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Annapolis Blues win Community Shield, multiple bomb threats, Bike to Work Day...


Good morning, Annapolis. My computer battery is about to die and I have no charger so no witty intro today.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Annapolis Blues win Community Shield

  • Multiple bomb threats at State House

  • Bike to Work Day

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Thank you for eating a ton of ice cream yesterday!

Gosh, I love this town. Y’all came out to Always Ice Cream Company in force yesterday. And you ate a ton of ice cream. Enough that Always Ice Cream Company is donating $793 to Annapolis Hope! So thank you to the Cohen family of Always Ice Cream Company. Thank you to Always Ice Cream’s staff. Thank you to everyone who bought ice cream. And thank you to the business owners who brought their teams for a midday snack.

Mary Ewenson and her teams from SpinSheet, PropTalk, FishTalk, and Annapolis Boat Shows.

Sleek New Venue. Same Great Fashion Show.

So what's Fashion for a Cause and why should I go? It's unlike any "fundraiser" or "charity event" you've attended. No boring speeches or long videos. Just impactful storytelling and a captivating fashion show.

Though it doesn't feel like a fundraiser, it is. A very important one supporting Hospice of the Chesapeake's work with children living with advanced illnesses and children grieving the loss of a loved one.

We hope to see you at Fashion for a Cause's new home, the stunning new Fluegel Alumni Center, on Friday, June 7. Get your early bird tickets before May 23 for the best price!


Recapping our favorite Naval Academy tradition

2 hours, 19 minutes, and 11 seconds 👈 That’s how quickly the USNA Class of 2027 completed the Herndon Climb yesterday. Every year, the plebes form a human pyramid of sorts to scale the greased-up, 21-foot-tall Herndon Monument. And it isn’t over until they knock the dixie cup (nickname for plebe hats) off the top and replace it with an upperclassman’s cover.

This year’s feat was extra slippery because of a “false capper” — the plebes managed to get the cover on top of the monument, but they didn’t get the dixie cup down. That meant starting all over again. MIDN 4/C Ben Leisegang, a 20-year-old from California, finally toppled the dixie cup and placed the cover. We’re sure the rain (and upperclassmen with hoses) didn’t make it any easier!

MIDN 4/C Ben Leisegang

Congrats, Class of ’27. Plebes no more! Missed the action? Check out our Instagram Reel!

State House is all clear after bomb threat

The Annapolis Police Department received a call Tuesday afternoon from a woman claiming to have planted a bomb at the Maryland State House. The State House was evacuated immediately since the threat was deemed credible. It’s still unknown who the bomb threat was from. Maryland Capitol Police gave the all-clear at 5:21 PM after a thorough search of the building and surrounding areas. ($)

More: You may have noticed a similar police response to the State House area yesterday around 4 PM. Another bomb threat was called into Annapolis PD. It was also investigated and given the all-clear at 4:41 PM.

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Peace Out, School! Summer’s Just Around the Corner and We’ve Got Tips to Prevent the “Summer Slide”

Summer is a rite of passage for children. It's a time for them to relax, be creative, be bored, and enjoy unstructured time, yet learning loss is real. At St. Anne’s School, we know the home-school partnership is critical for a child’s long-term academic success. We strive to partner with families to nurture and educate our students year-round. Last week in our Parent Education Series, we met to discuss summer routines and learning opportunities to integrate with unstructured time and help prevent the “summer slide.” Adding fun, incidental learning throughout the summer can make for an easier transition back to school in the fall. To learn more about St. Anne’s School’s commitment to educating the whole child, even during unstructured summer time, check out our Summer Strategies Toolkit.


Weekend Preview

🎡 Family Fun Festival: The carnival is in town at Westfield Annapolis through this Sunday (5/19). Enjoy rides, games, and food for the whole family. It’s open Monday–Thursday 5–10 PM, Friday 5–11 PM, Saturday 1–11 PM, and Sunday 1–10 PM (weather permitting).


🖊️ MakerSpace Tour: Take a tour of the Busch Library’s popular MakerSpace. It has a button maker, 3D pens, and more. Perfect for kids ages 6 and up. 3:30–4:30 PM. 1410 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

💃 GiGi's Playhouse “i have a voice” Gala: Dance the night away and enjoy a gourmet dinner and drinks while supporting children and adults with Down syndrome. The Atreeum at Soaring Timbers – 610 North Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401


🎺 Armed Forces Day Concert: The Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble is performing a free concert of patriotic and popular tunes from 6–7 PM at the Naval Academy's Zimmermann Bandstand.

🌻 Learn to Grow Giant Sunflowers: Does your kiddo have a green thumb? At this hands-on Homestead Gardens Kid’s Club event (2–3 PM), kids can learn how to plant, grow, and nurture these giant sunshiney plants. Each signup includes a mini-seed starting kit and a seed packet. Participants are also enrolled in the Blue Ribbon Fair Tallest Sunflower Competition on September. Homestead Gardens Davidsonville (743 W Central Ave) and Severna Park (522 Ritchie Hwy) locations.

🍣 Dinner Under the Stars: The popular warm weather tradition returns this weekend. From 6–10 PM, West Street shuts down between Calvert Street and Church Circle for outdoor dining, dancing, and live music. This week’s music will be played by the Groove Spot Band. Bon appétit!


