What's Up Annapolis, May 2017
ALL KILLER, NO FILLER
What's Up Annapolis, May 2017
ALL KILLER, NO FILLER
TRAVEL CHANNEL'S FOOD PARADISE filming at the Boatyard - Super Sandwiches segment to be aired October 30, 2016 @ 8pm
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.
Humans at Sea - May 31, 2016
Boatyard Bar & Grill is #2 on the list!
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.
Boats are being splashed here in Annapolis — hot damn. Juice, an Alerion Express 28 that Dave Gendell, Terry Hutchinson and I sail with our families -covered up for the winter, just this week unwrapped and ready for her new sails, running rigging and first family sail. Can boats smile? I think so.
We had a wonderful event here at the Boatyard last month. Years ago the City of Annapolis created beautiful bronze plaques for 19 members of the “Annapolis Maritime Hall of Fame”- locals who over the years had done so much for our local Maritime industry. Since these plaques had no home we were asked if we would hang them in the Boatyard. We did and then held a wonderful reception for the honorees, families or their descendants. What a list: John Trumpy, Jerry Wood, Captain Weems, Arnie Gay, Bruce Farr, Adm. McNitt and many others including our Emcee for the glorious event, Gary Jobson. Thank you Gary, and Brad Cole, who carried the water in getting the event organized and word out to the honorees and their families. These pix taken by our friend Ken Tom.
We had held our third Cuba Night featuring T2P.TV's Ashley Love and the wonderful video she took after sailing in the first ever regatta to Cuba (since the Revolution anyway!). What a crowd of Cuba-files and those wanting to go! Here is the poster that we sent out advertising the event. Oh and of course we had Hemingway daiquiris and mojitos along with Chef George’s Cuban fare. A great night-packed!
Just returned from the St. Barth's Bucket Regatta two days ago - nothing like St Barths and the Bucket Regatta where mega sailing yachts race around the island one way, then the other and also a wiggly course. We sailed with our friend Donald Tofias on Wild Horses one day and here is a group picture of Georgie and me along with Donald and our old friend Andy Green, tactician. We especially enjoy the Yacht Hop where a crowd goes from yacht to yacht med-moored on the quay. Here we are partying on Perseus 3, a Perini/Holland designed 58.6 meter sloop. Also below are several pictures of the yachts from one race day when we took out a chase boat with our friends the Cowies and Rosenbergs, and a picture of the power yacht A, owned by a Russian banker I am told - very unique design. Oh I didn’t mention that Sting was on the island. Saw photos but no personal sightings. Had my approach to him all practiced up since we saw him in his Broadway musical The Last Ship - darn!!
While at Eddys for dinner (Jimmy Buffett’s and other locals favorite restaurant) we had a good talk with owner Eddy with Georgie and I (his father started Le Select where JB wrote Cheeseburger In Paradise long ago after he sailed into St Barths for the first time in the late 70s as I recall). He introduced us to artist and song writer David Wegman (pictured with us at Eddys) with a painting we bought right off the wall to hang in the Boatyard. We visited his studio where we bought a sculpture of a mermaid and other paintings also to be hung here. We were flattered when said he knew that one of his paintings was already at the Boatyard and had come by to see it when once in Annapolis. Of course he sang us a few songs on his very old guitar (dating back to the Civil Way he says).
From the all-things-must-end department, see the picture of the “Great Wall of Eastport” being demolished just down Fourth Street from the Boatyard. The old Hopkins furniture warehouse will be the site of some nice attached homes on Chesapeake and commercial spaces on Fourth. Good going local architect Leo Wilson on a really attractive design. We are very supportive of attractive, well designed and properly scaled in-fill development projects. We look forward to the project being completed in 14 months and to selling our delicious crab cakes to the new owners and tenants.
March Full Moon party this week and the our last Angler Night next Tuesday which roll right into our 15th Annual Boatyard Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament in just over two weeks. This is the “official” first day of spring for anglers with the outline of the winner’s fish being hung on the Boatyard’s ceiling beams for all time. Now that’s bragging rights.
