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A show of fun and fashion delights kids and the adults who bring them

Infinity Theatre — which has gained a solid reputation for bringing New York talent to the Annapolis stage — gives young audiences as well as adults a taste of professional theater.     Infinity’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes is a delight; you know it’s a winner when the parents and grandparents cheer and clap as enthusiastically as the kids they’ve accompanied.     Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale (as...

One good trip recommends another

Scene: Living Room Mackenzie: Mom! What are we going to do for vacation this year? Heather: I don’t know. I haven’t thought that far. Any ideas? Mackenzie: Last year’s vacation was great. The cabins at the park are fun, and you still get the natural feel, cooking out on the grill and using the bathhouse. It is such a pretty park, up at the very top of the state! Lindsey and I really enjoyed watching them feed the turtles at the nature center. Great trip! Scene fades, as black...

Get in touch with wildlife at ­Patuxent Research Refuge

Take a summer morning to escape the hustle and bustle in one of the verdant national wildlife refuges created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.     I escaped to the Patuxent Research Refuge South Tract in Laurel. Taking a deep breath as I drove through the long entry way, I felt my mind and body relax.     The morning song of birds filled the wooded area. I found the brilliant greens and deep blue waters of lakes. Water lilies bloomed and great blue herons were...

Time traveling at Chesapeake Marketplace

Antiques? Do you like them?         That’s an early question to guests we’ll need to entertain. For me, going to the Chesapeake Marketplace and Auction House — located at the center of St. Leonard on our traffic circle — is an adventure. Housed in a two-story warehouse converted from an old lumberyard, it’s a maze of end-on-end interesting objects that hint at life in former times. My only chagrin is when I see my current kitchen...

Go quietly, look and listen

The best part of the Bay is just that. The water. Some like to race across the waves, bow plowing through each crest, spray flying with each jolt. I prefer to slip my kayak into the shallows and paddle the edges.     Any place will do. Jug Bay on the Patuxent, Eastern Neck Island on the Chester, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on Kent Island. It’s not so much the where, but the how. Hang a pair of binoculars around your neck; maybe a camera in a dry bag for easy access...

Visiting friends and family gets you go-go-going

I lived on the verge of our nation’s capital my whole life until I moved to Vermont to go to college. Only when a friend from Sweden came home with me for spring break did I understand the treasure I’d taken for granted.     Hanna wanted to see and do everything, from the National Mall to all the Smithsonians to the Newseum to the National Zoo. She was the tourist, but I had as much to learn as she did.     Hanna’s favorite place in D.C. was the...

For a sweet birthday, plan a favorites tour

My beloved, Nick, and I were three months into our relationship when his birthday arrived in August 2008. By then I knew what interested him — history, travel, sculpting — well enough to plan a day trip that combined it all. I did not tell him where we would go, just to wear sturdy shoes and bring a cap and sunscreen.     On a sunny Sunday, we headed south on Route 2, eventually ending up at Colton’s Point in St. Mary’s County.     Our...

Summer happens at the ballpark

Some little girls have tiaras; I had a baseball cap. My parents raised me to believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of Baltimore baseball. I knew the players, their averages and that the Yankees were evil before I could tie my shoes. I also knew that shouting “O!” was perfectly appropriate during the National Anthem.     So the summer doesn’t truly begin until I have a hotdog in my hand and home plate in my sights. Birdland can be intimidating to the...

On and in the waters of the Patuxent

Old barns dripping with honeysuckle and trumpet vines, owlets in cobwebbed rafters, fishermen’s shacks on piers glistening with old fish scales, swallows’ nests glued beneath the splintery planks, pilings where ospreys build their messy nests like ornithological games of pick-up-sticks, duck blinds where wild ducks nest …     Abandoned chicken coops where ungainly vulture chicks are curious enough to be friendly while absent parents overfly the landscape...

Sweeten your travels with smart fun

Did you know that the blue crab’s Latin name is Callinectes Sapidus, meaning beautiful savory swimmer? Maryland Bay Game, released by Department of Natural Resources to add smart fun to your home-state travels, is full of fun facts like this plus nature-related games.     This year’s theme, Explore and Restore, is about “discovering, connecting and acting to protect and make better our natural world,” says DNR Secretary Joe Gill. It’s created in the...