The big fish are here, with anglers on their tails

Otherwise, you’re planting trouble

This pollution is endangering our night skies

If you can survive the language, you might enjoy this brash character study

Ten ways to help our planet and your purse

Help give their migration a future

Channel cats give a good fight and good eating

Wife Deborah and I were enjoying a lazy afternoon fishing one of the Bay’s many small tributaries when it happened. I had just made a long cast to a downed tree that, I hoped, harbored more of the fat 10-inch perch that we had been gathering for a fish fry. Fishfinder     The big spot have arrived, and panfishing is on fire in the mid-Bay. Hefty croaker, large perch and the Norfolks are here in serious numbers now. At Belvedere Shoals, Podickery, Hackett’s, Tolley...

Lots more good can come from your garden

For a feast-full fall garden, now is the time for planning and planting. On the other hand, if you want to take it easy after your spring and summer harvests, then simply plant a cover crop of winter rye in those areas where the crops have been harvested.     If you like Brussels sprouts, now is the time to get the seeds in the ground. Brussels sprouts produce biggest yields when planted early so that the stem of each plant grows to its maximum height by mid-September, when the...

A decade of magical movies ends with a spellbinding film

Dirty, exhausted and ready to embrace his fate, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) enters the forest for a showdown with the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes: Clash of the Titans). Most moviegoers know how the story ends, yet the movie audience gasped as the battle began. That’s the power of Potter.     Because of the fanatical devotion of readers and cinematic fans, Deathly Hallows Part 2 was almost guaranteed a wild box office success, no matter the quality of the film. In truth...

A Bay Weekly conversation with David Humphreys, director of the Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association

On your seventh circle through the auto hell of Historic Annapolis in fruitless search of a parking place, you take traffic personally. Personally is how you take the blockage on Rt. 50 west, gridlock on the Bay Bridge — and your own personal traffic hell, wherever you find it.     David Humphreys, a sailor from Bay Ridge, takes traffic personally, too. His job as director of the Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association is to transmute the rage we share...
The Annapolis Circulator, which hit the road July 1 on a six-month trial, can take the hell out of Annapolis city traffic.     The four trolleys that together are the Circulator make it possible, perhaps even easy, for you to park and ride throughout historic Annapolis — with Eastport and West Annapolis just over horizon.     Here’s how it works: Park at your choice of three Annapolis city garages. Park on the edge of downtown at Gott’s Garage (...

Originally tucked in the woods at the edge of town, Union Church has grown from a house of worship for vacationers to a year-round community anchor

June 9, 1900, was a signal day in Chesapeake Country. The Chesapeake Beach Railway began bringing throngs of fun-seekers from Washington, D.C., to a new amusement park and sparkling beach resort at the mouth of Fishing Creek. A small community, incorporated in 1894 as the Town of Chesapeake Beach, had grown up around the park construction site. By 1900, development pushed toward the Anne Arundel County line as the land above Chesapeake Beach was platted for summer cottages. The developers...

Nobody wants heavy equipment in their backyard

If you’re taking a ride down to Shady Side and you head onto Snug Harbor Road, you’re bound to see a mess of cranes, bulldozers and trucks in the center of the wooded lot.     Resident or passer-by, you’ll likely be wondering, what’s with that?     Last September, Timothy Whitney of Chester on the Eastern Shore purchased the land where the Rural Home-Andrews Hotel received guests from 1888 to 1967. Whitney owns a boat repair and engine...
As the Beatles sang, it’s getting better all the time. At least that’s what the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council told us this week in the 28th annual meeting of that august body, whose members are three governors, the mayor of D.C., the administrator of the EPA and assorted top government officials.     We’ve heard versions of the same story for so many years, so why should we care this time around? What’s That You Say?     Only wonks...

If’n you like watchin’ young’uns have a good time, you’re gonna like Li’l Abner.

In 24 years of showcasing Annapolis’ youth, The Talent Machine has groomed countless stars of community and professional theater, who continue to prove allegiance by fostering the company’s newest talents.     Enter 45 performers, aged eight to 14, in a troupe revival of Li’l Abner, the hillbilly musical based on Al Capp’s classic comic strip. These kids are right good at ferretin’ out all the campy humor in the colorful soap opera of life in...

Songs from the ’50s and ’60s are the stars of this refreshing show

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s The Marvelous Wonderettes is frothy, refreshing and a complete contrast to its most recent production, Chicago. The all-black set has given way to pastels, and the jailhouse trollops are replaced by 1950s’ suburban teenagers.     The Marvelous Wonderettes are a singing quartet performing at their 1958 senior prom. In the second act, they appear 10 years later at their class reunion. That premise is the hook for a night of vintage and...