🍦Not your average spelling bee

Voter registration deadline, more Easter egg hunts, Annapolis Ahead comprehensive plan...


Good morning, Annapolis. If the Cranberries have a song called Zombie, why don’t the Zombies have a song called Cranberry? Oh btw, the Zombies are at Rams Head tonight.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Voter registration deadline

  • More Easter egg hunts

  • Bus route changes

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Who won the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee?

Photo: Compass Rose Theater

Could you spell syzygy (pronounced SIZ-uh-gee) if it wasn’t written there? Me either. But the contestants in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee can. Why the italics? Because it’s not a spelling bee. It’s a musical at the Compass Rose Theater. And on Sunday, I, Naptown Scoop publisher Ryan, was in it. So were two other audience members.

The show was clever, hilarious, and heartwarming. And apparently everyone knows about Compass Rose but us because nary a seat was empty. It’s a small theatre in Maryland Hall so everyone’s close to the action. Even if you aren’t selected as a guest speller. And let me tell you, these actors are phenomenally talented.

So if you’ve never seen a show at Compass Rose, let this be your first. It plays Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through April 28. Get tickets here. You’ll recognize some familiar faces as pre-planned guest spellers and maybe even get picked yourself!

P.S. We’d rate the show PG-13 just in case you want to bring the kiddos.


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Don’t shirk your civic duty 🗳️

There are lots of dates to remember in election season so we’ll break it down nice and easy. For the 2024 Presidential Primary Election, the deadline to register to vote and update your info is Tuesday, April 23. After that, mark your calendars for May 2–9. That’s early voting. Official Primary Election Day is May 14.

DC bus commuters will want to read this 🚍️ 

As part of a plan to correct a $3.3 billion deficit, MD is considering cutting or eliminating service on some bus routes. That includes 3 routes in Annapolis so if you ride the 220, 210, or 230 bus to work in DC, you may want to attend a public hearing tonight (3/26) at the Busch Library on West Street. Can’t make it? You can attend virtually or provide written feedback. For proposed changes, hearing info, and to provide written feedback, click here.

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Theater Talk Tuesday 🎭

The Baker’s Wife at Colonial Players
This is your last chance to enjoy bread and romance (two of Scoop’s favorite things) in this musical by Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked. Sunday is the final performance at Colonial Players of Annapolis — 108 East Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

More Easter Egg Hunts 🐣

Just like those well-hidden Easter eggs you find under the couch months after Easter, we’ve found two more egg hunts. The best part? Both are free! Check out our updated roundup 🐰🥚

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.


City and emergency service unions disagree on plans

Annapolis is growing — that’s clear to everyone. But what future Annapolis should look like depends on who you’re talking to. The Annapolis City Council’s official plan, Annapolis Ahead 2040, lays out the city’s vision for the next decade and more. Emergency service unions disagree on some key parts of the plan, saying it’ll be difficult for departments like fire and police to keep up.

The unions say emergency services already can’t meet Annapolis’ demand and Annapolis Ahead 2040 doesn’t address these growing public safety needs. The City Council will continue reviewing the plan but says these safety discussions should be separate from any union negotiations. ($)

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53 🌡️ 44 | ☁️ | 7% | 💨 ENE 7 mph (6 knots)


53 🌡️ 47 | 🌧️ | 71% | 💨 SE 5 mph (4 knots)

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



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


49 West | Dave Chappell and Friends | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Shawn Owen | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mallow Hill Duo | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Eddie Rogers | 6–9 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Mary Gauthier | 8 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Chris Dean | 9 PM

Navy Sophomore Pitcher Tyler Grenn led the Mids to a 5–2 win over Army before a “raucous crowd” of 1,245 at Max Bishop Stadium on Sunday. Unfortunately, Navy dropped the second part of the doubleheader 8–1. However, Navy went 1-9 against Army over the previous two seasons so splitting was a big deal. The rivals will meet three more times this season excluding possible post-season matchups. Navy took care of business yesterday with a two-game sweep of Holy Cross here in Annapolis. ($)

Past results

Baseball (14-11)
3/25 vs. Holy Cross | W 4–3
3/25 vs. Holy Cross | W 9–5

Baseball (13-11)
3/27 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore | 3 PM

Men's Golf (0-1)
3/26 @ Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate

Women's Lacrosse (8-2)
3/27 @ Saint Joseph's | 2 PM

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