I end with a sad heart and Eight Bells to our dear friend Jim Allsopp. We love you and miss you Jim. One of the nation’s great sailors and an amazing fellow.
Mid Feb and Spring is so in the air - or is it wishful thinking? Paula is kicking my bum to get to work on my part of our 15th Annual Opening Day Rockfish Tournament - if that isn’t a sure sign of Spring what is? Captains can sign their boats and crew up already-and signups are brisk. It’s Sat April 16th - the official first day of Spring on the Chesapeake. Sign up on our site (click here). Winter has is nice moments too - sunrise in January off my deck.
One of these are Angler Nights at the Boatyard - sorry picture is so dark. But if you could see it you would see 45 anglers at the Boatyard for January’s Angler Night — lots of $1.00 oysters, pint drafts, swapping lies, dinner and watching a great fishing flick. Thanks to Joe Evans and Coastal Conservation Association Md for organizing. Next Tuesday (23rd) is February’s Carpology ! & 2 (click here for trailer) and then March 29thTidewater (click here for trailer). before fishing really starts. Well, except for you diehard pickerel fisher people who are out there now.
Georgie and I took a shortish trip to visit Vero Beach, Stuart and Palm Beach Florida last week to visit friends. In the Rybovich Yard in West Palm is Steve Jobs’ yacht. Pretty amazing. Very new - he never got to cruise on her. His stateroom is all glass running up the bow so the bow waves would break on his forward view. We dined with our friend Donald Tofias who keeps his racing yacht Wild Horses there before he takes off for Antigua and St Barths.
January was St. Barths - above is a shot of Gustavia from a Tradewinds plane - you’ve heard about the white knuckle over the mountain and straight down to the runway landing, yes? Liked the “girls surf too” picture - took a photo to frame for the Boatyard wall.
Speaking of pics. Customers ask where we all get the pictures/art/stuff that hang ceiling to floor in the Boatyard. Answer is - everywhere. I recently took the picture shown here from a photo hanging in Gary Jobson’s office of Gary and Ted Turner winning the Americas Cup. Priceless. Gary said I could frame it and hang it here. Also is a picture of a group of Gordy Allen’s etchings hanging on a Boatyard wall. I’ve known Gordy forever and may own over a hundred of his works. (My usual joke which is getting old - which is that upon his death I’ll be rolling in it. --I know- sick!) Another picture on our wall is WRNR GM Michael Hughes and Paul McCartney. They had tea in Paul’s flat in London and Paul made the tea. Mike, you’re my idol. Then the one of Al and Ginny Franyo in Virginia Beach in 1936 - my parents - I miss them a lot.
Many of you know we close one week every year for cleaning and maintenance. The Boatyard team does an amazing job orchestrating the many moving parts. Thanks to my team. Here are a few pictures from the week. Now everything is fresh as a daisy so bring on the season!
OMG I forgot—went to NYC and saw Hamilton. Do it please. Amazing is such an understatement.
Lots of pictures here. If you’re a fly fisherman for trout Montana is where you want to be. Montana in November on the Missouri out of Craig, Montana is really where you want to be. No one on the river and trout have forgotten what fishermen look like. Days are short and it’s chilly so it’s time to eat. Fishing with tiny flies for typically 17 to 23 inch rainbows and some browns. The 20-23 inchers just take off down river and you have 30% landing percentage as most will go crazy and throw the fly. I did mention chilly yes? It was 20-25 degrees and went to a high in the 30s. So I had on 6 layers and was pretty comfortable. It just took a while to hit the head out on the river. The pictures are taken on the Missouri, our float boats, a typical rainbow (the guides don’t want you to even touch them so no grin and grip pictures), Rusty holding court at dinner, all of us at Headhunters Fly Shop and so on. We will be there again next year, fish on! Brrrrr. (Don’t go it’s too cold and you will spook our fish).
Montana followed the Meeting of the Minds in Key West. It’s the Parrotthead meeting held each year at the Casa Marina Hotel for 1,500 (I think) tried and true (sorry Jerry Jeff) Jimmy Buffett fans from the Parrotthead Clubs nationwide. It’s nonstop music for four days and lots of Margaritas and Land Shark Beer.
