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Where and when to go to catch summer's favorite holiday

The fun’s better when you stay safe

Star-spangled nun commemorates our national anthem

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate reason and high ideals

Chesapeake Bay gets a summer show

A trio of birds is helping Flag Ponds Nature Park study climate change

Flag Ponds Nature Park — a remnant habitat of coastal scrub and mature hardwood forest on the western shore of the Chesapeake — is a travelers’ motel to many bird species.     Among them, three neo-tropical migrants on their way to Canadian breeding grounds — the hooded warbler, the Kentucky warbler and the worm-eating warbler — are being closely watched.     That trio of birds is the focus of Flag Ponds Nature Park’s new bird-...

Annapolis-based nonprofit pays to find out

Can nature heal us?         Tom and Kitty Stoner have invested $20 million in answering that question.         Since 1996, their Annapolis-based TKF Foundation has supported the creation of more than 130 public urban greenspaces across the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington, D.C. region. Three — pocket parks in Eastport — are right here in Bay Weekly’s back yard.     Each greenspace includes a bench and...

Read on to rid yourself of these paper pests

Pests lurking in our book nooks secretly graze, bore and eat the words we read.     A few pests graze on the surface starches or glues on papers and books. Others bore into books and eat the paper. Still others feed on mold that grows on the surface of damp paper. The Grazers     The most familiar paper pest is the silverfish, which looks like a fish out of water and swims lightning fast across floors and walls.     Silverfish like starchy food....

It’s in the nick of time for me

Bay Weekly’s Summer Reading Guide appears not coincidentally just as I’m looking for a good book to reduce the amount of newsprint I consume.     Last summer I read baseball.     In Ireland this spring, I read Maeve Binchey and a couple of very odd but charming things — The Irish RM and a volume of comic writer Spike Milligan’s World War II memoir, Adolph Hitler: My Part in His Downfall — recommended by Irish-traveling friend Barclay...

With dinner and drinks, Comedy in the Courtyard is your ticket to Tuesday night fun

Sitting under the towering magnolia of the Reynolds Tavern courtyard, I sip a spiked summer Tavern Tea and munch fried green tomatoes with shrimp and corn relish, all the enticement I need to come out on a warm weeknight. But there’s more. Listening to the gentle strains of a harpsichord, I am transported back in time — way back to 1664 for Moliere’s Tartuffe, the Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s first production in the new Comedy in the Courtyard series.   ...

But don’t expect an easy job

Rhododendrons are one of the most difficult ornamental plants to grow in landscapes. This year the rhododendrons did exceptionally well due to the cool, moist spring. Many growers noted that the ornamental plants bloomed heavier than normal and that their flowers lasted longer.     In their native habitat, rhododendrons grow in regions where the climate is cool, in soils that are well-drained but with ample moisture.     The hot, dry conditions frequent in our...

Biltong is a South African ­alternative to freezing

Over the last few years, I have generally kept only those rockfish that my family and I could immediately eat, either giving away or releasing any extras landed. This season, however, the bite has been so good for so long and the fish so delicious that my policy has changed.     By trial and error, I’ve developed two favorite ways to preserve this great fish.     The easiest is freezing, but of course it’s really not that simple. There are rules to...

Gru lets his minions do the comedy work in this silly sequel

Retired super villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell: The Office) is a great dad to his three adopted daughters. But he isn’t very good at life on the side of right.     Plus he has to figure out what to do with his evil scientist partner and scores of odd yellow minions.     Gru’s best idea is to turn his evil laboratory into a jam-and-jelly factory. But the mad scientist is only able to make evil jelly, which apparently doesn’t taste very good...

These doses of summer fun, taken daily, will cure even the deepest shades of summertime blues

I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler About a workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar … Every time I call my baby, and try to get a date My boss says, ‘No dice son, you gotta work late’ … Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues. –Eddie Cochran   Hey, Mr. Cochran, didn’t anyone tell you? Weekends aren’t the only time you can get out and...

Masters of acrobatic antics

Snapping a spine under their thorax helps Eastern eyed click beetles turn right side up. It also gives them part of their odd name, which describes the loud click made by their flipping maneuver.     The eye in the name comes from the two white eyespots on the tops of their upper bodies. These eyes make the beetle look a bit like the head of a snake, to scare away predators. If that fails, it has a couple of other tricks.     One trick is playing dead, curling up...