🍦Can you find the Secret Gardens? 🌸

Summer @ Your Library, Water-level monitors, City Dock updates

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Good morning, Annapolis. This is Naptown Scoop, where we pound this city’s 17th century streets looking for news so you don’t have to.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Summer @ Your Library programming

  • Water-level monitors installed

  • City Dock updates

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. We made a time goof on Monday. Put on a Happy Face at Live Arts MD starts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, not 8 PM 🎤 

Affordable Waterfront with New Build Permits In Hand

If you want to build a waterfront home, this is the way to do it. Getting waterfront permits in Annapolis can take forever. But Brad Kappel just listed a quarter acre lot in Edgewater that's a golden opportunity.

First, it already has a dock with a 12,000-pound boat lift, multiple slips, and a jet ski lift. Second, you can either renovate the existing beach cottage or use the permits in-hand to build a beautiful 3,000+ square foot custom home.

Then all that's left to do is enjoy South River boating, Loch Haven's community beach, Blue Ribbon schools, and close proximity to Annapolis and Route 50.

And the best part? It's listed for well under a million dollars. If you've always wanted to live on the water, this may just be your best chance. Contact Brad Kappel to seize this opportunity today.


Sailing for Hope ⛵️

A night aboard a historic skipjack on our local waterways is always a good time, especially when it’s for a good cause. On June 11 from 6–8:30 PM, the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park has generously volunteered the Wilma Lee and its crew to host a beautiful sunset dinner cruise and fundraiser. The event commemorates the anniversary of when Nick Mireles, his son Mario Mireles-Ruiz, and their friend, Christian Segovia, were tragically shot and killed.

A community fundraiser called Annapolis Hope aims to raise $247,000 to help the Mireles family buy their home and avoid eviction.

Only a few tickets remain for this special event; get yours here.

How Annapolis is changing City Dock to fight flooding 🌊 

In the years to come, Annapolis will change how City Dock looks and operates in an effort to protect the downtown area from frequent flooding. The project is made up of 3 parts and is estimated to cost $92 million:

1.) The City Dock park and its flood barrier system:

  • Should break ground in November or when FEMA approves the $33 million grant application.

2.) A new Maritime Welcome Center

  • How long this will take is unclear.

  • The Burtis House — a historic waterman’s home dating to the 1880s — will be incorporated into the design. The house’s foundation will be raised 5 ft to protect from flooding. It’ll sit behind the recently approved flood barrier system, which will connect Gate Zero at the USNA, wrap around Ego Alley, and end on Compromise Street.

3.) More infrastructure to protect Compromise Street from flooding

  • A proposed $14 million will extend a raised bulkhead past The Choptank restaurant to 100 Compromise Street. Construction is expected to begin late next year and be completed in 2027.

Updates from the May 29 meeting: Following a 90-day public review period, over 20 in-person and virtual community events engaged hundreds of residents and over a dozen civic organizations. 190 formal public comments were received. Based on community input, the Annapolis Ahead 2040 Comprehensive Plan has been updated and a New Draft Plan has been released. For a deeper dive, visit this link. All meetings are open to the public. Attend in person or view at City of Annapolis’ Facebook or YouTube. ($)

5 Water-level Monitors to be Installed

Living close to the water is great until it isn’t. Flooding has been an increasing problem in recent years, but here’s a method that could help keep an eye on that. Anne Arundel County and the Resilience Authority of Annapolis are teaming up with the University of Maryland Climate Resilience Network to install five Maryland HydroNet network sensors. These will monitor the water levels and provide real-time data to help communities like Annapolis prepare. The first of the five monitors will be unveiled and demonstrated this morning at 10:30 AM at City Dock — 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD

📚 Summer @ Your Library

Bored during the summer? Not if AACPL can help it. The library system has programming at all branches all summer long for kids and a new program for adults this year. The youth program, called Summer at Your Library Quest (S@YL), aims to curb seasonal learning loss for students.

How does it work? A few ways. Kids can progress in the Quest by reading or completing activities and tracking their progress on a gameboard (printable version here) or in the Beanstack app to win prizes. Adults can play Wild Card Bingo for the chance to win Southwest Airlines tickets.

