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Compass Rose Theater creates a small, intimate miracle

      For the first two weeks of October, the U.S. Boat Shows are the hottest ticket in Annapolis. 
Among boaters, the question that matters is how big were the waves
      The waves were 15 to 20 feet high near Cape Hatteras. The wind was gusting to 50 knots. Fortunately, our boat was snug in a Beaufort marina; we had dodged the storm by just a few hours …       My lifelong attraction to boats sparked 55 years ago at a summer camp on Canoe Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. I was 12, it was an all-boys camp and — perhaps coincidentally — the only way to catch a glimpse of a girl was to sail a...

Legacy of the Skipjack transforms courthouse wall 

       If Pablo Picasso, who said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” knew what he was talking about, then the Circuit Court of Calvert County’s majestic new mural Legacy of the Skipjack must bring a tidal wave of inner refreshment to the confinement of courtroom arguments and judgments.        “We have domestic abuse and child abuse cases here,” said Administrative Judge Marjorie L. Clagett. “I...
        Beer came up so often last week in the Senate Supreme Court drama that television viewers should have been holding drinking contests.         (“I like beer. Still like beer,” nominee Brett Kavanaugh said, one of his 30 references in his testimony to beer.)         While embracing a cold one, Kavanaugh might like to ponder the fact that beer has been around even longer than the Western concept of jurisprudence...
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. Up next is a gallery setting near and dear to the members’ hearts.        For the 17th year, the Annapolis Watercolor Club exhibits a judged watercolor show at Historic Linthicum Walks for the...

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.     “We needed to take a year off to evaluate the changing conditions in the outdoor concert world,” said festival mastermind and producer Don Hooker.   In recent years, Hooker reports a steady...

Main Street experiment ends early

      Annapolis’s controversial Main Street bike lane was dismantled at Mayor Gavin Buckley’s request on Monday October 1.       The experiment was set to last through October 19, exactly one month after its installation. But after significant pressure from Main Street business owners, Buckley decided to break down the bike lane to bring back the parking spaces before the Annapolis Boat Show crowd rolls in October 4.    ...

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.      The twinkling lights reflect off the harbor in a dazzling display, ready to warm the hearts of cold onlookers. Every year, many in the crowd think the same question: How would I decorate my boat?      Some boaters from parades past showcased their Maryland pride and decorated...

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?        Facts and figures are powerful in a data-driven world. Last month, the Bureau for Economic Analysis released a report on outdoor recreation from 2012-2016. Outdoor recreation made up $412 billion of the U.S. gross domestic product — that’s 2.2 percent...

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. If the object is heavy, then the lower...
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.        Also, in the same issue, you told your story about growing up in University City. I grew up in the 1950s in St. Louis, too, in Affton. I am so glad I grew up then and there. My neighborhood was a good one, too. You brought back fond memories. Thanks for that, too. –Susan...