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How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis

That’s Charles Baker, streetside entertainer

Chesapeake Curiosities: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is the northernmost of its kind

Summer sends these insects singing

There may be a fungus in your soil

Plan B might be your score

Dress in your royal best for a baby shower

You’re invited to Kate Middleton’s baby shower. Instead of gifts for the Duchess of Cambridge, bring gifts to help local mothers and babies facing poverty and homelessness.     Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis has teamed with the Gabriel Network, headquartered in Bowie, to throw a baby shower, with a champagne brunch and British-themed trivia.     Bring gifts for mom and baby. For babies, bring baby wipes, diapers, pack and plays, baby lotion, shampoo,...

Sci-Fi writers needed to prevent space-time meltdown 

A top team at Los Alamos recently went public with findings that have shaken the scientific community to its core. Using heretofore-classified wormhole technology, the team has managed to observe an alternate reality, largely the same as our own, but with one difference — three Maryland science fiction fans are about to become prize-winning writers.     While this may seem like a benign variation, the team has also learned that this alternate reality is drifting toward our...

Time to gather our rosebuds

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed …     –Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 At last we’re keeping our long-delayed date with summer.     We’ve been tantalized now and again. Remember those scorching days in...

Are stunning visuals enough to conceal the plot holes in this animated tale of good vs. evil?

Teenager M.K. (Amanda Seyfried: The Big Wedding) is forced to move back in with her father (Jason Sudeikis: Movie 43) after the death of her mother. A veritable stranger to her, Dad is far more interested in tiny people who he believes live in the forest than in his mourning child.     Dear old dad might not be as crazy as M.K. believes.     A magically shrunken M.K. discovers there is a world beyond the leaves, and it’s locked in a bitter battle. The...

Are you guilty? Looking out from the window of my room at Heritage Harbor Rehabilitation Center, I see mountains of mulch suffocating the trees. The sight is enough to undo my promising rehab after falling off a ladder while cleaning gutters on May 13.     Over the 30 years I served as Extension Specialist in Ornamental Horticulture with statewide responsibilities, I concluded that most problems associated with landscapes were related to over-mulching.     The...

Checklist for a happy summer

Accidents happen on the water. Boats sink, unsinkable boats capsize, people fall overboard, vessels collide. The Chesapeake can become violent in an instant. During our hot summers, storm cells can form and travel down the Bay at high speed, sometimes giving little or no warning of their approach, especially near or after dark. They can have winds in excess of 70 knots.     Never think it won’t happen to you. It is always wise to be prepared. Fishfinder Last week...

Big entertainment with 17 singers and dancers, 30 songs and dances and 100 costumes

Swing! was a gusty and lusty blast from the past on Friday night at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. At 53 degrees with gale-force winds, it felt like Winter Garden Theatre. President Carolyn Kirby said she hadn’t seen the like since the cast were babes. But as the program notes, “Swing was never a time or place — it has always been a state of mind.” In the end, mind triumphed over season.     Whether from opening weekend jitters or hypothermic shivers in...

You’ll have to explore Canes Venatici

As evening twilight gives way to darkness, the first star to appear is likely no star at all but rather Venus, so bright you may be able to spot it in the west-northwest before sunset. By the time the sun does set, there should be no mistaking Venus, although the evening star does have company.     While last week Mercury and Jupiter pirouetted in tight formation around Venus at sunset, the three are equally spaced in a line through this weekend. Mercury is roughly four degrees...

On Memorial Day we pay a debt that binds us in perpetuity

The blood shed in our Civil War was barely dry when we paid the first installment on this great debt of remembrance. But the losses were fresh and sharp, like amputations that cut away limbs, that would have been sent into the future by families, neighborhoods, communities, counties, states and our divided government. New estimates suggest 720,000 died fighting that war.     Our grandparents visited cemeteries and decorated graves with flowers. Beneath the flowers and the dirt...

The Wounded ­Warrior Amputee Softball Team proves it ain’t over yet

When soldier Saul Bosquez lost his left leg below the knee during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, he discovered his game was not finished, just delayed.     “My great grandpa lost fingers in a tractor accident, but I didn’t know anyone that had been injured like I had,” Bosquez told Bay Weekly.     In high school, the 28-year-old had earned nine varsity letters in swimming, football and baseball, so he feared the loss of a limb might cramp his...