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You’re never too young to fall for the magic of theater

 

Nextival promises the next level in good times

Marvel offers a brief break from universe-destroying supervillains in this light flick
 

A 2018 high school grad explains how America vanquished its most numerous bird

Promising Playwright’s work addresses the terror about being unemployed and losing one’s place in this world

Your growing plants get hungry, too, as they start to produce
 

    An update comes from the Eastern Shore on the immigration woes of crab houses.     We reported recently on complaints from family-owned seafood houses about the lack of crab-pickers as a result of a shortage of H-2B visas.     They contend that they can’t find Americans to do the painstaking, seasonal work so they rely heavily on temporary workers from Mexico. (Some folks reject that reasoning, as you may notice in this week’s Your...

Then help your neighbors keep our forests healthy

    Mythology gave each of nature’s kingdoms its guardian. Forests and trees had Dryads, with oak trees having their own special nymphs, the Hamadryades.     Act quickly and you can step up as a modern guardian, training in a class of 25 as a Maryland Woodland Steward in a three-and-a-half day seminar October 4 to 7 at Shepherd’s Spring Center near Sharpsburg,     University of Maryland Eastern Shore partners with the Ruffled Grouse...

Unity Gardens grants grow leaders, plants, flowers

    Plants and flowers aren’t the only things that grow in a garden. Leadership and civic involvement can also bloom. That’s a motivating idea behind Unity Gardens, a nonprofit that backs its philosophy with dollars.     “We want projects that build community partnerships, bringing in volunteers and creating opportunities for leaders to emerge and take on new projects,” says Unity executive director Barbara Dowling.    ...

Cheer your team over crushes

    Who has what it takes to be crowned the fastest server on the Bay?     Six-person server teams registered by local restaurants compete in an obstacle-course competition, dodging obstructions while demonstrating their skill. Teams vie for the chance to win bragging rights and a cash prize.     The challenge is free for the watching, but bring your pocketbook for food and drinks sponsored by Blue Dog BBQ Company and Jailbreak Brewing Company....

Roseate spoonbill visits North Beach

    This month, North Beach hosted an unexpected guest. Roseate spoonbills are usually residents of Florida and other warm, wet places in North and South America. This usually ­doesn’t include North Beach, where reader Jan Smith Bennett photographed one.     Many different kinds of spoonbills — whose name describes their most distinctive feature — live throughout the world, but roseate spoonbills are the only ones native to the United States...

Your whole identity in a word

Naming a baby is an act of ­poetry, for many people the only ­creative moment of their lives. –Richard Eyre     So a wedding’s in your future … and maybe a baby.     Creativity and anxiety collide in the baby-naming process. Picking the right name has parents asking what really is in a name?     With competing influences such as originality, family tradition and nicknames, names can be a point of pressure as couples...

As the reasons for marrying change, we just keep doing it

“You had to back then.” That’s how Bill Burton — the esteemed outdoor writer who retired from Bay Weekly 16 years after retiring from a 30-plus-year career at the Baltimore Evening Sun — answered my inquiry about his many marriages. He allowed the legend of five — culminated by his long and happy marriage to Lois Burton — to stand. In fact it was only three, a truth outed by longtime friend Alan Doelph, appreciating Burton’s life after his death...

Pixar’s hero-family series is still super

Bob and Helen Parr (voiced by Craig T. Nelson: Book Club; Holly Hunter: The Big Sick) embrace their super abilities as heroes. With superheroes banned by the government as menaces, Helen worries that their children will suffer. Bob rails at the injustice of being denied his abilities. So Bob accepts the offer of billionaire telecommun­ications developer Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk: Better Call Saul) to help the Parrs turn public opinion in favor of the Super community. He’s dismayed...

The true music of nature is silence

One evening several years ago, when the Chesapeake had experienced a generous influx of gray trout (weakfish), I found a school outside the mouth of a small tributary south of the Magothy. It was just after dark, the tide was falling and the fish were positioned a long cast from the inlet to intercept the baitfish, shrimp and small crabs being carried out by the tidal current. Throwing a black Clouser minnow on an eight-weight rod with floating line, I was letting the weighted fly sink and...

Some plants want one, some the other

Anybody can shear plants, but not everybody can prune plants properly. Black and Decker, Stihl, Echo and other manufacturers of hedge clippers have caused many landscapes to look alike. Foundation plantings are shaped into cones, balls, cylinders or squares. Sheared plants lose their identity and begin to look alike regardless of species. Pruning, on the other hand, helps plants exhibit their most desirable attributes. Spring-flowering plants like forsythia, weigela, spirea, viburnums and...