Boatyard Full Snow Moon Party
February 21, 2019 at 7pm
Live Music with Timmie Metz Band featuring Tambo
It's Feb. and I haven’t written since Nov 1. Why? because it’s winter in Annapolis and after the regattas, fishing tournaments, Navy football games, boat shows, outdoor beach parties and the holidays, things slow down a lot. View from my house....does it look slow or what? Wait, not totally dead!!
January 24, 2019 at 7pm
Live Music with Timmie Metz Band featuring Tambo
November 1 - today is 70 degrees, wow! We won’t see this again until next April/May. I’m swimming outside for about the last time this year.
We held our last outdoors charity function on Sat Sept 15. It was supposed to be the Boatyard Beach Bash for and at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. BUT, the hurricane was coming up the East Coast after making land in North Carolina and many of the amazing artists fly up from Florida and Nashville. The Governor declared a state of emergency and the AMM would surely flood so we called it off on Tuesday morning. Darn! Wait, on Wednesday AM the storm track shifted south. Mayer Kirby Mayer, one of our headliners for the Beach Bash, called to say that they were on tour in the area and could still perform for a three-hour concert. At a Wednesday morning meeting at the Museum quick decisions were made. With all of our WONDERFFUL sponsors still in we would refund the sold-out Beach Bash tickets and sell our Hurricane Party tickets at a lower price, get a food truck, have a drink table and Boom! we were a "go". The evening was amazing! Peter Mayer created a bidding frenzy when he offered for auction concert tickets to next year's Jimmy Buffett concert and because of the generosity of some guests in the audience, the museum cleared the same amount that we would have from the bigger event. Thank you, Mayer Kirby Mayer and AMM for their quick reaction time by their incredible staff. Thank you sponsors and our guests who had a great show on a beautiful evening. Here are some pictures from the evening taken by our friend Ken.
Right before our annual trip to Europe we attended the Congressional Medal of Honor Gala Dinner at the Naval Academy. We couldn't pass up the chance to have a pic with Jay Leno and Emcee Norah O’Donnell. Shameless groupies!!
We were off to London to see G’s fam and catch Hamilton for the third time. We found that, because the English clip their words, you could hear every word unlike in NYC (which of course was also amazing). We visited Chartwell, Churchill’s home. It’s been totally preserved. His artwork which was his relaxation is displayed in a gallery. He painted about 300 pieces and about 150 are still at Chartwell. The others he gave away and sell at auction at $1M each. There I am in front of Chartwell flashing the V for Victory sign. And some amazing Scottish eggs at a nearby pub.
On the move, we're off to Paris via the tunnel where we ate and toured street art and ate and ate - visited markets to taste everything....dinner at the Eiffel Tower. We also saw Jimmy Buffett in concert for 1,300 people at Le Cigale which is very special (dates back to 1887). Jimmy, Peter and Brendan Mayer and the band on stage.
Zig: It was off to Hopetown to inspect the work being done. Zag! Back for Navy football -the most user-friendly sporting event anywhere. Love the Mids! And can you believe last eve was Halloween?
With the holidays coming get your orders in for Boatyard crab cakes which are shipped overnight nationwide, fresh and cold. We also ship crab soups and crab dip. Make great holiday gifts for family and friend - and for corporations too.
With our four outdoor charity events in the books for 2018 we want to thank all of our sponsors, attendees, volunteers - you are what make it all possible. We have so much fun, let's do it again next year!
September and lots to write to you about..............
Before Fin and the Sailer girls head off to school we got them to WRNR to do a radio ad. They have done so about 8 or 9 years now. Fin, Morgan and Lilly Sailer at the station. Of course Eastport Pirate Tom Weaver is the voice of the Boatyard and Tom with WRNR producer/DJ Rob do an amazing job.
