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Fort Smallwood Gets First Outdoor Lighthouse Display 

Abundant vegetables approve of our gardening strategy

 

This delightful horror movie worries a family with a hurricane — and worse 

 

Why risk a big fish when you can respool a reel for just a couple bucks?

 

Woman of many faces hops from one century to the next, bringing to life amazing women of history
 

Meet the people behind the shops, stops and services that bring you Bay Weekly.

Smyth Jewelers: 1914 Where Maryland gets engaged In 1914, Albert Smyth founded Smyth Jewelers on a very simple principle: Offer the best product and service.     When Tom Smyth, co-president at Smyth Jewelers, joined the family business, it was a fairly small, mostly wholesale operation. Over the years, Smyth and his team grew Smyth Jewelers through conscientious customer service and quality.     Smyth is still family-owned and -operated. The company...

This week’s virtual tour will help you appreciate all we are

 

    Unless your viewing technology has advanced beyond television, you know all about how friendly local visitors opening their arms, shops and cultures for happy travelers on riverboat cruises. Whether it’s all too good to be true is not today’s point (though I am curious). This week Bay Weekly invites you to tour equivalent of Chesapeake Country. Yes, ours is a virtual tour — in one sense of the word. But at the same time it’s literal, as you’re likely...

Fort Smallwood Gets First Outdoor Lighthouse Display 

Since the Lighthouse Historical Placard program was established by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society in 2016, 11 Indoor Lighthouse Historical Placards have been delivered throughout Maryland to help tell the story of local lighthouses.  On June 28, the Chesapeake Chapter added a new and significant dimension to this program, unveiling of the first Outdoor Lighthouse Historical Placard at Fort Smallwood County Park in Pasadena. This display tells the story of the Seven...

Abundant vegetables approve of our gardening strategy

 

    In starting this column last January, I challenged you to grow a garden and to eat a primarily plant-based diet. The goal was to make our beautiful Bay area a Blue Zone of long-lived happy people.  To start my own home vegetable garden, roughly one-seventh of an acre, I had trees brought down and stumps dug out. We tilled the ground and raked out thousands of roots. I had a soil test done and corrected the pH to about 6.5. We tilled it several times adding amendments of lime...

This delightful horror movie worries a family with a hurricane — and worse 

 

With a Category 5 hurricane targeting her family home, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) drives in to find her father. She braves police blockades, floodwaters and abandoned vehicles only to find a barking dog but apparently no dad.  She finally finds him (Barry Pepper) unconscious and bleeding in the crawl space beneath the house. A giant gator has moved in, trapping Haley and her father in the basement as floodwaters rise. Can they find a way out of the house before they drown — or become...

Why risk a big fish when you can respool a reel for just a couple bucks?

 

    My wife is off to the sweltering south to visit with two of our three sons as well as our two grandkids. I’m alone at home with our young Lab, Hobbes, a long to-do list and a pile of dirty tackle. My skiff is outside awaiting a good scrubbing, and there are a couple of disassembled reels on the dining room table. Halfway through our Chesapeake fishing season, which has turned out to be a surprisingly good one, I am totally disorganized. I’ve got some catching up to do...

Woman of many faces hops from one century to the next, bringing to life amazing women of history
 

Was that Amelia Earhart you bumped into at the grocery store?  Julia Child, Clara Barton, or even Sally Ride at the mall?     You are not seeing things. I change into and out of corsets, wigs, and hoop skirts several times each day to hop from one century to the next for my fascinating job. I’m Mary Ann Jung, an award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar who’s lucky to make a wonderful living performing shows about amazing women in history.   ...

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory ­thinking globally, acting locally

How long does it take for a common plastic straw — the kind familiar to customers in virtually every restaurant, café and coffee shop — to disintegrate once it’s used and discarded?     Six months? One year? Three years? Ten years?     The right answer, says marine biologist Helen Bailey, is an astonishing average of 200 years.     At the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Chesapeake Biological...

Humans may have changed the river over the centuries, but that river can change us, too

Longing for a vacation but don’t have the time or budget to go far and stay long? A stay-cation fits the bill.     Within a day’s drive of Annapolis you can find leisure, recreation and delights that fill your summer fun list and don’t require airfare, time off work or hotel stays.     On a hot and muggy Sunday in July, a boat ride is a sure way to catch a rare cool breeze. At the Patuxent River Park pontoon boat Capt. Matt Felperin motored a...

Pickleball provides the tennis-type workout without all the stress on the knees from running

What are they doing? That’s what I wondered — as you might, too — about the volleying game going on at North Beach Community Center’s gymnasium. Your eyes tell your brain that something seems off about the game underway here — and across the nation.     Ping-pong has lost its table, racquetball has knocked down its walls, badminton has become bird-less or the tennis court has shrunk to a quarter of its size. It’s quite the pickle to describe...