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The editor’s hale and farewell

He’ll always remind me of when …

a Bay Weekly Conversation with Poets Laureate Grace Cavalieri and Temple Cone

See the results at CalvART Gallery and Wimsey Cove

Have your say on amenities and activities

A visit will convince you spring is really here

The editor’s hale and farewell

     When Our Delegate, Mike Busch, won election as speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Bay Weekly paid him an office visit to ask him to peer into the future. On January 3, 2003, the day before his 56th birthday, the new speaker Busch had pretty well finished unpacking boxes as he moved into his new digs. And elegant digs they are, I wrote.      Ceilings rise not quite sky-high to the rotunda in this, the oldest working statehouse in America, where George...

He’ll always remind me of when …

      When I heard that my old friend Mike Busch passed away the day before the General Assembly ended, I thought of my mother, who died when she was 94. She and Mike were close — they used to meet and chat in Graul’s most Sundays — and they could both smell BS a mile away. Mom used to say that Mike and my godfather, former Republican governor Ted McKeldin, were the only two politicians she ever trusted. My mother was a very good judge of character.  ...
a Bay Weekly Conversation with Poets Laureate Grace Cavalieri and Temple Cone
     Does poetry still have something to say to our 21st-century selves?        April is poetry month, so the timing is right to ask that question. Expertise is plentiful and close at hand. Not one but two poets laureate are our neighbors. Newly designated Maryland poet laureate Grace Cavalieri is an Annapolitan. And, for the first time, Annapolis has its own poet laureate, Temple Cone, who teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy.        Join us...

See the results at CalvART Gallery and Wimsey Cove

         It’s not a simple thing to convince two works of art to begin a dialogue with one another. But two local events are doing just that.          For Vision of Verses, 15 poets responded to 19 pieces of art created by the CalvART Gallery artists: paintings, ceramic sculpture, stained glass and photography.          Poet Elisavietta Ritchie was inspired by a painting by Suzanne...

Have your say on amenities and activities

      A new Calvert County park will be designed by local outdoor enthusiasts.       The existing 79-acre Cove Point Park includes a water park, baseball and multi-purpose sports fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, walking and jogging paths and a picnic area.       The expansion across Route 2/4 will add another 100 acres. What to do with it is up to local residents. In a 15-question survey, you’ll get to vote for an ice skating rink,...

A visit will convince you spring is really here

    I’m finally starting to believe spring is here, but I need an extra nudge. Fortunately, the spring boat show is this week.      As you’d expect, the star of every boat show is boats. This year’s show continues the industry’s recovery since the crash of 2008 and features more than 400 boats. The lineup includes boats of many types, from seven to 70 feet. But the boat show experience is more than boarding boats and talking to sales...

In Europe, invasion of the blue crab

       Breathless news accounts make it sound like something out of Jaws.          “Only a big octopus could win a fight with a blue crab’s deadly pincers,” read an account in The Guardian last week.          The typically reserved British paper is writing not of some fearsome sea creatures but of the crustacean that provides Chesapeake Country tasty lumps of our identity....

Jim Weaver’s pink support wins chic new duds

      What do 13 men in Anne Arundel County have in common?          They all competed in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign last October, which raised funds for women’s breast cancer. Jim Weaver of Weaver Boatworks in Deale raised $16,289 of $30,040 raised overall by the Anne Arundel chapter.          For his success, Weaver was fitted this month with a custom-...

Early flowers and early birds love this color

      The spring bird migration has started. Soon flocks of warblers will be looking for the emerging bugs. Because it is spring, their feathers will show breeding hues. The hue that seems the most startling and catches my attention is bright yellow.          Two warblers are brilliant yellow, and both push through in high numbers to get to northern breeding grounds. But a few of both species will stay in Maryland to nest and rear the next...

Blooming bulbs and camellias ­herald spring

       After a long winter, the early spring flowers are eagerly anticipated. I always believe in the wisdom of the groundhog and his prediction of an early spring, but this year his timing was a little off. When the bulbs started to bloom, I forgave him. Bulbs come in thousands of varieties.       Nothing speaks of spring as much as the advent of snowdrops. They actually poke through the snow as early as February. Their little upside-down bells are outlined...