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Santa Claus Visits the Bay Club

Thursday, 6. December 2018 10:47

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Santa Claus recently made his yearly trip to the Bay Club during our Breakfast with Santa and Gingerbread House Decorating workshop – easily one of the Club’s favorite children’s events of the year.

Parents and grandparents brought their little ones to enjoy Chef Kent’s yummy pancakes with a variety of fun toppings such as Berries, Fruit Sauces and of course, Home-made Whipped Cream.

Following the meal, Santa arrived and led the group in some favorite Christmas carols.  After which all the children had a chance to sit on his lap, pose for pictures and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Once Santa was on his way to his next location, the kids moved on to Gingerbread House Decorating. Imaginations ran wild as they went to town decorating with the provided Frosting, Fondant and more varieties of candy than you can imagine.  And parents and grandparents of smaller children were more than willing to dig in and help design the perfect house.

It was hard not to be in the holiday spirit after this fun family event!

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Bay Club Members Enjoy Events with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Tuesday, 27. November 2018 10:58

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Bay Club members recently enjoyed two events with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

In October, members were invited to climb aboard the Institute’s newest research vessel, Neil Armstrong for an exclusive guided tour.  WHOI acquired the ship in April of 2017 and it has been hard at work since then, conducting Oceanographic research, primarily in the Atlantic. Named for the American hero whose “small step” provided humanity with a new perspective on our planet, this vessel carries on its namesake’s legacy of exploration.  In addition to the tour, a scientist spoke to the group about their latest venture, Exploring the Ocean Twilight Zone.  About 30 members made the trip to Falmouth and raved about the tour and experience at the Institute.

Then in early November, an Associate Scientist for WHOI’s Biology department, Dr. Timothy Shank came to the Bay Club to present Who Lives in the Deepest Parts of the Ocean?  During the lecture, he spoke about the hadal zone, which is composed primarily of ocean trenches, represents the deepest marine habitat on Earth (6,000-11,000 meters). All the trenches together occupy an area about the size of Australia. Far from being devoid of life as originally perceived, additional observations have shown that the hadal zone hosts a substantial diversity and abundance of fauna, often endemic to specific locales. Dr. Shank has conducted significant research on the deepest parts of the oceans and on the unusual and unexpected life that they support.

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Bay Club Members View America’s Longest Painting

Thursday, 1. November 2018 11:57

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Last month, Bay Club members were invited to view the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s exhibition of America’s longest painting, The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.  The painting was on display for a short time in the nearby historic Kilburn textile mill.  Painted in 1848 by New Bedford artists, Caleb Purrington and Benjamin Russell, the 1,275-foot painting is longer than the Empire State Building is tall, and depicts a nineteenth century whaling voyage originating from a New Bedford port to the Azores, Cape Verde, Rio de Janeiro and beyond.

It was initially designed as a moving panorama (a form of entertainment during that time, preceding the age of cinema) with multiple scrolls moving across a stage.  Though after many years on display, the wear and tear on the painting was so extensive, it was believed to be impossible to conserve and therefore, worthless.  It was donated to the Whaling Museum in 1918 and following decades of conservation planning and research, the 170-year-old painting was brought back to life and displayed for the public to enjoy (not in its original moving form.)

More than 30 members made the trip to the museum and enjoyed learning about this national treasure and historical depiction of the prominent New Bedford industry.

To view photos of the painting being brought to life in the mill, please click here.

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Bay Club Members Enjoy Genetics Lecture

Friday, 5. October 2018 11:58

geneticsLast month, Bay Club members welcomed Molecular Geneticist, Nicole Faulkner, Ph.D., FAMCG as she presented, “How to Make a Perfect Human in the 21st Century.”  Nicole trained at WPI, UMASS Medical and Harvard Medical School and is currently a Clinical Molecular Geneticist at the Invitae Clinical Testing Laboratory in Cambridge.  She shared her more than 20 years of experience in the field of human genetics in clinical testing of genetic diseases, prenatal diagnosis, identity testing, and pharmacogenetic profiling of cancer tumors.  In her presentation, Nicole spoke about the examples of DNA variants that cause inherited disease, the modern science of embryo selection for couples in fertility treatments and the future of curing genetic-based disease by fixing the “typos in the instructions of life.”

Members raved about and were fascinated by Dr. Faulkner’s lecture and her captivating approach to presenting the complex subject matter.

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Bay Club Fourth of July Festivities

Monday, 16. July 2018 8:50

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Another successful Bay Club Fourth of July Celebration is in the books for members and their guests.

