🍦No snow days = school's out early

Tribute to the Old 4th Ward, Maryland Wine Experience, sculpture garden...


Good morning, Annapolis. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Fort Lauderdale. As a fellow coastal city, we know their pain better than most. On a related note, many events in the Scoop are weather-dependent. Tomorrow’s looking iffy. I highly recommend checking organizers’ social media before setting any plans in stone.

Let’s get to it.

— Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to Laurie Sears Deppa!

Sculpture Garden opening party (family-friendly)

Have you seen any sculptures that look like this around Annapolis?

Photo by Alison Harbaugh

That’s a David Hayes. It and 14 others are on lease to Annapolis from the David Hayes Foundation. They were scattered around for the last 1.5 years but this summer, they’ll all be in the same place – the Michael E. Busch Library. One of Annapolis’ first-ever sculpture gardens.

The Annapolis Arts District is hosting the official sculpture garden opening party tomorrow from 9 AM–2 PM. There will be live music, kids’ activities (like storytime), a food truck, and an ice cream truck. If the weather’s bad, the festivities will be modified and held inside. 1410 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Quick Hits

Brush fire in Crownsville

Did you brush off this week’s National Weather Service text about high fire danger? Turns out they weren’t wrong. A brush fire in Crownsville closed River Road between Eva Gude Drive and Herald Harbor Road for 4 hours Wednesday. It took 41 firefighters to get it under control. Thankfully, no people or property were badly hurt. One firefighter went to the hospital for a minor injury.

Anne Arundel County remains on high alert for wildland fires.

P.S. Now’s a great (and also kinda ironic) time to tell you about Station 36’s Fire Prevention Fair. The family-friendly event includes cool demos, station tours, and much more. 914 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, MD 21403 from 12–4 PM Sunday 🚒 

Do you know this vandal?

Some knucklehead has repeatedly vandalized Tyler Heights Elementary School, causing over $10k in damage. Before we break out the Bat Signal, AACPS wants your help to identify the perp. Here are your clues.

🕵️ The photos above
🕵️ The suspect arrives and departs on foot
🕵️ All incidents occur at night

If you have any information, call the school at 443-482-9610 or the police at 410-260-3439.

In other school news. . .

We didn’t have any snow days this winter. That’s bad for your neighbor who just dropped $1,800 on a shiny new snowblower (sorry, Steve) but good for Steve’s kids. No snow days = early summer break. Instead of June 16, everyone will sign HAGS in yearbooks on June 13. Some students will get out even earlier!

Library piloting gun lock program

Anne Arundel County Public Library is piloting a program where adults can get two complimentary gun locks at three AACPL branches – Busch Annapolis, Eastport-Annapolis Neck, and Glen Burnie. This should go without saying but, please don’t bring any guns with you when you pick up the locks.

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Cheers to boating season

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What’s Happenin’

Formal dress parade 🎖️ 

The Brigade of Midshipmen will present the first formal dress parade of the spring semester today. Come to Worden Field today at 4 PM for a taste of the tradition that makes Annapolis special. Where’s Worden Field? Check this handy map.

Bay Bridge Boat Show 🚤 

Fancy a trip across the ole Bay Bridge? Unless Grandmom’s visiting my parents on the shore, that’s normally an H-E-double-hockey-sticks NO from me. But I make exceptions for boat shows.

The Bay Bridge Boat Show takes over the Bay Bridge Marina this weekend. You can explore 250+ boats from 8 to 75 feet long. There are almost 200 exhibitors. And you can test drive a BMW, learn about fishing, get on the water at the PropTalk Demo Dock, or even meet a boating influencer like Captain Boomies! Don’t miss the Friday or Saturday night parties. 10 AM–6 PM Friday and Saturday, 10 AM–5 PM Sunday.

Pro tip: Wear comfortable, slip-on shoes.

Tribute to The Old 4th Ward

The Old 4th Ward used to be called The Annapolis Black Wall Street. Unfortunately, the thriving community was uprooted in the name of “urban renewal” in the 60s and 70s. Almost three dozen businesses were lost. Anne Arundel County is holding a Tribute to the Old 4th Ward tomorrow from 11 AM to 1 PM at People’s Park - 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

⚠️ Calvert Street will be closed between West and Clay Streets from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.

