Gymnasts from the Family Y Showtime Exhibition Team had a fun and productive day this past weekend. Saturday morning, these dedicated young athletes participated in back-to-back 2 1/2-hour workshops conducted by visiting coaches Randy Dorleans and Zak Kerkoulas, based at Chelsea Piers in NYC.
This is Randy’s 13th season as a visiting coach at the Family Y. Zak (shown at right) is currently training for the World Gymnastic Championships on rings, and we will most likely see him in the Olympics this summer. He also currently holds the Guinness World Record for the Roman Rings hanging duration (holding body in a T position on the rings.)
Later in the day, a group of “Showtimers” traveled with head coach Sally Silverstein to a college gymnastic meet at Yale University. Participating teams were Yale, Springfield, Rhode Island College and the University of Bridgeport. Westport Family Y’s coaches Caitlyn Perry and Carolyn Colon competed for the winning team, University of Bridgeport.
In the photo below of the Family Y gymnasts and UB team, Carolyn is first person on left bottom row, Caitlyn is 10 from left bottom row. Congrats to all our gymnasts!
Members of the Family Y Showtime Exhibition Gymnastics Team with the University of Bridgeport squad after their winning performance at a Yale University meet.
The Family Y has partnered with N2N to promote energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. To do your part, we encourage you to sign up for a Home Energy Solutions assessment. For $75, you’ll get $750 worth of energy assessment and in-home improvements.
David Cohen, the Family Y’s VP of Operations, had an assessment done in his home and was very pleased with the process and the results. His son, Jake, a high school sophomore, produced this video of the experience.
The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is made possible by a $4.17 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the BetterBuildings initiative, whose mission is to create a self-sustaining building energy improvement market. Nine partner organizations work together to help the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge work for you.
The program is administered by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and draws resources and experience from several partner organizations, including the Clean Water Fund, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, EarthMarkets, EMpower Devices, MIT, Mobile Genius, SmartPower, SnuggHome and the Student Conservation Association.
Participating towns include: Bethany, Cheshire, East Haddam, East Hampton, Glastonbury, Lebanon, Mansfield, Portland, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Wilton, and Windham.
Get on board with this wonderful program. You’ll be supporting the environment, saving money and earning $25 for your Family Y — ($25 of the $75 fee is earmarked to the local charity of your choice).
Treat your sweetheart to a special day at the Family Y on Tuesday, Feb. 14. All Family Y Members are welcome to bring a guest. It’s our treat!
Pick a fitness class that you’d like to do together, from Yoga and Pilates to Stretch and Step. Get your heart pumping with a workout in our Wellness Center, join an Aqua Fitness Class or enjoy a relaxing time in our whirlpool. Click here to view our class and pool schedules.
Join yoga teacher Alison Heisler for a special valentine yoga class held from 7 pm to 8 pm in the Board Room. Heisler’s popular Vinyasa Yoga classes focus on stretching, toning, strengthening and making the body more flexible. Breathing techniques are used to help quiet the mind and bring more focus and balance to one’s life.
For a special present for your Valentine, make an appointment for a Reiki session with Tesa Baum, the Family Y’s Usui and Karuna Reiki Master.
Reiki is a hands-on healing technique developed by a Japanese Buddhist monk. Reiki energy balances the body, mind and spirit. During a session, Baum places her hands gently on different parts of the body, helping energy to flow to areas that are blocked. The positions focus on the seven major chakras or energy centers of the body. The clearer the energy flow, the more the client’s health and well being can improve.
“As each client’s needs are different, each healing session will be unique to each client,” says Tesa. “The positive energy flows into your body, creating a sense of complete relaxation while helping to ease emotional, physical and spiritual tensions. As these improvements develop there is a natural process of renewal as the body more easily rids itself of toxins, ultimately opening up more of the body to life energy.”
Tesa Baum’s Reiki sessions take place at the Family Y and are available by appointment; $75 for Y members, $85 for non-members. To make an appointment, please call Shelley Moll, Health and Wellness Director, at 203-226-8981, ext. 198.
There will be a Reiki demonstration at the Family Y’s Health Fair, taking place Friday, Feb. 10, 9 am to 12 noon in the Pool Lobby. Our health and wellness experts will also be doing Fit Testing (Strength, Flexibility, Cardiovascular), Personal Training Demonstrations and M.E.L.T. (a simple self treatment to provide pain relief), as well as offering Heart Healthy recipes and snacks. Join us!
Just as you can open your heart through your thoughts and emotions, you can also experience opening your heart — the muscle– through the ancient art and science of Vinyasa yoga.
Join yoga teacher Alison Heisler for a special valentine yoga class at the Family Y on Tuesday, 7-8 pm in the Board Room. All Family Y Members are welcome to bring a guest for any class on Valentine’s Day.
Heisler’s popular Vinyasa Yoga classes focus on stretching, toning, strengthening and making the body more flexible. Breathing techniques are used to help quiet the mind and bring more focus and balance to one’s life.
For more information about the Family Y’s Wellness programs, contact Shelley Moll, Director of Health and Wellness, at 203-226-8981 or email@example.com.
February is American Heart Month and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through healthy living, the Westport Weston Family Y urges everyone in our community to take steps to prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, so they can lead longer, healthier lives.
