🍦Local group buys Edgewater shopping center

Absolutely packed weekend preview, Children's Business Fair, where the real locals shop...


Good morning, Annapolis. Raise your hand if you think it should be illegal to order steaks well done 🙋 

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Stacked weekend preview

  • Children’s Business Fair

  • Where the real locals shop

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday, Kathleen McGill! 🍰

Help us save the Chesapeake Bay

On April 27, from 11 AM to 3 PM, Westfield Annapolis is hosting the second edition of the Good Festival in the California Pizza Kitchen Court. It supports the Chesapeake Bay while educating and entertaining all afternoon. And it’s for young Bay lovers and experienced Bay Lovers ;) alike!

The Good Festival brings together retailers, partner brands, and local stakeholders committed to positive environmental change. Guests will enjoy sustainability-themed experiences, support the Chesapeake Bay, and engage in powerful community initiatives.

So put April 27 on your calendar. It’s 100% free fun for all ages! Click here to learn more.


Thomas Point Lighthouse Manager among Preservation Award honorees

Call him a source of light. Call him a beacon of preservation. Or just call him John Potvin, manager of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. John recently received the Outstanding Individual Leadership at the Local Level award from the Maryland Historical Trust. Part of the 2024 Preservation Awards, the honor recognizes John’s years of work preserving the historic lighthouse, conducting tours, and training volunteers. Anyone familiar with John’s contributions will know this award is well deserved.

P.S. 2024 lighthouse tours are not yet completely sold out. Click here to take one!

Another day, another flood

Seems like flooding is the new normal in downtown Annapolis. High tides yesterday affected Dock Street and Compromise Street, among others. This presents a problem for traffic as well as commerce — because when water levels rise more than 3 feet, it begins to encroach on downtown Annapolis small businesses.

C+ for the South River

Arundel Rivers Federation recently announced the results of its water quality tests and gave the South River a C+ grade. 17 testing sites along the river showed it has poor dissolved oxygen levels but good clarity compared with other rivers. This grade is consistent with findings in 2022. So how can it improve? Reduced stormwater runoff and nutrient pollution from fertilizer and septics would be a good start. Here’s the full report.

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Where the real locals shop

Shopping with local vendors in other countries is one of the best parts of traveling. But did you know there are plenty of opportunities to buy artisan-made goods right here at home? Like these two this weekend:

Annapolis Artisan’s Market 💐🕯️👩‍🍳

  • Friday (4/26): 10 AM-7 PM, Happy Hour 4–7 PM

  • Saturday (4/27): 10 AM-5 PM, Meet Food Network Chef Robin Daumit, who will be signing her new book, Dirt to Dish, & sharing stories & recipes from 11 AM– 2PM

  • Sunday (4/28): 10 AM–5 PM

1818 Margaret Ave or 1805 C&D Virginia St., Annapolis, MD 21401

Heroes Market 🍳
Something called “The Mother of all Markets” must be good. Heroes is hosting said market on Sunday (4/28) from 8–11 AM. Catch 37 vendors featuring the best food, drinks, treats, art, jewelry, & home décor our community offers. Raffle benefits the Chesapeake K9 Fund & winners share of $7,500 in prizes. 1 Riverview Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401

Local group buys huge shopping center 🛒

The Reliable Group, a local real estate investment company, just acquired The Market at South River Colony (SRC), a shopping center in Edgewater. The 118,000 sf center along Rt. 2 and Rt. 214 is home to tenants like Green Turtle, Weis Markets, and Walgreens.

George Shenas of Hyatt Commercial – who’s leasing the center – confirmed that the previously announced Tractor Supply Company deal is still happening. But there’s still 80,000 square feet left to lease. “Curb appeal” improvements should start immediately and as a bonus, Anne Arundel County is building a sidewalk to connect the shopping center to South River High School.

Acton Academy Children’s Business Fair 📋

All spots for young entrepreneurs at the Children’s Business Fair may be filled. But, you can still attend this Saturday (4/25) from 1–4 PM in the parking lot of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. It’ll showcase big ideas from 60 entrepreneurs ages 5–16 like driftwood sailboats, 3D-printed toys, and even a first novel.

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.

Why this orthodontist office has beehives

Our story starts in 2002 when a beloved local orthodontist named Ted Berkinshaw decided to bring an unusual hobby to work.


Since that day, hundreds of patients have watched and enjoyed the bees. Dr. B's since retired from orthodontics and entrusted his practice to Dr. Julie Langguth. But he hasn't stopped beekeeping.

The hives are still at Annapolis Orthodontics and he’s teaching Dr. Julie everything he knows.

