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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

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...

Hauling in jimmies cradling sooks

The big crabs were coming fast, furious and two at a time. My buddy, Mike Fiore, was in the bow holding a crab net crammed full of doublers. He was finding so many of the big males cradling females and clinging to the concrete bridge columns just below the water’s surface that he hadn’t time to shake one set out of the net before we were onto the next.     “This is unbelievable,” he whooped in excitement. “I’ve never seen so many doublers....

Credit our summer rain

Composting is a science nature has been using since the earth was created. It has only been in the last five decades that we have begun to understand what it does and how. I remain constantly amazed that such a simple process can be so complex. Understanding the pro­cess is the key to producing a quality compost that will benefit the soil in your garden in numerous ways.     If you make your compost in open bins, you have no doubt made your best compost ever. The compost...

Comedy, tragedy and undercurrents of love … just like every family

“You have to soar to fill your soul, but your family is what keeps you grounded,” writes first-time director Dave Carter in the playbill for The Cripple of Inishmaan. That’s the point of Colonial Players’ season opener, a well-crafted comic piece that dips into the reality of sadness and cruelty without turning maudlin.     Martin McDonagh’s play debuted in 1996 in London and off Broadway in 1998. The wisp of a plot focuses on an American coming to...

An old-school hero flick, but not for nervous fliers

You know the story: Catastrophic engine failure gives Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger only 208 seconds to recover U.S. Airways flight 1549 — and save or end the lives of 155 people.     The question is how director Clint Eastwood (American Sniper) and Tom Hanks (A Hologram for the King) will tell the story.     They don’t start at the beginning. You have to wait to see his daring water landing on the Hudson River, in the midst of densely...

Meet the people behind the shops, stops and services that bring you Bay Weekly.

AFC Urgent Care Convenient quality care Need medical care in a hurry? Get better with the help of AFC Urgent Care, the new name of AFC Doctors Express.     AFC Urgent Care is a well-established, full-service urgent care center that provides walk-in medical care for all non-emergency illnesses and injuries. Dr. Fadirepo at AFC UrgentCare.     Open every day with extended hours for convenient, quality care, AFC emphasizes customer service and care....

Tell that to the people you meet this week

Everybody’s got a story.         Many of those stories are never told.     Children grow up with no idea of their mothers’ and fathers’ hopes and dreams, struggles and frustrations, hard roads and high times, determination and doubt. This very week, two friends have told me, with regret: “I never knew …”     It’s not only husbands and wives whose partners work at NSA who couldn’t tell...