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Heading up: Oil painting by Harley Bartlett

seascapes1Blue sky, an easy current and a light morning breeze to belly the sail on the catboat. A snug harbor is left behind as a distant horizon beckons. It’s a fine day to be at the tiller in Harley Bartlett’s Heading Up.

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Easy living, fine fishing on a Florida key

A concrete seawall protects this four-bedroom home on Florida's Cudjoe Key.Looking for a winter home, Virginia residents Garland and Betty Kight discovered Cudjoe Key near the end of the Florida Keys chain.

For more than a decade they’ve enjoyed “warm winters, easy open-water access and a very friendly, quiet residential neighborhood,” says Kight, 68, an avid fisherman semiretired from his Norfolk, Virginia, sportfishing boat sales business. “Fishing in the Keys is the best on the East Coast.”

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In Baltimore, a bait shop is a neighborhood icon

Suspended over a sidewalk in an old row-house neighborhood of East Baltimore is an iconic, art-deco neon sign that draws magical attention after dark. It depicts a hooked striped bass outlined in glaring white, leaping from a green-crested chop of water. “TACKLE” is emblazoned in bright yellow across the fish’s arcing body. Underneath, in bold red neon, is “TOCHTERMAN,” the family name this landmark institution has worn for nearly a century.

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Creekside cottage now an expansive home

The house has five bedrooms and four baths.Retaining the vintage character was primary when Tom and Lynn Hinkel remodeled and expanded a cottage that was built in 1900 on Put-in Creek in Mathews, Virginia.  During the two-year project that created their retirement home, the couple lived aboard their center cockpit Gulfstar 44.

Now, after being in their 4,375-square-foot home for almost a decade, the Hinkels want to downsize.

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Sunset on the banks

Oil painting by William R. Davis

It’s sunset on the banks. The breeze is fading as twilight grows. Sails are slack on the schooner, and the fishermen are rowing their dories back with the last of the day’s catch, accompanied by a few lingering birds. It’s a scene that draws us into the past, and that’s the intent. William R. Davis has a passion for history that defines the way he paints — down to the colors he uses.

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