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ll over Chesapeake Country, the pumpkins are picked and carved. The Halloween decorations are up—giant, hairy spiders crawling up houses and life-sized skeletons posed on porch swings. The candy is ready in bowls (except for those fun-sized pieces you swiped, hoping no one would notice). This Halloween season is a sigh of relief from the last, when cities and towns warned families to skip trick-ortreating for their own safety and most fall-themed events were canceled out of caution. In 2021, the return of fall festivals in Chesapeake Country is a welcome turn of the tide. Mostly held outdoors on wide-open farmland, these autumn traditions are literally a breath of fresh air. My optimism (and faith in fellow humans) was restored a couple of weekends ago on a visit to Knightongale Farm in Harwood. Looking for a Sunday activity to occupy my two little guys whose energy knows no bounds, I put them in the car and headed south on Route 2. On a rolling hillside dotted with pumpkins, we found every activ-

ity imaginable for young kids. Hay bales to climb! Animals to pet! Bounce house! Corn maze! Slide! Pony rides! We tore through just about every attraction, some twice. We only stopped to eat barbecue sandwiches and dance to the country music played by a DJ who had set up high on the hill. We were happy and the people around us were happy. Young couples picked out pumpkins. Multi-generational families ate together. Kids (mostly) waited their turn for each game. A pop-up birthday party was underway at a nearby picnic table. And then, the grand finale: a hayride all over the farm, pulled by a big red tractor. The wait was about 20 minutes, but my 3-year-old was determined to take a ride. The caramel apples we got as a treat helped pass the time—just try to eat one of those quickly—and the rest of the time was spent wiping sticky cheeks and fingers. When it was our turn to go for a ride, we saw views you just can’t get in the suburbs: acres and acres of dried sunflowers and soybean plants, and that brilliant-blue sky you only find in fall. The boys proclaimed the ride to be the

best part of our day. When we stepped down from the trailer, the hayride line stretched even longer than before. Nearby, the farm DJ was playing the Cha Cha Slide, that love-it-or-hate-it line dance we’ve all heard at weddings. At least two dozen people waiting for hayrides broke out in choreographed dance, flash-mob style: “Take it back now y’all! One hop this time! Right foot, let’s stomp. Left foot, let’s stomp. Cha cha now, y’all…” Without hesitation, my 5-year-old joined in—he’d learned the moves in school. And so we ended our day on a hayride high, dancing with strangers on a farm in South County. I wish you just as much joy in your fall experiences this weekend and beyond. Turn to page 9 to see all the happenings across Chesapeake Country, Halloween-themed and otherwise. There are several good weeks of fall left! p


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gram, by connecting them with marine trades jobs. Bay Bulletin caught up with these motivated young women in the training room. Working out on the rowing machines at the Annapolis Athletic Club, Nini Champion and Lisa Roland are working towards their goal. Champion, a sailboat rigging tech, and Roland, a captain who lives her life at sea, hope to complete the 3,000-nautical mile row from Spain to Antigua in 45 days. It’s also a fundraising mission that travels far beyond the mental and physical endurance needed to race. Roland experienced the ups and downs of foster care. Now, she and Champion will take on the ups and downs of ocean waves (up to 20 feet high at times)—in part to raise money for maritime education grants for youth who were in foster care.

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Working out on the rowing machines at the Annapolis Athletic Club, Nini Champion and Lisa Roland are working towards their goal, to race from Spain to Antigua in an oceangoing vessel like this one (right). Photo courtesy Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

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“I grew up in the foster care system and then I’ve gone on to become the captain of yachts and just the whole maritime industry has changed the trajectory of my life,” she says. “There were a lot of really hard years. It was not the greatest way to grow up. And one of the most important thing is that kids from the system, they don’t have somebody who can tell them that they can go accomplish whatever they want.” Roland formed a team with Champion a few years ago after they witnessed the emotions from the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from the finish line. The ocean rowing event happens every December. The two women, known as Team Ocean Grown, are aiming for 2022, so they have another year to train and fundraise. The training will take some work: neither woman has a rowing background. Both identify as sailors. But they’re confident about taking on the ocean in a specially equipped ocean-going boat. “It’s a completely unassisted race, so we can’t take on any outside assistance,” Roland explains. That means they must produce their own water with a desalination device, carry 4,000 calories’ worth of military rations for each day aboard, and the bathroom is … a bucket. There is a small cabin to duck into during severe weather. Roland and Champion will only have each other at sea for at least 45 days. While the general goal is to stay in the boat, sometimes they’ll have to jump in

for a dip. “Actually, we will be getting in the water because it’s important that we clean the bottom of the boat in order to keep up speed, like less resistance, because a lot of things will grow,” Roland explains. But they know to be careful. “The idea of like, thousands of feet beneath you …” says Champion. “It is crazy,” Roland adds. “You don’t want to drop anything.” Team Ocean Grown is still raising money for their own boat and seeking sponsors for operational costs, which will reach about $100,000. They set up a tent outside McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar during the Annapolis Boat Shows, and the crowd was generous. The team is also actively raising funds for Homebridge Youth Society, in Canada where Roland grew up, which provides residential care to youth in the foster system. “For these kids, I really want to be that person,” she says. The team will show foster kids the definition of perseverance—alternating two hours on, two hours off. In all, race organizers say each team will take more than 1.5 million oar strokes over the race. Just how grueling is it? Rowers burn more than 5,000 calories per day, and by the end of the race the rowers have lost an average of 26 pounds. Team Ocean Grown plans to bulk up before the race in preparation. And of course, they’ll practice rowing … a lot. “You just get to a point where you keep going and going. Kind of not thinking, that’s the goal,” Roland says.

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f you love to snap scenic photos from your boat, kayak or canoe (who doesn’t!?), researchers could use your help with a new water monitoring project. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater is looking for volunteers to use an app to take pictures of the water and sky, along with taking some water samples.

SERC would like photos to be taken at least 100 feet away from shore, especially on the South, West, Rhode, and Severn rivers. Anyone with a boat, canoe, two-person kayaks, or even a long dock can help. The Chesapeake Water Watch pilot project is a partnership between SERC and NASA with the help of riverkeepers and citizen scientists on the water. What does NASA have to do with water quality monitoring? Their satellites today are so cutting-edge that they can capture water quality changes on camera. Used widely in the ChesaSee PHOTOGRAPHERS on page 6

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uiz time! In what state would you find an anhinga, roseate spoonbill and painted bunting? Florida? Yes, of course, Florida. But this year if you answered “Maryland,” that would be correct, too. A male painted bunting kicked off the year with a surprise appearance along the C&O Canal National Historical Park at Great Falls. The bird was quite the sensation, as CBM Bay Bulletin reported. The adult male painted bunting is one of the most colorful birds in North America. A bright red underside stretches from its chin down to its tail. Equally bright, a blue head and shoulders set up a vivid contrast. He has a green back and additional red on his rump. This bird practically shouts, “Hey, look over here! Take my picture!” The bunting caused traffic jams outside the park as eager birders lined up for a closer look. He was a rarity, to be sure, but he wasn’t the only one of his species seen in Maryland. In fact, painted buntings were seen in eight other Maryland counties in 2021. These birds are being spotted with increasing