We sort of do it low keyed attending just certain acts and enjoying our favorite Key West restaurants - Louie’s Backyard, Blue Heaven and our great friend Scott Kirby’s Smoking Tuna. Also Garbo's Grill fish taco truck parking just across the street from the Smoking Tuna. Amazing fish tacos and burgers. Always packed and you are lucky to find an outdoor table. We had some nice meals with our Coral Reefer friends, Mike Utley, Pete, Brendan and Jim Mayer and Roger Guth - wonderful people. Jimmy played with his Coral Reefer Band and he surprised me. I thought he would do a selection of songs from his current tour which would have been fine but he blew the crowd away by playing his entire first album from the early 70’s - A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean. It included a number of solos. Great work JB! G and I got away with Moe on a little lifestyle cruise-beach walk, dolphin chasing, looking around and fishing.
We had a wonderful sail with our friend Donald Tofias on Windswept. Picture of our boy Fin at the helm. Thanks Donald - see you in St Barths for the Bucket Regatta.
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Boatyard! We are blessed with the best staff, customers, purveyors, neighbors in Eastport, and sponsors and attendees of our four lifestyle charity events. Thank you - we love you all. Arrrg DF
Already November 1 - the fall season in Annapolis is amazing. (view off my deck - love the fall light.)
Unlike up north (like ahhh Newport) our season is long and fall is THE time for sports. Super regattas – last week end we had the USODA Opti Atlantic Coast Championship at AYC with over 200 young sailors and their parents. We were a proud sponsor and had the photo boat front and center on the course with photographer Tim Wilkes and of course tug Captain Stevie Mac driving for us. Check out the crazy photos (Click here) the kids had fun making in the TapSnap booth. Annapolis also hosted the Annapolis Fall Classic where the Storm Trysail Club ran the race committee. We had the C & C 30 sailors here for their class party on Friday night. It’s the new offshore keelboat one design class - boats are so cool. And then there was USNA Homecoming where the Mids beat Tulane. The town was hopping. Fall is also best for breaking rockfish (stripers or striped bass for those of you who don’t live here.) G and I went out with Joe Evans - and there were blitzing fish attacking Bay anchovies around Tolly Point. See pic of Georgie with her rockfish and me casting. Thanks for taking us out Joe.
In September we held the last Boatyard event of 2015 (whew-my team is tired!) -the Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum to fund their wonderful education programs for area school kids. (So many of them have never been on the water and know so little about the Bay, the environment and history of the area.) It was an amazing night with a sellout crowd, great food and drinks from the Boatyard and Painkillers from Pussers - and what a musical line-up. The John Frinzi Band from Florida had 5 of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefers join them (pedal steel Doyle Grissom, keyboardist and Musical Director Mike Utley, lead guitarist Peter Mayer, bass guitarist Jim Mayer and Peter’s son guitarist Brendan Mayer. Also we had our dear friend Scott Kirby from Key West, New Hampshire, Maine and Montana (part owner of Key West’s Smoking Tuna Saloon.)
Our event was part of a tour that Scott, Peter and Brendan made late summer. Above right is picture of them at the Stephan Talkhouse in Amagansett, Long Island where Jimmy Buffett joined them (he lives nearby in Sag Harbor). BTW Paul McCartney has a summer home there - below, Paul there sailing his Sunfish in Amagansett.
Lastly, here is a picture of the Alex. Brown flag hanging in the Boatyard. Red and white flag with B. It flew over Alex. Browns clipper ships dating from 1800. I worked there for 30 years after business school. It was an amazing firm and we had quite a run. One of the reasons I picked the Boatyard name was so I could use the B and put it in a burgee with the same colors as the Alex. Brown flag. So one can say I have worked under the same flag/burgee for 44 years now. Here is our burgee:
Thanks to all who attended or sponsored our four large outside charity events: Opening Day Catch and Release Rockfish Tournament to support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation MD and the Annapolis Police Dept. Youth Fishing Camp; Chesapeake Bay Foundation Bands In the Sand; Boatyard Regatta to support C.R.A.B (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating) for handicapped sailors; and the Boatyard Beach Bash for the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
And thanks to my amazing staff for being amazing. We couldn’t do these events without them.