Attendees enjoyed the carnival-style atmosphere which included face painting, dunk tank, bouncy house, inflatable obstacle course and individual and team races. New attractions of basketball and corn hole joined wiffleball, mini golf and volley ball to add to our game and sport offerings.   But the biggest competition of the evening was our popular egg toss – drawing the largest group of participants and even became a spectator event.  The competition lasted 20 minutes and in the end, a new pair of champions was crowned.

What’s a party without food?  A member favorite, Fried Chicken was on the menu, which also included Grilled Sausage, Hamburgers, Grilled Vegetables and various Summer Salads.  Our young guests enjoyed Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Cotton Candy and Snow Cones.

And no Fourth of July Celebration would be complete without fireworks!  Spectators enjoyed a brilliant display in perfect viewing conditions.

It was a beautiful day and party, and we are already discussing ways to make next year’s event even better.

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An Evening with Author, Justin Spring

Friday, 23. February 2018 9:15

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In January, we were fortunate to welcome New York-based writer, Justin Spring to the Golf House restaurant for a unique dining experience with our members.

The evening began with a brief lecture by Justin about his latest book, “The Gourmands’ Way.”  Released in October 2017, the book shares how French food became popular in America following World War II and was influenced by icons such as Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, Richard Olney and others.

Following the talk, members shared a single long dining table and enjoyed a five-course dinner inspired by the historical figures in the book and prepared by Executive Chef, Jim Mercer and his team.  The menu included offerings such as Duck Rillettes, Potage Germiny (Sorrell Bisque) and Pork Roast with Prunes. Food and Beverage Manager and Sommelier, Nick Lisotto paired specific wines to best complement each course.

The evening concluded with all participants receiving a personally autographed copy of “The Gourmand’s Way.”

Justin is the author of many monographs, catalogs, museum publications, and books, including the biography Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art (Yale University Press, 2000) and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude (Universe, 2002).  He has been the recipient of a number of grants, fellowships, and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the International Association of Art Critics Best Show Award.  He has held research fellowships from Yale University, Brown University, Radcliffe College and Amherst College.  His monograph on Paul Cadmus was a finalist for the Lamda Literary Award in Art History.

 For more information about Justin and his book, “The Gourmands’ Way”, please click here.

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“Gravity in Space and Sound” with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, 24. January 2018 13:48

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Earlier this month, the Bay Club welcomed Terry Wolkowicz, Education Director for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, as she presented “Gravity in Space and Sound.”  Along with the accompaniment of cellist Peter, oboist Laura and violinist Travis, three talented musicians from the orchestra, Ms. Wolkowicz discussed the meaningful connections between musical chord progressions and the movement of objects in space.  Members thoroughly enjoyed the musical pieces played that exemplified the gravitational forces between the planets and the sun.

Terry shared that the presentation is representative of the Orchestra’s “Learning in Concert” program, an in-school partnership program with the NBSO and over fifty local elementary schools in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  In 2016-2017, more than 50 schools partnered with the NBSO for their “Gravity in Space and Sound” program.  During this project, Terry aided the students in demonstrating the idea of gravity through astronomy, physics and music; through studying gravitational forces working within our solar system; and by performing classical music that shares these same forces within a musical system.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University, Terry is in her seventh season with the NBSO, and continues to create innovative programming that connects classical music to our South Coast children’s lives and learning by exploring concepts that are authentically shared between classical music, the arts and academics.

For more information about the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, please click here.

 

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Mushroom Foraging Hike at Dunham Brook Conservation Area in Westport

Tuesday, 5. December 2017 10:16

 

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A group of members recently braved the chilly temps and embarked on a unique mushroom foraging hike.  Local mycophile, Garett Stuck led the curious group through the trails of Dunham Brook Conservation Area in Westport, in search of mushrooms.  Participants spent the morning foraging and learning about many variations of mushrooms.  Unfortunately, they were unable to find any edible varieties.  That didn’t stop them from having a great time, however, as they enjoyed many laughs and gained a greater knowledge and appreciation for native mushrooms during the walk.

Many mushrooms are poisonous and potentially dangerous if consumed – please do not eat mushrooms you find in the wild without proper training or an expert with you.

Dunham’s Brook Conservation Area crosses a small meadow before entering an extensive wet forest, a portion of which is on a beautiful boardwalk and provides excellent bird watching.  The trail then rises onto a gentle ridge with both a corn field and oak-holly forests.  One trail spur is maintained through the corn field, creating a very unique summertime trail experience.  The easternmost trail follows near the edge of an extensive forested wetland/vernal pool community that boasts a loud spring chorus of mating frogs.  Pending expansion of DBCA will add another 60 acres and nearly double the size of the trail network.  Creation of DBCA was made possible by generous land gifts from the Julia Krapf family and Susan Bush family as well as the cooperative efforts of the WLCT, the Trustees of Reservations, the Town of Westport’s Community Preservation Fund and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs.  More information about Wesport Land Conservation Trust can be found by clicking here.

