|Hot Fun In The Summertime
Chesapeake's Bay Game!
Hop out of the car and sprint for the beach. Warm sand crunches under your feet as you near frothy water. Without hesitation you leap through crashing waves and submerge under salty foam.
Ahhhhhhh, summertime at the Ocean.
But you have to get there first.
You sit in your car moving like a snail toward the Bay Bridge. Your pesky little brother has his feet in your face. Quickly you roll down your window only to breath in some fresh exhaust fumes.
Ahhhhhhh, summertime getting to the Ocean.
Never fear! The 2001 Bay Game activity book comes to the rescue! A new summer season brings all-new ideas for places to go and things to do.
"This year's game is the best ever," says Alexis Grant, special projects coordinator for Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
You can also expect games like bingo, word search, secret code message and stump the grownups. It's stuffed with information about the Bay and ways that each of us can help keep the Bay clean and healthy.
A Super Idea!
Each summer, life-long Maryland resident Carolyn Watson and her family join thousands of other Marylanders on a trek to the beach. Along the way, she invented games to pass time during the long drive.
Her kids liked them so much that Watson turned her idea into a booklet of games for kids and adults alike to enjoy on their way to and from the beach.
Her boss, Governor Parris Glendening, thought it was a great idea, too.
It has worked so well over the past five years that teachers ask for copies to use in classrooms, and fifteen other states want their own booklets.
Bay Bridge toll booth operators expect to hand out more than 350,000 games this summer. Be sure to pick up your new edition as summer fun seekers make their way to blue Atlantic shores.
Cool Down With A Tasty Treat
Peanut Crunch Sundae
- 1 slice of yellow cake
- Pieces of peanut brittle
- 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
- Peanut Butter Velvet Sauce (see recipe below)
Place scoop of ice cream on top of cake. Pour peanut butter sauce over top and crown with pieces of peanut brittle.
Peanut Butter Velvet Sauce
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool.
Thurs. June 7 (6:30pm)-Start your summer with a book. Come to evening storytime at your local library and even get a chance to meet Sneaks, Calverts summer reading mascot, in person. Twin Beaches Branch, Chesapeake Beach: 410/257-2411.
Childrens Day at St. Clements Island
Sat. June 9 (11am4pm)Celebrate Childrens Day at the spot Maryland was born with games, pony rides, crafts and puppetry. At 3, Ed McDade sings The Rhythms and Rhymes of American Folk Music. Ride the water taxi to historic St. Clements Island (adults $5;kids $3). All @ St.Clements Island-Potomac River Museum, Coltons Point in St. Marys County: 301/769-2222.
Build a Bug
June 9 & 10 (2:30pm)Create a giant insect to take home at Zany Brainys Build a Bug workshop. Ages 4-6 @ Zany Brainy, Annapolis Harbour Center: 410/266-1447.
Thurs. June 14 (10:30am or 1pm)- Explore the world around you through an exciting seasonal craft. Listen to a nature story and take a walk through the gardens. Ages 3-5. Tawes Building, Annapolis. rsvp: 410/260-8189.