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However you play it, natural gas export is a high stakes game

Have fun even with a sizzling sun

An American in Annapolis

Our flowering gardens are butterfly way-stations

Blue crabs at quarter-century low

Lesson 1: From the ground up

And the best lure for catching them

The sun was high in the sky when I arrived at my fishing hole. Easing my skiff up to the shoreline on my electric motor, I put a little extra sunscreen on my face and arms while the water settled. The day looked to be a hot one.     A strong flood lapped high on the rock riprap along this likely looking stretch of white perch territory.     Flicking my favorite spinner bait shoreward, I focused on working a series of short erosion jetties in hopes of securing a...

Peaches don’t like them any better than we do

Perfect-looking peaches will be hard to find this summer. Stinkbugs are already spoiling the fruit.     I started thinning peaches when most were the size of marbles. At the beginning of the peach-growing season, some of the fruit already had two to three sting marks on the skin. As the thinning period progresses, peaches almost the size of golf balls are showing three to four sting marks. Immature green and mature gray stinkbugs crawled on my arms and down my neck as I worked...

Let the waxing crescent guide you through the heavens

As the sun sets near 8:30 Friday, look for an ever-so-slender crescent moon hugging the west-northwest horizon. Just two days past new phase, only about five percent of the lunar disk will be illuminated. To spot this sliver of moon, you’ll need an unobstructed view of the horizon, and binoculars may help you to pick it out from the lingering glare of dusk.     The next night, the waxing crescent moon is higher above the horizon at sunset, and now more than 10 percent of...

Po and his band of martial arts friends make feathers fly in this fun sequel

After becoming the famed Dragon Warrior in his last film, tubby panda warrior Po (Jack Black: Gulliver’s Travels) is living large. He trains, signs autographs and eats, while enjoying a partnership with the legendary Furious Five — Tigress (Angelina Jolie: Salt); Viper (Lucy Liu: East Fifth Bliss); Praying Mantis (Seth Rogen: Paul); Crane (David Cross: Running Wilde); and Monkey (Jackie Chan: The Karate Kid). Their days are spent training and protecting the Valley of Peace.  ...

101 Ways and counting

I haven’t yet worn out my personal copy of 101 Ways to Have Fun: Your Indispensable Guide to Summer. But its pages are already dog-eared to mark the many spots I want to revisit.     Fireworks, for example.     With three nights of fireworks, July 4’s celebrations must be memorized — or checked and re-checked — lest you show up at the right place on the wrong date. So I’ve devised a mnemonic. My ABDCs remind me Sunday, July 4 is the...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I find your short stories delightful and always a good read. In the latest issue, I was happy to see the name of a contributor who once worked with me, Jean Trott. I wonder if you have a phone number or email address so that I may contact her?     Thanks so much. –Chris Kamenoff, Annapolis Editor’s note: Thanks to Bonnie Lefkowitz for compiling and editing Summer Memories.
Dear Bay Weekly:     I was just beside myself with delight over the latest Bay Weekly with the Summer Memories story, as I know some of the people and places.     I especially like Ann Park’s memory as I built an addition on the house and also worked on the Sinyard boarding house — now a bed and breakfast — where she and her family ate $1 chicken dinners.     And I loved the story from the fellow [J.C. Bowie} who had a john boat...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I enjoy your paper every week, but last week’s [May 26] was awesome. Took a handful out of the North Beach Post Office over to the Bayside History Museum. Great, great, great memories! –Grace Mary Brady, founder: Bayside History Museum

It’s got “All the Jazz,” but it could use a bit of bite

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre opens its season with Chicago, an upbeat musical with a downbeat outlook. Despite bouncy, memorable music, Chicago carries a cautionary tale about celebrity, corruption and media fascination with both. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre captures the upbeat side flawlessly. The downbeat side is less well rendered.     Roxie and Velma are both on trial for murder. But they are more concerned about how many column inches they get in the press and how...

The fun begins each year anew; the memories are timeless

A century ago, Chesapeake Country was vacationland.         Hundreds of beaches and weekend communities lined the shore. Trains hauled daytrippers from the big, hot cities for Bay waters, fresh seafood and fun and amusements. Steamboats plied the coast, stopping at one pleasure spot after another. Passengers paid $5 each to board the Emma Giles in Baltimore at 4:30 in the afternoon, eat and sleep overnight and arrive fresh at their beach destination the next...