Hot Times in Ham Town » Our smooth-talking southern-Bay correspondent, Paul Clancy, sails up the Pagan River to the intriguing, hospitable and historic town of Smithfield, Va. Dare we say that in this well preserved colonial burg, with its top-notch marina, beautiful homes, great restaurants and many delicious pork products, the man was in hog heaven?
The Great Cork Experiment » David Taylor tells the fascinating story of Charles McManus, owner of the Crown Cork & Seal Company in Baltimore and the Johnny Appleseed of cork oak trees in postwar America. The problem was McManus's dream of cultivating cork on the Eastern Shore, among other places, came about the same time that we . . . um, pretty much stopped using the stuff.
Harry at Every Tern » If you go bird-counting, says Pat Valdata, be sure to do it with a retired Philadelphia librarian. That would be Harry Armistead, one of the Bay's best-known amateur ornithologists, and a rara avis if there ever was one.
From the Editor
In Your Humble Opinion » Ever wonder why no one asks for your opinion in so many polls and surveys? Well, wonder no more. This year you're all invited to our Best of the Bay survey party . . . online!
Piercing the Night » Al Herum delves into infrared thermal imaging, a whole new breed of night-vision technology.
Playing it Cool in Kent » Diana Prentice visits Lippincott Marina, a no-frills but relaxing marina just off Kent Narrows.
Cruise of the Month
Windows to the Past » Though you may have to hitch a ride or walk the mile or so from the water to historic Christ Church, it's definitely worth the pilgrimage. By Diana Prentice.
Against the Wind . . . and Waves » Brenda Chase survives a wild and windy ride from the Piankatank River to Norfolk.
Spring Shopping » John Page Williams lends his expertise on saving a few bucks (and your sanity) at the tackle shop when you re-equip yourself for spring fishing.
Meneely Under Way
Me and Bubba, Round One » It's the classic love story of new boat, old engine. Jane Meneely does battle with the ever-contrary Atomic Four in her Tartan 27, Petrel.
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