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In its 4th year, the Annapolis Irish Festival draws an ever-larger crowd seeking Celtic music and heritage

Two past winners illustrate the magic of make-believe

Creativity comes out to play in Twin Beach Players’ Kids
Playwriting Festival

Talent Machine’s young actors are rehearsing for life

Summer’s darlings, winter’s pests

Fish recipes from the Chesapeake

White perch are ready to bite

White perch are ready to bite The day had turned ideal, overcast with virtually no wind and a full flood tide. I was busy tying on a bright-colored, one-sixth-ounce spinner bait and, while I couldn’t see my buddy Moe in the bow, I could hear him grunt, “Another one … bigger than the last.” I hurried to pull my knot tight. Of course in my haste I botched the operation and had to cut the lure off and start over.     After getting the knot right, I was...

Will the Boötids show or no?

Friday’s new moon provides a dark backdrop for the annual Boötid meteor shower, which peaks after sunset that night and before dawn Saturday. Most years the Boötids are a modest shower, topping out at a dozen meteors an hour. But every now and then, it storms.     This meteor shower was first recorded in 1916, when English astronomer W. F. Denning counted more than 100 meteors an hour. “Large meteors came in quick succession from a radiant in the region between...

You can take the boys out of Jersey, but you’ll never take the Jersey out of the boys

This is a true story.         Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza: Boardwalk Empire) knows there are only three ways to get out of Jersey: Join the army, join the mob or get famous. Tired of being a two-bit hood for local mob boss Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher Walken: Gods Behaving Badly), he starts a band with his brother and fellow small-time crook Nick (Michael Lomenda). When they’re not in jail or pulling robberies, the three play at local clubs and dancehalls. But...

Teen players give you hope in youth and humanity

An all-teen cast draws a fine line between the real and unreal in Twin Beach Players’ Harvey. We’ve known Elwood P. Dowd since 1944, when Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened on Broadway, but most notably in James Stewart’s 1950 movie incarnation.     In all those years, nobody has ever seen Dowd’s best friend and constant companion, a six-foot-three-inch tall white rabbit named Harvey.     Dowd describes Harvey as a pooka...

Before you vote, read up on ­candidates for governor and Anne Arundel County executive

The candidates we elect in this Primary have excellent chances — often 50-50 — of holding the Chesapeake’s future in their hands for the next four years.     This Primary season, we bring you top candidates’ views on the environment, expressed in their own words.     Under constraint of space, we’ve limited our scope to top offices: governor and Anne Arundel County executive. Other top offices — the Board of Commissioners who...

Four giants of yore sail up the Patuxent

Tall ships ruled the sea during the age of exploration. Tall ships discovered America, brought colonists to Virginia, Maryland and Delaware and brought the British to wage a couple of wars.     In 1812, the new United States Navy was short on tall ships. British naval strength towered over ours, bringing big guns to the fight. Our Navy used flotillas of small, everyday boats to run up the rivers in defense. The small ships took advantage of the Bay’s landscape while the...

Good earth still open for gardeners

On a farm in St. Margaret’s, land that had been in sod has sprouted raised beds for a new community garden. The one-half-acre space gets full sun, has good fencing to keep out the deer and plenty of water. Thanks to the dedication of the farmers and members of Grow Annapolis, those with shade-bound yards now have a place to go — not just to raise food, but also to make new friends. And the Seznec family, which owns and runs Hollywood Farm, benefits from the added diversity the...

You’re never too young to compete as a triathlete

Bay-area dads had a Father’s Day blast watching their kids dive into the 2014 Truxtun Park Triathlon in Annapolis. My dad was blown away as his two daughters crossed the finish line after a 100-meter swim at the park pool,  five-mile bike ride and one-mile run along the Silopanna Trail and halfway around the track at Bates Middle School.     I earned second place in the 10 and under age group. My seven-year-old sister Alders, just off training wheels, also did well...

Fishing at Carr’s Wharf in Mayo

You won’t believe what is on the end of this pole! I ran out of weights, so I just tied a rock to the end of the line. It’d be nice to get a rockfish with the rock weight.     This was my mother’s pole. I grew up going fishing with her, my dad and his friends. We’d always go fishing. She passed away three years ago from cancer. I still remember her when I use it.     Fishing takes patience. But don’t you just pray for patience. God...

Find best friends for bargain prices at Anne Arundel County SPCA

With small sighs of relief, volunteers and workers celebrated a bit more room in the inn.     Filled to the brim with more than 50 adoptable dogs and 150 adoptable cats, the Anne Arundel County SPCA held two adoption events to make room for more needy animals.     The shelter houses, cares for and feeds up to 4,000 animals a year while seeking to find them homes.     Four-year-old beagle mix John Wall, who’d been homeless since December, was...