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August 2013

But brilliant Sirius isn’t to blame

For kids heading back to school, summer has truly gone to the dogs. But neither that nor your canine companion panting on the cold basement floor is why the hottest days of the year are referred to as the Dog Days of summer. The answer shines in the heavens in the form of a star more than 81⁄2 light years away.

Head to a new place, and the fishing gets better

It was in the middle of the week and we had our Norfolk spot for live lining caught by 7am. Jumping up on plane, we headed toward the Bay Bridge. It was already too late. The concrete supports where we had had such great luck a day earlier had two skiffs anchored at each, and our third and fourth choices were being eyeballed by a couple of approaching charter boats.

They’re building strength for a fall assault

Bay Weekly readers are asking me where the stinkbugs are.     Stinkbugs may not have plagued you this summer, but I can assure you that they are building their population.     After my fall, I have not been able to spray my few remaining peach trees or my vegetable garden. Surveying the peach trees, I could not find one peach that had not been infested with stinkbug stings. Every remaining peach was cat-faced from stings, with several stinkbugs actively feeding on them.

Divergent paths through the Civil Rights era

As a young boy in 1920s Georgia, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker: The Last Stand) learned how the world worked for black people. On a whim, their white land-owner not only rapes Cecil’s mother but also shoots his father, who is buried by his fellow black sharecroppers in a shallow grave.     In compensation, Cecil is invited in as a house servant. The work is easier than field labor, but he’s still treated as a sub-human.

Great vocal talents and imaginative theater choices lead you into the woods of an atypical fairy tale

As you enter Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, take note of the Into the Woods set, designed by show director and choreographer Darnell Morris. The woods are beautifully painted in soft pastels with large trees on each side of the stage, evoking a pastoral Monet sensibility. Appreciate the beauty while you can because, as advertised, “this is not your typical fairy tale,” and with Alex Doan’s lighting, the stage becomes dark and ominous very quickly.

Collaborative Art Workshop • free

  Create with the Emerging African American Women Artists who know how to make something from anything, as you’ll see in their show Making It Work.   www.bdmuseum.com. Location Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis. Phone: rsvp: 410-216-6181 See map: Google Maps

Craft Beer and Maryland Wine Festival

  Sample Maryland wines and craft beer, dine on crab cakes and oysters and listen to live music to benefit Hospice of the Chesapeake. $30w/discounts www.KegsandCorkFest.com.  Location Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville Phone: 410-507-2186 See map: Google Maps

Summer Story Time • free

  Children ages four thru seven enjoy a light lunch, sing-a-long and stories. www.centenary-umc.com. Location Centenary United Methodist Church, Shady Side Phone: rsvp: 410-867-1675 See map: Google Maps

Bowie in the American Revolution

Join British and American forces as they drill, skirmish and discuss camp life with visitors. museumevents@cityofbowie.org.z Location Belair Mansion, Bowie Phone: 301-809-3089 See map: Google Maps

Patterson Memories Tour • free

  Tour Point Farm and learn about the Jefferson Pattersons and their history in Calvert. www.jefpat.org. Location Jefferson Patterson Park Museum, St. Leonard. Phone: rsvp: 410-586-8578 See map: Google Maps