🍦 What's a "shellout?"

World's Largest Diaper Drive, Anne Arundel's new SMOB, Hope on the Horizon...

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Good morning, Annapolis. Happy First of May! This newsletter is dedicated to Elle and Dan Shanahan. They know why.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • World’s Largest Diaper Drive

  • Anne Arundel’s new SMOB

  • Spring’s hottest tickets

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

Annapolis Maritime Museum steps up big time for Annapolis Hope

The coolest thing about Annapolis Hope is seeing our community step up. Businesses have made unsolicited grants (thanks, SpinSheet 🤗). Local businesses have donated portions of sales (Always Ice Cream, Annapolis Candle, Wrabyn, & J. McLaughlin). And now we’re incredibly thankful for the kind folks at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park.

They’re letting us borrow their iconic skipjack, Wilma Lee, on the 1-year anniversary of the tragic triple murder that made Annapolis Hope necessary. The crew is donating their time. Roxana Rodriguez from Caliente Grill is donating food and drinks. And our goal is to raise $20,000 in one beautiful sunset cruise.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park President & CEO Alice Estrada said, “We are thrilled to be able to support the Mireles family through their grief journey and assist in the acquisition of a home to bring them comfort by offering a magical sail aboard our historic skipjack Wilma Lee.”

If you want to help us hit our goal, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Coastal Perfection on the South River

We’ve all heard it. . . location, location, location. Well, this is it.

Not only is this home gorgeous (more on that below), but it’s perfectly situated. By car, you’re on the highways or in downtown Annapolis in mere minutes. By boat, it’s just a quick idle under the Route 2 bridge and you’re on your way. Now back to the home.

It’s a recently custom-built coastal home on a private gated paradise spanning 8,600 square feet across three floors. The smart design is incredibly spacious and perfect for family gatherings. One of the 7 bedrooms even has 6 beds and a play area!

And of course it has all the luxury touches you’d expect – hickory floors, deluxe chef’s kitchen, luxurious primary suite, elaborate millwork, and extra-high ceilings.

Outside, there’s a cozy screened porch, heated saltwater pool, and private pier with a lift and multiple slips.

It’s the perfect home base for the Annapolitan lifestyle. Contact Brad Kappel for a private tour today.


What’s a “shellout?”

You’ve probably never heard the word “shellout.” That’s because the Annapolis Blues invented it. Last year, the Blues and we (their loyal fans) broke the league attendance record not once, but twice! We now hold the #1 and #2 spots with 8,368 and 7,665 respectively. But that’s not good enough.

This season, we’re teaming up with the Blues to smash those records. We want 10,000 people at the home opener and 5,000 season seat holders. So who’s with us? The season officially opens June 1 and we’re a few season seats short. You can grab season seats here. Can’t make every game? Snag individual tickets.

And remember, it’s not olè, it’s Old Bay 🦀

Meet your new SMOB: Hafsa Hamdaoui

AACPS has elected its newest Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB). Hafsa Hamdaoui, a junior at Crofton High School. Her name now goes before Governor Wes Moore for the official appointment. Hamdaoui will be the first SMOB from Crofton HS and plans to focus on equity and mental health.

Interesting tidbit: Anne Arundel County’s SMOB is the only one in the nation with full voting rights, a privilege granted in 1975.

New logo and parade route for Annapolis Pride 🏳️‍🌈

The fourth annual Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival is June 1. This year, the parade follows a new route, starting at City Dock and moving along Main Street to West Street and ending at the intersection of Amos Garrett Boulevard.

A festival will follow on the field behind Maryland Hall. Big (yet still local) names slated for this year are grand marshal Christian Siriano (of Project Runway fame) and festival headliner L. Rodger (from The Voice). And if all that wasn’t enough, Annapolis Pride made a new logo too. More info here.

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Correction: Market at South River Colony

We published some incorrect info about the Market at South River Colony last week. Sorry about that. Here’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The Reliable Group, a local real estate firm, bought 118,000 square feet of the Market at South River Colony in Edgewater last week. George Shenas and Collin Mercier are leasing that, which includes everything but the former K-Mart. The Keith Corporation, a North Carolina real estate firm, bought the former K-Mart space (another 118,000 square feet) in January. Tractor Supply Company is taking 33,000 square feet. Jeff Bach and Joe Botzler from Jones Lang LaSalle are leasing the rest.

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.

Summer is almost here ☀️

… just 50 more nights and it’s officially back. When you’re preparing for the season, don’t forget about your dog! Are their vaccines up-to-date for boarding while you’re on vacation? Are they a healthy weight? Obesity in pets can cause serious (and expensive) problems.

