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Your 2017 guide to finding fall fun

Beaches, marsh and mountains blaze with color

This week we bring you 50-plus ways to revel in the new season

Spoofing Bond with ups and downs 

In Makerspaces workshops, you can make most anything

A missive 20 years delayed sent me into my future

Dave Newman catches some 40 games a year in his quest to see one in every Major League stadium

In our affection for America’s iconic trio — baseball, hot dogs and apple pie — we are not all equal. I am fond of baseball. You might well be fonder. Crofton’s Dave Newman is fondest.     Newman was born a baseball fan — specifically a New York Yankee fan. The Brooklyn Dodgers and Giants had fled to California. The Mets had not yet arrived. New York was a Yankee town, and Dave’s a Yankee family.     “Mickey Mantle was my...

The best explanation of the game is not original, but it is legendary.     Baseball is a game played by two teams, one out, the other in. The one that’s in sends players out one at a time to see if they can get in before they get out.     If they get out before they get in, they come in, but it doesn’t count.     If they get in before they get out, it does count.     When the ones out get three outs from the ones in...

Soon these pullets will be laying eggs

Right about now spring chickens are no longer the cute, fuzzy bundles they were just five weeks ago. Just like human children, they have begun maturing — at first by bits. Now they look like mini adult chickens.     So it’s a good thing most chick purchases are not for cuddly cuteness but for modern homesteading.     For now, new chicks are still dependents, requiring extra attention food, shelter and water. Chicks must maintain a body temperature of...

Are you weather-ready?

What are you going to do if a hurricane comes your way? Pairing technology and smart planning can help keep you prepared for whatever Mother Nature dishes out this hurricane season, which officially begins June 1. Peak season in Chesapeake Country is generally mid August to late October.     First, get your technology set up. Prepare Me Annapolis, the city’s free mobile app, which offers information on approaching weather, traffic, closings and important notifications from...

In May, it could be full of worms

The second rockfish season opened just days ago to mock my expectations of another great fishing year.     Day one saw me headed to just below the Bay Bridge Western Shore rockpile, where the fishing had been gangbusters on the opener the last two years. Finding a dozen or so boats scattered there did not bother me. That early bite had been no secret, and I saw good marks on my finder throughout the area.     Anchoring up, dropping my chum bag over the side and...

Break the rules and root vegetables won’t grow

A Bay Weekly reader complained that most of the carrots, radishes, turnips and salsify he harvested from last year’s garden had branched roots. My immediate diagnosis was that he must have added a lot of compost to the soil before planting. When root crops are planted in soil rich in freshly applied compost, they tend to produce branched and fibrous roots.     According to his description, he had applied only two wheelbarrows of compost to a garden approximately 30 feet...

Better than average for a series that should have ended with the first film

Henry Turner (Brendan Thwaites: Gods of Egypt) grew up knowing that his father, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom: Unlocked) was cursed to spend eternity as Davey Jones’ replacement at the bottom of the sea. Obsessed with freeing dad and reuniting his family, he scours the legends of the sea for a loophole to allow his father to surface.     Now he’s recruited once-legendary pirate Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Sparrow is now a drunk...

A refreshing cocktail of comedy

Summertime is the right time for a refreshing cocktail of comedy, and Colonial Players serves up a hilarious gimlet with the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. Christopher Durang’s semi-absurdist script mixes a jigger of Chekhov with a Brothers Grimm simple syrup, adds a dash of Jerry Springer and tops it with a voodoo garnish.             Vanya (Jim Reiter), Sonya (Darice Clewell) and Masha (...

Photographer Jay Fleming documents life on — and in — the water

Yes, at five-plus pounds, photographer Jay Fleming’s Working the Water makes a beautiful coffee table book. Open it up, and you see it is much more. With breathtaking photos of Chesapeake fisheries and the men and women who work them to earn a living — as the last hunter-gatherers — Fleming takes you on an eye-opening tour of nature and the human spirit from above, under and on the water.     Jay Fleming, 29, from Severna Park, did not set out to join legendary...

Mack the Lab is Maryland’s chief apiary sniffer

Cybil Preston and her bee dog Mack the Lab are official heroes in the state of Maryland.     Like all heroes and superheroes, Mack rose from a troubled past. He was a puppy in a dissolving family where three small children took up all the time the mother had to give. Preston came to the rescue, sensing Mack had the brains to pick up new skills. He did.     Preston, Maryland’s chief apiary inspector, needed a new sharp-nosed dog to continue the nation’...