Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:00 am
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Twas the wearing of the green and the eight inches of snow that fell in South Jersey didn’t deter a crowd from gathering at the Tuckahoe Inn to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Exchange Club brought their favorite ladies to their dinner meeting that night. Andrea Paul and this columnist staked out a table in the dining room then joined our husbands in the lounge to enjoy the social hour. Warren Iredell and Bill Culp told me the Exchange Club has resurrected their Shrimp and Beef Night that will be held April 26 at the Seaville Fire Hall. I almost didn’t recognize Ron Denney who sported a green plaid tam with red hair and a mustache to the party. Frank McCall, who wore a cream color hand knit sweater he got when visiting Ireland in 2005, liked Ron’s hat so much that Ron gave Frank an extra one he brought with him. David Powell gave these guys a run for their money in his tall green and white stripe Cat in the Hat style hat.
John McGuigan also wore an Irish knit cable knit sweater like Frank’s. Joe Libby left his wife, Marie, home baking Easter bread and told me he is busy planning the Book of Golden Deeds dinner. I stopped to chat with Shawnda McGinnis who was enjoying a burger and fries at the bar. Just before heading into the dining room for dinner Mike Megargee and his troop arrived to entertain with Irish favorites like “Danny Boy” and “Amazing Grace” while everyone clapped and danced to the beat of the music. John Mistler, Alan McGill and Jeff MacNeill played the bagpipes, Rich DeLeon and Johnny Mulholland played drums and Mike Megargee played the base drum and djembe drum. Jeff Sutherland and this columnist received Irish beads from the group.
Jim and I enjoyed our Irish fare of corn beef and cabbage or sheppard’s pie with Sue and Ozzie Jordan and Andrea and Don Paul. When Jim Plousis volunteered to take our picture I noticed he was wearing cowboy boots. He said he got them when he had to ride a horse at the opening of a rodeo. Suzan LaRosa wore a nice green sweater but when Sue and Don Doll noticed John LaRosa didn’t have on a speck of green they borrowed a green linen napkin and made it into a necktie. Tom Ulmer reports he and wife, Liz, are looking forward to the arrival of two more grandchildren bringing their total to four as Becky is due in June and Katie in August.
When Stu Sirott handed me a flyer for the Mr. Mature America Pageant, Brandon Dierhoff told Tom Ulmer he should compete for Mr. Immature America. Jerry Kanefsky sported a unique green tie featuring the Tasmanian Devil, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Mark Cassidy joked with me about not voting for his son for Mr. Ocean City High School. The guys told me Don McBride is in real estate and a master gardener. Jon Batastini introduced me to new member Ed Sheppard and prospective new member Tom Rotondi, business strategist at the Marsh and McLennan Agency. I caught up with Dorothy Gerken sitting on the bench by the coatroom waiting for her husband, Homer, and Don Pileggi, to drive her home.
It was the first day of spring when the United Methodist Women at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church hosted a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Deauville Inn. Ginny Strang and Della Ostien greeted guests at the door then Linda Brown showed them to their tables. Jim and I stopped to chat with Phoebe and Gene Lindacher on the way to our table. Gene showed me newspaper articles about his grandson, Jake Lindacher, a sophomore at The College of New Jersey, being named Track Athlete of the Week by the NJAC while Phoebe introduced me to her sister, Sally Smith. Jim and I enjoyed dinner and the view of the sunset with Mary and Bill Woods and Andrea and Don Paul. Cork Ostien and son, Tres, and Dick Strang joined Della and Ginny for dinner when they took a break from taking tickets at the door. When Cork told me he was going to play Thaddeus in The Living Last Supper, I introduced him to Will Evans who was Thaddeus the last three years.
Brian and Sandra Roberts brought Tracy and Henry Wimberg to dinner, friends from when Brian was pastor at Absecon United Methodist Church. The Wimbergs have six children, four in college, two at Stockton and two at The College of New Jersey. Brian and Sandra said they are going to miss running the boardwalk when they move to Egg Harbor Township. Mary and Warren Hughes recently returned from Hilton Head where they played lots of golf. Carol Evans, a member of the Presbyterian Church, said she was being ecumenical by attending this Methodist dinner.
Marge and Bob Roth enjoyed the Fishing Pier’s 100th anniversary celebrations culminating with a dinner at The Flanders. The pier hosted three open houses for more than 2,000 guests. It was the first time non-members were admitted to the fishing pier.
Robie McKinnon needed two long tables when she arrived with her large contingent. Jane Taylor told me she already has her ticket for the UMW Luncheon and Fashion Show May 17 at the Greate Bay Country Club. Edith Kemble told me she makes sure her neighbors get the Gazette when it isn’t delivered to their homes. I’ll have to get her a job in circulation.
Helen Miller told me how beautiful the memorial service was for her husband Tom, a wonderful celebration of his life.
Candy and Phil Young are delighted to finally be back in their home after Hurricane Sandy. Bob McNamara reminded me that his picture was in my Terrific Tuesday column. Donna Schempp is looking forward to a cruise on the Mediterranean this summer on the Royal Caribbean cruise line.
Dottie and Jim Walmsley retired from Warminster, Pa. to Ocean City nine years ago and enjoy attending the Sunday Praise Service at St. Peter’s. Pat Custard and Christine Crist enjoyed visiting Robie McKinnon in Marco Island in February. Christine is looking forward to the arrival of her fifth grandchild as son, Stephen and his wife are expecting their second child, Stephen, Jr., on May 13, who will join his 20 month old sister, Nellie. Nancy and Tony Caine had a cozy table for two for their romantic dinner. The Caines are looking forward to their daughter, Libby’s marriage to Joe O’Donnell Sept. 12 on the beach in Cape May. Nancy is also headed to the Dominican Republic this spring on her seventh mission trip.
Don Pileggi arrived late and had trouble finding his ticket for dinner. Merry and Dave Wagner made sure I had the names of everyone sitting at their table. Andrea Mastro didn’t want her picture taken and opted to wait for the luncheon and fashion show publicity shot. When we headed home Linda Brown handed out flyers for the Deauville’s Easter brunch and showed us new features like the smaller bar and new floor made to the restaurant after their bouts with Irene and Sandy.