The weather was not chilly but there was plenty of Chili dishes on the TYC buffet table last night. A row of, at least, twelve crock pots filled the tables covered in red and white gingham cloth as well as filling the air with sweet aromas.
Gerry and Cathi Fournier were co-chair of this last Thursday pot Luck supper of the season. They chose a Southwestern theme for décor that made the buffet and table settings even more inviting for the members. The bouquets of Sunflowers in small mason jars provided the ambience of friendliness for the event.
Nearly a hundred members and guests went through the buffet line. A small chalkboard in front of each crock pot told the contents of the pot.
And, I thought, all Chili was simply Chili. I learned a cuisine lesson tonight as I read the ingredients in every pot. A few of the chalkboard caught my eye.
There was Sirloin Tip Chili, Buffalo Chicken Chili, Beef Chili, Indian Style Chili, Meat Chili (not to be confused with Beef Chili), and at least three vegetarian Chili, one of which contained lemongrass, coconut and curry. By the end of the evening, all the crock pots were completely empty – a good sign that all enjoyed this Southwestern treat.
I ate a delicious brownie with powdered sugar sprinkled on the top.
Other dessert items included cut fruits, a chocolate truffle and a blueberry tart cake.
It was an exciting night as this was a competition to discover what member excels in preparing a fine Chili. Three were three categories of competition. And the winners were: The Meat Chili – Cheryl Padilla: Vegetarian – Jan Fairbairn: Gourmet – Andrew Mazur
Each winner proudly posed for a picture with their winning prize – a six pack of gourmet beer!
The first day of school for Tiverton students today kept the number of youngsters to a minimum. Three shot hoops in the pool and only four played miniature golf. They all went home with prizes for their competitions.
Callie and I had a respite tonight from the past busy weeks which saw us running the pool games, setting up the golf mats and the corn hole game. It gave us time to mingle with the guests and listen to their stories.
Kathy Abiri was excited as she told us of the upcoming wedding of her son, Matt and Adrianna who were her guests tonight. Matt continued saying that he proposed to Adrianna at a convention in Las Vegas in front of 4,000 people. They currently live in Providence.
It was Clare Laroche’s last day of work as steward for this year.
She will be entering her freshman year at URI this weekend. We wish her well as she pursues a career in marine engineering and can’t wait to see her back at the TYC next summer.
Hope has gone to the University of Vermont and Tova, the head steward, will leave this weekend for her sophomore year at Brown University.
Don’t worry, though, we still have Callie, a Tiverton High School sophomore, Natalie, a senior at LaSalle Academy and Brenna, a senior at Tiverton, to take care of our needs at the club for the rest of the season.
Oh, best wishes to Jim and Teresa Ryan who will be spending two weeks in Russia on a September vacation.
I also had the opportunity to talk with Amy Cooper. I told her that my son in-law, Alvin Hough, will be the assistant Musical Director for Tina, the new smashing London Musical that will open on Broadway in November.
In other Broadway news, John Dias, a Tiverton native and former TYC member, will star in the Broadway Musical, Beautiful in October. He got his start in theater by producing summer musicals here at the TYC with my step daughter, Rebecca in the early 1990’s.
This afternoon, I received this email from our friend and club member, Jeff Caron:
Part of the reason there have been no little necks this summer results from Owen Caron’s busy schedule. Earlier in the summer Owen went to squash camp in Deerfield MA and on many Thursday nights I bring Owen to squash practice in Newport. On other Thursday nights Owen has worked at the
Midtown Oyster Bar on Thames Street. It is owned by his classmate Major Phillip’s family who also owns the M32 catamaran “Midtown Racing”. Owen was invited for a sail on Midtown in May (helmet required) and that earned him an invitation to the M32 World Championships in Riva del Garda, Italy with Major’s family. Lake Garda, about 3 hours west of Venice.
One of the pictures is of Owen in the race boat.
The Colors were special tonight as Ralph Padilla shot the canon three times. He first two were pops and the third was a loud bang to commemorate the last Thursday night Social of the season.
Activities continue on Labor Day where the traditional Junior Events take place. Games begin in the pool at 2:00 pm, move to the beach for the sand castle and grease watermelon contests and return to the lawn for limbo, sack races and the popular egg throw contest. This is followed by a pot luck dinner where we all will be joined by the participants of the Charlie Laroux Memorial Race.
Summer continues at the TYC as the beach is available for the members (like me) to enjoy a salt water swim on a daily basis until the weatherman tells us to pack up our bathing suit. Last year I swam until October 10. Please join me to see if we can do this again this year. Dr. Tim Flanagan, are you listening?
And the sunsets are beautiful.
See you on Monday, God willing!