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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.

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Capital Gazette reviews the Boatyard Bar & Grill

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Capital Gazette reviews the Boatyard Bar & Grill - 

Dining Out:  Just another local at the Boatyard Bar & Grill

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.

Read the full article here.

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Boatyard scores Best Crab Cake, Best Raw Bar, Best Sailors Bar

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Boatyard Bar & Grill scores the trifecta:

Best Crab Cake
Best Raw Bar
Best Sailors Bar
in What's Up Best of Annapolis 2018

 

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!

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Boatyard Bar & Grill featured in What's Up Dining: The Taste

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Recently What's Up Magazine's Rita Calvert came by the Boatyard for a visit and in the process, wrangled the recipe for Chef George's version of the classic Antoine's Stuffed Oysters Rockefeller.

Dining The Taste
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By Rita Calvert, Photography by Tony Lewis, Jr.
June 2018

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.

 

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Boatyard Bar & Grill Straws are Compostable

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In keeping with the Boatyard's commitment to a healthier environment, our straws are 100% plant based and completely compostable......since 2014!

Veteran Compost began composting our food waste in 2013 (now that is an incredible process!).   Not long after, Justen let us know that the beautiful Boatyard red straws were getting into the scraps and messing with the machinery.  Turning tail on our environmental pledge was not an option so we sourced a completely compostable green one.  Companies are increasingly leaning toward more eco-friendly products and fortunately the price has come way down, allowing smaller venues to participate too.  It's kind of cool that every step in the right direction creates a ripple of positive change!

Not wanting a straw with your beverage?  Please let our servers know!  We are happy to comply.

What else do we do?

Voted Best Raw Bar by What's Up Best of Annapolis 2018, we sell a whole lot oysters here at the Boatyard.

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Boatyard Full Moon Party July 2018

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Boatyard Full Buck Moon Party

July 26, 2018 at 7pm

Live Music with Timmie Metz Band featuring Tambo

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Boatyard Full Moon Party June 2018

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Boatyard Full Strawberry Moon Party

June 28, 2018 at 7pm

Live Music with Timmie Metz Band featuring Tambo

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Boatyard Reggae Nights with Orlando Phillips

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Boatyard Reggae Nights with Orlando Phillips

May 30, June 21 and July 12

5:00-8:00pm

$3.00 Red Stripe bottle beer

 

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Boatyard Full Worm Moon Party April 5

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Another Boatyard Full Worm Moon Party, April 5, 2018 - some new ways to howl!

Our esteemed full moon expert explained that there are 2 months this year with 2 full moons each (an occurence also known as a blue moon).  Apparently, when there are 2, they're both named the same and hence, we have another Worm Moon!   As long as it's Spring, bring it on.

Timmie Metz Band featuring Tambo premiers at this full moon party! 

Drink specials, dancing and howling encouraged - come on down!

 

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Tribute to Lefty Kreh - Boatyard Angler Night March 27

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Tribute to Lefty Kreh at the last Boatyard Angler Night March 27th

It is with a sad heart that we say farewell to a marvelous man and a dear friend - we are honored for the opportunity to celebrate his remarkable life.  Please join us at the final Angler Night to toast Lefty by sharing classic movie clips, a moving Tom Brokaw tribute and an episode or two of Buccaneers & Bones. 

Join us in Lefty's salute, presented by Chesapeake Bay Magazine and CCA MD at the Boatyard.

Happy Hour 5:00-7:00pm
Buck-A-Shuck Oysters
1/2 price bottled wine with an entree
Chef George's Every Tuesday's Chicken Pot Pie Special

Film at 7:00pm

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MRE at the Boatyard - Up the Republic Night!

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The MRE at the Boatyard - Up the Republic Night!  Celebrate all things Eastport and Irish.

The Honorable John P. Barry, the Maritime Republic of Eastport's Ambassador to Ireland, presides over this lively evening, featuring Eastport's own Oyster Boys plus a very special musical guest line-up.  Happy Hour from 3:00-7:00pm, band begins at 7:00pm.

