🍦Who brought oyster shooters to Annapolis?

Green Beer Races, Mason-Mayes in Eastport, The Cottage x Yoga Barn...


Good morning, Annapolis. Do you think anyone’s ever sold their watch collection after resetting each one every daylight saving time got too tedious That’s this weekend btw. Set your clocks one hour ahead Saturday night.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Green Beer Races 🍀 🍺 🏇 

  • New boutique in Eastport

  • Weekend shopping recs

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to George Shenas! 🍰

The perfect post-run pit stop

I’m sure you’ve heard by now. This Saturday is the second-ever Annapolis Running Festival! Thousands of runners will be running a 5K, 10K, or even a half-marathon through downtown Annapolis. Are you?

If so, the perfect place to recover after Saturday’s challenging run is The Choptank. It opens at 11 am, so runners can stop by for a post-run meal or celebratory drink right after their impressive finish!

The Choptank will be serving Maryland’s famous cuisine — delicious as always. With that, enjoy a cocktail, one of 20 draft beers, or a refreshing, ice-cold Coke. You’ve earned it, runners. Visit The Choptank at 110 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.


Major stories this week

📲 The State House complex is testing a text message alert system for threats just like the anonymous (and luckily non-existent) threat called in last week.

🦈 The Landsharks, the premier Jimmy Buffett tribute band, are headlining Bands in the Sand this June. VIP & Committee tickets are on sale now. GA tickets launch May 1.

🪖 Captain Walter H Allman III will replace outgoing USNA Commandant Colonel James “J.P.” McDonough III this summer.

Top clicks of the week 🏆

Rick Hutzell dives into Annapolis oyster culture

Some things are just part of Annapolis culture — like Sperrys and sailboats. Or y’know, oysters and oyster shooters. To help you find Annapolis’ best, longtime Annapolitan Rick Hutzell put together a comprehensive guide. It covers not only where to get the best oysters but also how they got so popular. So, if you’ve ever wondered why we shoot oysters and cocktail sauce then chase that with a beer — Rick’s got your answer. ($)

USNA sea wall check in

Sea level rise is no joke. And the Naval Academy’s sea wall looks like it should be fully repaired by the end of 2024. This project, one of many protecting Annapolis from flooding and climate change, started in fall 2022. It’s currently about 80% complete.

✅ Good to know: Sea levels in Annapolis have risen more than 1 foot over the past century. In January we saw the third-worst flooding in Annapolis history. Water was 5 feet higher than normal! ($)

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Mason-Mayes opening in Eastport 🛍️👖🌊🐚

Hide my credit card. Locally-owned upscale womenswear boutique, Mason-Mayes, is opening in Eastport today (3/8). Mason-Mayes is “breezy” like Monica Geller and sells bicoastal-inspired aesthetics. Their curated brands include Farm Rio, AGOLDE, and LoveShackFancy. Find them in the Annapolis City Marina building (410 Severn Ave, Suite 113). Mason-Mayes’ first store is in Baltimore. But they heard we have better crabcakes. – LBM

Weekend shopping recommendations

🛍️ HERE. a pop-up shop is open until March 24. 80 local artists are represented – including Naptown Scoop. 1910 Towne Centre Blvd, Suite 120.

🛍️ AMOMs Kids Consignment Sale is this Saturday (3/9) from 8 AM–1:30 PM. Shop clothing, gear, and toys for your kiddos. Select items are half-price after noon. 335 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

🛍️ Green & Bean Boutique is a gift shop filled with eco-conscious (non-apparel) items like vegan leather goods and recycled silk scrunchies. Check it out at Annapolis Town Center, 1915 Towne Centre Blvd, #120.

10-Year Party @ ArtFarm

Here are a few things we like (in no particular order): milestone anniversaries, art, & parties. 🎂 If you’re like us, stop by ArtFarm Studios this Sunday for their 10th anniversary Birthday Art Market Party. From noon to 3 PM, they’ll have artist demos, cake, and discounts at the studio — 111 Chinquapin Round Rd Suite 200, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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’ Newest (and nicest and most convenient) Apartments

Doesn’t that look fantastic? That’s an apartment at Aventon Annapolis right off Riva Road. It’s just minutes from shopping and dining at Annapolis Town Center and less than 1,000 feet from the ramp to Route 50 and I-97. So whether you’re commuting or staying local, no location is more convenient.

All 250 pet-friendly apartments are brand new with high-end finishes and thoughtful details. Amenities include a saltwater pool, al fresco dining with community grills, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and too many more to name. They are even offering 1 month rent free!

Aventon is setting a new standard of apartment living in Annapolis. Schedule a tour today and move in tomorrow!


Annapolis Run Fest: don’t say we didn’t warn you

Yes, there’s still time to register for the Annapolis Running Festival this Saturday. Yes, that’s tomorrow. And yes, only the half-marathon has spots. But we’re really writing about this so non-runners can avoid closed roads from 7–10 AM (ish). Full details, maps, and last-minute registrations are available at annapolisrunfest.com 🏃💨

Join the Green Beer Races 🍀 🍺 🏃 

Get ready to balance some beer (or Kool-aid for kids)! 🍻 The annual Green Beer Races at the Eastport Democratic Club is this Saturday at 1 PM. Enjoy live music, food, and other family-friendly activities while you’re not racing. 525 State Street, Annapolis, MD 21403.