The Family Y offers community-based healthy living and chronic disease prevention initiatives that support people in changing their lifestyles, encourage organizations and communities to adopt behaviors that promote healthy living and promote the public’s health through advocacy.
Join us on Friday morning in the Family Y’s Pool Lobby for our Health Fair. Our health and wellness experts will be doing Fit Testing (Strength, Flexibility, Cardiovascular), and giving demonstrations in Reiki massage, Personal Training and M.E.L.T. (a simple self treatment to provide pain relief), as well as offering Heart Healthy recipes and snacks.
The Family Y offers over 60 fitness and wellness classes for all levels and abilities. From Step to Zumba, Yoga to Pilates, Spinning and Body Conditioning there is a class for everyone. Our specialty classes including MELT, Feldenkrais, Taiji Shen Gong and Chinese Internal Healing are also very popular. Our classes are led by trained certified instructors to help you stay motivated and have fun.
For more information, call Shelley Moll, Health and Wellness Director, at 203-226-8981, ext. 198 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meg George, new Camp and Youth Director for the Westport Weston Family Y.
The Westport Weston Family Y has announced the hiring of Meaghan George as Camp and Youth Director. George will oversee the Family Y’s summer day camp at its 32-acre Mahackeno Outdoor Center as well as Youth programming at the Y’s facility in downtown Westport.
Prior to joining the Family Y in January 2012, George was director of YMCA Camp Tepee in Monroe, CT, for the past seven years. A graduate of Springfield College, where she studied YMCA management, George has a life-long connection to the Y; her stepfather was a YMCA Camp Director for 30 years and she attended camps he ran in upstate New York as well as a sleepaway camp in Massachusetts.
“I decided on a career that would allow me to teach children things they don’t necessarily learn in school but that they need in order to live happy lives and to build positive relationships with the people and the world around them,” says George. “I’m just thrilled to be a part of the Family Y and to be able to continue to build upon the great legacy of Camp Mahackeno.”
Located amid 32 acres of scenic woodlands and open space along the banks of the Saugatuck River, Camp Mahackeno is part of Westport history. Founded in 1938 as a “stay at home camp” for boys, the property remains rugged and rustic, as befits its original role three centuries ago as a summer lodge and hunting grounds for a Native American chief and his tribe. (See below for a photo gallery of summer campers during the camp’s early days.)
Today the summer day camp features an array of amenities and programs for boys and girls, including a large outdoor swimming pool, 12-acre pond for canoeing and fishing, playing fields and ball courts, rock wall for climbing, a new, 100-ft. zipline and plenty of space and time for such traditional camp activities as archery, arts and crafts and nature classes. Camp programs are balanced to meet the needs of each camper, including our Special Cares camp for children with special needs. There’s also a strong outdoors program for older campers, complete with team-building exercises, leadership and mentoring opportunities and local field trips.
A view of the Merritt Parkway bridge spanning the Saugatuck River at Mahackeno.
“Over the years, Camp Mahackeno has been blessed with strong leadership and the support of generations of many local families,” says David Cohen, Family Y Vice President of Operations. “Meg brings a solid background of managing successful camp operations and staff and will be an energetic, enthusiastic “Counselor in Chief” for the hundreds of local children who will be attending Camp Mahackeno once again this summer.”
Camp Mahackeno offers four two-week sessions for campers entering grades 1 through 10, as well as a Special Events Week held after the regular camp season (August 20-24). The campers are divided into units designed to give age-appropriate levels of supervision and camp activity. These six groups have 20 to 24 campers each, with 200 to 250 children per week per session. Camp is held rain or shine, 9 a.m. to 4 or 4:30 p.m. every weekday. Bus service is offered to local campers, and campers with working parents can also enjoy extended opportunities before and after regular camp hours to participate special activities.
To register or to view the Camp Mahackeno 2012 brochure online, visit www.westporty.org, or contact Meg George directly at 203-226-8981, ext. 179, or email@example.com. If you are not familiar with the Mahackeno Outdoor Center, we invite your family to our Camp Mahackeno Open House on Saturday, May 19, 12 to 2 p.m., 14 Sunny Lane. It’s a great time to tour the facility, see sample schedules for campers and meet Meg and her staff, many of whom are returning and are former campers themselves.
The Family Y also conducts the Hafaday Summer Swim Lesson Program. Entering its 34th season, Hafaday is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 8 and takes place each weekday at the Y from 8:45 am to 12:30 pm. Children take part in an instructional swim lesson and a recreational swim each day. Other daily activities include gym time, arts and crafts and snack time. Hafaday registration is under way and parents are encouraged to sign up soon, as space in this popular learn-to-swim program for young children is limited. To register or for more information, visit www.westporty.org, or call 203-226-8981.
The Family Y Water Rat Swim Team’s 18th annual Pancake Breakfast takes place Saturday, Feb. 4 from 8:30-11:30 am in the Great Hall at Christ and Holy Trinity Church (across Elm Street from the Family Y).
The Senior Team will be your servers as you enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee/tea/hot chocolate. Proceeds go to the Water Rat Y National Team. The price is $5 per person ($3 for children age 5 and under).