🍦Come for the fun, take the cannoli

Spring Sailboat Show, Book Festival, new state superintendent of schools...


Good morning, Annapolis. Happy National Pretzel Day. Did you know 80% of the pretzels sold in the US are baked in Pennsylvania? And 80% of the pretzels consumed in Annapolis are consumed in my house. 🥨 

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Spring Sailboat Show

  • Book Festival

  • Italian Festival

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Expect the unexpected 🎼

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is about to complete their 62nd year of bringing incredible music to the county. Did you know that they are a nationally ranked professional orchestra with 70+ contracted musicians? This season of performances has been unforgettable. Don’t miss out on the last performance of the season: Masterworks VI “This Midnight Hour”. 

It features Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony N. 104, Jean Sibelius with Symphony N. 02, and Anna Clyne, who brings forth the terroir of a moment and place in her This Midnight Hour. And check this out-  Scoop readers get 30% off up to 4 tickets! Just enter the code MIDNIGHT at checkout. Performances are at 7:30 PM on May 10 and 11 at Maryland Hall.


Top clicks of the week 🏆

Carey Wright appointed Maryland superintendent of schools 🍎

Promotion alert! The Maryland State Board of Education has appointed Carey Wright to lead our state’s education department. She’s been filling the role in an interim capacity since October when the former superintendent stepped down. Her resume’s pretty impressive: Mississippi’s longest-serving state superintendent of education, MD public school teacher, principal, chief academic officer. . . No wonder she beat 26 candidates by unanimous vote. Her four-year contract begins July 1 with an annual salary of $360,500. ($)

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PSA: Great Frogs is open for the season

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Happy birthday Rams Head Roadhouse!

Do you remember Rudy’s? Rams Head Roadhouse opened in April 2004 on the site of the former Rudy’s Tavern. And in those 20 years, it’s become a Generals Highway icon just like Rudy’s. In part thanks to its regular live music and family-friendly atmosphere.

Keeping a restaurant open for 20 years is no small task so they’re celebrating with a tent party on April 27 from 11 AM to close. Expect free Rudy’s pizza, drink specials, cornhole, face painting, kids crafts, raffles, and giveaways. And of course live music. Aaron Hawkins plays 12–3 PM, Ryan Keith Band plays 4–8 PM, and Sandra Dean Band plays 9 PM to midnight. 1773 Generals Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Blossoms, bushes, and . . . beer!

The latest addition to Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville is beer. That’s right — you now have the option of enjoying a pint while picking out plants. Or even better, while your significant other picks out plants. Every Saturday and Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM, enjoy craft brews on tap. All proceeds benefit local nonprofits, April’s beneficiary being the Anne Arundel SPCA. And yes, you can take your beer inside while you browse!

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.


Let’s Party Like It’s 1979!

Celebrate four and a half decades of making moments that matter at Hospice of the Chesapeake’s 45th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, May 11. We’ll party at the beautiful new Fluegel Event Center. Enjoy a cocktail party atmosphere with plenty of mingling around assorted food stations imagineered by Main and Market. Will there be dancing? With a deejay and our history (this photo is from 2009 -- recognize anyone?) it’s a sure thing! All proceeds support our historic mission of caring for life throughout the journey with illness and loss. Don’t miss out on making new memories. Get your tickets at https://www.hospicechesapeake.org/45th-anniversary.


Happening now: Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

Any day this weekend is a good day to stop by the Annapolis Sailboat Show and check out sailboats, meet fellow sailors, and drink painkillers. But if you ask us? Sunday looks pretty unbeatable with its forecast high of 78ºF. Heck, maybe we’ll just go boating instead. . . . The show is today and tomorrow from 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM. Get tickets here.

Get lit this weekend

No, not that kind of lit. Lovers of literature, take note: the Annapolis Book Festival is happening tomorrow, bringing the best of the bookish world right here to our community. Enjoy panels with nationally recognized authors, plus other entertainment and family-friendly activities from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Key School — 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21403.

Indulge at the Italian Festival 🇮🇹

Come for the fun, take the cannoli. If you love Italian food, you won’t want to miss the Spring Italian Festival hosted by the Sons and Daughters of Italy Annapolis. Stop by Festa Italiana Annapolis from 10 AM to 4 PM to enjoy homemade dishes, sip some libations, and hear live music by the Monaldi Brothers.

🗓 Want more events? Remember, you can find out what’s happening during the weekend ahead in every Thursday issue of the Scoop, like yesterday’s. We always include a weekend preview. (Need to access other past issues of the Scoop? We’ve got you covered 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.


