🍦County buys Edgewater Giant

Fleet Reserve and City Dock, honoring Harriet Tubman, the Inside Scoop...


Good morning, Annapolis. Don’t have a good day. Have a great day.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Fleet Reserve and City Dock

  • Honoring Harriet Tubman

  • Theater Talk Tuesday

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

A change to our referral program

Since the beginning, sharing Naptown Scoop with 3 friends meant a birthday shoutout at the top of this newsletter. And we’ve had a great run with over 300 shoutouts. But it’s time for a change.

From now on, the reward for sharing the Scoop with 3 friends is access to our invite-only Facebook group, the Inside Scoop. This raises 2 questions.

What if I already earned a birthday shoutout but haven’t gotten it yet? Don’t worry. You’ll still get it.

What if I still want a birthday shoutout? We’re working on a way to keep birthday shoutouts in the Scoop and will have news on this soon.


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Giant indoor park coming to Edgewater

Sorry, Spirit Halloween — Rec & Parks is officially claiming the former Giant Food in Edgewater. County Executive Steuart Pittman announced last week that the county is buying the 5-acre property with plans to turn it into an indoor recreational facility. Details about what it will look like are forthcoming. Rec & Parks has requested funding for it in the FY25 Capital Budget.

Avoid listeria. Check your salad kits

Time to go check your fridge. Did you pick up a Marketside Southwest Chopped Kit or Bacon Ranch Crunch Kit from Walmart recently? Might be a good idea to throw them out. Or at least check them out. There’s a national recall for containing cheese that may be contaminated with listeria. You can return the kits for a refund if the UPC numbers and sell-by dates match those in the recall.

How does the Fleet Reserve Club fit into the new City Dock?

It’s pretty safe to say nobody wants to see downtown Annapolis flood again like it did last month. Some businesses are still recovering from the damage. So while the Annapolis Planning Commission works toward a redevelopment plan for City Dock, the Fleet Reserve Club has agreed to join the effort. The Fleet, as it’s known to members, has agreed to raise the bulkhead of its Ego Alley facing property. However, there are no official plans, and who will pay for what is unclear. ($)

The Banneker-Douglass-????? Museum

The Banneker-Douglass Museum in downtown Annapolis could be getting a new name soon: that of renowned Maryland abolitionist Harriet Tubman. She escaped slavery on the Eastern Shore in 1849 and returned several times to help others escape along the Underground Railroad. Now the Maryland Senate wants to make Tubman’s legend anything but underground. A unanimously passed bill will add Tubman’s name to the 40-year-old Banneker-Douglass Museum in downtown Annapolis. A companion bill still needs to pass the House which seems likely. ($)

🔍 The current names on the museum are that of mathematician Benjamin Banneker and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, both of whom were born in Maryland.

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HERE. spring pop-up location 🌸

It’s almost HERE. HERE’s spring pop-up we mean. Mark your calendars for March 1–24. Because of exciting renovations at El’s previous location – 4 Church Circle – the unique boutique offering art, jewelry, home décor, and more is moving to the Annapolis Town Center this spring – 1910 Towne Centre Blvd, Suite 120. You’ll find HERE. in between the Anthropologie and Scout Molly’s.

P.S. HERE. is the only place in town to get Naptown Scoop t-shirts, hats, and quarter zips!

Last call for an on the house whitening 🦷

Do you wish you had whiter teeth? Me too. That’s why I want to remind you that we’ve partnered with our clients and friends at Morabito Family Dental to give away an at-home teeth whitening kit. All you have to do is visit their website using this special link by 2 PM today (2/13).

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.


Theater Talk Tuesday

There’s a wide selection of performances in Annapolis this week, from fresh takes on classics to eye-opening documentaries:

Annapolis Film Society presents God & Country
This thought-provoking film explores the negative effects of Christian Nationalism on both the nation and Christianity itself. A one-night screening is scheduled for tonight, February 13, at 6:30 PM at Maryland Hall — 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

Classic Theatre of Maryland presents Jane Eyre
Be among the first to see this world-premiere adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s iconic novel at the Classic Theatre of MD – 1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

Compass Rose Theater presents The Gin Game
Two residents of a senior home reminisce on their pasts over a game of gin in this thought-provoking production by the Compass Rose Theater which continues its run this weekend at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
CTA tackles Shakespeare for the first time. Closing this weekend! Children’s Theatre of Annapolis – 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis, 21409.

Pop Up Chorus 🎶💈

This is giving Pitch Perfect. The Annapolis Blend is a women’s a cappella barbershop chorus ISO ladies who love to sing. Register for their free event — a Pop Up Chorus — on Sunday (2/18) at the Michael E. Busch Library on West Street from 2:30–4:30 PM. You’ll hear their singing style, learn more about the group, and perform “You Raise Me Up”. Registrants get the music in advance. All women are welcome, no experience necessary.

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.


CAT North and SRHS earn national recognition

Congrats to AACPS’ own CAT North and South River High Schools! 🎉 Magnet Schools of America recently gave them a pretty big honor — National Merit Schools of Distinction. This recognizes their success in areas like helping students achieve better academic success, promoting diversity, and teaching an integrated curriculum. These were the only schools in the state to win the award this year.

Signups for BOE student forum now open

Students, now’s your time to be heard. The Board of Education has a student forum scheduled for February 20 at 6 PM, and YOU are invited to provide two minutes of remarks that you want the board to hear. It can be any item of interest, but it should not be about student-specific or personnel matters. Sign up by 11:59 PM on Thursday. More details here. (Note: If more than 50 students sign up to speak, speakers will be selected via lottery.)

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WOW on April 18

Join us for a Wellness House of Annapolis fundraiser party at EYC! Enjoy music with DJ Michael K, fabulous food, and great friends. EYC kicks off boating season with WOW (Wellness on the Water). EYC Captains take fun seriously and share their boats and precious moments with people dealing with cancer. Keep WOW and over 35+ Wellness House programs free of charge. Click here for tickets!*

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47 🌡️ 35 | 🌧️ | 99% | 💨 NNW 19 mph (17 knots)


43 🌡️ 31 | ☀️ | 2% | 💨 NW 15 mph (13 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 43ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



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


49 West | Pam & Paula Classical Duo | 5–7 PM
49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 2 PM & 8:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Chris Knight | 6–9 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Ryan Kozel | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mixed Business | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Loose Change | 6–9 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Curtis Stigers | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Jesse Marie | 9 PM

Women's Basketball (8-14)
2/14 @ American | 7 PM

Men's Basketball (8-15)
2/14 vs. American | 7 PM

Women's Golf
2/13 @ Sea Best Intercollegiate | TBA

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