Looking for some reasonably priced entertainment? Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., will feature a three-day celebration marking the anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley this weekend. Presley's birthday is Jan. 8.
Jed Duvall performs as the King of Rock 'N Roll. Duvall is an award-winning performer, representing all eras of Presley's career. and he performs nationwide.
Shows will be held on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Jan. 13, the show will start at 2 p.m.
Come dressed in your most awesome '50s attire, and you could win one of the prizes awarded at each performance to the best dressed male and female audience member.
Upcoming events at the popular playhouse include a Talent Show the weekend of Jan. 18 to 20, and a play, "The Teahouse of the August Moon," by John Patrick, which will run most of the month of February.
Longtime Laurel resident Frances Gore Tate died Dec.11, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. Originally from Beltsville, she moved to Old Town in 1959. Her daughters, Freda, Treva and Kathy Ratcliffe, all attended Laurel High School. She drove a school bus for Prince George's County for 22 years. I spoke briefly with Kathy about her mother, and she said, "After her family, her constant companion, a Pomeranian named Prissy, was the love of her life."
Former business owner Mary Barkman passed away at her Laurel home on Jan. 3. A native of New Zealand, she and her late husband, Charles, were the owners/operators of Barkman's Flower Shop, a Main Street staple for more than 40 years. A longtime friend and Compton Avenue neighbor, Joanne Perry Larson, said via a Facebook post, "She was a friend and neighbor for many years. She was a lovely woman."
The celebration of the Ravens' victory over Baltimore's former franchise, the Colts, had barely commenced when the thud of the Redskins' painful loss put a damper on the victory party. Residents city-wide, and no doubt fans all over the region, were dreaming of seeing the local teams meet in the Super Bowl. It was not to be this year as the burgundy and gold suffered not only the sting of defeat, but saw its injured quarterback leave the game early. Maybe next year Skins fans. Fight on, Ravens.
Happy birthday to Kayla Dustin-Dougherty, who turned 6 years old on Jan. 2.