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Crabs and osprey in, oysters and swans out

In Chesapeake Country, creatures define seasons more accurately than weather. Crabs and osprey are the creatures of this season, even now replacing oysters and tundra swans on the calendar of Chesapeake life. Each comes, and goes, with fanfare.     The opening of crab season on April 1 means gustatory delight for lovers of the crustacean and the renewal of income for crabbers. Along the Bay and rivers, watermen ready their pots and trotlines for a long season that extends into...

What’s left from Annapolis Rotary’s crab feast? $58K for good works

At the opening of crab season, it’s easy to remember how good it is to sit down to a feast of freshly steamed, spiced Maryland blues. The 2,500 hungry people who last August helped the Rotary Club of Annapolis live up to its reputation for throwing the World’s Largest Crab Feast not only had a good time but also did good works. More remained of that feast than a big pile of shells. Profits of $58,500 are funding the good works of 46 Anne Arundel County community groups.  ...

The misnamed Jerusalem artichoke supplies both

The Jerusalem artichoke is a sunflower cousin that gives both flowers and food. In late August and into September, bright yellow flowers cover its tall stems. Below ground, it is growing tuber-like structures on its roots that resemble pachymorphs of the bearded iris. The tubers are edible.     This North America native is invasive and must be grown in an aboveground container to prevent it from spreading. I grow my Jerusalem artichokes in a plastic half-barrel with the base...

Trophy season opens in just a week

The trophy rockfish season is fast upon us.     These migratory trophy-sized fish are in spawning mode. First they move up the Bay to their natal headwaters. Then, having spawned, they move back down the Bay, returning to the Atlantic. They move in pods unpredictably. Thus fishing in a fixed spot or targeting a specific area is not the most productive strategy. Constantly moving and presenting baits continually over an area as large as possible is the better method. That’s...

Humans prove to be the real animals in this dramatic war film

In 1939 Warsaw, the Zabinski family — Jan (Johan Heldenbergh: The Tunnel) and Antonina (Jessica Chastain: Miss Sloane) — run a popular zoo.     Their world is destroyed by invading German tanks and planes. Carpet bombings of the city empty cages, loosing wild animals on the city to be shot down by the Nazis.     Trying to salvage the remainders of their zoo, the Zabinskis recognize the greater atrocity around them. As Jews are ordered to move to the...

Inspiration and tips plus the pros to tackle your jobs, inside and out, big or small

Come spring, it’s time to escape the cave. Throw off the blankets, open the drapes and let the sun shine in. But even the tidiest home looks a little dingy after a winter of hard living.     It’s time to clean, paint or wallpaper, wash the windows, replace the drapes, rearrange the furniture, bring out the wicker, throw on new pillows, lighten the art and service the air-conditioning. Outdoors, there’s even more to be done to home and garden. Painting, planting...

A moviemaker without a script meets all the loves of his life in this seductive musical

Nine, like Colonial Players’ last show, is destined to sell out. Based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece 8½, this 1982 Tony winner for Best Musical has spectacle, humor, pathos and a stellar cast. But the story is its most appealing asset. Guido Contini (Jason Vellon) is a cinematic genius and Casanova in the throes of artistic block, emotional exhaustion and a midlife crisis. When he arrives at the Venetian spa where his new project is set to begin...

Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy yields a full house of fun

It takes chutzpah to put on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, but Twin Beach Players thrives on challenge. For 19 years, the company has staged up to five productions a year, enlivening Calvert County with community theater. This spring’s venture is You Can’t Take It With You, George Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 comedy on the social and political context of family life. Directed by Cathy Diggle, the play follows the daily life of the Sycamores, a dysfunctional but loving family,...

Three months of The Bay Gardener’s advice on planting, pruning and lawn care

   ~ April ~      Grow a No-Till Garden     Start your garden as soon as you can work the soil, certainly in April if not already in March.     Do not spade. Save your back and your soil by planting no-till.     Think about it: Spading primarily buries weeds. Unless you’re incorporating lots of compost into the soil, you gain nothing, other than exercise, from spading your soil. To conserve soil moisture and...

Bay Weekly’s All-Age Guide to Finding the Help You Need

In this issue, we haven’t told you quite everything you need to know to spring into your homestead’s seasonal renewal. For that inadequacy, you will be glad. Anymore than we’re offering would make you wish for assisted living before your time.     Why, come to think of it, should assisted living be reserved for the very old and infirm? Most of us need assisted living nowadays, when our work for our livings is so often demanding plus far from home. At the Martin...