🐾 SPCA Walk for the Animals: Begins at 8 AM with a 5k fun run and walk, followed by a car show at 9:30 AM at Quiet Waters Park. Both activities benefit our favorite furry friends at the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in Anne Arundel County.

🎻 ASA Day: A music-filled day of fun – all for free! Annapolis Symphony Academy is hosting two concerts and activities like games, crafts, workshops, and an instrument petting zoo. RSVP (required) here.

Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day 🚴‍♀️

Can we all agree sitting in traffic sucks? 🙋‍♂️ Here’s a better way: Hop on your bike! Annapolis is hosting Bike to Work Day this Friday from 7–9 AM at Susan Campbell Park with speakers, giveaways, bike safety checks, and even live music and broadcasts by WRNR. It’s all about promoting a healthier, environmentally friendly way of getting around. Plan on stopping by? Register here to get a free T-shirt.

Nothing in this section is sponsored. They're just the things you need to know. I'll always let you know when something's sponsored.


New Ward Boundaries for Annapolis

As it does every 10 years, Annapolis City Council passed legislation redrawing the city’s ward boundaries based on US census information. This process started two years ago, when a task force representing the (then) current 8 wards drew up three proposed maps. The council then solicited feedback before selecting Map C. The new boundaries take effect next year after the municipal election. ($)

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Doing what your Ring camera can’t

Who doesn’t love vacation? Yet every time on the way to the airport, I think: “Shoot, did I close the garage?” And sure, Ring cameras show if someone breaks in, but can they find water leaks, detect mold, or reset breakers? That’s exactly why Karen Morris and Susan Woody started Annapolis Home Concierge. They provide peace of mind home watch while you’re away and concierge services while you’re in residence. Get a free quote today.*

Your only chance to see these gardens

Unless you know every downtown Annapolis homeowner, it's impossible to know what's behind every gate and down every alley. Spoiler alert: Spectacular gardens! The Hammond-Harwood House Secret Garden Tour gives you access to a variety of beautiful gardens. Want the unique chance to peek behind these walls, get tickets today. The self-guided tour runs from 12–5 PM June 8-9.*

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75 🌡️ 61 | ⛅ | 6% | 💨 N 13 mph (11 knots)


71 🌡️ 59 | 🌥️ | 6% | 💨 ENE 8 mph (7 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 64ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication


Brian Boru | Aaron Hawkins | 6:30–9:30 PM
Dark Horse | Troll Tribe | 8:30 PM
Killarney House | Doc Lohn | 6–9 PM
Metropolitan Rooftop | Kevin Pollock & Doghouse Blue | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Ebb & Nova | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Bryan Ewald | 5–8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Open Mic Night | 6 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Madisun Bailey| 6 PM


49 West | Steve Badger Band | 7–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | The Lucky Few | 8:30–11:30 PM
Annapolis Town Center Summer Concert | Michael Henry Tribe: | 6–8 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Timmie Metz Band | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Loose Cannons | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Chad Grey | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Jet Copriest | 5–8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Hoss | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Noah Booz | 4:30–7:30 PM
Killarney House | Stephen Henson | 8–11 PM
Market Space | SVV | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | Honey Sol | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Music Room | 8–11 PM
Old Stein Inn | Shawn Owen | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Shawn Musselman | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Sonny Landreth Band with The Iguanas | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Kieran Lally | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Jack Rimel | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Nate Finn | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Shiftwork | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Rik Ferrell | 6 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Chris Button | 4-8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Mr. VCR | 9:45 PM


Annapolis Blues win pre-season Community Shield

Our Annapolis Blues are off to a strong start. The boys in blue won their pre-season game against Maryland Bobcats FC 3–1 last night in front of a strong crowd considering it was an unseasonably cold school night. The Blues’ regular season is now in full swing with 3 games in the next 10 days. Unfortunately, they’re all away. But the home opener is June 1 and we’re pushing for a “shellout” of 10,000 fans or more.

That would smash the current league regular season attendance record of 8,368. Held by the Blues btw. Second and fourth place also belong to us. Just sayin’.

So grab your season seats (it’s not too late) or grab a single game ticket. We want to see you at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on June 1!

MIAA Baseball Championships ⚾️

The MIAA Baseball Championship games are coming up this Sunday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover, and it’ll be the coolest place around. Get it? Because it’ll be full of fans. Sorry. . . .

🕛 Noon: B Conference
🕝 2:30 PM: A Conference
🕠 5 PM: C Conference

Tickets are available here. Can’t make the games in person? Stream them on YouTube.

What’s sprint football and who is Navy’s new coach? 🏈

Great questions.

  1. Sprint football is very similar to regular college football. It’s a full-contact varsity sport with the same rules. The main difference is all players must weigh 178 lbs or less.

  2. Captain Carter Reading, USMC, was appointed head coach of Navy’s sprint football team this week. Carter is the 33rd head coach in the program's long history and takes over for Major Alfonso Meidus, USMC. The 2016 USNA grad and former sprint football player won the Collegiate Sprint Football League Championship in 2014. Welcome aboard, Carter!

Upcoming games & matches

Women's Rowing
5/17 @ Patriot League Championship

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