Off to the shore for Memorial Day weekend. Lots of memories of such weekends, usually culminating in a picnic at the old Lake Lenape park in Mays Landing. I’m sure there were rained out holidays but I don’t remember one as cold and windy as last weekend.
The wind was blowing 25 to 30 knots out of the west, cold and churning up a vicious chop breaking on the west edge of Mordecai Island. The chop seems moderate in this view but this is a telephoto of a scene almost a half mile away. It was raw enough that the fire felt very comforting, particularly as we watched the wind rage on the waters and around the house. Clearly we weren’t going to be having drinks on the deck so the porch furniture remained where it had spent the winter.
Of most concern was that the club’s annual spring commissioning and opening was scheduled for Saturday night. With over 400 people pre-registered the prospect of moving it indoors from dockside was not greeted enthusiatically. One look at the flags, secured in preparation for being raised during the ceremony, made the decison clear: indoors! The decision made, the evening went forward beautifully, celebrating the hundred and first such club opening. When the Fleet Captain, Tom M., opened with that announcement I could feel the clubhouse timbers shivering.
As you might well then guess, last year was the hundredth anniversary and it was a busy and exciting season. The club adopted a special logo for the centennial year, comprised of the 1912 burgee and the burgee of subsequent years (there had been a conflict with the original design). I thought the logo begged to be done in stained glass and so it went…the second project from my glass bench this winter. As my late wife, Marty Lou used to observe, these deliveries are frequently accompanied by outbursts of blue words, and so it went as well. A difficult piece but, as usual, when it’s done I’m glad I did it. Comments on its construction can be seen by clicking on the tab above marked “Some of My Stained Glass Work“.