A Soggy Holiday – Thoughts and pictures by UseppaGin – Memorial Day on Useppa is characterized by respect for those who died for their country. The Island also honors those who served in the military with Cookie Brigade chocolate chips. Likewise, cookies are given to staff members working on the holiday instead of spending it with their families. Rain kept a lot of folks inside, but not two children fishing in the Izaak Walton Kids Tournament. Families at the pool dodged showers. Others hung out on the porch of the Tarpon Bar. We may have gotten wet, but our spirits were never dampened.
Memorial Day Weekend on Useppa Part 1 – Pictures and thoughts by UseppaGin – The weather was iffy, the tides were high, and the rain was heavy, but life on Useppa was fun anyway. Happy Hour Friday Night at the Tarpon Bar gave old and new residents a chance to visit. It gave guests a chance to meet islanders. Fishermen made new friends. Couples met for the first time or renewed old acquaintances. Saturday the music played inside the Tarpon Bar not poolside, but it didn’t matter. Dinners at the Collier went on as scheduled. Rain gear was just left by the door. Living on or visiting an island requires flexibility. It’s one of the reasons we love Useppa.
The Useppa Family: Mother’s Day and More – Words and pictures by UseppaGin – Useppa is a family and in the last week an upcoming wedding was celebrated, employees were busy caretaking the island, and the traditional Mother’s Day Brunch was served at the Collier Inn. Useppans nurture this magic place and cherish each other. How lucky we all are to be part of a lineage going back 10,000 years.
Justifiably a Good Time – Words and pictures by UseppaGin – Derby Day on Useppa has become a tradition. Fashionable hats on beautiful women, dapper gentlemen, and mischievous children fill the Tarpon Bar to watch the Kentucky Derby. A prize is awarded for the most beautiful hat and a winning raffle ticket drawn. The summer season on Useppa has officially begun.
Useppa Celebrates Family – Thoughts and photos by UseppaGin – A surprise proposal at the North End Gazebo, good-byes until next fall at the dock, waves from boats pulling away, family visits, and Wednesday Fried Chicken Night at the Collier… the cycles of island life continue. Shutters close down, last hugs, and some leave for their northern worlds. Others host their northern families for a southern visit. A young man chooses a spot to propose, his future wife surprised, kinfolk hidden until the deed is done, and it’s time to pour the champagne. Useppa is about families, whatever the time of year.