"All roads lead to Rome..."
And last night a replica of the finest Roman Restaurant could be found on the first floor of the TYC where the buffet was laden with Italian delicacies and the tables were decorated with Italian flags and streamers of grape leaves. Italian road signs with pointed arrows were placed on all doors. Printed on them were familiar Italian locations including Pisa, Venice, Padua and Rome. Italian favorite songs greeted the guests.
Co-chaired by Leslie Gurski and Deb Reimels, Italian Night brought out over a hundred guests who braved stormy conditions on a summer night.
"I was afraid that the bad weather would keep people home," Leslie said. "I was so happy to see so many smiling faces as the guests lined up at the tables. There were spinach calzones, chicken alfredo, ravioli and stuffed shells on the middle table. Bowls of fresh garden salads and pasta salads were placed on the first table while the third table was reserved for lasagna, meatballs, shrimp scampi and ziti stuffed with beef. The dessert table featured a cannoli casserole, biscotti and Italian ice.
Deb and Leslie were kept busy most of the night restocking the foods that disappeared as quickly as they placed it on the tables. Most of the guests made second trips as they wished to sample most of the finest home cooked specialties.
On the upstairs level of the club there was a wine tasting event that featured wines from select regions of Italy. There were nine bottles of reds and whites that were sampled throughout the evening.
The heavy rains affected our outdoor activities. There were no pool games nor golfing matches as the rain continued throughout the early evening hours and there was no room inside to place the golf mats.
It gave Callie and me time off to socialize with the many guests who were engaged in spirited conversations. We joined a few groups upstairs on the deck and also on the picnic benches near the pool.
Pat Latucca told us that he was meeting his childhood friend tomorrow night
"I met Cally when I was seven and he was six. He was my neighbor in Amherst where I grew up. We played in puddles in my yard," Pat smiled. And, they've been friends ever since.
Brenna, a new steward, just returned from a vacation in Bermuda with her family.
"The water was crystal clear and the right temperature," Brenna smiled. "I had a wonderful time."
Hallmark always advertised that today is someone's birthday. Well, we had two someones who are quite special to the TYC family. Ann Berglund Lanz and Polly Ney celebrated their birthdays here tonight. Both continue to be active at the club. For that we thank them and wish each of them a very Happy Birthday!
An interesting and popular addition to tonight's event were two photo booths. One was a picture of Mona Lisa with the hole in the face that allowed faces to appear on the picture. The other was a large street poster of a Tuscan Village. Many guests, especially the children, posed for pictures in front of this.
Even though the weather was inclement, the party went on. The spirits of the guests were heightened with the friendly conversations that were had throughout the evening. Callie was still talking with Cheryl Rachupka as the three of us walked down the stairs. Just before nine pm.
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Next Thursday will feature a double header. Two very popular events will take place: the Mediterranean Night (dba, as the Toga Party) and the Junior Talent Show. Craig Rachupka (didn't I just type that name?) will be the emcee. Two new members have signed up to participate: Neahuel Armenasmz and his sister, Syai will play keyboards.
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Tonight, Friday, is the Junior Dance that is open to all youngsters from age 9 to 19. Mike will be the DJ and the cost is only $5. Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you tonight.
In the meantime, please make a nice toga to be a part of the anticipated fun on next Thursday. Toga, toga, toga,,,,,,,,,!
Thanks for being a member of the best yacht club on the Bay.