🍦It's Crabcake Season 🦀 🎂

Maryland Seafood Fest, Navy lax coaching updates, City Council budget


Good morning, Annapolis. This is Naptown Scoop, where we consolidate all the tabs in your browser into 1 snappy, readable email.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • 56th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival 🦀 

  • Navy men’s lacrosse coaching updates 🥍

  • City Council passes budget 💵 

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Crabcake Review S3E1: Adam’s on Fourth

It’s summer . . . and that means Naptown Scoop is bringing you yet another season of our famous Crabcake Reviews. Thanks for submitting your fave joints around town that we should include this season. Your suggestions are noted and we look forward to chowing down for 10 new episodes this summer.

First up: Adam’s on Fourth. Ryan and Captain Chris moseyed on over from Naptown Scoop’s new office to sample their cakes. What was the score? You’ll have to check out our Instagram to find out.

Want to see who makes our Top 10 reviews of all time . . . or should we say so far? That’s right here.

Have you tried The Choptank’s new cocktail menu?

You gotta see these. 8 new cocktails – some you’ll recognize from last summer, some are totally new. I can’t wait to try the La Dorada, Ryan can’t wait to have a Fortuna, and sales guy Mike thinks the Leviathan looks lit (intern Ella just taught him that word). Can’t wait for the next office happy hour.

The Choptank is located right on Ego Alley and is one of Annapolis’ most popular spots for fresh seafood, live music, and great cocktails (obviously). And you can’t beat that rooftop view. This next week will be a hot one and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy it than sitting dockside with one of their new cocktails in hand.

There’s no better place to be this summer. Make a reservation today!


Major Stories

Here are some of our biggest stories this week:

⛵️ Annapolis Hope cruise makes waves: On the one-year anniversary of last summer’s brutal triple murder, 25 Annapolitans sailed on the skipjack Wilma Lee and learned an anonymous donor is matching the next $50K donated to Annapolis Hope! Between onboard pledges, cash from neighboring boats, and cruise tickets, we’ve already achieved over $20K of the match! Visit annapolishope.com to help out.

🎶 Carr’s Beach Reunion: Annapolis Rec & Parks will celebrate Juneteenth on June 19 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum from 3–7 PM. Enjoy live music, local vendors, and food. BYO chair.

💼 Meet Jasmine Jackson, our new Register of Wills who officially stepped into the role this week. The former chief auditor has worked for AA County for 16 years.

⚽️ 🍻 Father’s Day: Local things to do: ICYMI, we pooled some local spots to celebrate with dad. Here’s the short version: Annapolis Blues tickets, Darling Charters, or an X-Golf Annapolis gift card. You could also dine with Dad at Lewnes’ Steakhouse, Forward Brewing, or Boatyard Bar & Grill.

Top clicks of the week 🏆

City Council passes budget

Annapolis officially has a budget for next year! The City Council voted for a $191 million budget for FY2025, which covers capital improvements (such as City Dock flood mitigation) and operating expenses (such as establishing a new Department of Central Services). This final budget is a little higher than the one Mayor Gavin Buckley proposed back in April ($187.9 million), but it keeps property tax rates steady.


Paca Girlfriends Party

📸 @thepinkcrab & @lslbrands | 📍William Paca Garden

Tag @NaptownScoop to get your photos in the Scoop!

Are you staying hydrated?

Good. Now look at your lawn. Does it look hydrated? Summer’s just around the corner, and so are more record setting temperatures. Lawn Doctor’s all-natural HydraGuard Program helps prevent dry patches, moisture stress, and seasonal drought damage. By managing root moisture and evening out watering schedules, your lawn will be ready for whatever fun the sun may bring. Beat the heat and call the Doctor today to get a quote.


J. McLaughlin x Annapolis Hope Sip & Shop Fundraiser 🛍️

We don’t really need a good reason to shop, but it never hurts. The J. McLaughlin Sip & Shop Fundraiser for Annapolis Hope on Wednesday, July 10 from 10 AM–6 PM gives us plenty of reason to do just that, so jot it in your calendar now. Come on out and shop, sip on some tasty drinks, and enjoy snacks.

J. McLaughlin, the men’s and women’s retailer at 181 Main Street in Annapolis, is donating 15% of sales to Annapolis Hope. J.McLaughlin loves to give back to the community and wants to contribute to the cause of helping the late Nick Mireles’ wife and 8 kids avoid eviction.

