Friends of the Ocean City Pops held its 27th annual luncheon recently at the Greate Bay Country Club. “Sailing With The Pops” was this year’s luncheon theme, which featured bright nautical flags hanging behind the podium. Red tablecloths accented with yellow and blue napkins carried out the nautical theme with blue vases filled with red and blue flowers and large yellow sunflowers, compliments of Mark and Linda Videtto from Spinning Wheel Florist. I caught up with luncheon co-chairwomen Carol Ruggiero and Karen Morelli, along with committee members Marie Knight, Gail Damone, Joan Ferko and Linda Herbert putting the finishing touches on the decorations and silent auction and raffle baskets. Gail Damone told me she is still recuperating from an automobile accident in Naples, Fla. last winter. With the Pops luncheon over, Linda Herbert will now start working on a cancer tea for the Eastern Star in Pennsylvania. Joan Knight reports her first great granddaughter, Evie Marie, will celebrate her first birthday Nov. 22. Joan Ferko reports her daughter recently left Macy’s and is now working at Spencer Gifts in Egg Harbor Township and she and her fiance just bought a home in Ocean View. Joan Ferko is starting to work on the gift baskets for the museum luncheon to be held Sept. 21 at The Flanders. Carol Ruggiero is enjoying her new home in Ocean City. Karen Morelli had lots of company this summer but her favorite visitor was her granddaughter, Deanna, who spent over three weeks with her grandmother. Nancy Kelly took up her place at the door to show guests to their tables when they began to arrive. Mary Ann McGrath, who waited patiently in the lobby, was one of the first to arrive.

Doris McHugh and Regina Evans are the proud great grandmothers of five children each. Eleanor Parks has eight great grandchildren all over the United States while Mary Ramoski has four great grandchildren ages 1 month to 16 years. Ann Mehlmann wore a red, white and blue outfit as she sold raffle tickets along with Barbara Ferment and Alice McCaffery. Barbara DeMauriac is still waiting for me to stop by and visit her when I start biking again. I caught up with Pat Angarano and Ginny Coco relaxing in the lounge and they were looking forward to singing with the Cape Shore Chorale when the Pops present “Show Boat” Sunday. Eleanor Burk wore a flowing blue and white two-piece dress. Marie Dugan, who is 97, couldn’t resist telling everyone she loves Bill Scheible when she stepped up to the mic. It was great seeing Melinda Mayne out and about and feeling better. She chose a bright flower print sheath dress. Maribeth Leonard enjoyed the luncheon with friends after spending the day before shopping in her favorite boutiques on Asbury Avenue. Mary Anne Kull sported a bright orange sheath dress with matching orange patent leather stiletto ankle strap shoes. Mary Anne showed me a picture of her grandson, Tommy Miller, with the big fish he caught last weekend. When Bert DeVries told me she was celebrating her birthday the next day she said “Age is only a number and mine is unlisted.” Marie Shafron promised to deliver some of her homegrown tomatoes from her garden to my home. Jean Jacobson was on vacation so she sported a bright blue sheath dress instead of her usual banking business suit.

Cindy O’Hara enjoyed the luncheon with Kay Manco and Rita and John Stauffer while her husband, Pat, was outside playing golf. I caught up with Paula North, Bill Sundermeir, Helen Miller, Francie Scafario, Sandy McMahon and Pat Migliaccio checking out the silent auction and gift baskets in the raffle. Winnie Piriano, who loves biking the boardwalk every morning, wore a royal blue and green print silk blouse and royal blue slacks. Jon Batastini is looking forward to being roasted by the Chamber of Commerce in September. News travels fast as Phyllis Hoover got word that her husband, Ken, had his picture taken with four ladies in the lounge before he got to tell her. Becky and Dick Stanislaw arrived just in time to sit down for lunch. I enjoyed lunch with Bill Scheible, Jeff Uhlig, Barbara Fasy, Edna and John Cellucci, Elizabeth Bowden and Joan McGowan. Mary Ann Gabel, who sported a nautical outfit, joined us when she finished counting the raffle money. Each guest received a gift package of Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy. This being Bill Scheible’s 30th anniversary with the Pops, the luncheon committee complied a collage of pictures of Bill in his younger years sporting a bow tie in all the pictures so Bill made sure he wore one of his classic bow ties to the luncheon with his navy and white check sport jacket. Esther Weil Scholarship recipient Fred Spiewak entertained with several show tunes accompanied by Jeff Uhlig on the piano.

Bob Snodgrass served as master of ceremonies, calling out the winning numbers of all the gift baskets. Jeanne Vollmer was high bidder on the dinner for 10 prepared by Bill Scheible, but he promised to do another dinner for 10 for Elizabeth Bowden when she matched Jeanne’s high bid. The flower centerpieces were taken home by the person whose birthday was closest to Christopher Columbus’ with Mary Ann Gabel winning ours. When Pat Gillian and I stopped by to check out the beautiful cake the Country Club made in honor of Scheible’s 30th anniversary this columnist picked up a gift bag featuring a hand painted sailboat named “O.C. Pops.”

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