🍦The Power of Yarn

Key Bridge collapse, Coconut Joe's, Navy football practice...

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Good morning, Annapolis. All 17,962 of you. I love every one of you.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Key Bridge

  • Coconut Joe’s

  • Navy football practice

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

The Power of Yarn

In many cultures, storytellers are the most revered members of society. More than warriors, hunters, and even leaders. And since storytelling is sometimes referred to as spinning a yarn, today I want to show you the power of yarn.

Eileen Mitchard has shown me the power of yarn before. She’s the reason we told the story of Naptown Knitters – a group of people who knit hats and scarves for people in need that they’ll never even meet.

This time, Eileen’s taken the power of yarn to a whole new level.

Three months ago, Eileen decided to host a fundraiser for Annapolis Hope. It was a simple idea. Get high-quality yarn donated and sell it at a discount. All proceeds go straight to Annapolis Hope. Her goal was simple but lofty.

1% of the money needed for the fundraiser. $2,470.

Much of the yarn came from Eileen’s personal stash. Local yarn store Knits & Pieces donated a bunch. Eileen even drove to Charlottesville, VA to pick up a donation.

About 30 women came to Eileen’s house on St. Patrick’s Day to buy yarn. And she couldn’t believe how much money they raised.

Someone made a donation equal to 10 times the cost of their purchase. Another showed up on the wrong day but donated anyway. A longtime friend of Eileen’s donated $100 from states away. Seven others who couldn’t make it also donated from afar.

In the end, Eileen’s yarn sale raised $10,650 for the Mireles Family through Annapolis Hope.

And because she’s super humble, she didn’t want this recognition. But she agreed because it might inspire you to support Annapolis Hope with your communities and passions.

If you want to host a similar fundraiser for Annapolis Hope, email us. We’ll help you get it set up.

Waterfront living that doesn’t break the bank 🌊

Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb and thought, “I wish I lived there”? 705 Red Cedar Road has that vibe.

With cozy coastal vibes and a serene setting on Minnow Creek, this home is a personal paradise. Light a fire on the patio, fish from your private pier, or serve dinner on the deck. Plus, there’s fast access to the Chesapeake Bay with a boat lift and floating dock for kayaks/SUPs.

Inside, you'll love the open layout with beautiful 200-year-old heart pine floors. There's also a relaxing sunroom with a beautiful brick floor and high ceilings for unwinding. And for icing on this cake, a luxurious primary bedroom with elevated water views.

So how much for this lovely lifestyle? 705 Red Cedar Road is listed for $1.595 million. It won’t last long though. The listing’s been viewed thousands of times in just 4 days on the market. Call Brad Kappel today for your private tour.


Key Bridge Collapse

An unthinkable tragedy happened in our backyard yesterday.

At 1:27 AM, the cargo ship Dali lost power and collided with the Key Bridge in Baltimore at about 8 knots. Within seconds, most of the bridge was submerged in the Patapsco River.

Photo: James Ronayne

The ship’s crew issued a mayday call moments before the crash. This thankfully enabled authorities to limit vehicle traffic on the span.

Things we know at Scoop press time (11:43 PM 3/26):

  • Maryland is in a state of emergency.

  • 6 construction workers are missing and presumed dead. Search efforts are now recovery efforts.

  • 2 people were rescued. 1 was hospitalized and 1 wasn’t.

  • All 22 crew members and 2 pilots on board the ship are accounted for and unhurt.

Hours after the collapse, authorities detected vehicles in the water using sonar. The Key Bridge was 185 feet above the water which is about 50 feet deep.

Photo: James Ronayne

The Singapore-flagged cargo ship was under the command of a local pilot – as required by Maryland law. This incident will no doubt have a lengthy investigation but authorities believe it was an accident.

Commuters should avoid the Interstate 695 SE corridor. The MTA issued a traffic advisory telling drivers to use interstates 95 and 895 instead. I-695’s outer loop is closed at Route 10 (exit 2); the inner loop is closed at Route 157/Peninsula Expressway (exit 43).

Vessel traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore is suspended until further notice. Trucks are still being processed.

Gov. Wes Moore vowed that the bridge will be rebuilt. Though it’s too early to estimate when or at what cost. President Biden said the federal government will help with the bill.

This upsetting story is still developing. However, Naptown Scoop will only provide major updates going forward. Our hearts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.

Photo: James Ronayne

🌎 Foreign delegates in Annapolis

Did you know: One of the cool parts about being so close to DC is that international delegates sometimes come to experience our city’s culture. Most recently, reps from China and the Netherlands toured Annapolis with Mayor Gavin Buckley. They learned about major projects like flood resiliency at City Dock while building relations between their government and ours. We’ve recently welcomed reps from Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Our big question though is how these foreign delegations feel about Annapolis’ famous crabcakes.