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peake region, the satellites could give researchers an overall picture of chlorophyll a, water clarity, and colored dissolved organic matter. As SERC explains, “These large-scale datasets from satellites would provide a greater understanding of the overall environmental conditions to support aquatic life, and economic and recreational activity.” But the information gathered by the satellites must be verified with measurements from the ground. Citizen scientists are important for “ground truthing”, informing adjustments that need to be made, and even raising awareness about NASA’s environmental projects. Pairing water-level sampling with satellites that offer large-scale water quality snapshots, researchers will have the most complete picture of the Chesapeake Bay’s health. As a pilot

frequency in the mid-Atlantic and even farther north, suggesting that they may be expanding their range. To see a true Maryland rarity, you had to be 150 miles to the east, at the Ocean City Inlet. On Jan. 5, a red-billed tropicbird was sighted there. Birder Suzette Stitely was with three others, checking out the many winter species that use the beaches and inlet, in addition to ocean birds flying by. The small group saw the extraordinary bird, and Stitely captured its image in flight with her Olympus camera and telephoto lens. The red-billed tropicbird had never been documented in Maryland. Typically, it is found on the sea near its island breeding sites, which are scattered across the south Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and in the Caribbean Sea. It is mostly brilliant white, with black flight feathers, black streaks behind its eyes, a sturdy red bill and a pair of elegant streamers. Those amazing tail feathers double the length of the bird. In flight, it is simply gorgeous. Florida sent us a limpkin, too—a medium-size wading bird that is the visual opposite of the bunting and tropicbird. It is heavily streaked brown and white, a cryptic coloring that provides camouflage. The bird has a long, curved bill that is twisted at the end. That unusual project, if the program is successful, it could eventually be used to monitor coastal waters around the world. Volunteers and researchers can help with monitoring in a couple of waters. First, volunteers take photos in the field using the Hydrocolor app—which analyzes the photos to give researchers measurements of turbidity and reflectance. Second, volunteers collect water samples, which are later tested for chlorophyll, turbidity and dissolved organic matter. These data are analyzed and compared to the same information collected by satellites in space to help determine their accuracy. Any interested volunteer photographers/samplers should reach out to As always, but especially now that water temperatures are cooling, wear your life jacket if you go out on the water to help.

BAY BULLETIN feature is an adaptation that allows it to extract snails from their shells. The species specializes in apple snails found in hot, humid freshwater wetlands. The limpkin ended up out of place in habitat as well as latitude. Fifty miles up the Potomac River from the District of Columbia, it took up residence at Snyder’s Landing in Sharpsburg (site of the 1862 Battle of Antietam). Recorded by a photographer in June, the bird remained in the foothills of the Appalachians through the end of August. It is only the fifth confirmed record of a limpkin in Maryland. In July at North Beach, near the border of Calvert and Anne Arundel counties, a little egret appeared in the marsh. Looking remarkably like a snowy egret, this diminutive white wader has dull yellow feet, not the bright golden ones of the snowy. The bird is not native to the Americas but is common in Europe, southern Asia, and parts of Africa and Australia. It sometimes appears in the Americas when blown off-course by tropical storms or hurricanes. Trumpeter swans have been seen in Bay waters sporadically for years during the winter. During their summer breeding season, though, these huge birds are in Alaska and other northern climes, including the western Great Lakes. Yet in the summer of 2021, for the first time, Maryland hosted three breeding pairs. The pair that settled on Hart-Miller Island was the first recorded successful breeding pair, producing three cygnets. Mississippi kites have been gradually moving their range north. The long-distance migrant typically breeds along the Gulf Coast and its namesake river. These kites selected the city of Rockville for the Maryland honor, becoming just the second recorded successful breeding pair of the species in the state. A roseate spoonbill, the big, bright pink wader with the spatulate bill, was seen in Maryland in Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Baltimore counties. Thousands of motorists got a view of the bird when it set down for a few days on a spit of land bordering the Washington beltway near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. A wood stork, that prehistoric-looking large wader, also made the trip north from its usual haunts in Florida. Like the painted buntings, wood stork sightings proved plentiful in 2021. The birds were seen in at least five Maryland counties over the summer. So, what’s going on with all these rare bird sightings so far this year? After breeding, many birds range far and wide. Some of what’s happening is the usual post-breeding dispersal patterns in action. Clearly, other sightings are related to climate change, with southern species moving north in response to warming temperatures. The trumpeter swans may be heading south because of melted tundra. A few birds may be here because of severe weather, which is also related to a warming planet. The simple fact is that we don’t know why. Other Bay states are having equally exciting years. The pure joy of birding is here. Go outside and see for yourself.

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aturalist, biology and environmental science teacher, journalist, birder, nature photographer. Annapolitan Dotty Holcomb Doherty, 64, has held many titles, and now she can add published author to her list. Doherty’s book, Buoyant: What Held Us Up When Our Bodies Let Us Down, was released by New Bay Books publishing house on October 1. It’s a book Doherty says she had been working on for 13 years, when her friend Janet asked her to share her story. Janet had adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer that caused disfigurement in her face, and told Doherty that she didn’t want to be forgotten “and she wanted her journey to maybe help somebody else who was facing this kind of horrific cancer.” As Doherty worked on writing Janet’s story, she says she “always had this feeling that the reader was outside looking in, not that they were kind of part of the story.” After her own diagnosis, with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002, Doherty began to work her own journey into the book. “[Janet’s] illness was so visible, she literally wore it on her face,” Doherty says. “My MS was very hidden—you looked at me and I’m very athletic ... and yet here I was, exhausted, couldn’t get off the couch, and so I started writing our story.” The fatigue that comes with the illness was a surprise to her. “The fatigue was something I had never encountered before and I had quit (teaching) a year after I was diagnosed,” Doherty. “And I truly floundered for quite a while and then I just started writing.” Doherty continued to write and rewrite, trying different approaches for her book over the years—she attended workshops on fiction writing which helped her to develop a plot, scenes and characters. “It was kind of this mix of narrative nonfiction and memoir,” Doherty says. “Janet became her own

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Author Dotty Doherty with a giant tortoise she met in the Galapagos Islands. Photo by Jonathan Doherty. “The manuscript was in very good STORIES from page 7 shape, essentially the book as it is now,” character, I was my own character and Martin says. “Nonetheless, we spent weeks fine-tuning the flow of sentences it blended into the story.” She wrote a reflection for Bay Weekly, and more weeks later achieving ideal where she caught the eye of then-editor clarity, correctness and consistency.” Doherty is also a nature photograSandra Olivetti Martin. “It was really Sandra who encouraged me to start pher. She received her first digital camwriting, she is an amazing editor who era as a gift from her husband’s family didn’t just reject a story, she would say in 2013 and took off photographing ‘here’s how you should start the first birds, wildflowers and more. A photo sentence, go’” Doherty says. “And I she took graces the cover of her book. “[Nature photography] and writing wrote for her for a decade, and what a have kind of taken over my life which is gift that was.” When Doherty finished her book in really exciting and so it’s lovely to have 2019 and looked for someone to publish my photo as part of the cover of the it, she struggled to find the perfect pub- book, it makes it really pull together,” lishing home. When Doherty learned Doherty says. Doherty hopes her book helps readers about Martin’s New Bay Books publishing house she said “the thought of see what’s beyond a person’s outward being back with Sandra, working with persona and always recognize who they are on the inside even if they change on her again, would be a dream.” “I love Dotty’s devotion to her work the outside. “You still can connect with that perand to the inner voice that guided her,” Martin says. “I love her persistent de- son that you’ve always known, always termination ... I love her attention to loved,” Doherty says. “Friends somedomestic detail, the hows of these two times don’t know what to say, don’t women living through the challenges of know what to do when a friend becomes their very lives that came to them un- chronically ill…and they stop showing up and I think the important thing to bidden.” Martin took the manuscript in Febru- remember is keep showing up...because ary and Doherty, Martin and artist and that same person’s inside there.” designer Suzanne Shelden of Shelden Studios took off on an editing journey Find Buoyant as well as other Chesapeake making everything the best it could be. authors’ works at

