🍦AACPS Teacher of the Year

Kick Gas and Swing into Spring, Farm-to-table dinner, meet Oscar...


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Your 2023 AACPS Teacher of the Year

2023 AACPS Teacher of the Year Mary Kay Connerton (in red) poses with the Board of Education

Annapolis High School’s own Mary Kay Connerton was named Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year last night in front of a crowd of 600 strong at the 37th annual Excellence in Education Awards.

Mary Kay is a physical education/health teacher at Annapolis High. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Mary Kay created and leads the Trauma-Informed Leadership Team, leads monthly counseling groups, and facilitates professional development focused on student health and wellness.

AACPS also honors a teacher from the county’s independent schools. St. Mary’s School social studies teacher Pamela Hernick took that home.

St. Mary’s School social studies teacher Pamela Hernick

Other honorees included:

  • Richard Rogers, Principal of Mills-Parole Elementary – Principal of the Year

  • Devon Sanders of Ruth Parker Eason School - Educational Support Professional of the Year

Congratulations Mary Kay, Pamela, Richard, and Devon! 🥳 🥂 

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Quick Hits

$100k for public water access

Delegate Dana Jones got $100k into the State of Maryland’s latest capital budget to repair and reconstruct a public water access point at the end of Northwest Street on College Creek. The access is an asset for the Stanton Community Center, a major asset to the underserved communities of Annapolis. Learn more about the Stanton Center.

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Meet Oscar

📸 @whereoscars | 📍Eastport

Oscar’s Coffee is a new coffee concept coming to Eastport. The team behind it is near and dear to Scoop’s heart (one of the co-owners designed Scoop’s logo) so we’re excited to share more soon. In the meantime, Oscar’s is hiring baristas.

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Local Business

It’s an Artisans Market weekend

Do the words vintage, mid-century modern, or boho make you weak at the knees? Then you’ll love the Annapolis Artisans Market. It’s a collection of local artists working and selling their creations (furniture, art, jewelry, and more) out of two giant, connected warehouses in the Arts District.

Shop 4–8 PM Friday with light bites, adult bevvies, and live music from DJ Crawdads. Shop 10 AM–5 PM Saturday with cocktails from superstar duo Gray Wolf Spirits and Cane Collective and the Old Line Crab Co. food truck. Gray Wolf Spirits returns Sunday 10 AM–5 PM with live music from Nicholas Ray. Enter at 1818 Margaret Ave or 1805 C/D Virginia Ave.

🍔 + 🛻 + Friday

That’s Food Truck Friday for those of you who don’t speak emoji. 11 food trucks will park at the Farmers Market lot (275 Harry S Truman Parkway) tonight from 4–8 PM and duke it out for mobile menu supremacy. You can get brick oven pizza, risotto, BBQ. . . sky’s the limit.

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Now Open at Westfield Annapolis: Squishables

Beanie Babies were all the rage when I was a kid. They were great, but I always wished they were a bit softer, more huggable. Too bad Squishables wasn’t around yet.

Squishables are super soft and cuddly stuffed animals. They’re perfect for hugs and a favorite of kids everywhere.

Visit their brand new store at Westfield Annapolis right next to Soft Surroundings. The selection is huge, the staff is friendly, and hundreds of Squishables are ready for their forever home. See you at the mall!

What’s Happenin’

Farm-to-Table dinner at CBF

This dinner is the perfect event combo. It’s unique, at a great location, supports local businesses, and includes delicious food. For the last 10 weeks, small farmers and caters have gone through Cureate’s free business accelerator program. Tonight, they celebrate the end of the program with a 5-course meal at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. But that’s not all.

At the end of the night, one entrepreneur per cohort (farmers and caterers/bakers) will go home with a $5,000 check. Click here to grab tickets (use the code VIP for $25 off). Click here to learn more about Cureate.

