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Best of the Bay 2014

This bad movie is loads of fun for ’80s action fans

Remember when you listened with rapt attention to your grandfather’s stories of his glory days? Imagine that Grandpa is Sylvester Stallone, who calls in a bunch of his buddies to act out his stories. That, in essence is The Expendables 2. It’s poorly written, unevenly plotted and deeply silly. Yet it’s fun to watch action stars of the 1970s and ’80s relive their glory days.     Barney Ross (Stallone: Zookeeper) routinely leads a group of mercenaries on...

A big, powerful surprise

The rod tip dipped, then dipped again. Reaching out, my longtime friend Sandy Sempliner eased the rod from its holder. His reel spool then began to turn slowly. Thumbing it lightly, he tried to determine if extra tidal current was providing the force or if a crafty fish down below was making off with his bait.     The pull on the line in­creased, and the spool blurred. Sandy was sure now that something big had his chunk of menhaden. Giving it a half dozen or so additional...

Bunnies Scorn Arugula, We love it

I hoped to be awash in tomatoes. I had plenty, but the rabbits ate them. I am engaged in full-on bunny wars.     So I choose to celebrate and harvest what the bunny does not eat: arugula.     I have been growing arugula nonstop since last year. Every three weeks I plant a new patch. While arugula is milder in the cooler months, the hot weather brings out an extra spicy bite that can be tamed with other salad greens. Our favorite summer meal is a BAT: bacon,...

Save your soil with a cover crop

If you are not planning a fall vegetable garden, it’s worth your while to consider a cover crop of rye or winter wheat. Your corn, beans, tomatoes, lettuce and pepper plants may not have used all of the nutrients in the soil. Even if you did not apply more fertilizer than the plants needed, even if you are an organic grower, there is organic matter in the soil that continues to decompose, releasing nutrients until the ground freezes.     Unless these nutrients are absorbed...

Not as rare — or as old — as you might think

Friday morning marks August’s second full moon, a blue moon. While the term blue moon dates back hundreds of years, its meaning of the second full moon in a single month was crafted in the 20th century. Its early usage you might hear in the phrase I’ll believe that when the moon is blue.     In 1937, the Maine Farmer’s Almanac refered to a blue moon as the third of four full moons in any three-month season. For the Almanac, the blue moon was a placeholder in...

Exceptional Hero inspires friends, ­classmates to support Maryland Therapeutic Riding

Katie Parry loves going to the movies and shopping with her sister. But what the 21-year-old loves most is riding horses.     Katie, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, first climbed into the saddle at two years old, following the example of older sister Dayna. She had been riding in a county program for three years when her mother, Deborah, stumbled across Maryland Therapeutic Riding while flipping through a phone book looking for a tutor.     Maryland...

Hard Traveler Kenn Roberts on making — and giving away — millions

Bay Weekly: The Hard Travelers are in their second life. How is this one different? Kenn Roberts: Buddy Renfro and I had been listening to the Kingston Trio when we started the Hard Travelers in 1958 in the basement of the Phi Delt house at the University of Maryland. We were young guys grasping for notoriety and a career in music.     Now nobody’s looking to get discovered. It’s all about playing this original music for people and using that to raise money for...

$1.1 million in bequests mean possibilities for Colonial ­Players and Maryland Hall

Dr. Roland Riley, a chiropractor in Annapolis for close to a half century, was a man of deep and quiet loyalties. He was also a theater lover.     A 1942 graduate of Annapolis High School, he returned as a dedicated performance-goer after his alma mater’s transformation to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.     At The Colonial Players, Dr. Bob — who did not care for his given name — took a more active role. There, he was a volunteer sound...

With all fall offers, parting is such sweet sorrow

Anticipation eases the sadness of summer’s leaving.     Officially, summer is with us until the autumnal equinox September 22. But the light is already changing, and so are the temperatures. There’s less sweat, more breeze. Lovely weather, isn’t it? we say to one another.     Our allocation of four seasons doesn’t do justice to the complexity of changing time or to our experience. Closer to the truth is 12, for three divisions of each of...

500,000 pounds of food feeds a lot of hunger

The seven shopping carts donated by Dickinson Jewelers customers early this month are long gone.     “All of the food collected by Dickinson’s has already been distributed to local food pantries,” said Jacqueline Hahn of End Hunger in Calvert County. “That’s how fast it happens and how great the need is.”     So great that End Hunger, housed at Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, is distributing 500,000 pounds to Calvert County...