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Millennial musicians break bigger

Paddlers join together to help kids with disabilities

Why is this the state sport?

Beauty of the sky a beast in the water

Take a book, leave a book

Precious time is ticking away

Millennial musicians break bigger

The capital city music scene is thriving. Over the last decade, the downtown bar scene and plentiful local venues have bred musicians now flourishing on a larger scale. Reggae rockers Joey Harkum — whose band Pasa­dena honors his home town — and Brandon Hardesty — who inspired Bumpin Uglies — went from strumming on the docks and breaking into open mikes to selling out local venues and touring coast to coast. They’ve headlined festivals like Silopanna and Bay...

Paddlers join together to help kids with disabilities

Energy swirls in the parish office of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Solomons. With only five days before the inaugural Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival, staff is ready to see the paddles fly.     Bonnie Elward leads the chaos into a state of calm. Executive director of Southern Maryland Community Resources and festival steer person, Elwood acts with the fervor of a missionary for the hundreds of developmentally different individuals.     “...

Why is this the state sport?

Maryland is the first state to have a designated state sport. Jousting became our sport in 1962, when State Sen. Henry J. Fowler Sr., a jouster from Southern Maryland, proposed the bill. The General Assembly passed the bill, and Gov. Millard Tawes signed it into law. Jousting became Maryland’s seventh state symbol, following the state flag, flower, song, tree, bird and seal.     In 2004, Lacrosse became our official team sport. We now have 26 state symbols. The most recent...

Beauty of the sky a beast in the water

Dragonflies zoom and hover in the August air.     These acrobatic fliers older than dinosaurs have populated the earth for more than 300 million years. They spend just a few months performing aerial feats of wonder after emerging from an underwater childhood lasting as long as four years.     Female dragonflies lay their eggs in fresh water; the presence of dragonfly nymphs is an indicator of good water quality. The nymph looks nothing like the pretty fliers we...

Take a book, leave a book

The Little Free Library at 9100 Greenwood Ave. in North Beach joins some 36,000 front-yard book-lenders in 70 countries, from Iceland to Tasmania to Australia.     Library stewards Gary Stevens and Meredith Allen have stocked their Little Free Library with a variety of used books for readers of all ages to take a book and leave a book.     “We’re excited to join the Little Free Library movement as North Beach’s first official location and...

Precious time is ticking away

This time of year makes you think like that.         If seasons had clocks to tell the passing of their days, we’d read the numbers 8:25 with advancing insight.     Ah, it’s getting late, we’d think. Insects have struck up their string and tympanic bands. Even early in the day, the light has a melancholy radiance that reminds me of the lost moments of old photographs. School busses are rolling and kids waking with the sun rather...

Trotline your way to a pickin’ party

Heading out from the ramp in a late morning sortie for white perch, I encountered a solo crabber’s boat at the edge of the channel. He was pulling in his trotline from the stern and looked up as my skiff approached.     Seeking info on the crab catch, I gave him the sign language gesture asking how he was doing (arms open and a questioning look on my face). Shaking his head. he indicated problems. I killed my engine and drifted closer.     “My line...

If you use this powerful herbicide, be sure you use it right

Roundup has its uses, but before you consider spraying the herbicide, you should know what it’s good for — how damaging it can be and where it does no good, even ill.     Roundup kills plants by degrading the mitochondria in the roots. I began studying Roundup in 1976, when it was called glyphosate. Our research established rates of application, best time of application, plant response and phytotoxicity on desirable plants. Since then, we have learned a great deal...

A boy learns the power of a good story in this exceptional animated film

If you must blink, do it now.           So begins the story of young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson: Game of Thrones), a troubadour in ancient Japan. Each day in the square he tells fantastical tales of the Moon King and the brave warrior Hanzo who fights him. As he weaves his tale, Kubo plays his shamisen as origami to come to life to act out his story. Villagers gather to watch and shower Kubo with coins.     The most fantastical thing about Kubo...

How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis

You’d want to know if you were neighbor to a secret treasure of masterpieces.     So I’m telling you.     Sixty-three paintings by great Northern European masters — Jan Breughel, Rubens and Van Dyck among them — lived quietly in Annapolis for two years, and Prince George’s County for 16 more years.     “There was no collection of old master paintings remotely like it in this country,” says Arthur Wheelock...