🍦Annapolis PD loses accreditation

Tides and Tunes lineup, spring wine fest, Paca plant sale...


Good morning, Annapolis. Sadly, neither of Navy’s lax teams won the Patriot League. The men lost to Lehigh in the semifinals on Friday. The women lost a heartbreaking championship 12–11 to Loyola on Saturday. And men’s rugby fell in the national championship, too. Well done to all teams. You still made us proud.

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday, Leslie Warner! 🎂


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Annapolis PD loses accreditation but they aren’t too worried

CALEA is the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. They offer accreditation for public safety agencies based on how well the agency complies with its own standards. Annapolis PD has been suspended from the program because they didn’t file for reaccreditation. Chief Ed Jackson isn’t too broken up about it though.

He said his people stepped back from administrative tasks (like filing for CALEA) and spent more time policing the actual streets. By the end of July 2023, Annapolis already had more shootings YTD than the annual average of the last five years. The department can always get the certification back, and they plan to. But Chief Jackson says, “Even more important than CALEA is the preservation of life.” ($)

Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month at the library

Did you know May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month? It’s a time to recognize people of Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Island heritage around us. There are plenty of ways to celebrate thanks to Anne Arundel County Public Library. A few happening close to Annapolis:

  • Intro to Taiko, The Art of Japanese Drumming: May 7 at Busch Annapolis and May 16 at Broadneck

  • Meki’s Tamure Polynesian Arts Group: May 14 at Crofton

  • Modeumbuk Sound of the Wind: May 11 at Eastport-Annapolis Neck and May 18 at Discoveries: the Library at the Mall

  • Let’s Craft Flowers: May 20 at Busch Annapolis

  • K-Pop Trivia: May 25 at Discoveries: the Library at the Mall

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Smiles are contagious

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Coming Up This Week 🪴🏃‍♂️🎶 🎨

The month of May never disappoints. The only thing is, it’s tough to pick what to actually attend!


  • Paca Garden Plant Sale: If there was ever a time to join Historic Annapolis, this 50-year Annapolis tradition is it. Members get early access to the plant sale and 10% off. 10 AM­–4 PM, rain or shine.

  • MRE Bridge Run: Described as “the least challenging athletic event ever conceived” by Runner’s World magazine, the race starts at noon on the Annapolis side of the Spa Creek Bridge. After the race, join the party outside O’Learys for live music and libations from beer and food trucks. Online registration closes May 10 at midnight. You can register in person too. Sign up!

  • Naptown Music Feast: Come listen to six bands at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. Enjoy 20+ food trucks, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, and a mechanical bull during the all-day family fun from noon to 10 PM. Kids 12 and under are free, and so is parking. Tickets.

  • African Diaspora Festival: The family-friendly, free event celebrates the progress of people of African descent globally and specifically, in Maryland. Check out art, entertainment, food, and vendors, representing African American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, and African ethnic groups. Runs from 11 AM–8 PM at People’s Park and on Calvert Street in the Annapolis Arts District. Note: Calvert Street between Northwest Street and West Street will be closed to vehicles from 7 AM–9 PM.


  • Paca Garden Plant Sale: Open 12­–4 PM.

Musical Monday

The American Songbook Series Cabaret – A fully costumed and choreographed production accompanied by the Unified Jazz Ensemble. The room has a full bar and all tables have 4 or 6 seats so small parties may have to make new friends. May 6–7 at 7:30 PM @ 1804 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401. Get tickets.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra presents Masterworks VI – The final Masterworks. Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D major (also called “London”), Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43. May 10–11 at 7:30 PM @ Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis MD 21401. Get tickets.

Spring wine fest at Acqua al 2

A Thursday night trip to Italy might be out of the question, but Acqua al 2 has the next best thing — a Spring Wine Fest on May 9 from 5:30–8:30 PM. You’ll sample six wines from prominent vintners in Northern Italy paired with a chef’s delectable food. RSVP and get tickets.

Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series Bands Announced 🎶 🌊

Nothing says summer in Annapolis like a concert on the beach. No matter how tiny that beach is. The 11-week Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series has live music for everyone with local folk, classic rock, soul, Celtic, island rhythm, and pop bands. Held Thursdays from 7–9 PM, Michael McHenry Tribe kicks off the series on June 13 with psychedelic funk. Scoop fav Dublin 5 plays July 18. See the full list of bands.

The free concerts are held beachside at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park. A $10 donation is encouraged. BYO blanket or lawn chairs for seating, plus a cup because it’s a zero-waste event. Cups, along with beer, wine, cocktails, and food truck food will be for sale.

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.


⚖️ City/County Council meeting

On the agenda for tonight’s County Council meeting:

  • General Development Plan and comprehensive rezoning

  • Outdoor seating for food and beverage service

  • Adult independent dwelling units

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in the Arundel Center. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online — 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

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73 🌡️ 65 | ⛈️ | 35% | 💨 SSE 6 mph (5 knots)


75 🌡️ 66 | 🌧️ | 45% | 💨 E 6 mph (6 knots)

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



49 West | Skribe | 7:30–10:30 PM
Brian Boru | PJ and Neal | 6–9 PM


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


Upcoming games & matches

Women's Golf (1-0)
5/6–7 @ NCAA Bermuda Run Regional

Past results

Baseball (26-20)
5/5 vs. Penn State | W 9-1

Women's Lacrosse (15-3)
5/4 @ Patriot League Final | L 12-11

Men's Lacrosse (9-7)
5/3 vs Lehigh | L 12-8

Men's Heavyweight Rowing (0-1)
5/5 vs. Columbia & Hobart | 1st of 3

Men's Rugby (17-2)
5/4 vs. #3 Saint Mary's | L 26-22

Women's Tennis (24-7)
5/3 @ North Carolina | L 4-0

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