As the Scottish poet Rabbie Burns was prone to say: “the best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft aglee.
This morning’s plan: #1 leave the house at 6:45 AM to meet friends for breakfast at “the Shack” restaurant in Groton then return home and since it’s almost balmy outside I was “planning” on sweeping the sand and salt off the garage floor and tidy up the collection of stuff that had accumulated over the winter.
Part 1 of # 1 done! Two blueberry pancakes, coffee and lots of good chatter. The garage?? well there’s always tomorrow.
The way home from Groton includes a left turn out of the restaurant parking lot and north on Rte 12. The BGB had other ideas. She turned right! Apparently she wanted to check out the fog bound coast of Groton, so who am I to argue with 3,600 pounds of metal. Right turn it is!
First stop: We followed Shennecossett Road south then turned left onto Bayberry Lane and the State of CT DEEP Boat Launch. NOW I discover that I only have my “in case you get into an accident, you have your little camera with you to take photos” or any newsworthy occurrences. Make it work EP! The raw, damp wind blowing off Long Island Sound didn’t deter me either.
Next, around Shennecossett Road to Eastern Point Beach parking area. Still raw, damp and breezy but there were some interesting shots available. I also made a few one minute +/- videos for a friend in Florida. I passed a woman pushing a stroller who told me there was nothing to look at. Save your breath EP. The wind was blowing probably 10-15 mph, the fog horns were blaring and somewhere out in the fog the ferry to Fishers Island was blasting it’s horn as well. I know this because I saw it coming down the Thames River and then whoops, where did it go. Fog won again. The only evidence left was the increased wave action along the shore.
So, in total I took about 50 photos and quite a few of course wound up in the “trash” when I downloaded them and cast a critical eye. Attached are a few that I kept.
Heading home at last, passing “The Shack” one more time I made my last stop at “Angelo’s Bakery” (this fine shop can be found on Facebook.com) here in Colchester. So, tomorrow’s breakfast is in the refrigerator: one of their cinnamon and raisin pastries and a small grinder roll–could become a tuna fish grinder tomorrow for lunch unless I change my mind.
PS: In case you didn’t know “BGB” stands for Big Green Buick”.
Fortune dictated that we (Inge & I) miss the actual arrival but some swift walking, backtracking and driving brought us into a position to see this ship that had sailed across the Atlantic and toured several ports before arriving in Mystic. The press was reporting 8,000 miles under sail. From our vantage point it looked like a mob scene with eager visitors clustered around the gangplanks.
Neither the vista nor the weather were really great so we opted to drive slowly up river to see what else we might find. First a huge stretch limo carrying 2 gentlemen of a certain age who announced that they had just been married. We chatted with them, wished them a happy life together and went our separate ways.
Then there were white herons and an airborne great blue heron in the marshy grass along the river but guess who’s camera battery died. NUTS! Poor planning ep!
On my way home later that afternoon it occurred to me that the Cragin Library here in Colchester has discount admission cards that can be checked out for 2 days. When I checked with them on Thursday I learned that the card authorizes half price admission for 2 adults and 3 children. I asked if any cards were available for Mystic Seaport. Yes, and it was mine for 2 days. Return it Saturday or else $10 per day thereafter. (ouch)
And off we went (the Buick & I). The weather was glorious, light breeze blowing, brilliant fall sunshine and half off my admission. Hooray. Photos follow. As always, click on any one and a slide show will open for you. In addition to the DRAKEN I’ve included some other images taken at the Mystic Seaport last Thursday. The 6 people in the miniature version of the DRAKEN were singing along as an accordion player (in the bow) played appropriate maritime tunes. The other five were beating out the rhythm on the gunnels of the boat.
Later in the afternoon, while sipping a class of iced tea under that huge oak at “Spouters Tavern” I called Inge who was still at work but who was also very hungry and we had a very nice supper at the Mystic Steak Loft. Always guaranteed to be a delicious meal.
The modern looking building in this post is the newest addition to the seaport. It’s the new conference center and also the second entrance for visitors to the Seaport.
What a great evening. Close to 100 guests attended a superb buffet at the St. Andrew’s Church Parish Hall here in Colchester. A number of the attendees walked away as winners of some great tea cup raffle baskets, received awards for a variety of successes on the Chanticlair Golf Course and were absolutely blown away by the results of Luke Hajdasz’s fund raising efforts to benefit the Colchester Senior Center over the past 3 years. The exact dollar amount eludes me but it was announced last night that it exceeded $14,000. This young man, with awesome Hajdasz family’s support came up with this idea, created the game plan, solicited donations, worked diligently with the Senior Center staff and of course the management at Chanticlair. His goal was to reach $10,000. Well done Luke!! The image with Becky holding her “smart phone” with Luke and Patty Watts (Director of Senior Services) looking on are seeing for the first time the results of his labors.
