🍦 The Coyote's name is. . .

Mission BBQ closing, Annapolis Blues 2024 jersey, more snow...


Good morning, Annapolis. We have to apologize to Vice Admiral Yvette Davids. In yesterday’s Scoop, we referred to her as a Rear Admiral – one rank below Vice Admiral. Before USNA’s superintendent change of command ceremony, Admiral Davids was promoted. Thanks to Scoop reader Jeff Borland for pointing this out!

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Mission BBQ closing

  • Annapolis Blues 2024 jersey

  • More snow???

Let’s get to it.

— Rebecca Kraybill, Dylan Roche, Lauren Burke Meyer, & Ryan Sneddon

New Play Museum in SP 🛝

The new Play Street Museum (PSM) in Severna Park is a kid’s idea of heaven. It’s also a great way to have inside fun while still getting out of the house. The space offers endless entertainment for kids ages 1–8. Admission is $14.50 for a 90-minute play session.

My three-year-old and five-year-old daughters had a blast. TBH, I did too and loved not having to clean up the mess. I also loved the local nods to Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company and Annapolis Pediatrics. The play spaces are complete with costumes, crutches, and anything else needed for imaginative play.

The included snack at the end was a helpful transition for toddlers who didn’t want to leave.

Play Street Museum is perfect for parties, field trips, or even a special playtime. Click here to make a reservation. 560 Ritchie Highway Suite F Severna Park, MD 21146


Meet the star of One Tree Hill 👀

Gilmore Girls, A Cinderella Story, One Tree Hill. . .  What do all of these have in common?

Chad Michael Murray! And he’s coming to Westfield Annapolis on February 3rd. From 12:30 PM to 3 PM you’ll have the chance to meet him in CPK Court (across from California Pizza Kitchen) and ask him anything you want!

Chad recently wrapped filming for Netflix’s Mother of the Bride and season 2 of Sullivan’s Crossing so there’s plenty to talk about. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of TV’s most loved stars!


Introducing Drew, the Thomas Point Lighthouse coyote

David Sites poses with Drew on the poop-free dock (photo: James Ronayne)

It’s official — the decoy coyote of Thomas Point Lighthouse has a new name. Based on your votes, he’ll be called Drew, named after Captain Drew of the Big Worm fishing boat. Captain Drew is the genius who suggested the coyote decoy in the first place to scare away the seagulls who were pooping on the pier.

So, who won the lighthouse tour? Whoever submitted the winning name was supposed to get two lighthouse tour tickets for the upcoming season. The thing is, David Sites suggested the name Drew. He’s the official lighthouse photographer and has toured it plenty of times. So he’s letting us give them away.

Want to win? Just click here and follow us on Instagram. Already a follower? Hit that link anyway and you’ll be entered automatically.

🗳️ Which Annapolis Blues jersey do you love?

The Annapolis Blues are one of the first lower-division soccer clubs in America to get a custom PUMA kit. There are four jersey options for the 2024 NPSL season and just like the team name, the Blues want your help picking. But hurry, voting closes today. Click here to vote.

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Look inside RAR’s new Chessie’s Wharf in West Annapolis

Winter hours at Wildberry Farm ❄️

If you wish Wildberry Farm did markets all year round, this is for you. Matt and Bridget are doing drop-in winter hours to brighten up this very cold season. You can now pop over most Saturdays starting this weekend (1/20) through March 23 from 9 AM–Noon. There’s breakfast, baked goods, and farm fresh eggs. 1047 Saint Stephens Church Road, Crownsville, MD.

Mission BBQ closing downtown location

We’re sad to report that Mission BBQ is closing its downtown Annapolis location. Two sources confirmed the last day of operation will be this Saturday, January 20. But don’t fear, brisket buffs. Mission is keeping its Parole location.

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.

Don’t miss the big moments 🏈

The Super Bowl is coming up, and this is our big year – the Ravens could win it! Imagine this: it’s the 4th quarter, 53 seconds on the clock, we’re down 42 - 38. . . 

Lamar Hail Marys it to OBJ. The football’s flying through the air. OBJ leaps AND. . .

You have to pee. You don’t want to miss the big moment, but it’s so urgent you HAVE to go.

Nobody wants that. But overactive bladders are very common – about 33 million Americans live with its symptoms. AAUrology can help you get rid of them. Make an appointment so you never miss another big moment.


