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Three ways to get outside before spring

Environment and history will shape Annapolis City Dock 2024

    Imagine a visit to the Annapolis City Dock five years from now.     If now continues unto then, that jewel of our capital city National Historic Landmark District — called “one of the most intact and authentic colonial towns in the entire nation” by Preservation Maryland — will be a parking lot that floods with ever-greater frequency.     However if the latest ambitious vision comes to pass, City Dock will be a model of and for creative...
I used some shore time to find out
     Brisk winds had kept me ashore, so the fallback was our community clubhouse field with my trusty seven-foot medium-action rod and a hookless three-quarter-ounce surface plug. My purpose was to see what all the hoopla was with the new digitally controlled Shimano casting reel, the SLX DC 150 XG.       The letters DC refer to digital control. A tiny computer mechanism in its spool controls spin.      My first try with the borrowed reel on the...

Take a walk in the woods to fill a vase with color

     A seasonal arrangement on the Thanksgiving table helps set the mood. I find native foods to use in recipes from our colonial ancestors for the Thanksgiving feast. A walk through my garden also gives me a lot of beauty from native plants for the table centerpiece.      I gather branches from trees that still have their autumn-colored leaves. Dogwoods have beautiful colors in vivid reds and orange. In the forest, I can find our native sassafras trees with bright...
Thawing and slushy
     Disney released Frozen in 2013 to praise as a smart princess movie. The film played with and subverted stereotypes and offered up some snappy songs while preserving the family values that Walt wanted all his pictures to embody. The movie hauled in so much money that Disney changed its theme parks to keep up with demand. If all this makes you hope for a fresh and inventive sequel, you should probably let it go.       I had to.       The...
Good food; good friends
     When is the right time to begin celebrating the winter holidays?       November 1 is rushing it for me. But that’s when I saw crane trucks lifting giant faux evergreen wreaths onto the facades of shopping centers in both Anne Arundel and Calvert counties. With lots to make jolly with lights and wreathes, the town of Chesapeake Beach also starts early.      I’m of the belief that each holiday deserves its own season before we...

Pig earns $7,000 for Hospice

      Teen brothers TJ and Colby Ireland devised an appetizing way to give thanks to a Chesapeake Country charity.          They raised a hog for the 4-H livestock auction at the Calvert County Fair. Instead of keeping the money, the Irelands donated it to Calvert Hospice.          The brothers, ages 16 and 14, wanted to help hospice because of the help it had given to their family.   ...

Area locations make the switch to new paper cup

      You’ll skip the Styrofoam when you order coffee at the Dunkin’. The multinational chain — which most of us still think of as Dunkin Donuts — announced its commitment to get rid of all expanded polystyrene cups in its global supply chain by mid-2020.          Dunkin’ locations in Annapolis, Arnold, Edgewater, Lothian and Severna Park have already made the switch from foam cups to a new, double-walled,...

Trick or Treat! says groundhog aka whistle pig

      Groundhogs must have identity crises, given that they also are known as woodchucks (even though they have nothing to do with wood, or chucking.)          They are known, too, as whistle pigs, a term some folks associate with Whistle Pig whisky, a brand of 15-year-old rye.          At dusk on a recent evening, a time when creatures in our midst get hungry, terminology became clear.   ...
Broad-winged hawks come out en masse for migration
     The fall hawk migration is still taking place. Here is a common passerby.       Broad-winged hawks live in eastern hardwood forests, including Maryland, but are uncommon to see. They weigh only one and a half pounds but have a wingspan of three feet, making them the smallest of the Buteos, a class that includes red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks. Their most distinctive marking is the single, wide, white stripe on their tail.       Broad-winged...

Low Country cuisine in ­Chesapeake Country

     Thanksgiving is by tradition a gathering of people for a feast that shares their cultures.       If you come from Daufuskie (say Daw-Fo-skee) Island, as Shady Sider Emily Bryant does, you’d be sharing Gullah culture in such Low Country dishes as Daufuskie deviled crabs and Gullah stew.      Gullah people had their beginnings in America in 1700. After the Civil War, former enslaved people settled many sea islands tucked in the coasts of...