All for now. Beautiful weather here.
Top 10 Oyster Shell Recycling Contributors in 2015!
The Oyster Recovery Partnership's Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA) collected a record 26,000 bushels of oyster shell from 300 member establishments in 2015, a number that reflects an accelerated commitment by restaurants and other businesses to restore the Chesapeake Bay oyster population.
And the top producers are...
Boatyard Bar & Grill (Annapolis, MD)
Captain White's Seafood City (Washington DC) Congressional Seafood Company, Inc. (Jessup, MD) Faidleys Seafood At Lexington Market -Baltimore (Baltimore, MD) Jessie Taylor Seafood (Washington DC) Mike's Bar & Crab House (Annapolis, MD) Old Ebbitt Grilll (Washington DC) Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC (Washington DC) Ryleigh's Oyster Federal Hill (Baltimore, MD) Ryleigh's Oyster Hunt Valley (Hunt Valley, MD)
ORP’s Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA) was created in 2009 with volunteers from the oyster shucking community who cared deeply about the Bay. When the program launched in 2010, 22 restaurants signed on as members. Six year later, the SRA is now 300 members strong, and the largest shell recycling network in the country.
Natural oyster shell is the best material on which to raise oysters and restore reefs, however it’s an extremely limited natural resource. ORP developed the SRA to enable the public, restaurants and caterers to save used shell from going into landfills. Oyster shell collected is aged, washed and used by the UMCES Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery for its oyster setting process. Every half shell will create a new home for approximately 10 baby oysters (called spat.) ORP plants the recycled shell, with baby oysters attached, on reefs in the Chesapeake Bay where they will grow and flourish.
Since its launch, the SRA has recycled 78,705 bushels (2,755 tons) of shell. In addition to restaurants and businesses, used shell is collected from public drop sites in 11 counties. Within the past year the State of Maryland passed legislation that increased the tax credit to from $1 to $5 for every bushel of shell recycled by business and individuals. For more information, visit: www.shellrecycling.org.
School’s back in. Yuk. But summer was super here.
A few weeks ago we held the Boatyard Regatta for C.R.A.B., the third of the Boatyard’s lifestyle charity events. It’s a family friendly pursuit start race of 92 boats on a post card day and a major league after-party with Misspent Youth, the best cover rock band in these parts. See pics of Dixon getting the crowd singing along and our crew Dave Gendell and daughter Abby and Fin and me. Dave’s still got it and we won the third place trophy on our Alerion 28. The cause is C.R.A.B. - Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating - which gets our friends with disabilities out sailing on specially designed sailboats with coaches. Great day and great cause. Thank you sponsors, skippers and crew, party goers and volunteers. Mary Ewenson and her Spinsheet crew is the brain trust for the event.
Next up is Saturday, September 19th for the Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum. It’s a Parrotthead type affair with five of JB’s Coral Reefer Band of amazing musicians plus the John Frinzi band from Florida and our dear friend Scott Kirby from Key West, Livingston, Montana and Maine. We bring in Mike Utley, Music Director and keyboardist for the Coral Reefer Band, guitarists Peter, Jim and Brendan Mayer and pedal steel virtuoso Doyle Grisham. If you haven’t attended it’s a pretty amazing evening of music from sooo much incredible talent. The party gives you a great chance to rap with the artists and tell your best Buffett concert story. Like remember when it poured that night at Merriweather and we were sliding down the hill on the lawn?? The AMM brings in 3-4,000 kids to learn about oysters and the ecology of the Bay. Please buy your tix early so you won’t be calling me with a please-get-me-in.
