Be A Monterey Star

Be A Monterey Star

Those who have even a slight bent toward performing behind a microphone all showed up for under the stars in the main parking lot. It was the final chance at stardom on this season's social calendar. There were many brave souls up got up to sing solo as well as several groups of singers. Everyone was free to pick their classic favorites, including Sweet Caroline, New York, New York and Proud to be an American. Maybe the popularity of the selections is just that they are great songs, both lively and familiar. Music for singing and dancing as well was provided by DJ’s Bryce & Shar of “Be a Star”, who also performed for the pleasure of the crowd. Let’s do it again!

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MYCC Fun Day 2018

MYCC Fun Day 2018

Eight bikes and a motorcycle got Fun Day off to an early start along with twenty-one walkers proceeding up and down the side streets of Monterey for early morning exercise.  A coffee break at the Club House was a welcome diversion thereafter. Now that everyone was awake, the streets picked up traffic heading to designated apartments for the annual treat of touring three of Monterey’s most alluring households.

At noontime, the popular Mermaids took center stage in the pool, with twelve swimmers performing a perfectly choreographed and executed display of synchronized water dancing. With smiles on their faces and clever caps on their heads, the mermaids once again captivated the audience and received generous reactions of murmured praise and thunderous applause.

Early afternoon brought a medley of golfing contests, from driving to putting to attempts at “hole in one” and plenty of circulating golfers kept things moving. The “ball drop” attracted the usual big crowd on Hole #5.

Inside, the popularity of Bingo was on full display, as the room was jammed with players who ate it up and stayed throughout the lengthy session. When they arrived back outside in the sunshine, there was plenty of parking lot activity and competition, crowned by the Hermit Crabs, who carried the evening.

Altogether a successful, well-planned time, Fun Day earned its title for another year, as darkness finally called activity to a halt, and players wended their way home.

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March Madness at Monterey

Bocce March Madness

On the last day of February, no less than sixty-four couples separated themselves out from the run-of-the-mill bocce enthusiasts of Monterey and committed to two weeks of pressure and suspense in search of the prized title as winners of the annual March Madness tournament. Each match assignment was all it took to stay in the race for one more round, or to face sudden elimination.

The enthusiasm of the crowd that assembled to watch the half-hour matches was equal to the dedication of the players. All the benches filled early, and the standing room behind the benches took care of the overflow. A newcomer kind of knew that the onlookers were bocce players too and truly appreciated the spectacle of skill on display. Watching bocce is fun!

Of the sixty-four couples who began the journey, one couple would be left standing. It took a combination of skill and luck, the right attitude, and a natural bent toward good sportsmanship to stand up under the pressure. In the end, after a hard-fought final game, Monterey’s bocce population was satisfied and smiling at the outcome.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Monterey

St. Pat's Day 2018Shades of green - the St. Patrick's Day dinner dance at the Monterey Yacht Club on March 16 (oops, they were one day off) brought out a fascinating conglomeration of outfits, from dressy to casual to imaginative, all very skillfully contrived, all with at least a touch of green. The occasion also brought a new band, the Permanent Affair for their first Monterey appearance. Permanent Affair, originally from Pennsylvania, has made their living for the last 25 years as a traveling musical duo. From upstate New York to South Florida, this husband/wife team has entertained all age groups, and has performed in a variety of venues from dinner clubs, to resort hotels to rockin' honky tonks!

Believe me, Keely and Jamie did the job of an entire ensemble providing music for dancing during the evening as well as good old Irish songs for our dinner pleasure. Enthusiastic participants, all with their own versions of Irish dress and mannerisms, sat around and danced around. You'd truly believe, as they did, that on this particular day they were indeed Irish. 

The dinner, of course, was corned beef and cabbage, accompanied on the plate by what the Irish really eat, carrots and potatoes, topped off with tiny cups of ice cream dessert. Yes, folks, Monterey has never lost the touch for giving this winsome Irish holiday the full blast of color and energy that is so highly prized by those folks across the sea.

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Entertainment and Dance Party

Entertainment-dance

A veteran star in magic, comedy, and, yes, even ventriloquism, in the person of John Pizzi, extended his road trip by a day to please an old friend, playing to a capacity crowd at Monterey on a recent Sunday evening.

John is famous for his “one-two punch” style of humor, and, as a one-man show who is a regular at clubs in Vegas, Atlantic City, and New York, he works with the help of puppets, who pop off at members of the audience, some of whom happened to be Monterey’s manager, the resident photographer, and a character he tagged as Jurassic. His puppet characters Uncle Smiley, Smokey, Baby Princess, and Human Baby were well-received by the Monterey crowd, and, along with the Sophisicats for listening and dancing pleasure, provided a bang-up evening of entertainment with a bit of bite.

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