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Unearthing a forgotten past

Southern migration underway

The Maryland Renaissance Festival has more cars than 16th-century England

Catch Phytophtora quick and save the plant

The best time to fish is when they’re biting

The equinox ushers in fall

Playing in Annapolis: "It's always a good time."

When I go downtown with my guitar, it’s impossible to not meet new people. I’ve met a lot of crazy characters while playing downtown — plenty of funny drunk people, but other musicians too.     Jamming with other people around the Annapolis area and playing in the streets downtown has opened my mind to new styles and built my confidence as a musician. It’s an environment that always sparks ideas for new songs. I’ve come up with a bunch of...

Captain a STEM crew this summer

Many good sailors believe sailing is an art. All great sailors know that sailing is about the science, math and engineering that go into designing, building and piloting a modern sailboat. That’s not news at the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis.     “Sailing has a large crossover with science, engineering and math. Sailors constantly use these disciplines for navigation, racing strategy and boat design,” Hall of Fame educator Geoff Cuneo told Bay...

Don’t count your ducklings before they’re hatched

Over Memorial Day weekend, the egg appeared on a seat in my cockpit.     Clearly a boating friend was playing a practical joke on me. He must have come across a greyish-green egg as he was making breakfast and decided the obvious thing to do was leave it on the boat where my daughter and I make our home.     Not to be bested, I imagined a whirlwind of revenge pranks.     The next morning, however, I found another identical egg. What are the...

Kings fall, peasants rise

Another wild week of World Cup action, with loads of goals, last-minute rallies and unprecedented upsets.     Spain has been dethroned, eliminated from the tournament at the hands of high-flying Netherlands and red-hot Chile. After Monday’s meaningless win against Australia, the conquistadors walked off the pitch with their heads low and crowns removed. World Cup 2014 was an utter failure for the 2010 champions.     France, dormant for nearly a decade,...

The law is a two-way street for drivers and for cyclists

I’m one of those bicyclists that motorists love to hate.     I own a nice car and put about 10,000 miles on it each year. But my bicycle is my primary form of transportation. On it, I put almost 2,000 miles a year. I rode my bicycle twice across the United States, once from Seattle, once from San Diego. I run a bicycle tour business in Annapolis called Annapolis by Bike. I have taken and led countless rides through Southern Anne Arundel County. And I have commuted to work...

Can the Bay Gardener solve it?

About 30 years ago, I began to build up my garden with compost and leaves. Every few years, I would gather and put down about three feet of leaves to rot and be tilled into the 50-by-50-foot garden space. The garden now has a beautiful loamy soil. I have been planting with wonderful results for about 20 years.     About six years ago, I collected the leaves and put them down but did not plant for two years. I gather the bags of leaves, mostly oak, from neighboring houses....

White perch are ready to bite

White perch are ready to bite The day had turned ideal, overcast with virtually no wind and a full flood tide. I was busy tying on a bright-colored, one-sixth-ounce spinner bait and, while I couldn’t see my buddy Moe in the bow, I could hear him grunt, “Another one … bigger than the last.” I hurried to pull my knot tight. Of course in my haste I botched the operation and had to cut the lure off and start over.     After getting the knot right, I was...

Will the Boötids show or no?

Friday’s new moon provides a dark backdrop for the annual Boötid meteor shower, which peaks after sunset that night and before dawn Saturday. Most years the Boötids are a modest shower, topping out at a dozen meteors an hour. But every now and then, it storms.     This meteor shower was first recorded in 1916, when English astronomer W. F. Denning counted more than 100 meteors an hour. “Large meteors came in quick succession from a radiant in the region between...

You can take the boys out of Jersey, but you’ll never take the Jersey out of the boys

This is a true story.         Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza: Boardwalk Empire) knows there are only three ways to get out of Jersey: Join the army, join the mob or get famous. Tired of being a two-bit hood for local mob boss Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher Walken: Gods Behaving Badly), he starts a band with his brother and fellow small-time crook Nick (Michael Lomenda). When they’re not in jail or pulling robberies, the three play at local clubs and dancehalls. But...

Teen players give you hope in youth and humanity

An all-teen cast draws a fine line between the real and unreal in Twin Beach Players’ Harvey. We’ve known Elwood P. Dowd since 1944, when Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened on Broadway, but most notably in James Stewart’s 1950 movie incarnation.     In all those years, nobody has ever seen Dowd’s best friend and constant companion, a six-foot-three-inch tall white rabbit named Harvey.     Dowd describes Harvey as a pooka...