The Cottage + Yoga Barn = Total Zen 🧘‍♀️ 🛍️

Wanna Namastay in bed this Sunday (3/10)? No chance! The Cottage is hosting an activewear launch party with Yoga Barn at 44 W Earleigh Heights Road in Severna Park. The fashion/fitness fusion kicks off at 12:30 PM and there’s yoga from 1–2 PM. All skill levels welcome! Enjoy RASA Juice and exclusive early access to the Cottage’s new activewear line. Get tickets.

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 Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting:

  • Residency requirement for liquor licenses

  • Short-term rental licenses and regulations

  • Forest conservation plan appeals

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online. 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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56 🌡️ 43 | 🌥️ | 7% | 💨 E 7 mph (6 knots)


54 🌡️ 47 | 🌧️ | 89% | 💨 ESE 16 mph (14 knots)


52 🌡️ 37 | 🌥️ | 8% | 💨 WNW 20 mph (17 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 47ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Shep Tullier Band | 7:30–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Arcade | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Rick & The Revolving Doors | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Meg & Bryan | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Naptown Nights | 8 PM
Galway Bay | Ciaran Quinn | 7–10 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Pete Best | 8–11 PM
Market House | Local Songwriter Trio | 7:45–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Lower Case Blues | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Meerkat Nation | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Kruger Brothers w/ Jacob Panic | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | BoRoy | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Nate Finn | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Kristi Allen | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Shift Work | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | George Evans | 8–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Moon Dog | 9:45 PM
Vibe | Michael McHenry Tribe | 9 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 4–6 PM
49 West | Theresa Sise & Sweet Tea Jazz Trio Irish Eyes Program | 8–10 PM
Blackwall Hitch | All You Need | 8 PM
Brian Boru | Lauren and Rusty | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Chris Durm | 8 PM
Dark Horse | The Last Second Save | 9 PM
Galway Bay | Chris Baldwin | 7–11 PM
Killarney House | Hyland Brothers | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern |Shiftwork | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Prowlers | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Vicki Roberts Band | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Martin Sexton | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse |  Tommy McGee | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Kieran Lally | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Stillbound | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Richard Hayward | 5–9 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | The Bards | 1–5 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Dunns & Drummers | 9:45 PM


49 West | Jonathan Stone | 1–4 PM
Dark Horse | Mixed Business Duo| 6 PM
Galway Bay | O'McPub Band | 4–8 PM
Killarney House | Aaron Hawkins | 4–7 PM
Market House | Nate Finn | 6–8 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Shatners Duo | 12–3 PM
Pirates Cove | Tavair Dominque | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Hudson River Line | 2 PM | Tickets
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Simba | 8 PM


Severna Park girls basketball outlasts South River 🏀

Wednesday’s Class 3A East Region II Final was an epic battle of the basketball birds – a triple OT thriller. In the end, the Falcons triumphed 59–54. Now because there’s a three-way tie for second, SP will either host River Hill, Oakdale, or Oxon Hill this Saturday (3/9) in the state quarterfinals. A coin flip will determine the opponent. Go Falcons! ($)

Past Navy results

Women's Tennis (13-4)
3/7 vs. Georgetown | W 5–2

Men's Basketball (13-18)
3/7 @ Boston University | L 70–61
Patriot League Tournament - Quarterfinal

Baseball (5-7)
3/9 vs. Princeton | 1 PM & 4 PM
3/10 vs. Princeton | 1 PM

Women's Basketball (13-16)
3/9 vs. Lafayette | 1 PM
Patriot League Tournament - First round

Men's Gymnastics (2-0)
3/9 @ Oklahoma | 6:45 PM

Women's Lacrosse (5-1)
3/9 @ Jacksonville | 12 PM

Men’s Lacrosse (3-2)
3/9 @ Lehigh | 3:30 PM

Rifle (10-9)
3/8-9 @ NCAA Championship | 9 AM

Intercollegiate Sailing
3/9-10 @ St. Mary's Team Race
3/9-10 @ Jen Harris Spring Team Race

Offshore Sailing
3/8-10 @ Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup

Men's Squash (15-15)
3/8-10 @ CSA National Collegiate Individual Championship
3/8-10 @ U.S. Intercollegiate Doubles Championship

Men's Tennis (15-7)
3/8 vs. NJIT | 1:30 PM
3/8 vs. Temple | 5 PM
3/9 @ Norfolk State | 11 AM
3/9 @ William & Mary | 2:30 PM
3/10 @ Richmond | 9:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Women's Track & Field (1-1)
3/9 @ Westmont College | 2 PM

Men’s Track & Field (2-0)
3/9 @ Westmont College | 2 PM

Wrestling (8-6)
3/8-9 @ EIWA Championship

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