Problems are better (and cheaper) prevented rather than solved. But veterinarians tend to get slammed during summer. So now’s the perfect time to make sure you have one you trust. Lucky for you, Western Shore Veterinary Hospital is welcoming new clients and we know you’ll love their team.


May Day Flowers in Annapolis 💐

We’ve had enough April showers. It’s time for May flowers! Stroll through downtown Annapolis today to see many homes and businesses with excellent displays of fresh flowers. This is part of a competition judged by the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne, but it’s also just a fantastic nearly 70-year-old Annapolis tradition. We can’t wait to see what you dream up. Fill out this form if you want us to photograph your basket!

Don’t miss these tickets! 🎟️🎟️

Grab your favorite credit card. General admission tickets to Bands in the Sand AND Paca Girlfriends Party go on sale today. Bands in the Sand at 9 AM. Paca Girlfriends at 10 AM.

Paca Girlfriends is June 12 from 6–9 PM and has anything a gal could want: shopping, bubbly, delicious food, garden views. . . . Tickets support Historic Annapolis.

Bands in the Sand (hold the “s” on “Sand” or Ryan gets 😠) is June 8 from 5:30–10 PM. Tickets include all-you-can-eat cuisine on the beach, an open bar, and raw oysters. Tickets support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

St. John’s College Summer Academy for High Schoolers 📚

Contrary to popular opinion, summer is one of the best times for learning. And this summer, high school students ages 15–18 can get a taste of college life at St. John’s College’s Summer Academy. Week-long sessions start June 23. Your teens will truly think like Johnnies thanks to the discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching great books. Apply today.

World's Largest Diaper Drive for Maryland 👶🏻

This stat blew my mind. Before being potty trained, babies use about 7,000 diapers. Sadly, 1 in 2 families struggle to provide diapers for their kids. So for the second year, Annapolis-based Walk the Walk Foundation has joined diaper banks across the USA to collect 2 million diapers for families in need this May.

How to help:

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.


Need someone to watch over your home while you are away this summer?

Look no further Annapolis Home Concierge. Their mission is to safeguard and maintain your home when you’re not there! Let them be your eyes and ears so you can enjoy your time away worry-free. Serving second homeowners, long-term vacationers & snowbirds. Services include regular home checks, handyman services, pre-post storm checks, contractor/vendor liaison and concierge services by request. Contact them today for a FREE quote.*

Blue Angels Viewing Cruise

Cruise the Chesapeake on the historic skipjack Wilma Lee for Blue Angels Flight Rehearsal and Demonstration! Join us on Tuesday, May 21st, and Wednesday, May 22nd, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Tickets include a boxed lunch from Bread and Butter, aerial views, a relaxing cruise, and 2 free tickets for tasty booze. Reserve your spot now!*

Ready for your no demo Reno?

Do you love your cabinets, but think they could use a refresh? Cabinet refinishing is one of Blue Star Paint & Property’s specialties. You can update the look of your kitchen by simply changing the color of your cabinets. Blue Star can bring your light and bright or dark and moody vision to life. Visit Blue Star’s website to set up a free estimate for your kitchen cabinets.*

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80 🌡️ 60 | 🌤️ | 15% | 💨 NNE 8 mph (7 knots)


84 🌡️ 62 | ☀️ | 6% | 💨 SSW 9 mph (8 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 64ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | Dave Chappell and Friends | 5–7 PM
Brian Boru | Larry Lay | 6–9 PM
Galway Bay | Irish Trad Music Session | 8 PM
Killarney House | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Aaron Hawkins | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Madisun Bailey | 6–9 PM
The Point | Alex Peters | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Alan Doyle | 8 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | The Bards | 9 PM


49 West | Jeff Antoniuk & Helluvaband | 7:30–10 PM
Brian Boru | Ted Garber | 6:30–9:30 PM
Dark Horse | b.en & the b.and | 9 PM
Killarney House | Chris Durm | 6–9 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Devaney | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Kavoossi | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Margaret Glaspy w/ Ryan Lerman | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Victoria & Steve | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Trophy Room | Sparks & McCoy | 7–10 PM

Past results

Men's Lacrosse (9-6)
4/30 vs. Loyola | W 12–10 | Patriot League quarterfinals

Baseball (25-19)
5/1 @ Virginia | 6 PM

Women's Lacrosse (14-3)
5/2 vs. Holy Cross | 7 PM | Patriot League semifinal

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