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Welcome to the Tiverton Yacht Club.  We are a small family oriented yacht club on the Sakonnet River in Tiverton, Rhode Island.  If you have a love for the water, for boats and for down to earth friendly people, you have found the right place.  

The décor for tonight’s party turned the TYC into a French country Provence home. The primary colors of yellow and blue were reflected in vases of Hydrangeas and Sunflowers. An Eiffel Tower clock was located on one of the four buffet tables that were covered in deep blue cloths.

It was Bon Appetit Night and the more than 125 guests responded favorably with delicious dishes culled from the recipes contained in this fabulous culinary magazine.          

Lori Boivin, chair of this event, proudly showed off the array of homemade delicacies on the tables. There were Herbs de Provence Chicken with peach glaze, lobster and chicken mac and cheese, pulled pork sliders as well as baked scallops and pasta dishes. A lavender cheese cake and a blueberry cream cheese cake were the most popular and sort after desserts. Lori has been social chair for over fifteen years. It was her idea to have these fabulous Thursday night socials. Without her dedication these weekly socials would never have happened.  We thank you, Lori, and know that we all can count on you for your continuing work for the good of the club.          

Activities started off strongly as there were over 25 youngsters in the pool. Many participated in the pool games including Ella, 12, who won the cross the pool race and Addie, 7, who had the straightest handstand in a competition of ten youngsters. Ten-year-old Tessa won the Little Splash Contest while Abe, 11, did the honors of winning the Big Splash.

Before the evening began, however, there was drama on Riverside Drive. A 20-foot power boat, a Grady White, overturned and partially sunk a few hundred yards south of the TYC beach. Several members who were on the dock were shocked as there was no one in or near the disabled boat. The water was calm and there was no wind. The police and fire responded to the scene and talked with Chris Pyne, a TYC member, who owns the vessel. Arrangements are being made to right the boat as soon as possible.          

Guests continued to enjoy the bright evening sun as they sat on the picnic tables or on blankets spread on the front lawn. Many watched the very active golf matts that attracted over twenty-five youngsters and at least five adults. It was so nice to see two moms instruct their little sons on the best way to hold and swing the golf putter.         

“That’s my gym teacher,” Callie pointed toward the group of people standing on the north lawn.” It’s Lauren Corr. I’m going over to say hello.” Callie gave me her yellow pad and proceeded to walk toward Lauren who has been a TYC member for many years.          

During this evening, Callie has certainly been my right-hand helper, noting the pool competitions winners and writing down the food selections of the evening. The soon to be sophomore has also made many friends during her voluntary work on the Pot Luck Dinners.          

While activities continued outside during the evening there was another activity going on in the air conditioned second floor room. It was a reunion of former (and current) TYC members who shared many happy summers at the club. Most of them were(are) boat members. This gathering was arranged by Pat Collins. Of course, since that is what Pat does so often and easily – bringing people together. This gave all the chance to recall many sailing adventures and social activities that predate the twentieth century. Does anyone recall the pig roast of 1976 or the last July 4th Bonfire of 1984? (There are still some burnt rusty nails in the breakwater!). Those who attended the reunion include: Past Commodore Harlan and Sheila Tyler, Ken and Joyce Kiley, Michael and Agnes Heiner, Frank and Sheila Item, Susan Texeira, Dave and Pat Collins, Polly Ney and John Brady who celebrated his 90th birthday last month.

We are honored each week to have Ralph Padilla do colors, a tradition at most outstanding yacht clubs along the Bay. His young assistant, name unknown, asked his mom’s permission as to the use of ear plugs to defray the noise of the cannon. With his mom’s permission he took his position next to Ralph as Ralph detonated the cannon.

As you read this today Friday, tonight is the Sail Training Awards Night. Over 90 youngsters, all dressed to the nines, will receive certificates for their classes. A great night to see the young sailors of tomorrow. Stop by if you can for the 6:30 pm Ceremony.          

Find your long golden beads as you will need them next week. Mardi Gras night is the theme for next Thursday’s Pot Luck. Blacken your chicken or steak and make sure you bring it with you along with, maybe, a recipe from Emeril Lagasse who was born and raised three blocks from my house in Fall River. I never met him but his brother was my friend. Does that count?          

Thanks for a good evening and our best to Chris Pyne on returning his boat to use for the rest of the summer.          

Jim Rogers

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