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Just how rare are two full moons in one month?

Hiking the Appalachian Trail prepared him for his next journey as a Navy SEAL

World’s biggest crab feast August 7

Help Bailey find his way home

It doesn’t need to be the Appalachian Trail to push you forward

Fireworks, parades and vocal citizens are all part of the tradition

Two hundred thirty-six years ago, America made itself a nation with a formal Declaration of Independence. The plan for what this new nation would be, our Constitution, took 11 disputeful years more.     The places we live have had less help in taking shape. Like Topsy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, our communities “just growed. Don’t think nobody never made me.”     In the three decades I’ve been looking, Annapolis and Anne Arundel and...

Each species has a different trick

Crows, morning doves, pigeons and black birds love to pluck sprouting seeds of corn, snap beans and lima beans in the garden. Robins love to eat strawberries, while mocking birds and brown thrush love to eat blueberries as they ripen. Birds can also do a great deal of damage to maturing sweet corn. They will rip away the husks and silk and peck out the kernels from the tops of the ears.     How to deter them?     Scarecrows are fun to look at but about useless....

And what to do if perch is your only bait

I could feel the five-inch white perch on my line swimming toward the bottom 30 feet down. The pulses of its efforts transmitted plainly up the line on my bait-casting rod. As the baitfish reached its goal and settled down, I lightly thumbed the narrow spool of my casting reel and lifted my rod tip just enough to make the fish’s movements a bit more frantic.     I was drifting over some nice marks on my depth sounder off the mouth of the Severn, and I suspected the arches...

See if you can beat Galileo’s 40

As the sun sets this week, its latest of the year at 8:35, Saturn and Mars appear in the darkening skies, Mars high in the southwest and Saturn trailing 25 degrees at due south. Mars sets at midnight, with Saturn following 90 minutes later.     Our neighbor isn’t called the red planet for nothing: its orange hue is quite distinct and a real contrast to golden Saturn, although both shine at around first magnitude and are as bright as any star.     See if you...

Never accept a tart from an angry teenager

Being a lady in ancient societies was a real drag. You had to truss yourself up in uncomfortable dresses, follow the rules of court and be prim even as the men around you acted like imbeciles. If you were really good at following the rules, your grand reward was to be married off to some drooling noble who made up in breeding what he lacked in intelligence and sensitivity.     So it’s not that surprising that young princess Merida (Kelly McDonald: Boardwalk Empire) balks...

Teens play Shakespeare’s silliest for fun

Put Will Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will, in the hands of the junior corps of Twin Beach Players and what do you get? A celebration performed by actors who seem to be playing for the joy of it. The Players’ uninhibited festival of uncertain purpose may be just what Shakespeare had in mind.     As a performance in a carnival spirit, this party is appropriate, given that for Shakespearean England the 12th night after Christmas was occasion for a no-holds-...

Bay Weekly’s Summer Book Guide

What’s that you’re reading?         Another person’s nose in a book makes your nose itch to get in for its own sniff. The casual pass, the sidelong look, the binocular stare: They’re techniques we’ve all tried to pick up a title.        The sight of another reader’s wordy intimacy with a story is an irresistible provocation.     In time for your summer reading, we’re...

Infinity Theatre presents a gem of a time capsule that sets a new standard for local entertainment

Infinity Theatre Company opened a second summer season at the Children’s Theater of Annapolis to a full house Saturday night with Sisters of Swing, a musical memoir about the Andrews Sisters. With a savvy marketing plan that brings New York talent and tourists to our Capital city — plus kids’ shows at the Bay Theatre Company — Infinity sets the new standard of excellence for local entertainment.     The Andrews Sisters — Patty (Julia Burrows), the...

Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race

When we last reported on The Volvo Ocean Race, 12 days of intense racing across the Atlantic from Miami had ended in one of Volvo’s closest finishes. Despite reaching Lisbon second by six minutes, Groupama gained the overall lead. Along the narrow Tagus River in front of the ancient, white-stoned city of Lisbon, hard-charging Groupama dominated an upwind-downwind in-port race. Telefónica recklessly fouled PUMA at the start, and the Spanish boat finished last yet again. PUMA’s wily...

Bay Weekly commemorates the War of 1812 bicentennial with a look at this week in history.

Bay Weekly commemorates the War of 1812 bicentennial with a look at this week in history By June 23 of 1812, the United States of America was at war with Great Britain. Though neither nation was aching for a fight, trade disputes, Britain’s support of Native American rebellion and the forceful conscription of Americans into the British Navy pushed the old and new nations to an impasse.     But this week 200 years ago, America flirted with the idea of suspending its six-...