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Ocean City Pops luncheon brings out friends, supporters

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Friends of the Ocean City Pops hosted their 24th annual summer luncheon at the Greate Bay Country Club on a sunny August day. Pat Migliaccio and Delores Dengler-Vitas greeted guests at the top of the stairs and gave out table assignments.

Guests stopped to get Chinese auction tickets from Barbara Parsons and Mary Ramoski while Phyllis Hoover, Joan Phillips, Sandy McMahon and Joan Ferko circulated around the dining room with tickets. Joan is looking forward to a cruise on Celebrity’s Eclipse over Thanksgiving. Peggy Lloyd showed off the large cut on her ankle she got doing battle with a rose bush in her yard, but it didn’t slow her down one bit. Mary Ann McGrath, Gail Damone and Mary Ann Gable sold 50/50 tickets at their table. Congrats to Mary Ann and John Gable who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 12.

Judy Perkins is starting a two-year term as first vice president of the New Jersey Retired Educators Association. Gail Damone recently returned from visiting family in Michigan and husband, Joe, attended the Oshkosh air show getting to fly in a B52 bomber while their grandsons took flight in a helicopter.

I caught up with Joan Andrews, Marie Shafron, Schuy Wood and Kathy Schwarz checking out the Chinese and silent auctions. Schuy is being “forced to” return to Paris in October while Kathy is headed for Sea Island, Ga. over Labor Day. Not to be outdone, Marie is spending the winter in St. Simon, Ga. Barbara Fasy and Flora Baker rode a golf cart from valet parking to the Pub Grill entrance where the elevator is located.

Mary Giblin received compliments on the two gift baskets she created for the auction. Mary told me her son, Joe, has been chef at the Greate Bay for 15 years and recently made a great picnic lunch for Mary’s Red Hat group. Everyone thanked Winnie Piriano for the mirrors in pewter envelope cases with rhinestone clasp compliments of South Jersey Home Care.

Shriver’s salt water taffy and mints were also at each guests’ place setting. Mary Anne McGrath is headed for Hawaii in October and Italy next June. Rita Stauffer didn’t know whether to drive back to Ocean City to get the Johnson’s Popcorn containers she forgot for the young artists, but decided to deliver them later. I enjoyed catching up with Rev. Douglas Eberly at the luncheon. Doug is a neighbor of the Stauffers and never runs out of Johnson’s Popcorn. Colleen Snodgrass wore a cream color, two-piece lace ensemble.

Newly crowned Miss Ocean City Carley Del Sordo arrived at the luncheon sporting a royal blue jersey dress accented with a rhinestone crown pin, a gift from former Miss Ocean City Aubre Naughton. Carley claims to be 5 feet and 1/4-inch tall, but with her high platform escadrilles appeared much taller.

Bob Snodgrass, who has mentored Carley with voice lessons for years, was delighted to have his picture taken with his favorite student. Connie Smedley and husband, Don, are looking forward to celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary Sept. 16. Bert DeVries is headed to Bradford, Pa. for her 60th high school reunion. Marie Knight jumped up quickly for a picture as soon as I called her correct name.

I chatted with Melinda Mayne, Sylva Bertini and Joan and Ed Wismer as we headed into the dining room for lunch. The tables had brightly colored plastic shovels and beach buckets filled with fall mums for centerpieces and yellow and blue napkins. The program featured a color picture of the Music Pier at sunset with the Ninth Street lifeguard stand and boat in the foreground.

Friends of the Ocean City Pops Chairman Bert DeVries welcomed everyone to the luncheon and Linda Herbert provided some interesting facts about the history of the Music Pier, thenJudy Perkins took the microphone to start calling numbers of the winners in the Chinese auction while guests enjoyed the fruit cup.

Dave Phillips, Ginny Coco andSandy McMahon were some of the committee members who delivered the prizes to the winners. I enjoyed lunch chatting with Mike Dattilo and Pat and Roy Gillian. Mike took daughter Joey to a recent Phillies game with tickets she won at the Vanderslice/Davis Golf Outing and much to their surprise the Phillies actually won. Pat has been busy this summer chairing the Miss Night in Venice Pageant while Roy entertains at the piano at the Greate Bay Friday and Saturday nights in the Pub Lounge.

During lunch, I caught up with Edith Frost, who turns 88 on Nov. 2. Sheryl Sherman’s daughter, Tracy, got married in July at The Pier at Caesars. Delores Dengler-Vitas was delighted when I took her picture since she lives in Upper Township. Delores and Heidi Angelastro, vice chairwoman of Shore Medical Center’s auxiliary are busy getting ready for their annual Thrift Shop Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Greate Bay Sept. 17. Peggy Addis is a lifetime Atlantic City resident and graduated from Holy Spirit High School in ’62. Charlotte Stark has lived in Margate since ’45 and has six great-grandchildren with two more on the way. I stopped by to chat with Kay Manco and her daughter, Mary Bangle, at their table. Mary also chose high platform escadrilles to wear with her dress as she admitted to being just 5 feet, 2 inches, as husband, Chuck, must be a least 6 feet, 8 inches. She feels she needs all the help she can get. Denise Lindsay wore beige, complete with wide-brimmed, straw chapeaux.

After lunch, Bill Scheible introduced Stanford Thompson, CEO of Play on Philly!, an instrumental program for students. Entertainment was provided by Esther Weil Competition winners accompanied by Jeffrey Uhlig on keyboard. Carley Del Sordo sang “On My Own” from “Les Miserables,” then Lexis Petrella and Jarrett Porter performed “If I Loved You” and Jarrett closed out the program with “If Ever I Would Leave You” from “Camelot.” Kristin Kelleher sat on the floor to get her photos and not block anyone’s view.

While guests enjoyed dessert, sherbet topped with fresh blueberries and raspberry syrup along with petit fours, more Chinese auction packages were awarded with Nancy Kelly getting The Sneaker Shop package, Marie Knight’s getting her haircut by Tina, and Carol Ruggiero won two tickets to the library Author’s Luncheon Oct. 17.

Kay and Bill Sundermeir are headed over to Margate to Steve and Cookies for dinner and Rev. Douglas Eberly won not one, but three prizes. Debbie Flint won dinner for eight prepared by Bill Scheible. When Linda Herbert stood at the podium with Carley Del Sordo to draw the 50/50 winner, Pat and I noticed they were sporting the exact same dresses. While Linda got her’s at Macy’s, Carley’s was from Bloomingdale’s. I caught up with John Gideonse, Suzanne Longacre and Paula North as we headed outside to valet parking to get our cars. 

Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan

Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan

Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan

Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan

Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan

Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan

Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan


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