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In its 4th year, the Annapolis Irish Festival draws an ever-larger crowd seeking Celtic music and heritage

Two past winners illustrate the magic of make-believe

Creativity comes out to play in Twin Beach Players’ Kids
Playwriting Festival

Talent Machine’s young actors are rehearsing for life

Summer’s darlings, winter’s pests

Fish recipes from the Chesapeake

Help stomp out Emerald Ash Borers and Hemlock Wooly Adelgids

You don’t want to know the hemlock wooly adelgid. The invader — no bigger than a period — is terrorizing towering trees, both hemlock and spruce.     These pests threaten to wipe out eastern hemlock forests, a loss that could be as dreadful as the loss of American chestnuts. The bug is loose in half the evergreen’s geographic range, 11 eastern states from Georgia to Massachusetts.     The fight is on, with two Maryland agencies injecting...

Beat me while you can

By July 2014, the weekly crossword feature I’ve been writing for just under 10 years will be disassembled.     I start a full-time job as a professor of music in the fall, plus caring for my son.     Yet pressing send for each so-long letter felt like tearing down a beautiful and still very livable home. Bay Weekly the eaves, Cincinnati City Beat the moldings, Chicago Reader the foundation. As each part fell, I remembered crafting it.     ...

Take an intimate look at private lives affected by corporate callousness.

Colonial Players has kept audiences engaged in a season that has swung from the ridiculous to reality: from a time machine to Death Row, and now from a tabloid fantasy to the Industrial Revolution. In Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives, a fictional treatment of a factual tragedy, we meet four victims of radium poisoning whose plight spawned a landmark Supreme Court decision on corporate responsibility and workers’ safety. Despite the legalistic dénouement, this story is less Erin...

Many virtues make it my favorite sweetwater fish

This is a special time of year for me. There have been a number of 80-degree days, trees are filling out nicely and the strawberries in our garden are ripening. The day lilies are blooming, brightening the landscape, and birds are busy, singing their songs and building nests just about everywhere.     Our freshwater ponds and lakes are also awakening. Water lilies are reaching up and extending their green pads and white blossoms above the surface. The frogs are croaking and...

Plan to dig, separate, store and replant in fall

As years pass, clumps of daffodils, narcissus, jonquils and hyacinths become crowded, resulting in smaller flowers. Shrunken flowers mean it’s time to dig and replant. Wait until after all of the foliage has died back to the ground.       Mark the location and flower color of clumps to be divided before all the foliage is gone. Make a large plant label and stick it in the middle of the clump.     Dig with a garden spade, starting at least six...

Hundreds of shooting stars possible this weekend

If you’re not a night owl, you’ll want to set your alarm clock for early Saturday. Before dawn that morning, earth will plow through the trail of a newfound comet, providing what many astronomers are predicting to be the best meteor storm in years.     Comet 209P/LINEAR orbits the sun over a five-year period, yet it was only discovered in 2004 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research project. It belongs to a family called the Jupiter Comets, which are steered and...

Return of the King of the Monsters

Fifteen years after a catastrophic nuclear power plant collapse in Japan, engineer Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston: Breaking Bad) is convinced that the government is covering up the real cause of the failure that killed his wife and countless others. He breaks into the ruins of the nuclear facility to prove that this disaster wasn’t a malfunction or a typhoon, but a vast government cover-up.     Joe’s son Ford (Aaron Taylor Johnson: Kick Ass 2) just wants his dad to stop...

Handicapping Maryland’s leg of the Triple Crown

The Crowd     On Saturday, May 17, 120,000 people will pour into Pimlico Race Course for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes, Maryland’s leg of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.     Next to that crowd, Maryland’s other sporting crowds are dwarfs.     Baltimore’s Orioles topped out with 49,828 fans on Camden Yards’ biggest day, July 10, 2005.     Baltimore’s Ravens summited at 71,547...

Andrew Wildermuth, 19, Mayo

I love people, and I love the Chesapeake.     In my year of writing for Bay Weekly, I have wanted to make my own column. Something unique, something bold, something that digs into the DNA of the region. I’ve bought a nice camera and gained huge inspiration from Humans Of New York, the online blog that captures the essence of New York with daily interviews, randomly chosen from its interesting inhabitants.     Here and now, I am doing it. We are doing it,...

Down-home cooking the way Mom used to make it

With your guidance, I’ve continued my search for the Best Breakfast on the Bay.     Limited in time, money and calories, I tried the top three vote-getters. My winner: The Pennsylvania Dutch Market of Annapolis, also known as the Amish Market.     Served here is breakfast like my mother used to make us. If you’re craving eggs benedict with smoked salmon and capers, this is not the place. But if you want down-home cooking at a good price, try it....