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Baygrass Festival lineup, 5 new stores at ATC, City of Annapolis FY25 budget...

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Good morning, Annapolis. The American Physical Society is designating the Naval Academy as a historic site in honor of Albert A. Michelson. While teaching at the Academy in 1879, Michelson measured the speed of light with 200 times more accuracy than the previously accepted value. The speed of light, 671 million mph, is roughly equivalent to how fast teenagers disappear when it’s time to clean up after dinner.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Our favorite solar eclipse pics 📸 

Photo: Diana Hall

Turn aroooound, every now and then we get a little bit restless and have to collect some of the best pics from photographers around town. And by “every now and then,” we mean when there’s a (partial) solar eclipse overhead like Monday. Even though we weren’t in the path of totality, the moon still covered about 88% of the sun.

We hope you enjoyed it because the next time you’ll see this is 2044. Until then, relive it through these pics from your fellow readers.

Coveted Large Lot in Linstead

This Nantucket-style Cape Cod home is truly one of a kind in our area. It’s located uniquely overlooking Sullivan Cove – perfect to capture the winter water views. The 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home combines cottage charm with modern amenities. 

Its main level features an all-white kitchen and an adjoining dining area which flows into the living room with a cozy fireplace. Rounding off the main level are two spacious bedrooms and a shared hall bath. There are two additional bedrooms upstairs.

One of the home’s true highlights are its large windows, not only offering a view of the backyard and play area, but also flooding natural light into the lower level.  The house is located in the coveted Linstead on the Severn community – one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Annapolis. 


Deadline approaching: Rotary college scholarships

We can’t agree on much these days. But we can agree that college costs are OUTRAGEOUS. Enter the Rotary Club of Annapolis. They’re offering academic scholarships to local graduating seniors. Four $2,500 scholarships are up for grabs. 💸 But hurry! Applications must be postmarked by April 15. Full details here.

LAA’s 2024 New Leader Honorees

Did you know Anne Arundel County’s Director of Government Affairs is named Ethan Hunt — just like the main character of Mission: Impossible? Hunt is one of nearly 30 local leaders in a new role that Leadership Anne Arundel is honoring at its New Leaders Breakfast on May 2 at Carrol’s Creek Cafe.

Here’s a small selection of the honorees:

  • Vice Admiral Yvette Davids – Superintendent, United States Naval Academy

  • Tonii Gedin – Health Officer, Anne Arundel County Department of Health

  • Ralph Kuncl – CEO, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

  • Julie Natoli – Co-CEO, The Brick Companies

  • Joan Renner – Co-CEO, The Brick Companies

  • Barbara Webber – Executive Director, Compass Rose Theater

Annapolis Baygrass Festival lineup announced 🪕 🌊

If you love the twang of a banjo like Steve Martin, you’ll want to put September 21 & 22 on your calendar. That’s when the Annapolis Baygrass Festival returns to Sandy Point State Park. It blends progressive bluegrass, jamgrass, and Americana music from the likes of Oteil & Friends, Infamous Stringdusters, and more. And this isn’t just a fun, beachfront festival. Proceeds benefit organizations working to keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy. Get tickets.

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Five new tenants at Annapolis Town Center

The Ravens aren’t the only ones making big signings this offseason. Annapolis Town Center just announced five new stores. Including two opening this weekend!

  • Skin Spirit is a medical spa (think Botox, filler, etc.) with over 40 locations around the US. This will be their second MD location.

  • Rowan is piercing like you’ve never experienced. All piercings are done by licensed nurses and all metals are hypoallergenic. Rowan officially opens this Saturday (4/13)!

  • Nava Health is the largest integrative medical practice in the DMV.

  • Toastique is a boutique toast and juice bar that uses local ingredients whenever possible. The grand opening is scheduled for May 11.

  • Girlkin Lashes is a one-stop shop for luscious lashes and beautiful brows. Don’t miss the grand opening this Friday. The ribbon cutting is at 2 PM and there’s an open house from 1–4 PM.

