Spring Break…No Hurry, No Worries

Spring Break on Useppa is laid back. Even the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was on Island time.

Instead of marching on the 17th, it was on the 18th that decorated golf carts followed the fire truck wending its way up and down the beach. 

Archeologists Bill Marquardt and Karen Walker along with other members of the University of Florida Museum staff came over for lunch one day, and Karen showed what might be the bones of a 3,000-year-old dog. The bone and teeth fragments were discovered last year in the South Knoll dig.

Harvard had the largest contingent of vacationing college students here, but there were also three girls from the University of Pennsylvania and one young man from Albright College.

Croquet was played under the tutelage of long-time Useppa friend Bob Kroeger. New players learned the correct way to hold their mallets and how to play the game. Old timers took lessons sharpening their skills.

Alan Symonds and Charles Shook finished another year sailing together in Saturday races. Still more UIYC members are looking forward to April’s McMahon Races.  Children in and out of the pool, running up and down the beach… the Swigert, Beisswenger & Wallingford grandchildren made all Island grandparents smile, and, for three weeks, the English Ip family touched our hearts with reminders of how lucky we all are to enjoy each day on Useppa.

Island spring…one more month to go.

Photos and story by UseppaGin

Cowboy Exhibit

Museum Presents “Florida Cowboys.”
by Rona Stage, Museum Director

The Useppa Island Historical Society has opened a new temporary exhibit in the Barbara Sumwalt Museum called “Florida Cowboys”. Featuring the photography of Carlton Ward Jr., a leader in conservation photography and cowboy memorabilia, the exhibit portrays the history and the present day life of the cowboy and cattle ranching in Florida, the first state in the country to begin cattle ranching in 1605. medicinechaser.com Florida is home to over 15,000 ranches. One of them is the largest beef producer in the nation, and six in the top ten. They cover nearly a fifth of the state of Florida, protecting the endangered species that occupy their land and the state’s water resources. The exhibit will be on display until May.
Carlton Ward will speak at the Museum on Saturday February 8th at 6:30. Ward is an eighth generation Floridian from a pioneering ranching family. His photography and writing appear in a wide variety of publications, including Smithsonian, Popular Photography, GEO, Africa Geographic, and Outdoor Photographer. A leader in conservation photography, he founded the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC) to help connect Floridians with their natural heritage.

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Photos by UseppaGin

Chicken Night at The Collier Inn!!

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Wednesday night February 26, 2014, marked the return to the Collier Inn of Blake’s Fried Chicken.  There was a chicken on almost every plate, tables were full and the diners were happy.  Islander Mary Bacon took charge of herding the hungry residents and their friends. Blake took care of the chickens.
It was great fun, and next Wednesday….
Chef’s Dakota’s Meatloaf vs. Blake’s cialistoday home Famous Fried Chicken

By UseppaGin

2014 “Worlds” Catboat Rendezvous Day 3!

March 1, 2014

 By Bob Stevens

Saturday was another perfectly beautiful morning, with, again, little wind.  We hung around the beach for a while, and were finally able to get the racing started, a bit later than planned.  We ran two light air races in the morning, and went back to the beach for lunch, this time, fabulous brats, and salads.

The race committee went out to check the breeze, and found that it had shifted to the west a bit.  So, it could quite happily run two more races in the best breezes we had both race days. to end the regatta with eight races scored for the Sandpipers, and four, one on Friday, for the non-Sandpiper catboats.  The only real problem was the RC forgetting to set the finishing line for the seventh race on time, but it finally was set up at absolutely the last minute.

What a regatta we had!  Our own Jay Taylor and Gary Alderman won three races, but, with only one throwout, and being on the wrong side of the huge wind shift on the first day of racing, finished fourth overall.  The champion was Useppas Richard Dimmitt and Barry Cochran, who never finished lower than fifth, and won the seventh race. Jim Gelenitis, representing the Metedenconk Yacht Club on Barnegat Bay NJ, with his wife aboard as his crew finished second, winning the first race and the last race. And, finally, Mike Spark, Commodore of the Mantoloking Yacht Club, also on Barnegat Bay NJ, and his wife finished third overall, with a win in the final race, ahead of Jay and Gary by but one point.

Jay Taylor and Mike Albert were co-chairs of a really great Catboat Rendezvous, the best one yet!  Lots of competition, lots of eats, lots of good times – just a fine regatta.  Memories are vividly left with us all.

Photos by UseppaGin

2014 “Worlds” Catboat Rendezvous Day 2

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February 28, 2014    

Friday’s on-the-water activity was a hugely successful Poker Run, with a delightful lunch stop on the beach spit at the north end of Pelican Bay.  The weather could not have been better – bug free – with a tide facilitated beaching of the sailboats, and the power boats who tagged along.

The start for the Poker Run was from the Useppa Island beach, and the first leg took everyone to the south end of the Island, at the end of the airport runway, to pick up their second poker hand card.  The stop after lunch at Pelican Bay was at the south end beach of Punta Blanca, and then to the Useppa Island beach for the last card.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the late afternoon talk by Rick Walker and Robin Willstein, Mike Albert’s houseguests, a couple enjoying an around the world adventure on their 48’ catamaran, currently in Turkey awaiting their return to the boat this week.  We heard just how it is to be cruising around the world, most of the time, in living room comfort.

Photos by UseppaGin