We called up to Rockport Maine (two weeks before!) and rented a Beneteau 44.5 and a captain named Tug and sailed Penobscot Bay Rockland, where we visited neighbors the Freitags in Tenants Harbor, to Buck’s Harbor thru Eggemoggin Reach on a beautiful day, to SW Harbor (also dinner in Bar Harbor by car) where we visited with our friends the Groobeys. Then to Castine, Belfast, Camden and back to Rockland. See pic of me shopping for lobsters for Chef George’s wicked good lobster rolls and the view of Buck’s Harbor and coming into Castine.
Five of us went on the National Geographic exploration ship Endeavor for a week in the Galapagos. It’s an amazing trip in so many ways. Seeing what Darwin saw on the islands where the animals adapted to the particular ecosystem on that island - it’s like a laboratory. Of course hiking to see the huge tortoises, blue footed boobies and so many birds and snorkeling with sea lions, penguins, amazing fish—they keep you so active - 6 AM for the photography education hike. Super service, food and naturalists talks. It’s worth the connecting flights to Ecuador and then early flight to the islands. See pics from son Fin. His GoPro got a work out.
Fall is wonderful on the Bay--the weather, breaking fish, great wind, the Boat Shows, USNA football, the Arrrg months for Oysters. See you here I hope.
Oh I almost forgot –the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise show filmed here all day today. Great crew, great fun. More on that to come and we'll keep you posted on the air date!
Darn spring and summer it’s so hard to find Blog Time — two issues: it’s when all of our life style charity events take place—Boatyard Opening Day Catch and Release Fishing Tournament, CBF Bands In The Sand, Boatyard Regatta to benefit C.R.A.B. and then right into Fall and the Boatyard Beach Bash for the Annapolis Maritime Museum - AND there are sooo many fun things to do on the Bay in this Land of Pleasant Living. Sorry for delay - I know you have been inside waiting for this!
The Tournament seems eons ago. Weather was great and we had, as always, a huge after party. The results and pics are on our site under Events. Check it out.
The Bahamas fly fishing was terrific. Blackfly Lodge on Marsh Harbor in the Abacos. First rate -great food and lodging. Fishing was challenging but no skunk days - bad days 2 bonefish, good days 6 bonefish. Here is a pic of me walking the flats on my good 6 fish day.
The biggie was Bands In The Sand, our big beach party for and at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. If you haven’t attended you should. It sold out in seven days this year.....1,450 people on CBF’s beautiful beach here in Bay Ridge. The Boatyard serves amazing food and beverages to this crowd and we have a huge stage with three bands. As it was our 10th, we had Michael and Kevin Bacon and the Bacon Brothers Band. It was special hanging with the band at the Boatyard for lunch and talking to Kevin about the environmental issues concerning the Chesapeake Bay, his charity SixDegrees.org (check it out), and how we started the Boatyard and its mission and commitments. Kevin is a very smart, aware and charitable fellow and it was a pleasure hanging with them during their stay in Annapolis. Michael and Kevin did some public service videos for CBF which are really cool. Here is a picture of me at lunch explaining to Kevin how we have to lessen nitrogen, phosphorous and silt in the Bay. He was a great listener.
The third band is always Misspent Youth who we think is the best rock cover band around. They leave it all on the stage,....check out the pictures of the crowd when posted (soon!). Just amazing - a huge crowd dancing like they know how as far as you can see. Thanks to all involved this year- sponsors, Committed to the Bay committee members, CBF staff, my awesome Boatyard team, and all attendees—we raised $243,000 net of expenses. Annapolis rocks.
Lastly here is a picture of the voice of the Boatyard on WRNR, Eastport’s pirate Tom Weaver. He has done all of our ads for years and his voice is recognizable by any who listen. Yes the Boatyard is where local pirates hang out. His last ad with my son and his two buddies had this advice: "to err is human; to arrrg is pirate" (Tshirts arrive in a few weeks). Which is Tom -- left or right in the pic?
Off to the next adventure!
OMG our bartender boss just came to me and said a customer had complained that I had not written a blog in a while. And I thought no one cared. So here it comes…..
We were in St Barths for the Bucket Regatta. I wrote about it last year so won’t go into much detail. But it never ceases to amaze. (Go on their site - 2015 St Barth Bucket Regatta - and read the recaps with pics.) 35 elegant yachts up to 58.6 meters in length with rigs 15 stories high there for their owners to enjoy sailing their yachts, their friends and partying in an incredible place.
