🍦When's the Herndon Climb this year?

Public school lax playoffs, Rotary Crab Feast, new interactive Black history map...

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Good morning, Annapolis. A Daily Mail article this week said if you’re still using slang like “YOLO”, “vibe”, or “on point”, then you’re “officially old.” Apparently we’re supposed to say “type beat” instead of “vibe.” I think I’d rather just be called old.

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • Public school lax playoffs 🥍 

  • Rotary Crab Feast 🦀 

  • New interactive Black history map 🗺️ 

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon

We get by with a little help from our friends 🩸

And by friends, we mean people who donate blood. Did you know the Anne Arundel Medical Center’s blood bank supports 3,000 people every year? But. . . there is a critical shortage right now so they need some friends. That’s why we’re hosting a blood drive at Always Ice Cream Company in West Annapolis on May 17. Donating takes about 20 minutes and could save up to three lives. I’m not great at math, but that’s a good lives saved to time spent ratio. Click here to grab a spot.

Oh, and everyone who donates gets a scoop of ice cream and a $10 Chessie’s Wharf gift card. Thanks to the Cohen family (Always Ice Cream) and Chris Brohawn (Chessie’s Wharf) for helping us out here.

Double-sided water views

Views are the most important part of waterfront homes. This home nails it. Panoramic views from almost every room, unobstructed creek sunsets, even a 3rd floor lookout tower! It’s not often you find water views from the back and front.

And it’s not just a phenomenal location. It’s a phenomenal home too! The spacious open floor plan flows graciously from gourmet kitchen to living room to great room to outside.

Rounding out the main floor is an office, cozy guest room, and a wet bar. Upstairs, the primary bedroom has a massive bathroom and matching views. And the other bedroom enjoys practically the same views.

Outside, there’s a lovely waterfront patio with a firepit. And just steps out the front door there’s a private, completely protected, deep water pier already equipped with a boat lift and jet ski lift.


New map highlights local Black history 🗺

You’re probably already familiar with Carr’s Beach and Elktonia Beach as famous Black beaches during the mid-20th century. But did you know Sandy Point once had a segregated East Beach? Or do you know the significance of Whitehall Manor? Here’s your chance to learn.

Blacks of the Chesapeake teamed up with the Chesapeake Conservancy to create an interactive digital map of the entire Chesapeake watershed that tells the stories of our region’s Black history. At least 7 are in the greater Annapolis area, but some go as far as New York! Check it out.

Chromebook Giveaway 💻

Tech ain’t cheap. Thankfully, AACPL is committed to closing the digital divide. And their Chromebook Giveaway times well with AACPS’ policy change where taking school-issued Chromebooks home isn’t the default. The next giveaway is May 16 from 1–4 PM at the Busch Annapolis Library on West Street. Only a few spots remain, so register here or spread the word to those who may be eligible.

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Are you cool? Hang this flyer in your business

Will you help us? We’ve got 80 flyers for our Scooping Hope fundraiser with Always Ice Cream Company and we’re looking for 80 businesses to display them. ICYMI: Always Ice Cream Company is donating 20% of their sales on May 15 to Annapolis Hope.

If you’re interested in helping us promote the cause, fill out this form.

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Herndon Climb

It’s never easy being a college freshman. But it’s definitely not easy being a plebe at the Naval Academy. Their first year is brutal. But luckily, its symbolic end is almost here. The Class of 2027 will complete the Herndon Monument Climb on Wednesday, May 15 at 8 AM. That’s when the plebes work together (kind of) to climb a 21-foot stone obelisk covered in lard with one goal: replace the plebe “dixie cup” hat with an upperclassman’s cover. Once they do, they are no longer plebes.

The Herndon Climb is open to the (patient) public; it can take them as long as four hours. Enter through Gate 1 and head towards the Chapel. The iconic event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Tix now available: Rotary Crab Feast 🦀

What’s the best part about going to someone else’s crab feast? You don’t have clean up. You don’t have to set up. You don’t have to do anything but eat crabs. Lots of crabs. All the crabs you want. The Rotary Crab Feast, one of Annapolis’ most popular annual events, returns on August 2 to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. More than 1,000 guests are expected, so don’t wait to get your tickets.

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Every game. Every goal. Every great moment.

I was there for the Annapolis Blues' first goal. I was there when Jacob Murrell's penalty kick won us the conference championship. I was there for every Blues moment last season. Because I'm a proud season seat holder. For the money, there's no better entertainment in town – 6 semi-professional soccer matches and all home playoff games. Not to mention the swag, merch discounts, and buddy tickets. Opening day is June 1 and there’s a private scrimmage this weekend for season ticket holders only! Get your season seats today.*

Join the Chesapeake Boating Club! 

As a member, you will enjoy the thrill of being out on the water while making new friends who share your passion for boating. Benefits include access to a variety of power and sailboats, affordable pricing, boating safety training and education, networking events, and social gatherings with other boating enthusiasts. Don't miss out on the opportunity to enhance your boating experience and be a part of a vibrant community of fellow boaters. Join the Chesapeake Boating Club today!*

50 years of the William Paca Garden 🎉🌷

Wait. Wasn’t the Paca House built in the 1760s? Yes, but. . . At one point, the garden was almost lost forever to a hotel and parking lot. Historic Annapolis (HA) lovingly restored it in the 1970s and has stewarded it ever since. This weekend, HA’s Plant Sale will ensure they can continue critical preservation of Annapolis’ history. And here’s a secret, HA members get early access on Saturday at 9:30 am and a 10% discount. It’s worth joining for that alone! Click here for more info.*

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87 🌡️ 66 | 🌤️ | 16% | 💨 WSW 11 mph (10 knots)


72 🌡️ 58 | ⛈️ | 71% | 💨 E 10 mph (9 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 66ºF
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 | Mixed Business | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Loose Change | 6–9 PM
The Point | Aaron Hawkins | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Al Di Meola | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Dave Tieff | 6 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Mike Heuer | 9 PM


Brian Boru | Ciaran Quinn | 6:30–9:30 PM
Killarney House | Jennifer Schimpf | 6–9 PM
Metropolitan Rooftop | Troll Tribe | 8–11 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | Scotty Pip & Devin B | 7–10 PM
Pirates Cove | Jason Bishop | 6–10 PM
The Point | Dan Haas | 5–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Vienna Teng | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Mike Heuer | 4:30 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Federico | 5 PM


The state of public school lax playoffs 🥍

This former Falcon laxer is feeling proud. Severna Park girls lax beat their rival Broadneck 13–9 to three-peat the county championship on Monday – their 14th since 2000. And championships aren’t the only things coming in threes. Maria Bragg, Francesca Dunoyer, and Erin Hussey each notched hat tricks for the Falcons.

Severna Park’s boys also beat Broadneck for the county championship on Monday, winning 6–5. This feels extra nice not just because it’s the Falcons’ 15th title since 2000, but because it avenges last season’s title loss to Broadneck. –LBM 💙💛

Now the county championships are decided, it’s on to regionals.

  • Boys 3A: South River faces Arundel. Severna Park awaits the winner.

  • Girls 3A: South River faces Oxon Hill. Defending champ Severna Park has a bye and awaits the winner.

  • 4A

    • Girls: Defending champion Broadneck hosts Annapolis High.

    • Boys: Annapolis hosts defending champion Broadneck.

Upcoming Navy games & matches

Women's Golf (1-0)
5/6–8 @ NCAA Bermuda Run Regional

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