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Into gifts that can change lives

Six small ways Chesapeake neighbors are making a better world 

Play Santa in ways that matter

How to sing Messiah for St. James’ sing-along

Coming our way from Kootenai National Forest, Montana

You can catch a fish, but take care not to catch hypothermia

Come to hear kids tell you what’s on their minds

   Scene: An up-and-coming Bayside town. The building, a Boys and Girls Club, is charming in a functional way, surrounded by playgrounds and parking lots, filled with laughter and noise. Rooms are utilitarian. Walls are speckled with flyers for team meetings and reading club dates.             Despite its sensible nature, the building shimmers with the energy of kids unleashed.         ...

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 2nd Star Productions and Colonial Players take top Ruby Griffith Awards

 If dinner and a show sound like an ideal date night but you’re reluctant to drive to the city and drop $75 a ticket, consider that some of the area’s best theater is right in your own back yard at a fraction of the price. Such was proven last month for the 10th time in as many years when three troupes from Anne Arundel County nearly swept highest honors at the 45th Annual Ruby Griffith Awards.               The 2016-...

See America the Beautiful for only $10

Sixty-two (and up) is the right age and August the right month to enjoy the best deal the federal government has to offer: the Senior Pass to Federal Lands.             America the Beautiful Passes open the gates to over 2,000 federal recreation sites spanning all 50 states plus many American territories.             For $10, you — and a carload of up to four people — enjoy...

For a few days around the full moon, blue crabs are at their most vulnerable    

            Our precious resource, the Atlantic blue crab, grows by backing out of its armored shell. This feat is achieved by the crab swelling its body with water until it literally bursts out of the back seam. The crab will then begin wriggling free, leg by leg times eight plus two claws.             Full moons like the one coming August 7 are prime shedding times.        ...

Dickens’ last becomes a whodunnit

            Charles Dickens’ commentaries showed the often dark and ­dreary reality of life in Victorian England. So why is a group of teenage actors of The Talent Machine Company dancing and singing a Dickens’ story at St. John’s College?             The author’s death in 1870 left The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished, opening the door to creative interpretations. The first modern...
Bay Weekly’s vacation photo tips
Your trip is booked? Check. Travel and accommodations paid for? Double check. Ready to use your camera or phone to take some awesome photographs? Maybe … Whether you’re making your annual sojourn to the beach, maybe Assateague Island, my favorite … your trip of a lifetime to a classic European city … or visiting a local park, you, yes you, have the ability to record your vacation with memorable photographs. To take your photography to the next level, whether for fun...

Middle-schoolers learn to see through the lens to bring everyday images to life

This summer middle-schooler ­Kinsey Helmly discovered something surprising about photography.     “I love how every picture has a story behind it,” she writes. “In my photo Blissful Forest, my model has words written on her hand from a classmate at school. That’s why her hand is closed. But you would never have known that had I not told you. That’s what I love about photos. They all have a secret.”     Helmly was one of...

Confessions of a Jay Fleming pupil

After my ninth grade photography teacher’s put-down, I have shied away from taking any photos but snapshots — and definitely no Snapchats. “You manage to capture something that is already beautiful, but you fail to create it as a picture.”     Annapolis photographer Jay Fleming is proving that even I can take pictures. This month at Herrington Harbour Marina, I joined a class of 15 students, with varying levels of photography experience, learning to take...

Holly Lanzaron’s picture tells a whole story of a new family

Amid the ordinary, Holly Lanzaron chanced upon the extraordinary. In a shopping center parking lot in Deale, on the crushed stone, a mother killdeer sat hatching four speckled eggs.     “We didn’t know that she was nesting right away,” said the Southern Middle-Schooler on Deale Elks Club’s sponsored photo safari with Muddy Creek Artists Guild mentor Bea Poulin and Hannah Dove. “At first we thought that the bird was wounded and could not fly....

Through his lens and words, Mark Hendricks captures rare moments with elusive creatures

Assateague Island, that 37-mile barrier island where the Atlantic Ocean meets our Eastern Shore, is a place I love to be. Having toddled around Key West in my earliest years, I love ocean, beach and island, and Assateague gives me all three. As a four-season repeat visitor, I thought I knew Assateague fairly well.     Mark Hendricks’ photo- and storybook Natural Wonders of Assateague Island shows me how wrong I was. Poring over the 198 photos in its 144 pages, I recognize...