🍦The return of WRNR?

Bird photo contest, Let's Go Music Fest lineup, small business of the year...


Good morning, Annapolis. After yesterday’s Scoop, my new favorite word is Whiffenpoof.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Bird photo contest

  • Let’s Go Music Fest

  • Small Business Award nominations

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to Coco Kennedy and Craig Gebelein! 🎂

The #1 facial feature 😁

Want to be more attractive? 48% of people think a smile is the most memorable part of a first impression. So you’ll want to ensure yours is bright, white, and ready for Valentine’s Day next week.

The experts at Morabito Family Dental are your trusted allies when it comes to smiles. It’s all in their motto – Improving Smiles. Improving Lives.

Morabito Family Dental is a “one-stop-shop” for all your dental needs. They offer convenient hours from 7 AM to 8 PM, even on Saturdays. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Do you want a chance to whiten your smile, completely free? Morabito Family Dental is hosting a special Valentine’s Day raffle. You could win at-home whitening trays and two trays of whitening gel. All you have to do is visit their website using this link any time before 2 PM on February 13th and you’ll be entered automatically.

Good luck and don’t forget to smile!


Let’s shoot some birds 📷

A little birdie just told us about a pretty cool contest. And while it does involve shooting, lucky for the birds, it doesn’t involve guns. Annapolis is holding its first-ever Fowl Play: Bird Photo Contest in honor of National Bird Feeding Month. Now through February 29, photographers of all ages can submit their best bird pics for a chance to win a Wild Birds Unlimited gift card – a store dedicated to backyard bird feeding. Get all the details and enter here.

The return of WRNR?

We hope this isn’t April Fool’s. It sounds like the legendary Annapolis radio station WRNR could be back sometime around April 1. That’s according to the station’s owner, Steve Kingston via Annapolis Patch. If you listened to WRNR on 103.1 FM, you were probably pretty disappointed when it left the air last year. (Though you can still listen online.) The latest word is that Kingston is trying to buy 99.9 FM and 810 AM, but the particulars are still a bit staticky. Stay tuned for more info.

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📸 @motoxdms | 📍Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

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Wanted: Small Business Award nominees

Annapolis has a thriving small business scene. So be sure to nominate your favorite for the 2024 Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards. Nominations are due by March 1 for the following categories:

  • Small Business of the Year

  • Emerging Business of the Year

  • Woman-Owned Business of the Year

  • Minority Owned Business of the Year

  • Non-Profit of the Year

Last year, the chamber honored Humdinger Productions, Watermark Tours, the Heart Health Foundation, and our friends at Wildberry Farm + Market.

Which of Anne Arundel’s 20,000+ businesses will be honored this year? Learn more and nominate here.

Octogenarian artist opens new exhibit

Let the record show you’re never too old to pursue your passion. 86-year-old William Collins rediscovered his love of art during the pandemic after a six-decade hiatus, during which time he was busy raising a family and running a psychology practice. Now he’s actively painting again, and his second exhibit, New Endeavors, just opened. It’s on display until early April in the Annapolis Art District — 162A West Street, Annapolis, Maryland 210401. ($)

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.


Let’s be frank—middle school and fun don’t always go hand in hand. But here at St. Anne’s School, they do. Why? Because our Middle School Program is backed by research, our rigorous curriculum invites curiosity at every turn, and our educators are experts in ages 10–14, the “wonder years.” In fact, research shows that the middle school years are critical to “get right” for healthy neurological and emotional development, which is why St. Anne’s School intentionally ends in eighth grade. A research study conducted by the American Educational Research Association showed that in K-8 schools where middle schoolers were allowed to be the “top dogs,” students reported feeling safer, experienced less bullying and fighting, and had a greater sense of belonging… meaning those students could actually learn and enjoy their middle school experience as opposed to simply enduring it. St. Anne’s School is ahead of the curve in getting Middle School right. Learn how St. Anne’s School does Middle School differently here: https://www.stannesschool.org/program/middle-school/.


