Boatyard Full Sturgeon Moon Party
August 30, 2018 at 7pm
Live Music with Timmie Metz Band featuring Tambo
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!
Been gone too long but I’m at my desk and ready to write. And show lots of pics. Chef greeted my return with last year’s totals -- the Boatyard sold 57,000 Maryland crab cakes last year. Whew! And now we are on FoodyDirect's amazing national platform. Look them up and see our world-famous Maryland crab cakes, Maryland crab and cream of crab soups and our amazing crab dip thru their national site. We are proud to be partnering with FoodyDirect and shipping our crab cakes online!
Our 17th Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Catch and Release Fishing Tournament was again a great success in April. As usual, an awesome crowd! Featured is the winner Jimmy Moreland with Title Sponsor, Anglers Sport Center owner Charlie Ebersberger. Catch all the results on the Boatyard website. Thanks to all sponsors, fishermen/women and party attendees. It’s the first official start of spring on the Bay.
And two weeks ago, we held our 12th Chesapeake Bay Foundation Bands in the Sand Bands. 1,700 people on Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s beautiful beach at the Merrill Center. What a glorious night it was. Los Lobos was our featured national act, winner of 5 Grammy awards. Again thanks to all sponsors and attendees. The mosh pit at the end of the evening with Misspent Youth rocking out.
Late March in Eastport (brrrrr) and the Sock Burning Party at the Annapolis Maritime Museum is this Saturday. We had a warm-up last night here at the Boatyard with the Eastport Oyster Boys and some of their Irish friends entertaining the crowd at our “Eastport Irish Up the Republic (We like it this way!) Night.” Friday for St Paddy’s Day we bring back legendary bartender Jeff Macguire for what we call Macguire’s Irish Pub. We rename the Boatyard for the day (yes, Kevin gets on the roof to cover the sign up with a Maguire sign!) and have Chef George’s amazing Irish fare, special Maguire pint glasses and great entertainment.
Our Travel Channel show aired about three weeks ago. Chef George was a total star. Travel Channel Food Paradise Super Sandwiches - it will keep airing over time. Watch the segment, click here. Pretty cool for Annapolis and the Boatyard!
Busy Fall at the Boatyard and Eastport. The Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum was a sell out success on Sat. Sept 17th and a record amount of money was raised to support their educational programs. As you may recall it’s our Parrotthead event with members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band joining other singer-songwriters from Florida and Nashville. This year’s line-up included Coral Reefers Peter Mayer and Doyle Grisham joining John Frinzi, Scott Kirby, Jim White, Aaron Schertz and Peter’s son Brendan Mayer. JB’s close friend songwriter/author Tom Corcoran and Radio Margaritaville DeeJay J.D. Spradlin were also here to hold court.
Did we pass along that we are now shipping overnight our Maryland's Best Crab Cakes across the country? What a great gift for your Uncle Louie’s birthday. Go to our website to order the Boatyard's all-killer, no filler crab cakes online!
We are all ready for the Boatyard Regatta today. Weather looks great. Big after party at EYC with Misspent Youth. If you can’t sail come to the party - $10 donation at the door. We hold it to benefit C.R.A.B. – Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating –which gets those with disabilities out sailing. Thanks to Mount Gay Rum for their very special red hats, Heineken for the shirts and financial support, SpinSheet Mag, Annapolis Volvo, North Sails---and all of our other generous supporters.
The Boatyard participated in the Governor’s Cookout promoting locally produced food purveyors and restaurants/caterers. We partnered with Patrick Mahoney of Wild Country Seafood serving up their soft crabs for soft crab BLTs. Amazing -I think the most popular item there. Here are some shots of Governor Hogan, Chef George, Patrick, Georgie, me and our great team. Fun time. Hope we can do it again.
Well our 11th Bands In The Sand for and at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is in the books. What an evening it was! 1,650 on the beach on a beautiful evening watching The Wailers (Bob Marley’s old group), Misspent Youth and Mad Planet. The event sells out in days now and we are so pleased it has become an important part of the area’s zeitgeist and life style. Thanks to our sponsors, Committed to the Bay Committee Members, co-chairs and attendees. Besides making a lot of friends for the Bay the evening raises over $250,000 net of expenses for the great work of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
The Boatyard has four large lifestyle events each spring-fall. The 15th Annual Boatyard Spring (Catch and Release) Fishing Tournament is in the books - third Saturday of April each year. 15th !!! that’s half as long as my investment banking career. Longest fish 46 5/8” was caught by my old Alex Brown colleague Paul Mellin. Congrats Paul. The experts said that there were so many 40 plus inch fish out there because they are from the Class of ’03 which was a huge year for juveniles - young of the year - “buzz words.” If you haven’t been to the after party do so next year. It’s an amazing outdoors event which is the official first day of spring for fishermen with a great band, Dvibe and Conga, and a super charged crowd. Great work to all that made it happen - especially our incredible group of judges led by Joe Evans who somehow are able to so professionally and calmly look at the media with pics of the fish laid next to the Boatyard’s 48 inch measuring stick and decide the winners. Thanks to all the many the participants, our generous sponsors lead by Anglers Sports Center, the CBF volunteers and my incredible Boatyard management team –this event is honchoed here by Office Manager Paula (“let’s get going boys”), Bar Head Kevin, Chef George and GM Ryan. Proceeds go the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association MD and the Annapolis Police Dept. Youth Fishing Camp. See pics below and many more and results on our site under events-fishing tournament. Click here for results, photos & T2P.TV's video.
I included some pics from my recent annual bone fishing trip to the Abacos with friends from my old career. We go to the Black Fly Lodge which is about as nice as it gets. Bone fishing with a fly rod is challenging but the flats, guides, boats and accommodations are the best. Chef Devon never ceases to amaze. Black Fly is fully booked all the time-small wonder. The big guy is my great friend Tim with whom I ran Investment Banking with for years at Alex. Brown. He can cast way too far into the wind and my excuse is that he is 6’ 4”.
Wednesday Night Races start tomorrow eve (due to late Blog posting tomorrow night is 2nd race of the first season Ed.)- Click here to watch the series!) The AYC Wed Night Sailing Race Series has been going on forever. See the pics of our “film” boat (on her trailer) from which T2P.TV films the races which are immediately shown at the Club and the Boatyard along with Chef’s Wednesday Night Race all beef tacos. Don’t forget that in Annapolis and especially our neighborhood of Eastport the weekend starts on Wednesday. T2P takes our boat to Newport, Block Island, Key West and other sailing centers to film regattas. I get texts from many saying “I just passed the Boatyard boat on Route 95.”
Next up for us is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Bands in the Sand on Saturday June 11th. Special guests are The Wailers from Jamaica - Bob Marley’s old band. Last year we had Kevin Bacon and the band he has with Brother Michael. Tickets go on sale on May 2nd this year on the CBF site and sold out in 6 days last year so don’t wait (special update since PZ is so behind - only 100 tickets left as of yesterday! Ed.). I never knew I had so many friends last year.
We took this picture today over at Quantuum Sails here in Annapolis. Dave Gendell and I ordered new “crispy” sails for our Alerion Express 28, Juice. We plan to sail her in more regattas this year, with kids always. Shown with us is Jason who handled our order for Quantuum and of course Quantuum’s Terry Hutchinson, our great friend and rock star sailing pro who, besides Dave and me, takes Juice out with the family.
I close with this Blog’s piece of art from the Boatyard walls (you smiling Georgie?). Kevin and I just now hung a sculpture from David Wegman of St. Barths who I mentioned last month. It’s only been up for an hour (well that was last week anyway! Ed.) Free drinks for the first person who can find it.
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