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September 2013

Comedy in the Courtyard

“With dinner and drinks, Comedy in the Courtyard is your ticket to fun,” writes Bay Weekly reviewer Jane Elkin of Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s fast, frivolous and fun update of Molière’s black comedy Tartuffe, outdoors every Tuesday thru Oct. 1. Read full review at Special menu and drinks priced separately. Doors open at 6pm; 7:30pm performance at Reynolds Tavern courtyard, Church Circle, Annapolis. $12: 410-295-9555;

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Tour the Tudor village in courtier clothes (available to rent) or garb of your choice to peruse over 140 crafters at work making stoneware, glassblowing, jewelry, armor and more. Feast on mutton, steak, ale and cheesecake on a stick from their majesties’ kitchens. Watch strolling jugglers, duelers and madrigals, and favor a knight at the daily joust. Play Renaissance-themed games. 10am-7pm Sa & Su at the Crownsville festival ground. $17 w/discounts: 800-296-7304;

St. Mary’s Woodland Indian Discoveries

Learn the meaning of living off the land as 17th century Yaocomaco Indians did as you help cure a hide, use shells, fire and muscle to transform a tree into a canoe, try flint knapping, play corn cob darts, make a fan of feathers, use friction to start a fire, take a native plant walk and make a miniature pot out of clay. 10am-4pm at St. Mary’s Visitor Center. $10 w/age discounts: 800-762-1634;

Prohibition Cocktail Fundraiser

Drink prohibition-era cocktails courtesy of Great Frogs Winery and munch on finger foods to benefit Talisman Therapeutic Riding. Prohibition era dress optional. 2-8pm at Retropolitan, Annapolis. $35: 443-239-9400;

Sketches of Annapolis Primary candidates

Scarce as candidates are, Annapolis’ chambers won’t be empty come November. Thirteen Annapolitans have stepped up, enough to fill all eight council seats and offer Primary voters a choice in the mayoral race and in two of the eight wards.     The nine in competition answered questions and stated their views in an 11th-hour forum sponsored by local chapters of the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters. Enough likely voters showed up that the Heritage Baptist Church parking lot looked like a revival was on the calendar.

Do we care who runs this town?

What do we want our capital city to do for us?     Smooth our commuter visit by land and sea?     Give us places to go and things to do, by day and night?     Provide a walkable historic core?     Give us model environmental integrity in lighting, noise control, stormwater and waste management?     Maybe just stay green?     Without doubt, we want a good place to live and do business where we’re proud to bring visiting family and friends.

A first-time Chesapeake fisherwoman from Virginia beats the odds

Diamond Jim has been caught.         True to the legend tagged to him by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, he brought riches to his captor.

Launched from Wallops Island, LADEE on its way to lunar orbit

Was your eye on the sky at 11:27 Friday night, September 6?     Did LADEE’s takeoff burn an arc into your vision and memory?     LADEE — short for NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer — is intended to be a close observer of the moon.

Fund your good cause with a Rotary Crab Feast grant

The leftovers from the Rotary Club of Annapolis’s 68th annual crab feast last month will feed, clothe and otherwise enrich the Annapolis community. Just how begins with you. Explain how you and your organization would use a share of the take, up to $5,000, in a project to improve the local quality of life for “as many people as possible.” Turn your plan into a grant application due by year’s end at

Public transportation on the move in Calvert County

Calvert County has 750 miles of roads, led by Rt. 2/4, which unwinds like a wide ribbon down the county’s center. That temptation to put the pedal to the metal is made for cars, as is most of modern-day Calvert County.