Luncheon celebrates the arts in Ocean City

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Arts Center President Jack Devine, center, welcomes Amy Mahon, Kathy Wheatcroft, Shirley Hawthorne, Donna Halper, Rae Mullineaux and Michael Waters to the annual luncheon. Arts Center President Jack Devine, center, welcomes Amy Mahon, Kathy Wheatcroft, Shirley Hawthorne, Donna Halper, Rae Mullineaux and Michael Waters to the annual luncheon.

The Ocean City Arts Center held their annual summer luncheon recently at the Greate Bay Country Club. Jane Charles and Marian Talese greeted guests in the lobby when they arrived while Roz Lifshin and Lynn Sullivan distributed bright orange Arts Center reusable cloth bags.

Roz reports the kids art camps are in full swing and the center is getting ready for the 52nd Boardwalk Art Show. When I admired Marian’s necklace, she told me it was made by Meed Barnett with limestone from Milan, Italy.

Joan Phillips and Leslie Peters arrived early after leaving their book club at the library where they are reviewing best seller “The Orphan Train.” I enjoyed meeting and chatting with Joyce Coffman, who recently retired to Ocean City from Massachusetts. I walked upstairs to the dining room chatting with Sandy McMahon then caught up with Hazel Kavle and Mary Garrett selling Chinese auction raffle tickets while Sue Forrest and Jack Devine tended to last minute details for the luncheon with Tammy Seuff.

Peggy Doyle is always planning trips for her clients, but this summer she, husband Larry, and son Craig are headed to Newfoundland, and then Peggy and Larry are going on to Mexico. When I noticed the program cover of a painting by Janette Jones titled “In the Artist’s Garden,” celebrating the play of light through the spirit of the garden, I was delighted I chose a flower garden sundress to wear to the luncheon. Nancy Larrabee has taken up native plant gardening raising caterpillars that will turn into butterflies. While we all miss Peggy Momyer at Ocean Pharmacy, she insists she is taking a summer vacation from work. How long can this active, vibrant lady stay home?

Marie Shafron is a fast learner as she took my camera, gathered folks together for a picture and lined them up according to height and color of outfit. Mary Ramoski has a new great granddaughter, Cameron Nicole, who recently burst on the scene giving Mary three great grandchildren, but who’s counting. Eleanor Raymond sported a black and white polka dot jacket accented with a large shocking pink sunflower. Eleanor is enjoying the Aberdeen Road beach with her great nieces. Connie and Don Smedley are headed to Portland, Ore. in September to visit their son and daughter-in-law in their new home. Jerry DeLapp told me he and Mary love their new home in Osprey Point. Artist Carol Zerbe told me her paintings were on display at Latz’s by the Bay this winter. John Gideonse and Suzanne Longacre left their S/V Zeelander in Turks and Caicos while they enjoy the summer in Ocean City. John and Suzanne are looking forward to driving to Maine and on to Toronto in August. I joked with Shirley Hawthorne about catching her husband, Rich, sitting on the boardwalk waiting for her while she shopped in Bad Kitty with their granddaughter. Kay Reilly is looking forward to the new book club at the library this fall with the first book to be reviewed, “Shadow Divers,” which she has read already. When I admired Mary Louise Sossich’s lavender and white dress and sweater outfit, she told me it was from Talbot’s. Mary Louise, who enjoyed the luncheon with her sister, Rosemary Tripician, took the ferry over to Delaware to shop with her friends, but didn’t buy anything as she prefers the shops in Ocean City

Priscilla Wilkinson may live in Linwood, but her heart is in Ocean City. For the past 30 years, Priscilla has been doing water aerobics at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. I stopped to chat with Janet and Jack Dershimer while sampling the hors d’oeuvres. When Jeanne Robinson lost her car keys, she wasn’t too concerned, but was relieved when one of the wait staff found them. Beverly Denney wore a green flower print dress from Gabrielle’s, accented with a gold necklace. Beverly and husband Ron are still trying to downsize all their worldly possessions since they moved into their new, smaller home. Melodie Perri was beaming when she told me son Philip got engaged July 5 at a party at the Forum with family and friends. No date has been set for the wedding. Rita Stauffer reports her grandchildren enjoy the summer arts and crafts programs at the Ocean City Arts Center. Joyce Hooper told me she’s a garden artist, so I’ll have to stop by and check it out. Meredith Harvey is looking forward to a river cruise on the Danube with her husband this fall. I chatted with Carolyn Shirk and Lance Balderson, who has served on the Arts Center board for 10 years, as we headed into the dining room for lunch. Lance is showing his art work at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville this summer. Sue Forrest, luncheon chairwoman, also served as host and was very easy to hear as she used the portable mic to move around the dining room. I enjoyed lunch with Roz Lifshin, Lynn Sullivan, Nate Petrinec, Jean Jacobson, Sylva Bertini, Carla Migliaccio, Mary Ann Vannella and Deborah Walker. New to Ocean City after retirement, Mary Ann calls the Community Center her “second home” as she can be found there everyday. Nate moved to the Ocean City area nine years ago where he runs an Edward Jones Investment office. Nate’s wife is on theboardwalk daily with their three children, Samuel, Madelyn and Grace. Carla painted eight traffic boxes around town and the mural on the VFW at 15th and Bay. Jean is headed to Italy with her three sisters for the third time. When Jean noticed I was using an Ocean City Home Bank tablet to take notes, she offered me as many as I needed.

