Derby Day at Monterey 2019

Derby Day 2019

About 100+ residents gathered in the Club House to watch the Kentucky Derby on the big screen TV. Everyone arrived early to partake in “mint tulips” and Honeycured Ham box lunches. There was ample time with pre-race festivities to place bets on your personal favorite to win the 145th Derby at Churchill Downs. The weather at the track was rainy and wet creating a muddy track and influencing some bets for the “mudders”.

Well, for the first time in the history of the Kentucky Derby, the winner of the race did not finish first. Maximum Security, sent off as the tepid top choice at 9-2, bolted to the early lead and held it all the way to the wire, seemingly winning the 145th run for the roses, finishing a few lengths ahead of longshot Country House. However, an objection was immediately filed after the race, claiming Maximum Security impeded the run of other horses.

The scene at the Club House was as surreal as it was at Churchill Downs as the three stewards examined footage for more than 15 minutes, with many Monterey residents having bet on Maximum Security expecting to reap their reward. Alas, Maximum Security’s win would be vacated and Country House (at 65-1) declared the winner. And wouldn’t you know it, only one resident had selected Country House to win – and took home the entire bet pool!

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The Sophisticats

The Sophisticats

One of Monterey’s favorite entertainers received a very nice write up in the Indian River Magazine. Scroll down to “Just One Look” for the article:

St Patrick’s Day at Monterey 2019

St. Pat's at Monterey

Live music and a truly scrumptious sandwiches go a long way toward cementing a reputation for the organizers of Monterey's Saint Patrick's Day, the one occasion that will never lose its stunning appeal for our residents. It was celebrated in high style on its own special day on the calendar - March 15th.

Green, of course, was the color of choice, and shamrocks, the shape of the moment, as the crowd filtered into the Yacht Club at the beginning of the evening. And what a crowd it was! The live music of crowd favorites the Sophisticats, mixing Irish music with conventional dance numbers to set a tone for the evening's fare and found a most receptive audience on the dance floor. The sunset that evening was not one of the most spectacular, but what does it matter? Party goers enjoyed the newly laid Yacht Club patio and took advantage of our warm Florida evening.

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Annual Fun Day at Monterey 2019

MYACC Fun Day 2019

Nine bikes escorted by two motorcycles got Fun Day off to an early start proceeding up and down the side streets of Monterey for early morning exercise.  A coffee break at the Club House was a welcome diversion thereafter. Now that everyone was awake, the streets picked up traffic heading to designated apartments for the annual treat of touring two of Monterey’s most alluring households.

Then everyone headed to the ever popular “Dunk a Director” where our good-natured Directors subjected themselves to a good-natured soaking by accurately pitched tennis balls.

Early afternoon brought a nice lunch under the canopy followed by a medley of golfing contests, from driving to putting to attempts at “hole in one” and plenty of circulating golfers kept things moving. The “ball drop” attracted the usual big crowd on Hole #5.

Altogether another successful, well-planned Fun Day at Monterey.

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Mardi Gras at Monterey 2019

MYACC Mardi Gras 2019

The Mardi Gras party was everybody's idea of a good time, and just leave it to the Ludmerer’s to keep things musically moving by bringing in Doug Deming and The Jewel Tones band to get everyone up and dancing! And dancing was the rule of the evening. There were plenty of costumes with hats, masks and beads – with best costume resulting in a tie for Tom and Kim.

By the end everybody was exhausted! At the proper time next year, they'll all be back.

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