🍦Books or Cannoli?

Moratorium on the moratorium, shred it go, shop local season local...


Good morning, Annapolis. Happy Arbor Day. Just in case you ever go on Jeopardy!, this tree planting holiday was first documented in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo in 1594. The first American celebration? Nebraska City, NE in 1872.

Let’s get to it.

— Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to Maureen Koziolek!

P.P.S. Even if you won’t attend every event in What’s Happenin’, it provides useful traffic information. For example: If you’re a Hillsmere resident, parked cars are gonna line the streets Saturday.

Shop local. Season local.

Many guys (and gals) love grilling. And many folks started hobbies during covid. Heck, you may still have an abandoned sourdough starter in your fridge. Better check on that. But how many of those hobbies are a) still going and b) now a business?

Editor’s note: 🙋 Naptown Scoop is both!

Born and raised Annapolitan Matt Alexander dove deep into grilling and smoking during covid. He tried every seasoning he could and eventually started combining them. Matt wanted that perfect mix. The kind that makes you say, “Hot dog! What’s on these wings?”

And he found it. But it took longer than the traffic signals on Church Circle. Then Matt and his wife welcomed their first child. As all parents know, extra time doesn’t exist when you have kids. So to save chefs everywhere time, Matt bottled up his creations, named the business Anchor Seasonings, and started selling.

He’s got four blends:

⚓️ BBQ Rub
⚓️ Wing Rub
⚓️ Seafood Seasoning

Try any one of ‘em and Matt guarantees you’ll be hooked. Get it? Order online or visit The Grill Center at Chesapeake Spas.

Sponsored by Hospice of the Chesapeake

High Fashion, Hot Cars, and a Good Cause

Photo by Glenn Miller

June 8 is Fashion Week in Annapolis. We don’t have haute couture designers, international supermodels, or A-list celebrities. But we do have Fashion for a Cause.

That’s when over a dozen community models walk the runway wearing styles from local stores on Main Street and Annapolis Town Center to raise money for Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Chesapeake Kids program.

Fashion for a Cause supports:

  • Group and individual grief counseling for children and teens

  • Camp Nabi grief camp for kids

  • Pediatric hospice care that provides comfort and support for children living with life-limiting illness

  • And more

Join us for an evening of fashion, food, and fun on June 8 at Porsche Annapolis on Hudson Street. Individual tickets ($150) are available until May 25. Sponsorships are also available.

Quick Hits

Moratorium for the moratorium

Major construction in town’s been on hold since November due to a law regarding adequate public facilities. Annapolis law requires 3.2 police officers per thousand residents. We don’t have that. In days past, Police Chief Jackson signed off on developments anyway with certain mitigation measures – security cameras, private security, etc.

A circuit court judge said no exceptions last year. It’s been in the courts and City Council ever since.

On Monday, City Council passed a designed-to-be-temporary ordinance allowing mitigation measures. To find a long-term solution, Annapolis will conduct a workload study to base police requirements on things like service call volume and response time, not population. After that, City Council will revisit the ordinance. ($)

Where to get your May Day flowers

Monday is May Day. That’s when Historic District homes and businesses display beautiful baskets of flowers in hopes of winning a coveted invitation to the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne tea party. To participate, put your name on a card in your basket. Children are judged in a different category and must include their age on the cards. All baskets must be out by 10 AM on May 1st.

So, now you need flowers.

One option is the Four Rivers Garden Club’s 78th annual Flower Mart. It’s at Maryland Hall Sunday from 10:30 AM–1:30 PM. They’ll even have ready-made baskets! You’ll need cash or a check to pay.

Another great option is Darim, the ever-smiling man who runs the flower stand in front of Reynolds Tavern.

Or you could always follow my MO: Whatever’s on sale at Trader Joe’s at the last possible minute.

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Perfect frame

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BWI TSA is rolling out new tech that matches your face to your ID and flight details in real-time. The time savings should save you at least 3 or 4 places in the Chick-fil-A line.

