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June 2013

You’ll enjoy it in the moment and in the ­stories you create

We couldn’t have better weather for Celebrate Maryland Outdoors Days, a state of motivation that culminates this week in the Great American Backyard Campout on June 22.     June is showing us her best side with mild temperatures, comfortable humidity, ticklish breezes, honeyed air and cloudscapes racing across blue skies.     To do our part of the celebrating, we’ve recruited Heather Boughey to tell a campfire story.

Supermoon comes just days after summer solstice

Thursday, June 20, is Midsummer’s Night, the shortest night of the year, with barely nine hours of darkness. Then, at 1:04am Friday, the sun reaches its northernmost position above the earth, marking the astronomical beginning of summer for us in the Northern Hemisphere. It is our longest day, with more than 14 hours 54 minutes of sunlight.

It’s not big plants you’re after

Last fall I met a Bay Weekly reader who had perfected the art of growing big tomato plants. Without testing the soil in his 1,500-square-foot garden, he spread half of a bag of 10-10-10, about 20 pounds. While planting his tomatoes, he added a handful of urea fertilizer, which contains 46 percent nitrogen. He used the same planting method for peppers.     His tomato plants grew to five or six feet tall, but they produced only a few small tomatoes late in the summer.

I hunted 14 species of game birds; a lion hunted me

When a herd of zebras loomed up in the sweep of our headlights, I began to believe I was in Africa.     As we’d landed at Johannesburg Airport after dark and loaded up for the two-hour drive to our lodge at Kroonstad, those zebra were my first sight of the wild Africa I’d come for.     The next morning I saw much more. As we motored to our first game-bird shooting area, plains antelope gathered behind farm fences along the road. Ostriches roamed at will.

Country music’s most popular woman singer still awesome after all these years

Always … Patsy Cline offers remarkable singing and terrific acting in the service of country legend.     Patsy Cline met ardent fan Louise Seger at a Houston concert in 1961. A brash sort, Louise introduced herself and invited Patsy to her home for a late-night breakfast. The meal turned into an overnight stay and that stay turned into several years of correspondences always signed by Patsy with the closing that gives this show its title.     I wish the story gave us as much.

KIDS Creek Critters • free

Meet critters that call creeks home. Dress for a mess. 2-3pm at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro: 301-888-1377.

Sea Glass Jewelry

Create beautiful pendant necklaces and matching earrings with sea glass found on local beaches. 1-3pm at Annmarie Garden, Solomons. $30; rsvp: 410-326-4640;

Thrills and Spills Open

Learn about the golden age of powerboat racing when Southern Maryland made the transition from wooden boats to fiberglass, thru photographs, film footage, artifacts and recollections of drivers at this new exhibit. 10am-5pm at Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. $7 admission w/discounts; rsvp: 410-326-2042;

Sail Free

Disabilities won’t stop you from sailing the high seas at the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boats first Sail Free, where people of all sorts of abilities, their families and caregivers sail on the Bay. Bring sunscreen, a hat, drinking water and a snack; life vests provided. 9:30am-3:30pm at Sandy Point Park, Annapolis. $5/car admission: 410-626-0273; 

Sunrise Yoga

Relax, stretch and breathe at a yoga session as the sun rises at the seventh annual Sunrise Yoga to benefit Pets with Disabilities. Bring a yoga mat and towel. 5:45am on the Boardwalk, North Beach. donations: 301-642-2093;