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nne Arundel County residents can express their gratitude for the planet by planting trees, courtesy of the Watershed Stewards Academy. The Groves of Gratitude initative is part of WSA’s larger tree planting program, Replant Anne Arundel. From 2013-2017, Anne Arundel County lost 2,500 acres of forests, the highest rate of forest loss in Maryland. Replant Anne Arundel engages communities across the county to plant native trees which are vital for protecting the atmosphere, ground, and wildlife. “Tree roots hold soil in place, prevent it from washing into our waterways, and promote infiltration. Trees are also an integral part of our ecology, giving food and shelter to native animals,” states WSA Development and Communications Coordinator Katie Foster. County residents can place orders on WSA’s website until Nov. 3 (this program is not available to City of Annapolis or Fort Meade residents). There’s a wide range of woody perennial plants to select from: American holly, American hornbeam, American linden, black gum, eastern red cedar, eastern redbud, northern red oak, pawpaw, serviceberry, staghorn sumac, sycamore, and witch-hazel. Choose from either single native trees or pre-designed, native tree bundles. Each bundle provides a specific benefit, such as increasing pollinator habitat, screening from roads and neighbors, shading for more efficient energy usage, or providing a sustainable food soruce. WSA Restoration Technician Robert Pavlik said he enjoys how the pre-selected bundles add value to a landscape. “For example, the screening grove features two species (American holly and eastern red cedar) that are evergreen trees which, once matured, can effectively provide a natural screen that can block noise, wind, and views from neighboring houses all year round. Each grove also comes with a planting plan which helps homeowners determine how far apart the trees should be planted,” he said. Replant Anne Arundel’s mission is to plant thousands of native trees and shrubs in communities of all types this year, says Foster. She said the community outreach spans from libraries, religious places of worship, and schools. Replant Anne Arundel is a partnership between the Watershed Stewards Academy, Anne Arundel County and the Helena Foundation. County residents have planted 382 trees on 87 project sites through Groves of Gratitude, which launched in 2020. A donation of $15 to $60 per bundle is suggested, with 50 percent of the donation going to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. The other half will go to watershed steward training and projects. Place orders at


igh school students can feel safe hitting the snooze button next fall. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved a plan last Wednesday to shift school start times beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Under the plan, high schools will start a full hour later at 8:30 a.m. and middle schools will start between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m. Elementary schools will begin between 8 and 9 a.m. The decision follows recommendations from Prismatic Services, Inc., a logistics company that the county contracted in 2021 to develop new bus routes for altered school start and dismissal times, and a lengthy campaign from community members for the county to adopt later school start times. “This Board, based on mountains of research, committed in June to change to healthier school start times,” Board President Melissa Ellis stated in a press release. “This has been years in the making and there is more work to be done between now and then, but the certainty is that change is coming.” Implementing the plan will have little to no cost, according to the board, although the county acknowledged that they require re-negotiated bus contracts, shifts in school meal and athletics schedules, and changes to child-care operations to meet the logistical hurdles of adjusting start and dismissal times. The county will also need as many as 32 more buses to “address existing overcrowding issues,” the board said. The national nonprofit Start School Later has waited for Wednesday night’s decision since 2011, when the group was founded in Anne Arundel County. Lisa VanBuskirk, head of the group’s Anne Arundel County and Maryland chapters, commended the county’s decision and saw it as a pivotal step in moving the rest of Maryland’s public schools towards what she calls healthier, safer, and more age appropriate school hours. “Ultimately, this is about the students and making sure that they attend school at a time that aligns best with their learning opportunities,” VanBuskirk said. VanBuskirk and Start School Later supercharged their advocacy in Anne Arundel County when the school board began transitioning to countywide elections for its members in 2018. Newly elected members were receptive to her proposed changes, VanBuskirk said, and the movement blossomed into Wednesday’s unanimous decision to alter arrival and dismissal times. Excited as she is, VanBuskirk is still aware of the care required in ensuring a smooth rollout between now and next fall. “An important part of all this is not just solving all these logistical issues,” VanBuskirk said, “but communicating with parents about how their students will be impacted.” One Anne Arundel County student that will miss out on these changes is Bunmi Omisore, the board’s student representative and a senior at Arundel High School. As jealous as she is, though, she says she is thankful for the board’s move and the impacts it will have on her fellow students. “I’m going to be very excited,” Omisore said at Wednesday’s meeting, “to tell my constituents that they will no longer have to wake up before the sun.” p



o borrow a phrase from a certain seasonal movie: This is Halloween. The sun sets earlier, the leaves are falling, there’s a slight chill in the air. Halloween is back and it feels so good. Let’s just leave last year’s scariness behind us, shall we? Chesapeake Country is in full-on fall festival mode and we have the roundup of where to find your pumpkins, your hayrides, your screaming actors with chainsaws … or just some (slightly tamer) costume revelry with candy, of course. We have scoured the region for ways to enjoy the days leading up to our favorite spooky (or simply silly) time of year. From the most sincere pumpkin patch to the most terrifying haunted houses, CBM Bay Weekly will help you get the most out of All Hallows Eve, and the surrounding autumn season. Note that many attractions are requiring advance online tickets and payment will not be accepted at the door. Also some events require masks. Please check before you go haunting. CONTINUED O

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More Fun with Pumpkins


Green Meadows Farm

Farm Fall Festivals


f a trip to a farm is your style of autumn activity, they are in no short supply. Family farms dotting the Maryland landscape throw open the barnyard gates this time of year. You can pick a pumpkin, take a hayride, play in the corn, ride a pony and sip apple cider. The best ones even include corn mazes.

Butler’s Orchard, Germantown: Pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, jump pads, barnyard buddies, corn maze, farm games, straw maze, live music:

Clark’s Elioak Farm, Ellicott City: Farm animals, pumpkin patch, pony rides, train rides, plus an enchanted forest: Councell Farms, Easton: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, jumping pillow, combine slide, local apples, fall decor: Gaver Farm, Frederick: Pick your own pumpkins and apples, hayride, corn maze, farm animals, jumping pillow, farm games:

Greenstreet Gardens, Lothian: Corn maze, hayrides, jumping pillow, farm games, farm animals, fall decor:

Green Meadows Farm, Ijamsville: Trail of Jack-O-Lanterns, trickor-treating, fire pits, farm show, animal barn, hayrides: greenmeadowsevents. com

Knightongale Farm, Harwood: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, farm games, moon bounce:

Maryland Corn Maze, Gambrills: Corn maze, bounce pad, petting zoo, hayrides, farm games, pony rides:

Montpelier Farms, Upper Marlboro: Corn maze, petting zoo, wagon rides, playground, farm games, s’mores at bonfires, pumpkin chunkin’:

Summers Farm, Frederick: Pumpkin patch, wagon rides, pumpkin train, corn maze, live entertainment, fireworks: Bonus fun: Search the Arundel Grown Guide at and comment on where you get your best fall produce on their Facebook page (@ArundelAg) for a chance to win a free pie.

