‘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 !
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.
“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 !
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!
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.”
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.
The 7th annual Colleton Collegiate, taking place over 2 days on the Dye (March 4th and 5th) was another successful tournament, both on and off the course. We welcomed a record number of teams, 14 this year including the Michigan State
host team to the course.
The tournament was founded by Member Al Thiess out of his love for the game, both as a member of the Michigan State golf team and as an Alumni. The love for the event is carried on by his wife Willa Thiess and a devoted group of nearly 60 Members that were integral in all aspects of the event.
There is an air of camaraderie that is felt between the schools, their players, and Colleton Members. A tournament where some of the best schools in the sport compete in a collaborative family atmosphere. Yet another example of how Colleton Members’ connectivity to each other and visitors create one-of-a-kind experiences that keep folks…and golf teams…coming back time and again!
Click Here for a Gallery from the Event.
The Bluffton Breeze recently ran the following article about our hosting of the annual First Tee Golf Tournament…
Colleton River Club hosted a golf tournament benefiting First Tee of the Lowcountry, a charitable organization that
teaches life skills and leadership through the game of golf. For the 108 participants the day began with a luncheon at the
Nicklaus Clubhouse, followed by play on the course and culminating with a dinner and auction.
While this was the first time Colleton River hosted First Tee’s annual tournament, the community has supported this
important and empowering organization for quite some time. In recent years Colleton River Club has hosted several
First Tee events and in 2015 proceeds from the community-hosted Junior Pro Am went to the charity, totaling more than
$100,000. Children that have benefited from First Tee programs volunteered as Greeters for the participants.
“The Colleton River Membership as a whole shares a charitable philosophy,” said Tim Bakels, General Manager of
Colleton River Club. “Our continued support of this very worthy cause is one of many examples. We had 5 Member teams
participate in the event and learned that at least one Member was so moved that they decided to begin volunteering for
Colleton River Club is located in Bluffton, SC just 1.5 miles from the bridge to Hilton Head Island. This Member-owned
private golf community features 705 properties situated on a peninsula surrounded by 7 miles of scenic shoreline.
The award-winning, signature 18-hole golf courses by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye each have their own unique and
distinguished Clubhouses. Additional community amenities include an Augusta-style Par 3 course, the Stan Smith Tennis
and Swim Center with 6 Har-Tru courts and a Jr. Olympic Pool, as well as a large & modern fitness center, and a community
dock with deep water access, and a state-of-the-art golf practice park and a Learning Center unrivaled in the Southeast.
Romance was in the air at Colleton River Club! Members enjoyed a special evening at the annual Valentine’s Ball on Saturday, February 16th. Held at the Nicklaus Clubhouse, the evening featured live entertainment and a delicious array of stations, complete with a love-worthy gourmet Mac n’ Cheese bar – prepared by our wonderful culinary team!
On Wednesday mornings, when the Dye course is closed for maintenance, you may have seen a group of Colleton River Members walking the course. This group is looking for birdies and eagles using binoculars instead of golf clubs. They are members of the Colleton River Birding Club and they always welcome new members!