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Your guide to Chesaeake Country's freshest produce and more!

Today’s oysterman is likely to be a woman — and a farmer rather than a hunter-gatherer

Local artist Greg Harlin puts his stamp on the Battle of Baltimore

Species at risk in Maryland are a roll call of birds we know and love

No walk in the park in Chesapeake Country

Mountain laurel, blueberries and other acid-lovers, too

You never know what’s going to happen on the Chesapeake

  Dear Bay Weekly: In Running into Trouble [Sept. 16: bayweekly.com/articles/features/article/running-trouble] Katie Dodd did a stellar article capturing the agony and ecstasy of running the Annapolis 10-miler. I’m a writer, but I felt like a runner when I read her story –Carol Bennett, Edgewater
  Dear Bay Weekly: Thanks again for another excellent story on oysters [Playing the Shell Game, Sept. 23: http://bayweekly.com/ articles/news/article/playing-shell-game]. I like the way author Sandy Anderson mixes science into her piece to give the content more credibility. Naturally, I’m glad that you gave Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society high visibility (again, I thank you), but I’m also glad that you included Coastal Conservation Association and Andy Dziengeleski...
  Dear Bay Weekly: Crossing the languid Patuxent River south on Hill’s Bridge has always meant trading the frenzied world of the metro area for farm and forest. Rolling through southern Anne Arundel into Calvert County brings an involuntary sigh of relief as clouds give way to sunsets under tranquil skies. But wait! One is suddenly confronted by megalithic monstrosities that seem to have erupted from far below the fertile earth. New, yet somehow simultaneously rusted and corroded,...

Telling the stories of a city at work

  “Oh my Lord, thank you. I never thought I’d live to see this day,” gushed Mrs. Beatrice P. Smith, 89, of Annapolis, after throwing her arms around former President Jimmy Carter on Pleasant Street, just around the corner from — but out of sight of — downtown Annapolis. October 5 was the kind of day that evokes enthusiasm. The 86-year-old former president and his wife Rosalynn Carter were not only visiting the Clay Street neighborhood. They were also bringing...

AAA finds that careful driving has gone to the dogs

  It’s now illegal for Marylanders to drive with their hands on their phone, but according to a AAA study, we’re still likely to fall victim to another driving distraction: our animal companions. The study — a joint effort between AAA and Kurgo Pet Dog Products — polled 1,000 dog owners who have driven with their dogs over the past year. Fifty-nine percent of pet owners admit that travel with their pets distracts them from the job at hand. The trouble arises because...

You’ll love persimmons — once you learn the to eat them

Now that I have returned to the Deale Farmers’ Market Thursdays from 3 to 6pm with persimmons, I get lots of questions: What do you do with persimmons? What do they taste like? The persimmons I grow and sell are the Asian type, almost as large as tomatoes and with very few seeds, if any, depending on seasonal conditions. This year, persimmons have more seeds than usual. Persimmon Pie Dissolve two packages of unflavored gelatin in 1⁄4 cup boiling water. Blend the dissolved...

There’s a lot of life in those old sails yet

The Haughwouth sisters’ parents had passed away, and the boat was long gone, but when their childhood sail resurfaced, Penny and Pixie couldn’t bear throwing it away. Instead they turned it into two jackets. Then they turned it into a business, Sea Fever Gear. Sailors don’t have many options for worn-out sails other than throwing them away. “So many hold onto them,” says Haughwouth, “because they carry an emotional tie. Who owned it before? Where has it been...

Circling earth at more than 17,000 miles an hour, the International Space Station is a fleeting target

  Sharp eyes and a clear view of the west horizon will reveal an ever-so-thin crescent moon emerging from the sun’s glare Friday just after sunset at 8:11. But you’ll also need good timing, as this nascent moon, just a day from new, dips beneath the horizon within 30 minutes of the sun.  Sunset the next night is a minute later, and it reveals the moon 15 degrees higher. Above and to the left shines dazzling Venus. Sunday, the moon and Venus are still only six degrees apart...

Reviewer turns actor in Mrs. California

  It looks a lot easier from the audience.That’s one thing I’ve learned by returning to the stage after years on the reviewing end of community theater. Musical theater and opera were my first loves. Now I am captivated more by non-musicals, because I realize that actors who can’t lean on song and dance to sell their stories are the bravest performers of all. How would I fare, on stage, without my singing voice to pave my way? The opportunity to find out presented itself...

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  What the Mothers Thought Dear Bay Weekly: I can’t thank you and Mrs. Martin enough for allowing our class an opportunity to do this project [How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways: May 6]. So many parents emailed me about how wonderful they thought it was. Thanks again. –Kathleen Smith, Second Grade Teacher: Arnold Elementary - Celebrating London Town to the Tune of $25,000 Dear Bay Weekly: On behalf of the London Town Foundation, thank you for contributing to our third...