🍦St. Patrick's Day pre-game

Annapolis Running Festival, Macaron sale, Putnam County Spelling Bee...


Good morning, Annapolis. To borrow a line from my friend Phil’s voicemail, “Have a WOW day!”

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Annapolis Running Festival

  • Macarons

  • Spelling 🐝 

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Annapolis Running Festival returns for year 2

Scoop social media manager Maddie Smith at the 2023 Annapolis Running Festival

Clear the streets! 3,300 runners will compete in the second Annapolis Running Festival this Saturday. The runners are visiting Annapolis from 38 states – up from 28 last year. There were three races to choose from – a 5k, 10k, and a half-marathon.

The half-marathon and 10k start at 7 AM. The 5k starts at 7:15 AM. After the races, Celebration Village at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will have live music, food and drink, and more until 1 PM. There will even be a fire pit for burning socks!

Roads along the course will have rolling closures during the race. Visit annapolisrunfest.com for additional info.


At Morabito Family Dental, we’re always game for a good clean joke. We’re all about a good clean smile too! 

As you sweep out your garage & dust off your shelves this spring, don’t forget about your teeth. Visiting the dentist for your regular cleaning is an important step in maintaining great oral health.  Oral health does affect your entire body including heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and respiratory problems. Let us help you maintain great oral health.  If you want to find out more, contact our office at 443-603-9000.

Most insured patients pay nothing for their cleaning & we offer great payment plans for uninsured patients that outcompete many of the leading insurance plans. With hours from 7 AM to 8 PM & on Saturdays, you’ll be able to schedule an appointment at a time that works for you. Schedule an appointment today.

We’re proud of our commitment to the Annapolis community. We look forward to smiling, laughing & working with you soon.


Guest stars in the The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Compass Rose Theatre is putting on a unique show this spring. It’s called The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and it’s extra fun for two reasons: audience participation and VIP spellers. VIP spellers are familiar faces from town. They include Maryland Hall Executive Director Jackie Coleman, William Rowell from the City of Annapolis, Naptown Scoop Publisher Ryan Sneddon, and many more. The show runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from March 15 to April 28. Click here for tickets!

P.S. I’m spelling in the Sunday matinee on March 24 — Ryan

DPW’s interactive lead pipe map

We’ll spare you the scary “Do you think you have lead in your pipes?” because the answer is probably no. But per federal law, utility agencies still have to inventory lead pipes in home service lines. So if you’re curious about what the pipes look like around your neighborhood, you can check out this handy new interactive map. FYI: Anne Arundel County banned lead pipes in 1936, so it’s had a while to replace all of them.

65 years of teaching sailing on the Bay ⛵

Have you ever worked at or patronized the Annapolis Sailing School? Well, they’re celebrating their 65th anniversary with a voyage down memory lane and they need your help. No matter how you were involved, Annapolis Sailing School wants your stories for a special project. Some questions to get you started. . . .

✅ When did you sail with them?
✅ Did you make any friends?
✅ Do you still sail?
✅ Do you have photos from your time?

If you’ve got a story to share, submit it online or email it to [email protected].

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📸 @jarvinphotography | 📍Sandy Point State Park

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Macaron Sale 🇫🇷

Raise your hand if you love you some sweets. 🙋‍♀️ Or, if eating macarons makes you feel fancy. 🙋‍♀️ Sweet Hearts Patisserie is celebrating 12 years in business with a rare sale. They’re offering boxes of 15 macarons for $26 this Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM. If you’ve never heard of Sweet Hearts, prepare to have a new favorite sweet shop. 1410 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403.

InGrano On Main ☕️

2024 is InGrano’s year. First, they took over Flamant’s old space in West Annapolis and opened a fine dining restaurant. Now, they’re opening a DTA location. DTA = downtown Annapolis btw. We don’t know much but we do know it will have café bites and craft coffee and be located at 16 Church Circle. While we wait, don’t forget about the original InGrano at 302 Harry S. Truman Parkway.

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Parenting is hard. But we’re all in it together.

At St. Anne’s School, we know it takes a village and whole lot of laughter to navigate the challenging, rewarding, and nuanced parenting journey. We view ourselves as part of that village and partner with parents through our free Parent Education Series. On Tuesday, March 19 at 8:30am, all are invited to hear Connie Coker, Head of School at St. Anne’s School, and Dr. Charles Parmele, Pediatrician at Annapolis Pediatrics, discuss parenting, and in particular, strategies for raising an child adult. Pulling from concepts outlined in Julie Lythcott-Haims New York Times Bestseller How to Raise an Adult, Mrs. Coker and Dr. Parmele will discuss the cultural shift towards “overparenting,” along with strategies for raising self-reliant, happy humans. Reading Lythcott-Haims’s book is not a prerequisite, but if you’re so inclined, feel free to grab a copy at your local bookstore, on Amazon, or listen to the audiobook on Audible or Spotify.