Lilli Filichia, who has lived in Ocean City for five years, is a graphic artist and was high bidder of the Chatterbox painting by Aaron Bogushefsky. Myra Corcoran shared her cookie platter from Crazy Susan’s with everyone at her table. Jack Devine had glowing remarks about Peggy Lloyd when he presented her with a plaque for her 43 years of dedication, service and donations to the Arts Center. Colorful balloons with “Thanks” on them were tied to the back of Peggy’s chair during the luncheon. Diamonds and Rust provided entertainment throughout the luncheon and played “You Decorated My Life,” made famous by Kenny Rogers, to honor Peggy. Cathy Engle was high bidder on the Harbor Pines associate membership. Joan Phillips was high bidder on Sue Forrest’s “Gathering Storm” painting while Leslie Peters took home the watercolor painting by Fred Arnold.

Everyone put their names on a dollar bill for a chance to win a silver necklace donated by Val Godfrey. Lynn Chalmers’ name was on the bill drawn from the basket. I spotted Bert DeVries, Sally Huff, Michele Gillian, Evie Bachich and Joann Cioeta among the guests at the luncheon.

Flowers in silver paint cans by Mark Videtto at The Spinning Wheel served as centerpieces on the tables with Mary Ann Vannella, having the birthday closest to Halloween, winning at our table. Sue Forrest had such a good time chairing the luncheon she announced that she would be running it again next year.

Marian Talese, Lynn Sullivan and Roz Lifshin, at right, welcome Joan Phillips and Leslie Peters, at left, to the Ocean City Arts Center luncheon. Marian Talese, Lynn Sullivan and Roz Lifshin, at right, welcome Joan Phillips and Leslie Peters, at left, to the Ocean City Arts Center luncheon.

 Cathy Finnegan, center, chats with Mary Ramoski, Eleanor Raymond, Connie Smedley and Nancy Larrabee at the Arts Center luncheon. Cathy Finnegan, center, chats with Mary Ramoski, Eleanor Raymond, Connie Smedley and Nancy Larrabee at the Arts Center luncheon.

Hazel Kavle, Jeanne Robinson, Joyce Coffman, Meredith Harvey and Mary Garrett are ready to check out silent and Chinese auctions. Hazel Kavle, Jeanne Robinson, Joyce Coffman, Meredith Harvey and Mary Garrett are ready to check out silent and Chinese auctions.

John Gideonese, Suzanne Longacre, Peggy Lloyd, Kay Reilly and Carol Zerbe enjoy the Arts Center luncheon. John Gideonese, Suzanne Longacre, Peggy Lloyd, Kay Reilly and Carol Zerbe enjoy the Arts Center luncheon.

Rita Stauffer, Joyce Hooper, Lance Balderson, Sue Forrest and Melodie Perri line up for a picture at the Arts Center luncheon. Rita Stauffer, Joyce Hooper, Lance Balderson, Sue Forrest and Melodie Perri line up for a picture at the Arts Center luncheon.

Judy Perkins, Evie Bachich, Bud and Marie Knight, Jean Jacobson and Sylva Bertini get together at the Arts Center luncheon. Judy Perkins, Evie Bachich, Bud and Marie Knight, Jean Jacobson and Sylva Bertini get together at the Arts Center luncheon.

Karen Mahar, Carla Migliaccio, Nate Petrinec, Jane Charles, Mary Ann Vannella and Deborah Walker enjoy the Arts Center luncheon. Karen Mahar, Carla Migliaccio, Nate Petrinec, Jane Charles, Mary Ann Vannella and Deborah Walker enjoy the Arts Center luncheon.


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