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Follow the birds to find the action

A light historical comedy in search of deeper meaning

My homes are united by festivals, but oh for an oyster!

Don’t set your watch by a fisherman

     We had timed our launch to take advantage of the tidal current change. As it usually takes about an hour after the scheduled low for the current to gradually stop, then another hour for the incoming current to become noticeable, we intended to exploit that two-hour period of slower water. That made our launch time about 8am for targeting the Bay Bridge.      We were live-lining and hoped that those mild currents would allow our small spot baitfish to swim to...
Great chemistry more than makes up for the horrendous plot and gory action
     Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds: Life) lost his cache, girlfriend and lifestyle after a client was murdered. From elite bodyguard he dropped to glorified, bitter babysitter.       His ex, Interpol agent Amelia (Elodie Yung: The Defenders), offers him a way back. But the high-profile client he’s to protect is infamous hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson: Kong: Skull Island).       Bryce’s worst enemy, Kincaid has...
Try some of these gatekeepers
     Readers are complaining that rodents and deer are feasting in their gardens.       There is nothing like a good dog for keeping rabbits, groundhogs and deer out of the garden. Best is a dog that prefers staying out all night guarding the house and garden. Since we have had our dog Lusby, we have not had any four-legged pests feasting in the garden.      If you don’t have such a dog, I suggest a few remedies.      Turkey...

Of Fenders and Gibsons, GE Smith and Eric Clapton

     American music grew up on American guitars.      Mississippi Delta blues rose from the spirituals of African Americans but found a voice on National Resonator guitars built in California. Jazz and swing evolved from Big Bands on Gibson Archtops made in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The lonesome hillbilly folk we know as bluegrass was played on Martin guitars from Nazareth, Pennsylvania. When blues and jazz had a baby, they called it rock and roll and played it on Leo...

Where’s there’s music and wine, there will be dancing

     “I woke up and said, I can do this,” Onyx Linthicum reports of the morning he conceived the Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Funk Festival.      The D.C. native and self-help writer imagined a country event where folks could get their groove on while diverse local and national artists brought cool music to offset the August heat.       Back in 2015, Linthicum was ambitious, he admits. Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and...
New moon blots out much of the sun in ­Chesapeake Country
     With the great buildup to what is being called “the celestial event of the century” come a lot of questions about the Great American Eclipse. Here are some answers.   What is the Great American Eclipse?      On August 21, the earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating an eclipse. Eclipses happen about every six months, but this one is special. For the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon’s shadow passes through the...

New stamp carries important message

      A Chesapeake Country photographer is helping to spread the word to protect pollinators in a new medium: stamps.       Karen Mayford, of Glen Arm, is a featured photographer on the U.S. Postal Service’s new Protect Pollinators forever stamp series.        Paying tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators, the new stamps depict two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly and the western honeybee. In...

Christmas in April starts now

     Helping families live in warmth, safety and independence is a gift that lasts a lifetime. That’s the goal of Christmas in April Calvert County.       Whether Christmas comes in December or April, planning starts much earlier. Applications are now open for April 2018. On the last Saturday of that month, the non-profit makes no-cost repairs and renovation on homes of people and families, especially military veterans, with special needs because of low...

This bee drills into wood and flowers

     Gazing out at your garden, you’re sure to see pollinators great and small, from bumblebees to butterflies and wasps. One of these winged creatures is out in abundance this time of year. It’s a big bee. But which bee?      Photos followed by a few hours of research suggested that the large bee with an all-black abdomen absent hair was the Eastern carpenter bee, ­Xylocopa virginica.      A bumblebee would be hairier and have yellow...

This weekend and next, Calvert is the place to listen

      What did you listen to when you were growing up? That’s the question on my mind as I get ready to put this issue of Bay Weekly out of my hands and into yours. You’ll see why this week, and next week, too.       In families with musical talent, singing and playing an instrument is as natural as talking. In many families, church music was the rhythm of life. Musician Rick Hogue, who writes two stories in this issue, says he swayed in utero to the...