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Annapolis Pride events, City Council daycare bill, Annapolis Blues Q&A


Good morning, Annapolis. Happy last day of May. Is your May going out like a lamb? Ours feels more like a cheetah. . . .

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Annapolis Pride events

  • City Council proposed bill could ease daycare burden

  • Q&A with the Annapolis Blues

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy early birthdays to Kate Callahan, Ben Irby, and Olivia August! 🎂

The Only Public Waterfront Rooftop in Annapolis

It’s not officially Summer. Not until June 20. But it may as well be. The weather’s warm, rainy April and May are gone, and the Choptank rooftop is open for the season.

Not only is the Choptank the premier dining destination on Ego Alley, it has the only public waterfront rooftop in town. There are over 100 seats with fantastic views all around. Some look towards historic downtown Annapolis. Some look over the harbor and out to the Bay. And a lucky few have both.

Long story short, there’s not a bad seat on the rooftop. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the Choptank’s famous crushes, delicious fresh seafood, and here’s an insider tip: one of the best burgers in town.

Make your reservations now. Because the Choptank rooftop is the place to be this summer.


📣 Major stories of the Week

It was a short week, so we didn’t have quite as much news as normal. Even so, there were a few big scoops we can’t ignore:

  • Let’s Go! Music Fest starts today and goes all weekend. This event at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds brings together big names like Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional along with emerging regional artists and local bands. Get tickets here. And don’t forget to use the code SCOOP for 10% off GA & GA+ tickets!

  • The EZ-Pass scam alert really caught your attention – and for good reason! Maryland’s Attorney General is warning residents that scam text messages are telling people they owe money for unpaid tolls. If you get one of these texts, don’t click on the link and definitely don’t disclose financial info.

  • An upcoming Odor Control Monitoring Findings meeting on June 10 at 6:30 PM will fill Eastport residents in on the source of a smell that’s plagued parts of the community for weeks. The meeting is at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library.

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Annapolis City Council proposed bill could ease daycare burden 👶🏻

For parents on year(s)-long childcare waitlists, finally some good news. On Tuesday, Annapolis City Council introduced legislation to expand where daycare facilities can open.

Democrat Alderman Brooks Schandelmeier sponsored the bill to increase zoning districts where daycares can open, eliminating the need for additional approvals in some areas. It permits daycares in all commercial districts, except industrial ones, while still adhering to state and city standards. The goal is to increase available programs, reduce wait times, and potentially lower childcare costs. Religious institutions would also benefit by applying only to the Department of Planning and Zoning for adding daycare facilities. ($)

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The first line of defense against mosquitoes

Spring is here. Amazing! But also, that means mosquito season is coming up. . . Did you know excellent lawn care is one of the very best ways to prevent these pesky pests? They love living in your grass. 

Lawn Doctor Annapolis’ Yard Armour program is a mosquito’s worst nightmare. Their technicians know all the secret hiding spots and have an arsenal of products and equipment to protect you from the bloodsuckers. And they’re so confident that your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Lawn Doctor also offers fertilization & weed control, aeration, tick control, and perimeter pest control. Also 100% guaranteed. Get your free lawn evaluation today and enjoy outside to the fullest this season.


⚽️ Annapolis Blues Home Opener

Don’t miss the Annapolis Blues season home opener tomorrow (6/1) at 7 PM and help them “Shell Out” 10,000 seats. And you might be wondering: How much of a home field advantage it is playing in Annapolis? It’s one of the questions we asked Blues players this week using your submitted questions. Check out our Q&A to get more insider fan info on your Blues, like what they love about Annapolis and where they get coffee after practice!

Tomorrow the Blues play the DMV Elite FC. Also mark your calendar for home games on June 7 (vs. Alexandria Rough Diamonds), June 16 (vs. FC Frederick), June 29 (vs. VA Beach City), and July 6 (vs. Grove United).

Pride Events: Parade, Festival, and more 🏳️‍🌈

Help bring Pride to Annapolis all month long! We know you know the parade is tomorrow, June 1, starting at City Dock at noon, and here are some more celebrations to check out:

🏳️‍🌈 May 31: Pride Pre-Party, 5–11 PM, The Graduate Hotel Annapolis
🏳️‍🌈 June 1: Festival (Maryland Hall), following the parade until 5 PM
🏳️‍🌈 June 1: Pride After Party, 5–10 PM, Graduate Hotel Annapolis
🏳️‍🌈 June 2: Drag Brunch, 10 AM–2 PM, Graduate Hotel Annapolis
🏳️‍🌈 June 2: Pride Ecumenical Worship Service, 3­–4 PM, Eastport United Methodist Church
🏳️‍🌈 June 5: BIPOC LGBTQIA + History Panel, 6–7:30 PM, Maryland Hall

Bonus fun facts: Annapolis native, fashion designer, and former Project Runway competitor Christian Siriano is the parade grand marshal! Local musician and The Voice contestant L. Rodgers is the Festival Headliner. There’s an interesting intersection as to how Christian is somewhat responsible for L. Rodgers’ shaved head . . . A cool “small world” story!

