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Three-year plan places 50 bikes at nine different spots around town 

Instruments play a new tune at orchestra fundraiser

Growing corn is a-mazing

Annapolis tries adding bicycles to its traffic flows and woes

Beer and wine come to Quiet Waters

City art new and old collected in a book

The art community in Annapolis is about to get published.  The Art in Public Places Commission of the City of Annapolis plans to publish an updated edition of its heritage area award-winning publication, Art in the City of Annapolis.   “We are very excited about the opportunity to showcase the art of Annapolis from colonial times to the present,” says Cynthia Krewson, Art in Public Places Commission’s current Chair. “I think everyone will be...

Stroll the streets for art's sake

Annapolis becomes an open-air art gallery every year during ArtWalk, sponsored by the Annapolis Gallery Association.  Can you hit all nine of our must-see stops along the Annapolis Artwalk? Grab your map (see ad on the back page) or at any gallery, and plan your route to enjoy all the art your walking shoes can handle.  Starting from West Annapolis, drop in at West Annapolis Artworks & Fine Framing, filled with summer-inspired art as well as works from June’s...

How a beaver leads to a bird 

Beaver ponds add diversity to a woods. The flooded trees give way to meadows. Red-headed woodpeckers come to make nesting holes in the timber standing in water. Plant-based food — fruit, berries and nuts — make up two-thirds of these birds’ diet. But they also are active hunters and strong fliers. They can catch dragonflies in the air and chase down grasshoppers. Unusually, these woodpeckers will store live food like grasshoppers to eat later. They’ve even been seen...

June 3, 1938 - August 2, 2018

    Dr. G’s Allis-Chalmers B tractor before and after its restoration. Clara and Frank Gouin, with the 1930 Ford Model A, he restored from the wheels up.    We all knew the Bay Gardener, who died last week, of cancer, at age 80.  Frank Gouin was Chesapeake Country’s fountain of gardening wisdom, known globally for his scientific innovations. He was so generous with his time, so giving, that he’d answer any question readers could think of and...

Cold, oxygenated fresh water follows in the wake of murk and logs

Torrential rains have complicated fishing. The muddy plume now spreading from the Conowingo Dam to well below the Bay Bridge has not been pretty, and the accompanying debris field is dangerous and ugly. Whatever bite was going on before the rains has been disrupted. But there may be a silver lining.  That vast surge of cold, oxygenated freshwater pouring down from the rivers has dropped the previously high water temperature in the mainstem Chesapeake by as much as three and...

Follow these young actors through sadness and joy to the fever pitch of the climax

          The Talent Machine Company has done it again. The teens behind The Hunchback of Notre Dame are actors, dancers and singers as impressive as their juniors, who captivated me in 42nd Street.           The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens with the story of two orphan brothers: Claude (Sam Ellis) and Jehan Frollo (Noah Jaccard). Claude rises in the world while Jehan experiences the world. On his early deathbed, Jehan...

Come to see not one but three terrific leading ladies 

          Based on the 1980 musical of the same name and featuring music and lyrics by the multi-talented Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 The Musical had a solid pedigree but lasted only five short months on Broadway. Critics blamed the show’s sparse story line wrapped in big budget choreography and musical numbers. Still, the three female leads drew praise.           Same here. The production running through September 2 at...

Calvert Marine Museum becomes home of Maryland’s State ­Paleontology Collections

What kind of dinosaur could jump higher than a house?           All kinds. Houses can’t jump.           But houses can be moved, rearranged, torn down, redesigned and re-built. That’s exactly what is about to happen to much of the housing at the Calvert Marine Museum, to make room for the fossils of the once jumping, crawling, swimming and flying dinosaurs, as the museum evolves into Calvert...

Find the old, new and not-so-welcome on this week’s tour of Chesapeake Country

Back when I lived in Illinois corn country, we used to think that heaven resembled the Great Lake shores of Wisconsin. If we were very good, we might get there some day, preferably in this life rather than the next.           We must have been very, very good, for instead of Door County or Washington Island, where our friends migrated, fate dropped us on the shores of Chesapeake Bay. Fate must have been having a peculiar fit of kindness in our...

Farewell to a Legend: Michael Hosford

In the rich land that was the Annapolis restaurant scene in the 1970s, Michael Hosford was a legendary bartender, and his domain was the Maryland Inn. There are a few things you need to know about the Inn back then. The hotel housed The Treaty of Paris, a world-class restaurant, and two bars, The Drummer’s Lot and The King of France Tavern.           The Drummer’s Lot was packed with regular people every afternoon for happy hour. Late at...