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on’t want to trek to a farm? There’s still some good fun to be had with gourds. At the Pumpkin Walk Reimagined, Oct. 28 & 29, families begin with a superstitions tour of the mansion learning about curious customs of the 18th century, then join a costume parade and engage with activity stations in the garden including witch storytelling, pumpkin toss, and take-home craft. 3:30-5pm, Hammond-Harwood House Museum, Annapolis, $10 w/discounts, RSVP: Want to get arty with your pumpkin? Head to Annmarie Garden’s Bad Art Night for The Great Pumpkin Challenge, Friday, Oct. 29. For this adults-only outrageous pumpkin decorating contest, gather some friends, or bring a date and have fun creating a fall-favorite “masterpiece”. They will have music, food truck, cash bar and all the supplies you’ll need. This event is outdoors with lots of room to spread out. Homemade costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. 4:30-6:30pm, Annmarie Garden, Solomons, $20, RSVP: Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown invites the community to its annual Pumpkin Patch Party, billing it as the largest trunk ‘n’ treat in Calvert County, Oct. 31, 6-8pm. The party is free and features decorated vehicles in the commuter lot with candy for hundreds of kids. In addition to the sugar rush, the event will also have a moon bounce, cornhole, face painting, a dance floor and music, and a fire pit and s’mores, and a costume parade. There will also be Calvert Kettle Corn, hot chocolate, and coffee for the whole family to enjoy. Details: pumpkinpatch. For you early risers (in other words, everyone with a kid under the age of 12), the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market hosts Halloween Extravaganza Oct. 30 at 7am and Oct. 31 at 10am. The


market will give away 50 pumpkins to the first 50 kids and host pumpkin painting activity and cookie decorating, a DJ will spin tunes and spooky music so be sure to come in costume: And if you somehow haven’t been in Annapolis lately to see the great pumpkin invasion, you should head there this weekend to witness the 1,000+ pound pumpkins at the Graduate Hotel, Visit Annapolis Visitors Center, and St. Anne’s Church. Snap a photo with the pumpkins and post to social media with #GreatAnnapolisPumpkin for a chance to win gift cards to local businesses. On the weekend, some will be turned into giant jack-o’-lanterns.

Get Your Scare On


aybe you’re the type who celebrates Halloween as the ultimate fright fest, willingly going into dark creepy woods or haunted mansions just to prove you can. Experiencing the holiday is a full-on sensory overload for some. Embrace the dark side—just once a year, right? Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818, and here we are 200 years later still fascinated by the story of a young scientist who brings a creature to life in the most horrifying way. Head down to North Beach to see the Twin Beach Players perform Frankenstein on stage at the Boys & Girls Club Oct. 29-31, FSa 8pm, Su 3pm, plus a special showing Sa night 9pm. Masks req’d, $15 w/discounts: or at the door. If ol Frankie just doesn’t creep you out enough, head out to Bennett’s Curse at Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk ( or Field of Screams in Olney ( if you are into that whole paying-someone-to-scare-youenough-to-wet-your-pants thing. For slightly less terrifying (and closer to home) fun, head to the Tunnel of Terror, also known as Magic Tunnel Car Wash, in Prince Frederick. The location will be filled with animatronics, lights, live characters and candy. Purchase a car wash for $7, and roll thru the tunnel. Oct.

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OR ALL ITS spooky, scary and terrifying tales, Halloween is actually quite sweet. Of course we are talking about the obscene amounts of candy American children (and adults) will rake in over the course of what is now a multi-day occasion. According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween candy

spending should hit a whopping $3 billion this year—a 20 percent increase over last year and 10 percent over the previous all-time high. Overall Halloween spending is predicted to be over $10 billion. That’s up 26 percent over last year. For the past few years, we have turned to our friends at CandyStore. com for the annual ranking of the most popular Halloween candy stateby-state, based on 14 years of candy sales data. As a nation, REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS jumped to beat SKITTLES as the new #1 overall. SOUR PATCH KIDS and HOT TAMALES are closing in on M&M’S, which ranks #3. And the-ever controversial CANDY CORN takes its place at #10. In Maryland we have a sweet tooth for HERSHEY KISSES, which ranks #1, followed by (no surprise) REESE’S CUPS and HERSHEY’S MINI BARS. Perhaps it’s our proximity to Hershey that inspires such devotion? CBM BAY WEEKLY posed the question to Chesapeake Country on social media: what do you hope to find in your trick-or-treat bag? You told us that REESE’S are the best Halloween treat, followed by M&M’S (peanut butter is a favorite), TWIX and SNICKERS. Around the office it’s a close contest between TWIX lovers and Chesapeake Church Pumpkin Patch Party

REESE’S fans. Moviegoer Diana Beechener had a surprising choice: “My favorite Halloween treats are MELLOWCREME PUMPKINS (yes, they’re different than candy corn, I don’t care what everyone says) and Reese’s pumpkins (I like a theme).” Do you agree with these poll results? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram @BayWeekly.

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28 thru 30, 5:30-9pm, Oct. 31 5:30-8pm. Visit @MagicTunnelCarWashes on Facebook for the latest updates. If you are on the hunt for a “real” ghost, discover what’s hiding in the shadows in Downtown Leonardtown on Oct.

30. Conduct paranormal investigations at Tudor Hall, the Moll Dyer Rock, the Old Jail Museum and the Leonardtown Wharf (8-10pm & 10:30pm-12:30am). This experience will include an introductory class, ghost stories at each location, a full para-

normal investigation of all locations, and a closing debrief class session. Grab your camera and recorder to see what you can catch (ages 13+, meet at Town Hall, $40, RSVP: If you prefer a little more history in your hauntings, join Annapolis Tours by Watermark and Historic Annapolis for their Special Historic Hauntings walking tour. A spirited guide will lead you through the dark alleys, spooky side streets, and lesser-known haunted sites of the old and creaky city of Annapolis. Hear from real diary entries and newspaper ar-

ticles of what frightened early 18th-century folks. Also included is a stop inside historic Hogshead, where you will be immersed in the tales of those living in Annapolis during the Revolutionary War. Listen to stories of spirits that linger in the mist, and explore one of Annapolis’ best-known cemeteries. And who knows, after a trip inside Hogshead, your own story may be added to the history of Annapolis. ThFSa 7:30 & 8pm, Su 8pm, $25 w/discounts, RSVP: CONTINUED O

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Zoo Booo!


Party Animals


ot a Hallo-weenie at home? Or maybe a crafty costumed cat? They get to enjoy the fun, too, at events for pets. North Beach hosts its annual Hound of the Town and Boo Bash Oct. 31, so dress up the whole family and get down to the boardwalk for the costume contest. Pet parade (dogs only) and costume judging (1-3pm, $10/dog, benefits Calvert Animal Welfare League). Human costumes judged at 4pm. Trick or treat at local businesses after: Head to Historic Hancock’s Resolution in Pasadena for the Animal Appre-

ciation Day and Pet Parade, Oct. 31 (1-4pm) including a pet parade (2pm), free: For animals of all shapes and sizes, you can’t beat the Maryland Zoo’s annual ZooBOOO!, Oct. 29-31 (10am-4pm). ZooBOOO! includes safe Halloween trickor-treating, visits from Animal Ambassadors, two costume contests each day, carnival games, crafts, the STIFEL “notso-spooky” hay maze, family entertainment and the Elephant Pumpkin Smash. Watch as the African elephants enjoy their fall treats in a big way (11am daily). Come in costume and find the trick-ortreat candy chute stations. Timed reservations and masks in indoor spaces req’d. More info at

