With the threat of rain, Ocean City Exchange Club members and guests set out on a three-hour tour on the Jersey Shore Pirate Ship in the back bay of Ocean City. Jim and I met up with Toni and Fred Marcell as we walked out on the dock to board the ship. Fred sported a black top hat with his shorts and sandals on the last day of summer.
Warren Iredell gave me a hand as I boarded the pirate ship and promised it wasn’t going to rain. I spotted Sue and Ozzie Jordan and Judi and Warren Roseland sitting in the back row of seats on the boat enjoying the view. Anita and Bill Culp were busy setting out the buffet featuring shrimp and chicken wings from The Islander; Italian treats from Fiesta at the Pavillion; pizza from Manco and Manco and hoagies from Boyar’s. Thanks to Sharon Capizzi-Walsh who coordinated the food but missed the voyage as she was attending her sister’s 40th wedding anniversary party.
Pat and Carl Waterman enjoyed the cruise with Carl’s brother and his wife, Mary and Bill Waterman. We knew immediately Bill was Carl’s brother as they looked so much alike. Vonnie Price was excited she finally finished her 60 Charity League beaded pins and turned them in. Ed Price wore his baseball cap backwards to look more like a pirate.
As soon as Linda and Curt Gronert and John Petrycki and his friend, Diane Streadbury, were safely on board, we backed out of the dock for our voyage. I chatted with Suzan and John LaRosa and Jane and John Lugo while enjoying the buffet. Joanne Budnick, fresh off her modeling stint in Shore Medical Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop Fashion Show, enjoyed the cruise with her sister, Janet, and her friend, Peggy, who were visiting from Arizona for a week and enjoying the activities in Ocean City. New Exchange member Ed Sheppard was accompanied by Stephanie Zoltek and she and I enjoyed riding on the front of the ship with the wind blowing through our hair and our arms spread wide much like Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic.”
I enjoyed chatting with Joanne and Tony Spadafora as we made our way through the lagoons checking out homes of friends and relatives. Andrea and Don Paul came out on their dock to greet us when we passed. Diane and John Van Stone wanted the captain to stop at their new home to give everyone a tour of this beauty. Joe Ireland was looking forward to his wedding next Saturday at St. Augustine’s Church. He wasn’t sure of the time, but he was sure his bride, Laura Cover, would make sure he was on time. Lillian and Rich Ellerman and Pat and Carl Waterman enjoyed the romantic music dancing on the deck of the ship. Ozzie Jordan tried to start trouble when he wanted my husband to “Walk the Plank.”
Everyone was in for a treat when Warren Iredell brought around a tray filled with doughnuts, cookies and other goodies from Ward’s Pastry. We even caught a glimpse of the moon, saw the lighted Ferris wheels on the boardwalk and, of course, enjoyed the lights under the new Route 52 causeway.
Sue Doll and I had lots of laughs as we watched the guys head downstairs and through the swinging doors and Don Doll couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. Beverly and Frank McCall enjoyed watching our reactions to the fun. Marie and Joe Libby, Nadine and Doug Otto and Dottie McClain were among the folks on the cruise. And just as we headed back to the dock a light rain began to fall and everyone cheered and applauded our caption and crew and the Pirate Ship committee for planning a delightful evening.
It was truly a night to remember when Maureen “Mo” Nulty celebrated her 71st birthday with a party at the Greate Bay Country Club. When over 175 arrived at this “ladies-only” celebration, each chose a unique hat made out of brightly painted paper bags and accented with large flowers, butterflies, tulle and lace. No two were the same. Naturally, “Mo, the Queen Mum” sported an outrageous large black hat with purple plumes, lots of flowers and yards of tulle that looked matched her black velvet evening jacket accented with gold flecks and piping on the lapels and a long skirt with a slit up the front.
I didn’t recognize Beth Pasternak in her hat until she said “hello” as she enjoyed the social hour with Dana Moreland, Kathleen Madison and Bethany Vandervoort. It was like being back in high school as guests lined up at the photo booth. Dave Winton of the New Jersey Shutter Booth ushered ladies into the booth where there were lots of props like colorful boas for crazy pictures, a strip of four.
Marie Shafron and I teamed up in the booth for our photo shoot, acting like a couple of kids as we relived our childhood days. Marge McGuckin and this columnist slipped into the dining room early to stake out a good table while the staff was still setting up for dinner. Large sunflowers in mason jars filled with sand were the centerpieces on the tables. Peggy Ann Osborne wore orange and she selected a matching orange chapeau to top off her outfit. Paige Salvo took lots of pictures with her camera. Having been replaced by Joan Andrews at the Yacht Club dinner, Marie Shafron was glad to be back as my photographer for the evening.
As Tammi Seuff and the staff at Greate Bay guided ladies into the dining room, the DJ livened up the scene with music chosen by our hostess and birthday gal for the celebration.
Marge’s daughter, Karen Spofford, joined us at our table along with Ann Dahme, Sue Walsh, Peggy Ann Osborne, Marie Shafron, Liz Vasturia, Joan Andrews and Ann Suter, who planned to wear their hats to bridge Tuesday night. Some of these ladies came over to the party on the shuttle bus that Mo provided for easy transportation.
The celebration continued with a champagne toast to the hostess with the mostest given by her daughters, Erin Nulty, Megan Martinez and Kaitlin Nulty. They highlighted their lives growing up with their wild and crazy mother, who loved hosting parties at their summer home at the shore and dressing up in outrageous Halloween costumes that were displayed in slides on the big screen throughout the evening.
Mo’s sister, Audrey Manley, read an original “Ode to Mo” poem she wrote that had the ladies in stitches. I enjoyed catching up with Kathy Risley while filling our platters at the buffet. Kathy has been married 48 years and she and her husband have been Mo’s shore neighbors since ’77. After dinner, the ladies danced the night away. Vicki Kerbeck arrived late after attending a Miss America dinner at The Palm in Atlantic City.
No party is complete without cake and one cake just isn’t enough for Mo as she had three cakes all in the shape of hats made by Melinda DiMaria of Long Island, N.Y.
The party was still going strong when Ann Dahme chauffeured home this columnist and others who called it a night early.
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