By Hannah Butera
If you hate the cold, you probably hate the winter season. From the often miserable weather to the unfortunate lack of daytime, it may seem like the worst. However, it’s the holiday season and there are plenty of ways to make the most of it. Here are some ideas to consider if you want to enjoy the frigid season, from least to most expensive!
There is nothing better than snuggling up at home and watching Christmas movies, away from the freezing weather. If you are hesitant to do anything that suggests being outdoors in this chilling season, or if you want to save your money while making the most of the season, this one’s for you. ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas is arguably one of the greatest parts of the holidays. From December 1st to the 25th, ABC plays non-stop classic holiday movies. The only thing better than watching holiday classics is watching them for free, so go check out ABC!
If you like to have a challenge, ice skating is for you! Ice skating is the perfect way to enjoy the winter season with friends and family. The Columbia Ice Rink is a nearby indoor rink that invites people of all ages to skate. At just $9.00 plus an additional skate rental fee of $3.50, it is certainly worth it. If you prefer a more scenic and spirited atmosphere and don’t mind a short road trip, the Pandora Ice Rink located in the Baltimore Inner Harbor is something to consider. For just a dollar more, you can enjoy a view of the Harbor, decorated festively for the holiday season! However, it’s only open until January 15th, so go before the time is up!
Another winter activity that will give you a thrill is tubing! While this activity requires a more lengthy road trip, roughly one hour, and is a bit pricier, nothing beats flying down a slope on an inflatable tube. “I’ve never been a big fan of skiing or snowboarding, so I love to go tubing” said Senior Amy Smith. Tubing is perfect if you haven’t skied before or don’t want to spend the money. Liberty Mountain Resort is the closest location that offers snow tubing, and it is priced at $21 for one hour on weekdays and $28 for one hour on weekends. However, tubing isn’t the only activity offered at this resort. This brings us to one of the best parts of winter: skiing and snowboarding.
If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, you’re missing out. There’s no better way to take advantage of the winter weather than by hitting the slopes! Liberty, Whitetail, and Wisp are three resorts that offer great skiing and snowboarding trails! Junior Hailey Griffin looks forward to her family’s annual trip to Wisp every year. “Skiing has been my favorite thing to do since I was five years old, and Wisp is the best place to do it!”, said Griffin. As this activity can be expensive, it will require some planning in advance. Prices vary based off of the resort, the number of people in your group, the day of the week, and much more, so it is crucial to do sufficient research. Usually, the bigger mountain with better trails will be more expensive. This would make for a great family trip or even just a day trip with friends.
Since a fourth of the year is winter, you might as well make the most of it! Whether you’re willing to take on a challenge outdoors or prefer staying cozy inside, there are ways for you to make this winter the best one yet.
By: Anna Lawson
From elaborate latte art and “freakshakes”, to edible cookie dough and charcoal soft serve ice cream, 2017 has been a year of trendy ingredients and desserts. Publicized mainly through social media, three ingredients and desserts have gone viral worldwide. With the holidays coming up, enjoy these holiday desserts with a trendy twist.
Peppermint Rolled Ice Cream
Rolled ice cream is a Thai frozen dessert that has become extremely popular due to satisfying social media videos in which a person chops up an ingredient, pours an ice cream base overtop, and smoothes into a thin layer of ice cream. They then scrape the ice cream to create rolls. Glenelg Junior, Lucy Loazer says this ice cream is "actually pretty easy to make, and it tastes delicious!” Traditionally this is done on top of an ice-cold metal surface, allowing for the ice cream to freeze into a creamy texture almost immediately. Unfortunately most people do not have one of these industrial surfaces at home, so instead try with a baking sheet. It does take a bit longer, but it is worth it in the end!
Matcha Crepe Cake
Matcha is a green tea powder originating from Japan. It is traditionally used as mood-enhancer since it contains L-theanine, an amino acid capable of relaxing the mind. Glenelg Senior Morgan Adams says that “it is cool how an ingredient can calm someone.” In addition, crepe cakes have become increasingly popular this year. A crepe cakes consists of layers of crepes, which are similar to extremely thin pancakes, with a cream filling in between each layer. Recently, bakers have been adding matcha powder to crepe batter, giving it a green tea flavor. This cake is perfect for the holidays because of the green pigment from the matcha powder.
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By Bethany Stewart
The holiday season is something everyone gets excited about. Not only are there numerous winter activities, but holiday festivities as well that can fill our time during these chilly winter months. People are always hoping for that picturesque white Christmas. Often times the holidays encompass three main activities, shopping, cooking, and spending time with family- what could be better? It is no surprise that this can be considered the most wonderful time of the year. You can see the spirits of many being lifted by the charity of others around the holiday season. Here at Glenelg, many students are anxiously awaiting winter break which means Hanukkah and Christmas are around the corner. Students of Glenelg were asked questions about their favorite things during the holiday season.
When Glenelg students asked were about their holiday favorites, the top movie was Elf by a landslide. This comes with little surprise, as the movie is funny and entertaining for both children and adults. Coming in as a strong contender was Rudolph. This also comes as no shock, as this movie is a timeless Christmas classic.