Halloween in the Garden

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I Just Want a Costume Party


ometimes you just need a good old community party filled with games, crafts, and yes, candy. The Halloween Hootenanny at the Severna Park Community Center is Oct. 28 (11:30am-1pm) and is a morning of games, arts & crafts, candy hunting, and story time with Melody from Park Books. Best of all, it’s free (RSVP: The Children’s Theatre of Annapolis hosts a Monster Mash for kids ages 5-10, Oct. 30 (9am-noon). In this fun Halloween-themed workshop students will play theatre games, sing, dance, & do crafts. Students are encouraged to bring their Halloween costume to change in to at the end of the workshop for pictures. ($45, RSVP: Join staff and volunteers at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary for a Halloween Critter Crawl Oct. 30 (4-8pm). Wear your costume on a walk through the forest to see different animals and insect displays, and enjoy Halloween candy, campfires, s’mores, hayrides, and nature crafts. Headlamp/flashlights suggested, no pets allowed. $5/person, RSVP on ActiveNet (#26679). As the crisp air creeps into our weekly forecast, the Annapolis Town Center announces the return of its Fall Fest. On Oct. 30 (noon-4pm), guests are welcome to enjoy some free, harvest-themed family fun. Jump on a tractor ride, run through a hay maze, try your hands at pumpkin painting, and enjoy hourly performances of Thriller from dancers of the Maryland Performing Arts Center. Live music will be provided by DJ Joey and singer-songwriter Daphne Eckman, and an array of local food trucks will be available for food and refreshment purchases ( First 300 kids receive a trick-or-treat bag. For the grownups, grab a babysitter and join Annapolis Town Center and Naptown Scoop’s Haunting at 1906 Hallow-

een Ball. Featuring an open bar and appetizers from Vintage Views, this is your event to dress to impress, to scare or just for flare (ages 21+). 8pm, East Lounge, next to the Paseo, masks req’d, $54.67, RSVP:, Want to spend the evening on the water? Take a Halloween cruise on the Wilma Lee Oct. 31 (4-6pm, ages 21+). Dress in costume for a chance to win an award, chosen by Captain Rick. ($65, RSVP: For a multicultural spin on things, head to Annapolis, Oct. 30 (5pm) for its Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival at Maryland Hall. Organized by Mayor Buckley’s Hispanic Community Services office, the event includes a kids zone, vendors and artists, face painting booths, and a full program on stage including Bolivian dancers, Latin American musicians, salsa classes and a DJ. The Day of the Dead celebration typically involves gathering to celebrate friends and family members who have passed. It is also known as All Saint’s Day or All Souls’ Day. Attendees at the festival are encouraged to dress up to celebrate Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday celebrated in Mexico and many Latin American countries. One of the favorite traditions at Day of the Dead celebrations is sugar skull makeup, a Day of the Dead face painting technique. Come early to get a colorful sugar skull face painting at one of multiple booths at the event. “I love this celebration,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “Our partners will have amazing food, drinks, and music which is lucky because people can work up quite a hunger and thirst as they travel from the spirit world back to the realm of the living.” The City is co-hosting the event with support of Center of Help, Maryland Hall, The Arts in Public Places Commission, the Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Chesapeake Family Magazine, Anne Arundel County’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Mundo Latino, Se Fuerte, and community volunteers. Wherever and however you celebrate, scary or mild, CBM Bay Weekly hopes you enjoy the return of the spooky season (and we welcome donations of leftover Reese’s and Twix). p





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defy the feud that divides their families and are driven toward tragedy. FSa 8pm, SaSu 2pm, The Classic Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis, $68 w/discounts, RSVP:

Undocumented Cemeteries Anne Arundel Co. Preservation Stew- Oct. 29: Campfire Chat. ardship Program’s Stacy Poulos and Drew Webster share how to document historic cemeteries and preserve them. 1-3pm, Ebenezer AME Church, Galesville, RSVP:


Mighty Marshes Plant and learn about the native seaside goldenrod. 9:30am-12:30pm, Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard, RSVP:

Sunset Hike Hike a one-mile park trail and catch a glimpse of the fall leaves and sunset over the Patuxent River; you’ll learn a thing or two about life in early Maryland along the way. 5:30pm, Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard, $5, RSVP:

Fall Foliage Hike

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Café Scientifique Dr. L.Y. Aaron Yung, with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, talks about the James Webb space telescope in this virtual lecture. 6:15-7:30pm, RSVP for link:

STEAM Festival Dive into hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering, art and math in this festival, which aims to build awareness of STEAM education and related fields and careers. 10am-2pm, St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, free: 301-4755511.


Campfire Chat Join Chesapeake troubadour Jeff Holland for ghost stories, local lore and songs around the campfire to welcome the season; costumes and candy for s’mores welcome. 6-7:30pm, Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, $5:

Homestead’s Harvest Weekends Raptor’s Eye stops by with magnificent birds of prey. Come see up-close owls, hawks, falcons and more. 10am-2pm, Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville:

Friday Night Lecture Dr. Sarah Vitale on gender, intersectionality and Marx’s value theory. 8pm, McDowell Hall, St. John’s College, Annapolis, free:


OCTOBER 29 & 30

14th Annual Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival Enjoy locally brewed beer, mouthwatering BBQ and lots of bourbon—making this one of the most popular events in the area. All-you-care-to-taste samples of 60 different beers and 40 different

Join a ranger and hike the trails in search of scenic fall colors and whatever critters appear. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy and dress for the weather. Wear a mask.10am-noon, South River Farm Park, Edgewater:

bourbons; plus live seminars in the tasting theater, contests and live music. F 6-10pm, Sa 2-6pm, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, $29-$125, RSVP:


Romeo and Juliet Experience Shakespeare’s most famous tale of star-crossed lovers who

Celebrate the Bay’s favorite bivalve at this festival featuring oysters served a variety of ways, an oyster stew crawl, craft beer and spirits, live music, scenic river cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, cooking demos, Chesapeake Bay retriever demos, oystering demos, children’s activitie, tours of the Continued on next page

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BAY PLANNER Maryland Dove and more. 10am-4pm, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, $18 w/discounts:

Founding Freedoms Walking Tour Take a tour of the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence with a viewing of special printings of the very document he signed; then continue to the Maryland State House to see the Founding Freedoms: The Essential American Documents exhibition which tells the story of the formation of the United States from the patriotic ideals fought for in the Revolutionary War to the democratic principles of the Founding Generation in their creation of our government, featuring rare 18th- and 19th-century printings of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights, alongside the State House’s permanent display of George Washington’s 1783 Resignation Speech. 10:30am-noon, begins at William Paca House, Annapolis, $20 w/discounts, RSVP:

Oct. 30: Founding Freedoms Walking Tour.


Gallery 333 See the virtual exhibit Spirituality and Nature, collected works by Jannina Ortiz and Lizzie Laumann.



Storytelling Symposium World Artists Experience presents a three-part storytelling event, examining the role of storytelling in various contexts and mediums. 7pm: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2

Marker Unveiling

Blood Drive

Witness the unveiling of a new historic marker commemorating Benjamin Hance, a Black man lynched at the site of the old jail in 1887. 4pm, Old Jail Museum, Leonardtown, RSVP:,

9am-2:30pm, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, RSVP: (sponsor code CMM).

Nov. 4: Sharks!