The Yacht Hop on Friday night is always a highlight where you walk from awesome yacht to awesome yacht for drinks and hors d’oeuvres - some with themes from an Elvis impersonator to Latino night. Here are some pics from St Barths—good view from a typical villa, waiter as Superman who brings out the bigger than magnum sized bottle of rose’ at La Plage, a few Bucket yachts in action, picture from the Yacht Hop, air show of WW II aircraft again at La Plage, our great friends the Goobeys dancing at the Baz Bar where Jimmy Buffett was hanging too, etc.
A week ago we held A Toast to Terry Hutchinson, our local super rock star sailing pro upon his being chosen for the second time the Rolex Yachtsman of The Year. Gary Jobson presided as emcee and showed the fantastic film he had produced for the New York Yacht Club ceremony. Dave Gendell, Terry’s best friend, gave an amazing toast and Alderman Ross Arnett read a proclamation from the Mayor of Annapolis declaring the day Terry Hutchinson Day. Terry’s whole family was present (as were most local big time sailors) and we were all sharing tears as well as Boatyard pint drinks. Congratulations again Terry, we were honored to host the ceremony.
This past week we held our last of three Angler Nights at the Boatyard. They are evenings largely organized by my bud Joe Evans and the local chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland. They are held January-March and are great for shedding cabin fever, sharing fishing tales and watching a great film - over Boatyard pint drinks and delicious food—and a lot of buck a shuck oysters from the watermen down the street in Eastport.
Several weeks ago we had the second of two Eastport Nights at the Boatyard with entertainment by Those Eastport Oyster Boys. A picture is of the one held during St Paddy’s week and shows Oyster Boy head Kevin Brooks with an Irish friend singing an Irish drinking song. Another picture shows the Oyster Boys leading a conga line throughout the restaurant. We called the St Paddy’s week evening Up The Republics - Ireland and Eastport (I am sure most of you know that Eastport is called the Maritime Republic of Eastport.) Kevin and I are talking about more Eastport nights in the future.
Upcoming events include the 14th Annual Opening Day Rockfish Tournament and gaga Awards Party on Saturday April 18th - attend the party even if you don’t fish. It’s in our parking lots; it’s huge and features D’Vibe And Conga 4-8 PM. Breaking news is that at our 10th Annual Bands in the Sand beach party for and at The Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Saturday June 13th , the Bacon Brothers Band will perform. Come be 1% of separation with Kevin and Michael. They have a great sound.
And lastly it is beginning to feel like Spring—I’ve posted a picture of some of the 1,000 canvas back ducks off my docks in the coldest part of our frigid and long winter. I have never seen such a flock of my favorite duck right up close to my house. There is a positive side to almost everything.
Off to the Abacos to fly fish for bonefish Monday. I’ll bring back some photos of fish caught (or maybe of the ones that got away). Hardcore four days of searching, casting and hopefully hook-ups.
Tonight is the first Angler’s Night at the Boatyard. What’s that you ask......if you’re an avid local angler it’s a big deal. It’s cold out and cabin fever has set in bad. “I shot a hole in my freezer."—J Buffett. So 40 or 50 come to the B Y at 6pm for $3.00 drinks, $5.00 apps and buck-a-shuck oysters and talk fishing. It’s also become an unofficial meeting of the local Coastal Conservation Association membership. They and some of our friends from the Dept. of Natural Resources and the Ches. Bay Foundation talk sustainability and the health of the local fishery and what we can do to make it better. We also show a great flick—there is a lot of good fishing media out there. Tonight’s is “Bluefin on the Line.” Our next Anglers Nights are Tues, Feb 24 and Tues, Mar 31.
