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Three ways to get outside before spring
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...

Surely they deserve an exclamation point!

     Some butterflies overwinter as fully winged adults. Somehow they manage to find a spot to hide and not freeze or have their wings damaged.       Two species, the question mark and comma butterflies, both are known to overwinter. They are quite similar to each other in other ways, as well.       They share a unique appetite for the juices of decay. Rotten fruit, decaying fungus, dung and carrion are what they prefer to feed on. When they...

Mary Kilbourne: 1936-2019

     Ask Mary Kilbourne’s friends and former students what they remember about her, you’ll hear about banding birds, seining a pond to find water scorpions, the latest Envirothon or leading Cub Scouts on a trek through the woods — and underlying it all her passion for wildlife, nature and the earth. She was a naturalist and an enthusiastic protector of local rivers and natural spaces, testifying against development of dwindling wooded spaces.    ...

USPS is big-footing our place names into oblivion

     Bristol is a town barely in Anne Arundel County. It’s also barely clinging to an identity as a town, if the U.S. Postal Service has its way.     The name Bristol is recognized as authoritative in the county’s southwestern corner by most maps, by the U.S. and Maryland Geological Surveys, by the Maryland Department of Planning, by countless county databases and by the Maryland State Highway Administration’s maps and big green highway signs.  ...

Nature provides the raw materials

      The traditional Christmas colors of red and green mimic the reds and greens in nature this time of year, specifically, the holly trees that bear their red jewels of berry clusters against their evergreen foliage. Their evergreen nature has long represented life everlasting.       I like to fashion a Christmas wreath made from dried flowers and herbs from my garden. This allows me to make it early in the season and enjoy its beauty through the holidays...

When the fish aren’t biting, raptors may be soaring

     The eagle appeared as if from nowhere. I had been casting lures fruitlessly for white perch, but it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, there was just the slightest of breezes and the temperatures were nicely bearable. Though there were no fish in my bucket, I grudgingly persevered.       Then for no reason, I looked up. Overhead soared a giant bird, its white head and tail contrasting with the dark feathers of its powerful body. A perch, roughly 14...
Can a dysfunctional family find a murderer before they kill each other? 
      Renowned mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) gathers his family to celebrating his birthday. There’s cake, drinking and an argument. The next morning, Harlan is dead, lying in a pool of blood with his throat slashed.        The family insists it was suicide.        But investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) isn’t so sure. As he picks through the happenings at the party, he finds more suspects than he...