🍦What the heck is hygge?

Nonprofit of the Week, county goes all AAA, fly fishing film tour...

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Good morning, Annapolis. I’ve lived in Maryland for 20 years and our weather still amazes me. Hope you didn’t put those jackets away yet.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • That live, laugh, love sign is closer than you think

  • Your sailing friends don’t want to hang out on Wednesday nights

  • New dog training business

Let’s get to it.

— Ryan Sneddon 🍦

Nonprofit of the Week: Anne Arundel Women Giving Together

Since 2006, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) has awarded more than $5 million to 47 nonprofits focused on women and families. It’s a simple premise. One woman can give a little. Lots of women (in this case 260+) can give a lot.

Women join at four tiers – from $175 to $1,075. Nonprofits apply for grants. Committees review the applications. Then the full membership votes to decide who gets the grants.

Sound interesting? Click here to learn more. Women joining by May 2 can vote for 2023 grantees.

P.S. I know what you’re thinking. How can my organization be Nonprofit of the Week? All you have to do is ask.

Sponsored by Brad Kappel, Executive Vice President, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Coming Soon in Downs on the Severn

This is the perfect family home. It has almost 5,000 square feet of living space and a huge unfinished basement. The backyard is surrounded by trees for privacy and the front has great curb appeal. It even has a winter water view!

It’s also in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods around, Downs on the Severn. The Downs – as residents say – has two deep water marinas (one with a rare launch ramp), a community pool, tennis & pickleball courts, and a clubhouse.

This classic colonial is just steps from the pool and clubhouse. Only four homes are closer!

Inside are six bedrooms, 4 and a half bathrooms, and a soaring, two-story great room. Don’t miss your chance to call the Downs home. Brad Kappel’s hosting an open house on May 6!

Quick Hits

City Council passes swim team resolution. Now what?

City Council passed a resolution allowing the Truxtun Park Penguins to use 5 of Truxtun Park’s 6 lap pool lanes for 2.5 hours a day, Mon–Thurs, for the 8-week swim season. One crucial piece of language left out of the resolution? When those hours are. Penguins representatives say it’s unfair to switch from times the team’s been practicing for years (5–7:45 PM). City officials and non-swim team parents say kids who don’t write “eat my bubbles” on themselves in Sharpie every weekend want to swim at those times too. Whatever the decision, it must be made soon. The season starts May 30. ($)

Anne Arundel expands first-time homebuyer program

If you’ve never owned a home and you’re hoping to hang your first live, laugh, love sign in Anne Arundel County, listen up. Requirements for the Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) just changed. The MAP offers up to $50k in deferred loans to help with down payments and closing costs. Eligible individuals must earn no more than 100% of the Area Median Income; the max used to be 80%. Here’s what that means by household size:

💰️1 person - $78,250
💰️2 person - $89,437
💰️3 person - $100,623
💰️4 person - $111,750
💰️5 person - $120,750
💰️6 person - $129,687

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Different perspective

📸 @motoxdms | 📍Under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge

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Local Business

New location for SKIN by Hanne Powers

Eastport’s SKIN by Hanne Powers has moved. But unlike my best friend moving when I was four, it’s not the end of the world because Hanne’s just moving *checks notes* right down the street. Her new space, which is open for treatments, is still in Eastport at 918 Chesapeake Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403. Hanne and her team offer facials, DMK enzyme treatments, and more in a space filled with natural light and hygge.

ℹ️ Hygge is a Danish word for coziness or “comfortable conviviality.” It’s a defining part of the culture in Hanne’s native Denmark. And it’s pronounced hoo-guh.

No clicks or treats at this dog training biz

Sisters Tina Fisher and Michele Flynn have opened a new dog training business called Always Faithful Dog Training. This might sound too good to be true but they don’t use treats, clickers, or shock collars. Tina and Michele use a dog’s nature as a pack animal to make you the leader of the pack for perfect obedience. And they do it at your house.

P.S. Always Faithful is a franchise started by a former Marine so service members and veterans get a discount 🇺🇸 

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.

Sponsored by Creative Spaces Remodeling

Is your home Smart?

Smart living is the future. Heck, it’s the present. As long as I had Internet, I could see if I forgot to turn off the oven from the Alaskan wilderness.

Creative Spaces loves designing Smart spaces. It’s a seamless integration of cutting-edge technology and elegant design. It’s the ultimate comfort, convenience, and peace of mind.

Reach out today to see how Creative Spaces can turn your home into a Smart living masterpiece.

P.S. Creative Spaces is hosting an open house at their new office on May 18. RSVP here to discuss your next home project.


