The Manager's Desk
February 1, 2013: Looking out the window I can’t help but enjoy the picturesque white blanket of snow on our new clubhouse. Unfortunately this is tempered by the fact that some of that snow resides upon construction equipment still working on the final stages of our renovation project. The weather now dictates what can and can’t be done in our parking lot but the warm weather that appears to be approaching will enable the contractors to apply concrete where the current gravel resides.
Despite the slow progress on the exterior we are thrilled to be finalizing the punch list on the interior items. Dining room light fixtures to enable dimming and sound deadening in the bar are among the larger items that are still on the list but we should see resolution in the not-too-distant future. We welcome your comments and feedback as we go forward and hope the choices that are being made reflect the desires of our diverse membership.
I am very proud and happy to say that out kitchen staff is doing a terrific job developing the new skill sets required to produce our new local farm fresh menu. As I have noted we have been changing our menus frequently to accommodate the learning curve as well as “break in” our new kitchen. We are coming to the conclusion of this transition and we now look forward to a new mode of menu design.
Simply put, our menu will regularly be taking advantage of the freshest ingredients available. This dictates more regular modifications to the menu. We will continue to identify member favorites and have a portion of the menu that appeals to those who are creatures of habit and love that one item that they can’t get anywhere else. We also have heard your requests for some of the old standards and they will be making an appearance as well.
January 1, 2013: 2013 is here and we ring in the new year with the next step in the evolution of our little club that could. As we all grow more comfortable in our new clubhouse we are reminded of the rich and colorful history of EYC and what brought us to this point.
Yes, the beautiful new building is certainly an obvious indicator of how far we have come but I would say the character of our membership is what should be celebrated as we look back on 2012 and beyond into the future. I challenge our membership to maintain the clear sense of identity and camaraderie that has been the trademark of EYC since is inception.
October 25, 2012: We are “approaching the finish line” of our renovation project. As I write this article we have passed two of our first final inspections and we seem to be progressing nicely. There are still a number of items that need to be accomplished before we can open the doors but it appears our Grand Opening dates are not in jeopardy. We hope to see you all for the Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 10, at 11a.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The festivities will begin thereafter at the NEW Eastport Yacht Club! Don’t miss the first party in the new clubhouse as we begin yet another chapter in the rich history of the little club than does!
December 1, 2012: We are in! I can’t believe I am finally able to write those words after the long hours and hard work that so many have committed to our renovation project. If you haven’t had the opportunity to make it down to the club the final product is amazing!
As with any move however there is still much to be done to make it feel like home but even with those details still needing to be completed the building looks great and we are all excited about being able to share many new memories going forward in our new “home away from home.” Stop down to try out our new farm fresh food menu and expanded beverage menus.
October 1, 2012: Finally, I believe there is a light at the end of our “renovation tunnel.” As most of our members are fully aware the site work is now in full swing and the final phases of the interior are moving along nicely. As I write this article we have received favorable inspections for our fire system as well as the elevators and more are right behind. The inside of our new clubhouse looks great even with a number of final details still not in place. I look forward to sharing the experience with all of our members and hope you share the excitement that all of us who are actively involved with the project are now experiencing. Of course the looming question from all involved is “When will we be in?” Obviously this is a tough question to answer but we are currently anticipating the end of October. The site work where the trailers currently reside will likely continue into late November. This precludes any problems with final inspections but we are optimistic that our ongoing communication and relationships with the various inspectors will make for a smooth transition from construction to occupancy.