🍦Annapolis now has an IKEA (kind of)

The helmets at McGarvey's, new anti-discrimination law, let's go sailing...

Good morning, Annapolis. We’re exactly 1 month away from Dinner Under the Stars. For the uninitiated, that’s when part of West Street shuts down and we dance, eat, and play pickleball under string lights and stars. It’s rad.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • The flight helmets at McGarvey’s

  • New anti-discrimination law

  • Let’s go sailing

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

This Annapolis Hope fundraiser is SWEET 🍦

Yo yo yo. I rarely open like that but it’s tough to hide my excitement because this story combines 2 of my favorite things.

Ice cream & Annapolis Hope.

Real quick. If you don’t know Annapolis Hope, it’s the fundraiser we’re running to keep a local family who lost their breadwinner in a triple murder in their home. We have half the money we need and 4 months to get the rest. That’s why we’re thankful for our friends at Always Cream Company.

On May 15, they’re donating 20% of sales from their Main Street and West Annapolis stores to Annapolis Hope. You don’t even have to mention the fundraiser to help! So here’s what we need from you.

We’re trying to sell $10,000 of ice cream and raise $2,000 for Annapolis Hope.

So send your kids to school with some cash in their pocket and pick them up at Annapolis Ice Cream Company. Or skip dessert at home and venture out Always Ice Cream in West Annapolis.

I, Scoop Publisher Ryan, will be getting a forearm workout (AKA scooping cones) on Main Street from 2:30–3:30 PM and in West Annapolis from 5:30–7:30 PM.

So come see us and order a double scoop or better yet, a milkshake!

  • Annapolis Ice Cream Company: 196 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401

  • Always Ice Cream Company: 116 Annapolis St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Thank you so much to the Cohen family at Always Ice Cream Company for stepping up and helping us with Annapolis Hope.


Come Sail Away ⛵️

Admit it. You definitely started singing the Styx song after reading that. Well, the weather’s getting warmer and all of Annapolis’ sailing experiences are now, well. . . sailing.

  • The Schooner Woodwind offers a true sailing experience on their beautiful, wooden, 74-foot schooners, where you help raise the sails, steer the boat, or simply sit back and relax. Take in the historic Annapolis waterfront and Naval Academy as you cruise into the Chesapeake Bay.

  • The Annapolis Maritime Museum’s historic skipjack Wilma Lee is available for public cruises, private charters, and education programs. Stay tuned because we’ve got an exciting announcement about the Wilma Lee coming up soon.

P.S. Annapolis has other ways people without boats can get on the water but they aren’t all up and running yet. We’ll let you know when they are.

Who gave their helmet to McGarvey’s?

One of Annapolis’ most beloved watering holes, McGarvey’s, is about to turn 50. And unlike many people, they aren’t afraid of it. Probably because bars don’t get wrinkles. Over the years, patrons have donated about 30 flight crew helmets that sit above the bar. There’s Air Force, Army, Marines, emergency services, and obviously some Navy. You can’t miss ‘em. Well, McGarvey’s wants to know whose they are so they can make plaques with the hero’s name, where they served and how long, and what aircraft they flew. So if you donated a lid or know someone who did, email [email protected] so we can make this happen.

Anne Arundel’s new anti-discrimination law

County Council passed a big law this week. It expands existing discrimination protections in a big way. Previously, the county only had authority over housing discrimination. Now it has authority over non-county jobs and “public accommodations.” Public accommodations are facilities that may be publicly or privately owned that are used by the public at large. Think hotels, restaurants, schools. That sort of thing.

Complaints will be reviewed by the county’s Human Relations Commission, a 13-member, all-volunteer group created in 2020 to counteract racism, discrimination, and hate in Anne Arundel County. The hope is that giving the county authority to handle these complaints will save the plaintiffs from the purgatory of state and federal backlogs. ($)

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Shop Local with Local Coast 🛍️

You already read about two of Scoop’s favorite things above. Want to know two more? Supporting local businesses and shopping of course. Luckily, these can also be combined because we’re all about some efficiency. Enter Local Coast’s third annual Shop Local Event this Saturday (4/20). It takes place at Rugby Hall Marina (at the intersection of Rugby Rd and Buckingham Rd) from 11 AM–4 PM. A few familiar faces – aka vendors – are Local Coast (duh), Winnie Harper, and Gray Wolf Spirits. Here’s the full list!

IKEA Plan and order point opens at Harbour Center

You know what’s overwhelming? 375,000 square feet of furniture you can’t pronounce in a maze with the tantalizing smell of Swedish meatballs around every corner. That’s why IKEA just opened a new concept at the Harbour Center. IKEA calls it a Plan and Order Point with Pick-up. But that’s a mouthful so we’ll call it Mini IKEA.

Mini IKEA is just 3,219 square feet. Experts are there for one-on-one design help. And when you find what you like, you order right there and it gets shipped to your house. They’ll even help you hire assembly help on Taskrabbit. No meatballs though. But you can always hit the PA Dutch Farmers Market for some fresh ground beef and make those at home.

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.


Weather Got You Catching Summer Vibes But Still on the Hunt for a Great Summer Camp?

