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Hike, Lights, Action!

From: Mike
Sent on: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 5:09 PM

Solemates,

 

This Sunday, January 6, we’ll try to squeeze a little more from the holiday season with an easy, afternoon, 3-mile hike in Wheaton Regional Park (www.montgomeryparks.org/facilities/regional_parks/wheaton/index.shtm), followed by the “Garden of Lights” holiday display at Brookside Gardens in the evening (www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/garden_lights.shtm). Wait, there’s more! There’s a special winter-plant exhibit and a fabulous model-train display in the conservatories (www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/winter_display.shtm) and musical entertainment and refreshments (including baked goods, hot chocolate, and hot cider, all cash only) in the Visitor Center Auditorium.

 

The hike (an easy 0.8 blister!) will be leisurely paced on forest trails, over gentle hills and some dales. I’m sure that the upcoming (Jan 15) Oscar nominations will be on everyone’s mind, so try to remember the new movies you’ve seen in the last year. Below is my list, with my opinion of each, which, I’ve learned through the years of disappointment, does not correlate so much with nominations.

 

We’ll meet for the hike in the parking lot of the Brookside Nature Center (1400 Glenallen Ave, Wheaton, MD; http://tinyurl.com/ctb4ged) at 3 pm. For a 2:30 pm pick-up from the Glenmont Metro station Kiss & Ride, contact me ([address removed]) in advance. After the hike, we’ll pack ourselves into as few cars as possible (www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fOfW5fdAk0) and drive 300 yards to Brookside Gardens for the evening (5:30 – 7 pm). The entrance fee is $25 per vehicle in cash; pedestrians are not allowed.

 

Bring a bottle of water and snacks, and dress warmly. Bring rain gear if needed, and extra warm clothing for the evening; it can stay in the car during the hike. Bring cash to share the entrance fee, and, if you like, to buy refreshments or to purchase stuff from the gift shops.

 

Cheers,

Mike

 

Cut!

 

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

excellent

Farewell, My Queen (French)

excellent

Lincoln

excellent

Bernie

very good

The Intouchables (French)

very good

Footnote (Israeli)

very good

Your Sister's Sister

very good

Safety Not Guaranteed

very good

Argo

very good

Silver Linings Playbook

very good

Life of Pi

very good

Django Unchained

very good

Moorise Kingdom

very good

The Sessions

very good

Arbitrage

very good

Marvel's The Avengers

good

A Royal Affair (Danish)

good

In Darkness

good

The Dark Knight Rises

good

Robot & Frank

good

The Master

good

Wreck-it Ralph

good

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) (French)

good

Monsieur Lazhar (Canadian)

good

Skyfall

good

Looper

mediocre

Seven Psychopaths

mediocre

Hitchcock

mediocre

Anna Karenina

lousy

Documentary

The Extraordinary Voyage (Le voyage extraordinaire)

excellent

Searching for Sugar Man

excellent

The Central Park Five

excellent

Pina

good

Chasing Ice

good

 

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