🍦State House lockdown

Elite Eleven, Sock Burning, HERE. a pop-up shop...

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Good morning, Annapolis. Welcome to March. With every day that passes, boat days are getting closer and closer.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Elite Eleven

  • Sock Burning

  • HERE. a pop-up shop

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthday to Jennifer Ginn!

What you want in 4 Church Circle

We had over 100 thoughtful suggestions for restaurants in 4 Church Circle this week. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Here are 2 of the most common and several interesting answers. Remember, there’s room for a restaurant and a bakery/cafe.

  • Black Market Bakers

  • Tatte bakery & cafe

  • “A trendy Mediterranean restaurant with a big bar, great cocktails, small plate concept, fun upbeat atmosphere with good music”

  • “Restaurant where you can create your own burgers, all the toppings, different meat types.”

  • “I would like to see a French restaurant like the Petit Louis Bistro in Baltimore. Excellent food and drinks with a variety of menu options in a warm and welcoming environment. Nothing snooty or expensive because that's not how most French people eat but a true bistro restaurant.”

New pet? New vet.

Two questions. Did you just get a new pet? Or are you looking for a new vet? Look no further than Western Shore Veterinary Hospital. Let me explain why. 

Scheduling an appointment is a breeze – you can call, email, or text. And don't be worried about your pet's previous records, they'll get them for you! 

At Western Shore Veterinary Hospital, getting the best care for your pet is simple and stress-free. Visit www.westernshorevet.com to learn more and get your pet exceptional care today!


Top clicks of the week 🏆

State House lockdown

An unidentified person called the Annapolis PD yesterday afternoon and threatened to shoot up the Maryland State House. This prompted a lockdown of Annapolis’ legislative buildings and a massive police response. No physical threat or anything suspicious was found so the lockdown was lifted around 7 PM.

3 AACPS librarians up for Librarian of the Year 📚

Three AACPS librarians are among 11 finalists for Maryland’s 2024 School Librarian of the Year:

🌟 Teri Nielsen from Waugh Chapel Elementary School
🌟 Amy Young-Buckler from Meade Heights Elementary School
🌟 Christina Zimmerman from Monarch Global Academy

Best of luck ladies! The winner will be announced in May. Kudos to Stacey Phillips of Fort Smallwood Elementary School and Tim Swann of Northeast High School who were nominated but aren’t finalists.

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City honors the Elite Eleven

682 years is a long time in business! That’s exactly how much, cumulatively, these business owners have served our community. The City of Annapolis honored the following 11 Black-owned businesses this week as part of its Black History Month programming.

  • Howard & Betty Fuller of the 710 Bestgate Road business strip

  • George H. Phelps of Phelps Protection Systems, Inc.

  • John T. Chambers of Chambers & Sons Barbershop

  • Frank B. Chambers Sr. of Brick & Stone Masonry

  • Elizabeth Carr Smith & son Joe Smith of J. Smith Bus Company

  • Adell Walker of Charline Marie Beauty Salon

  • John Hunt of Hunt’s Movers

  • Norvaine T. Sharps Sr. of NTS Property Rentals

  • John & Joe Hicks of Hicks Upholstery

  • William Reese of William Reese Funeral Home

City officials presented a citation and an engraved clock to the entrepreneurs Tuesday night at the Busch Library on West Street. ($)

Reminder: HERE. a pop-up shop opens today

Along with being the only place to snag Naptown Scoop’s official swag, HERE. a pop-up shop is the temporary home of nearly 100 local artists this March. The pop-up, which opens several times a year around Annapolis, is open March 1–24 at 1910 Towne Centre Blvd, Suite 120. That’s the former Charm City Running space at Annapolis Town Center; they’ve moved to a bigger location at 87 Forest Plaza, Annapolis, MD 21401.

HERE is open 10 AM–6 PM daily except Sundays when they open at 11 AM.

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.


Burn the socks, bring on spring 🧦🔥

If this week’s warmer temps have you hoping for spring, you’re in good company. Eastport’s unofficial governing body, the MRE, will mark the end of winter with its annual sock burning Saturday at noon at Dark Horse. Bring your smelly winter socks and toss them into the fire to usher in spring weather. Enjoy music from All You Need, $4 dogs on the grill, and a cash bar. 985 Bay Ridge Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403.

🔎 Fact check: The first official day of spring isn’t until March 19. But in Annapolis, spring starts when the socks get burned. The tradition traces its origins back to the 1970s.

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.


⚖️ County Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s County Council meeting:

  • Potentially dangerous, dangerous, and vicious animals

  • General Development Plan – Regions 2 and 7

  • Possession or discharge of firearms

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM Monday in the Arundel Center. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Beyond Surveillance, Choose Annapolis Home Concierge!

