It was a Whale of a night at the TYC tonight. Guests viewed a large inflatable whale suspended from the second-floor porch, as they walked along the brick walkway into the clubhouse where the serving tables held an array of seafood, grilled hamburgers and fresh garden salads.

Two smiling gray whales held the utensils and plates.

It was the annual Surf and Turf Night at the TYC. More than 150 members and guests feasted on cooked Muscles, Little Necks shucked by Jeff Caron and his assistant tonight, Peter Corr, and real Lobster Rolls. Lobster Mac and Cheese was scooped up as quickly as the dozen pizzas by the kids.

Once again, Pat Collins and Pat Latucca were the co-chairs of this very popular social event. The entire club, thanks to Pat Collins, was decorated in a beach theme. Beach balls were on the tables that were covered with palm trees. Surfing songs sung by the Beach Boys were played all night long.

There were even inflatable palm trees stuck on the inside poles on the first floor and an inflatable Dolphin bouncing around the pool!

Pat Collins continues to do an outstanding job of theme decorating for the many events which she has chaired over the years. But, as she told me, she needed the assistance of her co-chair Pat Latucca.

“He’s tall and hung the colorful streamers under the second-floor deck,” Pat smiled and thanked him for all he did for the event. Pat noted that Clare, the steward on duty, was a very valuable help.

Pat Collins even spread large white paper on the picnic tables. She then placed colored chalk on the tables for the youngsters to draw. A nice touch for the younger set.

Callie Moran, my assistant, and I were kept busy for the entire evening. She carried a yellow pad taking notes that helps me to write the weekly reports.

The pool was crowded with youngsters and adults as we began the pool games. Sophie won the Big Splash contest, Magnus, the Little Splash and eleven-year-old sally won the Handstand competition. Tyler won the swim race from the deep end to the shallow side of the pool. Over a dozen youngsters played the basketball hoop contest.

After 45 minutes of pool activities, and, yes, all participants did “win” prizes from our treasure chest, activities resumed on the south lawn with the popular golf games.  Prizes were awarded for this as well as the new bean bag toss that is gradually gaining popularity. About ten minutes after Ralph Padilla performed colors by setting off the cannon, a young lady approached me.

“Mr. Rogers,” Brooke said. “Here’s a piece of cake. It’s my mom’s birthday today.” She smiled and led me to the picnic table where her parents were seated.

It was Cheryl Rachupka’s birthday. She and her husband, Craig, the newest director of the TYC and Membership Chair, were celebrating her birthday with friends and their other daughter, Aubrey.  Unfortunately, she will miss the Saturday Beach Party as her girl friends are taking her to Block Island for the day. Happy Birthday, Cheryl, from all of us!

It continues to be a busy week here at the TYC with the Junior Dance tonight, Friday, and the Beach Party on Saturday night. DJ’s will provide swinging music at each event.

On Thursday, August 2, we will have a Junior Talent Show. This will give our talented youngsters an opportunity to showcase their abilities before a live audience. Craig Rachupka will be the master of ceremonies for this annual event which was started by my late wife, Dee Rogers. Adult members are also welcomed to participate either alone or with your child. Please contact me at

Next Thursday, July 19, is Italian Night here at the TYC. I recall the delicious Italian delicacies that lined our tables last year.  I’m sure there will be even more tasty dishes for this year’s event.

Just a reminder, Log Books are available from the stewards every day. Please pick one up today!


Jim Rogers