More snow may be on the way

If you were wishing for snow. . . well, you got your wish. BWI hadn’t seen more than an inch of snow in almost two years until Tuesday. And more might be on the way Friday. Weather forecasters originally called for 1–3 inches but the latest forecasts don’t even predict an inch. Either way, watch the AACPS website tonight, drive safely, and if you need us, we’ll be scrolling Zillow for condos in Florida.

Weekend Preview


Get crafty with Historic Annapolis at a Colonial Crafternoon anytime between noon and 3 PM. This program for school-age children includes a scavenger hunt plus a craft project inspired by what you’ll see in the Museum of Historic Annapolis. Walk-ins are allowed, but we recommend registering in advance.


Annapolis Town Center hosts its first-ever Frost and Flame Festival this Saturday from 5 to 9 PM between P.F Chang's and Anthropologie. Stop by to get a bite to eat from the food trucks, watch a live performance, or check out any of the other cool activities. We’re talking fire dancers, fire breathers, jugglers, ice sculpture carving, stilt walkers, a DJ. . . need we go on? Get the full list of activities and RSVP here.

🚩 Note: Frost & Flame was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday but is now Saturday only because of weather.

Feeling patriotic? Join the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra for An Armed Forces Salute from 7:30–9:30 PM at Maryland Hall. You’ll get to hear local vocals by Parijita Bastola, best known for her performance on The Voice, plus a slate of other patriotic works by American composers. Tickets and more info here.

Save the Date: SOUPer Bowl Lunch

Got plans on Super Bowl Sunday? Other than the game, of course. The 18th annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch for the Light House is set for February 11 from 11:30 AM–1:30 PM at Heritage Baptist Church – 1740 Forest Drive Annapolis, MD 21401. It’s a great way to kick off the day by enjoying a menu of chicken noodle soup, baked potato, and chili. They hope to raise $8,500 for the Light House Homeless Prevention Center; admission is free and donations are requested. Since 2007, the SOUPer Bowl has raised over $50,000 for The Light House.

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.


Postponed FY2025 budget hearing is tonight

After two postponements (first for rain, then snow), the Board of Education may finally get a chance to workshop the proposed FY2025 operating and capital budgets tonight (1/18). The hearing starts at 7 PM in the Board Room at the Parham Building – 2644 Riva Road Annapolis, MD 21401. Although the meeting is open to the public, there will be no time for testimony. Testimony will be taken at the 1/25 meeting at Old Mill High School.

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38 🌡️ 32 | 🌥️ | 5% | 💨 S 7 mph (6 knots)


35 🌡️ 22 | ❄️ | 69% | 💨 N 10 mph (9 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 40ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Jazz Wire Jam Session | 7:30–10:30 PM
Brian Boru | Nate Finn | 6:30–9:30 PM
Copper Creek Pub & Ale House | Open Mic Night | 8–10 PM
Dark Horse | Mr. VCR | 9 PM
Killarney House | Jennifer Schimpf | 6 PM
Market House | Ben McNulty | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 5 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Vibe | Open Mic Night | 7–11 PM


49 West | Geraldine Band | 7:30–10:30 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Greg Shroeder Band | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | One Night Only Band | 8:30 PM
Brian Boru | Shawn Musselman | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Hunter Rich | 8 PM
Dark Horse | Wonderful World of Wise | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Justin Singleton | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Chris Durm | 8–11 PM
Market House | Alex G & Faith E | 6:30–9:30 PM
Middleton Tavern | Honey Sol | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Ground Rent | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Daphne Eckman | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Aaron Hawkins | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Kieran Lally | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | George Evans | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Mike Heuer | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Spellbound | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | The Crayfish | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | The Bards | 9:45 PM
Vibe | Ryan Keith & Moose Jaw Bluegrass | 7–10 PM

Past results

Women's Basketball (5-12)
1/17 @ Lehigh | L 81–65

Men's Basketball (7-9)
1/17 vs. Lehigh | W 71–69

Men’s Hockey (4-12)
1/19 vs. Towson University | 7:30 PM

Men's Squash (10-7)
1/19 vs. Bowdoin | 6:30 PM

Men's Tennis
1/19 @ at Penn | 11 AM & 3 PM

Women's Track & Field (0-1)
1/19 @ Wesley A. Brown Invitational | 4 PM

Men's Track & Field (1-0)
1/19 @ Wesley A. Brown Invitational | 4 PM

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