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What’s Happenin’

Shred it go

Believe it or not, we’ve had many requests for shredding events recently. So many that I considered hosting one. Lucky for me, the Parole Rotary Club beat me to it. Head to the Farmers’ Market between 8:30–11:30 AM today (Friday) to shred old papers at no charge, donate sweaters, jackets, and coats to #justonesweater, and donate used pet materials to the SPCA. 275 Harry S. Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Choose your poison: Books or Cannoli 📚️ 🇮🇹 

There are two great options for festivals around Annapolis this weekend. Both are rain or shine.

First up is the 20th Annapolis Book Festival at the Key School. It’s a full day of author panels, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment. There’s also a huge used book sale, themed raffles, and food trucks. Best of all? The Book Festival is free. Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. 534 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Then there’s Annapolis Town Center’s Festa di Primavera Italiana. Translation: Italian Festival of Spring. Naturally, this will have amazing food – cookies, cakes, cannoli, subs, and more. Italian artisans will show you how to make limoncello, pasta, cheese, and pizza dough. And to cap it all off, the Monaldi Brothers will play Italian classics for your listening pleasure. Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. 1906 Towne Centre Boulevard Annapolis, MD 21401.

Important: Pirates Parlay of the Chesapeake was canceled due to weather. Argh. . .

Boats, Boats, Boats!

Alright sailing lovers, racers, racing wannabes, liveaboarders, and anyone else who likes quiet boating. It’s your weekend. First, we’ve got the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show at City Dock. It’s all-day fun Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Don’t miss the free Boaters for the Bay reception Saturday night.

Right after the show, hit the SpinSheet Crew Party. Two questions. Do you want to race sailboats but have no boat? Do you want to race sailboats but have no crew? If yes to either, go to the crew party. It’s Sunday, April 30 from 4–6 PM at Eastport Yacht Club. 317 First St, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Stay at EYC after the party for the opening ceremony and welcome reception for the Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Santa Maria Cup. It’s the second stop on the 2023 Women’s World Match Racing Tour. The best of the best race in this and it hasn’t been in Annapolis in 10 years! Racing starts at 9 AM sharp Monday and goes through Thursday.

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.

Civil News

County Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s County Council meeting:

🏫 Lothian grain elevator purchase
🏫 Special events permitting
🏫 Police Accountability Board Executive Director confirmation vote
🏫 See full agenda

Use this website to submit testimony. The meeting is at 7 PM at the Arundel Center – 44 Calvert St, Annapolis, MD 21401. You may attend in person or stream online.

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Extra Sprinkles

Tides and Tunes dates & lineup announced

Let the countdown begin! Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park just released dates and an incredible lineup for their much-loved summer concert series, Tides and Tunes. It is the place to be on a Thursday night. Timmie Metz opens the summer with Tambo on June 15. We can’t wait to see you there. Click here for the full schedule.*

Cinco de Mayo Annapolis-style (AKA on the water)

Ever celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a semi-pro soccer team? Hop on a cruise with Watermark and the Annapolis Blues for Mariachi music and margaritas. Not a tequila lover? There’s a full bar with everything else, too. Grab your friends and grab your tickets for this 90-minute cruise. Leaving City Dock at 7:30 PM sharp on May 5.*

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67 🌡️ 57 | ☁️ | 20% | 💨 NNE 7 mph (6 knots)


65 🌡️ 51 | 🌧️ | 84% | 💨 ESE 10 mph (8.5 knots)

