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Volume 16, Issue 6 - February 7 - February 13, 2008

This Week's Features:

Special Feature

Bay Weekly’s updated 2008 Dining Guide

sweetens your pot with 616 places to satisfy your hunger in Chesapeake Country. Cover design by Betsy Kehne.

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Way Downstream

Registered Republicans and Democrats go to Maryland’s polls on Abe Lincoln’s birthday … Sandy Point State Park’s got a new solar beach buggy … From prison to ethanol: that’s the plan for getting water to an Eastern Shore plant that wants to turn corn into gas … Plan ahead to enjoy the harvests of summer: sow your seeds or join in Community Supported Agriculture … plus, this week’s Creature Feature: In Chesapeake Bay, blue crabs may depend on cooperation between Virginia and Maryland.

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A Picnic Under the Stars

Pack up and head out

With our unseasonably mild weather, the stars and planets beckon for more than a cursory look toward the heavens early in the morning as you retrieve your newspaper or after work as you unload the car. Not only are nights longer, but dry winter air provides crisp, clear views of the heavens.

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Illustration: © Copyright 1925 M.C. Escher/Cordon Art-Baarn-Holland; Graphics: © Copyright 2007 Pacific Publishers. Reprinted by permission from the Tidelog graphic almanac. Bound copies of the annual Tidelog for Chesapeake Bay are $14.95 ppd. from Pacific Publishers, Box 480, Bolinas, CA 94924. Phone 415-868-2909. Weather affects tides. This information is believed to be reliable but no guarantee of accuracy is made by Bay Weekly or Pacific Publishers. The actual layout of Tidelog differs from that used in Bay Weekly. Tidelog graphics are repositioned to reflect Bay Weekly’s distribution cycle.Tides are based on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and are positioned to coincide with high and low tides of Tidelog.


My Style of Supping

Where I do — and don’t — draw the line

So much for the original Renaissance man. Had I not read the above words, I would have pictured Leonardo in the vein of a rotund Oscar Wilde, dining and drink gaily with intelligentsia of his time, then following the repast with a long clay pipe and repartee worthy of any journal.

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Winter’s Harvest

The joys of fresh veggies in February

We have been enjoying fresh produce from our garden almost every dinner. With a little forethought throughout the year, you too can feast on fresh vegetables in February. If you’re not a winter gardener, let me tempt you with visions of fresh produce that you can grow in your own yard.


Hungry? Who’s Cooking in Chesapeake Country?

Is it just us, or do you, too, find that food’s never far from your mind? We’ll be minding our own business, writing or working or even exercising, when suddenly nothing’s more important than imagining the perfect match for the empty longing that’s opened up inside.

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Tidewater Feasting

Anything better than this, the gods kept for themselves

The striped bass was as imposing as I remembered. It had given me fits several weeks ago, testing my nerves, luck and skill. But I had eventually triumphed. Now the reward was at hand.

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Sweeten Your Valentine with Eco-Chocolate

By buying environmentally sound cacao, you love the Earth, too

Like coffee beans, the cacao seeds from which we derive chocolate can only be grown successfully in equatorial regions — right where the world’s few remaining tropical rainforests thrive. As worldwide demand for chocolate grows, so does the temptation among growers to clear more and more rainforest to accommodate high-yield monocultural (single-crop) cacao tree plantations.

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Consider the Oyster

In these R months, it’s time to bring out the bivalves

by M.L. Faunce

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Letters to the Editor

  • Riverkeeper Seeks Advice

  • Calvert’s Future Floats on Its Aquifers


Curtain Call

previewed by Jane Elkin
Annapolis Chorale’s South Pacific.

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