Nathan and the Special Event committee made Tuesday’s celebration of the Y’s Men of Westport-Weston’s 35th anniversary a great event. The celebration was held at the Unitarian Church.
300 members and spouses attended. Each member brought either an hors d’eouvres or dessert. Wine was served behind a sign reminding guests that only those old enough will be served. Music was provided by pianist John Carroll.
For many, wives particularly, this was an opportunity to see old friends. Jackie Fuchs commented that she “caught up with a lot people she hadn’t seen in a while.” Many others concurred.
About the time the hors d’eouvres disappeared President Jeff Hare stepped on stage to welcome everyone. He passed on best wishes from Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who “is still on the mend” and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein who was also unable to attend.
He thanked the organization’s host, The Reverend Frank Hall, Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church and greeted Family Y CEO Rob Reeves, who also joined in the celebration.
A talent show followed. Peter Knight sang Ukulele Lady – and very well, those who never heard him before said. He left the group with a joke, as is his weekly wont – one not quite ready for prime time – nor repetition here.
Raconteur Marty Yellin followed with a few stories. As usual, great jokes for a limited audience. In the only one devoid of a blue tinge, an older man was working out with his trainer. He spotted a pretty young woman exercising across the floor and asked “what machine should I use to impress her?” The trainer quickly replied “the ATM!”
The Hoot Owls offered a few songs from their repertoire, followed by a group of singing hikers.
In the midst of cleaning up Nathan called the celebration “better and better attended than I had projected. The hard work of the committee made it what it was.”
Hare called it “a joyous celebration – good food, good company, good entertainment, altogether a great evening.”
All photos by Larry Untermeyer except the bar sign, which is an iPhone photo by Roy Fuchs