🍦Sailor Oyster Bar is reopening

School budgets pass, Chesapeake Bay ferry, Restaurant Week...


Good morning, Annapolis. Guess what. We’re officially less than 1 month away from the first day of spring. Time to refresh that old spreadsheet of friends with boats.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • School budgets pass

  • Chesapeake Bay Ferry

  • Restaurant Week

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Our favorite lunchtime secret 🦀

The Choptank serves some of the finest dinners in Annapolis. Everyone knows that. But we’ve noticed it’s a highly underrated lunch spot. Here’s why we added it to our rotation.

The Choptank opens at 11 AM daily. There are tons of options – including a top 3 best crabcake sandwich in Annapolis according to our trusted ratings. We also love the soups, salads, and black Angus smash burgers.

Spring is coming – bringing more sun and warmer days. And there's no better way to celebrate than lunch at The Choptank. Sit on the rooftop and look out over our famous City Dock and Ego Alley or stay inside and chat up the friendly bartenders.

We’ll see you at The Choptank for lunch soon :)


Top clicks of the week 🏆

Major stories this week

Rise Up Coffee opened its 13th location (and first with a drive-thru this side of the Bay Bridge) at 522 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146. It’s open daily from 6 AM–7 PM.

X-Golf, an indoor golf facility with a full bar and kitchen, is coming to Jennifer Square right across from Westfield Annapolis this spring.

Potential Chesapeake Bay Ferry locations revealed ⛴

A vision to bring a passenger ferry to the Chesapeake Bay is underway. Consulting company Cambridge Systematics will finish Phase 1 of the feasibility study by June. In the beginning, the ferry system will serve leisure travelers but it could grow to serve commuters and cars. Proposed routes include:

  • Baltimore ↔️ Annapolis ↔️ Chesapeake Beach ↔️ Solomons Island

  • Baltimore ↔️ Rock Hall ↔️ Kent Narrows ↔️ St. Michaels ↔️ Matapeake ↔️ Annapolis

  • And more

One option for the ferries themselves is quite eye-catching – the electric Candela P-12. It uses hydrofoils to go faster and further with less power and ride comfortably above the stomach-churning Chesapeake Bay chop. And if this looks futuristic, it is in more ways than one. If this happens, the first ferry ride is a long way away.

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It’s Restaurant Week!

We don’t need any other excuse to eat out than, “I don’t feel like cooking.” But if you do want a better excuse, try this: Annapolis Restaurant Week starts Saturday. Participating restaurants have great specials, prix fixe menus, and even new dishes.

Dylan’s Picks
My options are limited because I eat vegan, so Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge has my undivided attention. But, plenty of restaurants have unbeatable wine specials. So even if I can’t eat, you may catch me enjoying a lovely bottle of Cab.

P.S. For anyone who couldn’t figure out the secret code from yesterday’s Scoop, here’s the translation:

Sailor Oyster Bar reopens Tuesday at 4 PM.

Yep. We’re stoked, too.

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.

Cellist Steven Isserlis at Maryland Hall ✨

Facts: Composer Robert Schumann’s family wanted him to be a lawyer. Instead, he became the Father of an altogether new genre of music: the Chamber Orchestra, a genre he is credited with inventing in 1842. Schumann may have suffered from compounding mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, severe depression and anxiety, with recurring panic attacks. He turned his emotions into some of the most beautiful music ever composed. His Cello Concerto in A minor is one example of his timeless talent. Join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra March 1st & 2nd at Maryland Hall for Masterworks IV: Portraits. Artistic Director José-Luis Novo will conduct Berlioz “Roman Carnival”,  Schumann’s Cello Concerto, and Elgar “Enigma”. Cellist Steven Isserlis visits Annapolis from the UK for Schumann’s masterpiece.  Tickets at AnnapolisSymphony.org 


TONIGHT: The 83rd Annual Brigade Boxing Championships 🥊

We’ve got 3 good reasons for you to attend “Brigades” at Navy tonight. It’s an 80+ year tradition. It’s quintessential Naval Academy (and therefore quintessential Annapolis). And it’s the start of a new era. The first championship in almost 40 years where Navy Boxing won’t be under the command of legendary coach Jim McNally. He retired in December.

So, will the tradition still pack a punch? Absolutely. See for yourself at 7 PM in Alumni Hall. Admission is free. New coach Adan Salguero requests that all spectators please wear business casual.

Note: Driving onto the Yard is not available for civilians. But you can park at the football stadium and take the shuttle or enter on foot through the visitor center or Gate 3 on Maryland Avenue from 5–8 PM. Don’t forget your photo ID and here’s a map!

Local by Design’s Monthly Artisans Market 🎨

Local by Design’s Annapolis Artisans Market has lots in store this weekend, including five new artisans:

  • Friday (2/23): 10 AM–7 PM. Happy Hour is 4-7 PM with Grey Wolf Spirits and specialty cocktails.

  • Saturday (2/24): 10 AM–5 PM. Enjoy the artisan Chili Cook Off and artisan-made goods. Ross Swope will discuss his time as DC Police Chief and “junk collecting” at 1 and 3 PM, respectively.

