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In its 4th year, the Annapolis Irish Festival draws an ever-larger crowd seeking Celtic music and heritage

Two past winners illustrate the magic of make-believe

Creativity comes out to play in Twin Beach Players’ Kids
Playwriting Festival

Talent Machine’s young actors are rehearsing for life

Summer’s darlings, winter’s pests

Fish recipes from the Chesapeake

A rainbow of hues shines from the heavens

The waxing moon reaches full phase Sunday. Saturday it shines less than 10 degrees — the span of an average fist held at arm’s length — below Saturn, the only visible evening planet. The next night, the full moon is farther to the east of Saturn, and the star Regulus five degrees above it. Saturn and Regulus appear about equally bright, both near first magnitude, but Saturn’s steady golden glow is a sharp contrast to the twinkling, blue-white star.     ...

It’s open water vs. sweetwater

This time of year brings conflict for me. The Trophy Rockfish Season beckons with the promise of big fish on big water, a temptation that is almost impossible to resist. Yet there is another of nature’s sirens murmuring in my ear. This one promises even more luscious treats to be had as the sweetwater bite blossoms. Fish Are Biting ...   The white perch run continues to please a lot of anglers on Chesapeake tributaries. But most are poised for Saturday, April 16, when the Trophy...

Fertilizers alone cannot do it

I was recently asked to prepare recommendations for the maintenance of a large property with lawns and gardens. While I was evaluating the property, I observed one of the maintenance men on a tractor pulling an aerator followed by a steel roller filled with water. I immediately advised the owner to get rid of that apparatus. Aerators of that type — nothing more than a bunch of spikes punching holes in the ground — only add to the problem of soil compaction, and  the roller,...

Policy’s fashion color of the year is pale green

Earth Day is a lot like of St. Patrick’s Day.         We dress up in green both days, and we throw parties and maybe march in a parade. But the next morning, the green washes off.     In both Washington, D.C., and in Annapolis, the advance of the 41st Earth Day didn’t incline lawmakers to green enthusiasm. In Maryland, tight money pushed environmental causes to the rear. In Washington, tight money was the excuse for policy-directed...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Your Home and Garden Guide [March 31] was a great edition, practical and perfect this time of year. I’ve been gardening since I was knee high and my father gave me my first square-foot plot for radishes I have some good-old Italian-American bean varieties that came with my family from Italy. Now I want to try the purple Gita bean the Bay Garden wrote about, if he can tell me where to find them. –Carlo Brunori, Hillsmere Editor’s note: We...
Dear Bay Weekly:     As frequent visitors to Chesapeake Bay, we enjoyed and appreciated Margaret Tearman’s [April 7] story called Power Play, in which she dissected Pepco’s proposal to build an electricity tunnel under the Bay and a big building in Calvert County. We can tell you from many years as Pepco customers, they are not to be trusted when it comes to service, responsibility and the environment. Plus, it seems like Calvert County is doing more than its part in...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Just wanted to tell you that Companion Canines for Independence fundraiser Sails & Tails on April 9 was a smashing success. Everyone was happy, and we grew a lot from last year. Next year we’ll grow even more. Already thinking and planning.     Thank you again for all you did. Aries Matheos’ story in your paper [March 24: HELP is a Four-Legged Word] helped us reach a lot of people who otherwise would not have known about...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Janice Booth’s appreciation of Elizabeth Ayres’ book Invitation To Wonder: a Journey Through the Seasons (April 7) was just lovely. Made me want to read the book! Again! Kudos to both writers. –Maggie Koehler, Huntingtown

An action fairytale pits a little girl against the big bad wolf.

Once upon a time there was teenager named Hanna (Saoirse Ronan: The Way Back) who lived alone in the woods with her father Erik (Eric Bana: The Time Traveler’s Wife). They spend nights reading by the fire, living off the frigid land of Finland and training in the art of the kill.     Sweet little Hanna is a blond-haired, blue-eyed killing machine. Strong as a man, capable of using just about anything around her as a lethal weapon and boasting the endurance of a soldier,...