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Dear Bay Weekly: I enjoyed reading Diana Beechener’s article, What’s With It: Finding the Source of a Local River, in the recent Bay Weekly of January 13. As a county resident who lives close to the Magothy, I never knew the meaning of the word until now. Also, in my role as editor of the Lake Waterford Community Association newsletter, I would like permission to reprint the article in our next edition. We have run several articles about the history of the Pasadena area over the...
Dear Bay Weekly: I am planning to go see the Boys and Girls Club exhibit at Bay Woods, thanks to Aries Matheos’ article about that show [January 13: Inspiration to Last a Lifetime]. I appreciate your running those types of stories. I feel that those connections — Boys and Girls Club and Bay Woods and Peg Burroughs — may be good connections for me to make in promoting the work of our artists at Arundel Lodge, where we provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to Anne Arundel...

Colonial Players offers a lyrical vignette on sources of
strength and faith that lie hidden from sight.

Through methods that seem illogical and almost mystical, diviners or dowsers seek sources of water that lie hidden from sight or scrutiny. The Diviners now playing at Colonial Players of Annapolis uses this metaphor to offer a lyrical vignette on sources of strength and faith that lie hidden from sight but whose power is undeniable. Director Edd Miller [read about his other life in this week’s feature story] has assembled a strong cast whose ensemble work is exemplary. Individually the...

Two Colonial Players shift stage to teach medics to treat you right

It’s a classic case of depression. The patient can’t sleep. She’s losing weight, she fidgets, feels guilty and is withdrawn since her partner’s fatal accident. Finally she sobs out her woes to the psychiatric nurse practitioner, who listens attentively to her story. “It’s not you fault,” the nurse assures his patient, Dianne Hood. She’s doing the right thing in coming for help, and he understands what she’s going through. With his comfort...

A B-movie with an A-List cast earns a failing grade

A priest, some crusaders and a witch wander into the woods. Turns out the joke is on whoever pays to see the movie. An overwrought, overstuffed tale of medieval mysticism, Season of the Witch fails on every possible level, from storytelling to acting to star Nicolas Cage’s improbable hairpiece. The film follows two Crusade deserters, Behman (Cage: Kick Ass) and Felson (Ron Perlman: Tangled), who return to their homeland only to find that the Black Plague has ravaged the people. The clergy...

Follow the waxing moon and test your eyesight

The waxing gibbous moon brightens the night sky this week, appearing high in the southeast Thursday at sunset a little after 5:00. The next evening, and each following night, sunset finds the moon roughly a dozen degrees to the east. Thursday, the moon shines in front of the constellation Aries, with the three stars outlining the ram’s head shining to the upper right of the moon. A rather indistinct constellation at best, Aries’ brightest stars, Hamal, Sheratan and Mesarthim, pale...

Stay warm with fishing shows and movie nights

This winter has been especially difficult, with record low temperatures in Maryland for the last several weeks. The long-range forecast into late January says we can expect that trend to continue. Past seasons, I have usually been able to get in a couple of days on nearby tributaries for pickerel and maybe a day or two out on the Bay for deep water white perch. Fish Are Biting … But so are the temperatures. With no respite in sight, it is best to stick around the home fires for...

Finding the source of a local river

“What on earth does Magothy mean?” asked a guest as we walked down to the river by my Pasadena home. “It’s the name of the river,” I explained. “But what is it? Is it a person? Or a special word?” persisted my curious guest. It was a mystery. I spent 27 years living along the banks of the Magothy River, and not once had I questioned the origin of the name. It was just the river. Well that’s not good enough anymore. My first source was, of course...

Foreign Fowl Range Free in Calvert County

Backyard birds like the familiar cardinals, bluejays, wrens and woodpeckers are an everyday sight in Chesapeake Country. But guinea fowl waddling through neighborhoods? Or a four-foot emu trekking across fields?  Not so everyday.  A flock of free-range guinea hens enjoyed a pastoral New Year’s weekend wandering through a Huntingtown neighborhood, foraging for insects and seeds across winter-dormant lawns.  The harmless birds are African natives that have been widely...

Boys & Girls Club artists hang their own art show

Michelangelo was 17 when he finished his first sculpture. Courtney Johnson, the youngest artist showing her work this month at BayWoods of Annapolis, is eight — and her photo is nationally recognized. Beat that artistic legend. “I paint to show people that everything has some kind of beauty in it,” said 18-year-old Colby Slade, the oldest artist in the BayWoods show and an art class regular at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.  Art is one...