🍦The Turbulator

Rotary college scholarships, whiskey tastings, Boards and Bubbly...


Good morning, Annapolis. About 15% of the American workforce plans to be late or skip work entirely today because of the Super Bowl. Lucky for you, we are the 85%.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Rotary college scholarships

  • Whiskey/Wine tasting

  • Boards and Bubbly

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon


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Turbulator takes to the local waterways

The Terminator was an ‘80s action flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the turbulator is just as cool. It’s a jacuzzi-sized tank with the power to separate seeds from underwater plants so vegetation can grow more abundantly. And it’s the newest secret (or maybe not-so-secret) weapon the Arundel Rivers Federation uses to fight the decline of submerged aquatic vegetation (aka SAV).

SAV used to be pretty plentiful throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, but there’s been less and less of it over the past 70 years. Not good, because grass beds serve all kinds of purposes, from providing habitats for aquatic life to protecting shorelines from erosion to sequestering carbon.

Arundel Rivers is working with AACC’s Environmental Center and Maryland DNR to build the turbulator.

College scholarships available

Graduation is getting closer and seniors are committing to colleges. 🎓 And the Annapolis Rotary wants to lighten some of the financial burden for local students who’ve been committed to community service. Four scholarships of $2,500 will go to graduating seniors from zip codes 21401, 21403, 21409, 21144, and 21032. But don’t hold off — applications are due by April 15! Find more info and download an application here.

Heads up: City offices closed for Presidents Day

Presidents Day is one week away. That means city government offices are closed and Annapolis Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule. Pip Moyer Rec Center will be open for its regular schedule. Trash and recycling collection will also continue as normal. Oh, and be sure to wish happy birthdays to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They’d be turning 292 and 252, respectively. 🎂

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Musical Monday

We’ve got two great live music performances coming up this week you won’t want to miss:

1960s Cabaret: THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE at Classic Theatre of Maryland
This costumed and choreographed revue brings together the greatest hits of the 1960s featuring Classic Theatre of Maryland’s resident cabaret artists and the house band, the Unified Jazz Ensemble.

String of Pearls at Maryland Hall
This jazz musical follows two runaway sharecroppers escaping from a plantation and the life they build in the years afterward. Come for the show and stay for a discussion with local cultural leaders.

Wine or whiskey? Why not both? 🥃 🍷

Two distinct tastings are on the calendar at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse next week. First up is a visit from filmmaker/showrunner-turned-winemaker Rich Frank, who’s bringing his world-class Cabernet and Chardonnay from Napa to Annapolis. Taste it either February 21 or 22 at 6:30 PM by booking here.

Then there’s a tasting with the award-winning Bardstown Bourbon Company, which has the distinction of being the first Napa Valley-style bourbon on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. No need to travel to either Napa or Kentucky when you can sample it in Annapolis on February 22 at 6:30 PM. Book tickets here.

Don’t miss Boards & Bubbly

Charcuterie boards are all the rage. Learn how to level up your boards at an upcoming Boards & Bubbly workshop hosted by Cait’s Cheese and The Big Cheese. You’ll get first-hand training in creating thoughtfully made charcuterie boards while sipping on some bubbly. Only a few spots remain for upcoming themed events: Easter Boards (March 26) and Springtime Boards (April 16). Sign up here.

Sign up now: Run for the Light House

Lace up those shoes and get training! 👟 The annual Annapolis Run for the Light House is set for September 15 and registration is officially open with unbeatable early pricing on each race (half marathon, 5k, 1.25-mile walk). Prices go up midway through the summer so make your plans now to take part in this popular tradition. Get registration info here.

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.


⚖️ City Council meeting

On the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting:

  • City Council Nominations to Boards, Commissions, and Committees

  • Eastport and Maritime Operations Work Group

  • Annapolis Ahead 2040 (comprehensive plan)

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM (2/12) in City Council Chambers — 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online.

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47 🌡️ 39 | 🌧️ | 77% | 💨 ENE 6 mph (5 knots)


45 🌡️ 35 | 🌧️ | 49% | 💨 NNW 14 mph (12 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 42ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Songwriter Series | 7:30–10:30 PM


49 West | Unified Jazz Ensemble | 7–9:30 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Naptown Brass Band | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | b.en | 7 PM


Past results

Women's Basketball (8-14)
2/10 @ Army | L 70–58

Men's Basketball (8-15)
2/10 @ Army | L 69–67

Men's Gymnastics
2/10 @ All-Academy Championship | 2nd of 3 teams

Men’s Hockey (8-13–2)
2/9 vs. Stevenson University | W 5–2
2/10 vs. Towson University | W 4–3

Women's Lacrosse (1-0)
2/9 vs. #24 Duke | W 10–9

Men's Lacrosse (2-0)
2/10 vs. Hofstra | W 16–8

Rifle (9-9)
2/10-11 @ The Citadel | W 4710–4612

Men's Squash (13-14)
2/9 vs. Drexel | L 9–0
2/10 vs. MIT | L 6–3
2/11 vs. Dickinson | W 5–4

Women's Tennis (7-2)
2/11 vs. George Mason | W 7–0
2/11 vs. George Washington | W 6–1

Men's Tennis (10-2)
2/9 @ Pennsylvania | L 7–0
2/9 @ Pennsylvania | L 7–0
2/10 vs. LIU | W 4–3
2/10 vs. Youngstown State | W 5–2

Women's Golf
2/12–13 @ Sea Best Intercollegiate

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