Celebrate 2018 at the New Year’s Day Good Luck Dinner at the Belle Grove Plantation

December 29, 2017 12:43 pm

No matter how you choose to spend your New Year's Eve, you'll love to spend your New Year's Day at the Belle Grove Plantation. The annual New Year's Day Good Luck Dinner is a Southern tradition that dates all the way back to the 1700s, and it promises to be a special occasion that you can share with family and friends.

True to tradition, the New Year's Day meal includes Southern favorites like Southern-style collard greens, black-eyed peas, cornbread, Hoppin’ John and ham. The meal is set in the beautiful, historic Belle Grove mansion, and the family-style tables make it so that you can get to know your neighbors while you eat.

The meal is $50 per person.

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Adopt a Family in Need This Holiday Season With LifeStyles

November 29, 2017 8:38 am

Want to do some good this holiday season for families around your area? Volunteer with LifeStyles of Maryland, a nonprofit organization that aims to support people in crisis by providing food and health services.

This season, LifeStyles will be distributing more than 600 food baskets to families throughout the region to help them provide holiday dinners for their loved ones. These baskets include turkey, canned vegetables, boxed starches, and fresh produce, and because they are cross-referenced with items provided by other charity organizations in the area, you can feel confident that you will be providing families with only unique, essential items. To make a donation or donate your time, visit the LifeStyles of Maryland website.

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Celebrate the Year’s Most Delicious Holiday: National Chocolate Day!

October 28, 2017 12:00 pm

Happy National Chocolate Day, Dahlgren! If you're a self-proclaimed chocoholic, then you'll love celebrating this delicious holiday. Here are some fun facts about National Chocolate Day.

  • The U.S. National Confectioners Association lists four primary chocolate holidays on their calendar: July 7 is Chocolate Day, both October 28 and December 28 are listed as National Chocolate Day, and International Chocolate Day is September 13.
  • Chocolate is a confection made from cacao seeds, which grow on cacao trees in the tropics. Seeds are removed from the their pods and then dried, roasted and ground into cocoa powder or paste, which is then mixed with other ingredients such as butters, oils, sweeteners, milk and flour to produce chocolate.
  • Chocolate is a staple in the American diet, with sales of over 21 billion dollars in 2014.
  • There are approximately 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa, producing nearly 70% of the world's cocoa.
  • Cote D'Ivoire, a country in West Africa, produces the most cocoa. The small nation supplies nearly 40% of the world's cocoa.
  • It takes between 2 and 4 days to make one chocolate bar.

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