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      For the first two weeks of October, the U.S. Boat Shows are the hottest ticket in Annapolis. 
If the boat bug has bitten you, taken even a little nibble, you’ll walk the blocks of exhibits and miles of floating dock in awe at the wonders of marine technology. As for boats themselves, you’ll see hundreds, including lots of new design trends and models on display with sellers persuasively explaining the merits of their craft.
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Local Business Guide Hit the Spot
       I’ve been meaning to thank you for the Local Business Guide [July 19]. It was great and so useful. I really do appreciate it.
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This shallow-water minnow-scooper is about ready to fly south

      Early in the morning, along the Atlantic Coast, a long, thin bird with an unusual bill will fly inches above the water searching for small fish. Black skimmers have extremely thin bills with much longer lower mandibles. They fly with the long portion cutting up to two inches into the water. When the bill hits an object, one of two things happens. If it is light, like a small fish, then the object slides up the bill and is eaten....

Boating: Its significance in numbers

      Annapolis knows boating like peanut butter knows jelly. Whether you boat for sport or recreation, our capitol is nautically superior. But just how significant is this seafaring activity? 
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2018 Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade: Call for skippers 

      There’s no Christmas tradition more Annapolis than the Eastport Lights Parade. The annual procession attracts thousands to City Dock despite December weather.

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Main Street experiment ends early

      Annapolis’s controversial Main Street bike lane was dismantled at Mayor Gavin Buckley’s request on Monday October 1.
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But no festival in 2019

      You will have to turn elsewhere to get the blues next spring. Chesapeake Bay Events announced that its signature event, the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will not grace the shores of Sandy Point State Park in 2019 — but will return in 2020.  
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Watercolor club has full calendar
       It’s been a busy season for the Annapolis Watercolor Club. The work of the club members have been on display across the county, with shows just wrapping up at Annapolis City Hall and Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park....

Way Downstream …

        Beer came up so often last week in the Senate Supreme Court drama that television viewers should have been holding drinking contests.
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A classic melodrama gets an update in Bradley Cooper’s impressive directorial debut

     Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper: Avengers: Infinity War) is drowning. Every night he guzzles whatever booze he can find, swallows a handful of pills and strums his way through a bleary set of the country songs that made him famous.
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