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Bay Club Tasting Brings out the Cooks!

Monday, 6. November 2017 14:18

Tasting-BlogMembers put themselves to the test in the kitchen last month as they prepared their favorite dishes and shared them with fellow members at the Bay Club Tasting.  This popular event held at the Golf House restaurant drew a record number of chefs who served their treasured dishes.  Each chef earned themselves a coveted Bay Club apron, as well as the approval from the fellow members in attendance.  While this event was “just for fun” with no formal competition, there was plenty of pride eluding from all those adorned in their new aprons.

Members in attendance sampled a wide range of dishes, from breakfast items to soups, and appetizers to desserts.  Some of the prepared foods included Tuna Wontons, Beet Borscht, Fish.  Chowder, Shrimp Mozambique, Tiramisu and more. There was plenty of laughter and delicious food to satisfy all who came out for the event.
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Well-known Shark Expert, Greg Skomal Returns to the Bay Club

Thursday, 14. September 2017 11:47

SkomalDr. Greg Skomal, a senior marine fisheries biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and director of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program recently returned to the Bay Club to give a lecture on his work with the infamous Great White Shark.

A large crowd of members and their guests gathered to listen to the well-known shark expert speak about some of his most recent projects, with a focus around the latest technologies used to help experts learn about the sharks and their habits.  Dr. Skomal explained that the successful conservation of seals over the past few years has contributed to the population increase in white sharks being spotted in the waters off Cape Cod.  He also noted that the sharks are here to feed on seals, not people.  Cape Cod has become the only known aggregating site for white sharks in the NorthAtlantic and the Massachusetts Shark Research Program has been studying the biology and abundance of this species since 2009.

Being a scientist before the current “age of technology,” Dr. Skomal spent a great deal of time researching deceased animals.   While this was helpful in gathering biological data, such as feeding and growth rate, it didn’t shed any light on their behaviors when they were alive.  With the advent of new technology including satellites and acoustic based equipment, scientists are now able to monitor their actions, such as daily travels and migration habits.  One of his favorite new tools to use is the GoPro camera and he wowed members with multiple videos captured during his quests to tag sharks.   That process includes utilizing a plane in the air to spot the sharks.  Once spotted, the vessel carrying the scientist who is standing on the pulpit with the tagging pole comes up alongside the shark.  Dr. Skomal then strikes at the opportune time,White Shark Curly Skomal inserting a tracking device into the base of the dorsal fin of the great white.

Members raved about the lecture and enjoyed a specially prepared dinner at the Golf House restaurant following the talk which included Grilled Shark.

Dr. Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, aquarist and author.  He has written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ESPN, and numerous television networks.   For more information on Dr. Skomal and his work, please click here.

Photo courtesy of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

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Santa Visits the Bay Club

Tuesday, 6. December 2016 10:20

dscn1150Santa Claus recently made his way to the Bay Club to visit the children during the family-friendly Breakfast with Santa and Gingerbread House Decorating event.

Parents and grandparents brought their little ones to first enjoy Sous Chef Mary Towers’ delicious pancakes with a variety of toppings including fresh fruits, marshmallows, chocolate chips and of course, whipped cream.   Following breakfast, Santa arrived and the children had a chance to sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.

After the visit with Santa, the children moved on to Gingerbread House Decorating.  The tables were lined with countless varieties of candy and treats to adorn the houses.  Their imaginations ran wild and they had a great time personalizing their houses while tasting some of the candies too.  Parents and grandparents with smaller children enjoyed themselves as well, while helping the little ones design the perfect house.

It was a great time had by all and a perfect start to the holiday season.

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Bay Club Sous Chef, Mary Towers and a Trip of a Lifetime

Tuesday, 25. October 2016 10:43

reimsBay Club Sous Chef Mary Towers recently embarked on a trip of a lifetime to Paris, France for a week of eating, drinking wine, exploring and expanding her knowledge of the culinary world.  While there, she visited the Champagne Houses of Moet and Chandon in Epernay and G.H. Mumm in Reims.  Mary also spent a day walking in Julia Childs’ footsteps; dining at Le Grand Vefour, the restaurant that inspired Julia’s culinary career, and shopping at her favorite cooking supply shop, E. Dehillerin.