Bay Bridge Run Runners (and walker) race a 10k course over the eastbound span of the bridge from Anne Arundel County to Kent Island and finish with a post-race party; shuttles will run between start and finish. The eastbound span will be closed to traffic from midnight to 2pm Sunday. Details: the

A Russian Chapel in Deale Learn the romantic story of the exiled princess who built a chapel on the Chesapeake in the unlikely village of Cove Point, with Carol Booker, author of Cove Point on the Chesapeake: The Beacon, the Bay, and the Dream, a New Bay Book chronicling the heroes, scoundrels and families who populated this remarkable cove. With book signing, wine and Halloween treats. Bring your own chair. Rain date: Su Nov. 7. 1:303pm across Rt. 256 from Herrington Harbour North historic village. Parking on the grounds. RSVP (or drop in):


Compost Workshop Learn to compost with Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners and receive a free compost bin. 10am, weather permitting, Wildwood Trail, Quiet Waters Park, $6 parking:

Mitchell Gallery Discussion Illustrator to Artist: Winslow Homer and the Public with American art scholar Wilford Scott. 5:30pm,

Free State Fly Fishers Guest speaker is Captain Tom Hughes with the Chesapeake Light Tackle/Fly Charter. 6:30-9pm, Davidsonville Family Rec Center, RSVP: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4

KIDS Sea Squirts Children (18mos-3yrs) join in story time and a carryout craft on the theme Fascinating Fish. 10:15am, 11:15am, Calvert Marine Museum, free w/admission:

Sharks! Sink Your Teeth in Series Join the fourth and final lecture on Megalodon: Evolution, Body Size and Extinction, presented by Dr. Victor Perez, Assistant Curator of Paleontology. 7pm, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, free: p PLAN AHEAD:

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Colonial Players’ By the Way, Meet Vera Stark For some, the Golden Age of Hollywood wasn’t so golden


y the Way, Meet Vera Stark, is an often hilarious look at a serious topic: 1930s Hollywood’s shoehorning of African Americans into roles subservient to whites. Written by Lynn Nottage, the only woman to twice receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it is a comedy with a serious undertone of social commentary. Colonial Players opened their production of Nottage’s comedy last weekend. The author’s emphasis on humor makes it easier to feel the frustration of talented people who, because of their color, had no opportunity to fully display that talent. Director Eleanore Tapscott uses the comedy to probe the lives of those whose ambitions must be tempered by how much of their dignity they are willing to sacrifice in order to be successful. The show opens with a young Vera Stark helping her white employer, Gloria, a successful yet ditzy and spoiled actress, with her lines for an upcoming movie. We immediately get a taste of what this show is going to be about as Vera’s “acting” voice, as the Black maid in the scene, is a far cry from her normal voice she uses with Gloria, who also happens to be a longtime friend. Vera ends up cast as the maid, the movie is a hit, and 70 years later film buffs are left to debate the meaning of it all. As Vera, Ashley Simon leads a sparkling cast that propels Colonial’s production. Simon is magnetic, giving Vera a substance and weight from which her humor can soar. Sarah Wade’s Gloria (once known as “America’s Little Sweetie Pie”) is the typical blonde bombshell who appears too wrapped up in herself to really care much about her friend’s ambitions. The rest of the cast shines as well,

playing double roles as the script moves from 1933 to 1973 to 2003 and back. As Vera’s roommates and fellow aspiring actresses, Tracy McCracken and Colleen Isaiah are excellent. McCracken’s Lottie is a force of nature every time she is on the stage. Isaiah’s saucy Anna Mae, a light-skinned African American, climbs the ladder of success by pretending to be Latino. Rick Estberg as the producer, Joseph T. Smithey as Leroy, his driver and soon-to-be Vera’s paramour, and Tom Wyatt as the director are a fine supporting cast. In the second act we are transported to a 1973 talk show, Vera’s last public appearance, and simultaneously a 2003 seminar of film buffs and experts examining that appearance as well as old footage. Here the cast’s versatility is highlighted: On the talk show, Estberg becomes the plaid-clad host, and Wyatt morphs into a hip rock star. Meanwhile, Simon’s Vera is turned into a flamboyant diva and Wade’s Gloria a hypocritical has-been. Watching this, and debating Vera’s career and what happened to her in later life, are Smithey as a filmmaker/entrepreneur, and McCracken and Isaiah as panelists, both hawking their books and loudly asserting their views. It’s a very effective scene thanks to the impressive acting and the direction of Tapscott, who sets the 1973 show and the 2003 seminar across from each other on the stage and uses lights to separate them. Projection screens throughout the theater allow us to watch old footage of the 1930s hit movie while it is discussed by the panelists. We also see Smithey’s heart-wrenching, beautifully performed interview with a much older and broken down Leroy. Kudos go to Colonial’s technical crew for shoot-

Ashley Simon as Vera, Joseph T. Smithey as Leroy, in Colonial Players’ By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Photo by Brandon Bentley. ing and “broadcasting” these scenes as effectively as if they were taken from a Turner Classic Movies’ vault. The show isn’t perfect; while Tapscott does a fine job directing for Colonial’s in-the-round stage, I did wonder why the talk show host remained mostly seated, rather walking the stage, a la Phil Donahue; that could have opened the scene up to more of Colonial’s surrounding audience. Costumes by Christina McAlpine and Linda Swann are spot-on, elegant for the 1930s and embarrassingly appropriate for 1973 (yes, we really wore that stuff). Edd Miller’s set design is beautiful and inspired, especially the 1930s decor. Unfortunately some of the audience during

one early scene stares at a large platform of uncovered plywood stored on stage behind a couch. And others faced the empty back of an old radio that was unrealistically filled with a flimsy piece of cardboard. Minor but avoidable imperfections in an otherwise excellent production technically and artistically. Led by Simon’s strong performance as Vera, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Colonial Players is very funny, very compelling, and very real. p About two hours and 20 minutes with one intermission; runs through November 13. Tickets are $23; masks must be worn. RSVP: 410-268-7373 or visit

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The rockfish, white perch, spot, croaker and mackerel are on the move. Schooling and heading toward wintering grounds, the spot, croaker and mackerel are on their way back to the Atlantic, and our rock and perch are moving to deeper Bay waters. Jigging or bottom bouncing bucktails around the Bay Bridge supports is a traditional approach for better sized rock this time of year, adding a bit of scent or bait strips to your offering will increase the likelihood of hookups as the rockfish are transitioning from sight to smell to locate their meals. Deeper waters around the bridge rockpiles as well as the mouth of the Eastern Bay are excellent locations for bagging nice perch as well as an occasional rockfish. Bull minnows, worms, clams, shrimp and crab will entice the most interest. Trolling will also begin to pay off more handsomely as medium sized bucktails tipped with Sassy Shads may tempt some early arriving ocean stripers that begin to grace the Bay this time of year. Recreational crabbing is mostly over as it becomes too cold to drink beer and eat outside, but for some stalwarts, the winter fat jimmies are at their peak of deliciousness. Get out there while you can.



