The Land Between Two Rivers – as seen in Executive Golfer

The inaugural U.S. Senior Men’s Amateur Championship was held in 1955.  This year, 2,466 competitors, age 55 and up, at 49 sites, played for the right to compete at Old Chatham Golf Club in North Carolina. Duke Delcher and Kevin King, both members at Colleton River Club, made the field of 156 players, and earned the right to trek north.

Read the November Executive Golfer article to learn more!

Bridge Bowl 2019

Colleton River Club was pleased to welcome back the Bridge Bowl Championship.  The Bridge Bowl Tennis Event was started in 2015 as a way for our tennis community to use our love for the game to give back to local charities.  There has always been an underlying “off island” versus “island” rivalry and this rivalry became the format for the Bridge Bowl. Made up of an Island Team and a Mainland Team, the competition consists of a series of doubles round robins between each of the teams culminating in a deciding doubles final between the various levels for the Island and the Mainland. 

Bridge Bowl 2019 championship results-CONGRATS TO THE MAINLAND

M=Mainland I=Island

Men 3.0 

court 1: Hahn/Marcotte (M)

court 2: McShane/Withrow (M)

court 3: Flickinger/Durrin (M)

Women 3.0

court 1: Clark/Katoh (M)

court 2: Couchillon/Faciszewski (M)

court 3: Hahn/Curcio (M)

Men 3.5

court 1: Tolley/Elgass (I)

court 2: Hawk/Lezcano (I)

court 3: Blackwell/Thomas (M)

Women 3.5

court 1: Polites/Todd (M)

court 2: Kelly/Marler (M)

court 3: Li/Crutchley (I)

Men 4.0

court 1: Bensch/Cannarozzi (M)

court 2: Meeder/Nitz (M)

court 3: De la Cruz/Villalon (I)

Women 4.0

court 1: Bradsaw/Childers (M)

court 2: Castricone/Bautista (I)

court 3: Barlett/Picano (I)

Men 4.5

court 1: Keller/Robertson (M)

court 2: Child/Frangos (I)

court 3: Stone/Torres (M)

Women 4.5

court 1: Cambron/Meeder (M)

court 2: Gillis/Pollizer (I)

court 3: Archibald/Fisher (I)

Open Men (4.5 plus players.  Basically the pros)

Wuller/Leal (I)

Open Women

Webb/Wiren (M)

Open Mixed

O’Regan/Webb (M)

Colleton Cares – Pass It Along

The annual Pass It Along event, hosted by our gracious members and organized by Mrs. Gelinas, will be held on Thursday, November 14th from 11am-3pm at the Dye Maintenance Facility.

For those that are not familiar with this event, this is basically a free yard sale for our employees. Each employee will be assigned a designated time to “shop” at the yard sale and all of the items are donated by the members. Please note the following:

  1. This event is for hourly Colleton River employees only
  2. All managers will be expected to help with this event at some point throughout the day- assignments coming soon…
  3. Salaried employees will have an opportunity to shop after all hourly employees have shopped
  4. Regular temp workers who work at Colleton River on a regular basis will be invited to shop at the end of the event
    1. Managers- please provide me with a list of these names no later than Friday, October 18th
  5. Names will be drawn and designated shopping times will be announced prior to the date of the event
  6. No family members allowed
  7. Bags will not be provided by Colleton River

More information to come as we get closer to the date!

L3’s Fall Into Fashion

And “Fall into Fashion” we did!  L3 members, dressed in fashionista attire, totally experienced the energy and excitement of a high-end glamorous fashion show on Thursday, September 19th!  Just as if it were in NYC, Glitz  Glamour were everywhere!  Upon entering the ballroom, guests were greeted with a glass of prosecco topped with a raspberry and immediately immersed in a palette of blush, rose, cream and chocolate with gold highlights.  Striking Chinese lanterns surrounded by “tissue paper poofs” were suspended from chandeliers…..tables, adorned in cream and rose linens, each unique and named for designers Versace, Ferragamo, Chanel, Valentino and more….statuesque couture mannequins, dressed in tulle, lace and jewels, stood proudly on each table, perched on beveled mirrors surrounded by rose petals, glimmering jewels and glowing candles of varying sizes…..mini gold purse compact mirrors placed at each guest’s seat.