⚖️  City/County Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting:

  • Annual budget and appropriation and property tax levy

  • Forest conservation plan appeals

  • Prohibiting new drive-thru windows

  • 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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63 🌡️ 49 | ☀️ | 5% | 💨 E 10 mph (8 knots)


60 🌡️ 56 | ☁️ | 15% | 💨 SE 12 mph (10 knots)


78 🌡️ 63 | ⛅ | 12% | 💨 S 8 mph (7 knots)

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



49 West | Shep Tullier & The Vandaltones | 8–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Timmie Metz Band | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | The National Bohemians | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Loose Cannons | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Timothy Bracken | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Relicoustic | 5–8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Noelle & Jeff Band | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Alexander Peters | 4:30–7:30 PM
Killarney House | SVV Duo | 8–11 PM
Market House | Annapolis Local Songwriters Showcase | 8:30 PM
Market Space | Alex G | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | Loose Ties | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Tommy McGee Band | 8–11 PM
Old Stein Inn | Eddie Pasa | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Broken Arrow | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | The BirdDaddys | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Aaron Hawkins | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Justin Berdeguez | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Kickback | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | MIGGs Band | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Justin Berdeguez | 4-8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Russ and Friends | 9:45 PM
Watermark Annapolis Cruise | Tranzfusion | 7–9:30 PM | Tickets


49 West | John Jensen | 4–6 PM
49 West | Donna Long, Peter Brice, & Samantha Suplee | 8–10:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Tom Starr Band | 8 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Michael K | 10 AM–1 PM
Brian Boru | Jessie Marie Trio | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Joel David | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Mook Jones | 2–5 PM
Coconut Joe's | Royal Flush | 9 PM
Dark Horse | Mr. VCR | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Jordan Sokel | 1–4 PM
Killarney House | O'McPub Band | 8–11 PM
Market Space | John Bailey | 2–6 PM
Middleton Tavern | Mac Heat | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Ground Rent | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Grayson Moon | 1–4 PM
Pirates Cove | Pete Best | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Amish Outlaws | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Sandra Dean Band | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Brett Buehler | 10 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Back in Time | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Red Sky Dawn | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Dust on the Bottle | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Moran Tripp | 9:45 PM
Trophy Room | Josette & Bill Acoustic Music | 6–9 PM


49 West | Michael Joseph Harris | 4–6 PM
49 West | Donato Soviero | 7–9 PM
Brian Boru | Big Brothers Porch | 4–7 PM
Coconut Joe's | Sister Midnight Trio | 2–5 PM
Dark Horse | Guava Jelly | 6 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Guava Jelly | 10 AM–1 PM
Galway Bay | Brendan Pelan | 4–8 PM
Great Frogs | b.en | 1–4 PM
Market House | Carly Winter | 6–8 PM
Market Space | Tim Atkinson | 2–6 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Aaron Hawkins | 12–3 PM
Old Stein Inn | The Edelweiss Band (trio) | 2–6 PM
Pirates Cove | Doug Segree | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Brandy Clark w/ SistaStrings | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Timmie Metz and Tambo | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Shawn Owen | 9 PM


🎙️ New Anchors Aweigh episode: Championships at Navy

It was a big week for Navy sports. Two programs (women’s tennis and golf) captured Patriot League Championships and another (men’s rugby) advanced to the national championship for the second straight year. Navy athletics insiders Bill Wagner and Pete Medhurst cover all that and more and are joined by baseball coach Chuck Ristano, whose club will face Army at West Point this weekend. Listen here!

Lady wrestler all-stars, all they do is pin 🤼‍♀️ 🌟

Girls high school wrestlers have to be some of the toughest athletes. They square off against the toughest girls and sometimes even boys. Spalding freshman Taina Fernandez, AKA Capital Gazette Girls Wrestler of the Year, definitely falls in this camp. The Bowie resident compiled a 34-1 record with 18 pins and 11 technical falls this season while competing coed in many tournaments. She’s only the second Maryland girl to win a National Prep Tournament championship and is ranked No. 1 nationally among girls by USA Wrestling. Something tells us you may hear her name again during the 2028 Summer Olympics. . .

Read the recap, plus the Capital Gazette 2023-24 All-County teams, from one of our go-to-sports guys Bill Wagner.

Past Navy results

Women's Lacrosse (14-3)
4/25 vs. American | W 18–10

Baseball (24-17)
4/26 @ Army | 4:30 PM
4/27 @ Army | 2 PM
4/28 @ Army | 1 PM

Men's Golf (0-1)
4/26–28 @ Patriot League Championship

Men's Lacrosse (7-6)
4/26 vs. Bucknell | 7 PM

Women's Rowing
4/26–27 @ Lake Wheeler Invitational

Men's Heavyweight Rowing (0-1)
4/27 vs. Harvard & Penn

Men's Lightweight Rowing (2-3)
4/27 @ UPenn

Women's Rugby (2-5-1)
4/27 vs. Virginia Tech | 10:50 AM
4/28 @ 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship | TBA

Intercollegiate Sailing
4/26–28 @ ICSA Team Race Championship

Men's Tennis (26-14)
4/26 vs. Loyola, Md. | 3:15 PM
4/27 @ Patriot League Tournament - Semifinal | 2 PM
4/28 @ Patriot League Tournament - Final | 11 AM

Women's Track & Field
4/26–27 @ Penn Relays

Men's Track & Field
4/26–27 @ Penn Relays

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