Rockville-native Helen Maroulis won the first-ever gold medal for an American woman wrestler at the Olympics Aug. 18, defeating Japanese three-time gold medalist Saori Yoshida 3-1 in the 53kg freestyle.Read more
Romaine Brooks' Ida Rubinstein. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER WASHINGTON DC — The Smithsonian American Art Museum is holding an exhibition of Romaine Brooks, an early 20th century painter notable for her revolutionary depiction of women. Unlike traditional paintings that depict female subjects with bright, flowery colors, Brooks’ paintings are characterized by her use of muted tones and portrayal of women in androgynous attire. Brooks’ later works are notable for the bold outlines of her subjects mixed with lightly blended colors, giving her paintings a uniquely modern feel. These techniques emphasize the assertive poses taken by many women in her paintings, allowing her subjects’ features to carry a distinct vibrancy that carries throughout her later works.
Life on the County Fair's midway is the main attraction for some fair-goers. PHOTO BY JAKE BRODSKY GAITHERSBURG – The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair would be vastly different without Powers Great American Midways, who has been the fair’s midway provider for the past 11 years. “[The Montgomery County Fair] has just grown and grown,” said Marc Janas, the GM of Powers. “We have a great rapport with the folks that run the fair, they’re good friends of ours and that’s really important. It just keeps getting better every year. Weather permitting, knock on wood, the attendance just keeps going up.” The Montgomery County Fair is part of what Janas calls "big fair season," meaning Powers carries around 400 employees to the event.
GAITHERSBURG –How does a 13- year-old girl without a farm end up taking care of a cow at the Montgomery County Fair? An opportunity came for Addie Tallman when she paid $1 to milk a cow by hand at the fair three years ago. Then she saw a stack of flyers for a 4-H Club informational meeting on a nearby table and took one. Later, Addie told her now 16-year-old sister named Emmie about milking the cow. They both attended the meeting and joined the 4-H Club in Sept. 2013. Addie helped Christina Bennett, 12, care for her family’s cows on the week of the fair the following year. “I got up every morning at like 6:30 and I helped out with feeding the cows,” said Addie. “So that’s how we became friends (with Christina).”