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A Thanksgiving story for my grandfather

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Prayers and a reflection for the feast 

This couple sets the bar high for local eateries

Climate stewards take aim at ­herbicides, tout healthy soils 

My gradual approach keeps the door open for late excursions

      Preparing your boat for winter should be the last item on this year’s to-do list. The many mistakes I’ve made over my 65 years should qualify me as experienced if not expert. One of my frequent mistakes is to refuse to admit the season is over.       Because of this, I’ve adopted a gradual wintering schedule over the course of a month or more, prioritizing chores in such a way that any sudden boating re-activation will not set the schedule...
A disappointed author writes her way to infamy in this fantastic drama
       Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy: The Happytime Murders) is good at her job, biography, but not at her profession. She’s uppity and standoffish with other writers, refuses to do radio or press for her books, berates her agent and drinks herself into scenes. Only her cat loves her.       An increasingly desperate financial state leads Lee to sell a prized possession: a personal letter from Katharine Hepburn. Researching Fanny Brice, she finds and sells...

Recipes from pros and prizewinners

      If there’s any day to bridge the gaping American divide, it’s Thanksgiving. On that great American feast, consensus rules. Eighty-eight percent of us report that turkey will be our Thanksgiving dish of choice, according to the National Turkey Federation. Certainly for me, one of the great pleasures of the day is the near unanimity of sharing in one great meal, all across the nation.         Following in the train of that bird — so...

Prize-winning recipes for the ­Chesapeake’s beloved bivalve

      Oysters are ours to eat again.       True, aquaculture ends the traditional summer drought, making oysters accessible all year long.       Yet never do oysters taste better than in crisp November. The first reliably cool of the traditional oyster-eating R-months, November rouses our hunger for the warm, savory soups and stews that give oysters so satisfying a home. Roast oysters taste their best now, when it’s cool enough that picking up...
Behind the scenes at the National Oyster Cook-Off
Marty Hyson:  Smoked Chardonnay Oysters First Prize Hors D’Oeuvres; Best Presentation;  People’s Choice        A two-time past grand-prize winner of the National Oyster Cook-Off, at this year’s 52nd Annual U.S. Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County, Marty Hyson entertained from the moment he fired up his grill outside the auditorium. If Hyson, 55, of Millersville, wasn’t yukking it up with passers-by while smoking chunky bivalves on the...
More on the Ships at Mallows Bay RE: The Many Ghosts of Mallows Bay, Oct. 25, 2018, www.bayweekly.com/node/45770       I enjoyed Warren Lee Brown’s Oct. 25 article The Many Ghosts of Mallows Bay, which was both well researched and written.       There is a common misconception, however, which I am partly responsible for, that the wooden ship fleet was a completely failed national undertaking in that none of the ships actually saw service during World War I...

It will be Thanksgiving sooner than you think 

      It’s not that I want to rush the season. We all know there’s plenty of that going on. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are on simultaneous sale in some stores.         Nonetheless, the season is rushing our way. Halloween’s three days of the dead mark the year’s turn from summery to wintery autumn. Never mind temperatures in the 70s and 60s those days.       (About this time every...
Anne Arundel ­Conservationist of 2018 En-Tice-Ment’s Deana Tice earns that honor       Community involvement, environmental preservation and family: These are the qualities that make a conservationist.        En-Tice-Ment’s Deana Tice earns recognition as the 2018 Conservationist of the Year, chosen by the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District because of her commitment to community growth.       “We look at all the...

Let someone else do the cooking

      Perhaps this is the year you’d prefer to give thanks for not cooking? Bay Weekly has gone hunting to report where you can eat out on Thanksgiving and what’s on the menu.   Brian Boru Buffet-served carved turkey, giblet gravy, ham, roast beef, filet of fish with lemon, shepherd’s pie; multiple side dishes; pecan and pumpkin pie, traditional Irish bread pudding. $26 w/age discounts; 11am-5pm; rsvp: 410-975-2678;  489 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park...

Even when the fish don’t bite, energy runs thru it

"In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing." –Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It           I eased off of the deserted beach at early morn and made my way carefully toward deeper water. There were sunken tree limbs, water-logged and partially buried, scattered across the bottom, and I had to be careful not to stumble on them.        Hoping that my hip waders would let me explore the area, I...