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A family is torn apart and glued back together by grief
Valuable lessons from Bay Weekly ­Christmases past

New fee aligns with other national parks

Our picks from a dozen one-of-a-kind shops

      Instead of rushing from store to store to find that item on a loved one’s list or frantically searching online for something to please, slow down and enjoy the holiday season.       Take a leisurely stroll through some of Bay Weekly’s favorite shops and find a Chesapeake Country-inspired gift for family and friends — or yourself! We’ve arranged our picks from least to most expensive.   Second Wind Consignments  A...

20 timeless books from Bay Weekly’s library — for yours

     Bay Weekly has accumulated quite a library in 27 years. As we prepare to leave our familiar quarters, we find ourselves stopping by a bookshelf to revisit one or another old friend. We’ve compiled a list of 20 that have added strength and substance to our love for the Bay. Their authors are (or have been) all citizens of Chesapeake Country, many of them friends who you’ve met in the pages of Bay Weekly as writers or subjects.      As you do your...

Good for gifting or keeping

The New Chesapeake Kitchen by John Shields with photographs by David W. Harp; John Hopkins University Press: $26.95      Old cook or new, for yourself or a gift, you can’t do better than John Shields’ newest, published last year in culmination of many years’ research. Shields ranks as our signature Bay chef. As author of the earlier Chesapeake Bay Cooking, host of the PBS show Coastal Cooking with John Shields and proprietor of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the...

Meet seven Chesapeake Country authors of favorite books

     Need a quality holiday gift for the youngsters in your life? Try a children’s book about the Bay written by a local author. Here are seven of our Bay Country friends and their marvelous collection of books for kids of all ages.      Elaine Ann Allen, who wrote the Olly the Oyster series and Mallory the Forgetful Duck published by Schiffer Books, grew up on the Eastern Shore. She wanted to write stories about sea animals with a more practical point of...

Four to improve sporting chances and pleasure

     I’m going to go way out on a limb this year to suggest some specific gifts for the sportsman/woman in your life. I realize it’s a dangerous direction, but this year there seem to be some real winners out there.      My first suggestion is a level-wind casting reel made by Shimano. Casting reels are the most dangerous gift to give to an angler who doesn’t have one, as they have a painful learning curve. It’s all because of the backlash,...

Some favorites wear out; some are good for a lifetime

     With Christmas around the corner, there are a lot of gift choices for that special gardener in your life. After gardening for more than 40 years, I’ve compiled a list of useful products and tools.       My favorite tool is my Felco pruner. There are right- and left-handed types and even a lightweight version. They range from $40 to $70; rather pricey, but I’ve had mine for more than 30 years.      Gardeners always need gloves....
A couple on the run — from the cops and America
      Sparks don’t fly on the first date for Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya). On the way home, the couple still can’t seem to agree.       But when red and blue lights flash behind Slim’s car, they finally get on the same page. Queen, a lawyer, immediately peppers Slim with questions: Is there a gun in the car? Drugs? Does he have any warrants? Devoutly Christian Slim scoffs: He ­doesn’t drink, and he’s...

Sense of community  - plus a few miracles - get you in the holiday spirit

       Stranded travelers arrive at a town’s hastily prepared shelter. That opening scene should tip you off: You are about to witness a feel-good play about overcoming adversity.          But Closed for the Holidays, written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus and directed for Twin Beach Players by Terri McKinstry, is not quite so simple. Plus, it will leave you wishing for a miracle of your own this season.    ...

And to you, thanks to ­Chesapeake Bay Media

Two months ago, I told you that the story of Bay Weekly as we know it was coming to an end.     Founders J. Alex Knoll, Bill Lambrecht and I — my family — had turned on a bright idea and poured 26 and one half years into keeping it powered. Exploring Chesapeake Country, weekly for 1,355 issues we have found new stories, met new characters and persuaded new advertisers that our paper could indeed help them prosper in their business. Week by week, we created our legacy...

 

Clear your calendar for these ­holiday traditions and annual favorites

     You’ve got your copy of Season’s Bounty, so which of the hundreds of listings will you pick to attend? I’m offering you some help. This week, we highlight a dozen or so Christmas classics that check my boxes: accessibility, affordability, ambience and amazement. Keep an eye out for our reviews of several holiday theatre productions in upcoming issues.   What: Lights on the Bay Cool Factor: An annual Chesapeake favorite, Lights on the Bay is now under...