Great Easter weekend on Useppa

It was great seeing all the families and friends out on Useppa for Easter!  Here are the rest of the pictures from Easter Weekend that did not fit in any of the other Easter albums.
We would like to thank Hilary, our Groups & Events Coordinator, for all she did to make all the events for children happen.

As always big thank you to UseppaGin for the photos.

2014 Easter Izaak Walton Fishing Tournament

Easter Izaak Walton Kids’ Fishing Tournament

Photos & Story by UseppaGin

 Kids back and forth up and down the dock either holding a rod with the fish they caught or the shrimp they were using to catch the next one. Grownups were equally busy cheering the lucky ones, consoling the others, baiting lines, netting a catch, and just having old-fashioned fun.

Captain Ken sets the standards. Hands are raised taking the good sportsman Fisherman’s Oath before the first fish is caught. Resident Manager Donald Beckstead measured fish, helped put bait on a line, and when necessary helped a new fisherkid reel in a catch. Sheepshead, Ladyfish, a Flounder and more were all caught and released.

Then in an hour it was over.

Trophies were awarded for Most Fish, Biggest and Smallest Fish, First Fish, and Last Fish. A Master’s Prize was awarded to the best older fisherkid, and the Izaak Walton Hat Prize went to the child best exemplifying the Izaak Walton spirit of good sportsmanship. There were Blue Ribbons and candy for everyone … except the grownups. They got smiles, big ones and memories to take home.

Nine Wicket & Golf Croquet on Useppa

Useppa has a long history playing three versions of croquet; the stately and competitive Six Wicket, the more relaxed still challenging Nine Wicket version of the sport, and more recently, the rambunctious, conniving and hard hitting game called Golf Croquet.

Useppa Island Croquet Club held its annual spring tournament March 28th through the 30th. Six Wicket was not played. Nine Wicket players and Golf Croquet players took over the Sumwalt lawn.

Friday was dedicated to Golf Croquet on the big court. Twenty-four contestants met throughout the day. After six games each, Michael Albert was the leader going into the finals. He held on to win the Useppa Golf Croquet championship for the second year in a row. Richard Dimmitt placed second and Linda O’Connell shared third place with Paul Beisswenger.

On Saturday and Sunday, the lawn was divided into two courts for Nine Wicket games, and by the end of play on Sunday, Karen Connery-Albert was undefeated walking away with top honors. Her husband Michael Albert was second. Mike Zuro and Donald Beckstead tied for third place.

Photographs and Story by UseppaGin