March 1, 2017: It’s SPRING!
Another winter done! Time to ready boats for the season, spy the first osprey, burn socks, celebrate more daylight! And celebrate we will. Whooo-hooo!
Daylight Saving Time begins on March 12 as we spring the clock ahead. However, the true heralding of spring arrives the following Monday, March 20, at 4 p.m. as we burn our socks on the eve of the Spring Equinox. I am sure none of our EYCers REALLY wants to be burning their socks, drinking beer, and eating oysters at 0630 on Monday morning ... so come on out Monday afternoon and celebrate another successful escape from winter’s cold clutches at the Official Sock Burning (Bob Turner years ago anointed EYC with this very high honor and responsibility).
In the middle of these two wonderful spring landmarks is this year’s Commodore’s Ball on Saturday, March 18. The night promises to be fabulously fun with open bar from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and a spectacular menu. In addition to Chef Henry’s food stations and passed treats, there will be a sushi bar and ice luge. AWESOME!
Please join me at our most formal EYC party of the year. It IS EYC, so “formal” is a loose definition ... EYC formal IS defined in the EYC Policy and to add to this year’s fun, please feel free to don a mermaid tail and/or your best pirate attire in honor of this year’s theme of Mermaids and Pirates — in my opinion, the most appropriate summation of EYC members.
The party list continues at EYC with St. Patrick’s Day ... er, week, and if you include the Annapolis Irish parade on March 5th, two weeks! EYC’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities start on Friday, March 10, with an Irish dinner and entertainment, and continue through to the actual day, March 17, with Irish dinner and drink specials all week. If you are keeping track of all the parties, don’t forget to include Green Beer Races at the Eastport Democratic Club on Saturday, March 11. Just saying ...
There are going to be a lot of Irish leprechauns out and about this month and their cousins, the Trolls, will be partying with us on the Family Movie Night, Friday, March 3, at 6 p.m.
If you are looking for something to do in between all of these parties this month, there is lots of good brain food being provided by EYC Committees. The wonderful lecture series and trainings continue. A2B hosts a seminar about Prepping Your Boat for A2B 2018 on March 4. Also on March 4, Race Committee will have GPS Training with Tom Stalder.
March 18th the Cruise Committee will cruise around Eastport with Jane McWilliams and explore the Back Creek maritime sites. March 22nd the Environmental Committee brings their lecture series literally to our backdoor with “Annapolis Local Waters” and the efforts underway to improve our local waters.
EYC is a club based on volunteering and we save ourselves a lot of money by having members do necessary tasks that otherwise we would have to hire folks to complete. One of the quintessential volunteer days is upon us with Spring Clean-up on March 25th. Please join us starting at 9 a.m. to give our clubhouse and grounds the TLC it needs to look its best for the summer. There is no better way to meet members or bond with old friends than spending time raking, painting, and hammering together. Plus we will feed you lunch AND give you a drink!
Following Spring Clean-Up, the Membership Committee will host a Meet the Committees reception the afternoon of March 25th so that you can see the other opportunities to get involved at EYC. This is a great day to get together with anyone you have sponsored for membership in the last year or two and introduce them to the heart and soul of EYC.
We need your opinion. And I KNOW EYCers have opinions! There are several surveys being conducted by committees in order to see what EYC members are looking for, expecting, or would like to see improved. This is your chance to weigh in and have your voice be heard. The House Committee has a survey going about our food service, Family Committee is asking for input about the activities for our youngest members and their chaperones, and Lights Parade wants to hear from you. And finally, FinComm will be hosting a Financial Town Hall on March 12th at 4:30 to introduce and explain some financial decisions we as a club need to make this year and to hear your thoughts about the financial choices.
I am thrilled to announce we have some additions and changes to some EYC committee chairs. Please join me in welcoming Theresa Somers and John Ryder as the new co-chairs of House Committee. And join me in a hearty thank you to Carey Kirk for helming that committee for that past couple of years. Also, Family Committee has Courtney Jolley joining Clare Barone. YAY! Thank you to all of you!
The last sure signs that winter is behind us and spring is in our sights is the end of the incredibly popular Trivia Night on March 16th and the Cruiser’s Pot Luck Dinner on March 26th. A HUGE thank you to Trivia Madame Monica Arnold for a spectacular trivia season!