 3 r d - 9 t h , 2 013



Staff picks for the week OCT 3rd-9th


Hospice of the Chesapeake 11th Annual Golf Tournament

Oct. 3rd, 8am6pm Queenstown Harbor Golf Course, Queenstown. th u r s d a y

All area golfers invited to participate in nonprofit fundraiser. Proceeds to support Hospice of the Chesapeake. Registration includes greens fees, continental breakfast, lunch, awards banquet, great contests, and fantastic prizes. $300 per golfer or $1000 for a foursome. Register online. 443-837-1554.

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Karter Jaymes Concert

Oct. 3rd, 7pm Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis.

Jaymes is a versatile acoustic singer/ songwriter whose songs can’t be defined by any one category. His writing styles range between soul, blues, folk, and alternative sounds. $15.

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Oct. 4th-6th, 10am Maryland State Fairgrounds,


250 artisans will sell a stunning array of hand-crafted sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, leather, furniture, home accessories, photography, and fine art. Also includes live music, children’s entertainment, delicious gourmet goodies, and demonstrations for master craftspeople.

Tulip Gulch’s Nightmare Haunted House Oct. 4th, 6:30-11pm Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie.

Prince George’s Stadium is a haunted attraction open to thrill-seekers. More than 30 live actors, along with props and

special effects, and takes approximately 20 minutes to walk through. Rated PG-13 and parental discretion is highly advised. $15/advance, $17/day of show. 301805-6000.

Historic Hauntings Tours

Oct. 4th, 7:30pm Historic Annapolis Museum, Annapolis.

Ghost tour takes guests inside one of Annapolis’s most notorious houses – the William Paca House – and into the sick room where many entered but some never escaped alive. 410-268-7601x100.

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inspired events october 3rd-9th/ by andrea garvey and educational demonstrations ranging from cooking to wine paring. Music from the Pax Rats. Free tours of the garden, 1703 Plantation House, and Slave Cabins. $20/advance, $25/gate. 301373-2280.

Fall Colors Paddle

Oct. 5th, 3-5pm Pocomoke River State Park, Snow Hill.

Enjoy an afternoon paddle of fall colors on the serene waters of the Pokomoke. $20 per canoe or tandem kayak, $15 per single kayak. Bring your own canoe or kayak along for $5 per person. publiclands/easter/pocomokeriver.asp.

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DogFest Featuring Paws on Parade Walkathon

Oct. 5th, 10am5pm Baltimore Humane

Society, Reisterstown

1-mile or 1.6-mile trail walk through our beautiful 365-acre wildlife sanctuary, then DogFest with games, contests, prizes, pets for adoption, and much more! $10 entrance fee. All walkers must raise or donate a minimum for $35. Register online.

11th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley Plantation Oct. 5th-6th, 12-6pm Sotterly Plantation, Hollywood.

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Zombie Survival Training Oct. 6th Terrapin Adventures, Savage.

Trained guides will test you in areas of endurance, agility, strength, courage, and accuracy to survive the zombie apocalypse. Two sessions, 9:30am and 1:30pm. Must be 8 years old, 70 lbs, and 48 inches tall to participate. $75/person. 301-7251313. s u n d a y

Londontowne Symphony Orchestra Fall Celebration Concert

Oct. 6th, 3pm London Town House and Gardens, Edgewater.

Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto. Tickets $15. 410-562-8920. www.lso-music. org.

Fun Fall Festivals and Fairs Roundup Fall Fest, Davidsonville & Severna Park. Sept. 28Oct. 27, 2013, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Come on out

for fall themed seminars, workshops and more, along with games and activities to keep the kids happy! Homestead Gardens, Annapolis & Severna Park. 410-384-7966.

Fall Harvest Festival & Crafts, Havre de Grace. Sept. 28-29, 2013, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This

event will feature activities such as craft booths,

scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, hay rides, straw maze, and more! Admission is $5. Steppingstone Museum, Havre de Grace. 410-939-2299.