Check out Summer Explorers at St. Anne’s School for young adventurers, aged 3.5 to 5 years old. Each week boasts a new theme like Crazy Concoctions, Let’s Go to the Zoo, Carnival of Curiosities, and many more! Each week also includes a special visit from an “Expert Explorer” such as The Science Guys, Eco Adventures, Mr. Jon and Friends…and the list goes on. Rumor has it that Mr. and Mrs. Claus will even travel down from the North Pole for Christmas in July week! No matter the week, your little explorer will enjoy arts and crafts, whacky water days, and of course, hands on activities both inside and in the great outdoors. Limited spots remain, so be sure to book your adventure today.


Weekend Preview

Saturday (4/20)

🎶 🎤 Songbird Festival 2024 celebrates women and their voices at Maryland Hall from 11 AM–4 PM. Tickets are free!

🧵 See over 100 vendors at the Flea Market and Craft Fair (rain or shine!) at 1450 General’s Highway in Crownsville from 8 AM–2 PM. Admission is free.

Sunday (4/21)

✨ 🍽️ Taste of Spring on West Street is fundraising for Dinner Under the Stars. Enjoy a menu from 6 stellar West Street restaurants, entertainment, raffles, door prizes, and a plant sale from 2–6 PM. Get tickets.

🌎 🎨 Celebrate Earth Day early and support local artists. Shop for sustainable and nature-inspired products at AND Creative Studios and ArtFarm’s final Art Market for the season from 12–3 PM. Enjoy treats and beverages, plus a free kids art activity. 111 Chinquapin Round Rd, Suite 200 and 208

West Annapolis Community Yard Sale

I once heard someone say yard sales are like treasure hunts for adults. Ok, it was me and I said it just now. But it’s still true. If you feel the same way, come find new-to-you goods at the West Annapolis community yard sale this Saturday. From 8 AM – 1 PM, participating households will have all kinds of secondhand items out for you to browse. You might even get some stuff for free!

P.S. You don’t have to be a West Annapolis resident to shop!

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.


Annapolis Book Festival 📚️ 

The Annapolis Book Festival is featuring ComicKey! a family-friendly comic-con. Meet creators like Rodney Barnes (Winning Time & Blacula), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.) & David Betancourt (the Avengers Assembled). Participate in Art Way Alliance workshops with artists Darren Soto, Jordan Clark & Jonathan Roth. And visit the Third Eye Comics pop-up shop. Saturday, April 27 from 10 AM–5 PM on the campus of Key School. The event is free and open to all.*

Feeling Vintage? Let’s Go Vinyl!

Have you ever dreamed of having your own turntable to play vinyl records? Well, for only $10 you get the opportunity to win a Victrola VSC-550BT-BLK Bluetooth Wireless Suitcase Turntable thanks to Third Eye Comics and the Naptown Vinyl Record Show, to be hosted at Maryland Hall on 4/28 from 10am to 4pm. Get your raffle tickets HERE (you don’t have to be present to win and you are supporting the local art scene when you participate!). The Record Show is a free event open to all, rain or shine. There will be food trucks, 30+ vendors, and a DJ lineup playing records.*

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69 🌡️ 49 | ⛅ | 15% | 💨 NNE 10 mph (9 knots)


64 🌡️ 55 | ☁️ | 15% | 💨 ESE 8 mph (7 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 58ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Jazz Wire Jam Session | 7:30–10:30 PM
Brian Boru | Ciaran Quinn | 6:30–9:30 PM
Killarney House | Tavair Dominque | 6–9 PM
Market House | Sydney Smith | 8–10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Devaney Brothers | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Jerome Collins | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM


49 West | The Anansi Trio | 7:30–10:30 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Starbelly | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Timmie Metz Band | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Nate & Jim | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Jon Zorn | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Phil Neary | 5–8 PM
Coconut Joe's | HighTest | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Jen Schimpf | 4:30–7:30 PM
Killarney House | Meg & Angie | 8–11 PM
Market House | Arcade Band | 8:30 PM
Market Space | John Bailey | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | Sidewalk Soul | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Music Room | 8–11 PM
Old Stein Inn | Biergarten with Alexander Peters Duo | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Chris Durm | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Norman Brown | 6:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | Norman Brown | 9:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Michael K | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Chris Sacks | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Keith & Costner | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | More Cow Bell | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | George & Friends | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Chris Button | 4-8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Troll Tribe | 9:45 PM

LISTEN: Navy Clinches the Star Series 🎙️

Navy and Army met on lacrosse fields more than 200 miles apart last Saturday. Navy’s men lost to Army at Michie Stadium in New York. But Navy’s women pulled off an impressive 17-11 victory over Army, enabling Navy Athletics to clinch the annual Star Series presented by USAA. Navy athletics insiders Pete Medhurst and Bill Wagner break it all down on this week’s episode of the Anchors Aweigh Podcast. This episode also features former basketball coach Don DeVoe, who’s being inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. Check it out!

Past results

Baseball (21-16)
4/17 vs. Bucknell | L 7–4

Women's Lacrosse (12-3)
4/17 vs. Lehigh | W 15–4

Women's Golf (1-0)
4/19 @ Patriot League Championship

Men's Gymnastics (3-1)
4/19 @ NCAA Championship - Qual. Meet

Men's Lacrosse (7-5)
4/19 vs. Loyola | 7 PM

Women's Tennis (21-6)
4/19 vs. Bucknell | 3:15 PM | Patriot League Tournament

Women's Track & Field
4/19 @ Navy Spring Invitational
4/19 @ Virginia Challenge

Men's Track & Field
4/19 @ Navy Spring Invitational
4/19 @ Virginia Challenge

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