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July 2015

Smithsonian Science Lecture: Wetlands vs. Rising Seas

Event Date:  July 21, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm Learn about the natural world straight from the scientists every third Tuesday of the month, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater. This month, Pat Megonigal will explore how coastal wetlands are battling sea-level rise, and how our actions can help or hinder their survival. Time: 7pm, with light refreshments starting at 6:30. Place: Schmidt Conference Center Location Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 Schmidt Conference Center United States See map: Google Maps

QUILT YOUR OWN STORY with nationally-known quilter, Joan M. E. Gaither.

Event Date:  Repeats every day until Thu Jul 16 2015 . July 15, 2015 - 5:30pm - July 16, 2015 - 7:30pm Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side, MD 1418 East West Shady Side Rd., Shady Side, Maryland 20764 FREE If you have ever wanted to learn about creating your own story quilt, this workshop will introduce you to the inspiring process. Joan's quilts tell the stories of individuals, families, experiences, events and communities. Location Captain Avery Museum 1418 East West Shady Side Road Shady Side, MD 20758 United States See map: Google Maps

GypsyFaire Open-Air Vendor Market

Event Date:  Repeats every day until Sun Jul 12 2015 . July 11, 2015 - 10:00am - July 12, 2015 - 3:00am GypsyFaire is having our first annual open-air vendor market! July 11th and 12th, 10-3 rain or shine. The 5,000 sq ft warehouse will be open and outside we will be featuring 30+ vendors with antiques, vintage furnishings, salvaged & repurposed furniture and decor, beautiful handcrafted jewelry, artisan soaps and candles, original art and food truck. For a complete list of vendors visit: http://www.gypsyfaire.com/gypsyfaire-open-air-market/ Location GypsyFaire 1306 Mt Zion Marlboro Rd Lothian, MD 20711 United States See map: Google Maps

Unsung hero of the ­Annapolis July 4 Fireworks

Planning and producing the fireworks display in Annapolis Harbor on July 4 is a big deal. “The 15-minute show takes a thousand hours of work to plan and produce” says Tom ­Chepurko, this year’s coordinator of July 4th Annapolis, the non-profit set up to raise the funds for the display. Twenty thousand people will come by car and boat to watch the show — and all will leave safe and happy. The plan to assure this success is 30 pages long, spelling out the roles and details for the police, fire, harbormaster and several other city agencies.

A lot has changed since I last saw the Stones on July 4, 1972

As a wild child of the 1970s, I spent a lot of time going to some truly amazing concerts. I pretty much saw everyone — Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, The Doors and the Rolling Stones, to name but a few — at venues large and small up and down the East Coast.     The last time I saw the Stones was at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C., on a broiling July 4 in 1972. Stevie Wonder was the warmup act.     Those were indeed the days.

Osprey and falcon chicks thriving, with a little help

True to the saying it takes a village, it has taken the help of many friends to ensure the health and success of the on-cam osprey and peregrine families.     Two years of broadcasts on Chesapeake Conservancy’s Osprey Cam have shown Audrey the Osprey as a model mother. She has stayed on her eggs in sweltering heat and storms, shielded her chicks from pouring rain and defended the nest from intruders.

Beyond pomp, parade and fireworks to shared heritage

Weather in Philadelphia in early July 1776, was hot and sticky, just as ours is 239 years later. Fifty-six suited, vested and stockinged men, some bewigged, were embroiled in a quarrelsome task: finding the words to declare independence from Mother England. Opinions, drafts and revisions flew. If the tall windows of Constitution Hall were open, as some paintings suggest, papers that made history rustled and declared their own independence.

July’s two full moons are prime viewing times

Does a full or new moon woo you? Perhaps draw you to follow its reflection in warm, shallow waters of the Chesapeake?     Homo sapiens are not alone in lunar motivation. It’s shared by that most antique of species, the horseshoe crab, which chooses spring and summer high tides during those moon phases to mate along many Bay beaches

No need for fireworks here

While you’re waiting for fireworks in the gathering darkness, impress your friends and family with a quick orientation of the celestial lights popping into view.

The boys are back; their clothes are not

Magic Mike (Channing Tatum: Jupiter Ascending) retired his thong with his bump-and-grind act three years ago. Now a furniture builder, the former stripper is dedicated to growing his burgeoning business. Business is good but burdensome. His workers want health care, he wants retail space and he’s tired of hauling showpieces on and off a truck as he sells his work to Tampa stores.