🍦Making the best of a bad situation

David Gendell's new book, kindergarten registration, City Dock park passes HPC review...


Good morning, Annapolis. It’s Healthy Anne Arundel Day this Sunday. And just like 7-Eleven gives away Slurpees on its special day, Recreation & Parks is waiving entry fees at its parks to celebrate. And while it may not be the warmest this Sunday, at least it shouldn’t rain.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • David Gendell’s new book

  • Kindergarten registration

  • City Dock park & HPC

Let’s dive in.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday Zeph Spaar and Marie Sneddon aka Mom! 🎂


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Heads up: Libraries are closed this weekend

Make sure you stock up on books if reading’s on your agenda this weekend. AACPL will be closed Saturday and Sunday for upgrades and won’t open until noon on Monday. Some virtual services and resources will also be unavailable.

City Dock Park passes HPC review

Our new City Dock Park just cleared a major hurdle – the Historic Preservation Commission review. ICYMI, the City has plans to transform the parking lot between Craig Street and Susan Campbell Park into a lovely public waterfront recreation space. Getting HPC approval was a big deal, but there’s still a long way to go.

The project still needs funding. Whether construction starts this fall or not depends on a $32 million FEMA grant. And even if that check clears, we’ll still be “a little short” according to Public Works Director Burr Vogel.

If it’s completed as drawn, here’s a taste of what to expect:

  • Donner Park, a new green space on Compromise Street

  • Higher bulkheads to protect downtown from flooding

  • A fountain, pergola, and stage

Now that HPC’s on board, the city will get the necessary permits and continue funding talks with FEMA. Phase 2 of the project will raise bulkheads on the privately owned side of Ego Alley. Phase 3 includes a maritime welcome center which has been the center of much debate. ($)

Kindergarten Registration

Got a rising Kindergartner? Aka kid who will be 5 by September 1? AACPS’ 2024–2025 Kindergarten registration is open. First, locate your school. Then reserve your child’s seat by enrolling online. Here’s what you need:

🍎 Parent/guardian proof of identity
🍎 Child’s birth certificate or birth record
🍎 Student’s immunization record
🍎 2 proofs of residency (deed/lease/mortgage and current utility bill)
🍎 Custody order (if applicable)

As someone who did this last year, you got this! Don’t delay. Early registration lets schools address class size concerns. –LBM

David Gendell’s new book ⛵📕

Local historian, author, and sailor David Gendell has a new book coming out this summer. The Last Days of the Schooner America: A Lost Icon at the Annapolis Warship Factory is a narrative nonfiction work about a famous sailing yacht featuring tons of images, maps, and illustrations. America is a fascinating ship. She won the first America’s Cup, served the Navy in both the Civil War and WW2, and her mast is the flag pole at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, RI.

  • You may recognize David Gendell as the founder of SpinSheet and PropTalk, from his popular winter lectures at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, or maybe even his history tours on the Schooner Woodwind.

Making the best of a bad situation

The Pride of Baltimore II is not supposed to be in Annapolis. She was scheduled to return home on March 26. However, early that very morning, the cargo ship Dali crashed into the Key Bridge and we all know what happened next. As a result, the Pride stayed here and the crew opened the historic vessel up for bonus deck tours; Over 5,000 visitors came through over Easter weekend. She’ll stay until at least April 8 thanks to a generous no-cost extension from the Harbormaster. The crew will post deck tour info online as plans are made.

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📸 @davidgendell | 📍City Dock

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Looking for a Hands-On Summer Camp?

Check out Summer Explorers at St. Anne’s School for young adventurers, aged 3.5 to 5 years old. Each week boasts a new theme like Crazy Concoctions, Let’s Go to the Zoo, Carnival of Curiosities, and many more! Each week also includes a special visit from an “Expert Explorer” such as The Science Guys, Eco Adventures, Mr. Jon and Friends…and the list goes on. Rumor has it that Mr. and Mrs. Claus will even travel down from the North Pole for Christmas in July week! No matter the week, your little explorer will enjoy arts and crafts, whacky water days, and of course, hands on activities both inside and in the great outdoors. Limited spots remain, so be sure to book your adventure today.