While sipping on cocktails and nibbling on passed appetizers, L3 guests perused the “Pop Up Shops” in the back of the Ballroom, which included J. McLaughlin, Gigi’s Boutique, Littlefish Boateak  and The Nicklaus Shop.  Racks of trendy and seasonal apparel….tables of handbags, scarves, sweaters, jewelry…..  Pull out your credit cards Ladies and “Shop til Ya Drop”!

The menu consisted of Fall Pear Salad, Beef Tenderloin Medallions and Chive Roasted Baby Vegetables.  While guests enjoyed a scrumptious dessert of Flourless Chocolate Cake topped cream & raspberries, the featured attraction kicked off!  Models strutted the runway showing off trendy and seasonal apparel to die for!  This year’s Fall Fashion Walk included:

  • “Wine Dinner at the Nick” – Marilyn McNulty/J. McLaughlin
  • “Girls Night out in Bluffton” – Debi Incandela/Gigi’s Boutique
  • “She Travels First Class” – Jennifer Hodges/The Nicklaus Shop
  • “Polo Match at Rose Hill” – Kim Campbell/ J. McLaughlin
  • “Dancing at Ruby Lee’s” – Kaylynn Caldwell/ Gigi’s Boutique
  • “Ladies Member Guest” – Chris Marlowe/ The Nicklaus Shop

Many thanks to host Gail Graham and her team, including Louise Dickson, Kaylynn Caldwell, Kathy Bryant, Angelia Hopkins and Debbie King!  And a special thank you to our handsome bartenders John Graham, Sam Hodges and Steve Dickson!  Cheers to a memorable evening of glitz, glamour and total fun – check it out below!   Vogue Vogue Vogue…..

Save the date for our next event, The Holiday Party Thursday, December 5th !

Ladies Love Libations – Motown Night

‘Get Ready’  (The Temptations,1966)….I ‘Heard It Through The Grapevine’ (Marvin Gaye, 1968)there’d be some  ‘Dancing In The Street’ (Martha and the Vandellas, 1964)!!!  When you start the evening with a Sloe Gin Fizz, you know you are back in the 60’s!  Add a great disc jockey and disco ball, and you’ve got ladies dancing even before dinner is served. This was one fun night with everyone getting into the retro spirit!

 The L3 Ladies celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Motown in style!  The outfits ranged from cool hippie style to The Supremes Chic.  This elegant, sophisticated night club environment sported a rocking vibe for sure!  A disco ball, suspended from the ceiling front and center, threw myriad spots of light spinning around the walls of the room.  The decorated tables were as beautiful and clever as could be….“vinyl record” placemats encircled gorgeous floral arrangements of oranges, yellows & purples … floating candles adorned with musical notes and more vinyl records added the perfect touch!   Posters of our favorites lined the walls, including The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & more…. . 

 Dashing bartenders, Tony Ying, Richard Warner, and Jack Lambe, concocted Manhattans and Sloe Gin Fizzes.  Now those were some specialty cocktails!   This party’s definitely getting started!  Daryl, the DJ, played famous songs from the era, as well as contemporary hits and from then on, everyone danced the night away!   Countless people described the night as “a real blast from the past” – check it out below!

 A magnanimous thank you to our superbly talented hostesses; Michelle Warner, Jackie Perrotti and Sue Ying.  These rockin’ “Supremes” worked tirelessly to put on this fantastic Motown event! 

Save the date for our next event, Fall into Fashion, Thursday, September 19th !

Lifelong Learning Group Presents ‘Blues to Jazz’ at Colleton’s Nicklaus Club

Debi Incandela, Lifelong Learning Committee Group member envisioned a musical dinner experience featuring blues and jazz for her fellow Colleton members. Debi reached out to the multi-talented musician, Lavon Stevens to conduct an evening of music and its history and they soon learned they both speak the language of music.

Mr. Lavon’s extensive repertoire encompasses soulful jazz, blues, contemporary, and gospel.  A native of Savannah, Lavon began his musical studies at the age of seven with the violin. By 13, he was listening to his classically trained brother and then playing piano by ear. He studied piano and voice at Dekalb College in Atlanta from 1979 to 1983. Lavon performed nationally for years before returning to the Lowcountry.

LLG Committee members, Debi Incandela and Mr. Stevens welcome Lavon Stevens who was accompanied by three talented jazz students.

Mr. Stevens offered a delightful blend of entertainment and education as he discussed the roots of jazz and then illustrated his points with music and song.  Explaining that jazz is the only truly original American art form, he pointed to the influence of African music (string plucking), drum lines, horns used in funeral processions and ring shouts.  The origin of the word, ‘jazz’ is still an historical contention but the best contender is the similarity of “jazz” to “jasm”, an obsolete slang term meaning spirit, energy, and vigor.

