🍦Scoop's St. Patrick's Weekend Guide

Painting the Wind, AACPS diversity report, best speller in Anne Arundel County...


Good morning, Annapolis. You may be good at your job. But you’re not as good as Kirk Cousins’ agent.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Painting the Wind

  • AACPS hiring diversity report

  • Best speller in Anne Arundel County

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happiest of birthdays to Chris Perez and Sarah Greenlee Morse! 🎂


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The best speller in Anne Arundel County 🏆🐝

Quint Karlsson of Crofton Middle School outlasted 24 competitors in the 36th annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee last Saturday! He correctly spelled “emolument” in the eighth round to win the championship. After a second place spell-off, Beorn Moon of Lindale Middle School and Kasey Capili of MacArthur Middle School were second and third, respectively. Quint will represent Anne Arundel in the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee this May. Best of luck, Quint!

P.S. Emolument is a fancy word for a salary payment 💸

AACPS hiring diversity report 📈

Step inside a local public school and you’ll see much more diversity than a few years ago. 🫱🏻‍🫲🏿 According to a recent workforce diversity report, people of color made up 32% of AACPS hires in 2023, up from 17% in 2016. According to census data, Anne Arundel County is about 20% Black, 9% Hispanic/Latino, and 5% Asian. Jessica Cuches, AACPS Chief HR officer, says academic performance improves when teachers reflect the racial makeup of the student body. ($)

🚧 Bay Bridge work starts this month

Good news: MDTA is making the Bay Bridge safer. The eastbound span is 71 years old, after all. So, the bad news: This means construction.

But it’s not all bad. Most of the construction will happen during off-peak hours and overnight. Phase 1, the eastbound deck replacement, starts this month and entails:

  • Replacing the deck floor system

  • Upgrading the barriers

  • Rehabilitating steel superstructure

  • Replacing lane use signals

This should be done next spring. Eastbound traffic will be diverted to the westbound span when work is underway.

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Curate turns 3 🍷🎂

In dog years, Curate is now old enough to drink. Sounds like a great excuse for a multi-course dinner to us. Local guest Chef Cal Abdinoor has prepared a selection of mouthwatering foods and curated knockout wine selections to go with them. Seatings are March 22 & 23. Tickets are $115 for Wine Club Members and $135 for non-members. Snag tickets here.

Willard Bond’s Painting the Wind now available 📚️ 

We love maritime art in Annapolis. If it has sailboats, we’re into it. Which is why we think you need to see Willard Bond’s artwork in Painting the Wind. It’s the perfect book for a coffee table or display shelf in your beautiful coastal home. It’s got some of Willard’s most iconic watercolor and oil paintings and some never-before-seen ones too. Get your copy at the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery – 110 Dock St, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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.


St. Patrick’s Weekend Guide

This weekend looks a bit brisk and perfect for the biggest parade in Annapolis. Whether you want to see fantastic bands, creative parade floats, or just know who pours the best Guinness in town, we gotcha covered with our St. Patrick’s Weekend Guide. Check it out!

The first Watermark cruise of 2024 ⛴️

What’s a surefire sign spring is near? Watermark cruises! Step aboard the iconic Harbor Queen this weekend for her first cruise of 2024. It’s Watermark’s classic 40-minute narrated cruise of the Annapolis Harbor and Naval Academy. Cruises depart from City Dock every hour from 11 AM to 6 PM. Get tickets!

Theater Talk Tuesday

The Elixir of Love at the Annapolis Opera
Fall in love with opera (no potion needed) with this ‘80s-set romantic comedy about TV stars dealing with backstage drama and a doctor who prescribes a magic elixir that could make it right. Performed in Italian with English subtitles. Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

The Baker’s Wife at Colonial Players
Bread and romance (two of our favorite things) come together in this musical by Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked. It opens this weekend and runs through March 30 at Colonial Players of Annapolis — 108 East Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at Compass Rose Theatre
Kids vie for the title of spelling bee champ all while singing out their personal woes in this Tony-winning comedic musical. It’s showing March 15–April 28. Plus, we hear it has guest VIP cameos throughout its run and Scoop publisher Ryan Sneddon is one of them on March 24. Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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3 SMOB finalists

Three rising AACPS seniors are finalists to be Anne Arundel County’s Student Member of the Board of Education.

🌟 Miguel Castañeda, Severna Park HS
🌟 Hafsa Hamdaoui, Crofton HS
🌟 Divine Kainessie, Glen Burnie HS

After being elected by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC), Governor Wes Moore will appoint the student to a 1-year term. They get an $8k college scholarship and some serious experience; Anne Arundel’s student board member is the only one in the country with full voting rights. The finalists will debate live at 6:30 PM on April 4. CRASC delegates will vote later that month.

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66 🌡️ 48 | ☀️ | 0% | 💨 W 12 mph (10 knots)


66 🌡️ 50 | ⛅ | 3% | 💨 WSW 8 mph (7 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 47ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
Brian Boru | Ray Weaver | 6–9 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Davy Knowles & Jeffrey Gaines | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM


49 West | Pam & Paula Classical Duo | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Mark O'Dell | 6–9 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Loose Change | 6–9 PM
The Point | Jordan | 5–8 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | George Jano | 9 PM

Past results

Women's Basketball (14-17)
3/11 @ Colgate | L 69–64
Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal

Women's Tennis (14-5)
3/11 vs. Princeton | L 0-7
3/11 vs. Butler | W 4–3

Baseball (7-8)
3/12 @ Delaware State | 3 PM

Men's Golf (0-1)
3/12-13 @ Grand Canyon Invitational

Women's Swimming & Diving
3/12-13 @ NCAA Zone A Diving Championship

Men's Swimming & Diving
3/12-13 @ NCAA Zone A Diving Championship

Women's Tennis (14-5)
3/13 vs. Marist | 11:30 AM
3/13 vs. Marquette | 6:30 PM

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