Update: Lining up ‘Summer Casual’ schedule

Now that most adults have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and state attendance restrictions on in-person gatherings are being eased, we’re nearing the return of SRC outdoor gatherings.

Our first will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, with a picnic at the Drumm farm to mark our annual “Presidential Changeover,” when Dick will be handing the gavel to Debbie Rodriguez.

And, we now have the first of eight “Summer Casual” dates reserved in July and August. Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez will co-host a picnic and pool party at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at Jim’s residence.

Details and signup dates for both events will be shared closer to those dates. Meanwhile, reserve them on your calendar.

According to the latest CDC guidance, people who are fully vaccinated can associate with other fully vaccinated people with only “miniscule” chance of a COVID problem. Thus, we’re asking any club members and significant others who wish to attend any events to do so only if fully vaxxed.

Meanwhile, if you would like to hold some sort of “Summer Casual” event or to plan an outing for the club, please let incoming president Debbie and/or webmaster Bill Dowd know so the date can be reserved and publicized.

The July-August schedule:

JULY

01 — Holiday lead-in, no meeting

04 — Fourth of July holiday

08 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

15 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

22 — Summer Casual: Picnic & Pool Party, 6 p.m., Leyhane residence

29 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

AUGUST

05 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

12 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

19 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

26 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

We’re lining up our ‘Summer Casual’ schedule

Traditionally, each July and August we suspend our weekly formal meetings in favor of a “Summer Casual” schedule.

For those of you who are among our newer members, that simply means we like to socialize, renew acquaintances with members’ families, and share a picnic, a drink, a game, a field trip, or anything that works as a summertime activity.

In normal times — remember those? — we have had pool parties, picnics and a baseball game at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, an evening of summer theater at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, etc. This summer, we’ll be pressed to come up with some alternatives, given the state’s pandemic-era restrictions. (However, the ValleyCats will be playing this summer in the Frontier League, and Mac-Haydn says it will have some sort of season starting in mid- to late-summer rather than in May as usual.)

What helps is that, to the best of our knowledge, all club members have been fully vaccinated. According to the latest CDC guidance, people who are fully vaccinated can associate with other fully vaccinated people with only “miniscule” chance of a COVID problem. Thus, we’re asking anyone who wishes to attend any events — significant others included — to do so only if fully vaxxed.

We have four Thursdays each in July and August to fill. We already have word from Debbie and Peter Brown that they will host an outdoor get-together at their home and from Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane that they will do likewise at one of their residences. No specific dates have yet been announced, but we now know we have at least six dates open.

If you would like to hold some sort of “Summer Casual” event or to plan an outing for the club, please let incoming president Debbie Rodriguez and/or webmaster Bill Dowd know so the date can be reserved and publicized.

The July-August schedule:

JULY

01 — Holiday lead-in, no meeting

04 — Fourth of July holiday

08 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

15 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

22 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

29 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

AUGUST

05 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

12 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

19 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

26 — Summer Casual event (TBD)

Mac-Haydn Theatre cancels summer season

Screen Shot 2020-04-23 at 3.19.01 PMOne activity that traditionally has been on SRC’s “Summer Casual Calendar” will not be found there this year.

Among the many arts organizations cancelling their scheduled summer seasons is the Mac-Haydn Theatre. The Chatham institution had been planning a seven-production lineup for what would have been its 52nd season.

John Saunders, Mac-Haydn’s producing artistic director, said in an announcement today that the plays planned for this summer will be moved to 2021: “Pippin,” “Urinetown,” Man of La Mancha,” “42nd Street,” “Parade,” “Rock of Ages,” and “The Sound of Music.”

“This decision did not come lightly and has weighed heavily upon me since this crisis began,” Saunders said in his announcement. “I am nothing if not an optimist, but I have realized that the most important thing is the health and safety of our audience, artists, volunteers and staff.”

