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Lax is back, Black History Month, local flowers for Valentine's...


Good morning, Annapolis. Congratulations to everyone who made it through Dry January. If you’re continuing, just know February is one day harder this year.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Black History Month

  • Lax is back

  • Where to get Valentine’s flowers

Let’s dive in.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to Colleen Carter! 🍰

Meet the star of One Tree Hill 👀

Gilmore Girls, A Cinderella Story, One Tree Hill. . .  What do all of these have in common?

Chad Michael Murray! And he’s coming to Westfield Annapolis on February 3rd. From 12:30–3 PM you’ll have the chance to meet him in CPK Court (across from California Pizza Kitchen) and ask him anything you want!

Chad recently wrapped filming for Netflix’s Mother of the Bride and season 2 of Sullivan’s Crossing so there’s plenty to talk about. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of TV’s most loved stars!


Hey extroverts – Scoop’s hiring a sales rep.

Must haves:

  1. Excellent communication skills

  2. Could sell gasoline to a Tesla driver

  3. Confidence. This role is 100% commission-based

What the heck happened on the Bay Bridge last weekend?

A blue 2018 Honda Civic. That’s the car officials believe may have contributed to the crash that shut down the Westbound Bay Bridge on Saturday morning. Thick fog cover was indeed a factor, but MDTA police believe this blue Honda was speeding and driving erratically, so it may bear some liability. If you saw the car on westbound 50 Saturday between 7:30–45 AM, call 443-454-8703.

Investigators are currently rebuilding the entire crash scene – standard practice for an accident like this. But their findings will take months to come out.

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Where to get flowers this Valentine’s Day?

You know Scoop loves local so if you order from 1-800-Flowers for Valentine’s Day, just don’t tell us. Instead, we suggest supporting an Annapolis-grown business like Dandelions Flower Stand. You can order right here on this Google Form or thanks to Danie’s partnership with Rise Up Coffee, grab a bouquet at the self-serve stand at Rise Up Coffee on Somerville Road February 10–14.

Btw, who do you think is Danie’s favorite Raven? Zay Flowers. Yep. Even after last weekend 😭

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Black History Month

Today is the first day of Black History Month. We’ll share more as the month goes on, but here are five things you may want to add to your calendar. Stop by the Busch Library on West Street on these Tuesday evenings between 5:30–8 PM for events focused on a specific aspect of Black history in Annapolis.

February 6: Protecting and Promoting Black Culture and History with a focus on African American Preservation and Tourism

February 13: Black Art Matters in Annapolis

February 20: The Future Black of Annapolis

February 27: Black Business Legacy

While you’re there, you’ll enjoy complimentary refreshments and small plates provided by a local Black chef or catering company. And you’ll take home a gift bag courtesy of the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area.

It’s also the Banneker-Douglass Museum’s 40th anniversary this month!

On February 24, there’s an opening reception for the REVISIT/REIMAGINE Exhibition. You’ll be one of the first to see the exhibit and hear from its artists. The exhibit highlights nationally and locally recognized civil rights leaders and works from contemporary Maryland artists. If you miss the reception, don’t worry – the exhibit is there until January 2025.

Tune in to the USNA Ship Selection

Don’t forget that 250 soon-to-be USNA graduates are selecting their first ship and homeport tonight at 6:15 PM. Even though this milestone isn’t open to the public, you can still watch — it’s going to be live-streamed on YouTube.

Pregame kids clinic before Navy Women's 🏀 game

Sporty kids rejoice. There’s a pregame clinic for kids with the Navy Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Golf, Women’s Rugby, and Volleyball teams before the Navy Women’s Basketball game this Saturday (2/3) from 2­–3:20 PM. The clinic is $15 and includes a game ticket and concession voucher. Buy here with the promo code NGWSD. Parking is $10 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and includes a shuttle ride to and from Alumni Hall.

Weekend Preview

Who said anything about winter doldrums? The first weekend in February is looking like an exciting one. Here’s what’s on:

ASO performs Raging Fire
The latest installment of Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks series is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM. You’ll hear the music of Sibelius and Tchaikovsky along with that of contemporary Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen. See it at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Polar Bear Plunge
This much-loved tradition to benefit Special Olympics Maryland is set for Saturday. Warm-hearted thrill-seekers will bear the cold waters of the Bay to raise money and awareness for a great cause. There’s still time to register and fundraise and join the fun at 11 AM, 1 PM, or 3 PM at Sandy Point State Park – 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409.

Few of the Many Awards Ceremony
A group of remarkable Black artists from Anne Arundel County are set to receive accolades from County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Caucus of African American Leaders as part of the Few of the Many Awards ceremony. As a signature part of Black History Month in Annapolis, these awards recognize local changemakers and trailblazers. The ceremony takes place Sunday at 5 PM at Maryland Hall – 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

St. John’s Bell Ringing
If you hear bells in the middle of the night Saturday, you’re not going crazy. Well, you could be. But you’re not hear-llucinating. That’s just the Johnnies celebrating! Tradition dictates that once they’ve turned in their senior essays, each student gets 1 celebratory peal on the McDowell Hall bell between midnight and 1:30 AM.

✅ “Fun fact. . . sadly, they don’t pull on a heavy rope and swing from the rope’s end. Instead, they punch a button.” - Taylor Waters, Director of Student Services @ St. John’s College

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51 🌡️ 41 | 🌤️ | 11% | 💨 SW 9 mph (8 knots)


47 🌡️ 34 | ☁️ | 22% | 💨 NNW 12 mph (10 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 40ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Jeff Antoniuk Quartet | 7:30–10 PM
Brian Boru | Ted Garber | 6:30–9:30 PM
Copper Creek Pub & Ale House | Open Mic Night | 8–10 PM
Killarney House | Kristi Allen | 6–9 PM
Market House | Suzy Lenox & Alex G Lee | 6 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Trophy Room | Sparks & McCoy | 7–10 PM
Vibe | Open Mic Night | 7–11 PM


49 West | Tom Mitchell | 8–10:30 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Rick’s Revolving Door | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Doug Segree | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Michael McHenry Tribe | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Nate and Jim | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Timothy Bracken | 8 PM
Great Frogs | Black Rhinoceros | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Ciaran Quinn | 8–11 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Meerkat Nation | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Pete Best | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | G. Love | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | The Shatners | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Chris Sacks | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Step Down | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Mike Heuer | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Red Betty & the Ruckus | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Dudeist Priests | 8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Russ & Friends | 9:45 PM

What’s the best thing about February?

It means lacrosse season is back. Navy men’s lacrosse opens the 2024 season Saturday at home Saturday against Mount St. Mary’s so it’s a perfect time for our Anchors Aweigh Podcast team to interview head coach Joe Amplo. Co-hosts Pete Medhurst and Bill Wagner also talk men’s and women’s basketball and preview four upcoming Army-Navy Star competitions. Check it out!

Past results

Women's Basketball (7-13)
1/31 vs. Lehigh | W 62–46

Men's Basketball (8-12)
1/31 @ Lehigh | L 77–65

Men's Squash (12-9)
2/2 @ Chatham | 7 PM

Men's Tennis (4-0)
2/2 vs. Rider | 1 PM & 6 PM

Wrestling (6-5)
2/2 vs. Lock Haven | 7:30 PM

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