Volume 16, Issue 21 - May 22-May 28, 2008

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Summer Guide: Your First-Class Ticket to ‘Too Much Fun’

One reason we have trouble getting much done after Memorial Day is our habit of reading our own paper.

What we pay particular attention every spring is the annual supplement in this issue that is bountiful in content but simply named 101 Ways to Have Fun in Summer 2008: Bay Weekly’s Indispensable Guide to Summer on the Bay.

Every year since 1999, we’ve published a veritable roadmap to summer pleasures, refined and expanded over the years thanks to suggestions from our readers, our own experiences and the fresh perspective of new writers each year.

From the looks of this summer’s suggested offerings, there’s plenty of Ways for you, whether you’re patio-dweller or adventurer nonpareil, on sunny weather or in a storm.

For instance, we tell you how to Swim in Luminescence and Lyrics (complements of Bayside poet Mark McCaig) and Sculpt a Sand Monster (thanks to reader Rowan Harris).

In these pages, you can glean knowledge on ways to Savor a Chesapeake Spider, Take a Swing at Ballpark Poetry or Feed the Hummers.

This year’s suggestions are rich on food and drink, from Uncork a New Wine to Feast at a Fish Fry to Chill Out With a Trio of Fruit Soups. Or, perhaps, you’ll be inspired to Concoct a Champion Oyster Recipe that wins $1300.

We’re advising you to party hearty with advice on how to Get the Gang Together for Games, Party with Bubbles and Take off Your Clothes — But You Can Leave Your Hat on. (Hmmm; can we make such a suggestion and still be a family newspaper? Yes. These Ways are family friendly)

Then again, you may not be feeling sociable or maybe a Nor’easter’s got you pinned down. So in Cool Off With History, we suggest an activity for just such a day: digging in the Maryland State Archives.

Whatever the weather, no matter your mood, Bay Weekly has loads for you to do in the months ahead. If you dare, join the exclusive club whose members have accomplished every suggestion in a summer’s time.

So keep our Summer Guide close at hand and you may be singing the lyrics from a song by sometimes Chesapeake Bay denizen Bill Kirchen:

No matter what they say I’ve done

I ain’t never had too much fun.

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