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April 2013

New and seasonal favorites bring flavor to spring

I grew up in a bucolic part of northern Delaware near the Brandywine River Valley, dubbed Chateau Country for its lush countryside riddled with duPont estates, rolling hills and horse farms. Greenville is the town center, just down the road from Nemours and Hagley Museum, the estate and gunpowder mill that was the beginning of the duPont dynasty. My father’s family has been part of the community for many generations, though we plowed a different path than the duPonts.

This week read how each in our different ways, gets back to the water

The water is calling, and throughout Chesapeake Country we hear and answer.     With the windows open for the first time this spring, I woke to watermen’s voices rising uphill through cherry blossoms. Crabbers Steve Smith and Billy Scerbo, both at the job for decades, lifted bright red and yellow unfouled pots onto their trucks, joking their way into the new season.

If I can leave my garden long enough to launch my boats

The Bay Gardener has difficulty deciding which is more relaxing, spending days in the garden, spending hours sailing his 24-foot MacGregor swing-keel boat, building boats or resurrecting an old boat or tractor.

When the forsythia bloom, the hickories start running

Pulling into my driveway this week, I caught the briefest  flash of bright yellow out of the corner of my eye. A neighbor’s forsythia bush was beginning to bloom. My mind returned to this exact time a year ago.     Late that morning, a friend and I were pussyfooting up to a riverbank on the upper Choptank. We had already spent a number of fruitless weeks chasing elusive yellow perch and again feared failure. What we saw in the water restored our hope.

Aboriginal singers fight racial profiling with soul

In 1967, the Australian government classified the land’s native Aboriginal tribes as “Flora and Fauna.” To help the indigenous people, the government took to inspecting Aboriginal settlements, looking for fair-skinned children. Such children were taken from their tribe and families and sent to a special school, where they were taught to pass as white and to abandon their culture.

Luna pairs with Jupiter and glows with Earth’s light

A nascent crescent moon emerges from the lingering glow of sunset at week’s end and then appears roughly 10 degrees higher and remains visible a half-hour longer night by night. Saturday evening, the moon forms a near perfect triangle with blazing Jupiter to the east and orange Aldebaran to the south, each less than 10 degrees from the other.

Playing thru Mother’s Day, this study in maternal dysfunction should be required viewing for everyone but childless orphans

Can an estranged grandmother, mother and daughter find grace in time to rebuild their family? This is the question Compass Rose Theater poses in their promotion for Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, an award-winning play that takes its name from an obscure word in a spelling bee dictionary. Appearing now through Mother’s Day, this study in maternal dysfunction should be required viewing for everyone but childless orphans.
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2nd Annual Chrysalis House 5K Run For Recovery/1M Caterpillar Crawl

Event Date:  June 15, 2013 - 8:30am - 11:30am The Annual 5K Run for Recovery and 1 Mile Caterpillar Crawl supports the courageous work of women overcoming alcoholism and drug addiction in residential and outpatient facilities in four locations in Maryland. Their children reside with them in the safe and healthy environment Chrysalis House provides. Visit us at to learn more. Course: A combination of paved surface and trails Register Now at Support The Cause

Lights Out On The Bunny Brothers Kids Show!

Event Date:  April 20, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm Lights Out On The Bunny Brothers- Kids Show!! Saturday, April 20, 2013 4:00pm | All Age Concert Chesapeake Arts Center in Studio 194 Theatre $12 Adults $5 Children 12 and Under *Call (410) 636-6597 for Kids Ticket! Location Chesapeake Arts Center 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225 United States See map: Google Maps