Also Thursday, the company announced a fundraising campaign to offset projected financial losses from canceling the season. Called the Bright Future Fund, it takes its name from what was the theme for the 2020 season: “Bold Vision, Bright Future.” The $250,000 campaign represents 20% of Mac-Haydn’s annual operating budget.

Patrons who have already paid for this year’s subscriptions may visit machaydntheatre.org/tickets for refund, postponement or donation options.

Other artistic organizations in the region that already had cancelled or delayed their seasons:

CANCELLATIONS

• Dorset Playhouse in Dorset, VT

• Opera Saratoga in Saratoga Springs

• Jacob’s Pillow dance festival in Becket, MA

• Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA

• Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA

DELAYS

• Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield and Stockbridge, MA, delayed until August.

CHANGES

•  Park Playhouse in Albany has canceled its main summer production. “Evita,” but currently plans to present “Matilda: The Musical,” performed by Park Playhouse students, in August.


 

‘SRC Summer Casual’ finishes with dessert

Screen Shot 2019-08-16 at 8.21.12 PMWe finished our “SRC Summer Casual Schedule” with an ice cream social on Thursday, hosted  by Pat Bailey and Debbie Rodriguiez at Debbie’s abode.

Attending, in addition to the co-hosts, were Rotarians Becky Raymond, Murray Forth, Maggie Forth, Jim Leyhane, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez,  Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Phil Kellerman, and Carol Orvis, and guests Rod Rodriquez, Jeremy Forth, Paige Johnson, Mike Stangl, and Mary Drumm.

We now have a brief hiatus before resuming our weekly Thursday dinner meetings at Quigley’s on September 5. (Note this is a change from the long-published schedule, getting us back into the regular rotation a week earlier than previously planned. Be sure to check the website’s Calendar page for the evolving events listings and program assignment chart.)

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‘Picnic at Fox Hollow’ driven indoors

Here’s where we were supposed to be …

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… but, here’s where we wound up when inclement weather forced revelers indoors during Thursday evening’s “Picnic at Fox Hollow,” part of our “SRC Summer Casual” lineup of July-August events.

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Thanks to Dick and Mary Drumm for hosting the gathering. Remember, we have only one remaining summer social event before we take a hiatus — next Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when Debbie Rodriguez and Pat Bailey co-host “Sundaes on Thursday (+ Food)” at Debbie’s residence. If you haven’t sent them your RSVP, please do so quickly.

Here are a few more scenes of Thursday’s event:

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Coming to Fox Hollow? Here’s what to bring

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 11.34.56 AMIf you are planning to attend “A Picnic at Fox Hollow” this Thursday, here are a few things to bring along:

• An appetizer or dessert to augment the food our hosts Dick and Mary Drumm will be supplying.

• Your donations of items for the annual “Back to School Supplies Drive.” This will be the final dropoff date. If you do NOT plan to attend this event, please contact President Phil Kellerman to arrange a dropoff/pickup for your donations so we can meet the necessary delivery schedule. (Haven’t shopped yet? Check the shopping list on the website.)

• Your check for 2019-20 Rotary dues if you haven’t already paid them. Just make it out to SRC Rotary Club.

The menu will feature that summertime favorite pulled pork, plus appropriate side dishes and beverages. The cost is just $15 per person, or $25 per family, with all funds going to the club treasury to support our many public service efforts.


Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 11.39.43 AMAfter this week, we have a single get-together remaining on our “SRC Summer Casual Events” calendar — an ice cream social plus food, co-hosted by Pat Bailey (pbailey7@nycap.rr.com) and Debbie Rodriguez (debannrod@yahoo.com) at Debbie’s residence beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15.

If you have not yet emailed either of them your RSVP, please do so quickly. Cost: $15 per adult, children free. Proceeds will be split between the Freedom From Fistula Foundation Fistula and the Danes Rotaract club. The pool is open. No need to bring anything (except a bathing suit) to this family-friendly event.

Thereafter, we’re on hiatus until resuming our weekly dinner meetings at Quigley’s at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 12.


