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Poems for our mothers

What to say to your mother (or wife) on Mother’s Day? If your own words fail you, the anonymously crafted greeting card message will save you. If only you were a poet, you would have the right words.        What would those words be?
    That’s what Bay Weekly asked eight Chesapeake poets this Mother’s Day.
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Fun Flung by Thousands

Southern Maryland’s Highland Fling

As 400 pipers piped, 70 Highland dancers pranced and eight rugby teams scrummaged — without injury — 7,000 nostalgic denizens of the New World got in touch with their Old World Celtic roots at the 38th Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering.
    That’s an all-time record.
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For riverkeeper and restaurant, a recipe for success

The pirates and the riverkeeper know how you like to have fun. The recipe goes something like this:
    Open the Pirates Cove Dock Bar after six month of winter. Roll up the shades. Pull out the tables and chairs. Hire waitstaff solicitous that all glasses are full. Stock the bar. Bring out the Guinness, the RAR Naptown Brown, the juicer and vodka for Aar-Ange Crushes, the tequila for margaritas, the rum for Pirates Punch.
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SPCA’s popular Walk for the ­Animals postponed

This rainy year you’ll have to wait till June.    
    Mayday 2016 wasn’t a fit day out for dogs or people, according to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, which looks out for the welfare of all sorts of beasts.
    Thus you’ll have to wait until June 19 to Walk for the Animals on this big 25th year.
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Party on the river for the river

As rivers twist and wind through Chesapeake Country, so do cyclists raising money to help them.
    The third annual Ride for the Rivers brings dozens of bike enthusiasts to Discovery Village in Shady Side this year to raise funds for the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. Riders choose from three courses, a 10-mile family fun ride, a 40-mile ride or the challenging 100-kilometer (60-mile) route traversing southern Anne Arundel and northern Calvert counties.
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Teens compete in the Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta

The future of competitive sailboat racing is in good hands, judging from the teenage competitors in the Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta.
    “It’s really exciting to move up to the keelboats,” said Kate Riley, 16, a sophomore at Severna Park High and the only female skipper among the seven crews racing. “We didn’t win, but we got better and better and ­finished second in the last race.”
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Local lasses drawn home by the dance and the culture

The joy of Scottish Highland dance bound them together as girls coming up in Calvert County. Now they are returning from hundreds and even thousands of miles away to lead the dance events at Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering at Jefferson-Patterson Park April 30.
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Memories of boats little and big

On a robust early morning in 1958, I jumped into Chesapeake Country. We lived in Baltimore, but my father had bought a summer place in Chelsea Beach on Mill Creek. For the second year, I woke to hear the birds chattering away.
    This day, I planned to take our 12-foot runabout across the Magothy River to see my friend at her uncle’s large log cabin.
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Get a taste of the West and Rhode rivers while supporting their heath

“You couldn’t have picked a better time for a visit,” I told the friends coming our way this weekend. “This Saturday we’ll show you what Chesapeake Country is all about.”
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I’m eager to learn the skills and expertise employed by sailors for centuries

After a lifetime of power boating on a variety of vessels, my wife and I decided to sell our 28-foot diesel powerboat and try our hands at sailing.
    Reading those words, do you cringe or applaud? Those are the two reactions we get when telling our story. Whether we are leaving the dark side to enter the light, or vice versa, remains the subject of much controversy.
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