Join us for a chat (and some laughs) by registering here for this free Parent Education Session.


International Women's Day Breakfast 🍳 🥞 🥓

There’s no better way to spend International Women’s Day this Friday (3/8) than breaking bread with the Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s Ladies of Commerce. It’ll be a great morning of breakfast, giveaways, and networking. Plus you’ll get to see AND Creative’s beautiful new space on Chinquapin Round Road. Breakfast is open to all, not just Chamber of Commerce members. Click here to register.

St. Patrick’s Day pre-game

Seems like everyone’s go-to way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is. . . drinking. We’re not sure why. Anyhow. . . join the 2nd Peake Irish Experience this Saturday from noon to 6 PM at various bars around downtown Annapolis. Drinks and food specials abound. Get the full schedule and details.

Weekend Preview

🏒 Hockey for Heroes
This 24-hour hockey tournament starts Friday at 6 PM and goes until Saturday at 6 PM. Teams of all ages are competing to raise awareness and money for veteran-focused nonprofits. Stop by any time to watch at no cost. McMullen Hockey Arena, 64 Greenbury Point, Annapolis, Maryland 21402.

👶 Baby & Kid’s Spring Consignment Sale
Annapolis Mothers of Multiples has everything you need for your littles, including clothing, gear, and toys. Stop by the seasonal consignment sale this Saturday any time between 8 AM–1:30 PM. Select items are half-price after noon — 335 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, Maryland 21146.

🍺 Green Beer Races
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with the Eastport Democratic Club’s annual Green Beer Races this Saturday from 1–6 PM. There’s live music, food, family-friendly activities, and, of course, the signature races – with green beer for adults and Kool-aid for kids. Eastport Democratic Club, 525 State Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21403.

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.



59 🌡️ 45 | ⛅ | 15% | 💨 N 11 mph (10 knots)


56 🌡️ 42 | ⛅ | 7% | 💨 E 7 mph (6 knots)

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



49 West | Jeff Antoniuk & Helluvaband | 7:30–10 PM
Brian Boru | Ted Garber | 6:30–9:30 PM
Dark Horse Annapolis | ilyAIMY | 8:30 PM
Killarney House | Jennifer Schimpf | 6–9 PM
Market House | Suzy & Alex G Lee | 6–9 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Bryan Ewald | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Rome & Duddy w/ Brandon Hardesty | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse| PJ & Neal | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM
Trophy Room | Sparks & McCoy | 7–10 PM
Vibe | Open Mic Night | 7–11 PM


49 West | Shep Tullier Band | 7:30–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Arcade | 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 | Naptown Nights | 8 PM
Galway Bay | Ciaran Quinn | 7–10 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Pete Best | 8–11 PM
Market House | Local Songwriter Trio | 7:45–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Lower Case Blues | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Meerkat Nation | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Kruger Brothers w/ Jacob Panic | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | BoRoy | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Nate Finn | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Kristi Allen | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Shift Work | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | George Evans | 8–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Moon Dog | 9:45 PM
Vibe | Michael McHenry Tribe | 9 PM


March Madness is nearly here. But before the big dance, it’s time for the conference tournaments. Navy’s men started the postseason right by beating Loyola in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament on Tuesday. Navy Athletics insiders Pete Medhurst and Bill Wagner gave an in-depth review of that game on this week’s Anchors Aweigh Podcast. They also previewed tonight’s quarterfinal matchup against Boston University.

Bill and Pete interviewed Navy Director of Track & Field Jamie Cook and team captain Brahmir Vick about how Track & Field swept the Patriot League Championships a couple weeks ago. Click here to listen!

Bruins boys basketball season ends

The Broadneck High School boys basketball team had a strong season, but all good things come to an end. The Bruins lost to Bowie on Tuesday in the 4A East Region II Championship. Although Broadneck looked as if it might come back like they did against so many other teams this season, Bowie held strong and won 72–59.

Past Navy results

Baseball (5-7)
3/6 vs Coppin State | Postponed

Women's Basketball (13-16)
3/6 @ Bucknell | W 55–49

Women's Lacrosse (5-1)
3/6 vs. Drexel | L 13–13

Upcoming Navy games & matches

Men's Basketball (13-17)
3/7 @ Boston University | 7 PM
Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal

Offshore Sailing
3/8 @ Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup | All Day

Men's Squash (15-15)
3/8 @ CSA National Collegiate Individual Championship | TBA
3/8 @ U.S. Intercollegiate Doubles Championship | TBA

Rifle (10-9)
3/8 @ NCAA Championship | 9 AM

Women's Tennis (12-4)
3/7 vs. Georgetown | 1 PM

Men's Tennis (15-7)
3/8 vs. NJIT | 1:30 PM
3/8 vs. Temple | 5 PM

Wrestling (8-6)
3/8 @ EIWA Championship

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