Useppa Labor Day Celebrations – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – Clusters of families and friends gathered on the island. Small groups and large celebrated the holiday, celebrated the spirit of Useppa. Relatives and friends in one family came together to commemorate a tradition going back thirty years, impromptu dinners by the water, children fishing the Izaak Walton Kids’ Tournament, and this year to say good-bye to its patriarch who died in April. Club Members boated over for a last summer Collier lunch and afternoon in the pool. Happy Hour brought old and new Islanders together. With safe distance between us, we had a weekend filled with old fashioned fun.
Labor Day Kids Izaak Walton Fishing Tournament – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – Nine fishermen hooked Snappers, Flounders, Mango Snappers, and Pinfish. One fisherman also got hooked. The Most Heroic Trophy Winner had to go to the mainland and have it removed. Izaak Walton veteran Kyle Corey set the tone. He helped anyone needing help catch and release unharmed every fish (part of the Kids’ Fisherman’s Oath). He also joined Tournament alums who once fished as children and now helped their own kids. Judging by the smiles, parents had more fun than their little ones.
Thank You Useppa Employees – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – Labor Day on Useppa was business as usual for Island employees. Landscaping worked on the North End. Housekeeping cleaned rental units. The Service Department had men on the dock loading and unloading. Other necessary work was done behind the scenes. Trash was picked up. In the Marina boats were sent off or tied up. Launches ran all day. Without our loyal employees, life on Useppa would be impossible. Thank you from the guests and members here for the weekend. Thank you from those of us lucky enough to call Useppa home. You have earned our respect. We admire your integrity and honor your work ethic.