🍦AACPS grad hits first major league homer

Dinner and a show, MLK Jr. parade, recycle your shrink wrap...


Good morning, Annapolis. At 3:21 PM today, the moon’s going to say, “Scuse me!” to the sun. Make sure you wear them glasses or you could be walking crooked for a while.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Dinner and a show

  • How to recycle boat shrink wrap

  • Anne Arundel Arts Month

Let’s get to it.

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Rotary Club Grant applications open now 💸

Are you involved with a local 501c3 charitable organization? If yes, get your grant application submitted online by April 15 for the Rotary Club of Annapolis Foundation Grants program. The Rotary’s motto is “service above self,” and these grants have positively changed many lives in Annapolis and AA County. Awardees will be announced in late Spring.

MLK Jr. Parade is this weekend

Everyone’s wondering. Why is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade this weekend instead of in January like the holiday? The parade moved to April in 2019 after years of winter weather delays. Catch it Saturday (4/13) at noon. The route follows West Street starting at Amos Garrett Boulevard, heads clockwise around Church Circle, and finally rolls down Main Street to City Dock. Hey drivers, that route is also good to remember for rolling road closures during the parade. 🚧

AACPS Grad Hits 1st MLB Home Run ⚾️

Severna Park grad Jackson Merrill had a wild April Fool’s Day. He hit his first home run of his MLB career during a Padres’ 6-2 loss, powering it out to left field at 104.8 mph. When he returned to the dugout, his teammates ignored him in a classic MLB prank. Finally, Manny Machado (a former Baltimore Oriole) ended the charade and posed for a Polaroid picture with Jackson. The 20-year-old rookie was then mobbed by teammates for what we hope is his first of many big league homers. 🎉

Date night idea: Dinner & a Show 🍽️ 🎭 🐝

Dinner and a show is a classic combo for a reason. It’s hard to beat. On Friday (4/19), you can enjoy a gourmet, three-course meal followed by the award-winning play, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Proceeds benefit the Compass Rose Theater and The Light House. Get tickets and sneak a peek at the menu.

Did you know you can recycle your boat’s shrink wrap?

If you’re a boater, we probably don’t need to remind you to keep the waterways clean — you already know! But did you know DNR has a recycling program that makes it easy to recycle your boat’s shrink wrap during spring commissioning? All you have to do is pick up a recycling bag for $15 from a West Marine store or Fawcett’s Boat Supplies now through May 31. Full directions here. It’s a small, simple way to protect our Old Bay.

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First Sunday Arts Festival

We’re only a few weeks away from the First Sunday Arts Festival, which happens — you guessed it — on the first Sunday of each month, May through November. That’s when more than 100 vendors, live entertainment, café dining, and much more line West Street and this year, Calvert Street will be closed, too. The first fest is May 5. Full details here.

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Coming up this week

Walk MS: Annapolis 2024. This year’s Walk MS: Annapolis 2024 has a goal of raising more than $144K, and you can be part of it. 🫵 The fundraiser is this Sunday at 10 AM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, with 1-mile and 3-mile routes. This year’s event will also have the added aspect of color-coded circles, so all participants can indicate whether they have MS themselves, love someone with MS, or simply support the mission. Register ahead of time or donate here.

Annapolis Cup. It’s not too late to get tickets for one of our city’s most popular spring traditions. The Annapolis Croquet Cup between St. John’s College and USNA celebrates its 40th playing on Saturday, and a small number of tickets are still available. Don’t miss out on the fun. Get your tickets here.

Musical Monday

Masterworks V: Roman Festival. Annapolis Symphony Orchestra continues its Masterworks series with this fifth installment featuring the work of Resphigi and Beethoven with pianist Awadagin Pratt. Performances are this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM at Maryland Hall — 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

LSO presents Brilliance Unleashed

Brilliance Unleashed sounds like an appropriate title for a performance bringing together so many talents. This concert on Sunday at 3 PM will feature Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and most importantly, the winners of the 10th annual Young Artist Concerto competition:

🎻 Yixhuan Li, a 14-year-old violinist from Rockville
🎹 Tessa Miller, a 16-year-old pianist from Silver Spring
🎺 Issac Won, a 14-year-old trumpeter from Potomac

These teens were chosen from among high school musicians across the country. In addition to performing as soloists alongside the LSO, each will receive $250. The performance is at Maryland Hall and tickets are available here801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Annapolis Irish Festival tickets on sale! ☘️ 🇮🇪

St. Patrick’s Day may be in the rearview mirror. But, we’re less than one month away from the Annapolis Irish Festival on May 4 at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds! Scoop favorite Dublin 5 will play the main stage from 1–2 PM along with several other bands. You’ll enjoy Irish food and drinks from DuClaw Misfit Red, Killarney House, and more. Admission includes parking. Children under 12 are free, but still need a ticket. Score tickets here.

June is Anne Arundel Arts Month

Annapolis Arts Week is expanding in two ways — it’s now a celebration reflecting all of Anne Arundel County, and it’s a whole month! Artists and arts organizations throughout Anne Arundel County have dedicated June 1–30 to opening up their doors and showing locals what they have to offer. It’s a way of celebrating and promoting all the ways the arts enrich our local culture. Keep an eye out for deets as it gets closer!

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⚖️ City Council meeting

On the agenda for Today’s City Council meeting:

  • Expiration of Special Exceptions to City Zoning Requirements

  • Honorary Street Name to Commemorate Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

  • Short-term Rental Licenses and Regulations

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in City Council Chambers. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online. 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

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64 🌡️ 51 | ⛅ | 7% | 💨 SE 10 mph (9 knots)


70 🌡️ 58 | ⛅ | 11% | 💨 S 8 mph (7 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 52ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | L. Rodgers, Alexander Peters, and Michael K | 7:30–10:30 PM


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Richard Thompson | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM


What’s the AACTA? Your hint = 🎾

AACTA is the Anne Arundel County Tennis Association. Now that we all know that, here’s something you might not know. Registration is open for their spring tournaments at Annapolis High School (May 4-6) and Crofton High School (May 7-8). Divisions include: open men’s and women’s singles and doubles; mixed doubles; and 55+ men’s singles. Must be an up-to-date-AACTA member to play. Check your AACTA status (click on “manage membership”), then register and start practicing that serve!

Past Navy results

Baseball (19-13)
4/6 @ Lehigh | W 6-3 / W 2-1
4/7 @ Lafayette | L 3-2 / L 6-2

Women's Golf (1-0)
4/6 @ Delaware | W 13-9

Men's Lacrosse (7-4)
4/6 @ Lafayette | W 10-9

Women's Lacrosse (10-3)
4/6 @ Holy Cross | W 13-9

Men's Heavyweight Rowing (0-1)
4/6 vs. Princeton | L

Men's Lightweight Rowing (2-1)
4/6 vs. Columbia | W

Men's Rugby (15-1)
4/6 vs. No. 14 Mary Washington | W 41-7

Women's Tennis (20-6)
4/6 @ Boston University | L 4-2

Men's Tennis (24-13)
4/6 vs. Loyola (MD) | W 6-1
4/6 @ Wagner | W 4-0
4/7 vs. Georgetown | W 4-3
4/7 @ Holy Cross | L 4-3

Women's Track & Field
4/6 @ Army - Star Meet | W 111-92

Men's Track & Field
4/6 @ Army - Star Meet | W 114-89

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