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Eight activities to keep you busy this summer … and that you can bring indoors when it rains

Tony Pellegrino, one of the Greatest Generation
You’ll know this tern by its red-tipped bill and feet
Following the great white shark
Anne Arundel students place in contest
Memorial Day reminds us to delight in being alive

You won’t want to miss the ­Southern Maryland Celtic Festival

     Like the village that rises out of the mists in Scotland every hundred years in the 1954 movie Brigadoon, a park in St. Leonard comes alive with the sounds, smells and sights of the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland.        But for just one day.       On that single day, Saturday, April 27, the annual Southern Maryland Celtic Festival at Jefferson Patterson Park resounds with bagpipes, drums, fiddles and celebration.    ...

Stock up on their favorite foods

      “Obsessed with food, caterpillars are a mouth attached to a stomach.” –Sharmon Apt Russell, An Obsession with Butterflies         Why would anyone buy a plant that a worm is going to devour?      Because that so-called worm might be the larva of a beautiful butterfly. Female butterflies attach eggs to plants that serve as food for hatched-out larvae — caterpillars. The hungry, growing caterpillars will eat...

StoryTellers’ Bowie Playhouse debut

     StoryTellers Theater Arts Academy is now rehearsing an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Les Miserables, which will mark the company’s Bowie Playhouse debut May 2 to 5. Founded in 2016 by mother-daughter team Terry Sweet Bouma, artistic director, and Alyssa Bouma, production director, StoryTellers has mounted seven productions in venues across the area, from Into the Woods and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to A Tribute to Patsy Cline and Twelfth Night....

Feed yourself to feed hungry kids

     Spring is with us, and thus a very busy weekend awaits. We know where we will be spending Saturday afternoon.      Find us gobbling locally harvested oysters, freshly shucked or roasted, and pulled pork barbecue with baked beans, mac and cheese and homemade cornbread. It’s the annual Pigs & Pearls event that draws us back to the scenic West River for good times.       Pigs & Pearls is “a way to give back to the Bay as well as...
Among terns, these regional rarities are the opposite of least 
      Over the past week, migrating Caspian terns have been flying around the Chesapeake Bay. These are the world’s largest tern. They have a 57-inch wingspan, making them larger than a ring-billed gull. The smallest tern, the least tern, has a mere 20-inch wingspan.      Like all terns, Caspian terns have long, thin wings that carry them quickly and effortlessly over water. The Caspians are basically white except for black legs and feet, a black head cap and...

How to shoot the fluid element

     The ever-increasing daylight, songbirds singing, flowers blooming and, of course, warmer weather all signal the return to the water for many citizens of Chesapeake Country. It is also the perfect time to take that camera you received for the holidays (or the one that’s been collecting dust in your closet for far too long) and create photographs of our regions waterscapes.        From the impressionist painters of France to today’s surfing...

Grow and eat them for a long, healthy life

     The Blue Zone challenge is to adopt a lifestyle of community, easy exercise and eating fresh from your garden. In the Blue Zone of Ikaria, Greece, greens, including wild greens, are part of the everyday diet. I have found in years of teaching that people are no longer familiar with the preparation of greens. You’re more likely to include greens in your diet if you have some easy recipes.      In Ikaria, the common way to prepare most greens is to boil or...

Bad weather, bad news

      The opening day of Maryland’s trophy rockfish season was a bust, principally because April 20 was a windy mess with southern gusts to 30 knots. A quick survey of the Sandy Point Marina, where hundreds of boats are usually launched on the first day, revealed only two boat trailers in that enormous parking lot. A drive by the most popular shore-based fishing area, the Sandy Point Beach, showed a similar lack of anglers.      The Boatyard Bar and Grill...
It’s time to get the band back together
      After Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped his fingers and eliminated half the universe, Earth fell into despair. With friends and family turned to dust, survivors suffer unimaginable loss. Houses are abandoned, streets desolate, garbage rising to mountains. Despite Captain America’s (Chris Evans) best efforts to keep hope alive, Earth is a dark world, with few sources of hope.       Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) drifts through space with little hope of rescue...

Colonial Players’ stalwart

     Art must be an expression of love. –Marc Chagall        Carol Youmans’ love for the arts — and for the people at Colonial Players with whom she created, experienced and spread art — was exponential. When she died unexpectedly on March 27, the common theme of the responses among those whom she had touched was Carol was my … — you name it: mentor, designer, director, friend, all of those rolled into one. Because once you...