Kelda Maynard partnered with Debi Incandela to transform the Nicklaus Clubhouse into the ‘Nicklaus Jazz Club’ for the evening.

Lavon characterized gospel as the sound of hope.  Gospel music is a form of euphoric, rhythmic, spiritual music rooted in the solo and responsive church singing of the African American South. Its development coincided with – and is germane to – the development of rhythm and blues.

Lavon works from this philosophy: “The greatest power in the world is love, the second greatest power in the world is music. I use the power of the music to translate love all over the world.”

The ‘Nicklaus Jazz Club’ evening was a resounding success.

Debi Incandela capped the evening by singing, The Birth of the Blues’ with Lavon on piano and accompaniment by the jazz musicians of the future.

Ladies Love Libations Kakuteru & Karaoke!

Hello Ladies!

“Ayeayeaye!! It was a blast…. everyone was up on their feet dancing and singing away!! It’s still being talked about in Colleton!” Just one of the countless comments overheard in regards to Thursday’s L3 event; Kakuteru & Karaoke!

Asian lanterns wrapped in cherry blossoms, tipped in pink, floating from the ballroom celling….vases of cherry blossoms centered on tables dressed in fuchsia and black, surrounded by candles, elegant origami swans, chopsticks and Japanese Folding Fans crafted from silk and bamboo…..

Guests were greeted with specialty cocktails of Sake, Lemon Drop Martinis and Japanese Beer, compliments of Bartenders; Joe Incandela, Dave Cornelius, Ken Clark. The dinner was Asian inspired and included tempura, gyoza, Yuzu Cheesecake…. “Sushi was really terrific – it was rolled by Chef Pana while we watched!”

Yes, the decorations were inspiring and the dinner outstanding, but it was clearly the karaoke that got the ladies singing! Each table selected a song to sing and took turns making their debut. Everyone was on their feet singing and dancing and clearly enjoying their libations. After all, isn’t that what L3’s all about? With a bit of sake and wine, the ladies had no problem getting up to sing karaoke! “Everyone, and I mean, everyone got up to sing. The karaoke was unbelievable!”

Party continued past 9:30! Whoo Hoo!!! A big “Domo Arigatou” (thank you) to our lovely Japanese hostesses; Susan Clark, Lisa Cornelius and Debi Incandela! Truly, a party to be remembered!

Save the date for our next event, MOTOWN Thursday, June 13th !

Neighbors Meeting Neighbors

Colleton River Club Members recently enjoyed a March Madness themed Neighbors Meeting Neighbors event! Guests met Tuesday, March 26th at the Nick Clubhouse for cocktails and dinner! These events are a great way for us to welcome newer Members to the committee and are always an exclusive and fun time!

Play for P.I.N.K 2019

Colleton River Club is pleased to announce that we raised over $34,000 in our annual March Play for P.I.N.K. week. Bridge, Canasta, tennis, and golf events were held throughout the community as well as a silent auction and dinner to help raise funds for the worthy cause.

To speed advances in breast cancer detection, treatment and survivorship, Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, Knowledge) supports thousands of volunteers nationwide as they raise funds for research through sporting and lifestyle events. Their collective efforts raise $4.75 million annually — and 100% of that goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Colleton River Club looks forward to hosting this annual event that aids improving outcomes and uncovering new approaches to this complex, challenging disease. President, Myra J. Biblowit states “Play for P.I.N.K.’s continued support is critical to the grant-making capability of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We are extremely proud of our partnership and indebted to all that support us and believe in the cause.”

“We appreciate those who donated, worked and played, making Play for P.I.N.K. an incredible success,” said Tim Bakels, General Manager of Colleton River Club. “Many months of planning by CRC committee members and staff went into ensuring a smooth operation, and as usual the Members participation was excellent.”

Dick Vermeil Vineyards

On Wednesday, March 6th Members gathered at the Nicklaus Clubhouse for a wine dinner with Dick Vermeil Vineyards. The winery began when Coach and winemaker Paul Smith (founder of On The Edge Winery) partnered in 1999. The name of the wine continues under what is now Vermeil Vines and is a dedication to Coach’s paternal great-grandfather, Jean Louis Vermeil. Coach’s father, Jean Louis Vermeil II, who instilled in Coach a love of wine, hard work, and dedication to your passion. Today they make 11 different wines that are some of the best examples of their varietals.