Social events for EYC club members include a number of monthly events and special holiday observances. The annual Blessing of the Fleet in May, Founders’ Day in November, a gala Holiday Party in early December, and the now-signature New Year’s Day Pot Luck Extravaganza are some of our fun events for members, plus a variety of terrific (and delicious) events including a Bull & Oyster Roast, Crab Feast, and more. Of course, we have the best seats for the annual performances of the Navy’s Blue Angels during USNA Commissioning Week, and the July Fourth fireworks display.
EYC also has plenty of family-oriented events, including monthly Family Movie Nights, Junior Sailing events and cookouts, and many children’s events such as the spring Easter Egg Hunt, summer Ice Cream Social, and the Gingerbread House Building Party in December.Want to get in on the ground floor for the fun? Join House Committee! Meetings are held first Wednesdays of the month, 6:30 p.m. Or contact Co-Chairs Carey Kirk and Mark Jones. Your ideas and energy are welcome!
Around the House: December
Before we get into December’s events, House must give a quick shout out to member Teresa Williams, the new owner of Gateway Florist; Teresa donated all of the table arrangements and boutonnieres for the founders and past commodores for the Founders Day party that followed the annual meeting. Our thanks to Teresa for her very generous donation of such beautiful work.
Saturday, December 3, will be the premier of the clubhouse’s new holiday decorations along with the now infamous ‘Get Your Elf On!’ party. We have a new source for discovering your Elf name, all wearing Elf hats and regalia receive a free drink ticket, and we’ll discover if it’s true that Elves can hold their shot drinks, or maybe not...
There will be drink specials such as Eggnog Shooters (addictive) along with magical dinner specials from head Elf Chef Candy Cane Merry Mittens. Wear your most prized ugly Christmas sweater – they will be celebrated, Elf style, with Cranberry Cordial shooters.
As with every holiday season we’ll keep to our commitment of remembering the less fortunate in our community and ask you to bring canned or boxed food items for us to donate to the Lighthouse Shelter. The donation box will be in the foyer as usual and will remain there for the duration of the holidays. We will also have a donation box for our furry friends in the local SPCA shelter; they gratefully accept food and toys and supplies for all their sheltered tenants, not only during the holidays but naturally throughout the year.
Saturday, December17, brings our annual, highly anticipated Make a Gingerbread House event for kids and their parents. If you are a new member, this is a truly exceptional and fun event and sells out quickly every time. Santa and his # 1 Elf Jay come visit by boat, Domino’s delivers by land yacht, and the dining room buzzes with kids on big time sugar highs.
The next day, the 18th, will be a very fun Celebration of Christmas! This doubleheader brings back our Cookie Exchange teamed up with the addition of caroling provided by St. Martin’s choir. The choir will serenade us with traditional holiday songs and will also encourage participation in a sing-along for us all. So come have a pint or a nog, trade a batch of your cookies for another member’s, and sing like no one is around to hear. Keep watch on the Blast, here in the VFB and for flyers posted in the clubhouse for details on both events.
Don’t miss the informal carol singalong in celebration of the Winter Solstice on Wednesday, December 21, from cocktail time until the last caroler drops!
As usual, in addition to all of our events, December still brings NFL Sundays so you can count on our usual game day food and beverage offerings as well as the holiday specials.
Save the Date: Saturday, December 31st, will bring our annual New Year’s Eve celebrations at the club – a great party with an evening full of music, dancing, food and beverage, early on for the families and much later on for the adults and late revelers. Last year’s revamping of the celebration as a whole was very popular and a great deal of fun. Have a look around the usual avenues for the details, but plan on welcoming the new year at your favorite club with the very best view in town of the fireworks and on the waterfront we enjoy every day.
New Holiday Event(s)!
Join us for 'A Celebration of Christmas'
- When: Sunday, December 18, 5 - 7 p.m.
- What: Cookie Exchange, Caroling, Kids' Christmas Tree
Our increasingly popular Cookie Exchange has grown! We've added two new aspects to the festivities for a wonderful all-around Celebration of Christmas for the entire family!
First up, the 5th Annual EYC Cookie Exchange. Cookie chefs, bring your best to share (don't forget samples for the judges) and see who will be declared the winner in one or more of several categories: Best EYC Theme, Best Holiday Theme, Best Named Cookie, Best Chocolate Cookie, Best Packaging, and Commodore's Choice.
The festivity of the occasion will definitely be heightened as we enjoy caroling by the choir from St. Martin's Church, including a singalong of popular Christmas tunes.
In addition, it will also be time for Decorating the Children's Christmas Tree. Bring an ornament from home to hang on the tree for the remainder of the season. Hand made definitely encouraged!