This Thurs is our annual "We're Not in Key West" Party for those sailors who are not at Key West Race Week. We have a band, drink specials and photos taken this week on the Race Course. Also we give prizes for those wearing flip flops. Well not “we” since "we" are flying down to Key West tomorrow afternoon to hang with the sailors at Kelly’s and right down the street at our dear friend Scott Kirby’s bar, Smoking Tuna. He will be singing the next two nights starting at 5:30 pm. Of course followed by dinner at Louie’s Back Porch.
When will the fun stop you ask? Next week on Wed, Jan 28 is Cuban Night. Our friends at t2p.tv (they film and narrate Wed Night Sailing Races and many major regattas) sailed to Cuba (1,000 miles) last year and photographed their journey. We will show Part 1 next week and then do a Part 2 in Feb or March. Executive Chef George will be serving an amazing authentic Cuban menu and Head Bartender Kevin will be serving some special Cuban cocktails. BTW we had this scheduled before the President’s announcement.
Then Thurs, Feb 12 we will celebrate our good friend Terry Hutchinson’s second Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award. A huge deal!!! Our great pal Dave Gendell will emcee. Come raise a drink to Terry and dance to the The Shatners - a rocking band.
I’ll stop there but just mention that March will have the Full Moon party on Thurs, Mar 5, Eastport Night with Those Eastport Oyster Boys on Wed, Mar 11 and Maguire’s Irish Pub on St Paddies Day. Then its Spring and time for our Fourteenth Annual Opening Day Rockfish Tournament and Party on Sat, Apr 18.
On a not so fun note, we close Sun eve Feb 1 for maintenance and cleaning and we reopen on Fri, Feb 6 at 11 am. It’s all hands on deck to make the B Y shine.
Four winter looks off Eastport - Canadian Geese off my dock - cassoulet anyone? Photos of a cold winter sunrise and low tide, a beautiful winter sunrise and my favorite called “everything grey.” Lastly a photo of The Oyster Boys leading the Conga Line through the Boatyard during the The Maritime Republic of Eastport (MRE) Tug of War celebration recently where they awarded the proceeds to this year’s charitable recipients.
All for now, hope to see you at some of these events. Up the Republic!! (“MRE signoff”)
I’m tardy on blog says our office manager/cfo Paula. I’m sure everyone is waiting in anticipation I reply, right? J
Had a great trip to Montana fly fishing for big trout out of Craig, Montana in late October. If you’re ever in Montana fishing with guides, ask them where and when do they go to fish for fun by themselves. Most frequently they will say the Missouri in late October early November. But they will say make sure you bring your layers - it can be quite cold. It’s pretty amazing - big powerful fish under tiny sips of small flies. You catch a lot more on sub surface nymphs but forget numbers and fish dries all day. Fewer fish but “magical” as our best buddy and ex guide of the year Rusty says. Here he is holding court at dinner. Discussion topics - fishing, Russia’s real motives, how Lawrence and a few others carved the Middle East into “countries” with boundaries that don’t work after WW I, great books, and fishing, fishing…. Thanks to my old Alex Brown partner Tim for organizing the trip, great dinners and superb wine.
The Boatyard hosted artist/author Cindy Fletcher Holden recently to give her lecture and slide show from Cindy and Robert’s epic sail to Portugal, Africa, the islands. She gives a great talk that you CAN do a trip like this. She also has great paintings from the trip, note cards and a book too. Holiday gifts? Pic is of Cindy and Robert and always a full house for them in our private room in the Boatyard Market. Cindy did a lot of our Boatyard art and lettering - including the amazing wall mural going down our driveway to the back lot.
Winter means the end of rockfish season on the Bay but it also means Angler Nights at the Boatyard. The dates are on our site in January, February and March (Upcoming Events). We come to eat, drink, tell fishing lies and watch a great film. Coastal Conservation Association and DNR Joe Evans give us updates on the state of our fishery. Did I say we swap fishing lies?
This winter we are also doing a Cuba night in January (and maybe Feb/Mar too). T2P’s Ashley Love will be showing slides and talking about their recent trip. And yes legionary Captain Dave (Toots) Dunigan will be assisting - who knows what he might say. A flyer will be posted soon.