The generously donated tea cup raffle baskets were amazing, lots of golf related items, a football signed by Patriots player J Edelman, sporting event tickets, restaurants, spa treatments and many, many more. I will add that there were several very, very lucky attendees. You know who you are 🙂
The buffet was prepared by Papa Z’s restaurant including salads, crusty bread and butter, pasta creations, (the alfredo chicken was my favorite) and slices of pizza. A number of people went back for seconds. Dessert was a huge cake decorated with a golf theme of course accompanied by a fizzy pink punch.
There were many workers behind the scenes throughout this 2 day event ranging from checking in the golfers as they arrived to setting up and cleaning up at the Parish Hall and a multitude of tasks in between. Thank you to all of these committed ladies and gentlemen.
And my final reminder: click on any image to start your slide show.
Friday’s kick off time was 9:30 am. We’ve already discussed Friday’s weather conditions.
Today (Saturday) kick off time was 12:30 pm. That factoid should give you a little indication of today’s weather conditions. In my most unmeteorological language, today was at lease ten times hotter and 200% more humid. And I did something I swore I would never do…appeared in public in a tee-shirt and knee length shorts. I’m very glad I’m the one who was taking the photos and not the other way around!
There aren’t nearly as many photos today as there were yesterday and I apologize for that but It was simply too hot and humid to stay out on the course for more than half an hour. However, I don’t understand why the ducks weren’t taking advantage of the fountain.
As always, click on an image to start your slide show. ep
After weeks, no…make that months of planning by the Senior Center Staff. Luke Hajdasz and his family, the days have finally arrived. Last year at this same event, the weather was glorious, reasonable temperatures, cool breezes and low humidity. Today’s tropical temperatures and humidity as well as concerns about T-storms put a small crimp in the festivities. I’m not a golfer and don’t plan on becoming one at this late date but I do know that these players have indomitable spirit and I’ve been told that heat or cold, rain and probably snow does little to stop them from taking one more swing. Thunder and lightning may be a different story.
This is the first of 3 posts for me today. Friday’s 9 hole event, Saturday’s 18 hole event and the celebratory banquet this evening where beautiful gift baskets will be raffled, speeches will be mad trophies will be presented and lots of food will be consumed.
So please enjoy the photos, and remember that by clicking on any one image, you can start a slide show to view larger images.
PS: The blue heron released the frog back into the pond.
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A friend reminded me earlier this week that on July 20th there would be a “Cruise Night” on the Colchester Green. In years past I’ve noticed this event from afar but since I was out anyway, I decided to stop for an up close and personal look at what I assumed would be a few hot rods, antique cars and custom vehicles. Arriving around 4:30PM I was amazed to see the number of vehicles already on site, hoods up with proud owners seated all around. And they continued to arrive in a steady stream for the next 45+ minutes.
Fortunately I had my camera with me and took a significant number of photographs before my brain went into “Cruise Night” overload! Every color of the rainbow, configuration and customization not to mention sparkling chrome, bodies polished like diamonds in the sunlight and owners who were more than willing to talk about their vehicles.
I will confess to some drag racing of my own “back in the day” ( there was a straight-http://goodtimesmotoringclub.comaway near the Amtrak Station in Westwood, MA).and yes my Big Green Buick (BGB) has a supercharger under the hood that has come in handy on several occasions.
This event is managed and sponsored by the “Good Times Motoring Club” April through November on the third Wednesday late afternoon on the Colchester Green. Even if you’re not a car buff you should come out once just to see these beautiful vehicles and perhaps take your own trip down memory lane. I certainly did! Complete with 50’s music playing in the background.
Reminder: click on any of the images to start a slide show. ep
Yesterday afternoon was my third visit to Enders Island in Mystic CT to partake of their Lenten Fish-Fry. I was there once last year and twice (so far) this year.
I arrived a bit early yesterday since I was terribly late the last time I had joined friends there for supper. I was hoping to have an opportunity to look around a bit and maybe take a few photographs. It felt significantly cooler than the high 50’s the thermometer was reading so I was hoping that just maybe the chapel would be open. The huge double doors were unlocked. I entered and was immediately taken by the sense of calm that surrounded me. It’s been a difficult few weeks for our family and for a few minutes that turmoil left me. The stained glass windows were absolutely amazing.
No one else was present so I took a few photos. It was quite dim in the chapel so I wasn’t sure how these images would come out. Before leaving I whispered a quiet “thank you” to whomever was listening and walked back out into the chilly evening air. My friend IP was just arriving, I recognized her shoes, she recognized my camera. It’s funny what we’re known by at times.
As two delightful ladies registered us our other two friends BS & BS,Jr were just arriving so we took our places at a hugh round table. Our orders were taken: we had a choice of batter fried or baked cod accompanied by freshly made coleslaw and piping hot french fries. But first, bowls of steaming hot New England clam chowder and crackers were placed in front of us. The chowder was excellent and the steaming hot fish, chips and coleslaw were excellent (as usual). We had spotted a tray of cupcakes decorated to look like Easter baskets and there’s always room for dessert so yes, those little delicacies disappeared in record time.
