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From Dick’s desk — Upstairs at the Boatyard

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Two Anglers Nights down and one to go.  It’s March 25, a Tuesday eve at 6 pm for Happy Hour and tall fish tales (called “swapping lies”) and a great flick at 7 pm  called Tributaries - check it out on line at Tributaries Film. Here’s a pic from the February Anglers Night - great vibe. Staying on the Anglers theme - the Boatyard’s 13th Annual Opening Day Catch & Release Rockfish Tournament is Saturday April 19th - it’s become the first official day of Spring for us fishermen. Below are pictures of last year’s awards and after-party with D’vibe and Conga playing. Again Anglers Sport Center is our Presenting Sponsor - thanks to Charlie and Jane!

But before all that it’s about time for our 10th Annual Maguire's Irish Pub on St. Paddy’s Day where the legendary Bartender Jeffrey P. Maguire becomes “Owner for the Day” and the Boatyard becomes Maguire’s Irish Pub. Jeff was voted Best Bartender in Annapolis for years prior to moving to Chestertown.  As “Owner for the Day” he orders Chef George to prepare an amazing Irish menu and Kevin to stock some great Irish beers.  He will be serving drinks in his free Maguire’s Irish Pub commemorative pint glass.  And the Jess McQuay Trio will be playing 5 til 9 pm.  So come see your old friend Jeff Maguire starting at 4 pm on St. Paddy’s Day - we bet he still knows your name.

And we have a big Hockey Brunch on Saturday, March 15 at yes, 6:30 am after the big local hockey league tournament. Thanks to Brian Sailer, Bret Campbell and Geoff Ewenson for organizing. The menu, being St. Paddy’s weekend, includes Irish bangers and mash with onion gravy, creamed chip beef and butter milk biscuits, French toast, home fries, bacon, and on and on.  And of course $2.00 bloodies and mimosas before 10 am.

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Here is the view from my deck - my neighbor, Former Major Ellen Moyer, is tending to a lot of Canadian Geese - feeding them quality corn –I’m sure much appreciated on these mornings with single digit temps.  Ellen is known to protect every living thing including flies, mosquitoes and mice - creatures that most of us would not feel bad about eliminating.  Thank you Ellen!  

 

 

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Yes it’s certainly winter with this past week’s record breaking wind chill temps.  A lot of my neighbors in Eastport were scurrying to turn off the water to their outdoor faucets only to find them already frozen solid.  Glad my boats are on the hard and the bubbler is on by the old wooden work boat that likes it better next to the dock.

Not too much sailing and fishing going on but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of related fun activities.  Please check them out on our web site under Upcoming Events. 

Thursday, January 23rd is our annual “We’re Not in Key West” Party for those of us who didn’t go to Key West Race Week.  Who needs the sun, blue water and Schooners Wharf anyway?   We have live music by D’Vibe & Conga at 7 pm, and remember, Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm.  There are prizes for those wearing flip flops.  Most important is that part of the proceeds will go to Box of Rain which is wonderful local program.

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Happy Holidays to all and thanks for a great year!

Many have asked how we came up with the “points of interest” hung on the boom from an old wooden boat out in front of the Boatyard.  I think we have 40 some locations with directions from here that the “lifestyle committee” (my buddy Dave Gendell and I) came up with after several beers.  We chose locations that sailors and in some case windsurfers and fishermen hang out.  So you have the local Bay favorites—St. Michaels, Solomons, Oxford and Hampton; other sailing/lifestyle locations in the US—Newport, Charleston, Key West, Marblehead, Southwest Harbor, Mackinac Island, New Orleans, San Fran, San Diego and Columbia River Gorge and more;  many international locations—Bermuda, Havana, Hobart, Azores, Halifax, St Barths, Antigua, Tortola, Fremantle, Cowes, North Shore-Oahu, Palma de Mallorca,  Porto Cervo and more; and then a few other favorites Soggy Dollar Bar, Bozeman, Austin, Jackson Hole and Montauk.   We left off so many great places and the lobbying has begun as it should.  Like how could we leave off Jamaica? —Bob Marley for goodness sake.  Thanks to George Davis and sign designer Brendon for locating the wooden boom and making it happen.  Brendon came up with the “Margaritaville-direction- In Your Mind” sign at the top. We have wanted to get this done forever-it’s up!

Speaking of points of interest, voting is hot and heavy for the World’s Favorite Sailing Bar conducted by Wight Vodka and Scuttlebutt Europe.  We are currently in third place on the list of ten finalists—behind One Bar, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.  If you would vote for us that would be great--at  www.scuttlebutteurope.com/sailors-bars.html   

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Well it’s winter weather in Eastport, Annapolis here on the Bay and the local sailors and fishermen are here squawking about the summer’s stories—the regatta they won except for the foul the judge didn’t see and the rockfish that stripped all the line off their reel and kept on going.  I especially love the winter gray days where the Bay is gray, the sky is gray, the ships anchored in the channel are gray-and the only color is the red and green blinking of the lighted buoys.

We held two recent events in November in The Boatyard Market private space.  The first was for John Page Williams being anointed by the Governor as an Admiral of the Chesapeake. John has been a dear friend and longtime Chesapeake Bay Foundation senior staffer.  Chief of Staff to the Governor, John Griffin, presented the citation.  70 of John’s friends, family and admirers were in attendance for a buffet feast and First Light Lager (John’s skiff is First Light) in a First Light Night commemorative pint glass.  A slide show of John’s life scrolled on the high def projector and screen. Congrats to John!  See the buffet menu and photos under “Private Events” on our site.

The second event was a talk and slide show given by Eastport’s Cindy and Robert Holden on a recent two year cruise on their sailboat to Spain, Portugal, Africa and the Caribbean.   The talk entitled “Open Ocean, Colorful Castles and Cute Camels” was attended by a more than standing room only crowd.  The highlight was how they integrated into the communities they visited.  Were we all planning our cruise that we may or may not take?  Cindy Fletcher Holden is a well-known local artist who painted the Hemmingway’s fishing boat Pilar that hangs in the Pilar Bar in the Boatyard Market space.  She also painted the boatyard painting that hangs over the main bar and of course the pictures on our bathroom doors of the labs that identify the girls and boys rooms.  If you haven’t seen them please notice them on your next visit.  Her biggest piece for us is the long Chesapeake Bay mural in the alley into our back lot.  If you haven’t seen it –go on the very amusing recent film on YouTube where Eastport’s own Oyster Boys are shown pointing to many of the critters on her beautiful mural as they sing.  It’s on our site under “Eastport Events - Eastport Oyster Boys….. Somewhere on the Gulf of Eastport”.

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