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Black on the Shore in the early 20th century, as painted by Ruth Starr Rose

African American Waterman Eldridge Meredith

Start at the beginning as you would for American ancestors of any race

It takes mental agility to compete at MathCounts

Peter Pan’s fantastical origins — with crackling one-liners, slapstick staging, flatulence and actors in drag

Alex Perez knows how to reel them in

Midshipmen take on Shakespeare on youth, war and relations between the sexes

Megan Geigner, the new director of the U.S. Naval Academy’s midshipman theater group The Masqueraders, grabbed the helm with deft touch and a focused vision, staging a delightfully energetic version of Shakespeare’s popular comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. She chose the play because it’s about young people, more specifically young people coming home from war, and about gender relations.     Instead of the Bard’s Messina, Geigner has cleverly changed the...

Dig deep for tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other bulbs

If you want big flowers and more flowers from your bulbs next spring, plant them now. If you wait until the ground starts to freeze, you’ll see smaller flowers and short stems.     Spring-flowering bulbs can initiate flower buds only if they undergo different stages of cooling. The bulbs you plant this fall have not yet initiated a flower bud internally. If you were to plant that bulb in a flowerpot and grow it in your home or greenhouse, it would grow — but it would...

Four faults that lead to lost fish — and how to correct them

That moment is clearly etched in my memory. It was early evening as my skiff softly coasted into a deserted shoreline. I was a long cast off a small tidal pond outlet at the first stages of a falling flood. Firing a top-water plug to just a foot or two off the sand, I gave the lure the slightest pop. A mighty swirl engulfed the bait, and my pulse went sky-high.     Feeling immediate pressure on my line, I set the hook, and a large, powerful fish took off, sending its wake...

What do these aliens want from us?

One day, they arrive. Twelve giant pods hover over major countries throughout the world. No one knows where they came from. No one saw them coming. No one knows what they want.     Every few hours, a door opens, allowing humans to enter the spaceships. Then what? The humans are stumped on how to communicate. Figuring it out falls to Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), a trusted linguist who has helped the military translate enemy radio chatter. Her...

For the pros, it’s easy as pie

Thanksgiving dinner is never over until the pie is served.      If you’re seeking perfection but that final course is out of your comfort zone, turn to the professionals.         There are premium pies to be had in Chesapeake ­Country, and Bay Weekly has found them for you. Here’s what you’ll find at six champion pie bakers, from Prince Frederick to Severn. Blondies, Prince Frederick “Buy fresh spices every year,...

How to manage the perfect ending for your ­Thanksgiving Feast

The year is fast unfolding. In less than two weeks, we celebrate Thanksgiving.     Food, family and gratitude for our blessings are the focus of that holiday. Food brings the family together and the gratitude forth. So about this time every year, we begin planning for the Thanksgiving feast.     When the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest feast with the Wampanoag tribe at Plymouth, they would have dined upon seasonally available fowl, seafood, shellfish,...

Pumpkin Pie 101

Pies baked by professionals can be spectacular. But for Thanksgiving, maybe you want to do your own. Here’s how it’s done by for the Melamud Thanksgiving dinner by writer Bob’s wife Lyn Laviana. Lyn Melamud’s Pumpkin Pie Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen website and vouched for by Bay Weekly’s pieman Bob Melamud Prepare a partially baked 10-inch pie shell. Whisk together in a bowl: 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 3 large eggs plus 2 large yolks 1...

Decorate your pie for the season

Your family tells you your pumpkin pie is the best they’ve ever eaten.     But you ask yourself, is there room for improvement.     When daughter Lauren Dinsick comes back home to Millersville from her high-stress job as a pediatric intensive care nurse in Philadelphia, she’s ready to unwind.     For her, relaxation often involves pie crust.     Lauren enjoys playing with food, and pies are her medium of choice....

Libby, McNeill & Libby of ­Morton, Illinois

Would you cook you own pumpkin?     We who do are a minority. Pie makers will guard the locations of their cherry tree the way fishers do honey holes. But when the time comes to bake pumpkin pies, they buy their pumpkin in a can.     “I’ve tried fresh and I didn’t like the texture,” says Lyn Laviana, who bakes the pumpkin pie I wish I did.     Laviana says she doesn’t shop brands, but odds on her pumpkin is Libby...

In creating her business, Krista ­Sermon broke more than one ­tradition

Krista Sermon’s desire to cook simmered all through law school and beyond. She wanted to further her culinary skills, but she felt pressured to practice law. So for three years she kept at it, working one year in debt collection, a second in family law and a third in social services in Baltimore.     During her first pregnancy, she decided to listen to her heart.     “I saw that life was short and that I should spend mine in a way that I enjoyed, not...