Right now, I'm thinking about the blues. The eighth annual Western Maryland Blues Fest kicks off Friday, May 30, for a weekend of head-rocking guitar licks and agreeably melancholy beats in Hagerstown. The Blind Boys of Alabama and John Mayall will join local musicians to draw crowds to several stages. And the concert is growing. It's appeal makes it one of the biggest local entertainments of the year.
So, yeah, it's fair to assume the Blues Fest will be prominently featured on the cover of our weekly Out & About section on May 29. Stories are already planned through May for our weekday Lifestyle sections - Health, Next, Food, Out & About, Family - and even further in advance for our weekend centerpieces.
Thursday, for example, will find Founder's Day in Martinsburg, W.Va., as the cover story of Out & About. The city is in its 225th year since Gen. Adam Stephen made it an official town. A week later we'll take a look at the National Pike Festival with its traditional wagon trains. That's the same weekend as the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage in Washington County.
For more on interesting houses, Assistant Lifestyle Editor Chris Copley is examining what it takes to call a historic house your home. Talk about living by a code. Proper preservation dictates that renovations must be specific. How many railing supporting spindles can a homeowner meticulously sand before he can paint wood? That story is slated to run May 11.
A week later, Staff Writer Kate Coleman will go from the historic house to the dog house to report on what new ways people have come up with to spoil their pets. The committed pet owner may spend enough to raise a child for 10 years.
And incoming Staff Writer Andrea Rowland will talk to teens about downloading music. The recording industry is cracking down on the practice, but it's as natural to them as a stop at the video arcade was to Generation X.
These events feature a range of activities that invokes the old advertising plea of something for everyone. And we have ideas for June, July and August as other events spin into our Tri-State orbit.
Jake Womer is Lifestyle editor of The Herald-Mail. You can phone him at 301-733-5131, extension 2340 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org