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With this issue, we enter Chesapeake Country’s favorite season

Teens compete in the Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta

I’m eager to learn the skills and expertise employed by sailors for centuries

Memories of boats little and big

Whenever the weather lets you

It’s the dawn bite that pays off this time of year

July is here, and with it the heat waves that inevitably mark summer on the Chesapeake. Ninety-plus degrees with a blazing-hot sun will slow the fish. Even if it ­doesn’t, that sun can make being on the water after high noon uncomfortable if not unhealthy.     The solution is painful, at least for me. We have to get up early. It’s the dawn bite this time of year that pays off. The air and surface water will still be cool, the fish will be hungry, and your...

It’s not enough to break the heat

If you’re up Friday or Saturday morning before dawn, look for the waning crescent moon low in the east-northeast. Friday look for the bright star Aldebaran, the heart of Taurus the bull, positioned just above the two points of the thin crescent, while farther to the north are Mars and Jupiter just reemerged from behind the glare of the sun. Saturday morning, the dwindling sliver of moon is just a few degrees above the two planets. By now, the three are so close to the horizon that you may...

Are you prepared?

Plan a parade in Chesapeake Country, and odds are it will be rained on.     How many times did you fall back to Plan B this weekend? Did your picnic stay al fresco? Did your crab feast rush inside? Did thunderstorms cancel your day at the pool? Keep your boating dreams high and dry?     Do fish bite in the rain?     Living as we do in the age of wacky weather, we’re getting used to settling down to Plan B.     In some areas...

How to be nine people’s favorite thing

[title of the show] is a musical about two men writing a musical about two men writing a musical. Think of seeing M.C. Escher’s optical puzzles dramatized.     At Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, you’ll see the clean version. Apparently there is also a racier adult version.     Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell created this musical about their own experience for a theater competition in 2006. Bowen wrote the music and lyrics and Bell the script. They...

A gender-bending twist gives raunchy life to a buddy-cop comedy

Special agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) is good at her job. She’s a wealth of information, always on top of her investigations and can find stashed drugs faster than the K-9 unit. Unfortunately, what Ashburn boasts in brains she lacks in people skills. Half of the FBI wants her to fail; the other half avoids her.     To finally prove that she is the best Fed in the agency and win a promotion, Ashburn chases a new drug dealer who...

Did Ray Caden Catch Diamond Jim?

Fifty thousand dollars is at stake in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.     Catch a Maryland fish, and you may also catch some of the money.     The big bucks — $25,000 — are riding on Diamond Jim. Jim’s a rockfish whose identity changes throughout summer. Each month, Maryland Department of Natural Resources fishers catch, tag and release one genuine Jim plus hundreds of imposters.     Catch one, and you’re guaranteed $500....

Your Fireworks Guide

Saturday June 29   The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department kicks off the festivities. Enjoy live music and carnival rides through the afternoon. Then find a seat for the fireworks at dusk. Carnival starts at 6pm; fireworks at 9pm at Fire Department, 24801 Three Notch Rd., St. Mary’s County: 240-9257863: www.hwvfd7.com. Wednesday July 3   Herring Bay is the backdrop for the Independence Day show at Herrington Harbour South. There’s a pre-show outdoor festival with food,...

We spend millions ­celebrating our Independence

In a time when money is tight, we celebrate the nation’s founding with an-over-the-top party.     The American tradition of lighting fuses to make colorful explosions in the sky started on the day the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776.     The day before, July 3, founding father John Adams wrote to his wife, “the day will be most memorable in the history of America … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and...

Fireflies’ luminescence is 100% efficient

Tiny golden-yellow lights flicker on, off, on, off.     Watching them brings memories of childhood.     Back in the days when I’d play outside from summer sun-up to after sundown, fireflies kept me company at night.     Reading kept me company, too.     P.D. Eastman’s Sam and the Firefly was a favorite.     I’d pretend I was Sam the owl, helping Gus the firefly. I’d catch the flickering...

College President Bradley Gottfried guides reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg

Bradley Gottfried first stepped onto the Gettysburg battlefield about the time of its 1963 centennial. His 13-year-old self “had a strong interest in the war,” Gottfried says. “But I couldn’t visualize what happened there.”     He spent much of the next half century trying to picture that history.     Gottfried grew up to be a scholar, but not of the Civil War. Instead he studied zoology, earning a Ph.D. A turn into college...