240-599-0660. Fall Festival, Annapolis. Sept. 29, 2013. Maryland Ave and State Circle, Annapolis. 410216-9067. marylandave. com

Frederick’s Oktoberfest. Sept. 28-29, 2013. Bratwurst,

Free Fall Baltimore. October 2013. During

Oktoberfest bier, German wines, dancing, music, children’s events and much more! Admission is $5 online, $10 at the gate, and $5 for ages 2-20. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick.

the city-wide arts celebration, Baltimore City arts organizations present hundreds of free arts activities! Various venues throughout Baltimore. 410-7528632. freefallbaltimore. com O c to b e r 3 r d - 9 t h , 2 013



Community Fall armmuseum. Festival, Davidsonville. org Oct. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m.2 p.m. Grace Presbyterian Zekiah Farms Fall Church, Davidsonville. Fest, Waldorf. Sat-Sun 410-798-5300. graceep. in Oct., 2013, from 10 org a.m.-dusk. The festival Harvest Festival, Derwood. Oct. 5, 2013, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The

Harvest Festival provides hands-on activities and experiences of a working farm, and will feature live music, food and a wide selection of family-friendly activities. Agricultural History Farm Park, Derwood. 301-2584030

Artisan’s Festival, Centreville. Oct. 5-6, 2013. Artists and crafters

from throughout the Delmarva Peninsula will be exhibiting a wide range of talents and treasures. QAC 4-H Park, Centreville.

Frederick County Farm Museum Fall Festival. Oct. 5-6, 2013. Frederick County

Farm Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. frederickcountyf

will include a hayride, maze, farm animals, face painting, and more! Zekiah Farms, Waldorf. Fall Festival and Craft Day, Pasadena. Oct. 6, 2013, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hancock’s Resolution, Pasadena. 410-255-4048.  historichancocksresolution. org Zombie Survival Training in Savage. Oct. 6, 2013. Our trained

guides will see if you have what it takes in the areas of Endurance, Agility, Strength, Courage, and Accuracy to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Terrapin Adventures, Savage. 301-725-1313.

Fall Harvest Festival at Kinder Farm Park. Oct. 12, 2013, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event includes

a haunted “boo” barn,

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farm animals, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. 410-2226115. Maryland Pumpkin Festival, Frederick. Oct. 1213, 2013, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Included during the

Maryland Pumpkin Festival will be pumpkin donuts, pumpkin hunts, egg hunts, pumpkin pie eating contests, face painting and more! Summers Farm, Frederick. 301-6209316.

PumpkinFest at Irvine Nature Center. Oct. 12, from 11a.m.-4 p.m., and Oct. 13, from noon4 p.m. Each October,

hundreds of families gather at Irvine to enjoy a wholesome day of music, food and fun. Includes hayrides, alpacas, jugglers, face painting and more! Admission is $15, free for kids under 2. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. 443-7389200. The Great Pumpkin Patch, Mt. Airy. Oct. 12-13, 2013. Includes

moon bounces, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, and so much more. $5 admission. Old National Pike District Park, Mt. Airy. 301-6009000. frederickcountymd. gov

live entertainment, craft vendors and delicious food for sale. Town Hall, La Plata. 301-9348421.

Pumpkin Trolleyfest, Colesville. Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, 2013. Take

and kids under 6 are free. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. 410-9233400.

a trolley ride and stop at Pinson’s Pumpkin Market to decorate a pumpkin. Departures from 12:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville. 301-3846088.

Fall Family Fun Day, Chesapeake Beach. Oct. 13, 2013, from 1-4 p.m.

Includes fun, crafts, and games. This event is free and open to the public. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. 410-257-3892. cbrm. org La Plata Fall Festival. Oct. 13, 2013, from noon-3 p.m. This

family friendly event will include free activities for children of all ages,

Haunted Barn and Hayrides, Crownsville. Fri-Sun, Oct. 18-27, 2013. $13 admission,

Harbor Harvest, West Shore Park. Oct. 19, 2013, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event

will feature a pumpkin patch, hay maze, face painting, pony rides, live music, and more! Free admission. West Shore Park, Baltimore. 410243-3790. Fall Apple Festival, Wheaton. Oct. 20, 2013, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring