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Boatyard's Maguire's Irish Pub returns

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The Boatyard becomes Maguire's Irish Pub on St. Paddy's Day, March 17, 2018!

As the luck o' the Irish would have it, the legendary Jeff Maguire once again reprises his traditional role as barkeep and owner for the day from noon to 8:00pm, Chef George O'Betz transforms the daily specials to feature delicious Irish dishes and the bar pumps beer into commemorative holiday glasses while they last.  Live music with Jess McQuay band from 4-7pm.  

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Boatyard Angler Night February 27

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The Boatyard Angler Night February 27th film has been changed! 

Heads or Tails takes us along isolated beaches of Western Australia where permit do things differently!  Follow two local fly anglers as they run after schools of permit, cast to fish over shallow, wave-pounded reef flats and watch this wild fish smash floating crab-flies with reckless abandon. 

Join the Boatyard, Chesapeake Bay Magazine and CCA MD and fellow mates on this latest fish adventure.

Happy Hour 5:00-7:00pm
Buck-A-Shuck Oysters
1/2 price bottled wine with an entree
Chef George's Every Tuesday's Chicken Pot Pie Special

Film at 7:00pm

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17th Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day Rockfish Tournament

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The 17th Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day Catch & Release Rockfish Tournament - April 21, 2018

Whether the fish are evasive or biting like mad, whether the weather is perfect or white-cap rough, anglers and guests alike agree - participating in the Boatyard's Annual Spring Tournament is really a lot of FUN, and we hope you will think so too!  Generous prizes await the lucky winners.

In line with the Boatyard's commitment to a healthy Chesapeake Bay, this is a charity event with proceeds going to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland and the Annapolis Police Department Youth Fishing Camp.

 

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Boatyard Full Moon Party March 2018

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Boatyard Full Worm Moon Party

March 1, 2018 at 7pm

Live Music with D'Vibe & Conga

 

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Boatyard Full Moon Party February 2018

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Full Snow Moon party features live music with

The Shatners

Drink Specials, Dancing - come Howl!
February 1, 2018, 7:OOpm

Boatyard Happy Hour 3-7pm

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Angler Night! An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch

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The first Angler Night returns to the Boatyard on Tuesday, January 30, featuring the amazing film An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch.

Happy Hour 5-7, film at 7:00pm
Arrive early to get a seat.

 

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With introduction by the Foundation's Executive Director Philip Renaud, and Communications Director and Producer Alison Barrat (bios below), please join the Boatyard, Chesapeake Bay Magazine and CCA-MD in welcoming the Living Oceans Foundation's new, groundbreaking film exposing the extent of the global unaccounted-for fish harvest, a co-production with the Smithsonian Channel.

It's truly astounding.

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Angler Nights return to the Boatyard - save the dates 2018

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Angler Nights return to the Boatyard in 2018

Tuesday night, once a month for 3 months, come early and join fellow fisherfolk to shoot the breeze, tell tall tails, slurp a few oysters, get a good meal, enjoy awesome happy hour - and wait for the weather to break into a warm Spring of sunny days back on the water......dream big!

Sponsored by CCA MD and Chesapeake Bay Magazine, don't let the dry titles fool you - this year's films promise to tantalize and entertain beginning at 7pm.

January 30     Buccanneers & Bones with Lefty, Season 2

February 27   Best of Catch Magazine Season 3

March 27       Fly Fishing for Permit

See all Boatyard Bar & Grill upcoming events

 

 

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Boatyard Crab Cakes shipped all over the US - Hopetown Music Fest - Happy New Year!

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Have to write a year end blog, right?

Boatyard crab cakes shipped all over the US - that's a day's shot of crab cake prep just before Christmas - almost every state got at least one order between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We have now sold this year over 70,000 crab cakes.  Wow - Chef George you da man!

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!Crab cakes online shipping boxes

So how did we partner with FoodyDirect?

.....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.

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Boatyard Full Moon Party January

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The Boatyard Full Moon Party returns January 11, 2018!

The January Full Wolf Moon party features live music with The Shatners.

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