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Christmas crafting almost ruined my childhood

We deck the boughs with tradition and meaning 

Each of our Christmas ­evergreens tells a story

New owners at Chesapeake Health and Fitness 

Plans to increase biking gain national attention

An enjoyable adventure for preteens just in time for Halloween

      Twin Beach Players take us on a time-traveling adventure with an adaptation of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, the father of science fiction. Wells’ oft-told tale is now 125 years old.       In Wells’ telling, “the time traveller,” is a scientist; Twin Beach Players playwright Mark Scharf features Wells himself as that main character, time-traveling scientist. Regan Garnett directs the production.      The once-...

Feeder fish are faring well, not so much for baitfish

      This year’s Juvenile Striped Bass Survey (Young-of-Year) looks good. Overall, 33,000 fish of 12 species were netted in the extensive survey. The 1,741 stripers among them were a welcome relief, as six of the last 10 spawns have been below average for our favorite sport and eating fish.       The Juvenile Striped Bass Survey has been conducted since 1954 by Maryland Department of Natural Resources from some 22 fixed sites throughout Maryland’s...

A horror rematch 40 years in the making 

     In 1978, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis: New Girl) survived masked lunatic Michael Myers’ murder spree. Her friends were butchered, but Laurie lived to see Michael captured and committed. Still, she couldn’t move on.       Over 40 years, Laurie prepares for what she believes is Myers’ inevitable escape. She learns how to booby-trap her home, how to shoot, how to fight off an attacker in close quarters. She runs drill attacks and teaches...

Everyone has a story — which makes a long play

       Don’t blame yourself if you’ve never heard of The Babylon Line, the second show of Colonial Players’ 70th season. It opened off Broadway in December 2016 and closed after just seven weeks.          Playwright Richard Greenburg chose the title from the Long Island Railroad’s line. In 1967, Aaron Port rides that line to reverse commutes from New York City to Levittown to teach an adult-education writing...
Farming is in Nick Walter’s genes
       You know the season has changed when you look across the sprawling fields of the Walter family farm, dotted brilliant orange with autumn’s signature crop: pumpkins.          There Nick Walter is happily knee-deep in his element, harvesting the fruit of his labor.         Just 21 years old, this hard-working, fourth-generation, Maryland farmer is the future of Maryland agriculture. Back in June, Nick planted these...

Each tree adds its own color to the landscape

     Ah, October has returned. That means ghouls and goblins, pumpkins and apples, flannel and bonfires. The air is seemingly crisper with each passing week, and specks of red and yellow are beginning to adorn the trees. Leaf-peeping fever is right around the corner.      The eastern woodlands provide some of the best fall foliage to be found anywhere in the world. Our forests are filled with mostly deciduous (leaf-losing) trees including a wide variety of maples,...

How to see a Butter Butt among them

      Early October is the height of the fall bird migrations. Each day, thousands of hawks fly south along the Appalachian mountain ridges, and many more smaller birds are swept to the coastal side of the mountains as they move south. The small birds — including vireos, warblers, fly catchers and sparrows — travel at night and rest during the day.       So many small birds travel together nightly that they can be seen by radar as a low cloud and have...
      Archaeologists in Norway are celebrating with mugs of glogg after discovering an extremely rare Viking ship, likely the final resting place of a Viking king or queen more than 1,000 years ago.          Ground-penetrating radar operated by the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Research found the 65-foot-long vessel close to the surface near Oslo, Norway’s capital, alongside 10 graves. Few intact Viking ships exist, and a spokesman...

Mr. Boh presents a check to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

       All hot summer long, Baltimore’s Natty Boh gathered tabs and cash to give to Maryland’s favorite crustaceans.       From June to September, Natty Boh 12- and 16-ounce cans came with red, crab-etched tabs. For every tab returned, 10 cents was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s local blue crab research and habitat restoration efforts.        The program, Tabs for Crabs, ran statewide in Delaware, Maryland,...

Smithsonian encourages teens to dip their toes into filmmaking 

       If you’re looking for storytellers to tell tales of their love for water, ask a Chesapeake Country native.        Who’s asking for stories?         It’s the Smithsonian.       Calvert Library was selected to join the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition, a study on the significance of water in communities across the country.         “Getting the exhibition...