We sat for a while chatting and planning our next visit. Maybe I’ll try the baked cod. We’ll see. Heading out for our cars, the sun was just setting over Morgan Point, Noank (Groton) so IP and I stopped to take a few more photographs. I got the impression that she’s trying to convince me to invest in an i-phone. Getting into my car and heading for the causeway there was one last photo to take…rolling down the window, grabbing the camera one last “drive by” shot was taken. Apologies to the vehicle waiting at the other end of the causeway to cross over.
A very pleasant evening with friends ended as I watched the crescent moon set over Colchester.
ps: click on 1 image to see slide show ep
Day 2 of the Senior Center Fund Raiser was another spectacular day here in Eastern CT. This was the 18 hole tournament to be followed by an awards buffet dinner at St Joseph’s Polish Society Club here in Colchester. A shotgun start for our 9 groups of 4 golfers took place at 1:30pm and off they went. Lots of laughter and fun could be heard all over the course as the teams made their way around the course.
Due to the much larger number of golfers (our group and the public) I was glad I had worn a comfortable pair of shoes. No golf cart for EP today but I did see quite a few of the teams making their shots. Did you know that CSC was actually selling permission slip Mulligans for $5 each! They were a hot item as well as a conversation piece as to the number needed by certain individuals.
Making my way back to the Buick and home the pressure was on to transfer photos to a flash drive so they could be used along with the previous day’s images on a huge flat screen at the dinner. A few quick edits and mission accomplished.
The buffet dinner was catered by Papa Z’s restaurant and was simply delicious. Salads, pasta, meatballs/sauce, chicken marsala, pizza, roast potatoes, bread and butter. All you could eat and then some! Coffee and cake rounded out the meal.
And the venue? A beautifully decorated room with gleaming crystal chandeliers and 17 tables set by the CSC Staff and Volunteers for 136 diners. What a TEAM!!
The generous support from our local community merchants and some much further afield was outstanding. Although they are too numerous to mention here, they were recognized at the dinner as well as in the programs distributed at the course.
The lucky winners in each category received their honors and applause and then it was on to the drawing of raffle tickets. Patty Watts was an excellent Mistress of Ceremonies throughout the evening with more laughter and cheering as the winning tickets were read out. And on a personal note…we really sounded great as we sang a slightly early “Happy Birthday” to our oh, so dear Fran. 98 years young (next week) and still line dancing on Thursdays with Priscilla’s group at the Senior Center.
The first fundraiser was proposed by Luke Hajdasz to the Center early in 2014. With continuing support from his family the first tournament raised $3000 which was utilized by the Center to purchase and install 3 shiney new computers and work stations for use by our seniors. 36 golfers participated and slightly more than 50 took part in the buffet dinner. This year there were 54 golfers participating and 136 enjoyed the buffet dinner.
The final tally for 2015 is $till a work in progre$$ but 2014’s success has most definitely been eclipsed by 2015’s tournament.
Plans are no doubt being made for 2016 so stay tuned. Who knows, perhaps by next year I may be able to at least knock the ball off the tee??
What a spectacular day! Friday am was the first day of the Colchester Senior Center’s two day golf tournament. This two days of golf is a major fundraiser for the Senior Center and community support continues to be outstanding!
Some of you may know that I am NOT a golfer but since it was a lovely morning I headed over to the Chanticlair Golf Course here in Colchester to see what was happening. I took several photographs of the various players participating in the 9 hole event as they were getting last minute instructions before they headed out onto the course. The young man Luke (who is spearheading this event) offered me the use of a golf cart. Wellllll, I can ride a bike, ice skate in a straight line only, drive a stick shift and automatic transmission vehicle and have 1200+/- hours flying single and multi-engine aircraft but a golf cart? How hard can it be? Luke gave me a 5 minute course in the operation of this machine (#23) as well as rules of etiquette on a golf course. Got it! So my camera and I were off tooling about the course, breezes blowing through my hair at probably 2 mph! I soon got the hang of it keeping Luke’s admonishing words of “please be sure to set the parking brake if you stop and get out of la machine” in mind.
Prior to delivering a flash drive of these images to the Senior Center I edited out some of the images. Shhh.. I understand the plan is to use these photos and photos that Luke was taking along with today’s images (Saturday: 18 holes this afternoon) in a continuous display running through the Buffet Dinner planned for this evening.
Yes, there a couple were shots of me in #23 but do not look for either of them in this post. CP, I think you taught Luke how to take pictures!
So, it’s another lovely day in the neighborhood and tee-off time is 1:30 this afternoon and I’ve some housekeeping chores to take care of before heading back over to Chanticlair. FORE!!!!