Kick Gas and Swing into Spring

Want a taste of Dinner Under the Stars? Regular occurrences of my favorite street shutdown don’t start until May 20 but weather permitting, the first of the season is Saturday night. Along with the usual DUTS shenanigans (live music from Bayside Big Band from 5–8 PM, delicious dining in the street, and dancing), Annapolis Green is bringing many electric vehicles for an Earth Day edition of Kick Gas. EVs will be on display at 3 PM.

Dinner Under the Stars happens on the first block of West Street between Church Circle and Calvert Street. Check the official DUTS Facebook for weather updates.

Songbird Festival: A Women’s Experience

The free inaugural Songbird Festival lands at Maryland Hall this weekend. The team behind the festival, the Songbird Collective, is a group of local female musicians. They hope the festival will connect all women by providing a platform for storytelling and artistic expression and a safe space to find commonality and community in the shared female experience. Unfortunately, it may literally rain on that parade so the collective pushed the start time from 1 PM to 11 AM. Click here to get free tickets.

Parijita Live in Concert

It’s not often you can see a The Voice semifinalist perform near Annapolis. That may have something to do with the fact that there aren’t many semifinalists who call Annapolis home. Lucky for us, Severna Park High School Parijita Bastola is performing at Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Co tomorrow night from 7–10 PM. VIP tickets are sold out but GA is still available. Don’t miss the afterparty at Sullivan’s Cove!

Rock the Harbor cruise

Watermark’s musical cruises are back for the season. Weather permitting, Salisbury classic rock band Transfuzion will kick things off on Saturday. If not, there’s always the mariachi Cinco de Mayo cruise and Top Dead Center’s music cruise on May 13.

Make a Wish

Two separate fundraisers will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation this weekend.

  • First is a clothing and accessory swap at Broadneck High School. Drop off new or gently used stuff in the front parking lot of the school from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday. Return from 12 to 3 PM to shop. $10 to participate.

  • Second is an Earth Day plant sale and wine tasting at Wine Cellars of Annapolis. Buy ready-to-plant perennials or shrubs Saturday (10 – 6) or Sunday (11 – 3) at Wine Cellars of Annapolis – 1410 Forest Drive in Clock Tower Place. On Saturday only from 11 – 4, try high-quality value wines from Spain’s unique wine regions.

Earth Day at Quiet Waters Park

As you can imagine, Earth Day at Anne Arundel County’s largest park will be quite busy. Activities include the Classy Clutter yard sale, kayak shoreline cleanup, yoga, and more. Click here for the full schedule.

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Civil News

City Council meeting

There is an Annapolis City Council meeting at 7 PM at City Hall on Monday. At press time, no agenda has been released. When it is posted, click here to read it and submit public testimony. The public is welcome to attend the meeting but it will also be streamed and recorded for later viewing on the City of Annapolis YouTube channel .

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Live Music Lowdown


49 West | Deep Cuts - Gage Rhodes, Carly Winter & Emma Myers | 7–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Starbelly | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B. | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Timmie Metz Band | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Kavoossi | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Merry Land | 8 PM
Club 164 | Open Mic Night | 7:30–10 PM
Federal House | Interval | 9:30 PM
Great Frogs | Alexander Peters | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Meg & Angie | 8–11 PM
Market House | Dust On The Bottle | 7–10 PM
Market Space | Hurricane Kevin | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | Pretty Big Deal | 10 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Scotty Pip | 8 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The English Beat | 9 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Kieran Lally | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | George Evans | 5 PM
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM
RiverBay Roadhouse | Live The Dream | 8–11 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Wheelhouse | 7–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Justin Berdeguez | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | MR VCR | 9:45 PM
Vibe | Fade to Black: A Tribute to Metallica | 8 PM | Tickets
Westin | Tigerlily | 6–8 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 5–7 PM
49 West | Donna Long, Peter Brice, and Samantha Suplee | 8–10:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Nicky Stacy Duo | 8–11 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Michael K. | 10 AM–1 PM
Brian Boru | Lost and Found | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Sam O’Hare | 8 PM
Dark Horse | b.en & the b.band | 9 PM
Federal House | DJ Pudd | 9:30 PM|
Great Frogs | Jess Marie | 12–3 PM
Killarney House | Madisun Bailey | 8–11 PM
Market House | MoonDog and the Broken Glasses | 7–10 PM
Market Space | Russ Jacobsen | 2–6 PM
Middleton Tavern | Rickshaw Lizard | 10 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Steve and Kim | 8 PM
Pirates Cove | Left of Center | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Steve Morse Band | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Severn River Band | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Phil Neary | 10 PM
RiverBay Roadhouse | Kevin Pollock: Multi-Instrumentalist | 8:30–11:30 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Scorpion Rose | 7–11 PM
Señor Chile Cantina | Lee Priddy Trio | 7–10 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Tambo & Michael K. | 6–9 PM
Smashing Grapes | Stephen Henson | 8–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Ryan B. | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Nate & Jim | 9:45 PM
Vibe | Steal The Sky | 8 PM