The third of our big outdoor charity events was mid-August - the Boatyard CRAB Cup to benefit CRAB - Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating for those of all ages with disabilities including wounded warriors. This regatta was followed up later that week with the CRAB Annapolis Police Dept Youth Sailing Camp for at risk kids. What a great group!! G and me with Title Sponsor Annapolis Volvo’s Michelle Eichorn at the afterparty featuring Misspent Youth - amazing band. Thank you, Michelle!!! And of course, Mt. Gay Rum and Red Stripe Beer among others. Me posing with our Boatyard team, GM Kevin and servers Gabby and Michael. Our Captain and crew on Juice, very respectable showing less than a minute behind the other Alerion that races in every regatta. Good going Dave. Enjoy the pictures, more on our site Boatyard Bar & Grill gallery.
Hello from the Boatyard!! It’s July and we are in the thick of summer and loving it. In the “land of pleasant living” as they used to say on the Natty Boh jingle-in the 70s. Where have all the years (flowers) gone? Yikes! The Boatyard is cranking and it’s great to be full every day. We appreciate your patronage and are working hard to continue to deserve it. 77,000 crab cakes sold last year. It’s a high bar but you’re helping us beat it. And you’re shipping those crab cakes online nationwide to your Uncle Louie in Omaha and as corporate gifts to your important clients in Sacramento. Thanks!
Our second big event, Bands In the Sand at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s beautiful Merrill Center, in mid-June was an amazing success. Best ever. Sold out in a week or so. Great bands, food, drinks, weather, sponsors, guests, boats, etc. Thank you! We raised record setting funds for CBF to do their great work to Save the Bay, and you know by now that the Bay is getting so much better!! Thank you CBF- its staff, supporters, and those with the political will to help us leave a better Bay for our kids.
The Boatyard Bar and Grill is another one of those places that everyone seems to know about. From the outside it looks like the classic dockside bar that has been there since before the town was built around it. Signs depict sailing locations around the world, and the outside deck is full of happy customers.
Our amazing All Killer, No Filler crab cakes, fresh-from-the-Bay oysters, and laid back sailing bar are recognized by What's Up Best of Annapolis for 2018.
Thank you to all our supporters near and far!
Dining The Taste
Boatyard Bar & Grill
By Rita Calvert, Photography by Tony Lewis, Jr.
If you sit down and have a friendly chat with Dick Franyo, owner of the Boatyard, you will learn a lot. If you sit down with executive chef, George Bentz (ed. correct spelling Betz) you will laugh a lot. Luckily, I got to experience learning and laughter during two different conversations with first, Dick and then chef George.
One down and three to go--- the Boatyard outdoor charity events that is. Our Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament (Catch and Release) was held on Sat April 21. It benefits the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association MD and the Annapolis Police Department Youth Fishing Camp. It was a tough day for the large number of boats (131!) fishing wise (why? water too cold? fish still up the Bay and rivers spawning? Every fisherperson has a strongly felt opinion!). So, cool this year that second place was won by a woman (Sara Brown) and third place was won by a youth (Will Muscatello). First place was Rich Vigue at 42.25 inches caught jigging at the Power Plant. The awards party was huge and fun and the tough day fishing was quickly forgotten. Over 1,000 here at the Boatyard eating Chefs George’s great food, music by the Jess McQuay Band and a more than a few adult beverages. Thanks to Anglers Sports Center (Charlie and Jane Ebersberger), our presenting sponsor for all 17 years of the tournament and all of the other sponsors, captains and crews, our volunteers from CBF and my Boatyard team that does a remarkable job. 17 years-- Yikes!!! Click here for tournament results and photos, and click here for FishTalk party coverage.
Deer in our yard in Eastport. We assumed they swam over from Bay Ridge and were tired so just laid there resting and eating all our spring plants.
Paula used to hang yellow stickies on my door saying “write blog”. Now I am currently so prolific she says “keep them short please.” I will - always do as Paula says Dick!! (editor's note: ha ha!)
Every St. Paddy’s Day we turn the BY into “Maguires Irish Pub”. Jeff Maquire was our bartender for years and before us McGarveys after a string of DC pubs during and after college. He won “bartender of the year” for many years in Annapolis. We have great Irish fare and beer, a great band and a huge crowd coming in to pay their respects to Jeff and get their commemorative pint glass.
