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22/08/2014

Wedding venue proposed for Churchville farm

A wedding venue planned on the site of a 51-acre farm on Glenville Road in Churchville has neighbors upset, but the owners' lawyer, acknowledging complaints he has heard, says the project will be upscale and not obtrusive.

The neighbors will be able to speak their minds at a community input meeting Wednesday at Harford Community College's Chesapeake Center, beginning at 6 p.m.

Plans for The Regent at Stone House submitted to Harford County call for an 8,853-square-foot barn to be built on property at 517 Glenville Road, owned by Timothy and Lisa Limberger.

The barn would be set back more than 600 feet from the road, facing a parking lot, and would overlook an existing pond.

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"Before [the owners] built the property, they had a vision that they wanted to have a special wedding destination," John Gessner, the Limbergers' lawyer, said Thursday. "They think it's a beautiful site. There is a market and a need for a place like that, and they really thought it would be a wonderful thing."

A rendering of the building shows a traditional barn-style building with an entrance canopy, decorative doors and a patio with a stone facade.

"This is the first time someone has gone through this legally," he said, noting the law does not require the site, which is zoned for agricultural use, to be an active farm.

"We are putting up a bed-and-breakfast, and the neighbors think we are going to put up a Motel 6. They completely misunderstand," Gessner said in defense of the building's style.

The property will not actually be a bed-and-breakfast. It will be primarily used for weddings but could potentially also hold small receptions or similar events, he said.

"People have sent out fliers saying this will be like Richlin Ballroom [in Edgewood]," he said. "That is just silly."

Gessner said it would be "just a nice, little facility" that is set far back from the road. The parking lot has not been determined yet but will have about 100 or 120 spaces, he said.

"The barn is smaller than a lot of houses on Glenville," Gessner noted. "It's a beautiful building. It's not going to be an eyesore, by any means."

The venue has a Facebook page with 283 "likes" on it, as of Thursday.

One recent post says: "Fall is just around the corner. We can't wait to see couples say 'I do' against the backdrop of the changing leaves at Regent next year!"

Joppa Dunkin' Donuts planned

Another community input meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening will seek comments on a proposal to demolish a Pizza Hut restaurant in Joppa and replace it with a building housing Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins.

That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Joppa branch of Harford County Public Library, in the 600 block of Towne Center Drive.

The Pizza Hut is at Route 40 and Joppa Farm Road.

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20/08/2014

Extremists' hatred poisons Mahmoud and Morel's wedding

Before Uganda's Constitutional Court overturned the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act on a parliamentary technicality earlier this month, a brave same-sex couple managed to host an intimate, secret wedding service — and digital publication Vocativ was there with video cameras.

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Holding or attending the covert ceremony was highly dangerous, as participants worried a guest may have tipped off local police about the planned wedding — which, under the now-defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act, would have prescribed at least year-long prison sentences for anyone involved or attending the celebration. Other stipulations of the law imposed lifelong prison sentences on anyone convicted of "aggravated homosexuality," which included repeated same-sex sexual contact between consenting adults, or any same-sex encounter where one person was a minor, mentally disabled, HIV-positive, or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The law also required friends, family, neighbors, and landlords of LGBT people to report them to police or face a seven-year stint in jail themselves.

And although an invitation-only Ugandan LGBT Pride celebration went off without protests or violence less than three weeks after the Anti-Homosexuality Act was overturned, homosexuality remains criminalized in the east African nation, and the hundreds of LGBT people fleeing antigay attitudes in Uganda have found conditions to be no safer in refugee camps in neighboring Kenya. As such, Uganda remains an unfriendly place to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or intersex.

Meanwhile, local politicians and press outlets have been sending mixed signals about if and when a revised version of the law might be implemented. Since the Constitutional Court overturned the law based on a lack of quorum when Parliament passed it, the court did not address the constitutional issues raised by the legislation, leaving the possibility open that a new iteration of the bill once labeled "Kill the Gays" could be introduced.

For the moment, though, Uganda's embattled LGBT population is enjoying a moment of relative respite — making it a perfect time to share Vocativ's video, which captures the indomitable spirit of these proud Ugandans. Watch it below.

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18/08/2014

Mason jars a tired trend in weddings, décor?

No Mason jars were used in the making of this article.

The same cannot be said of weddings everywhere. Or cocktail hours. Or the homes of trendy 20-somethings.

The Mason jar – a clear glass container invented for the canning of food – is everywhere. Still. Another peak wedding season has come and gone, and yet again, the jar was inescapable.

Vases, centerpieces, chandeliers, lanterns, soap dispensers, cocktail shakers, terrariums, tumblers, planters, lamp bases, photo frames, snow globes, spice racks, bracelets, gumball machines – all made out of Mason jars.

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“It has exploded to where, I don’t know, probably 75 percent of weddings end up with Mason jars,” said Jennifer Condon, wedding style and registry director at Brides Magazine.

As illustrated by the number of Google searches for “Mason jar,” the decorating trend for homes and weddings first took off in 2011. Condon said it unsurprisingly coincided with the rising popularity of do-it-yourself-type décor in the wake of the recession.

People were trying to save money, and the jars were inexpensive.

People were trying to personalize their homes and weddings, and the jars were versatile.

People were short on time, and the jars were easy to find.

Then, there was the Pinterest effect.

“Brides are inspired by other brides,” said Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. “Brides post their weddings online, then other brides spend a lot of time looking at what those brides were doing.”

And so went the Mason jar cycle, until an item that once represented creativity and personality became the Instagrammable poster child of normalcy. Antiques stores jacked up their prices, manufacturers made jars in ridiculously impractical sizes and the company that owns the Ball Corp. brand – founded in Muncie, Indiana – doubled the price of its stock. The Mason jar became synonymous with any setting meant to feel homey or outdoorsy.

Brides who had no previous interest in canning, farms or rustic décor were having barn weddings full of burlap, weed-like flowers and, of course, Mason jars.

Wedding planner Jeannette Tavares said the idea has been so ingrained in brides’ minds that her customers expect every non-ballroom wedding to look this way.

“There is a movement among designers to get out of this idea we were being pigeonholed into,” Tavares said.

She encourages thinking outside the Mason jar, to options such as glass cylinder vases, mercury glass or even centerpieces made of succulents.

“We are ready for something new and different,” Tavares said.

Unless the “rustic chic”-loving world isn’t ready for new and different.

“The Mason jar is a true icon of made-in-America quality and ingenuity,” said Eleanor Madison, who sells the jars from her vintage furniture company. “They deserve to be repurposed and reimagined like this.”

The 25-year-old entrepreneur said the jars are not a trend but a lasting staple that “beckons us back to a simpler time.”

DIY Weddings Magazine founder and chief executive Kym Stelmachers said it beckons her back in a different way.

“Each generation has something they are embarrassed about. I mean, proud of,” Stelmachers said.

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