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Cool high-summer recipes from Maryland’s 2014 Buy Local Cookbook

Many local chefs and restaurants are on the bandwagon

Satisfy thirst and more at the Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival and Fire Truck Show

Great Spangled Fritillary

Buying local? Try vinegar lulled for five months in a skipjack’s hull

When fishing is good it is very good; When it is bad, it’s still pretty good

Flying the flag in Davidsonville

Love for your country is something we all agree on.     At these World Cup parties, when all of your friends and family look at the flag and hold their hands on their hearts, it’s a truly beautiful sight. Obviously it’s a fun and goofy time in dressing decked out in red, white and blue for parties, but there’s something more serious underneath that rings true for all Americans, reminding us that we live in such a beautiful country.     With the...

Five women seek balance between domesticity and independence, birth control and motherhood, drugs and responsibility in 1960’s London

I was expecting SHOUT! The Mod Musical to be smashing, and it is. With hits by the likes of Petula Clark, Lulu, Shirley Bassey, Mary Hopkin, The Seekers and The Association plus a phenomenal cast of singer/dancers plus a superstar director (Jerry Vess) from seven previous Summer Garden productions, how could it be anything but?     What I didn’t expect was relevance.     SHOUT!, which debuted in 2006, revisits the Swinging Sixties in London through the eyes...

Where will summer take you?

School’s out for kids everywhere, including the kid in your heart who still thrills with possibility long after the 12-month work calendar has replaced the nine-month school calendar. What adventures lie ahead for you, your family — and your hosts of summer visitors eager to see the sights?     By land and water, Chesapeake Country is full of wonders. Whichever way you turn you’ll find plenty to see and do, from ocean to Bay to mountains and lakes, from cities...

Extinction is the right ending

After the altruistic Autobots defeated the evil Decepticons in the Battle of Chicago, the American government had enough of alien warfare. The military ended its alliance with the Autobots, and both Autobots and Decepticons were declared illegal immigrants.     So you can bet that the junked semi-truck found by broke robotics inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg: Lone Survivor) is more than it seems. In repair, he discovers that the wrecker is actually Optimus Prime, leader of...

July 3 and 4

Thursday July 3 Chesapeake Beach Independence Night Clay Hunt and Pure Delight play under the Bandshell (7-9:45pm). As night falls, a kaleidoscope of fireworks ignites Bay waters. Reserve a table at the Rod ’N’ Reel or pick spots along the Chesapeake Beach boardwalk for a free view. But arrive early; the best spots are usually claimed from 5-6pm. Watching by boat gives you a fine view. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa: 410-257-2230; www.chesapeake-beach.md.us. Herring Bay...

Crossettes, Chrysanthemums and Cakes light up the Chesapeake

Peony A spherical burst without a tail Chrysanthemum Like the peony but with a trail of sparks on its way up to bursting   Willow Similar to chrysanthemums but lasting longer with a dome effect that looks like a weeping ­willow tree   Palm Looks like a palm tree with fewer large tendrils instead of smaller streaks Diadem Looks like a peony or chrysanthemum with a ­cluster of static stars in the center   Crossette...

Professional choreography does the trick

Even the biggest Fourth of July fire-works shows are over in minutes. Planning lasts much longer. Choreographing the shows is a job for professionals. The bigger the budget, the bigger the display — in length and drama.             The City of Annapolis has partnered  for a decade with Pyrotechnico. Those Pennsylvania fireworks pros bring Annapolis a standard program that lasts 12 to 15 minutes. Every customer’s program...

June into July is the Bay at its best

“It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away,” my husband emails, quoting Bono.     So I’m writing with urgency, eager to leave my computer for the Bay, the perfect rhyme to day and away.     I’ll feel the same tomorrow. What day isn’t beautiful this time of year? Why let any of them get away?     At the cusp of summer, light is long and weather moderate, mostly. Despite the leonine roars of a changing...

Unity Gardens spreads the green

Anne Arundel County blooms with the help of Unity Gardens twice a year. This non-profit organization raises money to helps community groups with twice-yearly grants to green their spaces. The new cycle to apply for grants up to $1,000 runs from July 1 through August 31. So act now or wait until January.     Since 2003, Unity Gardens has funded 200 local garden spots, helping groups from neighborhood associations to scout troops to schools green their spaces with native plants....

Playing in Annapolis: "It's always a good time."

When I go downtown with my guitar, it’s impossible to not meet new people. I’ve met a lot of crazy characters while playing downtown — plenty of funny drunk people, but other musicians too.     Jamming with other people around the Annapolis area and playing in the streets downtown has opened my mind to new styles and built my confidence as a musician. It’s an environment that always sparks ideas for new songs. I’ve come up with a bunch of...