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Photographer Jay Fleming documents life on — and in — the water

Mack the Lab is Maryland’s chief apiary sniffer

High school band tops in Maryland

Clear skies forecast for this weekend’s Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

Jeanne Kelly’s Encore Chorale proves music can reverse aging

Building a safe place to launch lives

Humans prove to be the real animals in this dramatic war film

In 1939 Warsaw, the Zabinski family — Jan (Johan Heldenbergh: The Tunnel) and Antonina (Jessica Chastain: Miss Sloane) — run a popular zoo.     Their world is destroyed by invading German tanks and planes. Carpet bombings of the city empty cages, loosing wild animals on the city to be shot down by the Nazis.     Trying to salvage the remainders of their zoo, the Zabinskis recognize the greater atrocity around them. As Jews are ordered to move to the...

Inspiration and tips plus the pros to tackle your jobs, inside and out, big or small

Come spring, it’s time to escape the cave. Throw off the blankets, open the drapes and let the sun shine in. But even the tidiest home looks a little dingy after a winter of hard living.     It’s time to clean, paint or wallpaper, wash the windows, replace the drapes, rearrange the furniture, bring out the wicker, throw on new pillows, lighten the art and service the air-conditioning. Outdoors, there’s even more to be done to home and garden. Painting, planting...

A moviemaker without a script meets all the loves of his life in this seductive musical

Nine, like Colonial Players’ last show, is destined to sell out. Based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece 8½, this 1982 Tony winner for Best Musical has spectacle, humor, pathos and a stellar cast. But the story is its most appealing asset. Guido Contini (Jason Vellon) is a cinematic genius and Casanova in the throes of artistic block, emotional exhaustion and a midlife crisis. When he arrives at the Venetian spa where his new project is set to begin...

Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy yields a full house of fun

It takes chutzpah to put on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, but Twin Beach Players thrives on challenge. For 19 years, the company has staged up to five productions a year, enlivening Calvert County with community theater. This spring’s venture is You Can’t Take It With You, George Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 comedy on the social and political context of family life. Directed by Cathy Diggle, the play follows the daily life of the Sycamores, a dysfunctional but loving family,...

Three months of The Bay Gardener’s advice on planting, pruning and lawn care

   ~ April ~      Grow a No-Till Garden     Start your garden as soon as you can work the soil, certainly in April if not already in March.     Do not spade. Save your back and your soil by planting no-till.     Think about it: Spading primarily buries weeds. Unless you’re incorporating lots of compost into the soil, you gain nothing, other than exercise, from spading your soil. To conserve soil moisture and...

Bay Weekly’s All-Age Guide to Finding the Help You Need

In this issue, we haven’t told you quite everything you need to know to spring into your homestead’s seasonal renewal. For that inadequacy, you will be glad. Anymore than we’re offering would make you wish for assisted living before your time.     Why, come to think of it, should assisted living be reserved for the very old and infirm? Most of us need assisted living nowadays, when our work for our livings is so often demanding plus far from home. At the Martin...

Tips for setting in new places

After 13 settled years, my husband joined the Foreign Service. We packed up our kids and our pets, sold the house and started a life of moving. In 25 years, we traveled to nine posts: the Congo (then called Zaire, which none of our friends had heard of), Morocco, Washington, Paris, back to Washington, Geneva, Moscow, London and finally New York. In five of these postings — Morocco, Washington, Geneva, Moscow and London — I worked as the community liaison officer. One of the...

With astronauts this dumb, it’s hard not to root for the alien

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station expect to make history. Hurtling toward them is a probe that has collected what may be proof of life on Mars.     Station biologist Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare: Rogue One) finds a long-dormant single-cell organism among the dust samples. After cursory study, he tries to do the impossible: Resurrect a creature that has been dead for millennia. After a few tweaks to the shuttle’s environment and some nourishment, the cell,...

A night on the dance floor in Davidsonville is good exercise and a great bargain

Back in the woods, off a winding country road in Davidsonville, a bunch of happy people are cutting the rug in the former mess hall of a decommissioned Nike missile base.     It’s good times as usual with the Davidsonville Dance Club, which hosts weekly Saturday night dances, evening lessons during the week and occasional weekend workshops. Founded in 1980, the club’s membership is about 250, equally balanced between men and women.     This Saturday...

Pranks are everywhere just waiting to be found

With April 1 right around the corner, undoubtedly you pranksters out there are gearing up to fool some of your soon-to-be former friends and family. What I want to stress is that April 1 is not the only time for practical jokes. Any time, if the moment is right, can be used for foolishness. But first, let’s define the differences between a joke and a practical joke.     A joke is verbal. It usually starts out with something like There was this rabbi, a priest and a...