What’s Happenin’

Fly Fishing Film Tour

Thanks to dedicated local enthusiasts, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is stopping in Annapolis for the first time in 8 years. Tomorrow, local fly anglers will converge on the Annapolis Maritime Museum for a night of top-notch short films, local beer, and swag. The nationwide tour is hosted by Costa, Simms, and Yeti. They know swag. Proceeds benefit Healing Waters Fly Fishing – a Maryland nonprofit serving veterans through fly fishing. Tickets are still available.

Wednesday Night Races

Annapolis Yacht Club’s famous sailboat race series starts tonight so if you ask your sailing friends to chill on a Wednesday from now until September, here’s what they’re probably gonna say. . .

Want to get in on the action?

⛵️ Watch with the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Wilma Lee – booze included
⛵️ Race with the Schooner Woodwind – you might even get to steer!
⛵️ Actually race

Weekend preview

It’s a big weekend in Annapolis so even though we had a weekend preview Monday, there’s another one today.

📚️ Annapolis Book Festival at the Key School. April 29, 10 AM–5 PM. Learn more.
💐 Four Rivers Garden Club Annual Flower Mart at Maryland Hall. April 30, 10:30 AM–1:30 PM. Perfect for your May Day basket!
⛵️ Spring Sailboat Show at City Dock. April 28–30. Learn more.

Farm to Table dinner series

Do you want to eat a dinner any influencer with a farmhouse sink would envy? Wildberry Farm just launched tickets for their two July Farm to Table dinners. The always-vegetarian menu includes three courses prepared by Graze Gourmet with ingredients grown on the farm and is served overlooking a field of wildflowers #vibes.

🎟️ Tables are in higher demand than Parley Room on a Saturday night. The 7/14 dinner is already full so secure your spot for the 7/28 date while you still can. Pro tip: BYOB.

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.

Civil News

Board of Education meeting

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

🏫 Conflict Resolution Center update
🏫 2023 MD General Assembly session summary
🏫 Opening and Patriotic Exercises
🏫 See full agenda

The meeting is at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Parham Building – 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Use this link to submit testimony or watch online. You may also attend in person.

County goes all AAA

What does Anne Arundel County have in common with all 8 of your TV remotes? They only accept AAAs. Fitch Ratings just bumped the county to a triple-A bond rating. Since it retained Triple-A ratings from Moody’s and S&P last week, Anne Arundel just joined a more exclusive club than Augusta National. Only 52 of the US’ 3,142 counties rank AAA with all three major credit agencies.

🙋 What does this mean? Triple-A-rated bond issuers can easily meet payment obligations which leads to lower interest rates i.e. cheaper borrowing.

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Extra Sprinkles

Wellness House presents: Sail into Summer

Behind every great fundraiser is a great cause. In this case, Wellness House. They provide no-cost services and programs to anyone touched by cancer – support groups, yoga and meditation, and a strong community. If you want to support Wellness House, join us for the 2nd annual Wellness on the Water. It's Thursday, April 27 at Eastport Yacht Club. Tickets include all drinks and food as well as live music from Doug Segree. We hope to see you there.*

Save this date: April 29, 2023

For 20 years, the Annapolis Book Festival has drawn nationally and internationally renowned authors to Annapolis for panels, Q&As, and signings. The Festival also offers children's activities, book sales (new and used), and a party atmosphere – food trucks, live music, etc. Best of all, the Annapolis Book Festival is a free community event. Join the fun Saturday, April 29 from 10 AM–5 PM at the Key School.*

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63 🌡️ 52 | 🌧️ | 62% | 💨 SE 10 mph (8.5 knots)


65 🌡️ 54 | 🌤️ | 15% | 💨 ENE 6 mph (5 knots)

Live Music Lowdown


49 West | Dave Chappell & Friends | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Dark Horse | The Big Laird Band | 9 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Market House | Aaron Hawkins | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | Scott Voorhees | 6–9 PM
Pirates Cove | Gary Harmon | 6–10 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Madisun Bailey | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Rob Lightner | 9:30 PM
Tuscan Prime | Grayson Moon | 6:30 PM


49 West | Shook/Russo 4 Tet | 8–10:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Andrew Bell | 5–8 PM
Brian Boru | Dana B | 6:30–9:30 PM
Dark Horse | MR VCR | 9 PM
Killarney House | Loose Change | 6–9 PM
Market House | Ryan Kozel | 6–9 PM
Memo’s | Chris Button | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Bryan Ewald | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Joe Pug w/ Justin Baker | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 5–8 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Señor Chile Cantina | Daphne Eckman | 6–9 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Mac Heat | 6 PM
Vibe | The Brandon Hardesty Trio | 8 PM


Navy Schedule

Baseball (20-21)
4/26 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore | 5 PM

Women’s track & field
4/27 @ Penn Relays | Noon

Men’s track & field
4/27 @ Penn Relays | Noon

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