🍦The easiest race you'll ever run

Rock on and eat up, the coolest club in Severna Park, gun givebacks...


Good morning, Annapolis. Your kindness blew me away this week. In 5 hours, you filled 100% of the spots for our blood drive. I thank you. AAMC thanks you. And the patients whom you’ll never meet but may very well save thank you.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Naptown Music Feast

  • The coolest club in Severna Park

  • Gun givebacks

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon


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Major Stories of the Week

⚽️ 🎟️ Premier League soccer, uh. . . football, is coming to Annapolis on July 31. The game between Crystal Palace and Wolves kicks off at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at 8 PM. Score tickets starting Monday.

🍎 🌟 Elizabeth Heist is AACPS’ 2024 Teacher of the Year. The Lake Shore Elementary music teacher is the school’s first teacher to win the prestigious title.

🌊 🎶 The Annapolis Maritime Museum released this summer’s Tides and Tunes lineup. These free beachside concerts happen at the Eastport museum on Thursday evenings from June 13 to August 29.

Top clicks of the week 🏆

Water Taxis now run 7 days a week ⛴️ 🚕

I feel like a broken record but here’s yet another sign that warm weather is officially here. Our beloved water taxis are back to running 7 days a week. These little boats are part of what makes Annapolis so special. And if you’ve never used them and are a little intimidated (like I was once), here’s a handy little map. Call that number to hail a boat.

Ever wondered how people get to the boats in the middle of the harbor? Probably water taxi!

🔫 Give back your guns. No questions asked.

Annapolis PD is doing something new this weekend – a gun giveback. Anyone can surrender any gun, no matter how ill-gotten or illegal, at the station on Saturday. No questions asked. Just unload your gun, arrive between 10 AM and 2 PM, and let the officer on duty remove it from your car. They’ll happily take your ammo too. Just make sure the gun’s unloaded. 199 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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The coolest music club in Severna Park

There’s a new venue in town for live music. Laura MacKay, a Severna Park High alum and longtime music advocate, recently opened Parris Underground. But this isn’t your average music venue. It’s all about the music and those who enjoy it so two things are different than most venues. No age restrictions and no alcohol. They do have a non-alcoholic bar with homemade lemonade and limeade though.

Performances are 7–10:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays starting tonight. There’s also a weekly open mic night Sunday from 4–7 PM. Bring cash. There’s a $10 cover. Note: Parris Underground is closed for a private event this Saturday. 497 Ritchie Highway, Suite 1C, Severna Park, MD 21146.

Oscar's Coffee and SPCA 🐶 ☕️ 🐾

Oscar’s Coffee, Eastport’s favorite waterfront coffee trailer, has been the most dog-friendly coffee shop in town since day 1. But tomorrow, it’ll be even more so. Because the SPCA’s mobile unit will park dockside with their lovable adoptable animals. Even if your house is at max pet capacity like mine, sipping on one of Oscar’s new spring specials while meeting new dogs still sounds like a perfect Saturday. 5/11 from 10 AM–12 PM. 105 Eastern Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403.

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.

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.


Historic Annapolis Plant Sale 🪴

Consider this your final reminder for the annual Historic Annapolis Plant Sale. It’s Saturday (5/11) from 10 AM–4 PM and Sunday (5/12) from 12–4 PM. The 50-year tradition always draws a huge crowd to William Paca’s garden but we know a secret. Historic Annapolis members get in 30 minutes early on Saturday and get 10% off. That’s 10% off any of the 7,000+ plants to choose from. I’d say joining’s worth it for that reason alone. Either way, enter the garden at 1 Martin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

The easiest race you’ll ever run

My college friend, David, once ran a half-marathon with zero training. He couldn’t walk right for weeks. But I bet you can run Saturday’s 0.05k Bridge Run without training. First off, don’t assume the “k” stands for kilometer. Given that the Spa Creek bridge is about 700 feet long, that wouldn’t be quite right; 0.05 km = 164 feet. Second, don’t stress. Runner’s World once called this “the least challenging athletic event ever conceived.” Most people finish in less than a minute. I plan to run in a suit en route to my best friend’s wedding.

