April 22, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Drone Takeover Tested From St. George Island

In addition to the osprey returning to St. George Island last month, some new visitors appeared briefly in the air stream – small drones.

Winter in the Chesapeake

Jelly Fish & Others bald eagle

The lower Potomac water temperature is 38 degrees F – usually the season for oyster boats to be prowling, but the pandemic has brought no demand for oysters and low prices. But a lot of the Chesapeake Bay birds and ducks are back for the season.

Bay Fisheries Takes COVID Hit

Striped Bass

The coronavirus has upended the Chesapeake Bay fisheries, says Cap’n Jack — both the commercial aspects as well as Recreational and Charter fishing continue to suffer setbacks. Good news for consumers: prices have fallen.

Christmas Time on St. George Island Remembered: Lena Denny

St. George Island

Lena “Baby Lena” (Poe) Denny, 1935-2010, recalls her memories of Christmas growing up on St. George Island — and includes the family’s eggnog recipe — guaranteed to produce a “Blissful Christmas.”

Sea Nettles Never Leave, Message From the Cap’n

Sea nettles

Condensed milk will neutralize a sting in the eye, or elsewhere, from sea nettles, says Cap’n Jack Russell. Watermen, he claims, wouldn’t go crabbing without a can along side ’em.

Goin’ Crabbing? Some Hints in Message from the Cap’n


After what seems a false early start in March, the crab season is running a bit behind schedule as May moves into June. https://www.facebook.com/Jack-Russell-Fins-And-Claws-843047089123253/

Help Captain Pat’s: Help the Watermen

A GoFundMe site has been established for Captain Pat’s Seafood — not only a Lexington Park landmark and beloved seafood restaurant — but one of the last local buyers of local watermen’s fresh Southern Maryland catches.

Ospreys Return to Where They Were Born: Message From the Cap’n


Ospreys born in 2018 in the Chesapeake Bay will be among the scores of birds returning this month to seek a mate, begin courting, and then building permanent nesting sites to start raising young of their own. Here are some tips for learning about the returning fish hawks.

St. George Is. Opens 1776 Revolutionary War in MD

st george island

This Message from the Cap’n — “St. George Island History”– carries the islander patriots forward from 1639 to 1921 — with some links to local historians Joe Norris and Jason Babcock.

Message From the Cap’n/Oysters, Another Lesson From Mother Nature

shellfish harvesting

It doesn’t add up. After a year of rainfall, then a late summer drought, ends up there’s a good oyster harvest yet prices drop for holiday buyers. The Cap’n says it just goes to show: We don’t know as much as we think we know.