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Still dazzling after 35 years

A lot of ego sparks the famous boat parade on Ego Alley

The Messiah can’t be sung just once

They’re the decorations on Riverdale Baptist Church’s Living Christmas Tree

Create your holiday kingdom for the Greater Annapolis Lego Open

New loggerhead hatchling joins National Aquarium

For my youngest’s 24th, a hard-fighting false ­albacore

It has been quite a while since I heard a reel drag shriek. I had to go to Florida to hear it — not once but three times in minutes.     My youngest son, Rob, was holding the protesting rig as a powerful fish departed at speed. Harrison, my next oldest at 27, was live-lining a small pilchard farther down the pier when his reel also began to wail as line ripped off the spool.     Their friend Matt then joined in the cacophony. Out of the corner of my eye, I...

Farewell, Joe Browder: 1938-2016

“Most of what became our woods in 1981 was a farm family’s pasture 40 years ago. We didn’t have the decades to wait for honey-scented flowers to appear again on their own timetable. We also wanted to be able to smell the wild azaleas of the Smokies and Blue Ridge, of the north Florida river forests and the Carolinas,” Joe Browder wrote in the third issue of New Bay Times, which would become Bay Weekly.     On May 20, 1993, as the native azaleas bloomed,...

Often our best learning comes from questions rather than from answers, from wondering about seemingly small details or great mysteries …

The Bay. When said and heard that way, the words mean more than a dictionary’s definition, more than a body of water, sheltered somehow from a larger lake or sea. The Bay means that a person knows about a special place.     This awareness is a gift to the people who have it, a relationship to the place and to other people who share the knowledge. The more we learn, from the Bay and from Bay people, the more valuable the gift becomes.     Often our best...

Can a rag-tag bunch of ne'er-do-wells defeat an army of villains?

To rid himself of the Rose Creek townspeople impeding his mining operation, land baron Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard: Black Mass) offers an ultimatum: take the paltry sum offered — or die. To prove he’s serious, he burns the church and shoots a few men, women and children, leaving the survivors to pick up their bodies.     Thus begins the latest take on two great movies, Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai, and John Sturges’s subsequent western...

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,...