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October 2017

The spirits of the Rising Sun Inn are restless
      Mary Fisher of Severna Park will do most anything for the historic Rising Sun Inn on Generals’ Highway in Crownsville. Regent of the Ann Arundel Chapter of the Maryland State Daughters of the American Revolution, who own the Inn and operate it as a Chapter House and museum, Fisher spearheads the fight to keep this 18th century farmhouse up and running. This demands time, energy and a certain indifference to the occasional paranormal intrusion. 

Saw-whet owls passing through on their annual southern migration

      Hearing something going bump in the night? Perhaps it’s a northern saw-whet owl passing through Chesapeake Country on its annual flight south for winter.       Volunteers with Project Owlnet hope that’s the case this week as they set out mist nets at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater to try to catch the little raptors.

Solving the mystery of Beethoven’s greatest work

      B — as in Bach, Beethoven and Brahms — is the most revered letter in music. One of the three great Bs, Beethoven, devoted five years to the works of another B composer, B as in so-so, like a B actor. 

Research is what you call it when you’re not catching

      Thumbing the spool, I cast my lure just off a placid riprapped Chesapeake Bay shoreline. The morning had been perfect for surface plugging to cruising rockfish: The tide was in flood stage, there was little wind and the water was 66 degrees. Yet there were no fish.

Mulch now, and let the flowers form

     If you sheared your azaleas any time after August 15, expect very few flowers on those plants next spring. Flower bud initiation, which begins at the tips of the new growth, happens in late August into early September. Shearing the plants too near that time will not allow sufficient new growth for flower buds to develop. As daylight hours shorten, plants are shutting down to prepare for the cold winter months.

The innocence of childhood and the realities of poverty come together in this beautiful drama

     Six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince: Robo-Dog: Airborne) is a happy girl. She lives at the Magic Castle motel with her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite in her screen debut) and spends her days exploring along Florida highways. The hotel has become temporary housing for poverty-stricken families, and Moonee watches fights, crimes and life dramas with fascination.

Letts Scream Halloween

Camp Letts opens up for a family friendly Halloween celebration with trick or treating, haunted trail walk, hay rides to the pumpkin patch, s’mores, hot dogs, cider, hot chocolate and more. 5-9pm, Camp Letts, Edgewater, $7 w/discounts:

Explore Legends by Lantern

Hear the horrific tale of Corporal Frank Scott, the first enlisted man to die in an aircraft accident, as you tour the College Park airfield by lamplight. Come in costume for the hay ride, tour and hot cider. All ages welcome, with special adult-only extra spooky tour at 8:30pm. Tours at 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, & 8:30pm, College Park Aviation Museum, $10:

S’mores with Scouts

Join the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland for a fall celebration with games, crafts, a 25-foot rock wall, candy apples and our favorite campfire treat, s’mores. 10am-1pm, Camp Whippoorwill, Pasadena, $10 (includes fall patch), rsvp:

Planning Holiday Events?

Now’s the time to send in your holiday events to be included in Bay Weekly’s annual Season’s Bounty. Don’t delay as we’re already working on this special edition. Send events to by Nov. 3 to ensure your holiday happening gets included. Questions? Email calendar editor Kathy Knotts,