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Welcome back Coconut Joe’s 🥥 🌴

If you missed Coconut Joe’s, we have good news. 🎉 The Edgewater restaurant (not to be confused with the capital R Edgewater Restaurant), which closed and became The Pier before closing again last December, is now reopened as of Friday. And by that we mean it’s reopened as its original tiki-themed bar and grill. Stop by for a waterfront drink or meal and enjoy some live music while you’re at it. They even have slips for dock-and-dine.

P.S. I see crabcakes on the menu so you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll be doing a review there this summer 🦀 🎂

What is Pearl? 🧉

Great question. The dictionary says it’s a hard, lustrous spherical mass. . . Wait. That says, “What is Pearl?” Not, “What’s a pearl?” Pearl is a dining destination opening soon in the Annapolis Market Space. It’s an amalgam (we’ll save you a Google, that’s a mixture or blend) of traditional Mediterranean and tropical flavors. FYI, Pearl is hiring.

PSA: Pearl isn’t open yet but the Ponche, the tiki bar above it, is open. Check Instagram for up-to-date hours.

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.


CERT training 🆘

Ready to learn some skills we hope you never have to use? Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training prepares average citizens like you and me to step up during an emergency until first responders arrive.

You’ll learn skills like:

🦺 Fire safety
🦺 Light search and rescue
🦺 Team organization
🦺 Disaster medical operations

The next training course starts April 26 and involves 21 hours of weekend and evening classes. Can’t make it? There’s one more training session this year in September. Sign up.

Save this date: Navy 🏈 open practice

Are you or the kids stoked for football? Join the Navy football team for practice! An open session is set for April 6 at 2:30 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. There will be all kinds of kid-friendly activities starting at 3 PM — a strolling magician, a caricature artist, carnival games, and more. You can even get autographs from the team after practice. Entry is free, but parking is $10.

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.


Easter Water Adventures

Easter is approaching, and it's the perfect time to hop on over to The Chesapeake Boating Club for a water adventure. Explore the shimmering waters with our Power & Sail memberships. Call 410-280-8692 to reserve your boat today! For those keen on sailing but unsure about going alone, consider reaching out to J World Annapolis, the leading performance sailing school. Enroll in a course to acquire lifelong skills! Call 410-280-2040 to register for a Sailing course.*

Happy birthday to the Inn at Horn Point 🥳

What happens when you operate an amazing business for 22 years? I’ll let you know in 18 years (Naptown Scoop is only 4), but Cory & Carol Bonney can tell you right now. They’re celebrating 22 years of the Inn at Horn Point this year. In honor of the milestone, new reservations confirmed before the end of March and mentioning Naptown Scoop get complimentary champagne or wine upon arrival. Come celebrate. Tell your out-of-town friends and family! There’s nothing quite like a stay at the Inn at Horn Point.*

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51 🌡️ 47 | 🌧️ | 76% | 💨 SE 6 mph (5 knots)


52 🌡️ 40 | 🌧️ | 62% | 💨 NNW 13 mph (11 knots)

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



49 West | Dave Chappell and Friends | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Dark Horse | Nervous Bird | 8 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


49 West | Jonathan Epley Experimental Guitar Trio | 8–11 PM
Brian Boru | Colby Sard | 6:30–9:30 PM
Copper Creek Pub & Ale House | Open Mic Night | 7:30 PM
Dark Horse | Big Money Band | 8:30 PM
Killarney House | Loose Change | 6–9 PM
Market House | Aaron Hawkins | 7 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Of Good Nature | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Troll Tribe | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Vibe | Open Mic Night | 7–11 PM

Late Rally Propels Navy Baseball to doubleheader sweep 🧹⚾️

Navy baseball made a statement in Patriot League play over the past few days. Just after splitting a key doubleheader with archrival Army, the Mids pulled off two thrilling wins over Holy Cross on Monday. Navy turned an early lead into a 4–3 victory in game 1 against Holy Cross. They had to call upon a seventh-inning rally to defeat the Crusaders 9–5 in game 2.

Monday’s victories extend Navy’s winning streak over the Crusaders to nine games. Read full game recaps. Catch more Midshipmen baseball action today (3/27) as they host University of Maryland Eastern Shore at 3 PM.

Past results

Men's Golf (0-1)
3/25-26 @ Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate | 4th of 12 teams

Baseball (14-11)
3/27 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore | 3 PM

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

Men's Track & Field
3/28 @ Raleigh Relays

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