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December 2012

The Bay offers good action nearly year-round

Yesterday a cold rain fell for hours. Wind followed. Today came with heavy fog and a chill that banished any thoughts of getting out on the Bay for one last fling at the rockfish. As Jim Morrison phrased it, “This is the end, my friend.”     But it has been a good, even a very good, season. The 2011 winter of no winter segued nicely into an equally mild early 2012 season. It was a bit windy, but lack of rain and warm temperatures made early season fishing comfortable.

With lines straight from Charles Dickens’ own hand, Twin Beach Players’ third adaptation of A Christmas Carol is its most realistic performance yet, according to director and producer, Regan Cashman.     It’s also the most endearing, as Ebenezer Scrooge’s tale of redemption is told through the eyes — and mouths — of children. As the all-kid cast learn their lines, they consult with adults in the company to understand Dickens’ meaning and language.

By November 25, almost two weeks before opening night, Colonial Players’ musical A Christmas Carol was sold out. That amazing feat speaks to the power of Charles Dickens’ classic and to Colonial Players’ place in the traditions of its community.     Colonial’s homegrown Carol — with play and lyrics by Richard Wade and composed by Richard Gessner — debuted in 1981. This is its 29th incarnation.

The Master of Suspense would have made a ­better movie …

Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins: 360) was a great filmmaker with a lot of issues. He ate too much. He was pathetically dependent on his wife, Alma (Helen Mirren: The Door). Though their marriage was devoid of passion, he obsessed over the nubile blondes he directed. And, if Hitchcock is to be believed, he identified fully and had imaginary conversations with serial killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott: A Lonely Place for Dying).     So Norman Bates has company.

The 11th Hour

  Procrastinating shoppers find great deals when shops stay open late in Annapolis. 11th Hour features pure shopping with friendly merchants eager to help with last-minute gifts. Shops stay open until 11pm thru Downtown Annapolis, Maryland Ave., West St. and Main St.; 

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along • free

  Hear the Fathers & Sons barbershop quartet sign holiday songs and join in a sing-along. 7-8:30pm at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291;

Patuxent High Concert • free

  Patuxent High School Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Chorus play a seasonal concert. 7pm at Patuxent High School auditorium, 12485 Southern Connector Blvd., Lusby: 410-535-7806;

Holiday Craftacular • free

  Teens head to the library to make cool craft for last-minute holiday gift. 3pm at Mountain Road Library, Pasadena: 410-222-6699;

Computer Class • free

  Yes, you can use the computer. Beginners learn the basics including how to work a mouse and keyboard. 2-3pm at Fairview Library, Owings: 410-257-2101;

KIDS Sea Squirts

  Kids 18-months to 3-years-old learn about turtles. 10:30-11am at Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons: 410-326-2042;