 

Fox Hollow picnic RSVP due, plus school supplies

Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 4.29.32 PMThe fourth event in our July-August “SRC  Summer Casual” lineup of social events is coming up fast.

It’s “A Picnic at Fox Hollow,” to be hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 8, at Dick and Mary Drumm’s Fox Hollow family farm in Valatie. But, to facilitate planning, we need to know by noon this Friday, August 2, to rmdrumm176@aol.com if you plan to attend so the caterer can have an accurate headcount.

The menu will feature that summertime favorite pulled pork plus appropriate side dishes and beverages, plus whatever appetizers and desserts you bring with you. The cost is just $15 per person, or $25 per family, with all funds going to the club treasury to support our many public service efforts.

The location is 176 Fox Hollow Road in Valatie. If you’d rather phone Dick and Mary instead of emailing them, you can reach them at  518-339-7459.

What else can you bring? Folding chairs would be helpful. And, please bring your donations for Circles of Mercy ‘s annual “Back-to-Supply School Supplies Drive.” This is the final date to do so.


 

‘Pool Party & Cookout’ draws a nice crowd

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Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 4.29.32 PMThe annual “Pool Party & Cookout” at the Leyhane residence — part of the “SRC Summer Casual” lineup of social events — drew nearly 50 Rotarians, family members, friends, and students Thursday evening.

Members attending: Co-hosts Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez, Phil Kellerman, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Maggie Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Carol Orvis, Carole Spencer, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Ray Hannen, Andy Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Marco Koshyhar, Jeff Simon.

Next up on the “SRC Summer Casual” schedule is next Thursday’s trip to the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham for a performance of “Ragtime: The Musical,” preceded by dinner at Yianni’s at the Chatham House. Reservations have closed for the event.

Then comes “Picnic at Fox Hollow,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 8, at the Drumm residence in Valatie. Please RSVP to rmdrumm176@aol.com no later than August 1. And, for the final event, it’s “Sundae Thursday (+ food),” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15, hosted by Pat Bailey and Debbie Rodriguez at the Rodriguez residence, 121 Lape Road, Nassau (Schodack). Reservation deadline via email to pbailey7@nycap.rr.com or debannrod@yahoo.com by August 9.

Meanwhile, here are more images from the pool party captured by Bill Dowd and Roberto Martinez:

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Bring your school supplies to the pool party

Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 4.29.32 PMIf you are planning to attend Thursday’s “Pool Party & Picnic” at Jim Leyhane’s residence, being co-hosted by Roberto Martinez, here are a few things to consider bringing with you:

• Your donations to our annual “Back-to-School Supplies” drive. This is the first of only two drop-off dates. Everyone has been supplied several times with the preferred shopping list, but if you have lost your copy just go to the club website and scroll down to find it. (SRCrotary.org)

• Your checks to cover the 2019-20 dues Rotary if you have not yet mailed them to Treasurer Murray Forth. (Please make them payable to SRC Rotary Club.)

• A simple appetizer or dessert to augment the catered barbecue.

Also, Bill Dowd is bringing a supply of the official plastic bags and bar code stickers to use with our Clynk beverage container recycling project. Please let him know at the event what you need.

See you at 6 p.m. Thursday. The weather forecast is for sunshine and low-80s temps. It should be a beautiful evening!


Tonight’s the deadline for pool party RSVP

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SRC Summer Casual

Tonight is the drop-deadline for making your reservations for the “Pool Party & Cookout,” set for 6 p.m., this Thursday.

The get-together is being co-hosted by Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez at Jim’s East Greenbush residence.

Details: Catered meal featuring grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, various side dishes, and beverages. Bring a simple appetizer or dessert if you wish.

The pool will, of course, be open for this family-friendly event, and we’ll welcome students from East Greenbush schools who participated in the recent fundraiser for the Honduras water project.

If you haven’t emailed your RSVPs, please do so tonight to leyhane@aol.com or rrmtz@aol.com so our hosts can give the caterer an accurate headcount for this event that is part of the “SRC Summer Casual” series for July and August.