Weekend Preview

Thursday 🎥

  • The 12th annual Annapolis Film Festival’s opening party film, Thelma, features a 93-year-old phone scam victim who embarks on a spirited quest to get back what’s hers. This must-attend event takes place all weekend with dozens of movies and tons of behind-the-scenes events. 🎬

Friday 🐝 🥍 🏀 ⚽️ 🤸‍♀️

Saturday 🚢 💸 🏈

  • Watermark hosts its first Thomas Point Lighthouse Cruise of the year.

  • The Eastport Civic Association hosts its second Appraisal Roadshow at the Eastport Democratic Club. Doors open at 11:30 AM for a food truck and cash bar. Appraisals are from 1–3 PM. It’s a “fun” raiser for local youth and education programs. More details.

  • Navy Football open practice is at 2:30 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Free admission. Parking is $10. Expect a magician, caricature artist, carnival games, and prizes. Players will sign autographs after practice.

GiGiFit Acceptance Challenge

Ready for a challenge? GiGi’s Playhouse invites you to participate in its GiGiFit Acceptance Challenge 5K Fun Run and 1-Mile Inspirational Walk. The event celebrates 6 years of GiGi’s Playhouse and helps raise awareness for Down Syndrome. The race is April 6 at Quiet Waters Park and the 5K kicks off at 9 AM. Register here.

Choptank Crab Feast 🦀

Having a crab feast on Ego Alley is the kind of thing that seems so obvious that we have to wonder why it hasn’t happened before. Well, the Choptank Annapolis is holding its inaugural crab feast on April 27, and tickets are now on sale. Guests will enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs along with all the proper sides PLUS specialty drinks and beer buckets. We expect tickets will go fast, so don’t dilly-dally. Order today.

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.


RFP alert: Carrs and Elktonia Beach Heritage Park

The Resilience Authority of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and the Annapolis Department of Recreation and Parks have two requests. They want proposals for a Park Master Plan with climate resilience, as well as coastal engineering and construction work for the future Carrs and Elktonia Beach Heritage Park on Bembe Beach Road. These proposals are the first step in transforming the property, which Annapolis City purchased in 2022, into a public park on the Chesapeake Bay. Click here for more information.

The countdown begins 📅

Summer vacay is coming early for AACPS students. Schools only closed once for inclement weather this year, so that means the last day is getting bumped up a bit to June 11. The last day for teachers is June 12.

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55 🌡️ 41 | 🌧️ | 41% | 💨 W 12 mph (8 knots)


52 🌡️ 40 | 🌥️ | 7% | 💨 WNW 15 mph (13 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 50ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Jeff Antoniuk & Helluvaband | 7:30–10 PM
Brian Boru | Ted Garber | 6:30–9:30 PM
Copper Creek Pub & Ale House | Open Mic Night | 7:30 PM
Dark Horse | Mission Radio | 8:30 PM
Killarney House | Kristi Allen | 6–9 PM
Market House | Troll Tribe | 7–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Jack Rimel | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Iron Maidens | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | George Evans | 7 PM
Trophy Room | Sparks & McCoy | 7–10 PM


49 West | Tom Mitchell | 8–10:30 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Dave Chappell Band | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Michael McHenry Tribe | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Ray Wroten | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Hunter Rich | 8 PM
Killarney House | Guava Jelly | 8–11 PM
Market House | Alex G | 7–10 PM
Market Space | Scott Steers | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | All You Need | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mallow Hill Trio | 8–11 PM
Old Stein Inn | Timmie Metz | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Pete Best | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Hey Nineteen | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Mike Miller | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | One Step Down | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Alex Peters | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Return to Edan | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Joey Fitz | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Ryan Keith | 9:45 PM


🎙️ LISTEN: Navy women’s tennis secures first Star

On this week’s Anchors Aweigh Podcast, Navy Athletics insiders Pete Medhurst and Bill Wagner shine the spotlight on Navy women’s tennis. The women beat archrival Army last weekend to capture the first Star of spring. Pete and Bill interviewed head coach Keith Puryear and junior standout Emily Tannenbaum after the big win. Later, they discuss lax and baseball who also had a great weekend. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, on WNAV 1430 AM every Saturday at 9 AM, or just click right here!

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