🍦A little rain didn't stop the Sock Burning

Career Day, Admiral Davids' top priorities, AACPS virtual program graduation rate...

Good morning, Annapolis. A British woman named Jasmin Paris became the first woman to finish the legendary Barkley Marathons on Friday. Only 20 people in the world have ever finished the 100-mile race since its inception in 1989.

The race is a trip. Like if you asked the Maritime Republic of Eastport to create an ultramarathon. There’s a great documentary about it called The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Career Day

  • Admiral Davids’ top priorities

  • AACPS virtual school

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

We burned our socks but it’s still not warm 🧦 🔥 

Photo: James Ronayne

Saturday morning made me think we’d have a “sailors-only” sock burning. I awoke to pouring rain and a river where my driveway usually is. And sure enough, many attendees at the Annapolis Maritime Museum wore their hardiest foul weather gear. But it wasn’t needed.

The rain stopped right around noon. Preserve won the People’s Choice oyster cooking competition. Jay Fleming won the celebrity oyster shucking contest and the regular one 🤔. The Eastport Oyster Boys and Naptown Brass Band played. And of course, hundreds of socks were burned.

And yet somehow, it’s still not warm. Come on, spring. We want to get back on the water.


New USNA leadership = new priorities ⚓️

Vice Adm. Yvette Davids attended her first Naval Academy Board of Visitors meeting as superintendent last week. Like many things Admiral Davids will do in her tenure, this was the first time a woman or Hispanic American addressed the group as superintendent. Here are her top 3 priorities:

  1. Curbing sexual harassment. A recent federal study found 23% of women at USNA suffered unwanted sexual contact or harassment, the worst rating among service academies.

  2. Better preparing graduates for leadership

  3. Strengthening Academy grounds against climate change ($)

Virtual Academy continues 100% grad streak 🎓

Perfection is rare. But for the third year since its inception, the AACPS Virtual Academy has graduated every single one of its students. ICYMI, the school board voted to form the Virtual Academy in 2021 to provide an online option for students in grades 3–12 during the pandemic. It continues to have hundreds of participants. Congrats to another graduating class — every single one of them! ($)

Career Day at Annapolis Middle School

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” 👈 Probably the most common question kids hear. But to be honest, how the heck should they know? Enter Charting Careers. The local nonprofit teamed up with Annapolis Middle School for Career Day earlier this month. 7th graders heard from almost 40 adults working all kinds of jobs — artists, marine service leaders, firefighters, entrepreneurs, and more.

Publisher’s note: I love this story because seeing my uncle start his own business inspired me to start mine. Without that, you wouldn’t be reading this little email.

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What’s on your Spring Break to-do list?

Hopefully some skiing or beaching. But if you’re in town, it’s a great time for knocking out errands. Errands like that orthodontist consult you’ve been putting off.

Did you know age 7 is the right time for a first orthodontic evaluation according to the American Association of Orthodontics? And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a dentist’s referral.

Orthodontics is so much more than straight teeth. It covers overall mouth health, jaws, and even sleeping and breathing. By the way, if your kids are over age 7, it’s not too late.

Annapolis Orthodontics sees children and teens. Schedule a complimentary First Look and check it off your Spring Break to-do list 🐝.


Easter Egg Hunt List 🐣

Last weekend was a big kickoff for Easter Egg Hunt festivities. The good news? There are still more, including tomorrow’s (3/26) Easter Egg Scramble at the Annapolis Town Center. Plus, there are even more this weekend and ideas for an impromptu event of your own. Hop to it! 🐰

Reminder: Michelle Obama Awards ceremony

Don’t forget that you’re invited to attend this year’s Michelle Obama Awards ceremony tonight. County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Caucus of African American Leaders are recognizing 14 local female leaders who advocate equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ceremony is at 6 PM at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

Interested? RSVP here.

Bike Safety Basics for Kids 🚴‍♂️

Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County just announced a free Bike Safety Basics for Kids program for children ages 5–12. PedalPower Kids will provide instruction at the new Lindale Middle School Kids Bike Safety Park in Linthicum Heights. The park is an interactive, art-adorned space with kid-scaled streets and intersections designed to teach kids to interact with other road users. The program includes a bike safety check, helmet fitting, and on-bike skills instruction. Get your kids in an upcoming session.

Walter Boys at Westfield Annapolis

Calling all wannabe Jackie Howards! Ashby Gentry and Noah LaLonde (aka Alex and Cole from Netflix’s My Life with the Walter Boys) will be at Westfield Annapolis Mall on April 20 for a meet and greet from 12:30–3 PM in the space next to Sephora. Tickets are limited and if you remember how Westfield’s last meet and greet went – who knew Chad Michael Murray was still so popular – you’ll want to get your tickets in a hurry. They don’t cost anything. They’re just required for cost control.

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⚖️ City Council Meeting

On the agenda for Tuesday’s (3/26) City Council Meeting:

  • Residency Requirement for Liquor Licensees Repeal

  • Filing of Grant Application with the Transit Administration

  • 2024 Annapolis Film Festival Fee Waiver

  • See full agenda.

The meeting is at 7 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall – 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online.

🤔 Why Tuesday instead of today? City employees are off today in honor of Maryland Day.

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55 🌡️ 40 | ☀️ | 4% | 💨 NE 11 mph (10 knots)


52 🌡️ 45 | ☁️ | 10% | 💨 ENE 6 mph (5 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 48ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Dan Haas | 7:30–10:30 PM


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Zombies | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en  | 7 PM

Past results

Baseball (12-11)
3/24 vs. Army | W 5–2
3/24 vs. Army | L 81

Women's Lacrosse (8-2)
3/23 vs. Boston University | W 20–9

Men's Lacrosse (5-4)
3/23 vs. Holy Cross | W 17–7

Men's Lightweight Rowing (0-1)
3/23 vs. Princeton | L

Women's Rugby (2-5-1)
3/23 vs. Royal Military College of Canada | W 34–0
3/23 vs. Army | L 270

Men's Rugby (14-1)
3/23 vs. Penn State | W 37–12

Women's Soccer (9-7-3)
3/23 @ Temple |

Women's Tennis (19-5)
3/23 vs. Lehigh | W 6–1
3/24 vs. Bucknell | W 6–1

Men's Tennis (18-11)
3/24 vs. Boston U. | L 4–2
3/24 vs. Saint John's | Canceled

Wrestling (8-6)
3/22–23 @ NCAA Championship | T26th of 68 Teams

3/25 vs. Holy Cross | 1 PM
3/25 vs. Holy Cross | 4 PM

Men's Golf
3/25-26 @ Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate | TBA

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