In fact, just last week, Dr. B and Dr. Julie introduced some new bees to their hives. And every summer, they harvest delicious honey. It's one reason we're proud to partner with Annapolis Orthodontics. We just hope they have some honey left over for us.


Weekend Preview

What are your plans this weekend? If you said staying home, I betcha we can change your mind. Here are some good excuses to get out and about:

📚 Stop by the Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday 10 AM–5 PM at the Key School to hear from nationally renowned authors and find your next great read.

💐Making a May Day basket? Love music? Scratch both itches at Maryland Hall on Sunday, when the Four Rivers Garden Club Flower Mart will be selling 10 AM–1:30 PM and the Naptown Vinyl Record Show will run 10 AM–4 PM.

🦀 Choptank Annapolis holds its inaugural Crab Feast Saturday 1–6 PM with all-you-can-eat crabs and tons of sides, all on its crab deck overlooking the harbor.

🎶 Teens age 13-18 can enjoy a safe, fun night out at Teen Night at the Pip Moyer Center 7–11 PM. Plans include DJ dance party, mini golf, e-gaming, sports, food, and more.

⛵️And of course, one of Annapolis’ biggest annual events: the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, a three-day event that attracts sailors from all over to check out the latest products and resources for one of Annapolis’ favorite pastimes.

🇮🇹 Enjoy Italian food and celebrate one of the world’s favorite cultures at the Spring Italian Festival on Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM at the Sons and Daughters of Italy Annapolis Lodge. Come hungry and mangia!

How to kickoff the Spring Sailboat show

Which local artist’s design will be on the 2024 Hospice Cup poster? We’ll find out tonight after Hospice Cup’s kickoff reception where attendees will vote for the work of either Bill Sutton, Brenda Larson, Jim Mackey, or Anna Bogh. What’s Hospice Cup? Glad you asked. It’s an annual sailing regatta that raises money for hospice care in the region.

🗓 Want to attend the kickoff? It’s 6–8 PM at Backyard Boats Annapolis, and tickets are available here.

Naval Academy Formal Parade ⚓️

ICYMI the other week, the Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen will present a formal dress parade again tomorrow (4/26) on Worden Field. Tomorrow’s parade is a Dedication Parade and starts at 4 PM. Can’t make it? Catch the Color Parade May 23 at 11 AM. More details here.

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.


Thank you from the Burrows Hill Foundation

We’re so excited to announce that A Night to Fight FA raised over $150,000 for Friedreich's Ataxia Research. This puts the foundation over the $1,000,000 mark in research funding contributions. What a massive success. This will save lives! While Night to Fight is the marquee event, the foundation’s efforts never stop. Click to learn more about the Burrows Hill Foundation.*

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57 🌡️ 45 | ⛅ | 4% | 💨 NE 10 mph (8 knots)


62 🌡️ 48 | ☀️ | 5% | 💨 E 10 mph (8 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 58ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | The Coastal Suite | 8–10:30 PM
Brian Boru | Ciaran Quinn | 6:30–9:30 PM
Dark Horse | Dan Heely Band | 8:30 PM
Killarney House | Loose Change | 6–9 PM
Market House | Mr VCR Duo | 8–10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Jordan Sokel | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Stanley Jordan | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Troll Tribe | 5 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Federico Tubaya | 5 PM


49 West | Shep Tullier & The Vandaltones | 8–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Timmie Metz Band | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | The National Bohemians | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Loose Cannons | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Timothy Bracken | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Relicoustic | 5–8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Noelle & Jeff Band | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Alexander Peters | 4:30–7:30 PM
Killarney House | SVV Duo | 8–11 PM
Market House | Annapolis Local Songwriters Showcase | 8:30 PM
Market Space | Alex G | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | Loose Ties | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Tommy McGee Band | 8–11 PM
Old Stein Inn | Eddie Pasa | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Broken Arrow | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | The BirdDaddys | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Aaron Hawkins | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Justin Berdeguez | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Kickback | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | MIGGs Band | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Justin Berdeguez | 4-8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Russ and Friends | 9:45 PM
Watermark Annapolis Cruise | Tranzfusion | 7–9:30 PM | Ticket

Upcoming games & matches

Baseball (24-17)
4/26 @ Army | 7 PM

Men's Golf (0-1)
4/26 @ Patriot League Championship

Women's Lacrosse (13-3)
4/25 vs. American | 6 PM

Men's Lacrosse (7-6)
4/26 vs. Bucknell | 7 PM

Women's Rowing
4/26 @ Lake Wheeler Invitational

Intercollegiate Sailing
4/25–26 @ ICSA Team Race Championship

Men's Tennis (26-14)
4/26 vs Loyola, Md. | 3:15 PM

Women's Track & Field
4/25–26 @ Penn Relays

Men's Track & Field
4/25–26 @ Penn Relays

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