Live Music Lowdown


49 West | The Geckos | 7:30–9:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dead Eye Stare | 9 PM
Brian Boru | National Bohemians | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Stephen Henson / Slip Hippies | 8 PM
Federal House | DJ Manila | 9:30 PM
Great Frogs | Angie Miller | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | The Hyland Brothers | 8–11 PM
Market House | Michael K. | 7–10 PM
Market Space | Ryan Webster | 6–9 PM
Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge | b.en | 8:30 PM
Middleton Tavern | Lower Case Blues | 10 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Tony Stramella Band | 8 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The SteelDrivers | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Mike Miller | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Kieran Lally | 5 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
RiverBay Roadhouse | Ryan Keith Band | 8:30–11:30 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Shiftwork | 7–11 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Chris Sachs Duo | 6 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Chris Button | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Lee Priddy Trio | 9:45 PM
Vibe | No Go Romeo | 8 PM
Westin | Tigerlily | 6–8 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 5–7 PM
49 West | Daphne Eckman | 7:30–10 PM
Annapolis Town Center | Monaldi Brothers at Festa di Primavera Italiana | TBD
Blackwall Hitch | Tim & Katie | 8–11 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Daphne Eckman | 10 AM–1 PM
Brian Boru | Michael K. & Todd Kreuzburg | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Kieran Lally | 8 PM
Dark Horse | Bootleggers and Baptists | 9 PM
Federal House | DJ Manila | 9:30 PM
Great Frogs | Skribe | 12–3 PM
Killarney House | Michael Farro & Friends | 8–11 PM
Market House | MoonDog and the Broken Glasses | 7–10 PM
Market Space | Russ Jacobsen | 2–6 PM
Middleton Tavern | Moran Tripp Band | 10 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Joey Harkum | 8 PM
Pirates Cove | Pete Best | 2–5 PM
Pirates Cove | Doug Segree | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Wheeland Brothers & Of Good Nature | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Honey Sol | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Alex Peters | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Brandt Austin Dunn | 7 PM
RiverBay Roadhouse | Aaron Hawkins | 8:30–11:30 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Wild Grey Hairz | 7–11 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Leroy Squires with BoRoy | 2 PM
Smashing Grapes | Nicky Stacy | 8–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Ben Heemstra | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Grilled Lincolns | 9:45 PM
Vibe | Capital Chill | 9 PM


Bread & Butter Kitchen | Aaron Hawkins | 10 AM–1 PM
The Choptank | David Sparrow | 5–9 PM
Dark Horse | Madisun Bailey | 9 PM
Galway Bay | Chris Baldwin | 4–8 PM
Killarney House | Nicky Stacy | 3–6 PM
Market House | Carly Winter | 5–7 PM
Market Space | Jordan Sokel | 2–6 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Shawn Musselman | 3–6 PM
Pirates Cove | Just Us | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Linda Ronstadt Experience | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Tom Lagana | 11 AM
Severna Park Taphouse | Aaron Hawkins | 2 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | TBA | 4–8 PM|
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | John Phillips | 8 PM
Vibe | DJ EZ & DJ York | 8 PM


Navy Schedule

Baseball (20-22)
4/26 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore | L 7-9
4/29 @ Lehigh | Noon
4/29 @ Lehigh | 2:30 PM
4/30 @ Lehigh | Noon

Men’s golf
4/28-30 @ Patriot League Championship | 7:30 AM

Women’s lacrosse (12-4)
4/28 vs. #9 Loyola | 6 PM
4/30 vs. Boston University (Quarterfinal) | Noon

Men’s lacrosse (7-7)
4/28 @ Bucknell | 7:30 PM

Women’s rowing
4/29 @ UVA Invite | 10:30 AM

Men’s rowing (heavyweight)
4/30 @ Columbia w/ Hobart | 9 AM

Men’s rowing (lightweight)
4/29 vs. Penn | 7:30 AM

Women’s rugby (7-5-1)
4/28 vs. Texas A&M | 11:12 AM
4/29 @ 7s Collegiate Rugby Championships | TBA

Men’s rugby (17-0)
4/28 vs. Brown | 3:14 PM

Sailing (intercollegiate)
4/29-30 @ America Trophy - MAISA Coed | All Day
4/29-30 @ Arrigan Memorial Trophy | All Day
4/29-30 @ ICSA Women's Team Race Championship | All Day

Sailing (offshore)
4/29 @ Race to the Lighthouses | All Day

Men’s soccer (7-5-9)
4/29 vs. Alumni Game | 4 PM

Women’s tennis (18-5)
4/28 vs. #7 Loyola | 3:15 PM
4/29 @ Patriot League Semifinals | TBA
4/30 @ Patriot League Finals | TBA

Women’s track & field
4/28-29 @ Penn Relays | Noon

Men’s track & field
4/28-29 @ Penn Relays | Noon

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