Revival of the Park Hill Racquet Club Theater Tradition
“Lend Me a Tenor” by Playwright Ken Ludwig. Members of the Racquet Club on Park Hill and guests were treated early this spring to the first theater production at the club in three decades, as the Park Hill Players wowed crowds in the delightful Ken Ludwig farce, “Lend Me a Tenor.” In late March and early April, some 220 paying guests filled the seats in the big hall for three performances of the play. [See photo.]
The production followed a year of planning and preparations for the performances, thanks to the vision and persistence of Jim Beirne, who remembered when theater was a major feature of the club’s life from thirty years ago.
The cast – Kirsten Barbera, Jim Beirne, Chris Canty, Chris Gallin, Karen Lawrence, Mary Kay Moment, Steve Ross, and Karin White – got well-deserved standing ovations after each performance. Also, kudos were expressed for the outstanding stage set, expertly built for the occasion and attractively painted by club members.
Founding of the New PHRC Performing Arts Committee.
Determined not to sit on their laurels, the cast have quickly set up the new Performing Arts Committee (PAC) to plan for future productions. The Committee has three co-chairs: Jim, Kirsten and Chris Canty. They are reading a number of plays now, to recommend one to the Committee for its next production.
Another Wonderful Governors’ Ball
On Saturday, April 8th, the club held its annual Governors’ Ball in the beautifully decorated great hall. The theme this year was “masquerade” and a great many colorful masks could be seen circulating in the hall. Dinner was catered from The Dolphin restaurant. Members and their guests danced well into the night.
Nearly two dozen club members helped put up the decorations that turned a mundane space into a charming setting. Appreciation again went to Kathryn Buckley, Claire Miko and Karin White for leading the team that decorated the hall. Long-time members of the club said that the hall had never looked more beautiful.
Other club members who helped with decorations included: Rosemary Beirne, Jim Buckley, Patty Cecere, Paul Cecere, Annmarie Ennis, Chris Gamba, Patty Gamba, Justine Henry, Robert Klein, William Krawiec, Lyrica Leon, Mary Liberatore, Vic Mason, Renee O’Hanlon, Griffin O’Keefe, James Resnik, Joan Russo and Katherine Sokolnikoff. Special thanks go to Chris, Griffin and William for helping to serve appetizers, remove dishes from the tables and clean up later.
Committee Memberships for This Year
The Board is pleased to note that 52 adults are signed up as members of the Board and/or the various committees. This is a great example of participation in the work of this volunteer-run club and a sharing of its responsibilities, even as many members have young children to care for, full-time day jobs to do, or both. Listed below are those responsible for oversight of each committee:
Board of Governors: Directors: Patty Gamba, Steve Speigler & Renee O’Hanlon
Bar Committee: Co-chairs: Renee O’Hanlon and Annmarie Ennis
Bowling Committee: Chair: Jon Wallen
By-Laws Committee : Chair: Patty Gamba
Finance Committee: Treasurer: Matt Krawiec
House /Grounds Committee: Chair: Robert Klein
Marketing Committee: Chair: Dave Steck
Membership Committee: Co-chairs: Patty Gamba and Rosemary Beirne
Pool Committee: Co-chairs: Renee O’Hanlon and Annmarie Ennis
Rental Committee: Co –Chairs: Justine Henry & Claire Miko
Social Committee: Co-chairs: Renee O’Hanlon & Justine Henry
Tennis Committee: Co-chairs: Patty Gamba and Tom Westmoreland
In early April, former Director Kerry Schmid sent a letter of thanks to the club’s members on behalf of herself, husband Ed and son William for the many communications they had received from club members wishing Kerry a speedy recovery from her serious illness of the past six months. Kerry said the many calls, visits, emails and texts gave her encouragement and were deeply appreciated.
Meanwhile, the club welcomed back Steve Savard following his recent major surgery. Steve says the doctors report the operation was a complete success. Hardly missing a beat, Steve again organized and ran his popular annual jazz pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 30th.
Recent Events. The club had its semi-annual karaoke party, organized by Tom Westmoreland and Patty Gamba, on March 4th, with the usual hearty contributions from many members and their guests. Once again, DJ Justine Faith did the honors running the karaoke machine, as the party-goers continued singing into the small hours. As usual, the occasion was very well-attended and the noisy lounge was packed.
A week later, on March 11th, the club held its annual St. Patrick’s Day party for families. Mairead Casey and Anne Marie Ennis hosted a well-attended gathering, preparing a mouth-watering Irish buffet of corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, potato leek soup, soda bread, macaroni and cheese and desserts. DJ Brendan provided the live music for the dancing, and a great time was had by all.
On Thursday, March 23rd, the club scheduled its first of many Thirsty Thursdays of the spring. Renee O’Hanlon organized the evening around the popular game of Scattergories.
Membership Open Houses were held on March 24th, April 9th and May 7th. The membership committee was on hand to welcome visitors– families and individuals – expressing interest in the club. As always, our best source of membership is personal referral by current members. If you know anyone who’s interested, please bring them by for a tour, dip in the pool, tennis game or some fun bowling!
The spring Fun Bowling League, organized by James Resnik, ended the first week of May. The summer league will begin in late June.
Kristen Napoli and Kristen Oates co-hosted the boisterous Derby de Mayo party on Saturday, May 6th, and a great time was had by the throngs of members and their families who attended and watched the running of the Kentucky Derby. Everyone enjoyed the scrumptious feast of Bourbon BBQ pulled pork, green chili pulled chick