🗺️ GPS instructions: Go to 1910 Towne Centre Blvd, Annapolis, MD 21401. Girlkin is Suite 103. Rowan is Suite 123.

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Need a Chromebook? AACPL has you covered

You’ve probably heard someone say libraries have a lot more to offer than just books, and here’s a perfect example: AACPL has a program to provide a free Chromebook to eligible households this weekend. Check eligibility and get an appointment.

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Mayor Buckley presents FY25 budget

Guess what. Under Mayor Gavin Buckley’s proposed FY25 budget, property taxes aren’t going up. So how much does it cost to run our beautiful city? About $188 million. For perspective, last year’s budget was $184 million but the city may end up spending about $13 million less. Ben Franklin would be proud. What’s in the new budget?

  • A new department called the Office of Central Services which combines purchasing, facilities, and fleet operations.

  • Funding for a new fireboat. The current one is 17 years old and annual repair bills were climbing to around $200k.

  • A 5% increase in police funding which accounts for about 25% of Annapolis’ annual spending.

  • And much more. Read the Capital Gazette summary or the full 112-page document.

Now what? City Council has until June 30 to pass a budget. The Finance Committee will meet regularly for the next month and several public work sessions are scheduled. And you can provide your feedback right here. ($)

A new approach to reading

AACPS recently adopted a program known as Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts. It’s a literacy curriculum for the K-5 crowd, though there might be a lot of questions about it given how new it is: Why the shift in curriculum? What are the tenets of the curriculum? What’s the rollout plan? The Board of Ed has a public workshop with Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell this Monday at 6 PM for these and other questions. Attend in person in the Board Room of the Parham Building at 2644 Riva Road or watch live on AACPS-TV or AACPS YouTube.

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What to spend more time on the water? 🚤⛵️

Dreaming of owning a boat? Why not take it a step further and join the Chesapeake Boating Club? Join the Chesapeake Boating Club and let them handle costly slip fees, maintenance, and cleaning. Enjoy spins or sails for hours or weeks, or relax by the water with a cold drink. Choose from affordable unlimited memberships for power or sail. New to boating? Get US Sailing certification or powerboat lessons with J World Annapolis. Check them out today!*

One of Annapolis' Best for over 22 Years 🏡

It’s April. Know what that means? Spring! This wonderful change of weather truly brings out the best of Annapolis. And if you have friends or family visiting, there’s no better place to stay than the Inn at Horn Point. It’s in the highly walkable Eastport, close to some of the best restaurants in town, and owners Carol and Cory Bonney are celebrating 22 years of serving Annapolis. Year 23 starts now! Click here to book online.*

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71 🌡️ 60 | ⛅ | 24% | 💨 SSW 9 mph (8 knots)


64 🌡️ 59 | 🌧️ | 85% | 💨 SSE 20 mph (18 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 52ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Dark Horse | Nate & Jim | 9 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music | 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 | Shovels & Rope w/ Al Olender | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Rhythm and Screaming | 9 PM


49 West | Jeff Muller & Friends | 7:30–9:30 PM
Brian Boru | Aaron Hawkins | 6:30–9:30 PM
Dark Horse | Moran Tripp Band | 8:30 PM
Killarney House | Chris Durm | 6–9 PM
Market House | b.en | 7–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Kevin Koa | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Bryan Ewald | 5–8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Tavair Dominque | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Open Mic | 7 PM


Go, Ryn Feemster! 🏀 

You’ve been hearing a lot about women’s basketball in a certain midwestern state this season, but what about closer to home? Severna Park’s Ryn Feemster recently earned the title of 2023–24 Girls Basketball Player of the Year from the Capital Gazette. Click here to see the rest of the All-County roster. ($)

Upcoming Navy games & matches

Baseball (19-13)
4/10 vs University of Maryland Eastern Shore | 5 PM

Women's Tennis (20-6)
4/10 vs Morgan State | 3 PM

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