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Hurricanes, Jimmy Buffett... and Boatyard Bar & Grill All Killer, No Filler Crab Cakes online

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November 1 - today is 70 degrees, wow! We won’t see this again until next April/May.  I’m swimming outside for about the last time this year.

We held our last outdoors charity function on Sat Sept 15. It was supposed to be the Boatyard Beach Bash for and at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. BUT, the hurricane was coming up the East Coast after making land in North Carolina and many of the amazing artists fly up from Florida and Nashville.  The Governor declared a state of emergency and the AMM would surely flood so we called it off on Tuesday morning.  Darn!  Wait, on Wednesday AM the storm track shifted south.   Mayer Kirby Mayer, one of our headliners for the Beach Bash, called to say that they were on tour in the area and could still perform for a three-hour concert.  At a Wednesday morning meeting at the Museum quick decisions were made.  With all of our WONDERFFUL sponsors still in we would refund the sold-out Beach Bash tickets and sell our Hurricane Party tickets at a lower price, get a food truck, have a drink table and Boom! we were a "go". The evening was amazing!   Peter Mayer created a bidding frenzy when he offered for auction concert tickets to next year's Jimmy Buffett concert and because of the generosity of some guests in the audience, the museum cleared the same amount that we would have from the bigger event. Thank you, Mayer Kirby Mayer and AMM for their quick reaction time by their incredible staff. Thank you sponsors and our guests who had a great show on a beautiful evening. Here are some pictures from the evening taken by our friend Ken.

      Peter Brendan Mayer AMM Hurricane Party  Peter Brendan Mayer AMM Hurricane Party 2  Peter Brendan Mayer AMM Hurricane Party 3

Right before our annual trip to Europe we attended the Congressional Medal of Honor Gala Dinner at the Naval Academy.   We couldn't pass up the chance to have a pic with Jay Leno and Emcee Norah O’Donnell. Shameless groupies!!

            Georgie Franyo with Norah ODonnell                             DIck and Georgie Franyo with Jay Leno

We were off to London to see G’s fam and catch Hamilton for the third time. We found that, because the English clip their words, you could hear every word unlike in NYC (which of course was also amazing).  We visited Chartwell, Churchill’s home. It’s been totally preserved. His artwork which was his relaxation is displayed in a gallery. He painted about 300 pieces and about 150 are still at Chartwell. The others he gave away and sell at auction at $1M each.  There I am in front of Chartwell flashing the V for Victory sign. And some amazing Scottish eggs at a nearby pub.

 Dick and Georgie Franyo at Chartwell  The Wheatsheaf Pub  Scottish eggs

On the move, we're off to Paris via the tunnel where we ate and toured street art and ate and ate - visited markets to taste everything....dinner at the Eiffel Tower. We also saw Jimmy Buffett in concert for 1,300 people at Le Cigale which is very special (dates back to 1887).  Jimmy, Peter and Brendan Mayer and the band on stage.

                             Paris Street Art Tour                    eiffel tower 


Jimmy Buffett and Coral Reefers Paris stage  Jimmy Buffett on stage Paris Peter and Brendan Mayer Paris on stage  

Zig: It was off to Hopetown to inspect the work being done. Zag!  Back for Navy football -the most user-friendly sporting event anywhere. Love the Mids! And can you believe last eve was Halloween?

         work at Hopetown    Navy football 

A Halloween pumpkin

With the holidays coming get your orders in for Boatyard crab cakes which are shipped overnight nationwide, fresh and cold. We also ship crab soups and crab dip. Make great holiday gifts for family and friend - and for corporations too.

With our four outdoor charity events in the books for 2018 we want to thank all of our sponsors, attendees, volunteers - you are what make it all possible.  We have so much fun, let's do it again next year!

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Dick's Blog: Eastport Annapolis highlights

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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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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 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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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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Online Crab Cakes Special Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift

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Shop online for Boatyard Crab Cakes, Soup and Dip - Give someone a gift and get one too!

Make the most of this once-a-year special, starts midnight October 20 and ends November 5, 2017.  Our amazing All Killer, No Filler crab cakes are terrific gifts, for yourself too.  Make entertaining oh so simple with the same freshly made crab dishes that our restaurant customers love.  Ships fresh to your door, ready to cook - never frozen!   Order here!

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