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Mulch, mowers and weed wackers can be murder on trees

A clever premise and charming leads make the year’s best Halloween scare
SPCA to keep holiday tails wagging
Maryland municipalities rise to the challenge of driving positive change 

October 25 is Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade’s how-to seminar

That’s what our businesses are doing. Are we?

     You sailors and wayfarers of Chesapeake Country know what I mean. You’ve traveled long and far, and your journey, if it happens to be for pleasure, is about to cross over into discontent when — in the middle of nowhere — you bump into just the inn, tavern or gas station you’ve been longing for.       I’ve found such places on all my travels — elsewise I suppose I wouldn’t have continued them. Many I’ve...

Not a perfect match but fun to watch

     This historical dramedy returns us to 1973, when Billie Jean King (Emma Stone: La La Land) ranks among the biggest names in tennis — yet earns one of the smallest paychecks. The rationale is that men are more fun to watch — yet women’s events sell as many tickets. To change the status quo, King convinces the female tennis players of southern California to join in a women’s tour.      In turn, powerful tennis figure Jack Kramer (Bill...

Hear those old spectacular songs sung by strong new voices

     When Annie Get Your Gun opened on Broadway in 1946, it was a star vehicle for the brassy, trumpet-voiced Ethel Merman. Irving Berlin’s songs became legendary, from the lively There’s No Business Like Show Business and Anything You Can Do to the romantic They Say It’s Wonderful and I Got Lost in His Arms.      When Merman as Annie sang You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun about her love for hotshot Frank Butler, it was a product of the times....
Your 2017 guide to finding fall fun
     Summer lingered a little longer this year, thanks to Gov. Hogan’s decree that public schools start after Labor Day. We had 13 weeks of sun, fun, beaches and boats. With the children settling back into their routines, we can now look ahead to Chesapeake Country’s best season.       With summer’s humidity wrung out, the air is light, skies often blue and leaves full of color. Autumn is clearly on the horizon.      This...

Beaches, marsh and mountains blaze with color

     Autumn can be a polarizing season, but I have become quite the enthusiast of this time of harvest, leaf peeping and ubiquitous festivals. I like the hot cider and apple fritters, but what I love most are the seasonal changes we can experience in the natural world.      Chesapeake Country is a fine place to experience those changes. The watershed we call home is an enormous place — over 64,000 square miles stretched across six states and Washington, D.C....
First let me thank you for Bay Weekly’s awesome Pet Tales Aug. 10 edition. I also want to tell you about Hillsmere’s successfull implementation of a Community Cat program to reduce the unowned “community” cat overpopulation. Volunteers rallied with the Anne Arundel Cat Coalition, a non-profit spearheaded by Spay Spa Neuter Nook to trap, spay/neuter and rabies vaccinate 36 cats. Half of the cats, mostly kittens and three friendly adults, were adopted. The rest returned to...

Re: Local Artist Paints in Words; Sept. 14: www.bayweekly.com/node/39982

  Our little man loved your article and the drawing in Coloring Corner, as did I. Thank you. Writer Kathy Knotts is one of the few who really got it right. –Michael Bell,  Southern High School arts department chair

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

     Autumn comes to us in many ways.      Meteorological autumn, now three weeks past, came with just the right gifts to be welcome. Clear, dry, comfortable days … cool nights that demanded a light blanket … blue skies that made imaginations soar and sent painters scurrying to capture them … clouds that looked gathered for a new entertainment called Cloud Bounce: For benefits like those, we could let summer go.      Astrological...
Spoofing Bond with ups and downs 
     Gentlemen with lethal fighting skills, The Kingsman are England’s modern Knights of the Round Table.      Newest Kingsman Eggsy (Taron Egerton: Sing) is in a period of adjustment. Coping with the loss of his mentor, Harry (Colin Firth: Bridget Jones’ Baby), he’s in charge of stopping global terrorism. He’s also dating a princess (Hanna Alström: Sami Blood).      Eggsy’s life explodes, literally, when his home and...

Fake News, 1644 Style

       Mistaken identities, a hero’s fondness for unashamed exaggeration and the quest for love permeate The Liar, Richard Wilbur’s modern interpretation of Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce, his most famous comedy. Under the deft guidance of director Steve Tobin, Compass Rose Theater’s production is not only well acted and well staged but also an ageless play you want to watch.             The play...