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🍦Will we see the solar eclipse in Annapolis?

ASO's new CEO, high school boys lax preview, how's our economy...

Good morning, Annapolis. There will be no Scoop on Monday so our team can spend all day Sunday with their families. Happy Easter to those who celebrate! ✝️

In today’s Naptown Scoop:

  • High school boys lax season preview

  • How’s our economy?

  • Liquor license rules

Let’s get to it.

— Lauren Burke Meyer, Dylan Roche, & Ryan Sneddon


ASO welcomes new CEO

There’s a big new name at the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. The board of trustees recently appointed Dr. Ralph Kuncl as CEO. Dr. Kuncl brings lots of experience from his career at leading research universities, colleges, and nonprofits. He’s widely known in the science community for studying ALS (remember the ice bucket challenge?) at Johns Hopkins University.

He’s also quite the musician. Dr. Kuncl was influential in the growth of California’s second oldest Conservatory of Music as president of the University of Redlands. Closer to home, he performed with the Baltimore Symphony and Washington National Symphony.

Publisher’s note: Ralph (as I call him) also wrote the Naptown Scoop style guide that helps us write these emails in the fun way you’ve come to know and love. Congratulations on the new job!

Will I see the solar eclipse in Annapolis?

Yes but. . .

We won’t be in the epically named path of totality. Only about 87% of our sun will disappear on April 8. Use NASA’s Eclipse Explorer to see exactly when it will happen. If you want the full experience, check these places out:

  • Kerrville, TX. You’ll get 4 minutes and 24 seconds of totality – the longest in the US that’s easy to get to. Fly to San Antonio.

  • Niagra Falls, NY. Only 3 minutes and 31 seconds of totality but how epic. . .

  • Nazas, Durango, Mexico. This is where you’ll get absolute max totality. A whopping 4 more seconds than Kerrville.

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How’s Anne Arundel County’s Economy?

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) just released its Q4 Economic Indicators Report for 2023. It’s 8 pages of graphs, charts, and stats but here are a few highlights. All percentages are compared to Q4 2022.

🏠 Homes: 1,549 sold ⬇️ 6.1%. Median price: $475,000  ⬆️ 9.7%
💼 Unemployment rate: 1.70% ⬇️ from 2.50%
✈️ BWI passengers: 6,804,027 ⬆️ 14.7%
🏨 Hotel tax (based on gross revenue): $5,869,022  ⬆️ 19.6%

AAEDC also identified 369 new and expanding businesses – an 8% increase from 2022.

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Annapolis’ Newest (and nicest and most convenient) Apartments

Doesn’t that look fantastic? That’s an apartment at Aventon Annapolis right off Riva Road. It’s just minutes from shopping and dining at Annapolis Town Center and less than 1,000 feet from the ramp to Route 50 and I-97. So whether you’re commuting or staying local, no location is more convenient.

All 250 pet-friendly apartments are brand new with high-end finishes and thoughtful details. Amenities include a saltwater pool, al fresco dining with community grills, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and too many more to name. They are even offering 1 month rent free!

Aventon is setting a new standard of apartment living in Annapolis. Schedule a tour today and move in tomorrow!


Last call for Egg Hunts 🐣

It’s going to be an egg-citing weekend! There are still four egg hunts left in our Easter Egg Hunt roundup. All of these take your standard egg hunt up a notch and offer bonus activities like Easter Bunny meet and greets, storytime, crafts, treats, and more. So hop to it and have a happy Easter!

Free Shakespeare 🎭

Love a good enemies-to-lovers romcom? The King Williams Players of St. John’s College have you covered this weekend with free performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Watch Beatrice and Benedick feud and ultimately fall for each other on Saturday or Sunday at 7 PM in the Key Auditorium. Entry is free and seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30 PM. 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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⚖️ City/County Council meeting

On the agenda for Monday’s County Council meeting:

  • Potentially Dangerous, Dangerous, and Vicious Animals

  • Outdoor Foodservice

  • Zoning for Small Business Districts

  • See full agenda

The meeting is at 7 PM in the Arundel Center. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to submit testimony or watch online. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

Want to sell beer even if you don’t live here? 🍺

Not a resident? Then you’re not selling alcohol. As Annapolis law currently stands, you need to live in the city if you’re trying to get a liquor license. But now the Annapolis City Council is saying, “Let’s rethink this.” It comes after AG Anthony Brown said a law like this goes against the US Constitution’s Commerce Clause. If this legislation passes, Annapolis will allow non-city residents to obtain liquor licenses, consistent with Maryland law and U.S. law. ($)

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WOW on April 18

Join us for a Wellness House of Annapolis fundraiser party at EYC! Enjoy music with DJ Michael K, fabulous food and great friends. EYC kicks off boating season with WOW (Wellness on the Water). EYC Captains take fun seriously and share their boats and precious moments with people dealing with cancer. Keep WOW and over 35+ Wellness House programs free of charge. Click here for tickets!*