An amazing place to fish the reef heads; G drives and I fish. We caught a hound fish....nice teeth! Shelling too - well G is better at it. Her catch one afternoon....and sunset at Firefly that evening.
On Tuesday we celebrated two lives. Melbourne Smith, artist and tall ship designer; the designer and builder of the Pride of Baltimore I. Melbourne was a regular here and gave us the original flag from Pride I that flew on its voyage around the world.
The same night we celebrated the life of the world’s most famous fly fisherman, Lefty Krey at Angler Night, organized by our dear friend Joe Evans, Editor of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. The house was packed. Lefty was a legend, as was his Lefty’s Deceiver fly. I got to fish twice with Lefty and he wrote a Baltimore Sun article about each trip.
RIP Melbourne and Lefty, you'll be sorely missed.
We were really honored (and excited) to be involved with Jimmy Buffett’s concert on Wednesday for the Mids at the Naval Academy. First, lunch with Jimmy and a small group at Superintendent Vadm. Ted and Lynda Carter’s home, then on to the sound check, a meet and greet with the band and other dignitaries, all topped off with an amazing concert-- the Mids said it was “epic.” Two things happened which were truly special. The power went off for 15 minutes after about the fourth song. So, what did Jimmy do? He grabbed his acoustic guitar, went to the front of the stage, called the Mids in tight around him and sang four songs with the Mids singing along. Lesson in improvising during hardship. He’s brilliant!! We were honored when from the stage Jimmy and band leader Mike Utley acknowledged the Boatyard Bar & Grill, our famous crab cakes, and me personally. Thanks, JB and Mike! There are many pictures from the day but the one of Jimmy singing unplugged with the Mids is a big favorite!
Ok Paula, kept it pretty short, but can't forget the Opening Day Fishing Tournament just around the corner - April 21. Captain get your boats splashed, crew lined up and register.
Last Blog was end of December. Now it’s almost spring. Paula asking “Dick where’s the Blog already?” OK, just a few more pics of winter on the Bay. Can’t help myself. How many shades of grey? (Editor's Note: 50?). And one with the Pilot Launch taking Bay pilots to and from the ships anchored in the middle of the Bay waiting to go into the Port of Baltimore. It’s a great career btw! Speaking of ships anchored waiting to go to the Port of Baltimore with this weeks high winds there were 21 ships anchored out there. A record for me.
Have to write a year end blog, right?
We joined the FoodyDirect platform offering the best and most iconic specialty foods from around the nation. Customers go on our site or theirs to order. Chef ensures they arrive overnight fresh, cold (never frozen), ready to cook. Sous chef Nestor Gonzalez is supervising the five trips it took to get them all on the UPS truck!
.....talk about 6 degrees of separation. I was attending a Friends of St John’s College Board meeting and Michael Smith (a founder of White House Black Market and now owner of South Moon Under) said he had met Brad Koenig of FoodyDirect. Brad mentioned to Michael about taking Microsoft public in 1986 when he was with Goldman Sachs. Michael brought up my name as a friend from Annapolis who was also involved in the Microsoft deal. (It was a joint Goldman Sachs/Alex Brown managed deal). Brad said he remembered me from way back when. Long story short I contacted him and he came by the Boatyard and had our crab cakes. We shipped him some to his home in Palo Alto and we became a FoodyDirect provider. How did he start the company? After retiring from Goldman he happened to be in NYC walking to his favorite New York bagel store. He said to himself “why can’t I get these bagels tomorrow in Palo Alto.” He and his chef brother started the company and well, now he can. We are proud to be a part of the FoodyDirect portfolio of the best.
Winter is here but we have passed the winter solstice and days are already getting longer-starting Dec 22. The end of rockfish season has passed. The morning skies are amazing..... Not a lot of boats on the Bay except AYC Frostbite sailing series on Sundays, the pilot launch taking pilots to merchant ships going into Baltimore and several watermen heading out or an occasional hardy soul trying to shed cabin fever. I love the gray days actually with the only color being the red and green marks in the entrance to Back Creek. Our friend, singer-songwriter Scott Kirby, wrote a great song about the gray days on the coast of Maine with the only color being one float from a lobster pot that was left over from summer-love the image.
