Boatyard Full Hunters Moon Party
October 25, 2018 at 7pm
Live Music with Timmie Metz Band featuring Tambo
September and lots to write to you about..............
Before Fin and the Sailer girls head off to school we got them to WRNR to do a radio ad. They have done so about 8 or 9 years now. Fin, Morgan and Lilly Sailer at the station. Of course Eastport Pirate Tom Weaver is the voice of the Boatyard and Tom with WRNR producer/DJ Rob do an amazing job.
The third of our big outdoor charity events was mid-August - the Boatyard CRAB Cup to benefit CRAB - Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating for those of all ages with disabilities including wounded warriors. This regatta was followed up later that week with the CRAB Annapolis Police Dept Youth Sailing Camp for at risk kids. What a great group!! G and me with Title Sponsor Annapolis Volvo’s Michelle Eichorn at the afterparty featuring Misspent Youth - amazing band. Thank you, Michelle!!! And of course, Mt. Gay Rum and Red Stripe Beer among others. Me posing with our Boatyard team, GM Kevin and servers Gabby and Michael. Our Captain and crew on Juice, very respectable showing less than a minute behind the other Alerion that races in every regatta. Good going Dave. Enjoy the pictures, more on our site Boatyard Bar & Grill gallery.
Hello from the Boatyard!! It’s July and we are in the thick of summer and loving it. In the “land of pleasant living” as they used to say on the Natty Boh jingle-in the 70s. Where have all the years (flowers) gone? Yikes! The Boatyard is cranking and it’s great to be full every day. We appreciate your patronage and are working hard to continue to deserve it. 77,000 crab cakes sold last year. It’s a high bar but you’re helping us beat it. And you’re shipping those crab cakes online nationwide to your Uncle Louie in Omaha and as corporate gifts to your important clients in Sacramento. Thanks!
Our second big event, Bands In the Sand at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s beautiful Merrill Center, in mid-June was an amazing success. Best ever. Sold out in a week or so. Great bands, food, drinks, weather, sponsors, guests, boats, etc. Thank you! We raised record setting funds for CBF to do their great work to Save the Bay, and you know by now that the Bay is getting so much better!! Thank you CBF- its staff, supporters, and those with the political will to help us leave a better Bay for our kids.
The Boatyard Bar and Grill is another one of those places that everyone seems to know about. From the outside it looks like the classic dockside bar that has been there since before the town was built around it. Signs depict sailing locations around the world, and the outside deck is full of happy customers.
Our amazing All Killer, No Filler crab cakes, fresh-from-the-Bay oysters, and laid back sailing bar are recognized by What's Up Best of Annapolis for 2018.
Thank you to all our supporters near and far!
Dining The Taste
Boatyard Bar & Grill
By Rita Calvert, Photography by Tony Lewis, Jr.
If you sit down and have a friendly chat with Dick Franyo, owner of the Boatyard, you will learn a lot. If you sit down with executive chef, George Bentz (ed. correct spelling Betz) you will laugh a lot. Luckily, I got to experience learning and laughter during two different conversations with first, Dick and then chef George.
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?
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.
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.
Drink specials, dancing and howling encouraged - come on down!
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
1/2 price bottled wine with an entree
Chef George's Every Tuesday's Chicken Pot Pie Special
Film at 7:00pm
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.
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.
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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