Easter on Useppa 2024

Easter on Useppa – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – A weekend docked at the Marina, lunches and dinners at the Collier Inn, pool time, beach time, holiday visits and multi-generational reunions with families and friends…. Easter on Useppa is a time to savor old memories and make new ones. Thank you to the Useppa Island staff members who make it all possible.

Easter Egg Hunt 2024

Easter in the Butterfly Garden – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – Kids, a bunny, a gorilla, colored eggs, a Monarch Butterfly, and grownups all celebrated Easter together in Useppa’s Butterfly Garden. Thank you to all who made it happen. Thank you for all the goodies, the crafts, and the fun.

Easter Sunrise Service 2024

Useppa Easter Sunrise Service – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – The passing of peace is a Christian tradition. Peace was shared by all at Useppa’s Sunrise Easter Service. In love and humility, neighbors and friends greeted each other smiling and hugging. We are all members of the Useppa family. Thank you to the volunteers who organized church on the beach, to the Useppa Island Club for the coffee and donuts, and to the Easter Bunny who joined the fun.

Useppa Fire Department Fundraiser 2024 Part II

Useppa Fire and Rescue Record Breaking Fundraiser Part II – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – Thank You to Chief Marc Mascarelli and the Useppa Fire Department. Thank you to President Annie Hyder and the Fire Board for the great party. The fund-raising auction was amazing. Art works, photographs, handmade gifts, vacation destinations, and so much more were bid on in friendly high-spirited competition. At the end of the evening, attendees added to the already generous amount of money raised by pledging even more financial support for the people who take care of the people and homes on Useppa. In any emergency, the Useppa Fire Department is ready to help.

2024 Useppa Fire Department Fundraiser Part 1

Useppa Fire and Rescue Record Breaking Fund Raiser 2024 Part I – Thoughts by Useppa Fire and Rescue Chief Marc Mascarelli, Pictures by UseppaGin – Thank you all to the residents and guests who attended our 2024 Fire Department Fundraiser. It was a huge success. Over $200,000 was raised. The funds will support our new ALS vehicle and station remodel/expansion. The Fire Board, Administration, and Staff are greatly thankful of the generosity, support, and appreciation we receive daily serving our residents and visitors here on Useppa Island

St. Patrick’s Day 2024

St. Patrick’s Day Useppa Style – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – In decorated golf carts, families and friends parade up and down the beach. Applause and laughter from onlookers, delicious food, and kegs of beer for all. Bless us and save us. Saint Patrick’s Day on Useppa is a tradition on Useppa everyone loves. Thank you to those who make it happen. Congratulations to all!!!!

Cotton Club 2024

Cotton Club Magic – Pictures and Thoughts by UseppaGin – The Cotton Club on Useppa… a night of dancing, a shrimp boil, laughter, and fellowship under the stars. Thank you to our hosts for the beautiful waterside venue below an ancient Calusa Indian mound. Thank you to Deb and the Dynamics for the great music. We are already looking forward to next year!

UYC Stocker Club and a Museum Fashion Show

UYC Stocker Club Races, Museum Fashion Show & More – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – Races on a Saturday morning, a Fashion Show at the Barbara Sumwalt Museum, friends and family together again on Useppa… life on the island is a gift never to be taken for granted.

Come on Back!

Time to Come Back – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – Lunch is served on the patio, Happy Hours are held at the Collier Bar, sailing races and Bill’s Grille are Saturday traditions, the Butterfly Garden hosts winged and walking friends. Finally, after Hurricane Ian’s devastation, life on Useppa is returning to normal! Come on back!!!!!

Collier Reopening

Finally…The Collier Reopens – Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin – Useppa is still recovering from Hurricane Ian striking the island in September 2022. But…. the good news is that the Collier Inn has finally reopened. Valentine’s Day was celebrated with Useppa friends and family. Two days later Islanders gathered again for Happy Hour drinks and dinners. Useppa feels like home again.