🍦Don't Give Up the Dock

Family Fun Festival, Annapolis Blues Community Shield, new hotels in town...


Good morning, Annapolis. The City of Annapolis raised a Don’t Give Up the Dock flag at City Dock last weekend. As no strangers to adapting the famous battle cry Don’t Give Up the Ship (Don’t Give Up the Scoop), we say well played.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Family Fun Festival

  • Community Shield

  • New hotels in town

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon


The 84 Lumber Annapolis Kitchen and Bath Design Studio stands out as a beacon of excellence in the realm of home design. At its core are two exceptionally talented designers, Helena Briggs and Johanne Côté. Their passion for creating functional yet aesthetically pleasing spaces is unparalleled. With an eye for detail that is nothing short of flawless, Briggs and Côté bring dreams to life, transforming ordinary kitchens and bathrooms into extraordinary havens.

From conceptualization to execution, Briggs and Côté guide clients through every step of the design process, ensuring that their vision becomes a reality. Their ability to blend practicality with innovation results in spaces that are not only beautiful but also highly efficient.

The 84 Lumber Annapolis Design Studio is the ultimate destination for those seeking a transformative design experience. Visit 1690 Balt-Annapolis Boulevard or take a tour of our Virtual Showroom before you stop by.


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Always Ice Cream Annapolis Hope Fundraiser 🍦

Ryan better rest his scooping arm today because tomorrow is the Annapolis Hope fundraiser with Always Ice Cream Company! The Cohen family – the brains behind Always – pledged 20% of Wednesday’s sales in Annapolis (196 Main St) and West Annapolis (116 Annapolis St). Annapolis Hope seeks to help a local family with 8 kids who lost their breadwinner avoid eviction. So come on out for a sweet treat and put Ryan to work! He’ll be at the Main Street store 2:30–3:30 PM and Annapolis Street from 5:30–7:30 PM.

Commissioning Week Guide ⚓️ 🎓

If you haven’t made Blue Angels plans, here’s your ☝️ week warning. And, if you haven’t already, start buttering up your friends with waterfront homes/offices or boats. And while the shiny blue jets are the most “public” Commissioning Week event, there’s lots more to see in our Commissioning Week guide.

Oh, and by the way, while you might have heard about Commissioning Week’s “legendary” traffic and congestion, it’s not that bad. Maryland Avenue store owner Shannon Riesenfeld said she’s never had a problem getting downtown and it’s usually “eerily quiet.” I second that. I’m in and out of downtown all week with ease. There is one exception.

Graduation on Friday. Traffic around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium that morning and afternoon truly is legendary. That said, graduation is a terrific time for a lunch or shop downtown.

AACPS’ Day of Service

We all know the phrase, “It takes a village.” Well here’s your chance to be part of that village for your local public school. Earlier this school year, Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell announced the #BePresent initiative to get community members interacting with students. They might help with arrival and dismissal, read with kids, or mentor a small group. This Friday (5/17), AACPS has a Day of Service to show the community how they can be involved. Click here to learn more and get involved.

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The hotel(s) on Taylor Avenue are now open 🏨 🏨

For any Commissioning Week visitors scrambling for accommodations, you’re in luck. The combined Fairfield Inn & Suites Annapolis and Residence Inn Annapolis just opened at 200 Taylor Avenue. Since they’re brand new, they’re not 100% sold out for Commissioning Week. But they’re close. It’s a prime location and the closest hotel to graduation. Winning.

For everyone else, here’s another place you can recommend to visiting family who you want a little space from don’t have room for.

Speech therapy for kids

Michael Molinaro has over a decade of experience in speech and language interventions for children and adolescents. Now he’s bringing that to Severna Park. He recently opened Peake Speech Therapy & Consulting at 645 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Suite 216, Severna Park, MD 21146. The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce will celebrate his opening with a ribbon cutting Wednesday at 4 PM.

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Do you want to build muscle but never can?

NOW is the time! With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever before to increase muscle tone, get stronger, and look better.

The Great North American Form, Fit, and Function Tour is stopping by in Annapolis to show you exactly why and how. On May 20, miracle modern technology like Emscuplt Neo and Emsella will be demonstrated at Warrior Medical. Don't miss out on special pricing available when booked during the bus tour, with the chance to win free giveaways.

Come learn and experience how to get the most out of your body with the tools that are available today. Reserve your spot.


Annapolis Blues pre-season Community Shield ⚽️

The Annapolis Blues FC is scoring for charity this week with a pre-season game tomorrow supporting four local organizations: Warrior Events, Walk the Walk Foundation, Anne Arundel County Food Bank, and Every Child 365. Kickoff is 7 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and you can get tickets here.

Want to make it a back-to-back give-back? Swing by Always Ice Cream Company before the game! 20% of sales support Annapolis Hope. 116 Annapolis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Theater Talk Tuesday

Colonial Players of Annapolis presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A quirky, complex mystery takes the stage at Colonial Players with this adaptation of the hit book about a neurodivergent teen on a mission to figure out who killed his neighbor’s dog — and the life-changing discoveries he makes in the process. Note: Contains adult language and high-intensity audio and lighting effects like strobe lighting. Sensory-friendly performances on May 16. Thursday–Sunday through May 18.

Hey plebes, don’t slip!

What do you get when you combine a 21-foot obelisk, 200 pounds of vegetable shortening, and a bunch of determined plebes? The Herndon Climb! The annual tradition closes out plebe year at USNA. All they have to do is work together to form a human pyramid around the greased-up Herndon Monument and fetch a dixie cup (AKA plebe hat) at the top, which they’ll replace with an upperclassman’s cover. NBD, right?

Want to watch? The plebes will start at 8 AM and may climb for several hours. The fastest time ever is 90 seconds, but that was without grease. The slowest, the class of ’98, took more than 4 hours. The Herndon Monument is located across from the Naval Academy Chapel. Get more info and see a map.

Family Fun Festival 🎡🎠🎢

The carnival is in town! Step right up and visit the Family Fun Festival at Westfield Mall through May 19. Who doesn’t love a good old mall carnival? Especially, when it features rides, games, and food for the whole family. Weather permitting, hours are: Monday – Thursday: 5–10 PM, Friday: 5–11 PM, Saturday: 1–11 PM, and Sunday: 1–10 PM.

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⚖️ Board of Education meeting

On the agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Education meeting:

  • Vote on strategic plan

  • Virtual learning plan for prolonged state of emergency

  • See full agenda

Use this hub to submit testimony or watch online. The meeting is at 10 AM at the Parham Building — 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. You can attend in person or watch online.

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69 🌡️ 63 | 🌧️ | 47% | 💨 SSE 13 mph (11 knots)


66 🌡️ 61 | 🌧️ | 88% | 💨 ENE 12 mph (10 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 62ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
Brian Boru | Joe Hickey | 5:30–8:30 PM
The Point | Skribe | 5–8 PM


49 West | Dave Chappel and Friends | 5–7 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 | Michael Waskey | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Aaron Hawkins | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Tavair Dominque | 6–9 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | BoDeans | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Keith & Coster | 9 PM


Coach Lilly leaves St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s High School relieved boys lacrosse coach Victor Lilly of his duties last week after 20 years, 9 as varsity head coach. Lilly’s tenure with the Saints was marked by a 79-50 record and six straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoff appearances. Will Dalton, the team’s assistant coach, will serve as interim coach until St. Mary’s finds a permanent replacement. ($)

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