Did you follow the crab cake contest? The Baltimore Biz Journal recently took 32 nominees for Best crab cake in the area. It included everyone who is known for a great crab cake. The Boatyard made it to the finals vs Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Baltimore. It was David vs Goliath and we couldn’t beat the Baltimore juggernaut. We were proud to come in second of 32 nominees. The First Lady hasn’t been there for their crab cake yet - we still hold that honor. As well as the Baltimore Magazine best crab cake in the area honor-- the only restaurant in Annapolis to be included. Very grateful to all of you who supported us in the vote!
Have you seen the Boatyard tree this year? Pretty special. Come see it.
Happy Holidays to all and thanks so much for visiting the restaurant, sharing it with friends and generally making the Boatyard the place we love – committed to a healthier bay, sailing fast, fishing with friends and happy kids!
All for now. Power Boat show and then just locals. Thanks to all for the biz and support.
The Boatyard was the major sponsor of the Chesapeake Outdoor Group’s 12 Oz Regatta last weekend. It’s pretty cool. They provide a bucket of things including four 12 oz cans-root beer for the kids and beer for the adults - from which you have to make your sail boat. (It has to fit in the bucket when it’s completed.) They set up a pretty nifty rectangular tank and fans for wind at the Eastport Democratic Club and hold a very organized and squared away sailing event. (The race instructions must be at least 15 pages long.) Here are some pictures- my boy Fin who won third place in the kid’s event and here he is with the trophy and tuning his boat with his friend Matthew Beagan. Also here is a pic of the rock star grownups with their high tech boats.
The Boatyard C.R.A.B. Regatta is tomorrow, Saturday. We have close to 100 boats and thank you Eastport Yacht Club for hosting the event. C.R.A.B. is Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating for disabled sailors in specially designed boats. This is a major fundraiser for them and thank you Frank and Michelle of Annapolis Cars (Volvo and Subaru), Mount Gay –for the coveted red hats and more, Heineken Beer (“bring me a greenie”- as the sailors say), and many other generous sponsor/donors. I’ll be sailing with my bud Dave Gendell on Juice, our Alerion Express, with the kids. It’s a low pressure, fun family regatta with a pursuit start - so one race with each class of boat having a different starting time. And a great after-party at EYC with Misspent Youth playing from 5 to 8 pm - tickets at the door for $10 donation to C.R.A.B.
The pirate’s getting married - ARRRRG! Tom Weaver, Eastport Americas Cup sailor, pro guide fisherman, boat builder, and all around cool guy, is getting married to Regina Welsh tomorrow in Monkton. Regina trains Hunt Cup steeplechase horses as well as being a great sailor. Tom is the voice of the Boatyard on WRNR and also does the marine weather forecast. He just did a new ad yesterday with Fin and Morgan and Lilly Sailer. It’s all about him being the “most interesting man in Eastport” and a pirate—it’s going to be the best ever and should air on WRNR starting Sunday. The kids have done an ad with Tom now for four years since Fin and Lilly were 8. “Stay thirsty my friends, ARRRRG.” ---- So it’s announcing the winners of the regattas at the awards ceremony tomorrow evening and off to Monkton for the wedding celebration.
Then the next Boatyard event is the Boatyard Beach Bash for and at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Saturday September 20th. Get tixs on the AMM web site. The musical lineup is pretty off the charts. Peter Mayer and son Brendan and Scott Kirby open the event. Peter is the virtuoso lead guitarist/singer song writer for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band - his son Brendan is also a member of the band this year. And Scott Kirby, a great friend of ours, who lives in Key West by way of New Hampshire, is a very popular singer song writer and all around very smart and neat person. After Peter, Scott and Brendan - the John Frinzi Band will be joined by Coral Reefers Michael Utley-keyboards and longtime band leader for JB - and Doyle Grisham - long time pedal steel guitarist for the Coral Reefers — he’s been on every recording Jimmy Buffett has ever done going back to the early 1970s. It will be an amazing evening and a sellout. Heck - we are close to having half of Buffett’s band. Thanks to all of our sponsors, especially KEYW Corp as Title Sponsor.
All for now—it’s Friday!!!!
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