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April 2016

Why did a paper on the ins and outs of Chesapeake Country choose Earth Day as its birthday?     In 1993, in the first issue of the paper (born as New Bay Times), an editorial that served as a welcome letter and introduction explained that the new paper would focus on the environmental issues facing the area and also celebrate and explore the unique ecosystem and region that we are lucky to call home.

A Chesapeake original, hand-crafted by artisans each week

Bay Weekly turns 23 this week.     That’s old enough to have graduated college and be looking for a job.     By my 23rd birthday, I was a wife and mother of a three-month-old baby, working my way through grad school by teaching freshman composition and English as a Second Language at St. Louis University. I thought I was smart, though I’ve since proven myself largely wrong.

Managed right, planer boards are great for catching trophy rockfish

Fish on! Fish on!          The call rang out from the bridge, and we rushed out from the cabin to the stern to determine which of the 18 rods had hooked a trophy rockfish. Seizing a stout trolling outfit that was bent down by an obviously big striper, my friend Mike began to fight the fish to the boat.     Managing to avoid any disastrous tangles, my buddy finally got the fat and healthy 37-incher on deck. It was the first of a number of catches made possible by planer boards.

Grow a patch of rhubarb

My old friend Bill Burton and I once discussed eating freshly harvested rhubarb as kids during hot summer days in New England, where every home had a rhubarb patch in the backyard. Bill raved about his mother’s rhubarb-custard pie, while I raved about my mother’s strawberry-rhubarb pie. I can still picture myself sitting on the back stairs of our home with a fist full of sugar in my left hand and a freshly harvested stalk of rhubarb in my right. Before each bite, I would dredge the base of the rhubarb stem in the sugar.     Those were the days.

This comedy is a love letter and a plea to Chicago

Calvin (Ice Cube: Ride Along 2) is a second-generation barber on the south side of Chicago. The shop is now co-ed with a new business partner (Regina Hall: Black-ish).

11th Annual Poker Run to Benefit the Burnett Calvert Hospice House

Event Date:  June 4, 2016 - 10:30am - 11:00am Come join us for the 11th Annual Poker Run benefitting the Burnett Calvert Hospice House. Registration starts at 10:30 am at Buckets Sports Bar in Lusby. For more information, contact Chris Bowen at 443-532-8343 or Heather Bowen at 410-610-8363 or email calvertpokerrun@yahoo.com. Location Buckets Sports Bar 12020 Rousby Hall Road Lusby, MD United States See map: Google Maps

Unspoken Grief: A reflection on life after pregnancy or infant loss

Event Date:  May 21, 2016 - 9:00am - 11:00am Calvert Hospice is hosting a seminar with Sherrye Urtz, LGPC on life after pregnancy or infant loss. The session will include topics such as: life after loss, good mourning, guilt and regret, symbolism and meaning, hope, how to support others, and increasing awareness. Registration is FREE, and a light breakfast will be served. RSVP to Melinda Ruppert, Bereavement Coordinator, at 410-535-0892 ext. 2201 or mruppert@calverthospice.org. Location Burnett Calvert Hospice House 4559 Sixes Road Prince Frederick United States See map: Google Maps

Blue Elephant Canvas Project Unveiling

Event Date:  April 27, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm “Grief knows no boundaries or colors. Bringing hope and joy together through children’s art.” JOIN US ! For the unveiling of the Blue Elephant Canvas Project. April 27, 2016—6:00—8:00 pm Cocktail reception and art walk Proceeds benefit Chesapeake Kids and our sister hospice, Brits-Hartbeespoort Hospice (Sub-Saharan Africa) Hospice of the Chesapeake John & Cathy Belcher Campus 90 Ritchie Hwy Pasadena, MD RSVP to kcarpenterzyla@hospicechesapeake.org or 410-987-2003, Ext. 1328. Location Hospice of the Chesapeake John & Cathy Belcher Campus 90 Ritchie Highway Pasadena, MD 21122 United States See map: Google Maps

Smith Island Arts Festival

Event Date:  May 28, 2016 - 11:30am - 3:00pm Join in on the fun on Saturday, May 28th! This Memorial Day weekend event hosted by the Smith Island Cultural Center, celebrates the work of regional artists and the cultural heritage of Smith Island. Enjoy live music, boat building and waterman demonstrations, Native American history, and food—including authentic Smith Island cake. More than 20 participants including Jay Fleming, Michele Green, Mark Wiest, Ed Thieler, Eddie Somers and Pauli Zmolek Eades.

Celtic Festival & Highland Gathering

Over 50 Celtic clans perform on four stages with live music and dancing. Toe-tap to Scottish fiddling, hear storytellers weave tales, see Irish hurling demonstrations, browse crafts, eat traditional Celtic fare, see Highland dancers compete all day, watch rugby matches; kids play children’s highland games at the Annual Southern Maryland Celtic Festival; no pets or alcohol. 10am-6pm, Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard, $20 w/discounts: www.cssm.org.