🍦How to get on the water with no boat

SERC Summer Programs, County Council Budget Approved, ATC Summer Concerts


Good morning, Annapolis. This is Naptown Scoop. We make reading the news as refreshing as jumping in the pool during a heat wave.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • SERC Summer Program for Teens 🔬

  • County Council Budget Approved 💵 

  • Annapolis Town Center Summer Concerts 🎸 

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon


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How to get out on the water . . . when you don’t have a boat 🚣‍♂️

No boat? No problem! You don’t need your own boat to enjoy the water around Annapolis. We’ve assembled 20+ options to help you get out on our beautiful waterways this summer.

AA County Council Budget Approved 💰

Last week, the Annapolis City Council passed its FY2025 budget. A cool $191 million. Now the Anne Arundel County Council follows suit. They’ve officially adopted the FY25 budget with many key investments in county priorities while maintaining the lowest tax rates in the region. So . . . What’s in the budget? For starters:

  • Protecting our Communities: Raising the starting salary for police officers to the highest level in MD and offering an ample pay package to current officers. Training 70 new firefighter recruits too. 👮‍♀️ 👩‍🚒

  • Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders: A 3% cost-of-living teacher pay adjustment, supporting pre-K provider programs, and a new middle school athletics program. 🍎 ⚽️

  • Safeguarding our Environment: Funding for staff at the soon-to-open Jug Bay Emory Waters Nature Preserve. And expanding River Days Festivals (free public water access for families) to 5 locations. 🌎

More details on our county’s FY25 budget are available at aacounty.org/fy25budget.

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Tri-State Marine opens Eastport showroom 🚤

Tri-State Marine, our local Grady White & Parker dealer, has opened a new showroom in Eastport at 222 Severn Avenue. It’s HUGE. At 5200 square feet, it’s the only indoor boat showroom of its kind in Annapolis. Want to take your boat out to look at other boats? You can do that here too (or a water taxi), since it backs right up to Spa Creek. Their hours are 8:30 AM–5:30 PM Mon-Fri, and 8 AM–3 PM Saturday.

Fun fact: Dave Gendell, a local historian and author, gave us the lowdown on this unique location. The building was purpose-built in 1941–42 so that the Annapolis Yacht Yard could build 70-foot wooden Patrol Torpedo Boats for Allied Forces during WWII. In 1947, the building changed hands and became the Trumpy Yacht Yard which specialized in luxury yachts. Most recently, it housed a company called Backyard Boats which specialized in kayaks and small sailboats.

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Music Matters! The ASO Brings More Music, to More Places, for More People 🎵

For a small town, Annapolis has a world-class symphony orchestra. It just completed a massively successful season. And now, it’s time to look forward to another.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce Season 63.

Season 63 is about so much more than music. It commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. And it celebrates the 20-year tenure of Artistic Director José-Luis Novo and his commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Season 63 is a testament to why Music Matters, including the ASO's commitment to expand access to the performing arts.

Subscriptions are available now and include great savings, guaranteed seats, and early access to special concerts. Click here to learn more.


Theater Talk Tuesday

CTM presents The Miser
Classic theater feels a lot more approachable when it’s performed in the outdoor courtyard at Reynolds Tavern, as Classic Theatre of Maryland does every year. This time around it’s The Miser, Moliere’s comedy about a nasty miser and his household trying to get one over on him. See it tonight at 7:30 PM or any Tuesday throughout June, July, and August (no performances July 16 or August 20).

SERC Summer Program for Teens 🔬

Calling all teen science enthusiasts! Explore hot topics with real scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) this summer. The Marine Biology session is this Saturday (6/22) from 10 AM to noon at the Reed Education Center (647 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater, MD). Teens will collect data, identify bay marine organisms, and examine biodiversity in the Rhode River using microscopes, oyster cages, and seining nets. Ages 13-16 welcome (an adult must join each teen). Hurry and register because they cap this free program at 12 teens. To register, email [email protected].

P.S. Check out these other workshops and register ahead: July 6 (Watershed Ecology), July 20 (Sharks Biology), and August 3 (Forest Ecology).

Outdoor concerts? Yes please!

Picture this: It’s a beautiful summer Friday evening. You gather with people from all over town and bring a folding chair or blanket to spread out on the grass. You grab dinner from a food truck and an adult beverage from a cute trailer, all while listening to some great music as the sun goes down. Are you vibing with this? 🎶

Great. Because that happens on the first and third Fridays of every month at the Annapolis Town Center. Now through the end of September, stop by the Town Center’s Boathouse Pavilion in the East Village (located next to P.F. Chang’s) between 6–8 PM on select Fridays for family-friendly entertainment.

🍔🍹 Be sure to come hungry and thirsty, because there are plenty of takeout options available. Plus, Vintage Views Mobile Bar will be on the scene to serve fancy drinks.

June 21: Original Moonlighters (Motown Hits)
July 5: Weird Science (‘80s Pop Hits)
July 19: Justin Taylor Band (Country Rock & Roll)
August 2: Moran Tripp Band (Rock)
August 16: JPARIS Band (Classic Rock, Punk, Alternative)
September 6: Dan Heely Band (Blues, Soul, Funk)
September 20: Lower Case Blues (Blues, Rock, and Funk)

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Board of Ed FY2025 Budget 🍎 🗓️

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County will discuss and adopt its final FY2025 operating and capital budgets at tonight’s meeting. The public can attend, but normal space limitations apply in the Board Room of the Parham Building (2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD). The budget charts the course for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2024. No wonder they need to finalize plans! A complete agenda for the meeting is here. The general session of the meeting will broadcast live on AACPS-TV and AACPS’ YouTube channel and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

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86 🌡️ 69 | 🌤️ | 4% | 💨 SSE 13 mph (10 knots)


85 🌡️ 70 | 🌥️ | 10% | 💨 SSE 11 mph (10 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 77ºF
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 and Co | 6–9 PM
Maryland Hall | Corinne Bailey Rae  | 8 PM | Tickets
Pirates Cove | Josette & Bill | 6–9 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM


49 West | Dave Chappell & Friends | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Dinner Under The Stars | Wendall Live | 6–10 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Middleton Tavern | Michael Waskey | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Mixed Business | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Kristi Allen | 6–9 PM
The Point | Aaron Hawkins | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Tall Heights | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Ray Weaver | 6 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Brett Buehler | 9:30 PM


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