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Light falls; growth happens

Her luck was here then gone

Answer the call of this challenging surreal satire

You’re never too young to fall for the magic of theater

 

Nextival promises the next level in good times

Marvel offers a brief break from universe-destroying supervillains in this light flick
 

2nd Star’s production has it all: unique characters, intertwining stories and beautiful music

       Ragtime began as a novel. Next, E. L. Doctorow’s historical novel published in 1975, was made into a movie.  In 1998, it opened as a Broadway musical with a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Set at the turn of the century, it follows the lives of three sets of people: an upper-class white family represented by Mother (Heather McMunigal); an African-American community represented by Coalhouse Walker (Carl Williams...

Get to know a local icon

      Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is an iconic image of Maryland and Chesapeake Bay. It provides a reassuring mark for mariners. Its image is routinely borrowed for art and souvenirs. It was the runner-up image on the Maryland state quarter. A national historic landmark, it holds the distinction of surviving as the only light of its type in its original Chesapeake location.        Get to know the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, as I have as a tour guide, and...
A day on the Bay is therapy at its best
      A sunhat on her head and a content grin on her face, Fran Eppig takes a deep breath and relaxes.      “This is perfect. Just beautiful,” she says to her fellow sailors on the 43-foot Fountaine Pajot catamaran Dreamweaver.       Eppig, diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009, is a strong woman. She’s a triathlete, having partnered with her two daughters in the Wildflower Triathlon in Bradley, California. Fran did...
A living fossil spawns again
       Horseshoe crabs are more closely related to scorpions than to our blue crab. They are living fossils virtually unchanged over 250 million years. They were on earth before the dinosaurs.       The horseshoes spawn at the highest tide of the spring along the water’s edge wherever they live. Delaware Bay has the largest horseshoe population in the world. Each year a massive spawn occurs along its shores. In some areas, there are so many that you...

Burgers, candidates, EZ Pass, mulch, crab picking

Back in the Burger Biz  18 months after fire, Cheeburger focusing “on the things we do best”       In the small hours of a Thursday in September of 2016, the smell of smoke raised the alarm at the Festival at Riva shopping center. Firefighters responded to find smoke billowing from the rear of Cheeburger Cheeburger.        The blaze remained in the burger joint’s kitchen, but smoke tore through three adjoining businesses as well, causing...

There’s so much good to do and see during Chesapeake summer

       Sports bettors have some odds worth their while in the race between the tortoise and the hare, for it may tip in unexpected ways. The race between either species and vehicular traffic is no contest. The car, truck or bus always wins.        I stopped my car for my first turtle this week. The eastern box turtle was big, its russet-on-olive shell rising to a dome of four or so inches and stretching over six inches, by my quick measure. So it was a...
Flying Squirrel Sightings        This flying squirrel was on one of my bird feeders on my back porch toward the end of Deep Creek in Cape St. Claire. He was able to snack from the feeder since he was light enough to not lower the screen over the feeder holes. He didn’t mind me wandering over to about a foot away to take his picture. He might be the infant we found in our driveway some years ago that we rescued and a neighbor raised and released. He’s been on our...

These creative cross-dressers would just like to have fun. But can they? 

      "Men’s clothing is the fashion equivalent of Mexican food: eight ingredients served 75 ways." –Albert/Bessie          Harvey Fierstein’s 2014 Tony-nominated play Casa Valentina, brought to Annapolis by The Colonial Players, invites you to step back to a June weekend in 1962 at the Casa Valentina, a rustic bungalow community in the Catskills.        The play opens on George (Jim Gallagher) and Rita (...

Cut it tall and let it fall to limit ­fertiziler and weed-killer needs

       Greenish brown water stained by algae flows into the Bay from a tributary surrounded by lush green lawns. Seeing that, as I did in a recent photo, tells me the algae bloom is the result of excess nitrogen running off or leaching into the water from the applications of lawn fertilizers.       Nitrogen is the most soluble nutrient in lawn fertilizers. What is not absorbed by grass roots leaches down into the ground and finds its way into the Bay.  ...

It takes practice and adjustment, but they’re good for Bay rockfish

      My experience with circle hooks began some 20 years ago, when I took part in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources project studying mortality in rockfish caught with J versus circle hooks. All the fishers were chumming. In the control group using J hooks, we established that half of deep-hooked fish that were released died within two hours.        The study eventually concluded that circle hooks drastically lessened deep hooking and had a...