 

grand-vefourMary also had the opportunity to participate in French cooking and pastry making classes, which she loved.  Upon her return, she shared her experiences with members by hosting two different events that featured favorite memories and foods inspired by her journey.  In her French Pastry Class, participants had the opportunity to make fresh baguettes and croissants.   A special French Wine Dinner saw members enjoying a traditional French dinner with multiple, small courses.  Some of the delicacies featured were Croque Madame, Pig Trotters, Sole and Whole Roasted Duck.  There was even a cheese cart wheeled around the dining room.  Dessert highlighted five of Mary’s favorite bites from Paris including Pistachio Macaron, Cauliflower and Chocolate and Pineapple, Cranberry and Coconut Torte.

The French, with their love of food and their dedication to service, truly inspired Mary.  She was thrilled to be able to share her newfound knowledge with members.

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Gold Medalist Jim Craig Visits Bay Club Children

Tuesday, 4. October 2016 8:43

jcraig2Bay Club Member and Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Craig visited the children at Club Seahorse this summer to share with them what it takes to compete for, and earn, the Gold.

Jim earned his medal in Lake Placid at the 1980 Winter Olympics.  As the goalie for the United States hockey team, he helped to lead the team in the unforgettable upset over the Soviet Union.

Jim spoke to the listeners about the importance of having a dream and the determination and willingness to do your best to make that dream come true.  He also reminded the children about the time and effort put in by parents in helping their children reach their goals and to be sure to thank them for their dedication.

Jim approached each and every child to shake their hands and learned their names.  He also posed for a picture with each one individually allowing the child to hold the medal.  All of those who heard his story were fascinated and the timing couldn’t have been better as the visit fell in line with the excitement of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

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Fall at the Bay Club

Tuesday, 27. September 2016 11:56

fall-foliage-06-golf-course-004qqqThere isn’t much that can be said about fall in New England that hasn’t already been said.  It’s a beautiful time of year, both with the weather and picturesque landscapes.  The humidity that is known to rear its head in the summer is almost non-existent.  The cool nights lend themselves to brisk mornings that lead into warmth during the day.  It’s generally not as dry, so the grass that has been burnt to a crisp in the heat and drought becomes green again.  And of course, the popular fall foliage that people love to flock to emerges.

While much of the hustle and bustle of the summer months winds down after Labor Day, the Club certainly does not shut down.  There are still many activities on our calendar for members to enjoy through the end of the year.


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With the cooler temperatures, fall may just be the best season for tennis.  Clinics and Drop-ins still are popular this time of year, and even though the days get shorter, the lights on the courts make it possible to play in the evenings.  And of course, Paddle begins again and goes through the winter.

 

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Fall is a great time for golf despite the shortening of days.  Scenic foliage along the perimeter of the course, comfortable weather, less crowds…the list goes on.  Just be sure to layer up on those cool mornings!

 

 

Cultural Activities and Special Events

Cultural Activities and Special Events at the Club tend to be more abundant after the busy summer season.  The Canasta group continues throughout the year, meeting at the Golf House each week.  Lectures given by members and visitors are more frequent and Book Club returns from October through May.

Fitness

The Fitness team at the Bay Club is here year round to help keep members in shape throughout the fall and winter months.  New group classes are available as well as personal training sessions. Our fitness staff is always eager and willing to help any gym newcomers get started.

There is something for all members to enjoy this beautiful time of year at the Bay Club!

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Wine and Cheese Anyone?

Friday, 1. July 2016 11:03

adam centermoreLast month, Bay Club members welcomed Wine and Cheese Educator Adam Centermore.  Adam is currently a Portfolio Administrator at Bin Ends Wine and also the author of the book Tasting Wine & Cheese – An Insider’s Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing.

First, I will say this.  I am the opposite of a wine and cheese connoisseur.  Cracker Barrel is my “fancy” cheese and Sangria is my “wine,” so it’s safe to say I don’t have a profound interest or knowledge in either of these areas.  However, listening to Adam speak about both wine and cheese was incredibly fascinating and educating.  Did you know you should NEVER store cheese in plastic? There is something called “cheese paper” that works best.

Adam’s knowledge went much deeper than how to store cheese. He spoke about the various histories of the cheeses and of course how they paired with the wines and why. This included the type of animal’s milk the cheese was made from and the country it originated.

Adam articulated with an obvious passion and humor and all who attended the seminar were thoroughly engaged.  The five wines and cheeses chosen for the evening were well received and everyone enjoyed the ease in which he spoke.

For more information on Adam Centermore, visit his website, http://www.adamcentamore.com.

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