Save the date: 56th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival 🦀 🦪

Seafood lovers – mark your calendars for September 14–15. The Maryland Seafood Festival returns to Sandy Point State Park for the beloved, 56-year tradition that showcases delicious seafood, live music, creative craft booths, an interactive kid zone, and chef demos. One of the festival highlights includes the crab soup cook-offs. We can almost taste the Old Bay! Don’t wait. Get tickets now. A portion of the proceeds benefit local charities.

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.


⚖️ County Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s County Council meeting:

  • General Development Plan and Comprehensive Rezoning

  • Planned Unit Developments

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 6 PM in the Arundel Center. The public is welcome to attend. Submit testimony or watch online44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD

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86 🌡️ 69 | 🌤️ | 24% | 💨 S 11 mph (10 knots)


83 🌡️ 67 | ☀️ | 5% | 💨 N 11 mph (10 knots)


82 🌡️ 70 | 🌤️ | 1% | 💨 E 7 mph (6 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 75ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | The Lois and Clark Expedition | 8:30–11 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Rickshaw Lizard | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Colby Sard | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Phil Neary | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Sister Midnight Trio | 5–8 PM
Coconut Joe's | The Bruce Packett Band | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Sarah Paige | 4:30–7:30 PM
Killarney House | Donnaka | 8–11 PM
Libbey’s Coastal Kitchen | Mike Miller | 4–7 PM
Market House | Alex G and Faith | 8–11 PM
Market Space | Kristi Allen | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | Trio Sonic | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Music Room | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Noah Booz | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | David Benoit with Big Band | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | BoRoy | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | One Step Down | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | George Evans | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Wheelhouse | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Madisun Bailey | 6 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Justin Berdeguez | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | The Moran Tripp Band | 9:45 PM


49 West | Gary Wright, Leah Weiss & Jimmy Jacobs | 7:30–10:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Moon Cherry | 8–11 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Marilyn Hucek | 10 AM–1 PM
Brian Boru | Ciaran Quinn | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Corey Jenkins | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Doug Day | 2–5 PM
Coconut Joe's | Fantasm | 9 PM
Dark Horse | Dan Heely Band | 9 PM
Dinner Under The Stars | D'Vibe | 6–9 PM
Great Frogs | b.en | 1–4 PM
Killarney House | Luke Borchelt | 8–11 PM
Market Space | Hurricane Kevin | 2–6 PM
Middleton Tavern | Michael McHenry Tribe | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Good Talk Russ | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Dave Tieff | 3–6 PM
Pirates Cove | Brett Buehler | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Charles Esten w/ Carter Winter | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Fast Times | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Ryan Kozel | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Still Bound Band | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Chris Dean | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | The Lifters | 9:45 PM


49 West | The Befuddlers | 4–7 PM
49 West | Dream Punch | 7:30–9:30 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Combo Indigo | 10 AM–1 PM
Coconut Joe's | Doc Marten Trio | 2–5 PM
Galway Bay | Brendan Pelan | 4–8 PM
Great Frogs | Madisun Bailey | 1–4 PM
Market House | Jack Shenk & Nate Finn | 5–8 PM
Market Space | Brandt Dunn | 2–6 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Shatners Duo | 12–3 PM
Pirates Cove | Suzy & Alex | 2–5 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 6–9 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Arcadian Wild w/ River & Rail | 1 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | Shaw Davis & The Black Ties w/ Soul Miners Union | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Severna Park Taphouse | Tyler Zachary | 12 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Richard Hayward | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | West Street Revival | 7 PM


After coaching the last 7 years at High Point, Ken Broschart is joining Navy’s men’s lacrosse coaching staff as offensive coordinator (OC). In Ken’s first season as OC at High Point, he led a remarkable turnaround that set single-season school records in goals (232), assists (122), and shot percentage (.340). The Hicksville, N.Y., native earned USILA All-America honors 3 times as a defenseman at New York Institute of Technology.

Meanwhile, John Orsen – who has served as the Mids' defensive coordinator since 2020 ­– has been promoted to associate head coach. After John’s arrival, Navy jumped from 50th nationally in scoring defense (12.08) to 11th (9.40). They’ve also ranked among the nation's top-12 scoring defenses in 4 of his 5 seasons. This past spring, the team was 24th nationally and No. 1 in the Patriot League in scoring defense (10.75).

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