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How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis

That’s Charles Baker, streetside entertainer

Chesapeake Curiosities: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is the northernmost of its kind

Summer sends these insects singing

There may be a fungus in your soil

Plan B might be your score

Chesapeake Curiosities

At the corner of routes 468 and 255 in Galesville, a lovely, tree-filled cemetery reminds us that one of the first Quaker communities was in Chesapeake Country. George Fox, the father of the Religious Society of Friends — the proper name for the Quakers — opened the meeting house in Galesville in 1672, uniting various Quaker groups in Maryland into the first organized West River Yearly Meeting of Friends.     Fox advocated nonviolence, equality, obedience to God,...

Movements of the Moon Day 4: Thursday, June 16, 2016 Time: 0700 EDT Position: 41° 42.7 North X 68d° 32.6 West or about 63 nautical miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts.     Currently we are again in the midst of fishing vessels … are working the north and northwest slopes of Georges Bank just north and west of Cultivator Shoal and Georges Shoal. The northwest slopes of Georges Bank transition from a shallow of around 100 feet, to a deep of around 600...

Pros and cons of straw, paper, ­plastic and reflective mulches

It is a big mistake to mulch your tomato plants when you plant them. When organic mulches such as straw are applied at planting time on cool soil, the cool will linger. This will retard growth, flowering and fruiting. Wait to mulch vegetable gardens until soil temperatures are between 70 and 75 degrees.     Straw, the most common organic mulch, is generally weed-free and relatively inexpensive. Never use hay if you wish to avoid major weed problems in the future. Hay is often...

The concept couldn’t be simpler or the results better

My life as a sportsman has undergone any number of wild, unorganized, swings of interest. Angling-wise, I have immersed myself for long periods of dedication to salt-water fly-fishing, freshwater bass and bluegill fishing, a few years of an offshore blue-water crusade and plenty of surf and inshore wade fishing. Only in the last three years have I become absorbed by bait fishing in the Chesapeake.     Perhaps it is because I don’t quite have the excess energy so...

A great comic team in search of a worthy project

Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart: Ride Along 2) peaked in high school. A star athlete, top student and class president, Calvin had it all. He was the prom king and married the prom queen. Everyone knew he’d be the big success in his class.     Too bad.     Calvin grows up to be a boring accountant resentful of the rut his life has become. He balks at his wife’s suggestion they go to their high school reunion, fearing that his old friends will mock him....

    Thank you for including the 2016 Mayo Beach Public Open Days (most Sundays thru September and Labor Day) in the Bay Weekly calendar. The first Public Open Day was on Memorial Day, and it went forward in spite of the lousy weather forecast. When I stopped by late in the afternoon, there were still about 75 people in the park enjoying the beach and the playground.     I was chatting with a woman sitting on the next park bench and asked her where she had learned...

In a society dominated by technology and social media, what’s a 21st century father’s job?

Lance Garms and daughters Sofia, 15, Julia, 12 Lance, 46, of Annapolis, is an IT security ­consultant, sailor and single Dad. My daughters are the most important people in my life. We spend a great deal of time together learning, exploring and having fun. I’ve been sailing about 15 years, but my daughters started sailing with me about four years ago. It’s thrilling for me to watch them progress, and I see them enjoying it more and more all the time. Their confidence has...

Weather Smiles on River Riders

The weather gods cut cyclists and fundraisers a break on May 14. After days and days of rain, the storm clouds parted and a beautiful day was revealed, a great day for touring South County on a bicycle.     “We had 150 cyclists come out to enjoy the gorgeous day,” reported Jeff Holland, the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. “We were thrilled at the support of the community, especially the Annapolis Bicycle Club. We gave everyone a beautiful view of our watershed and a...

A Father’s Day memory

Dad said let’s go fishing when Mother asked what he wanted to do on Father’s Day.     He bought fresh fishing supplies the day before. We also packed a lunch because we were going to get up early.     At 4am, Mom was fixing a thermos full of coffee for the two of them as I got myself ready. We ate a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast to hold us over until we could get in the boat and snack. Dad planned to pick up the rented boat and a trailer...

92 and never, never, never giving up

Wind-driven waves roiled the river into a sandy soup for Bernie Fowler’s 29th annual Patuxent River Wade In June 12.     “It feels like the surf in Ocean City,” laughed a wader bound hand-in-hand to every other in the long line radiating out from the 92-year-old retired state senator and Patuxent River champion.     Thirty-one inches in, Bernie Fowler lost sight of his white sneakers. That’s the inch mark measured on the leg of his extra-...