Apex Commercial Band concert 🎸 🥁

First, we’ll tell you who the Apex Commercial Band is. They’re kids from AACPS’ Apex Arts Magnet Program. Now that you know that, here’s when you can catch them next: on Monday (6/3) at 7:30 PM at Rams Head On Stage!

You’ll also hear special guest and Trinidadian steelpan player Victor Provost. This is the perfect family-friendly event (no booze will be served). Plus you’ll also be showing support for local young musicians! Tickets are only $10.

🗓 Juneteenth Events

Did you know “Juneteenth” is a portmanteau of the words June and nineteenth? On June 19 and all month long, these Annapolis events commemorate the emancipation of the last enslaved Africans in the US. Here are a few of the upcoming events but check out this list for more:

  • AAHPP grant workshop on June 3 at 2:30 PM online (register here). Learn about the $5 million in capital grants available to assist in preserving buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland.

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Street Renaming Ceremony on June 15 at 10 AM – Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD.

  • Annapolis Juneteenth Parade and Festival on June 22 at noon along West Street and Main Street. Join the City of Annapolis in celebrating freedom and liberation.

  • Rhythm and Hues: Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Summer Block Party is on June 29 at noon. Enjoy live music, exhibits, activities, and food. Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD.

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:

  • Pensions

  • General Development Plan & Comprehensive Zoning - Region 4 Plan

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 6 PM at 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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80 🌡️ 66 | 🌥️ | 3% | 💨 ESE 7 mph (6 knots)


78 🌡️ 67 | 🌧️ | 40% | 💨 S 11 mph (10 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 74ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication


49 West | The High & Wides | 7–11 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Sidewalk Soul | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Mixed Business  | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Nikky Stacy Duo | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Hunter Rich | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Chuck Darden | 5–8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Son of Pirates | 9 PM
Great Frogs | Alexander Peters | 4:30–7:30 PM
Killarney House | Levi Stephens | 8–11 PM
Market Space | John Phillips | 7–10 PM
Metropolitan Rooftop | The Leftovers | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern | Loose Ties | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Kevin Pollock | 8–11 PM
Old Stein Inn | Eddie Pasa | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Vicki Roberts Band | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Super Trans AM | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Beatless Band | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Aaron Hawkins | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Ryan Kozel | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Good Talk Russ | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Crayfish | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Michael K | 4-8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Moon Cherry | 9:45 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 4–6 PM
49 West | The Solid Sender Trio | 7:30–10:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Wheelhouse  | 8–11 PM
Bread & Butter Kitchen | Michael K | 10 AM–1 PM
Brian Boru | Lost and Found | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Timothy Bracken | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Mike Miller | 5–8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Sister Midnight  | 9 PM
Dark Horse | Left Of The Dial | 9 PM
Dinner Under The Stars | Soul Journers | 6–9 PM
Great Frogs | Jacob Panic | 1–4 PM
Killarney House | Ciaran Quinn | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern | Mike McHenry Tribe | 9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Devaney Brothers | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Pete Best | 3–6 PM
Pirates Cove | John Luskey | 7–10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Rebound | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | b.en | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Honey Sol | 9:45 PM


Bread & Butter Kitchen | Marilyn Hucek | 10 AM–1 PM
Coconut Joe's | Mike Newberg | 2–5 PM
First Sunday Arts Festival | See lineup | 11 AM–5 PM
Galway Bay | Chris Baldwin | 4–8 PM
Great Frogs | Brandt Dunn | 1–4 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Aaron Hawkins | 12–3 PM
Old Stein Inn | Mike Surratt | 2–6 PM
Pirates Cove | Honey Sol| 2–5 PM
Pirates Cove | Joe Hickey | 6–9 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Tusk | 1 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | Tusk | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Sweet Leda | 3 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Joey Fitz | TBA
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Michael K | 8 PM


Men's Heavyweight Rowing (0-1)
5/31–6/2 @ IRA National Championship

Men's Lightweight Rowing (2-4)
5/31–6/2 @ IRA National Championship

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