🍦Annapolis Hope makes waves

Navy swim at Olympic trials, Tides & Tunes, Cooling Relief centers

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Good morning, Annapolis. This is Naptown Scoop, where we’ve never banned anyone for eating vegan hot dogs. Even if we’ll never eat them ourselves.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • USNA swimmers attend Olympic trials

  • Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series

  • County Cooling Relief locations

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Annapolis Hope cruise makes waves

Last night aboard the skipjack Wilma Lee, 25 Annapolitans gathered to honor the memory of three community members we lost one year ago to the day. Roxana Rodriguez of Caliente Grill donated delicious food and drinks. The Annapolis Maritime Museum donated the Wilma Lee and its hard-working crew donated their time. And whoever’s in charge in the weather room ordered up some beautiful weather.

It was also the perfect time to announce that an anonymous donor is matching the next $50,000 donated to Annapolis Hope. We knew that was happening. We couldn’t have predicted what came next.

The cruise guests pledged $13,000 in about 5 minutes. Then Wilma Lee’s crew came together for $1,000. Bay photographer David Sites just happened to motor by and passed a cash donation over on his boat hook.

So between onboard pledges, boat hook cash, and cruise tickets, we’ve already achieved over $20,000 of the match! You can contribute at annapolishope.com.

To our anonymous donors who I know are reading this, thank you.

Upcoming Annapolis Hope fundraisers include June 24–29 at Wrabyn in West Annapolis (10% of sales donated and amazing drawings) & a Sip & Shop at J. McLaughlin on July 10 with 15% of sales donated.

Hidden treasure on the shores of South River

Nestled off Church Creek, on 6.5 acres of land, is 7,200 square feet of historic charm. Let’s take a tour.

Homeport Manor is a serene retreat with idyllic views, 5 bedrooms, each with ensuite bath, and expansive living spaces. Even though it was built in 1933, it’s been lovingly updated so it has plenty of character and modern amenities. Unique features include 3 wood burning fireplaces, gentleman’s lounge in the basement, and wine cellar for over 300 bottles. And at the heart of it all, a gourmet kitchen with appliances fit for a Michelin starred chef.

1,800 feet of shoreline are home to a restored boathouse and deep water private pier. Accessing the South River or Chesapeake Bay is a breeze and Route 50 and Historic Annapolis are a quick drive away. Call Brad Kappel today for your private tour!


How much did Bands in the Sand raise for the Bay? 🦀

Call it an un-bay-lievable success — the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) raised about half a million bucks at Bands in the Sand last weekend! Guests gathered on the beach at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center to enjoy live music, food, and drinks. All to raise money for CBF’s mission of bay restoration and preservation.

PR Bazaar postponed. Will be rescheduled

Quick note for anyone planning to attend the Annapolis PR Bazaar Thursday. It’s been postponed. Organizers are seeking more news outlets to serve as panelists. The new date will be this fall.

Meet Jasmine Jackson, our new Register of Wills

Anne Arundel County has a new Register of Wills. Jasmine Jackson officially stepped into the role yesterday. She’s no stranger to the office, having worked there for 16 years – most recently as chief auditor. Jasmine’s replacing Erica Griswold, who pleaded guilty to misconduct in office and was removed. MD law mandates that elected officials be removed if found guilty of misdemeanors or felonies related to their public duties. Griswold personally cashed a check meant for a county resident’s inheritance tax.


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Cats make amazing companions for all kinds of people. They're perfect for young couples with busy schedules and just the right size for apartment or townhouse living. Plus, they’re loyal friends who don’t need a lot of exercise. But here’s the thing: cats are experts at hiding pain. Unlike dogs, they don’t limp or whine much, so you might not even realize they’re hurting.

Did you know that arthritis affects 60% of cats over 6 years old and 90% of cats over 12? Until now, there weren’t many great options for managing their pain. Enter Solensia—a game-changer! This monthly injection from your vet can really help. In one study, 77% of cat owners saw improvement. Want to see if Solensia is right for your furry friend? Give us a call at Western Shore Veterinary Hospital to get in touch. We’d love to help your cat feel their best!


Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series

Another season of the popular Tides & Tunes concert series hoists sail tomorrow at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Every Thursday night June–August, local bands play from 7–9 PM at the museum’s waterfront McNasby campus (723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD). The first band is Michael McHenry Tribe and its psychedelic funk sounds. Other favorites we’re jotting on our calendar: Dublin 5 on July 18, Sweet Leda on July 25, and One Night Only on August 8. Full schedule and details.

St. John’s summer lecture series

If learning something new is on your summer bucket list, St. John’s College has a program for you. Their summer lecture series is free and open to the public every Wednesday. Join St. John’s faculty and visiting scholars from across the country at 7:30 PM for such topics as “Euclid as Gymnastics for the Imagination” and “Our Problem with the Problem with Technology.” Here’s the full schedule of topics. Lectures are in McDowell Hall — 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Don’t forget: Eastport A Rockin’ 🎤

We’re about 10 days away from Eastport A Rockin’ – Annapolis’ homegrown local music festival. 40 bands will perform across four stages from 11 AM–8 PM on June 22 at the intersection of Second Street and Eastern Avenue. Enjoy sampling a wide variety of food and beverages while you browse local art and craft vendors. Tickets start at $40. 😎 

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.


Stay cool this summer 🧊

Being hot ain’t always cool. When the temps get too high, the county wants to make sure nobody gets stuck without access to AC. If you need relief from the heat for any reason (or know someone who does), remember that anyone is allowed to stop by any of the following county Cooling Relief facilities:

✅ County police district station lobbies and/or community rooms (available 24/7)
✅ Senior activity center community rooms (Mon–Fri 8:30 AM–4 PM)
✅ Public library branches (Mon–Thur 10 AM–9 PM, Fri–Sat 10 AM–5 PM)

All facilities have air conditioning, water, and restrooms, but not medical care.

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Are you ready for the Summer BBQ?

If your home’s exterior looks dated and needs some love, give Blue Star Paint & Property a call. It’s the perfect season for exterior painting, refresh your home just in time for your next outdoor gathering. Whether you want a simple refresh with a color match or go bold with brand-new paint, Blue Star is ready to get your estimate scheduled. Contact them today.*

Celebrate Father's Day with unforgettable moments! 

Join us for the Sail and Sizzle BBQ Cruise on June 16th, featuring beef brisket, grilled chicken, and portobello, plus complimentary beer. Or, enjoy the Forward Brewing Cruise on June 21st with sunset beer tasting, snacks, and a keepsake tumbler. Both cruises aboard the historic Wilma Lee promise great memories with Dad. Book now!*

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80 🌡️ 68 | 🌥️ | 4% | 💨 ESE 9 mph (8 knots)


84 🌡️ 72 | ☀️ | 6% | 💨 S 14 mph (12 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 75ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Pam & Paula Classical Duo | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Dinner Under The Stars | Timmie and Tambo | 6–10 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Aaron Hawkins | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Loose Change | 6–9 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Rhett Miller | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Open Mic | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Jesse Marie | 9:30 PM


49 West | Open Mic | 7:30–9:30 PM
Tides & Tunes | Mike McHenry Tribe | 7–9 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Grayson Moon | 6–9 PM
Brian Boru | Ray Wroten | 6:30–9:30 PM
Coconut Joe's | Dave Tieff | 2–5 PM
Killarney House | Madisun Bailey | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Devaney Brothers | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Bryan Ewald | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Blackbyrds | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Federico Tubaya Jazz | 5 PM


From USNA to . . . the Olympics? 🏊‍♀️

6 Navy swimmers are headed to the USA Swimming Olympic Team Trials later this week. Matt Murphy, Jonah Harm, Juan Mora, Michael Phillips, Ben Irwin, and Patrick Colwell all posted qualifying times in a 50-meter pool between November 2022–June 2024 which earned them a place at the trials. Now the aspiring Olympians will compete June 15–23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Fun fact: This is the first time US Olympic swimming trials will be held in a football stadium.

📺 Want to watch? NBC, USA Network, and Peacock have all the coverage.

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