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Summer’s darlings, winter’s pests

Fish recipes from the Chesapeake

One good trip recommends another

Get in touch with wildlife at ­Patuxent Research Refuge

Time traveling at Chesapeake Marketplace

Go quietly, look and listen

And are we in trouble ...

Avoid the occasion of sin. That precept of my Catholic education should, over the years, have kept me away from the U.S. Boat Shows, which occupy Annapolis October 6 though 16.     First the Sailboat Show, returning for its 42nd year, validates the city’s title as Sailing Capital of America. Yes, it’s a self-conferred title. But through October 10, it’s as hard to contest as Napoleon’s self-coronation as emperor of the French. As I write, hundreds of...

How Annapolis became America’s Sailing Capital

Look around Annapolis these two weeks, and you’ll see how the maritime industry helps the visitor industry thrive.     Recreational sailing and power boating are newcomers to this old city. We were a working seaport from colonial times through World War II.     So well known were Eastport’s skilled wooden boat builders that in 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent the grand and famous schooner America here to be restored.     But...

Tom Wisner’s lessons live on in Gather ’Round Chesapeake

    Where does the hope lie?     Hope lies in bringing forth the truth about the Chesapeake Bay and placing our awareness right next to the issue, facing it. An answer might not come in this generation, but we must seek it. –Tom Wisner   In Chesapeake Country, we embrace the environment, encourage conservation and fancy ourselves as amateur historians and naturalists. We’re at the right place at the right time.     Green was not...

The new Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

The Chesapeake Beach Railway has always been a passage to altered states. It was laid a century ago to link the sweltering city of Washington with cooling Bay waters, breezes and panoply of fun. When cars pushed trains off the map, nature took back its right of way.     This week, the final three miles of the old railway reopened as the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail to take you back to nature through the gateway of history. From the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, the trail...

You can run, but you can’t hide

Invading aquatic species will have to speed up their evolutionary development of evasive strategies to outsmart the newest addition to the University of Maryland Environmental Science research fleet. The 155-foot barge, known as the Mobile Test Platform, has the job of testing the array of new ballast-water treatment technologies developed in hopes of keeping invaders out of Chesapeake Bay.     “This new testing platform will serve to evaluate emerging treatment...

It’s a mess of a place up there

Like calendar pages strewn across an untidy desk, the stars of summer and even spring linger after sunset, with their autumn and winter counterparts commanding the heavens before dawn.     The sun sets before 6:40, with full darkness following little more than an hour later. Arcturus, the brightest early-evening star and fourth-brightest of all, appears in the sun’s wake due west. The main star of Boötes, the herdsman, Arcturus is the celestial spring sentinel. It sets...

Something funny happened on the way to chemotherapy

Cancer isn’t inherently funny. Yet somehow 50/50 maintains a Mel Brooksian level of levity in the face of tragedy without cheapening the struggles of those battling cancer.     Not bad for a Seth Rogen movie.     Twenty-seven-year-old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Inception) has been having back pain for months. When it starts to effect his jogging, he goes to a doctor. There, Adam gets his diagnosis: He’s got a rare form of spinal cancer that will...

Quietly and with hope

The tide was beginning to briskly move out as I lowered the hydraulic spike on my shallow-water anchor. Positioned a dozen or so yards off a long, heavy rock jetty in four feet of water, my skiff came to an abrupt stop, then swung about with the current. The light was already getting low in an overcast early evening gloom.     I took my time getting my tackle ready and letting the water settle. When the bite has been difficult, it’s always a good idea to be cautious with...

Pick them and squish them. Carefully.

A visitor came to Upakrik Farm recently with an arborvitae branch containing at least 20 fully mature female bagworms. What can I spray them with? he asked. He appeared shocked when I told him nothing.     He insisted that the bagworms had just appeared, for he had not seen them before. I told him that the bagworms had been feeding on his plant all summer long but that he had not noticed them.     Impossible, he said. He walked by that plant every day so he would...

Two hours to ponder the bearings on which a life rests

In Wit, Bay Theatre Company tackles a heartfelt and erudite play about a woman coming to terms with cancer.     As a professor of John Donne’s literature, Dr. Vivian Bearing — superbly rendered by Rena Cherry Brown — has lived her life immersed in the minute distinctions of words and punctuation. Scholarship and inquiry have ruled her life. Now she approaches death while studying her own life and analyzing the medical profession that, in turn, is analyzing and...