The Red Hat Society Comes to Port Washington
The poem by Jenny Joseph "Warning" that begins, "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, with a red hat that doesn't suit me..." has been a favorite of women of a certain age for decades. A number of years ago it inspired Sue Ellen Cooper, who has written a book entitled The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship after Fifty, to found the Red Hat Society. (Cooper calls herself the "Queen Mother.") The organization's only mission is to provide an opportunity for women over 50 to get together and have fun. On their web site (www.redhatsociety.org) they say, "We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life and, since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto." .
'Pride in Port' Is the Best Show in Town, Oct. 16
With the 16th annual Pride in Port parade down main street, the Annual Schreiber High School Homecoming Football Game, and the Blue and White Dinner-Dance at the Polish American Hall, Saturday, Oct. 16 is a day for Port residents to experience their town, its people and what makes it such a great place to live and work.
On The Bay
A very special ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 16th and the sailing community is invited to attend. On a small piece of land abutting Manhasset Bay, across from Tease (the restaurant), on Shore Road, there will be a dedication ceremony to the Star class at 11 a.m. The Star is one of the most successful one-design boats in history-there are over 8,135 boats in 180 fleets internationally, and she got her start right here on our peninsula. Prior to 1920, one-design class organizations did not exist. In 1906, the "Bug," a small 17 ft. boat was seen on Manhasset Bay. It was designed by William Gardner but conceived by George "Pop" Corry, vice commodore of the Manhasset Bay YC. In the beginning, they were not too popular as "they were too small, too wet and much too uncomfortable." So "Pop" went to Francis Sweisguth, in William Gardner's office, to see if they could improve on the design. What emerged was what was to be known as the Star boat. The original design included a gaff-rig with a long boom, which changed to a Marconi rig in the 1920s, measures 22'-7" and carried 280 square feet of sail. The Isaac E. Smith shipyard on Shore Road built the first 22 Stars and another 11 Stars were built in Chelsea, MA, with the Purdy Boat Company of Port Washington building 32 Stars during the 1930s. George W. Elder, JR, commodore of the Port Washington YC and a friend of Corry's, owned Star #14 and #15 and thought up the idea of a Star Class organization, and the International Star Class Yacht Racing Associations was established on January 20, 1922. Corry is known today as the "Father of the Stars" and George Elder as the Father of the Star Class Association. Many readers may be familiar with this boat as an Olympic racing boat. This year, Phil Trinter, Port Washington resident, and Paul Cayard represented the United States in the Star class and came in 5th overall. The first Star boat, owned by "Pop" Corry, was called Little Dipper, and its transom, stem and tiller are on display at the Manhasset Bay YC. So plan on attending this historic dedication to the Star class, and its humble beginnings right here on Manhasset Bay - on the very spot where the first Star was built at the Isaac E. Smith Shipyard.
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