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Instruments play a new tune at orchestra fundraiser

      Ten local artists tackled a different type of canvas for their partnership with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Instead of choosing fiber to capture their artwork, they turned violins into masterpieces of a different sort.       You can see the results Sunday, Sept. 23, when art and music join forces at McBride Gallery for the big reveal of The Painted Violins.
Growing corn is a-mazing
      A staple of the dinner table has now become a staple of fall festivals.        At farms, garden centers and plant nurseries around the nation, the corn field is more about getting lost and having fun and less for picking and eating. Designs get more complicated by the year.

Beer and wine come to Quiet Waters

      As you enter Quiet Waters Park, you’ll see welcome signs, trail signs, pavilion signs and signs prohibiting alcohol.        If you want to have your wedding in the park, you’ll have to get the liquor license yourself. Other festivals and parades in the park have always been dry — until now.

Many hands help monarchs migrate thru Chesapeake Country

       By the time fall arrives this month, thousands of Anne Arundel County school students will be studying and rearing monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, in their classrooms. Over the next few weeks, regional parks and nature centers have planned monarch events for young and old. All this monarch hoopla coincides with one of nature’s wonders: the eastern monarch population’s migration to Mexico.

Fourth-graders free at state parks and more

      Autumn’s moderate days invite us to pack up the camping gear and head to a park. If you have a fourth-grade student, your park visit can be free.        For the fourth year, fourth-grade children and their families enjoy free admission to national public lands and state parks thanks to a partnership of Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Expanded calendar means more play time

      Squeezing the last remains from summer? Head to a county park, where you can launch a kayak, run trails, play fetch with your pooch or enjoy a picnic.       Beginning this week, four Anne Arundel County parks are open seven days a week, from 7:30am to dusk. That’s more time for you to get outside and enjoy all the Bay has to offer.      Visit Quiet Waters in Annapolis, Kinder Farm Park in Millersville, Fort Smallwood Park or Downs Park, both in Pasadena. 
       It was a long hot summer. With (hopefully) many days packed with fun in the sun and on the water, we look forward to those days when ­summer’s humidity has finally been wrung out and a cool breeze greets us every morning.
       Autumn is on the horizon. The air is light, skies often blue and leaves full of color. It’s one of Chesapeake Country’s most splendid seasons.
       This issue of Bay Weekly shows you how to sweetly kiss summer goodbye and welcome the wonders of fall. Here are 50 Ways to Leave Your Summer, a chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from early September through Thanksgiving.
1 Eat Local, Eat Well 
Guitar hero lives up to his billing
       Nine-year-old Jeffrey Allen of St. Mary’s County has had a passion for music since birth, says his mom Kimberly Allen. Specifically the music of country music star Brad Paisley.        “He went to his first concert at the age of three to see Brad Paisley perform in Baltimore,” Kimberly says. “He likes to make signs for concerts, where we may be closer to the stage.”
The Anne Arundel Food Bank’s new face looks to get the ­non-profit new space
      No one has ever become poor by giving. –Anne Frank           Susan Thomas is breaking in some new shoes, walking a path blazed by Food Bank founder Bruce Michalec. 

Nine-and-a half-incher sets an unofficial record

         The minimum keepable size for Atlantic blue crabs is five to five and one-quarter inches, depending on the season. Crabs that size are ranked as smalls. Mediums range up to six inches, large six and a half and jumbo up to seven. Crabs seven inches and up are ranked as behemoths, also called heavyweights or whales.           So what do you call a blue crab measuring nine and one half inches tip to tip?