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Your guide to Chesaeake Country's freshest produce and more!

Still time to escape in a good book

Here’s to one more summer of reading

Sweet fish swim in sweetwater

The everyday banalities of saving the world

Lesson 3: Jumpstart your garden with compost tea

How to fight back

     Popular as Knockout roses are, they are not immune to viruses. They are susceptible to witches broom and to rose rosette, which is becoming a frequent problem. Rose rosette is spread by infested pruners and by a microscopic eriophyid mite.      Rose rosette appears as vigorous, new multi-stem growth with purplish-red stems, leaves and flower buds. The flower buds are not as prominent as those on normal plants. The infected buds are covered with...

Magical flight beyond Neverland

     Peter Pan is an ageless adventure in a magical realm of opportunity and imagination. It’s impossible to stay earthbound when Peter Pan (Sam Ellis), Wendy (Lucy O’Brien), Michael (Tad Clifton) and John (Connor McCarty) lift off from the stage to fly to Neverland.     Talent Machine’s cast of 38 kids ages seven to 14 are triple threats. They have trained through Stageworkz, the teaching center associated with Talent Machine. The cast has...

July brings the first of three Super Moons

     As twilight settles to darkness, look to the southwest for ruddy Mars beside the ice-blue of Spica until they set around midnight. Mars is the brighter of the two. They will be their closest Sunday, with less than 1.5 degrees separating them. After that, Mars keeps on trucking, setting course for a conjunction with Saturn on August 4.     Saturn is high in the south at twilight and remains an easy target until setting in the west around 1am. The ringed...

Fish recipes from the Chesapeake

Catching a fish from the Chesapeake leads to a seafood dinner beyond the reach of most mortals. The fish has come directly from your own hand. It is fresher than anything available to those not thus connected to the water. Freshness is really the defining quality, the gold standard, of seafood cuisine: same-day catch to table. Buying fish from even the best seafood markets will net a catch that is at its freshest three days old: a day from catch to the dock; another day from wholesaler to...

Civilization’s going off the rails on this train
 

     When global warming can no longer be ignored, world governments gamble on an experimental coolant. Humanity waits for a cooldown after a chemical called CW-7 is released into the skies above every country on earth.     Instead of temperate weather, CW-7 kicks off the next ice age, making life on earth impossible. The only survivors of the man-made extinction are the residents of Snowpiercer, a colossal train with a perpetual motion engine that rockets...

A show of fun and fashion delights kids and the adults who bring them

Infinity Theatre — which has gained a solid reputation for bringing New York talent to the Annapolis stage — gives young audiences as well as adults a taste of professional theater.     Infinity’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes is a delight; you know it’s a winner when the parents and grandparents cheer and clap as enthusiastically as the kids they’ve accompanied.     Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale (as...

One good trip recommends another

Scene: Living Room Mackenzie: Mom! What are we going to do for vacation this year? Heather: I don’t know. I haven’t thought that far. Any ideas? Mackenzie: Last year’s vacation was great. The cabins at the park are fun, and you still get the natural feel, cooking out on the grill and using the bathhouse. It is such a pretty park, up at the very top of the state! Lindsey and I really enjoyed watching them feed the turtles at the nature center. Great trip! Scene fades, as black...

Get in touch with wildlife at ­Patuxent Research Refuge

Take a summer morning to escape the hustle and bustle in one of the verdant national wildlife refuges created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.     I escaped to the Patuxent Research Refuge South Tract in Laurel. Taking a deep breath as I drove through the long entry way, I felt my mind and body relax.     The morning song of birds filled the wooded area. I found the brilliant greens and deep blue waters of lakes. Water lilies bloomed and great blue herons were...

Time traveling at Chesapeake Marketplace

Antiques? Do you like them?         That’s an early question to guests we’ll need to entertain. For me, going to the Chesapeake Marketplace and Auction House — located at the center of St. Leonard on our traffic circle — is an adventure. Housed in a two-story warehouse converted from an old lumberyard, it’s a maze of end-on-end interesting objects that hint at life in former times. My only chagrin is when I see my current kitchen...

Go quietly, look and listen

The best part of the Bay is just that. The water. Some like to race across the waves, bow plowing through each crest, spray flying with each jolt. I prefer to slip my kayak into the shallows and paddle the edges.     Any place will do. Jug Bay on the Patuxent, Eastern Neck Island on the Chester, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on Kent Island. It’s not so much the where, but the how. Hang a pair of binoculars around your neck; maybe a camera in a dry bag for easy access...