🍦Where is the Kunta Kinte Festival in 2024?

Dr. Bedell's community conversations, scholarship for women returning to school...


Good morning, Annapolis. How lucky are we to live here? I challenge you to find a Main Street with a better view in both directions.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • AACPS community conversations

  • Scholarships for women returning to school

  • Navy basketball coach earns hall of fame spot

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon


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Scholarships for women returning to school 👩🏼‍🏫

I’ll do my best to stifle any “Girl Power!” chants . . . the Zonta Club of Annapolis has a new scholarship – the Yellow Rose Scholarship. It’s designed for women returning to school after taking time off from higher education. Because building a better world for women means ensuring they have the necessary knowledge and tools. The application deadline is June 30. See eligibility criteria and download an application. —LBM #GirlPower #SorryNotSorry

Dr. Bedell’s community conversations 🗣️

AACPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell does something that’s quite rare these days. Exactly what he says he will. When he started in July 2022, goal #5 on his entry plan was:

“To establish trust and confidence from the community-at-large by creating opportunities to listen and learn . . . .”

True to form, Dr. Bedell is smack dab in the middle of a Spring listening tour and his next stop is South River High School. Each one-hour meeting starts with remarks from Dr. Bedell and culminates with a chance for guests to chat with Dr. Bedell’s cabinet. And if your questions don’t get answered at the event, you’ll get a chance to record them for an email response.

So, get those pressing questions or concerns about your kids’ education ready. Then head to South River High School at 6 PM on April 24.

Camacho debuts with After Country

Local author Kenneth Camacho’s debut novel, After Country, recently hit Amazon. Described as a cross between A Walk in the Woods and Station 11, the book takes place in a mid-apocalyptic America where two strangers team up on missions to find meaning.

🔎 If Camacho’s name sounds familiar, it may be because he’s lead pastor of a local church called Revolution Annapolis. But After Country isn’t a religious book. It’s just an English teacher/American literature doctoral grad’s creative writing hobby.

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It’s official. Sailing season is here.

Why is it sailing season? Because Wednesday Night Races start this week and this weekend is the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show. What a time to live in America’s Sailing Capital.

There’ll be dozens of sailboats – from dinghies to cruisers and relaxing catamarans to the Pride of Baltimore II. That’s not for sale though 😉

You can take useful classes like diesel maintenance, emergency offshore medicine, or the on-water beginners workshop. Over 100 exhibitors will have everything sailors need. Tired? Hit the No Wake Zone for luxury lounge furniture, live music, and Maryland-made wines and spirits.

We’ll see you at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show April 26–28. Buy tickets online and save 10%!


Theater Talk Tuesday

Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents The Sleeping Beauty
Maryland’s premier professional ballet company brings a classic fairy tale to life, set to a score by Tchaikovsky (aka the composer of The Nutcracker). See it Friday or Saturday at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Classic Theatre of Maryland presents Gypsy (last chance)
This classic musical about the world’s most aggressive stage mama closes this weekend at the Classic Theatre of Maryland — 1804 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Compass Rose Theatre (last chance)
An eclectic assortment of kids (and some audience members) vie for the title of spelling bee champ in this Tony-winning comedic musical through April 28 at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

St. Mary’s High School presents Beauty and the Beast
St. Mary’s High School invites you to be their guest and enjoy a tale as old as time this weekend with performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — 113 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Colonial Players (opening weekend)
Get your thinking caps on for this insightful mystery about a neurodivergent teenager trying to find out who murdered his neighbor’s dog. Opening this weekend at Colonial Players — 108 East Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Kunta Kinte Festival Launch Party

There are two important reasons to attend the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival’s launch party fundraiser on April 30 and one less important one. Important reason #1 is that it raises money for the 34th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival this September. Important reason #2 is that attendees will be the first to hear the exact date and new location of the 2024 festival.

The party is next Tuesday (4/30) from 6–9 PM at the Atreeum at Soaring Timbers and tickets are $60.

Oh and the less important reason is that it looks fun as heck with live performances from R.E.I.G.N. and DJ Lampdawg, raffles, and tasty hors d’oeuvres.

Save this date: Feeding Hope on May 22

The Anne Arundel County Food Bank is returning to Homestead Gardens Davidsonville on May 22 for its third annual Feeding Hope benefit. From 6–8 PM, stop by to sample small plates from seven local restaurants along with wine, beer, and cocktails while enjoying the music of Red Betty & The Ruckus. Funds raised by the event help the food bank’s efforts to provide fresh, nutritious food to families in need across the county. Space is limited. Grab tickets.

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MTA might cut DC bus routes

If you commute by bus into DC, you may need to find a carpool buddy. The MTA has proposed changes that eliminates and reduces low-ridership bust routes. The cuts are one way MD’s trying to make up for a $3.3 billion transportation budget shortage. Among the cuts are lines to DC from Annapolis, Kent Island, Severna Park, and Davidsonville. There were public hearings in March but the cuts are still open to public input through April 29 — submit here or email [email protected]. If these proposed changes are adopted, they will take effect July 1. ($)

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Annapolis Book Festival 📚️ 

Don't miss the Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, April 27! Enjoy lively discussions and book signings with award-winning authors, along with activities for the whole family including ComicKey!, magicians, martial arts exhibitions, and Club SciKidz events. Plus, browse through new and used books, enter amazing basket raffles, and indulge in food truck delights. Held from 10 AM–5 PM on the Key School campus, rain or shine. Free and open to all. Learn more at keyschool.org/annapolisbookfestival.*

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67 🌡️ 57 | 🌤️ | 4% | 💨 S 14 mph (12 knots)


70 🌡️ 46 | 🌥️ | 12% | 💨 WNW 13 mph (11 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 58ºF
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 | Nate Finn | 6–9 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM


49 West | Dave Chappell 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 | Kevin Pollock | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mixed Business | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Dave Tieff | 6–9 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Madison Cunningham & Juana Molina | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Desert Shade | 9 PM

Former Navy men’s basketball coach joins Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame 🏀

Stats tell stories. And this story is that Don DeVoe is a top-notch coach. In 31 seasons coaching college basketball, Don led 3 schools (USNA, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee) to the NCAA tournament and posted a career record of 512–389. He also led the Mids to 3 Patriot League Tournament championships.

Don himself earned a scholarship to Ohio State where they won the Big Ten Conference in 3 of his seasons. It’s no wonder Don was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame last Saturday.

For the play-by-play on his career, read Anchors Aweigh Podcast Host Bill Wagner’s story in The Capital. You’ll find details about his former teammate, colleague, and legendary coach Bob Knight, plus quotes from his former player, Coach K. Yeah, the one from Duke. ($)

Baseball (24-16)
4/23 @ Mount St. Mary's | 3 PM

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