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September 2013

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.

Chef Zachary Pope of Roundz ­Gourmet Market and Catering

What inspires you?   I was inspired by working with great chefs in Washington, D.C.’s, fine-dining restaurants. They taught me to seek out unique ingredients and be fearless when it comes to creating. I’m also inspired by the wonderful fresh, local ingredients we have in this area.

No cheers for citizens who complain about the work they won’t do

If you want to get into politics, Annapolis sounds like the place to start.     Thanks, Dr. Donna Chambers, for pointing out the corollary of this week’s feature stories on the Primary election upcoming in Annapolis: Stakes Are High, Players Few and Who Wants to Run City Hall?     Move on in, newcomers. The field is wide open.     For the nine elected jobs of running our capital city, only nine people are opposed in September 17’s primary.

Try roasting it on a Caja China

We’d had a great day on the water. The bite was good, and we had boated a gorgeous pair of fat stripers, one 27 inches and the other just over 30. It seemed a shame to reduce them to fillets, so I didn’t. Scaling the hefty fish, then eviscerating them and removing the gills, I laid their graceful forms aside and reached for my phone to borrow a friend’s Caja China (pronounced: ka-ha cheena).

Procrastination will lead to failure

Garden centers are showing bulbs of tulips, narcissus, daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths and leucojum, as well as corms of crocuses. Home mailboxes have been filled with the fall catalogs of bulb companies.     You may not be in the mood for planting bulbs, but now is the time. The earlier you plant in the fall, the bigger the flowers will be come spring. This is especially true for tulips. The bigger the bulb, the bigger the flower. What’s more, tulips planted in early fall in well-prepared soil will flower for several years.

Stellar incubator is home to thousands of stars

Saturn and Venus have been fixtures of the early evening sky, and come Friday, the two are within half a dozen degrees of one another. By Tuesday they are barely three degrees apart low in the west-southwest immediately after sunset. Venus is so bright you may spot her while the sky is still lit. Saturn pops into view to the upper left of Venus. Both planets sink beneath the horizon within an hour of the sun, but over the coming weeks, Venus holds steady, while Saturn disappears from view.

True love means you never have to pull your punches

In the age of dynasties, Kung Fu was as regional as dialects. Masters from the north battled masters from the south, all seeking to perfect techniques and create new and deadlier arts.     Among the Southern Masters, a rising star, Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai: The Silent War), is chosen to take on the Northern Grandmaster. A rich man with time to practice his craft, Ip Man is the embodiment of Kung Fu: he is confident and kind with a good sense of humor.

2nd Star's Topsy Turvy Tricks and Treats; A Gala Fundraiser

Event Date:  October 6, 2013 - 6:00pm Get in the spirit of Halloween with a cast of 2nd Star's veteran performers, as they celebrate the group's 19th year of performances! Schedule changes at the Playhouse resulting in the loss of one of four productions per season, combined with significant rises in production costs, have necessitated fundraising efforts to support the continuation of this beloved staple of the arts in the Bowie community. Chief among these is the annual 2nd Star Gala at the Bowie Playhouse, and this year they have a real treat for you! Location Bowie Playhouse at Whitemarsh Park 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, MD 20715 United States See map: Google Maps

ArtsFest '13

Event Date:  September 21, 2013 - 10:00am - September 22, 2013 - 5:00am Artsfest '13 Fine Arts Festival Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2013 10am-5pm daily; rain or shine Adults - $6 Kids 11 & Under - FREE Annmarie Members - FREE Please, no pets at Artsfest! Location Annmarie Sculpture garden & Arts Center 13480 Dowell Road Solomons United States See map: Google Maps

Colonial Players presents 'Communicating Doors'

Event Date:  September 22, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm Colonial Players opens its 65th season with an intriguing comic mystery by Britain’s master of farce, Alan Ayckbourn. The action takes place in the same suite of hotel rooms in 2014, 1994 and 1974. A young woman, a timid professional dominatrix, inadvertently redirects her fate when an old man begs her to be a witness and courier. She must sign and deliver his confession of terrible past deeds - the murders of his first and second wives among them - to his lawyers before he dies. Location Colonial Players of Annapolis 108 East Street Annapolis, MD 21401 United States See map: Google Maps