Reverse raffle

Reverse Raffle 2018

Another sold-out party with every seat taken jammed the Yacht Club with fun-raisers on ( fill in the date.)  Music of all varieties – including Electric Slide and Rootin Tootin Boogie! - kept the dance floor filled. 

The evening began with the tricky gimmick of a “Reverse Raffle” during which each person had a ticket, and having your number called disqualified you from winning a prize. Later the good stuff came along and actual prizes, like certificates for free haircuts and dinners, were awarded. Everyone craved the grand prize of a month’s free maintenance!

The heart of the evening, though, was the music – all the pieces everyone loves and wants to dance to -  and just the pleasure of being with Monterey friends. 

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Outlandish 2018 Outlandish 2018

It happens on a Wednesday once a year. You casually glance out at the golf course, and the players look, well, outlandish. And that’s the whole idea! Wearing outlandish outfits is an annual event for members of Monterey Women’s Golf Association. Nobody knows when it started, but it’s written into the schedule. Some people slide through with little fanfare. Some wear non-complimentary color or pattern combinations that create a strange result. But SOME go all the way.

Anything goes. Start with head gear. There are a lot of crazy possibilities in a hat, or rather on a hat, and you can pile anything on as long as you create balance. Remember – you don’t want it to blow off and compel you into a running race. Hats showed up on the golf course this year that would have won a prize in the Easter Parade.

You can also disguise a person’s identify with the right – or let’s say the wrong - clothes for a golf course. Skirts, long, flowing ones, hardly stand a chance for daily golf wear, but they won’t hold back your swing, as long as you just let yourself go. And that cute little party dress in pleasing pink will capture attention without messing up your game. Be as Outlandish as you like.  It’s only once a year!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - from the Monterey Carolers

Monterey Carolers 2017
Monterey Carolers 2017Monterey Carolers 2017


Dancing Under The Stars

Dancing Under the Stars 2018The Sophisticat  atmosphere and eager participation of party-goers intermingled into a most satisfying and energetic evening celebrated in the Monterey parking lot on January 12. “ing under the Stars,” on a night when there were no stars, was proclaimed by all of the hundred in attendance as an activity that we should do more often.

Everybody brought their own chairs but few were sitting, so compelling was the music and the energy for learning new steps. It finally took a rainstorm at about eight p.m. to get the crowd off the dance floor, and those who went home because of it were sorry – because the rain didn’t succeed in ending the party, just in postponing the best part.

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Christmas Sprit at Monterey, 2017

Hope School Christmas, 2017

On the morning of December 12, the Monterey Yacht Club was invaded by twenty-one little reindeer, complete with antlers and red noses. Accompanied by three of their teachers from the Hope Rural School, the kindergarteners proceeded to sing a collection of songs with appropriate gestures to the delight of a standing-room-only audience.

The children’s visit, an annual event, was accompanied by a visit from Santa Claus, who just happened to have a bag of presents to distribute, as he chatted with the children one by one following their musical performance.

Refreshments, home-baked Christmas goodies provided by some of Monterey’s most talented bakers, are also a regular feature, and those in attendance did not hesitate to join in the line going down the table, attended by servers in red shirts, to spark up their coffee with cookies and cake.

Altogether this occasion kicks off the holiday season in a joyous, lighthearted manner to the great delight of the Monterey community.

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