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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.

 Boatyard Bands in the Sand 2018 beach crowd  Boatyard Bands in the Sand 2018 blimp  Boatyard Bands in the Sand 2018 boardwalk crowd

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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
Boatyard Bar & Grill

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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SPECIAL OFFER! ORDER BOATYARD All Killer, No Filler CRAB CAKES ONLINE

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SPECIAL OFFER! ORDER All Killer, No Filler BOATYARD CRAB CAKES ONLINE 

$20 OFF ANY ORDER OF $50 OR MORE (excludes shipping)

ORDER JUNE 23 AND 24, 2018 ONLY!  order as often as you like on those 2 days and schedule for shipping up to 90 days out

Use code: FIREWORKS20

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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 Rockfish Tournament (& Dick about town!)

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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.

                                      Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 presenting sponsors Charlie and Jane Ebersberger         Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 party 

                                          Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 1st place winner   Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 2nd place winner  Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 3rd place winner                                          Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 Ladies winner   Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 Youth winner  Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 CCA winner  

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.

 Dick Franyo and deer freinds

 

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Jimmy Buffett at the Naval Academy

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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!)

Maguire's Irish Pub featuring Jeff Maguire as barkeep and owner for the day!

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.

                                   Boatyard becomes Maguires Irish Pub  Maguires Irish Pub featuring Jeff Maguire

We went back to Hopetown, Elboy Cay, Abacos to our boat Georgina.

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.

  Gs shells    hound fish Hopetown Abacos  sunset at Firefly

The Boatyard had a busy week........

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.

             Melbourne Smith     lefty krey with Leftys Deceptor fly

Jimmy Buffett at the Naval Academy

 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!   jimmy buffett unplugged w Mids

         Jimmy Buffett sound check   Jimmy Buffetts guitars

Boatyard Bar & Grill 17th Annual Opening Day Catch & Release Rockfish Tournament is less than 2 weeks away!!

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.

     Boatyard Fishing Tournament in 2018

 

Hey Corporate America, send our famous all killer, no filler crab cakes overnight nationwide as corporate gifts!

Boatyard Crab Cakes online 10 off

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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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The Boatyard Bar & Grill’s Dick Franyo Blog reveals his winter perspective – fun from mostly warm places!

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The Boatyard Bar & Grill’s Dick Franyo Blog reveals his winter perspective – fun from mostly warm places!

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. 

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The Naval Academy team sightings at the Boatyard……

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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.

Eastport Oyster Boys

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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

Boatyard Full Moon Party

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