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Half a Cup of Summer Left

Drink deeply of 2012. It’s a vintage year

Summer is half over. August 2 marks the midway point between the solstice, which began our summer on June 20, and the autumnal equinox, beginning fall on September 22.
    That’s the woeful way of saying we have half the season of good times left. So let’s make the most of it.
    Over the years Bay Weekly has made an art of gathering ways to enjoy summer. You’ll have misspent your summer if you haven’t made time for these.

1. Get Cool in the Pool
    Summer’s biggest treat has all too short a lease with most outdoor pools closing after Labor Day. If you haven’t yet taken a dip under the open sky or if you want to swim your way through Chesapeake Country, here’s where:
    Annapolis: Truxtun Park Swimming Pool: 410-263-7928
    Chesapeake Beach Water Park: 410-257-1404
    Glen Burnie: North Arundel Aquatic Center: 410-222-0090
    Huntingtown: Kings Landing Park: 410-535–3321
    Lusby: Cove Point Park: 410-394-6248
    Severna Park Swim Association: 410-315-7779 x104

2. Discover a Bay Beach.
    Bay beaches lack the great sweep of their ocean cousins. Cut to a human scale, most can be measured in footsteps. They’re scarce, too, for nowadays development has closed up most Western Shore waterfront. So when you’ve found a Chesapeake beach, you’ve found a treasure.
    Our list ranges in size (from large to tiny), hours open, activities (swim, wade, fish, camp, launch a boat, bring your dog) and admission. Check out the possibilities before you make your plans.
    Annapolis: Sandy Point State Park: 410-974-2149
    Breezy Point: 410-535-0259
    Chesapeake Beach: Bay Front Park: 410-257-2230
    Lusby: Calvert Cliffs State Park: 301-743-7613
    North Beach: 301-855-6681
    Pasadena: Downs Park: 410-222-6230.
    Pasadena: Fort Smallwood Park: 410-222-0087
    Prince Frederick: Flag Ponds: 410-586-1477
    Rose Haven: 877-620-8367

3. Savor a Seafood Festival
    August brings the best crabs and biggest seafood festivals. Tuck into the biggest of all Friday, August 3. It’s close to home in Annapolis. Others make a great excuse for an excursion you can make by car or boat.
    Friday, Aug. 3: Annapolis Rotary Crabfest:
    Friday, Aug. 10: Havre de Grace Seafood Festival:
    Saturday, Aug. 11: Cambridge Seafood Feastival:
    Saturday, Aug. 18: Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival at National Harbor:
    Friday, Aug. 24: Wesley Chapel Old Time Fish Fry at Rock Hall: 410-639-2272

4. Listen to Music in the Open Air
    Aug. 3: Navy Cruisers at Calvert Marine Museum:
    Aug. 4: Kings of Crownsville at Quiet Waters:
    Aug. 7: Naval Academy’s Concert Band at City Dock:
    Aug. 8: Tom Lagana Group at Maryland Hall Labyrinth:
    Aug. 8: The Entertainers at Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa:
    Aug. 9: Terry Marsh at Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum:
    Aug. 11: Justin Crenshaw Band at North Beach Boardwalk:
    Aug 11: U.S. Navy Band Cruisers at Quiet Waters:
    Aug. 14: Naval Academy’s Concert Band at City Dock:
    Aug. 15: Steve Bassett’s Virginia Breeze at Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa:
    Aug. 16: Boston at Calvert Marine Museum:
    Aug. 18: The Military Band at Quiet Waters:
    Aug. 22: Right on Band at Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa:
    Aug 25: Don’t Panic at Quiet Waters: www.friendsofquietwaterspark.
    Aug. 19: The Embers at Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa:
    Sept. 1: Big and Rich at St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department:
    Sept. 2: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra at Quiet Waters:
    Sept. 7: Calvert Dance Band at Calvert Marine Museum:
    Sept. 12: Rob Levit at Maryland Hall Labyrinth:
    Sept. 13: Dixie Land Power Trio at Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum:

5. Hop Dock Bars
    By definition, a dock bar has to have a place to tie up a boat, and most have spots for cars, too. You’ll need a designated driver or captain.    
    Annapolis: Cantler’s Riverside Inn: 410-757-1311
    Annapolis: Proud Mary’s Dock Bar at Sam’s: 410-793-4383
    Annapolis: Pusser’s Caribbean Grill: 410-626-0004
    Annapolis: Severn Inn: 410-349-4000
    Arnold: Deep Creek Restaurant: 410-757-4045
    Benedict: River’s Edge: 301-274-2828
    Chesapeake Beach Boardwalk CafĂ©: 410-257-2735
    Deale: Happy Harbor Inn: 301-261-5297
    Deale: Skipper’s Pier: 410-867-7110
    Galesville: Big Mary’s at Pirates Cove: 410-867-2300
    Galesville: Thursday’s: 410-867-7200
    Edgewater: Coconut Joe’s: 443-837-6057
    Lusby: Vera’s White Sands Beach Club: 410-586-1182
    Riva: Mike’s Crab House: 410-956-2781
    Solomons: Solomon’s Pier: 410-326-2424
    Traceys Landing: Calypso Bay Tiki Bar: 410-867-9787