For the favorite holiday song of Glenelg students, there was almost an even split between All I Want for Christmas is You and Jingle Bells. Both song help to really lift the spirits of the holiday season. These songs are extremely popular and played numerous times on the radio during the holidays.
The favorite winter activity of Glenelg students came out to be a three way tie between sipping on hot chocolate, sledding, and skiing. When a student was asked why skiing was their favorite activity, they said “Skiing down the slopes with the cold air and snow blowing by my face makes me happy. The adrenaline rush when going down a black diamond is just the best.” Skiing down a mountain is the exact opposite of sipping warm hot chocolate and curling up with a good movie.
Cookies were the overwhelming vote of the favorite holiday dessert. With endless variety it is impossible to not find something that everyone can enjoy. One students writes that “Cookies just seem to taste better around Christmas time!” No matter what desert you chose to enjoy this holiday season, there is something out there for you to enjoy.
Gladiator’s favorite gift ever ranged from pet bunnies to bikes, but the overwhelming answer was a cellphone or laptop. One student wrote that their favorite gift was tickets to a Selena Gomez concert when he/she was younger. “I loved her and her music, and the concert was so fun” they commented.
One cool holiday tradition that the Day family does every Christmas is “eating tacos for Christmas dinner, and ice cream for dessert!” Another exciting holiday tradition that Curtis Rodkey, Senior at Glenelg, does is “walking around our neighborhood giving out holiday treats like cookies.” Whatever your holiday traditions and favorites may be, stay safe and have a great winter break and holiday season!
By Nicole King
Dying to have the latest style of shoes? Don’t have the money to purchase them? As high school students are entering the “real world”, we are at a constant battle to have enough money. Our parents refuse to give us money every time we ask so we must be creative and find a solution to this problem. There are many simple ways to earn quick cash on the side instead of getting a laborious job. Below are some options for students to try in order to keep up with the newest styles.
By Julie Amoss
The Glenelg music department is a hive of activity, with one of its parts almost always participating in some event or another. The fall season is full of events and concerts for the music department. Starting things off early, the Glenelg Concert Choir had their first concert on October twenty fifth, and it was immediately followed by Choral Day just two days later.
The Pops concert is the first of the year for choir, and the first concert in the entire music department. It’s an entirely choral-based concert, although some of the groups sing with a professional band. Solo acts are also a featured part of the performance, allowing students to show off their own personal vocal talents. Every act shone despite the mere seven weeks of rehearsal time, and the solo acts were positively heavenly, each more beautiful than the last. Around six hundred people attended the event, and it was generally regarded as an excellent show for all involved.
Choral day is an event where all of the choir programs from every feeder school to Glenelg gather in our auditorium and each sing a song. Students from grades four to twelve are showcased as parts of their respective choirs, with the Glenelg Madrigals, Women's, and Men’s ensembles all performing as well. At the end, every school joins together to sing one song as a group. The auditorium is of course packed for the performance, as over five hundred students perform across the nine grades featured in the event. The evening is chaotic and often a bit overwhelming; but it’s a lot of fun and the kids are the absolute sweetest.
In October, the choir is allowed to volunteer at Larriland Farm serving apple fritters. They spend four hours of their weekend preparing and serving apple fritters to help pay for the choir’s annual spring trip, which this year will be to Williamsburg, Virginia. The stand is almost always busy, so it’s normally all hands on deck for the entire shift. The work is surprisingly fun and hardly feels like any kind of a chore, and it is especially enjoyable when you’re working with friends.
The String Thing is an orchestra event that occurred on November first. pairing the Glenelg Orchestra and the Glenwood Orchestra to showcase both groups’ prowess. The Glenelg String Orchestra and Glenelg Chamber Orchestra performed alongside the Glenwood Orchestra, showcasing each groups’ individual prowess and their skill as one cohesive group. Although the show could have been “a little more in tune”, as Izzy Beaumont, a Sophomore violinist, puts it, “It was pretty good overall.” The event was definitely an experience for the younger kids, some of whom are performing with older students for the first time.
The Glenelg Marching Band is still performing at football games with the Cheer Squad and Color Guard. They perform the school fight song during intermission, complete with marching choreography. The group is constantly improving and working to better their performance for the future, although they already set a high bar of excellence for themselves. However, every group now has turned their focus to the Winter Concert.
The Winter Concert is an event where every part of the Glenelg Music Department performs a variety of holiday music, and it is already looking like it will be a highlight of the winter season. Tickets are available immediately following Thanksgiving break for pre-order and can be purchased at the door as well for just eight dollars.
Approximately a quarter of the school’s population has a part in at least one group, and for many the fine arts wing is like a second home. Although the Music Department doesn’t perform every week or go to state tournaments -although there is adjudication in March- like the sports teams, the department is always busy, and definitely worth keeping an eye on now and in the future.
By Bethany Stewart
Everyone wants to be able to say that they made millions in their lifetime. There are many ways this is possible, but creating a product that costs less than five dollars and produces a profit in the millions is something difficult. Many new products and ideas are released to the market on a regular basis. But, very few produce a substantial profit for the creator. Below is a list of some of the cheapest products in stores that have been the most profitable.