The Wintertime Put Up I t was with bittersweet emotion that I began preparing my center console skiff for the wintertime put up. The weather has not been chilly enough to keep me ashore of late but the trees have been thrashing the skyline around the house the majority of my available October days and kept the water too rough for comfort. I have traditionally always hesitated to put up my gear but this angling season has been different. I’m fond of saying, “When the fishing is good on the Tidewater, it’s very, very, good and when its bad, it’s still pretty good.” The angling hereabouts has been enjoyable the last few months despite a one fish daily quota and a threatened rockfish population, but then our hunting season has just begun and Maryland is indeed rich in other sporting opportunities. One final hull waxing after a rinse and going over interior areas with



some anti mildew spray remain to be done before putting on the full canvas cover but it shouldn’t take too long. I’ve already checked my lower unit lubricant level, changed my oil and gave the 50hp Yamaha a healthy coat of WD-40 under the hood to keep it pristine. I’ve also added half a can of Sea Foam Marine fuel treatment to my gas then topped it off with some fresh fuel, minimizing the empty space in the six gallon tank so that condensation is not a problem. Next year when I start the rascal up that fuel treatment will not only have kept my gasoline fresh but as it runs through the motor it will also clean up any overwinter nastiness in the carbs and other internals. The last step will be charging up all my batteries and removing them to the basement for storage. Previously, I gave the motor a good 20 minute purg T HURS D AY


ing with Salt-Away in its cooling system and topped off all of the motor’s grease fittings. Thorough fall preparations go a long way toward a smooth functioning unit in the springtime. The worst possible way to start a season is waiting for a marina to find time to correct a problem that could have been addressed over the winter when there is always ample downtime. And just because the full canvas will be on my boat and everything trim and ship shape doesn’t mean I can’t have it rigged up and on the way in under 30 minutes, one of the many advantages of keeping the craft on its trailer and in my drive. Pickerel fishing in the Bay tributaries and late season fishing around Ocean City can be frigid but fantastic. All is ready now except for the more than two dozen rods and reels cluttering my writing room that will have to be attended to. A warm sunny day will help so I can transport them all to the porch and hose them down collectively





with a soft, fresh water spray and thoroughly clean the dried fish and bait slime off of the rod blanks, handles, line guides and reel seats. Coating the rod blanks with a good healthy dose of marine grade silicone, the guides and reel seats with some Corrosion-X lube and the cork rod handles with pure neatsfoot oil will get them ready for the layover period. Cleaning my assorted and much abused reels will come next with much attention to the exposed mechanisms using a toothbrush soaked with WD-40 then the entire reel wiped with a soft cloth. Finishing the task with some high grade reel lube on the more delicate parts and a generous hosing of silicone line conditioner on their spools then slipping on the individual neoprene reel covers should keep them cozy and free of dust for the whole of the cold weather. The deep freeze is approaching, being prepared will insure a comfortable experience. p WEDNESDAY


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ccording to A Witches Brew, by Adelma Simmons, Halloween celebrations have an ancestral beginning in the Samhain festival celebrated in early Britain by the Druids. At this time, bonfires were lit in honor of the sun god to express gratitude for an abundant harvest. On the eve of the festival, Samhain, god of departed souls, called all the wicked souls together to take them to his world of darkness. The Druids believed that everyone who died in the past year would rise and search for passage to the netherworld. Folk tales tell of great processions of the living and the resurrected dead accompanying the priests and the sacrificial victims to the pile of wood, which would soon blaze up to the heavens. Originally, human sacrifice was part of the Druid ceremonies but later evolved into burning figures in effigy. These effigies are now seen in our culture’s use of scarecrows, corn dollies, imitation skulls and skeletons. Today’s Halloween is a pale reflection of this rich, colorful and terrifying past, with its collection of glowing pumpkins, piles of fruit, brown nuts, mulled cider, masquerades and pseudo-witches. Witches could be good or bad. White witches were healers that could help with bewitched cattle or human ailments.

Black witches in contrast were always mischievous, dealing in spurious remedies and poisons. Bad witches could enchant people with their supernatural gaze, thus the fear of the Evil Eye. Therefore ancient people used plants that had a reputation for keeping witches away. For Halloween, make a door decoration or swag to keep the witches away. Cut branches about two to three feet long and bundle them neatly together. Symbolic plants to use are rue, willow, hawthorn, oak, dill, elder and rosemary. Dill seedheads were thought to protect against witches and hinder their spells. Elder trees were considered magical and used to drive away evil spirits. The elder tree mother lived and watched over it and folklore says you have to ask permission to cut a branch. Hawthorn was considered a highly magical and protective tree. Onions, garlic and leeks were thought to avert the Evil Eye and prevent bewitching. Rue has a history of expulsion of witches and driving out infection. Aromatic rosemary was carried where witchcraft was suspected and could avert evil. Witches apparently don’t like fire so add red, yellow and orange leaves and ribbons to your swag. Add an orange bow and all witches will run away from your front door. p



A Scary Creature for Halloween


like spiders for the job they do, eliminating pesky bugs, but I do not like them crawling on my head or neck after I walk through a web. I really do not like working in my garage and seeing a black spider rush out at me from a crack in the corner. Several years ago, in early October, I was cleaning my garage and found

several black widow spiders. I was surprised by how fast they moved over a short distance. When I lifted a brick, one shot out at me with both front legs raised and fangs exposed. Luckily, I was not bitten and was able to find all of them, plus remove two egg cases. (I was also able to get a few photos of them.)

Black widow spiders epitomize the scary creatures of Halloween. They are poisonous. These dark black arachnids suddenly rush out from the darkness to threaten you with dripping fangs. They also are more aggressive in October because they are protecting their eggs. I usually let spiders live and just relocate them to a better place, but I did not try to relocate the black widows, as they were hard to corral safely. A year later, after I cleared them from my garage, I discovered several black widow spiders around my street’s stormwater drain and in cracks of the curb. The year after that, I found two under my portable basketball hoop. Luckily, I have not seen any for several years. Black widow spiders possess neurotoxic venom and are quick to bite. The toxin potentially could kill an infant, but in most cases it just makes an adult wish they had been more careful. Fatalities from black widow spider bites in the U.S. are rare. The poison causes redness and local burning pain. The venom spreads into the bloodstream and causes muscle spasms, tachycardia, diaphoresis, and in infants, respiratory suppression and vascular collapse can occur.

Black widows are relatively small spiders, about 1.25 inches from leg to leg. They prefer to live in cracks within several feet of the ground. They produce a very tough webbing which they place in chaotic straight lines around their home. At night they come out and wait for some bug to run into the fibers and then ambush. Female black widows in Maryland usually have the red hourglass mark. Occasionally it appears as a red or reddish-yellow smudge. The males are thinner and much smaller than the female. The males will have small red dots on the top or underside of the abdomen. The name black widow comes from the fact that the female spiders, after mating, will eat the males. The best time to find black widows is at night with a flashlight. If you find a disorganized web, you can test the fiber strength with a broom straw. If the fibers break easily it is not a black widow fiber. If the straw bends instead, then watch out for black widows. If you do find one in October, realize that it likely has an egg case. Be careful because they are quite fast over short distances. And no one wants to celebrate Halloween with a painful bite. p


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fraid of getting stuck at his family’s newspaper in Kansas, Arthur Howitzer Jr. (Bill Murray: On the Rocks) flees to France and founds a publication of his own: The French Dispatch. His paper is filled with long form stories about the people and places that inspire him. His goal was to bring a bit of the world and foreign culture to his hometown, but the Dispatch grew to become a haven for writers, oddballs, and those in need of beauty in a dark world. Upon Howitzer’s death, though, the magazine is set to stop publishing. So the final issue of The French Dispatch features four of its best stories and a heartfelt obituary written by the entire staff. What treasures will be found in the final pages of the magazine? Honestly, it’s a mixed bag. A clear tribute to the beautiful writing and the unique personalities that made The New Yorker one of the bastions of journalism, The French Dispatch is a funny, wry film. Anyone who’s ever worked in journalism will find plenty to smile at (especially the idea of an editor who won’t cut a piece to fit the space allotted) in this loving omnibus of stories. Wes Anderson has made a long, successful career creating erudite nonsense for people who like to feel clever. Anyone buying a ticket to his films knows they’ll see meticulously curated dioramas of retro objects, pastel ‘60s color palettes, and absurdly wordy dialogue. Anderson doesn’t