Sound doable? Great! Register online today or in-person (before 11:30 AM) on the Eastport side of the bridge Saturday. Not fast? There are awards for costumes, too. My favorite is the “Dang, I Wish I’d Thought of That Costume” award. They’ll be awarded during the afterparty at O’Learys.

Rock on and eat up 🎸🍔

Nope, it’s not a typo — the Naptown Music Feast (not Fest) is so named because it combines local music groups and 20+ food trucks. This festival at the county fairgrounds starts at noon Saturday, goes until 10 PM, and features music from:

  • Petty Coat Junction

  • Sons of Pirates

  • Jah Works

  • The Regal Beagles

  • Sweet Leda

  • Midnight Madnezz

Plus you (or at least the kids) can ride a mechanical bull, climb a rock wall, or test your axe-throwing skills. Yeah, better leave that stuff to the kids. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Love a deal? Buy 3 tickets and get 1 free. Kids under twelve are also free!

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 Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting:

  • Plastic Bag Reduction Act

  • Annual Budget

  • FY2025 Changes in Exempt Service Job Classifications

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in City Council Chambers. 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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60 🌡️ 51 | 🌧️ | 55% | 💨 ENE 12 mph (10 knots)


63 🌡️ 52 | 🌥️ | 15% | 💨 ENE 7 mph (6 knots)


62 🌡️ 53 | 🌧️ | 55% | 💨 ENE 9 mph (8 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 66ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication


49 West | Diving Horses | 7:30–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Rick & the Revolving Doors | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Honey Sol | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Meg & Bryan | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Kieran Lally | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Mook Jones | 5–8 PM
Coconut Joe's | The Music Room | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Jennifer Schimpf | 6–9 PM
Killarney House | Pete Best | 8–11 PM
Market Space | Kristi Allen | 6–9 PM
Metropolitan Rooftop | Blackish Swell | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern | Lower Case Blues | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Shatners | 8–11 PM
Old Stein Inn | Chris Button  | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Gordon Lightfoot | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | BoRoy | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | The Freebyrds | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | George Evans | 10 PM
Renditions Golf Course | Josette and Bill | 4–8 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Tiger Fish Band | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Kristi Allen | 6 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Rich Walton | 4-8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Nate & Jim | 9:45 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 4–6 PM
49 West | Jeff Muller | 7:30–10:30 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Michael K | 10 AM–1 PM
Brian Boru | Lauren and Rusty | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Joel David | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Mark Desrochers | 2–5 PM
Coconut Joe's | Ruff House  | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Brandt Dunn | 1–4 PM
Killarney House | Kevin Lee | 8–11 PM
Market Space | Hurricane Kevin | 2–6 PM
Middleton Tavern | Shiftwork | 9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Grilled Lincolns | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Frank, Elvis & Raines | 6–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Hawthorne Heights | 1 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | Hawthorne Heights | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Pretty Good Deal | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Tavair Dominque | 10 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Fast Times | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Brody Kean | 6 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Richard Hayward | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Rickshaw Lizard | 9:45 PM


Bread & Butter Kitchen | Combo Indigo | 10 AM–1 PM
Galway Bay | O'McPub Band | 4–8 PM
Great Frogs | Michael K | 1–4 PM
Market House | Elise Collette | 6–8 PM
Market Space | Justin Berdeques | 2–6 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Aaron Hawkins | 12–3 PM
Pirates Cove | Dave Tieff | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Bill Withers Experience | 7 PM | Tickets
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Brendan Lane | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Rachel & The Rescuers | 8 PM

What’s Navy’s track & field secret?

Something must be in the water at the Naval Academy. Both track & field teams (men’s and women’s) just swept the Patriot League Championship for the sixth straight spring. Bill Wagner and Pete Medhurst interviewed track & field director Jamie Cook and although he couldn’t reveal too many secrets on our Anchors Aweigh Podcast, it’s a great conversation. Check it out!

Upcoming games & matches

Baseball (26-20)
5/11 vs. Holy Cross | 1 PM | Patriot League semifinal
5/12 vs. Holy Cross | 1 PM | Patriot League semifinal
5/12 vs. Holy Cross | 4 PM (If necessary) | Patriot League semifinal

Women’s Track & Field
5/11–12 @ IC4A / ECAC Outdoor Championship

Men's Track & Field
5/10–12 @ IC4A / ECAC Outdoor Championship

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