Until last night, only Fairy Tales ended so happily!
The Greatest Comeback in modern sports history screamed the faithful as they read these bold headlines in today's Providence Journal. And last night close to fifty TYC members gathered at the clubhouse to witness this historic sports event on the large fifty five inch television located on the wall above the roaring fireplace. Rows of folding white chairs were placed in a semicircle behind the three piece brown rattan sofa and chairs. A few TV trays held snacks between the rows.
"I never gave up hope," smiled Commodore Phyllis Ibbotson. "I kept telling everyone to keep the faith and never give up."
Phyllis and her daughter, Tova, created the sports ambiance in their meticulous decorations for the first Superbowl Party to be held in our new clubhouse. Small white lights hung from the rafters, blue and red bunting spread across the walls and "Go Patriots" signs covered many windows as well as the serving bar in the kitchen. A large buffet table was set against the east wall of the room. Guests brought in many of their favorite including chicken wings, ribs, chili and a variety of chips and dips. That table resembled one that would be at one of the Thursday Night Summer socials. Instead of bathing suits, however, many of the guests wore Patriot's sportswear.
That list included Lori Boivin, Karen Corr, Phyllis Ibbotson and former Commodore Steve Hughes. Others did sport the Patriot's colors on their casual attire. And there were two Superbowl "widows" here tonight. Barbara Humphrey and Sheila Foley joined our party as both of their husbands were at the game in Houston. Two other TYC members were there also. They were Mark Lowney and Ed Mazzaferro. During the "dark night of the soul" first half I caught up with Barbara as she was checking her phone.
"No, they all must be too sad to text."
It would have been almost impossible for Barbara to have gone to the game anyway. Her short cast covers her right thumb which she broke in a ski accident last month. "Peter and I have skied for years and this is the first accident that I've had," Barbara smiled. "I'll be back there next season."
When the Falcons scored their third touchdown in the first half, a sense of gloom came over the crowd. Guests rose and went back to the buffet table and filled up their glasses in the kitchen. The Patriot's field goal sparked a ray of hope as the first half ended not, however, as our loyal fans wished.
As I'm writing this today I'm thinking whether I should lie or tell the truth. I could write that the excitement of the second half was expressed in the cheers of the crowd (which, I'm sure happened) or I could say that I went home at halftime.
And that I did.
As well as a few others whom Phyllis quoted as saying, "It is too painful to watch."
Congratulations to Phyllis, Lori and their committee who made this event possible. It was a good night, especially with the victorious results, for all who attended.
It was also good to see our TYC members enjoying the fruits of the new clubhouse and will serve, I hope, as an inspiration for other events to occur here before the start of our summer season.
See you at the Paint Party Night in March. Check your emails for further information.
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