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Wes Anderson has made a long, successful career creating erudite nonsense for people who like to feel clever. break from the formula here, he leans into it. Instead of one quirky film filled with quirky objects, he’s managed an anthology filled with stories similar to the fare you’d find in The New Yorker. The problem with the French Dispatch is that it’s rare to read a whole issue of The New Yorker in one sitting. And Anderson’s tribute is uneven and long as a result. The format might have worked better as a series—with each segment taking up an episode. As it stands, French Dispatch might be an ideal candidate for a streaming service, where you can pause it, take a break, make a snack, and stretch. The film feels stuffed. Famous Oscar-nominated actors like Willem Dafoe and Saoirse Ronan show up to deliver one line and disappear. The usual fast-paced dialogue and textfilled graphics overwhelm—there’s no

way to catch all the information being thrown at you on a first viewing. And worst of all, the scene-setting segment with Owen Wilson feels like a total waste of screen time that could have been given to develop some of the other stories. Still, all the news that’s fit to print isn’t all bleak. Two of the stories are gorgeous, funny little slices of life. Benicio Del Toro (No Sudden Move) and Jeffrey Wright (Marvel’s What If…?) are standouts in the story, Del Toro as a sensitive, psychotic artist and Wright as a James Baldwin-esque food writer. Their tales are both funny and touching, and would have probably made fine feature length films. The French Dispatch also features some of Anderson’s most creative set pieces. Sets switch theatrically, immersing viewers in a new environment. Anderson has always been a master of aesthetics and he’s clearly having fun working on four stories with differing styles. The specificity of Anderson’s work is always his best asset as a filmmaker. If you’re a fan of Anderson’s oeuvre, The French Dispatch is a brightly decorated intellectual quirk for you to enjoy. If you find Anderson’s works to be a bit too cutesy, this film will likely not dispel you of that idea. In spite of its flaws, this reviewer found The French Dispatch a meticulously curated tribute to those who spend their lives discovering stories to share with others. Fair Dramedy * R * 108 mins.




The city council of Christchurch, New Zealand, has officially ended its contract with The Wizard of New Zealand (also known as Ian Brackenbury Channell) after 23 years of service. Over his tenure, the Wizard cast spells and entertained tourists to the tune of $16,000 per year, but the city no longer believes his services are necessary, reported. Officially, Christchurch’s “promotional landscape is changing,” said the council’s assistant chief executive Lynn McClelland, with “programs that will ... showcase a vibrant, diverse, modern city.” For his part, the Wizard called the council “a bunch of bureaucrats who have no imagination. I am the original image of Christchurch. They will have to kill me to stop me.”


During an Oct. 17 weather segment on KREM-TV in Spokane, Washington, viewers were stunned to see a 13-second clip of a woman’s bare behind on a display behind the meteorologist, Yahoo! News reported. Viewers began calling the Spokane police department, which is now working with the station to find out how the video made it to the broadcast. KREM-TV could face fines from the Federal Communications Commission for airing the shocking scene.

Picky, Picky

Vojin Kusic, 72, of Srbac, Bosnia-Herzegovina, built a home for himself and his family many years ago. His wife, Ljubica, wanted the bedrooms to face the sun at the time, so the living room faced away from the road. In time, Ljubica became distressed that she couldn’t see visitors approaching the house, so Vojin remodeled it. Now, with their children grown, Vojin has constructed the home of Ljubica’s dreams: It rotates a full 360 degrees so she can turn it as she sees fit, the Associated Press reported. “Now, our front door also rotates, so if she spots unwanted guests heading our way, she can spin the house and make them turn away,” Vojin said.

Great Art

Roughly 300 men and women volunteers gathered on Oct. 17 in the desert near the Israeli city of Arad, where they took off all their clothes and painted their bodies white for a project by photographer Spencer Tunick, the Associated Press reported. For about three hours, they posed and repositioned themselves for Tunick as he shot photos to draw attention to the shrinking Dead Sea. “I am always happy to return here and photograph in the only country in the Middle East that allows art such as this,” Tunick said. Organizers hope the project will bring attention to preserving the Dead Sea, and Israeli tourist officials hope it will bring visitors to the country.

New World Order

David and Paula Knight of Surrey, England, were confused when they opened a letter informing them of a traffic violation and fine that took place in June in Bath. The letter, which detailed a bus lane violation and included a photo of the offender, was generated by a traffic camera that captured a woman walking in a bus lane, wearing a shirt that said KNITTER. The Knights’ vehicle tag reads KNI9 TER, a reference to David’s nickname, Knighter. “We

thought one of our friends was stitching us up,” Paula told the BBC, but they finally contacted authorities to straighten out the incident. She said the staff member who looked at the photo “burst out laughing.” The fine was canceled, everyone involved got a giggle out of it, and the next time the Knights go to Bath, they may take the train.

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False Alarm

Fire officials in Santa Barbara County, California, received calls on Oct. 4 about a person hanging on the side of a cliff near Hope Ranch Beach, NBC New York reported. Emergency crews were dispatched with equipment including a drone and fire engines, but the “person” was just a mannequin with long hair. Apparently, the mannequin had been used in a movie shoot a few days earlier, Daniel Bertucelli of Santa Barbara County said, reminding residents, “Better to call than not!”

Compelling Explanation

Folks in Plouneventer, France, were perplexed on Oct. 11 when they woke up to find a van perched atop a bus stop shelter, Oddity Central reported. Police were summoned, the van was removed and the owner identified -- but the mystery remained, with theories involving alcohol and performance art. Finally, three days later, the truth came out: The prank was part of a “commercial dispute” between the van’s owner and the perpetrator, who used a pallet truck to hoist the car onto the bus shelter. The latter may face charges of endangerment.




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Mistaken Identity

At a ceremony on Oct. 16 to award the annual Planeta literary prize in Spain, fans of author Carmen Mola were stunned to learn that the author is actually three male writers: Agustin Martinez, Jorge Diaz and Antonio Mercero, who were on hand to accept the award. Mola’s unpublished novel “The Beast” won 1 million euros with the prize. Mola had been described as a female university professor living in Madrid who uses a pseudonym, reported, but after the reveal, Diaz said, “We are three friends who one day four years ago decided to combine our talent to tell a story.” Some have called the trio “scammers,” but Mercero argued, “We didn’t hide behind a woman, we hid behind a name.”



Anger Management, Halloween Edition


A Pittsburgh grandmother was assaulted with a pumpkin on Oct. 20 after she parked in front of James Gazis’ home, WPXI-TV reported. The victim was picking up her grandson from a nearby home and parked in front of the Gazis property, where Gazis’ wife and children started yelling at her before James hurled the gourd at the car. When she lowered her window to say “’You’ve got to be kidding me,’ ... he took the second pumpkin, threw it (and) hit her in the face,” the victim’s son, James Moore, said. Moore and Gazis, 40, tussled; Gazis was charged with aggravated assault, and Moore is facing a simple assault charge. p






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How many 2 or more letter words can you make in 2 minutes from the letters in: Species (20 words) Here’s a Latin root word with lots of branches, like special, specific, specimen, spectacle, and, of all things, spice. Species carries the meaning of ‘a particular sort, kind or type’ that is viewed as a unique spectacle in a special way, like a specific specimen viewed under a microscope. And spice? It comes from adding a ‘slight touch or trace of a particular type’ of flavor. Early druggists recognized four ‘types’ of spice – Saffron, Clove, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg. By the 1990’s there were five additional spice names: Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, and Posh.



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