When owner Dick Franyo envisioned the Boatyard Bar & Grill, he saw it as a place where the casual sailor or Kiwi pro, avid boater or yacht owner, boat mechanic, fisherfolk and general lovers of the Chesapeake lifestyle would sit at the bar casually chatting up the last regatta or sharing briny tales of the big one that got away.
Have you heard our “Postcards from the Boatyard” 15 second spots on WRNR 103.1 in Annapolis? After years of running 60 second ads by our amazing “voice of the Boatyard” Eastport pirate, sailing pro, fishing guide and boat builder, Tom Weaver, arrrrg, we wrote eleven 15 second “postcards” that Tom and I split recording. They are pretty fun and entertaining (if I say so myself). They cover visits with Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, Kevin Bacon, the First Lady, the genesis of our crab cakes and lobster rolls, how we came
State of Annapolis- Boat Shows- check, most regattas- check (J 24s this weekend), USNA football one home game left- check. We will miss the high season at the Boatyard Bar & Grill but the quiet has its nice moments. 57,000 crab cakes sold last year. This year should be higher with our world famous “all killer no filler” Maryland Crab Cakes selling nationwide through the FoodyDirect platform. We're so honored to have been shipping crab cakes, soup and dip throughout the U.S., including Hawaii (know anyone in Alaska?).....introducing the Boatyard fare to friends and family, and newbies everywhere. Right now, "giving" means "getting" something too:
Parties at home, hostess gifts and holiday cheer - shop online and check off your list. Really, what would Thanksgiving be without Maryland crab cakes!
Chill in the air today, first time, damn man! Get Georgina pointed south! She’s at Jabin’s getting first class service - bottom painted and engine fall service. (Rod and Roddy on the job). Then we will have her run south to Fla- Stuart or West Palm. We will fly down and take her across to the Abacos. First stop Spanish Cay then our beloved Hopetown, Elbow Key, Abacos for the winter. We will fly back and forth and when there rent an Albury 21/23 to snorkel and fish and a golf cart to run to dinner and around the island. Firefly -we will be there a lot. And Abaco Inn too. On Da Beach for lunch. Hopetown Harbour Lodge for lunches and a swim. Harbor’s Edge Sat night for the great music. Love Hopetown!!
Our last Boatyard Charity event-the Boatyard Bash for and at the Annapolis Maritime Museum was held mid-September. A beautiful evening with amazing music and most importantly raising $90,000 for the AMM’s rich educational programs. Artists included Coral Reefers Pete Mayer and Doyle Grisham. Also John Frinzi, Keith Sykes, Aaron Scherz, Brendon Mayer, John Patti and Scott Kirby. Click here to see more pics on our website - but most importantly the whole evening's musical talent line up and the “Big Check" below. It was our 13th year of this incredible event on the shores of Back Creek. It always sells out so don’t wait to buy your tickets next year. Fin’s Up.
Plowing thru August - darn, days are getting shorter - but at least I don’t wake up at 5 AM at the first light streaming in. But summers are so great.
So I’m watching the Americas Cup awards presentation from Bermuda (while I am working at my desk) and Tucker Thompson walks out on stage and is the emcee of the whole show. The Boatyard was the first client of Tucker Thompson and Bruce Nairn of t2p.tv to film the AYC Wednesday Night races and other regattas which have been shown at the Boatyard for 17 years (AYC Wed Night Series as well as regattas from Key West to Charleston to Block Island to Newport - all towing our film boat). Tucker has been the front man of this year’s America’s Cup taking the 2016 Cup around the Country all year prior to the 2017 Cup held in June. He did a great job running the Awards Ceremony. Well done TT!
The Boatyard had a fine article on our amazing Maryland crab cake in July’s issue of SouthernLiving.com The South's Best Sandwiches. I’ve mentioned before that we sold 57,000 Maryland crab cakes last year. Our nationwide shipping through our FoodyDirect partnership has been brisk to say the least. Our all killer, no filler crab cakes, soups and dip are $10 off your first order!
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