OktoBEARfest, Baltimore. Oct. 19, 2013, from noon-4 p.m. The

event will feature the very best seasonal beers, live music, and Oktoberfeststyle food and fare, and all day admission to zoo. Admission is $20$50. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. 410-3967102.

the whole family to our Fall Apple Festival for apple games, folklore, crafts, hand pressed cider, and of course, madefrom-scratch caramel apples! Admission is $5. Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. 301-4952595. montgomeryparks. org

St. Andrew’s UMC Fall Festival, Edgewater. Oct. 19, 2013, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This

Halloween on the Farm, Upper Marlboro. Oct. 20, 2013, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Join us on the

event includes food, entertainment, pony rides, hay rides, moonbounce, and more! St. Andrew’s UMC, Edgewater. 410266-0875. standrewsum. org

farm for crafts, games, a costume contest, and hayrides. Old Maryland Farm, Upper Marlboro. 301-699-2255. pgparks. com

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Haunted Holy Grounds, Severna Park. Oct. 25-27, 2013. Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Severna Park Community Center, Severna Park. 410-6475843.  severnapark Harvest Halloween Party, La Plata. Oct. 26, 2013. La Plata Town Hall.

Halloween Events at Anne Arundel County Public Libraries. Oct. 26-29, 2013. See website for


Twilight Tales at Accokeek. Oct. 25, 2013, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. This

popular and spooky dramatic production leads guests as they tour the National Colonial Farm after sunset (when the ghosts come out to play!) This year’s production explores the 18th century attitudes

towards death through song and instrument. $7 for members and $10 for non-members. National Colonial Farm, Accokeek. 301-2832113. Halloween Parents’ Night Out PJ Party, Columbia. Oct. 18, 2013.

redbranchthea USNA Halloween/ All Saint’s Day Concert, Annapolis. Oct. 25-26, 2013, at 8 p.m. each night. The

USNA annual Halloween Concert is a spectacular event of music, light, drama, and dance. One of the most popular events on the Yard, this production is an experience you will not soon forget! USNA Main Chapel, Annapolis. 410293-2439. Music

and more! Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. 410-3967102. Halloween in the Garden, Dowell. Oct. 26, 2013, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free ooky,

spooky art activities will be provided and devilishly delicious food vendors will be present. Admission of $1.00 per person will benefit local charities including the Holiday Food Basket Program, the Annmarie Program Fund, and other others. Annmarie Garden, Dowell. 410-3264640. annmariegarden. org The Great Jack O’Lantern Campfire, Upper Marlboro. Oct. 26, 2013, at 7 p.m.

A dazzling display of hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns, bask in the warmth of a fall campfire, roast marshmallows, and listen ZooBOOO, Baltimore. Oct. 25-27, 2013, from 10 to haunted Halloween tales. Admission is $3. a.m.-4 p.m. Free trick or treating, costume contests, Darnall’s Chance House fun carnival games, crafts, Museum, 301-6992255. live entertainment, food,

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Restaurant review Donna Jefferson


ost any Friday or Saturday night, even when the weather isn’t perfect, a quick glance towards El Toro Bravo, Annapolis the sidewalk in front of the Mexican restaurant, El Toro Bravo on West Street in Annapolis, will reveal tables full of people sipping fish bowl-sized Margaritas. The Margaritas are so big you can spot the red, blue or lime-colored concoctions from across the street and everyone seems so happy. El Toro Bravo recently expanded into the building next door adding a beautiful bar and doubling their seating space which has shortened, but not entirely eliminated, the wait times when they are busy. O c to b e r 3 r d - 9 t h , 2 013



Aside from great Margaritas, El Toro Bravo is known for the generous chips and salsa that they bring to your table when you first arrive. The salsa is zesty and not surprisingly perfect with a Margarita or one of the Mexican beers available. A four page menu lists standard Mexican fare like quesadillas, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, and chimichangas, as well as some options for children. The food is tasty and reasonably priced, and the service prompt. It’s usually crowded and loud at El Toro Bravo, not a place for leisurely dining, but if you like the taste of Mexican food and Margaritas at a moderate price, El Toro Bravo is a great spot to try.

Visit El Toro Bravo 50 West Street, Annapolis (410) 267-5949

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