🍦Movers & Shakers

Croquet tickets, Zeskind's buys Clement Hardware, FY24 budget process begins...

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Good morning, Annapolis. I have a correction to make from Friday’s Scoop. With one errant keystroke, I sliced 10 years off the Naval Academy’s new Academic Dean & Provost’s impressive resume. So for the record, Dr. Samara L. Firebaugh joined the Naval Academy faculty in 2001, not 2011.

Let’s get to it.

— Ryan Sneddon

Annapolis’ hottest ticket 🎟️ 

St. John’s College faces off against the U.S. Naval Academy Saturday in a friendly-but-fierce rivalry for the coveted Annapolis Cup. With 30 victories in 38 meetings, the Johnnies dominate this croquet match like the early 2000s New England Patriots.

Tickets are extremely limited this year (3,500 attendees vs. 8,000+) to provide the best experience for all. Because of that, we’re thrilled to announce a small number are available exclusively for Naptown Scoop readers.

They’re non-transferable, first-come first-served, and you must agree to the Code of Conduct. Sound good? Click here to purchase.

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Quick Hits

FY24 budget process begins

Mayor Gavin Buckley introduced the $182 million FY24 budget during Monday’s City Council meeting. We’ll answer your two biggest questions first.

No, property taxes won’t jump. Yes, it’s balanced.

Between many committee meetings, City Council meetings, and work sessions, the budget’s bound to change (via amendments) before it’s finalized at the end of June. ($)

Movers & Shakers: Tickets on sale now

I’ve kept this quiet for a while but it’s time to share. Maryland Hall and the Benjamin Mario Shadrick Foundation are hosting a Dancing with the Stars-style fundraiser in November. Believe it or not, I’m dancing. Here’s how it works.

Each dancer learns a Latin dance, we dance with our instructor in front of a live audience (that’s you!) on November 18, and the judges pick the winner. Mover & Shaker of the Year! Here are my fellow dancers:

💃 Mary Spencer, President, Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County
💃 Chanel Compton, Executive Director, Banneker-Douglass Museum
💃 Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Executive
💃 Laura Gutierrez, City of Annapolis Community Service Manager
💃 Frank Campbell, Managing Partner, Sims & Campbell

The judges are big names too. Senator Sarah Elfreth, Mayor Gavin Buckley, and local leaders like Carl Snowden, Dr. Dawn Lindsay, Dr. Carol B. Sisco, and Roxana Rodriguez.

Proceeds will be split between Maryland Hall to reach even more underserved families and the Benjamin Mario Shadrick Foundation to build a self-sustaining orphanage in Mexico.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $75. But if you want a front row seat to watch your favorite double-left-footed digital newspaper publisher dance for a good cause, we can make that happen too. Secure your seat.

Got kindergarteners?

Calling all parents of kids who still pronounce spaghetti as “pisghetti.” AACPS kindergarten enrollment opens today. Students must be 5 years old on or by September 1, 2023. Online enrollment is available. Just be sure to have the following:

📄 Proof of identity
📄 Your child’s original birth certificate
📄 Immunization records
📄 Two proofs of residency
📄 Custody order (if applicable)

If you can’t access the portal, call the school your kid will attend. Staff can complete the form for you. Alternatively, you can set up an in-person appointment.

Baygrass Music Festival reveals lineup

Do you like bluegrass? What about beachfront bluegrass? The Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival revealed a killer lineup that includes big names like Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Keller & the Keels, Melvin Seals & JGB, and many more. The two-day festival takes over Sandy Point State Park September 30–October 1. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

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Heading Home

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Local Business

New vet hospital on Bestgate Road 🐶 🐱 

Western Shore Veterinary Hospital saw its first patient, a cute little dog named Beach, yesterday. Along with regular wellness care, Dr. Bailey and her team are trained in diagnostics, dentistry, and surgery. The new practice is located at 910 Bestgate Road, Unit C, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Hardware store acquisition

Few stores match the variety of hardware stores. Strike anywhere matches? Aisle 2. Dippin’ Dots? By the checkout. Two of these local everything emporiums recently became one in Severna Park when Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork acquired Clement Hardware.

Until the acquisition, both stores were still owned by their founding families — Clement since 1969 and Zeskind’s since 1925. The new (and soon-to-be remodeled) store is called Park Hardware and is located at 500 Ritchie Hwy Suite A, Severna Park, MD 21146

Park Hardware remodel rendering

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Tame the Chaos

Are book bags always on your floor after school? Is your kitchen overcrowded when entertaining? Does your home feel like a corn maze going from one room to another? If you answered, “Yes” to even one of those, you need Smart Design.

At Creative Spaces, the design team listens, asks the right questions, and listens again to ensure every space is perfect for clients no matter their lifestyle – from five-kid families to empty nesters.

Ready to make your living space work for you? Contact Creative Spaces today or better yet, visit them at the Bay Bridge Boat Show in Tent A, spots 23 & 24.


What’s Happenin’

Weekend preview: Bay Bridge Boat Show (plus a ticket giveaway)

There are two failsafe ways to know it’s spring in Annapolis. Number one, pollen. Nuff said. Number two, boat shows. The Bay Bridge Boat Show is motoring into the Bay Bridge Marina Friday through Sunday. By the way, I say motoring because this is a powerboat show. Sailors, be patient. Your show’s at the end of April.