Be sure to check out the full schedule of library events for music, magic shows, STEM activities, performances and other activities for all ages.

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Annapolis Blues Theme Game: Youth Soccer Night

Photo by: Tony Garcia

Calling all soccer fans young and old! Especially young. Because this Friday when our Annapolis Blues face Alexandria Rough Diamonds FC, it’s Youth Soccer Night! All fans will get a Blues mini soccer ball. Kids tickets are always $10 and group discounts start at just 10 people. So call your neighbors, call your kid’s soccer team, and call your coworkers. Our undefeated Annapolis Blues are back at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Friday at 7 PM! Get tickets.


🌸 Secret Gardens of Annapolis 🌸

It’s time to stop and smell the roses during the Hammond-Harwood House Secret Garden Tour. This is a unique opportunity to tour some of Annapolis’ most charming outdoor spaces. This year is the 25th anniversary of this special event, so the tour will revisit some fan favorites of the past as well as wander through newer gardens.

Get your tickets here for this self-guided tour which happens this weekend.

📝 It’s PR-ty time

PR can be a Pain in the Rear, but it doesn’t have to be. Some of the leading names in local media come together every year for the Chesapeake PR Bazaar, giving local nonprofits, businesses, and clubs the best tips on how to pitch their news:

☑️ What kind of lead time do I need?
☑️ What should I include in my pitch?
☑️ Who is my point of contact at a media outlet?

This year’s bazaar is June 13, 5–7 PM at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium’s Akerson Tower. It will include a keynote presentation by Dr. Cayce Myers on "Using AI Effectively for Your Mission."

Longtime attendees of the PR Bazaar will know this tradition was the brainchild of Wendi Winters, a community journalist for The Capital Gazette who was one of five staffers killed in the 2018 newsroom shooting. Now the Chesapeake Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America carries on Wendi’s legacy by continuing the event. Get info and register here.

Wildberry Opening Day 🍳 ☕️

Wildberry Farm’s Field Market Opening Day celebration is this Saturday (6/8). And they will have their always-delicious fresh eggs and farm-to-table offerings … and then some. Expect free goodie bags for the first 50 guests. Score free balloon art by Clementine the Clown too. A few of our other favs from their markets besides free admission? You can support 60+ local vendors AND leashed dogs are welcome. Sounds like the perfect Saturday morning! 9 AM–1 PM – 1047 St Stephens Church Rd, Crownsville, MD

Kids love the Annapolis Blues  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

Are you heading to the Annapolis Blues match this Friday (6/7) vs. the Alexandria Rough Diamonds? Consider bringing the kids for a wholesome good time at a reasonable price.

If you’ve never been to a Blues match (or haven’t taken the kids yet), here are our top tips to making it a great family outing. Buy tickets here.

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.


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77 🌡️ 73 | ⛈️ | 75% | 💨 SSE 12 mph (10 knots)


83 🌡️ 69 | 🌧️ | 56% | 💨 SW 11 mph (10 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 74ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication


49 West | Dave Chappell and Friends | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Dinner Under The Stars | Guava Jelly | TBA
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mixed Business | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Richard Hayward | 6–9 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Thee Sinseers | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Rhythm & Screaming | 9:30 PM


Brian Boru | Ted Garber | 6:30–9:30 PM
Killarney House | Chris Durm | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Kevin Koa | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Chris Smither & Peter Mulvey | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | PJ & Neal | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 4:30 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Dave Tieff | 5 PM


4 Navy Athletes at NCAA Championships

Today marks the start of the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Oregon, where four athletes from Navy men’s track and field will compete. Best of luck to throwers Joshua Boamah and Braden Presser, sprinter Nathan Kent, and hurdler Brahmir Vick! These four recently had strong performances at the NCAA East Preliminary in Kentucky. While Presser competed in the championship last season, this is a first for Boamah, Kent, and Vick. ($)

Upcoming games & matches

Men's Track & Field
6/5 @ NCAA Outdoor Championship

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