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60 🌡️ 42 | 🌤️ | 1% | 💨 WNW 18 mph (16 knots)


59 🌡️ 51 | 🌧️ | 41% | 💨 SSW 9 mph (8 knots)


63 🌡️ 49 | ⛅ | 15% | 💨 NNW 7 mph (6 knots)


54 🌡️ 48 | 🌧️ | 84% | 💨 E 9 mph (8 knots)

💧🌡️ Water temperature = 48ºF
Temperature readings taken from the mouth of the Severn River the night before publication



49 West | The Blackeyed Susie’s | 8–10 PM
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern | Danger Zone | 8:30–11:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Mozaic | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Hyland Brothers | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Shelby Blondell | 8 PM
Coconut Joe's | Jim Wockenfuss | 5 PM
Coconut Joe's | Crashed Cords | 9 PM
Killarney House | John Luskey | 8–11 PM
Market Space | Hurricane Kevin | 6–9 PM
Middleton Tavern | Pretty Big Deal | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The National Bohemians | 8–11 PM
Old Stein Inn | Pressing Strings | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Levi Stephens | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Eric Hutchinson Band | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Kristi Allen | 8 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Aaron Hawkins | 5 PM
Rams Head Tavern | George Evans | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Mike Heuer | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | JAWD Band | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Nate & Jim | 9:45 PM


49 West | John Jensen | 4–6 PM
49 West | Luke Borchelt | 7:30–10:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Scorpion Rose | 8 PM
Brian Boru | Michael K | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Kieran Lally | 8 PM
Dark Horse | Bootleggers and Baptists | 9 PM
Killarney House | Brandon the Wandering Bard | 8–11 PM
Market Space | Blus Sea Revival | 2–6 PM
Middleton Tavern | Loop Boom | 10 PM
Mother's Peninsula Grille | The Shatners | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Kevin Lee | 8–11 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Steel Wheels | 1 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | Sam Grow | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Poehemia | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern |  Victoria & Steve | 5 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar | Meerkat Nation | 7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Shawn Owen | 5–9 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Moran Tripp | 9:45 PM


Galway Bay | Stephen Henson | 4–8 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Tinsley Ellis | 1 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | Loudon Wainwright III | 7:30 PM | Tickets
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Michael K | 8 PM


49 West | Skribe | 7:30–10:30 PM
Brian Boru | PJ and Neal | 6–9 PM


2024 high school boys lacrosse preview 🥍

Lacrosse in AA County is serious business. The Capital predicts that Broadneck (Class 4A state champions with 17 seniors returning) and Severna Park (Class 3A state champions) will likely remain the kings.

Some players to watch:

  • Broadneck: Braden McCassie (M), Albie Palsa (D), Graham Hartman (FO), Eli Harris (M), and Tyler Hicks (M)

  • Severna Park: Seniors John Burkhardt (M), Tucker Moran (M), Upton Young (D), and Nolan Grizzle (M); juniors Jack Fish (A), and Timmy Sullivan (A)

  • St. Mary’s: Captains Cole Kucinski (M) and Ganon Cope (M); and Steve Schummer (D)

  • South River: Junior and Towson commit Trevor Phipps (A)

  • Severn: 4-year starter Reid Gills (FO)

New coaches are taking the helm at Meade, Arundel, Glen Burnie, Archbishop Spalding, Key, and Severna Park (after 7-straight titles under Coach Dave Earl). ($)

Baseball (14-11)
3/30 vs. Lafayette | 1 PM
3/30 vs. Lafayette | 4 PM
3/31 vs. Lafayette | 1 PM

Women's Golf
3/29–30 @ JEL Intercollegiate at Prospect Bay

Women's Lacrosse (8-3)
3/30 vs. Bucknell| 3 PM

Men's Lacrosse (5-4)
3/30 vs. Colgate | 12 PM

Women's Soccer (9-7-3)
3/29 vs. Maryland | 7 PM

Women's Rowing
3/30 @ Doc Hosea Invitational

Men's Lightweight Rowing (0-1)
3/30 vs. Yale | 5:20 PM

Women's Rugby (2-5-1)
Tropical 7s – Tampa, FL
🏉 3/29 vs. Chicago Lions | 4:20 PM
🏉 3/29 vs. Faith Family Rugby | 6:20 PM
🏉 3/29 vs. MacDowell Rugby | 8 PM

Intercollegiate Sailing
3/30-31 @ MAISA Women's Fleet Race

Men's Soccer (6-8-5)
3/30 vs. Penn State | 2 PM

Women's Tennis (19-5)
3/30 vs. Army | 10 AM

Men's Tennis (18-11)
3/30 @ Lafayette | 10 AM
3/30 @ Lehigh | 11 AM
3/31 @ Monmouth | 10 AM
3/31 vs. Xavier | 10 AM

Women's Track & Field
3/30 @ Navy Outdoor Invitational | 10 AM

Men's Track & Field
3/30 @ Navy Outdoor Invitational | 10 AM

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