Spooky Islanders & More
Photographs by UseppaGin
Over the weekend Useppa was filled with people who care about pumpkins and treats and people who care about the quality of the water that surrounds us. Actually… the two groups overlapped. It was fun to play and dress up, hold our hands out for candy or a glass of wine. That’s Useppa. But Useppa is also a place where the condition of the waters surrounding our island, the Everglades, the Florida coastlines on both the East and west Coast is one of our major concerns. Having the Captains for Clean Water, members of the Everglades Trust, local politicians, and Useppa Members meet together on our island to discuss plans and strategies for solving Florida’s water crisis was something we can all be proud of…..
Mother’s Day on Useppa
Photos and thoughts by UseppaGin
Bloody Marys in the hot tub, swimming with the granddaughter in the pool, a bouquet of flowers on the boat, lunch with three generations on the Collier patio — just some ways we celebrate Mother’s Day on Useppa. We are all part of one island family.
Thank you to the Useppa staff for making it possible.
Memories of Island
Mothers and Grandmothers of Useppa
Photos by UseppaGin
Fancy Hats, Mint Juleps, Dancing Music, a Pig Roast, and …
A Horse Race
Kentucky Derby Useppa Style
Thoughts and Pictures by UseppaGin
The Tarpon Bar was full with half as many hats as people. Mint Juleps were the most popular drink. There were cheers as horses ran the muddy Kentucky Derby track. Prizes were awarded. An old-fashioned pig roast was the perfect dinner. Cheers determined the winning festive chapeaux.
Thanks Useppa and Hilary F. for making it all happen.
April Winds Down
Thoughts and Photos by UseppaGin
April ended quietly on the island. Good-byes were said to Yankees going north, Mid-Westerners heading back to the Heartland, and Westerners flying back to the other coast. Grandchildren said good-bye after the last lunch on the Collier patio, that last dive into the pool. Year-Rounders – Members and homeowners – waved good-bye as boats pulled away, and then sighed.
It’s almost summer. Good times ahead for all of us lucky enough to call Useppa our full time destination for fun and friendship.
Easter Izaak Walton Kids Fishing Tournament
April 19th, 2017
Thoughts and photos by UseppaGin
Kids have fished on Useppa for thousands of years. It’s a tradition passed down through the centuries. The tradition of Izaak Walton Tournaments goes back to the days of Barron Collier back in the 1920s. The tradition of Kids Izaak Walton Tournaments goes back long enough that two young men passing out trophies this year in the Easter Tournament fished in the event when they were boys. They sharpened their fishing skills off Useppa docks.
Competition was slow when the tournament started. Captain Ken led the kids in reciting the Fisherman’s Oath. Captain Eddie and Kyle stood by ready to “help their fellow fishermen when help was needed.” Finally the first fish was caught, and then one more and another. Trophies were awarded. Blue Ribbons were given to all non-trophy winners, and everyone shared a big batch of candy.
Thanks Useppa Island Club and Miss Hilary for making it all happen.
A Hopping Good Time
Thoughts and pictures by UseppaGin
Easter on Useppa is a combination of good times and hard work.
While residents, members and guests shared a sunrise church service and Easter greetings on the beach, colored eggs were scattered and work in the kitchen began. The Joseffa was going back and forth to the mainland, doors to the store and office opened, the pool was cleaned, and trash picked up. Behind the scenes the co-operative efforts to make it a special holiday were underway.
Then the Bunny appeared, and the fun officially began. Bunny posed for pictures with young and old. Everyone looked for eggs. A gourmet brunch was served at the Collier. There was music and dining on the patio. Some went for a dip in the pool. There were good-byes and hugs on the dock.
Easter is family, and it was a wonderful Easter for all of us sharing Island hospitality. In fact, it was a hopping good time. Thank you Useppa.
Easter Sunrise Service
Photos and thoughts by UseppaGin
The sun rose as golf carts were pulled into a semicircle and people took their places on the folding chairs in front of the gazebo on the beach. Continuing a long-standing Island tradition, the Useppa community gathered together to celebrate Easter.
Years ago it was an Episcopal Communion Service with chairs set up in formal rows across the chess board by the pool. For the last twenty years, it has been an ecumenical gathering at the water’s edge of neighbors and guests, members staying on their boats. Everyone is welcome, children lead us in the Lord’s Prayer, the handshake of peace goes around, and we all share in communion.
On Useppa, we are one family.
Useppa Island Yacht Club McMahon Regatta
April 8th 2017
By Race Committee Chair Bob Stevens
Two good races, with Bill Welch showing the whole way and Sherry Welch aboard as his crew. Very well done by both of them. Paul Beisswenger sailed to second place, with Joe Cox as his crew. Kurt Stocker sailed Ragtime to third place. Kurt had Tony Colgan along as his cheerleader, tactician, and rope puller. Ten boats raced along with Gretchen Coyle out on Sink ‘r Swim with Bev Anderson on board. Nice morning, but not enough wind in the afternoon to complete the third race. I called it off, abandoned it, and everyone went to the shore.
Kay Chapin, Karen Albert, and Aimee Lockhart put on a wonderful chili lunch, with hog dogs and cookies. Another fabulous Bill’s Grille for us all.
I had my usual fine help from Stu Sheldon, who brought Peter Bennett along to pull the marks along. Kathleen Stocker was aboard Snooper, along with Bill Newbold our fleet Judge, Dan O’Connell who managed the anchor for me – pulled it up several times, and Ginny Amsler who took another thousand pictures of the goings-on. Sydney did the timing, once more. Flawlessly, too.
Paddles and Music in the Air
Photos by UseppaGin
A thank you note from Warren and Paul Miller for last weekend’s Museum Fundraiser held in their honor.
Dear Magnificent Useppans,
Paul and I have just heard how great your response to the fundraiser has been. (Over $130,000 raised). You outdid yourselves, and we are so honored.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
So many of you worked so hard to make the evening such a success. To name only a few is all we can do, but just tag your name onto the list and soak up the praise. We worked personally with Rona Stage, Frank Greer, and Bob Stevens – all of whom gathered you together to pull off this remarkable evening. They arranged for our participation via hi-tech machinations that allowed us to dine with you, and watch the auction afterwards. Quite a special evening!
Much love to all,
Warren & Paul
It’s amazing what friends create with a week on Useppa — photo courtesy of Ginny M.