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Your guide to Chesaeake Country's freshest produce and more!

Today’s oysterman is likely to be a woman — and a farmer rather than a hunter-gatherer

Local artist Greg Harlin puts his stamp on the Battle of Baltimore

Species at risk in Maryland are a roll call of birds we know and love

No walk in the park in Chesapeake Country

Mountain laurel, blueberries and other acid-lovers, too

You never know what’s going to happen on the Chesapeake

Shining stars illuminate the night with great singing, dancing, Vaudevillian humor and escapist glamour in Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s opener

If you hear thunder in historic downtown one of these balmy evenings, don’t run for cover. It might just be the thunder of a synchronized 21-tap salute. The heat is on and so is Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, opening a 46th season with Cole Porter’s 1934 nautical classic Anything Goes.     The predictable collides with the absurd, spinning madcap confusion whose sole purpose is to showcase great singing, dancing, Vaudevillian humor and escapist glamour. Think The...

Trash pickup in Anne Arundel goes weekly starting June 4

The day of reckoning is here. Starting Monday, June 4, Anne Arundel County cuts one of your twice-weekly trash pickup days. Your new one-day-only pick-ups for trash, recycling and yard debris will be the day that you usually put your recycling on the curb. So, if Monday’s your tri-refusa day and Thursday your uni-trash day, Monday it will stay.     Make sure it’s to the curb by 6am. Forget or come out too late, and your stuff will belong to the dogs and crows until...

When London Town throws a party, it’s a mari-good time

You don’t forget a visit to Historic London Town and Gardens.     The archeological dig site and people dressed like colonials are memories children hold onto.     “I thought it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,” says 19-year-old Robert Lee, of Edgewater, of his visit a decade ago to “this place hidden all the way down Londontown Road.”     Adults are just as susceptible. A wedding in the garden on a June...

If you’re eating fresh, it’s composting to the rescue

How does your garden grow?         Ours is behaving like it’s on steroids this prodigal summer so eager to outdo the season of Barbara Kingsolver’s eponymous book. We’re picking daily, for our greens — arugula, cabbage, lettuces, mustard and Swiss chard, some from very late plantings last year — are a forest and bolt for the sky when we turn our backs.     My herbs want to take over the earth. We’re eating a...

What do Netflix, Kevin Spacey and a North Beach actor have in common?

Marc Goodman followed a link on Facebook to the set of the big-budget television series House of Cards.     The first series produced by Netflix, House of Cards remakes a 1990 British series set in the last days of Margaret Thatcher’s administration. This updated take transplants the story to American electoral politics. Director David Fincher is no stranger to Maryland, where he shot part of his 2011 Academy Award-winning The Social Network.     Fincher is...

At Annmarie Garden, nature and art live in harmony

Among art from the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Solomons stand seven houses occupied by bluebirds.     Bluebirds are masterpieces in the world of gardening, both for their beauty and for their appetite for garden bugs. So Annmarie is more than happy to host them. To encourage the birds to add life to art in the garden, staff artists have hand-painted the houses. Baby bluebirds are now growing feathers amid the...

Rather than gimicks, test your soil for a ­productive garden

On a Saturday morning garden show, a caller was advised to plant long-stemmed tomato plants deep. Supposedly, burying the stems deep in the garden soil forces the plant to produce new roots along the stem, resulting in a stronger plant. I strongly disagree.     That tomato plant was growing in a pot in a greenhouse. Its roots were surrounded by air containing 21 percent oxygen. Roots of plants need oxygen, while the green tops need carbon dioxide. Planting the roots deep means...

Here’s how to catch your share chumming

My reel began clicking out an alert, slowly at first but quickly turning into a metallic shriek as the fish that had grabbed my bait shifted into high gear. I plucked the outfit from the rod holder and switched off the line-out alarm, thumbing the reel spool lightly and letting the striper run with my bait. Fishfinder     The rockfish bite has slowed the last few days, but it should pick up after the hectic boat traffic of the recent holiday dissipates and the stripers return...

You won’t have another chance

This is the final countdown to one of the rarest sights in the heavens, a transit of Venus. Venus crosses the face of the sun in eight-year pairings, each cycle separated by 115 years. The last transit of Venus was in 2004. The next is Tuesday, June 5. After that, there won’t be another until December of 2117!     Clear skies are a must if we’re to see this, but so is eye protection, as looking at the sun for even a moment can lead to permanent eye damage, even...

Third time’s the charm for this space spoof

Men in Black agents J (Will Smith: Seven Pounds) and K (Tommy Lee Jones: Captain America) have worked together for over a decade managing Earth’s alien population. This hasn’t made them close, as K won’t share his life story with his more effusive partner.     Still, when J wakes up after an argument to find out that K has seemingly been dead for 40 years, he’s pretty upset about the whole thing. Turns out an evil assassin named Boris the Animal (Jemaine...