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A chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from the autumnal equinox to Thanksgiving

Read this week’s paper with caution; it could lead you astray

Perpetual disaster Bridget Jones grows up a bit in this comedy

Take your hike to the next level

Like tea-party guests, they’ve visited before, will they be back?

A chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from the autumnal equinox to Thanksgiving

Summer gets all the love. But does summer love you back? Not so much this year, with July and August setting cruelty records.     Autumn is clearly Chesapeake Country’s best season. With summer’s humidity wrung out, the air is light, skies often blue and leaves full of color. Maybe it’s time to let go that summer crush.     This issue Bay Weekly shows you how, with 50 Ways to Leave Your Summer, a chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching...

Read this week’s paper with caution; it could lead you astray

Summer did its job on me.         It gave me plenty of time outdoors, much of it on the water, by the water and in the water, which is my favorite form of renewal.     Lots of summer I spent boating on the Chesapeake, bathing in the ocean at Chincoteague, paddling on the Missouri River beneath the White Cliffs described by Meriwether Lewis as worn by water trickling down “into a thousand grotesque figures” so that “we see the...

Would you survive being stranded on Mars? Sixteen middle and high school students would. In a joint program at All Saints Episcopal and Broadview Baptist churches, both in Sunderland, these teens learned how.     Master Gardener Sherrill Munn, who is youth leader at both churches, took the example of Matt Damon in The Martian to teach high schoolers gardening from the soil up. He played Survival Technical Advisor, Mars Mission Control in the program designed with Mary Burke of...

Perpetual disaster Bridget Jones grows up a bit in this comedy

Alone on her 40th birthday Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger: The Whole Truth) fears that her fate is to become the pitied spinster aunt.     She makes a birthday vow to embrace spinsterhood rather than fear it, becoming an interesting older woman who cultivates an air of mystery and takes lovers when she chooses.     Her first attempt leads her to Jack (Patrick Dempsey: Grey’s Anatomy), founder of an internet dating site that boasts making love matches. One...

Take your hike to the next level

Adventure is calling! How will you answer?     This is the perfect time to take your hiking to the next level by upgrading your day hike to a backpacking trip.     Simply put, backpacking is hiking while carrying everything you need for your journey in a pack. Trips can range in duration from a quick weekend excursion to months on the trails. One of the advantages of backpacking is that you gain the time to more thoroughly delight in your experience in the...

Like tea-party guests, they’ve visited before, will they be back?

I.    Our first fox comes between red sun and night, his ruff tinged rust with leftover glow. He must know dusk is his color, his hour, as he comes for the mice, moles and voles who scurry through tunnels which lace our lawn in subterranean webs. I’d like to think he thinks he does us a favor policing our scruffy yard.     He steps among the tiger lilies, alert for whoever slips past underfoot, even his bottlebrush tail still as a stick. He suddenly leaps,...

Serialized in Bay Weekly’s second year, Alex and the Eagle returns between its own covers

It’s the Game of Thrones … The Sopranos … Breaking Bad … The Wire phenomenon. Get hooked on a compelling story, and you can’t stop.     Same with novels.     Since the 19th century, newspapers and magazines have made hay on that addiction. Like fans lined up to buy each new Harry Potter book, readers pushed and shoved to buy, by installment, novels by the likes of Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Sherlock Holmes...

Taking the chain saw to invasives along Route 50 and Interstate 97

Pretty is as pretty does, or so the old saying goes. When it comes to the vegetation lining the roadsides of Bay Country highways, the State Highway Administration couldn’t agree more.     Take the callery pear.     Almost anywhere you drive in Maryland in springtime, you’ll be greeted by beautiful clouds of white flowers tinged with green. But the impact of this native of China and Vietnam on our native woodland is far from lovely.   ...

And how did it come to be?

And how did it come to be? The Appalachian Trail, a 2,190-mile route that stretches from Georgia to Maine, was proposed in 1920 by Brenton MacKaye. Acquiring and protecting the land took decades of cooperation and political and private negotiations. The trail was mostly completed by 1937, but not federally protected until 1968. Only in 2014 was the last part of the route protected.     The trail is part of the National Parks System and travels through many tracts of federal and...

Preserve their legacies and honor their memories

This time of year, you’d rather think of anything but September 11, 2001.     Back-to-school rhythms combine with lowering humidity to renew our energy. The sky — typically true-blue this time of year — seems our only limit. I’m full of plans for working smarter than ever before. The outdoors welcomes us again, as first-time Bay Weekly contributor Laura Dunaj reminds us in this week’s feature introducing beginners to backpacking, backed up by...