Weekend Preview


  • Runners, take your mark. The Valentine’s 5k starts at 10 AM Saturday at Kinder Farm Park. Entry is $15. Register and learn how to get a discounted entry fee if you join Annapolis Striders ❤️🏃‍♂️

  • Winter hours at Wildberry are from 9 AM to noon. Visit 1047 St Stephens Church Rd in Crownsville for breakfast and farm goods! ☕️


  • Join SPCA & DARE TO C.A.R.E for a stroll through the mall with your favorite furry friend. The Hearts & Hounds Mall Walk occurs from 8-11 AM at Westfield Annapolis’ Maggiano's and Macy’s entrance. 🐾

  • The 18th annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch for The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center is from 11:30 AM–1:30 PM at Heritage Baptist Church – 1740 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401). The donation-only lunch that raises money for The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center includes soup, chili, salad, rolls, and dessert. 🥣

Heads up: Don’t buy third-party ballet tix

Planning a trip to the ballet? Be sure to buy tickets straight from the source. Ballet Theatre of Maryland says many audience members are getting ripped off buying tickets through third-party platforms. Some overpay. Some even get counterfeit tickets. That’d be embarrassing on a date. BTM tickets should only be purchased on the official website or Eventbrite.

🩰 What’s on the calendar? BTM’s next performance is Momentum: A Mixed Bill, opening February 23.

Let’s Go! Music Fest 2024 Tickets 🎟️

Okay, music lovers. Let’s Go! Music Fest 2024 tickets are available now. The fourth-annual homegrown festival happens Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. Check out this lineup!

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Update: Annapolis Ahead 2040

Remember how we said the draft of the Annapolis Ahead 2040 Comprehensive Plan got the go-ahead from the Annapolis Planning Commission? Now the City Council is looking to vote on it on February 12 as part of its upcoming meeting. We’ll have more details ahead of the meeting, but for now, you can brush up on the plan here.

County Council passes Resolution 4-24

Who’s in charge of making administrative decisions around the County Council offices? In the past, it was up to admin staff if they needed to do something like order office supplies. The council chair, who oversees the staff, would do things like approve vacation requests. But now? They better hope they have the votes. Hamilton, anyone?

Resolution 4-24, which passed Monday night, puts the County Council in charge of those decisions. If two or more council members disagree on an admin task, the council must vote on it just like regular county business.

The vote came down to a 4-3 split, with District 1 Democrat Pete Smith siding with the council’s three Republican members much to his colleagues’ chagrin. ($)

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50 🌡️ 40 | 🌤️ | 6% | 💨 S 8 mph (7 knots)


55 🌡️ 45 | ⛅ | 7% | 💨 S 7 mph (6 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 42ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



Brian Boru | Aaron Hawkins | 6:30–9:30 PM
Copper Creek Pub & Ale House | Open Mic Night | 8–10 PM
Killarney House | Jennifer Schimpf | 6–9 PM
Market House | b.en | 7–9 PM
O’Loughlin’s | Kavoossi | 6–9 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Bryan Ewald | 5–8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Nate Finn | 5 PM
Vibe | Open Mic Night | 7–11 PM


49 West | Shauna Dean Cokeland | 8–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Dan Haas Band | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch |  Rick & The Revolving Doors | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Meg & Bryan | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Kieran Lally | 8 PM
Great Frogs | Alexander Peters | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Pete Best | 8–11 PM
Market House | Alex G Lee and Chrissy Scott | 7–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Shatners | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Moose Jaw | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 8–11 PM
Rams Head Roadhouse | BoRoy | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Michael K | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Phil Neary | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Mike Heuer | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Love in Vein | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | George Evans | 8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Ryan Keith Band | 9:45 PM

Listen: Anchors Aweigh Podcast reviews Navy’s epic Star weekend

If Navy ends up winning the annual Star series, Saturday may just be the turning point. The Mids swept archrival Army in four sports – Rifle, Gymnastics, and men’s & women’s Track & Field. The Mids now lead the USAA Star Series 9–6–1. Catch a full breakdown of the weekend on the Anchors Aweigh Podcast – hosted by Bill Wagner and Pete Medhurst.

Past results

Men's Basketball (8-14)
2/7 vs. Bucknell | L 80–67

Women's Lacrosse
2/9 vs. #24 Duke | 4 PM

Men's Squash (12-12)
2/9 vs. Drexel | 4:30 PM

Men's Tennis (8-0)
2/9 @ Pennsylvania | 11 AM & 3 PM

Women’s Track & Field (1-1)
2/9 @ Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational | 1 PM

Men's Track & Field (2-0)
2/9 @ Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational | 1 PM

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