  • Sunday (2/25): 10 AM–5 PM.

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 Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting:

  • Tree clearing loophole

  • Hours at Tolson and Tucker Street Parks

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall – 160 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401. The public is welcome to attend or give testimony.

School budgets pass 💰

The Board of Education has officially passed next year’s budgets. The operating budget weighs in at $1.72 billion and the capital improvements come in at $234.9 million. This largely reflects Superintendent Mark Bedell’s recommendation with minor changes. For example, the Board added a 2% cost-of-living raise for all employees. So, what’s next?

It goes to County Executive Steuart Pittman. He’ll include it in the overall county budget when he pitches to County Council in May.

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54 🌡️ 38 | 🌧️ | 43% | 💨 WNW 9 mph (8 knots)


42 🌡️ 27 | 🌥️ | 3% | 💨 NNW 13 mph (11 knots)


47 🌡️ 39 | 🌤️ | 2% | 💨 SSW 10 mph (9 knots)

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



49 West | Luke Borchelt | 7:30–10:30 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Big Money Band | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | John Frase Project | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Loose Cannons | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Naptown Nights | 8 PM
Great Frogs | Dave Zelonka | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Dust on the Bottle | 8–11 PM
Market House | Chrissy Scott and Alex G |  7–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Sidewalk Soul | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Music Room | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Grayson Moon | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Time Loves A Hero: A Tribute to Little Feat | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Kieran Lally | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Aaron Hawkins | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Madisun Bailey | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Kings Of Merigold | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | The Bards | 8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Desert Shade | 9:45 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 5–7 PM
49 West | Gary Wright, Leah Weiss & Jimmy Jacobs | 7:30–10 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Bravenoise | 8 PM
Brian Boru | Michael K | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Tyler Hayes | 8 PM
Dark Horse | Michael Henry Tribe | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Carly Winter | 5–8 PM
Killarney House | Kevin Lee | 8–11 PM
Market House | Timmie Metz Band |  7–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | 3 of a Kind | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Higher Education | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Wolves of Glendale w/ Telula | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Life After Dinosaurs | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Adam Forbes | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Fast Times | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Joey Fitz | 8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Pandor | 9:45 PM


49 West | Jonathan Stone | 1–4 PM
Brian Boru | Big Brothers Porch | 4–7 PM
Dark Horse | b.en and the b.and | 6 PM
Galway Bay | Stephen Henson | 4–8 PM
Killarney House | Doug Segree | 4–7 PM
Market House | Jack Shenk and Nate Finn |  5–7 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Aaron Hawkins | 3–6 PM
Pirates Cove | The Jazz Perpetrators | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Pat McGee & Friends | 1 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | Secret Society | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Shawn Owen | 9 PM

LISTEN: Interview with Navy boxing coach Adan Salguero 🎙️🥊

The Naval Academy will host its 83rd annual Brigade Boxing Championships tonight. But it will be Adan Salguero’s first as coach. He’s serving in an interim capacity after the legendary Jim McNally retired in December. Hear how he’s feeling about it exclusively on the Anchors Aweigh Podcast – hosted by Bill Wagner and Pete Medhurst.

Bill and Pete also review the controversial Army-Navy wrestling match, baseball and lacrosse, rifle making the NCAA Championships, and men’s basketball with radio color analyst Mike Heary. It’s a packed episode. Check it out wherever you listen to podcasts or on WNAV 1430 AM Saturday morning at 9 AM.

Upcoming games & matches

Baseball (2-2)
2/23-25 vs. Air Force | 6 PM & 2 PM

Women's Basketball (10-15)
2/24 @ Holy Cross | 12 PM

Men's Basketball (9-17)
2/25 vs. Holy Cross | 2 PM

Women's Lacrosse (3-0)
2/24 vs. Villanova | 3 PM

Men's Lacrosse (2-1)
2/24 vs. Penn State | 12 PM

Rifle (10-9)
2/24-25 @ GARC Championship

Men's Rugby (11-0)
2/24 vs. No. 11 Mount St. Mary's | Noon

Intercollegiate Sailing
2/24-25 @ Quad Team Race

Women's Soccer (9-7-3)
2/23 vs. Georgetown | 7 PM

Women's Swimming & Diving (6-3)
2/21-24 @ Patriot League Championship

Men's Swimming & Diving (8-3)
2/21-24 @ Patriot League Championship

Women's Tennis (9-2)
2/24 @ West Virginia | 10 AM
2/24 vs. Hofstra | 2 PM
2/25 vs. Dartmouth | 10 AM

Men's Tennis (12-2)
2/24 vs. Morgan State | 10 AM
2/24 vs. Hofstra | 2 PM
2/25 vs. Western Michigan | 10 AM
2/25 @ DePaul | 2:30 PM

Women's Track & Field (1-1)
2/24-25 @ Patriot League Indoor Championship | 11 AM

Men's Track & Field (2-0)
2/24-25 @ Patriot League Indoor Championship | 11 AM

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