Leaving town for the summer? Don't just watch your house from a distance, trust Annapolis Home Concierge to expertly care for your home while you're away. From catching leaks and preventing mold to managing home maintenance, they've got it covered. Your home's safety is their priority. Fully insured, bonded, and background-checked, they’re your trusted home watch pros in Annapolis and beyond. Call 443-807-5010 or click here for a FREE consultation, ensuring peace of mind for your summer adventures!*

2024 Annual Oyster Roast and Sock Burning

Spring is almost here, and with its arrival comes the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park's much-anticipated Annual Oyster Roast & Sock Burning. While tickets are sold out, sponsorship opportunities are still open. Don't miss this Annapolis tradition celebrating community, oysters, and spring. Visit the link to learn more and secure your sponsorship today. A huge thanks to all those who have made a sponsorship commitment. View sponsors here.*

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49 🌡️ 41 | 🌧️ | 3% | 💨 SE 10 mph (11 knots)


55 🌡️ 46 | 🌥️ | 92% | 💨 ENE 8 mph (7 knots)


60 🌡️ 49 | 🌤️ | 20% | 💨 NE 6 mph (5 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 43ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Tom Mitchell with Mike Noonan & John Pineda | 7:30–10:30 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | All You Nee | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Michael McHenry Tribe | 9 PM
Brian Boru | National Bohemians | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Naptown Nights | 8 PM
Killarney House | Poehemia | 8–11 PM
Market House | Alex G | 7–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Noelle and Jeff | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mallow Hill Trio | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Ferro & Friends | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Weight Band | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Mike Miller | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Tavair Dominque | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Brett Buchler | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | The Shatners | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Russ & Friends | 9:45 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 4–6 PM
49 West | Big 3 Trio | 7:30–10:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Rickshaw Lizard | 8 PM
Brian Boru | Lost and Found | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Naptown Nights | 8 PM
Killarney House | Sam O'Hare | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern | Mike Henry Tribe | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Doc Marten & The Flannels | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Frank, Elvis & Raines | 7–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Maysa | 6 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | Maysa | 9 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Wilderflowers | 9 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Sister Midnight | 7 PM


49 West | Gary, Leah & Ahren | 3–5 PM
Brian Boru | Finbar's Flight | 3–6 PM
Galway Bay | Brendan Pelan | 4–8 PM
Killarney House | The Bard & The Bird | 4–7 PM
Market House | Carly Winter | 7–10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Michael Miller | 12–3 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Mallow Hill | 7:30 PM | Tickets


Severna Park boys avenge county basketball championship

South River dominated Severna Park 65–40 last week in the Anne Arundel County boys basketball championship. But the Falcons weren’t bothered by that yesterday. Instead, they calmly conquered South River 54–45 in the 3A East Region I semifinals in South River’s own gym. The boys from Severna Park will now face top seed Stephen Decatur on Tuesday. ($)

Tim Fisher Promoted to Head Diving Coach at Navy ⚓️

Tim Fisher sure is making a splash. After taking Navy’s associate head coach role in 2023, Tim just got promoted to head coach of the men’s and women’s diving programs. And it’s no wonder why. Navy divers claimed 16 of 32 spots at last weekend’s Patriot League Championship. Afterward, Tim was named the 2024 Joe Suriano Patriot League Diving Coach of the Year. Six Navy divers also qualified in 14 events for the upcoming NCAA Championship. Good luck Mids and well done, Tim!

Baseball (3-5)
3/1 vs. Iona | 4 PM
3/2 vs. Iona | 2 PM
3/3 vs. Iona | 1 PM

Men's Basketball (11-17)
3/2 @ American | 2 PM

Women's Basketball (11-16)
3/2 vs. American | 12 PM

Women's Lacrosse (4-0)
3/2 vs. #20 Richmond | 1 PM

Men's Lacrosse (2-2)
3/2 @ Boston University | 1 PM

Women's Rugby (2-5-1)
3/3 @ Frostbite 7s

Men's Rugby (12-0)
3/2 vs. Western Ontario | Noon

Intercollegiate Sailing
3/2-3 @ Old Dominion Spring Women's Team Race
3/2-3 @ Navy Team Race Invitational
3/2-3 @ George Washington Team Race

Women's Soccer (9-7-3)
2/29 @ Towson | 6 PM

Women's Swimming & Diving (6-3)
3/1-3 @ ECAC Championship

Men's Swimming & Diving (8-3)
3/1-3 @ ECAC Championship

Women's Tennis (10-3)
3/1 vs. Liberty | 1 PM
3/2 vs. Drexel | 10 AM
3/2 vs. FDU | 4 PM

Men's Tennis (14-4)
3/1 @ Delaware | Noon
3/1 vs. Coppin State | 5 PM
3/2 @ James Madison | Noon

Women's Triathlon
3/2-3 @ Clermont Draft Legal

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