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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

July 3 and 4

Thursday July 3 Chesapeake Beach Independence Night Clay Hunt and Pure Delight play under the Bandshell (7-9:45pm). As night falls, a kaleidoscope of fireworks ignites Bay waters. Reserve a table at the Rod ’N’ Reel or pick spots along the Chesapeake Beach boardwalk for a free view. But arrive early; the best spots are usually claimed from 5-6pm. Watching by boat gives you a fine view. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa: 410-257-2230; www.chesapeake-beach.md.us. Herring Bay...

Crossettes, Chrysanthemums and Cakes light up the Chesapeake

Peony A spherical burst without a tail Chrysanthemum Like the peony but with a trail of sparks on its way up to bursting   Willow Similar to chrysanthemums but lasting longer with a dome effect that looks like a weeping ­willow tree   Palm Looks like a palm tree with fewer large tendrils instead of smaller streaks Diadem Looks like a peony or chrysanthemum with a ­cluster of static stars in the center   Crossette...

Professional choreography does the trick

Even the biggest Fourth of July fire-works shows are over in minutes. Planning lasts much longer. Choreographing the shows is a job for professionals. The bigger the budget, the bigger the display — in length and drama.             The City of Annapolis has partnered  for a decade with Pyrotechnico. Those Pennsylvania fireworks pros bring Annapolis a standard program that lasts 12 to 15 minutes. Every customer’s program...

June into July is the Bay at its best

“It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away,” my husband emails, quoting Bono.     So I’m writing with urgency, eager to leave my computer for the Bay, the perfect rhyme to day and away.     I’ll feel the same tomorrow. What day isn’t beautiful this time of year? Why let any of them get away?     At the cusp of summer, light is long and weather moderate, mostly. Despite the leonine roars of a changing...

Unity Gardens spreads the green

Anne Arundel County blooms with the help of Unity Gardens twice a year. This non-profit organization raises money to helps community groups with twice-yearly grants to green their spaces. The new cycle to apply for grants up to $1,000 runs from July 1 through August 31. So act now or wait until January.     Since 2003, Unity Gardens has funded 200 local garden spots, helping groups from neighborhood associations to scout troops to schools green their spaces with native plants....

Playing in Annapolis: "It's always a good time."

When I go downtown with my guitar, it’s impossible to not meet new people. I’ve met a lot of crazy characters while playing downtown — plenty of funny drunk people, but other musicians too.     Jamming with other people around the Annapolis area and playing in the streets downtown has opened my mind to new styles and built my confidence as a musician. It’s an environment that always sparks ideas for new songs. I’ve come up with a bunch of...

Captain a STEM crew this summer

Many good sailors believe sailing is an art. All great sailors know that sailing is about the science, math and engineering that go into designing, building and piloting a modern sailboat. That’s not news at the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis.     “Sailing has a large crossover with science, engineering and math. Sailors constantly use these disciplines for navigation, racing strategy and boat design,” Hall of Fame educator Geoff Cuneo told Bay...

Don’t count your ducklings before they’re hatched

Over Memorial Day weekend, the egg appeared on a seat in my cockpit.     Clearly a boating friend was playing a practical joke on me. He must have come across a greyish-green egg as he was making breakfast and decided the obvious thing to do was leave it on the boat where my daughter and I make our home.     Not to be bested, I imagined a whirlwind of revenge pranks.     The next morning, however, I found another identical egg. What are the...

Kings fall, peasants rise

Another wild week of World Cup action, with loads of goals, last-minute rallies and unprecedented upsets.     Spain has been dethroned, eliminated from the tournament at the hands of high-flying Netherlands and red-hot Chile. After Monday’s meaningless win against Australia, the conquistadors walked off the pitch with their heads low and crowns removed. World Cup 2014 was an utter failure for the 2010 champions.     France, dormant for nearly a decade,...

The law is a two-way street for drivers and for cyclists

I’m one of those bicyclists that motorists love to hate.     I own a nice car and put about 10,000 miles on it each year. But my bicycle is my primary form of transportation. On it, I put almost 2,000 miles a year. I rode my bicycle twice across the United States, once from Seattle, once from San Diego. I run a bicycle tour business in Annapolis called Annapolis by Bike. I have taken and led countless rides through Southern Anne Arundel County. And I have commuted to work...