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Bay helps explicate nature’s calendar 

Growing and thriving over 43 years

Honor the memory of the enslaved

Eastport’s Community Backpack Fest supplies 400 kids

Eastport’s Community Backpack Fest supplies 400 kids

Overall health still improving

 

     We’re getting our homework done despite Mother Nature’s agenda. So says the recently released 2018 Chesapeake Bay Report Card issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.      The Chesapeake Bay score remains a C, though it decreased from 54 percent to 46 percent.      “While 2018 was a difficult year for Chesapeake health due to high rainfall, we are seeing trends that the Bay is still...

Annapolis Styrofoam ban starts Sept. 1

 

      Annapolis is about to wave goodbye to Styrofoam.      The city will prohibit the use of expanded polystyrene in food service businesses starting in September, following the city council’s ban last October.      Included are all restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, vending trucks, food carts and institutional cafeterias.      Use up your current stores of cups, bowls, plates and takeout containers, clamshells and...

These birds like to announce their presence 

 

      Belted kingfishers are common along Maryland’s waterways. But each has a large hunting territory so they are spread out. They seem to fight constantly over space and don’t tolerate one another. They also don’t tolerate people and can be heard screaming what sound like bird obscenities as they fly from human approaches. They also vocalize as they move from one perch to another, announcing their presence to every other animal in the area.  ...

Revelers leave Virginia Bay beach a sad sight

 

      Oh, those Virginians.      Floatopia, the annual Memorial Day weekend bash in the far reaches of Chesapeake Bay, drew hundreds of partiers on Sunday.   But the story afterward was not the good times but the almost incomprehensible amount of trash they left behind at Chic’s Beach.   Virginia Beach Public Works employees and volunteers collected two tons of just about every variety of beach and party gear imaginable, from clothing and towels to...

It’s all counted in Chesapeake Bay Coastal Inventory

 

      “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering,” conservationist Aldo Leopold’s advised.      In applying that precaution to Chesapeake Bay, the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences has inventoried 60 million linear feet of tidal shoreline. Bay waters meet almost 7,500 miles of land in Virginia and 4,000 in Maryland.      Accounted for are every beach, breakwater, bulkhead, boathouse, ramp, dock...

Experience the culture’s diversity at this annual festival 

 

      At the Annapolis Greek Festival, something magical happens. You become Greek for a day.      Hosted by the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Riva Road from Thursday, May 30 to the following Sunday, the festival thrusts you into a makeshift Greek homeland. In this land, you’ll find more than 30 Greek foods and dishes, as well as four dance groups, two bands and vendors selling unique arts and crafts.      “Our...

New Crooked Fest is an old school good time

A Bay Weekly conversation with Crooked Crab Brewery founder Daniel Messeca

 

Bay Weekly Crooked Fest June 1 is a whole new entry in Chesapeake Country’s calendar of festivals. Tell us its story. Daniel Messeca My partners in Crooked Crab Brewery and I wanted to create a really fun event to celebrate our other two great loves besides beer: music and community.      Music is especially important to me as partner Alex Josephs and I are both guitarists and have been playing together for over 16 years. I feel it’s my duty to showcase some of...

Like ice cream on a hot day

 

      It takes a little chutzpah and a lot of hard work for a community theater to try to perform Crazy for You with the original Broadway choreography. With plenty of both, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre has scored. The dancing awes, and the music and singing soars, riveting the audience for a full two and one-half hours (plus a 15-minute intermission).      Crazy for You takes us back to the 1930s with music by George and Ira Gershwin performed by a nine-piece...

Snakeheads and catfish are plentiful

 

     Over Memorial Day weekend, I heard a new, amusing joke.       Question: Why are snakeheads and channel catfish the most numerous fish caught this year?       Answer: Because they’re the only two species Maryland Department of Natural Resources hasn’t tried to help.       That might unfairly criticize the efforts of our Natural Resources Department on other species. But there’s truth in it, and that...

To succeed, make your garden Mediterranean-like

 

     I fell in love with lavender when I saw fields of solid purple in Provence, France. I was further smitten when I walked through three-foot-tall bushes of lavender in Monet’s garden in Giverny. Back home, I tried to reproduce lavenders of the size I saw in France. Though I’ve grown them successfully, I’ve never been able to get them to grow as large as those.       Lavender is native to the Mediterranean, which helps you understand...