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You won’t want to miss the ­Southern Maryland Celtic Festival

     Like the village that rises out of the mists in Scotland every hundred years in the 1954 movie Brigadoon, a park in St. Leonard comes alive with the sounds, smells and sights of the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland.        But for just one day.       On that single day, Saturday, April 27, the annual Southern Maryland Celtic Festival at Jefferson Patterson Park resounds with bagpipes, drums, fiddles and celebration.

He’ll always remind me of when …

      When I heard that my old friend Mike Busch passed away the day before the General Assembly ended, I thought of my mother, who died when she was 94. She and Mike were close — they used to meet and chat in Graul’s most Sundays — and they could both smell BS a mile away. Mom used to say that Mike and my godfather, former Republican governor Ted McKeldin, were the only two politicians she ever trusted. My mother was a very good judge of character.
Historic town founded 125 years ago
    Rarely do you hear it said, “My home town hasn’t changed a bit since I was a kid.”      Much more common is regret for the good old days. This town isn’t what it was, you might hear. It used to be so much better when we were young …
Historic St. Mary’s City

Our heritage, our legacy

      The Old Line State turns 385 years old this week. While the official date of the founding of the colony is March 25, sites in Anne Arundel County will celebrate the weekend of March 29 thru 31.      A wealth of historic locales, farms, parks, businesses and museums invite you in to explore for just $1 or free. 

New effort to protect Chincoteague ponies

      Those wild ponies roaming Assateague Island have been around since the 17th century after surviving a shipwreck, as the story goes. They’ve withstood wars, hurricanes, drunk drivers and tourists trying to feed them potato chips.       But four centuries after their arrival, the Chincoteague ponies may be falling victim to another scourge: climate change.

London Town joins UNESCO’s Slave Route roll

       Another historic Chesapeake site joins UNESCO’s roll of Sites of Memory.        On the United Nations’ list, ­Historic London Town and Gardens joins Historic Sotterley Plantation, Annapolis’ City Dock, Baltimore’s Fells Point and dozens of other sites nationally as part of the Slave Route Project. The project commemorates the nearly 12 million African people forced into the Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade.

And learn to politely disagree

       A debate on Asian oysters engaged Sunderland Elementary School students in reading, writing and speaking — skills the world’s first universities considered essential for leading and for promoting the best ideas.       Rising to the challenge, students went beyond arguing pro or con.

At home or on the town

      St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17, is the anniversary of the death of the patron saint of Ireland. Kidnapped as a teen, Saint Patrick was brought to Ireland but eventually escaped to his native Britain. He later returned to Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish. He died in the fifth century. But on March 17, at least in America, everybody is Irish. Indeed, more than 30 million Americans have predominantly Irish roots. Between 1820 and 1930, 4.5 million Irish arrived in America.

Giant Atlantic sturgeon spotting hopeful signs

      A sturgeon is not a pretty fish. It’s long and bony with a sharp, upturned snout and whiskers. A prehistoric fish, they have been around for more than 100 million years. Once, Atlantic sturgeon were common in Chesapeake Bay and its rivers, the biggest fish that swam here in modern times.