Parks and Points -- Cats, plays and 'jamberry' bars

Leonardtown, MD - Found: One gray-striped tabby cat with yellow eyes in the vicinity of Medley’s Neck and the Potomac River during the Saturday, Dec. 9 snowstorm. If this is your missing cat, please call 301-475-2577.


The Newtowne Players announce auditions for Neil Simon’s God’s Favorite on Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. All auditions will be held at the Three Notch Theatre located on S. Coral Drive in Lexington Park. God’s Favorite has roles for 5 men and three women, with an age range of mid-20’s to late 60’s. For more information you may contact Director Rick Thompson at


A Christmas Story, the Musical, is  this year’s holiday production now running at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA. The book is by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The show will run through Dec. 31; the Nutcracker Ballet runs on Saturdays at 11 a.m. through the end of the year. This Christmas story has now become a family tradition ever since the premiere of the movie version in 1983. A Christmas Story is based on an anthology of short stories by Jean Shepherd, whose voice narrated the movie, and who appears as himself as the character of the Narrator in the stage version. Most of us have childhood memories of a favorite must-have Christmas gift -  this story is for you. The cast at the Fulton Opera House was comprised of both Equity and non-Equity actors. The biggest scene-stealer of all was non-Equity local actor, third-grader Ryan Kimbark as Ralphie, the boy who just has to have a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas in this nostalgic story set sometime in the 1930’s. The young thespian sang and danced and acted his way into the audience’s heart and truly held his own onstage alongside the more experienced actors. Equity actor Nathaniel Hackmann evidenced an enviable voice in speech and in song in his role as Jean Shepherd, the Narrator, strolling on and off the stage throughout the production to elaborate on his family’s predicaments in the days leading up to Christmas. Mr. Hackmann’s previous roles include those of Jean Val Jean, and Javert in Les Miserables; he has recently appeared at The Royal Albert Hall  in London as Curly in Oklahoma! in a performance with the John Wilson Orchestra. I also admired the strong performances by Jeffrey Coon as the song-and-dance “old man”, and by Lindsay O’Neil as Mother, who is making her Fulton Opera House debut in this role; she was a member of the original Broadway cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical.  Her  lovely soprano singing  made her a standout.   Another standout performance was turned in by Lanene Charters in the role of the teacher, Miss Shields . She had the opportunity to display her tap-dancing skills in her big Act II number, “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”. The Fulton Opera House has an intriguing backstory of its own. Built in 1852 and named for the inventor of the steam engine, Robert Fulton, it is designated a registered National Historic Landmark. A plaque located in a hall just off the main lobby states that part of the wall there is believed to be a fragment of the Old Lancaster County Jail which once stood on this same site. A second plaque details a tragedy that took place at the old Jail on December 27, 1763. A vigilante group known as the Paxton Boys came to the jail and massacred the last 14 remaining members of the Conestoga Indian tribe. The plaque and the wooden door preserved there in the hall stand as memorials to honor the souls of those who perished.


Here is something delicious to bake for the holidays!

Jamberry Bars By: Ellynne Brice Davis

Ingredients - ½ cup butter, 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1 and ½ cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda,  1 and ½ cups Quick Quaker Oats (uncooked),1 10- to 12- ounce jar raspberry or strawberry preserves, or any other jam of your choice

Directions - Cream butter and sugar together; add all dry ingredients. In a 9 X 13 pan sprayed with PAM spread three-fourths of the dough; pat down slightly. Spoon jam over the dough; sprinkle with the remaining mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.

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