Woodwinds start cruising this weekend ⛵️ 

The only boat that docks at Pusser’s more than my friend Brett is back from winter vacation. I’m speaking of course about Wedding Crashers stars Woodwind and Woodwind II. Captain Jen and her hardy crew raise the sails on the first cruise of 2023 at 3 PM today.

Captain Jen’s boats sail daily. They also host many special events (like history cruises with Dave Gendell) and private events (like Hollywood movie shoots or corporate parties). Learn more on schoonerwoodwind.com.

Annapolis Cup 🏆️ 

You’ve got one last chance to snag tickets to the 39th playing of the Annapolis Cup. Legend has it a cocky Naval Academy commandant bet a St. John’s freshman in 1982 that the Mids could beat the Johnnies in any sport, even croquet. The two schools have met in April for a friendly war of the wickets every April since (except during Covid).

And there’s no gentle way to put this. That commandant was . . . not right. St. John’s has won 30 of the 38 previous meetings. Will the dominance continue this weekend?

A Maryland Wine Experience 🍷 

Did you know Maryland has over 100 wineries? Me neither. You can try a bunch of them this weekend without hours of driving. Just head to the 2-day Maryland Wine Experience at the Graduate Hotel. There are several sessions. You don’t have to attend them all, but you certainly can.

You can even book a discounted room at the Graduate. Probably not a bad idea after #roseallday #literally

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.

Civil News

Annapolis hires Assistant City Manager

If workplace sitcoms taught me anything, it’s that every manager needs a great assistant manager. Annapolis City Manager Michael Mallinoff seems to agree. He revealed Annapolis’ new Assistant City Manager, Victoria Buckland, on Wednesday.

Victoria’s resume is more diverse than a Subway car at rush hour. She’s worked for Montgomery County since 2007, most recently as COO of Health and Human Services. But before that, she was a robotics engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

County Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s County Council meeting:

🏫 Should Anne Arundel County ban plastic bags?
🏫 Pedestrian & bicycle master plan
🏫 See full agenda

Use this website to submit testimony. The meeting is at 7 PM at the Arundel Center – 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. You may attend in person or stream online.

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Extra Sprinkles

Celebrate Mother’s Day on the Water with a Brunch Buffet Cruise

Treat Mom to an unforgettable Mother's Day celebration with Watermark's Brunch Buffet Cruise. Enjoy a mouth-watering brunch buffet, live music, and stunning views of Annapolis. All Moms get a complimentary mom-osa to kick off the celebration. Departing from City Dock at 10 AM sharp on May 14th. Get your tickets today!*

Save the Date: Annapolis’ Ultimate Beach Party

Boatyard Beach Bash has sold out for 10 years in a row. It’s not hard to see why. September weather, live music from members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, and an open bar and delicious meal included with all general admission tickets – VIP also available. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! Tickets go on sale May 15.*

Wellness House presents: Sail into Summer

Behind every great fundraiser is a great cause. In this case, Wellness House. They provide no-cost services and programs to anyone touched by cancer – support groups, yoga and meditation, and a strong community. If you want to support Wellness House, join us for the 2nd annual Wellness on the Water. It's Thursday, April 27 at Eastport Yacht Club. Tickets include all drinks and food as well as live music from Doug Segree. We hope to see you there.*

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77 🌡️ 60 | 🌥️ | 2% | 💨 S 13 mph (11 knots)


68 🌡️ 58 | ⛈️ | 65% | 💨 SE 7 mph (6 knots)


74 🌡️ 61 | 🌥️ | 9% | 💨 E 8 mph (7 knots)