49 West | Stef Scaggiari with Mark Russell | 7–9 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Josette & Bill | 10 AM–1 PM
The Choptank | David Sparrow | 5–9 PM
Dark Horse | West Street Revival | 9 PM
Galway Bay | The Drinker & The Scholar | 4–8 PM
Killarney House | Doug Segree | 3–6 PM
Market House | Carly Winter | 5–7 PM
Market Space | Troll Tribe | 2–6 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Mallow Hill | 3 PM
Pirates Cove | Eddie Rogers | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Capitol Fools (formerly "DC's Reflecting Fools") | 7 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Oreo Jazz Trio | 11 AM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Michael K. Duo | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Billy Z. | 8 PM
Vibe | DJ EZ & DJ York | 10 PM
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church | Anne Arundel Community Concert Association: Yakushev & Mesa | 7:30 PM | $25 at the door


Navy Schedule

Baseball (20-18)
4/19 @ Bucknell | L 1-5
4/22 vs. Army | Noon
4/22 vs. Army | 3 PM
4/23 vs. Army | Noon

Women’s golf
4/21-23 @ Patriot League Championship | 8:30 AM

Women’s lacrosse (12-3)
4/22 @ #16 Army - Star Game | 2:30 PM

Men’s lacrosse (7-6)
4/22 vs. Army | 7 PM

Women’s rowing
4/21-22 @ Lake Wheeler Invitational | 10 AM & 9 AM

Men’s rowing (heavyweight)
4/22 @ Harvard & Penn | 8 AM

Men’s rowing (lightweight)
4/22 @ Harvard w/ Delaware & MIT | 8:30 AM

Men’s rugby (16-0)
4/22 vs. Lindenwood | Noon

Sailing (intercollegiate)
4/22-23 @ MAISA Spring Women's Fleet Race Championship | All Day
4/22-23 @ Admiral's Cup | All Day
4/22-23 @ George Washington Invitational | All Day

Men’s soccer (7-5-9)
4/22 @ West Virginia | 3 PM

Men’s tennis (20-19)
4/21 vs. Loyola, Md. | 9 AM
4/22 @ Patriot League Tournament - Semifinal | 10 AM
4/23 @ Patriot League Tournament - Final | Noon

Women’s track & field
4/21-22 @ Virginia Challenge | 10 AM & Noon
4/21-22 @ Navy Spring Invitational II | 11 AM & 9:30 AM

Men’s track & field
4/21-22 @ Virginia Challenge | 10 AM & Noon
4/21-22 @ Navy Spring Invitational II | 11 AM & 9:30 AM

Go Navy, Beat Army

Navy takes on the Army Black Knights this weekend in what might be a pretty wet game. The opening faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 7 PM. Right when the chance of precipitation hits 100%. Click here to get tickets for $15 ($10 for seniors).

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