Want to go? You’re in luck. Just click here and tell us the name of your dream boat (even if you already own it). We’ll email two lucky winners – two tickets each – at 11 AM sharp Thursday.

A Night at Carr’s Beach

Elktonia-Carr’s Beach used to be THE hot spot for Black vacationers and concert-goers. During the Jim Crow-era, Black people weren’t allowed into many “Whites-only” spots. While it closed in 1974, the City of Annapolis acquired part of the property last year to preserve it. On April 25, Blacks of the Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Conservancy have teamed up for A Night at Carr’s Beach – a fundraiser to support site planning and improvements to preserve the beach’s rich history.

Tickets include two drinks and delicious food from the host, Beacon Waterfront. There will be period music, karaoke, and a silent auction. Sponsorships are available. April 25 from 6:30–10 PM.

Save the date: Dinner Under the Stars and First Sunday Arts

Much like when it’s eaten off a stick, food tastes better when eaten on a closed street. Especially with cute string lights overhead. If you can’t tell where I’m going with this, Dinner Under the Stars makes its triumphant return to West Street on May 20. And for those who love shopping in the street (a close second to eating in the street), First Sunday Arts returns even sooner on May 7.

For the uninitiated, Dinner Under the Stars is when West Street closes between Calvert Street and Church Circle on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The restaurants move tables into the street, bands play, children dance. . . it’s awesome. First Sunday Arts happens on the same closed stretch of West Street on Sunday mornings. Over one hundred vendors line the street and sell jewelry, art, treats, and more. It’s also awesome.

P.S. It’s not too late to be a vendor at First Sunday Arts. Click here to apply.

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Civil News

Board of Education meeting

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

🏫 Presentation on cultivating communities of wellness
🏫 Distribution of non-school communications policy
🏫 See full agenda

The meeting is at 12 PM in the Board Room at the Parham Building. You may attend in person, stream on YouTube, or watch on AACPS-TV. 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Extra Sprinkles

Paint the Town

Join us on May 13th at the Westin Annapolis for the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s 30th Anniversary Gala. Paint The Town will be the year’s biggest celebration of arts in Anne Arundel County. Join us for demonstrations and performances by local artists, silent and live auctions, a wine pull, an artistically-inspired menu, and dancing to the music of Jordan Sokel and Pressing Strings!*

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Live Music Lowdown


49 West | Pam Godfrey Classical Duo | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Dark Horse | b.en trio | 9 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Market House | MoonDog, Fruit Mama, Alex Kennedy Duo & Suku and Kylar Ray | 7:30–10:30 PM
Maryland Hall | Little Feat: Boogie Your Spring Away Tour w/ Special Guest Miko Marks | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Middleton Tavern | Ryan Kozel | 6–9 PM
Pirates Cove | Richard Hayward | 6–10 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Trevor Hall: An Evening In a Blue Sky Mind | 8 PM | Tickets
RiverBay Roadhouse | Ryan Keith Duo | 8–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Brendan Lane | 9:30 PM
Tuscan Prime | Grayson Moon | 6:30 PM


Blackwall Hitch | Andrew Bell | 5–8 PM
Brian Boru | Nate Finn | 6:30–9:30 PM
Killarney House | Hayley Nicole | 6–9 PM
Memo’s | Chris Button | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Booker T. Jones | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | b.en | 5 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Brandt Austin Dunn | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Red Sky Dawn | 5–8 PM
Señor Chile Cantina | Doug Segree | 6–9 PM


Navy Schedule

Baseball (17-16)
4/8 vs. Holy Cross | W 3-1
4/8 vs. Holy Cross | W 6-4
4/9 vs. Holy Cross | W 5-3
4/12 @ Maryland Eastern Shore | 3 PM

Men’s golf
4/8-9 @ Hoosier Collegiate | 12th & 13th of 14 Teams

Women’s lacrosse (10-3)
4/8 @ Boston | L 11-12
4/12 @ American | 4 PM

Men’s lacrosse (6-6)
4/7 @ Loyola | W 11-10

Men’s rowing (lightweight)
4/8 vs. Columbia | W

Women’s rugby (7-5-1)
4/8 vs. West Chester | L 5-38 | W 27-12 | L 0-17 | W 10-7 | W 24-7
4/8 vs. Penn State | L 10-15 | W 26-5 | T 10-10 | L 19-21
4/8 vs. Princeton | W 20-5

Women’s soccer (9-8-3)
4/7 vs. UMBC | W 2-0

Women’s tennis (17-4)
4/7 vs. Georgetown | W 6-1|
4/8 vs. LIU | W 4-2
4/12 @ Loyola Maryland | 3 PM

Men’s tennis (17-19)
4/8 @ Drexel | L 1-6
4/8 @ Bucknell | W 5-2
4/9 vs. Colgate | W 7-0
4/9 @ George Mason | W 4-3
4/12 vs. Howard | 1 PM
4/12 vs. Mount St. Mary’s | 3:30 PM

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