Live Music Lowdown


49 West | Dave Chappell Trio | 7:30–9:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B. | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Bravenoise | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Meg & Bryan | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Alex Lee | 8 PM
Federal House | DJ Manila | 9:30 PM
Great Frogs | Jacob Panic | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Pete Best | 8–11 PM
Market House | Ben Lonsbury | 7–10 PM
Market Space | Lakin Ducker | 6–9 PM
Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge | b.en | 8:30 PM
Middleton Tavern | Loose Ties | 10 PM
Pirates Cove | John Luskey | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Double Vision: The Foreigner Experience | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Madisun Bailey | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Aaron Hawkins | 5 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
RiverBay Roadhouse | Tim Atkinson | 8:30–11:30 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Red Betty and the Ruckus | 7–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Chris Dean | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Troll Tribe | 9:45 PM
Vibe | The Amish Outlaws | 9 PM
Westin | Tigerlily | 6–8 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 5–7 PM
49 West | Dean Rosenthal’s 4 Piece Racket | 7:30–9:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Samantha’s Duo | 8–11 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Michael K. | 10 AM –1 PM
Brian Boru | Ryan Moran Duo | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | TBA | 8 PM
Dark Horse | Penny Pistolero | 9 PM
Federal House | DJ Manila | 9:30 PM
Great Frogs | Madisun Bailey | 12–3 PM
Killarney House | John Luskey | 8–11 PM
Market House | Royal Flush | 8–11 PM
Market Space | Tim Atkinson | 2:30–5:30 PM
Middleton Tavern | Michael McHenry Tribe | 10 PM
Pirates Cove | Grayson Moon | 7:30–10:30 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Graham Nash: Sixty Years of Songs & Stories | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Rickshaw Lizard | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Kevin Koa | 10 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Fast Times | 7–11 PM
Señor Chile Cantina | Dan Haas Trio | 7–10 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Nate & Jim | 7–10 PM
Smashing Grapes | Dave Tieff | 8–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Nate Finn | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Will Hill Band | 9:45 PM
Vibe | Stone Horses with Veer, Last Kiss Goodnight & Indianhead | 7 PM


49 West The Befuddlers | 4–7 PM
Brian Boru | Big Brother's Porch | 4–7 PM
The Choptank | Jamie Kaye | 5–9 PM
Dark Horse | Shep Tullier | 6–9 PM
Galway Bay | Pat Garvey | 4–8 PM
Killarney House | Aaron Hawkins | 3–6 PM
Market House | Jack Shenk & Nate Finn | 5–7 PM
Market Space | David Andrew Smith | 2–6 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Graham Nash: Sixty Years of Songs & Stories | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Tom Lagana | 11 AM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Bobby Berger | 3–7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Doug Day | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | West Street Revival | 7–11 PM
Vibe | La Banda Blanca, DJ EZ & EJ York | 8 PM | Tickets


Navy Schedule

Baseball (18-16)
4/12 @ Maryland Eastern Shore | W 18-11
4/15 @ Lafayette | 12 PM
4/15 @ Lafayette | 3:30 PM
4/16 @ Lafayette | 12 PM

Women’s golf
4/15-16 vs. Navy Spring Invitational | TBD

Men’s gymnastics
4/14-15 @ NCAA Championships - Qual. Meet | 1 PM & 6 PM

Women’s lacrosse (11-3)
4/12 @ American | W 17-8
4/15 vs. Holy Cross | 12 PM

Men’s rowing (heavyweight)
4/15 @ Cornell & Syracuse | 8 AM

Men’s rowing (lightweight)
4/15 @ Georgetown | 12 PM

Women’s rugby (7-5-1)
4/16 vs. West Chester | 10 AM & 10:40 AM
4/16 vs. Penn State | 11:20 AM & 12 PM
4/16 vs. Mount St. Mary’s | 12 PM & 1:20 PM

Men’s rugby (15-0)
4/15 vs. Army | 1 PM

Sailing (intercollegiate)
4/15-16 vs. Truxtun Umsted Open Fleet Race | All Day
4/15-16 @ Owen Trophy | All Day
4/15-16 @ MAISA Women's Team Race Championship | All Day

Men’s soccer (7-5-9)
4/15 vs. James Madison | 1 PM

Women’s tennis (18-4)
4/12 @ Loyola Maryland | W 6-1
4/15 vs. Boston U. | 11 AM

Men’s tennis (19-19)
4/12 vs. Howard | W 6-1
4/12 vs. Mount St. Mary’s | W 4-0
4/15 @ Army | 1 PM

Women’s track & field
4/15 @ Virginia Grand Prix | 11 AM

Men’s track & field
4/15 @ Virginia Grand Prix | 11 AM

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