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A chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from the autumnal equinox to Thanksgiving

Read this week’s paper with caution; it could lead you astray

Perpetual disaster Bridget Jones grows up a bit in this comedy

Take your hike to the next level

Like tea-party guests, they’ve visited before, will they be back?

Smoke, sauce and good times yield $60K to help kids

It’s taken almost a month to clean the barbecue sauce from their hands, giving the good Samaritans of the Parole Rotary Club a chance to count the money raised at the third annual Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival. The two-day festival in early May drew a crowd estimated at more than 15,000 and raised upward of $60,000 for local charities and non-profits.     “This year’s festival was a huge success,” said barBAYq director and club president Don...

Camp Letts’ Wingstock Festival and Gordon Biersch’s Summerbrau

It’s not summer yet, but things are heating up. This Saturday, June 8, Camp Letts in Edgewater hosts the second annual Chesapeake Wingstock Festival. This tasty fundraiser supports Camp Letts’ Caring for Community Campaign, which provides kids in need with full and partial scholarships to attend camp. Seven local restaurants fire up their best wings for both judges’ and people’s choice awards. There are lots of activities for the youngsters (12 and under get free...

Aside from a not-so-new twist, this movie is an entertaining illusion

Four magicians, drawn together by a mysterious puppet master, team up to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Think Robin Hood with flash paper and sequins. As if pillaging the bank accounts of the one-percent isn’t hard enough, the illusionists must evade the pernicious attention of an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo: Iron Man 3) tasked with lowering the curtain on this charitable crime spree.     The dream team of magicians, named The Four Horsemen, each brings a special...

Three planets toy with the sun

This week boasts the earliest sunrises of the year, when old Sol crests the horizon at 5:41am. We’re still a couple weeks from solstice, the overall longest day of the year, and the latest sunset won’t come for another two weeks after that. Why? Several reasons, including earth’s not-quite-spherical shape, its elliptical orbit around the sun and the varying point of high noon across the globe.     If you’re up before dawn, look to the northeast for the...

The City of Annapolis is CPR-certified. Are you?

Politics aside, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen is someone you want around. At least if you go into cardiac arrest. Cohen is so good in administering CPR that he bests paramedics.     Along with Cohen, city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw and 100 other city employees were CPR-certified through the City of Annapolis Fire Department for National CPR Week.     So did yours truly, who was Cohen’s runner-up.     “It sets a standard that public safety...

Keeping the agricultural tradition alive at American Chestnut Land Trust’s Double Oak Farm

As Jeff Klapper walks among the rows of strawberries and kale, he snaps off a thick purple stalk of asparagus.     Seeing Klapper’s ease with the land and the food he grows, you would not imagine he came to Double Oak Farm after a career in commercial engraving.     Like Klapper, Double Oak Farm has seen some changes. In a previous life, the farm grew corn and soybeans under the hands of a local farmer. Double Oak Farm’s verdant acre is part of 15...

The Chesapeake’s new reality TV stars

Tom and Audrey have become the Chesapeake’s newest and most popular reality TV stars.     This charismatic duo, living on the Eastern Shore, is popular with more than locals. The Chesapeake Conservancy’s Osprey Cam has been watched in 48 different countries since its launch at the end of March.     Viewers have watched Tom and Audrey return to the Chesapeake, build their nest, mate and lay four cinnamon-and-cream-colored eggs.     Soon...

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...