The Island Country Club

Deer Isle, Maine

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The 94th Season Ends

Posted on September 26, 2022 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (48)

Quite unexpectedly, as Vasserot

The armless ambidextrian was lighting

A match between his great and second toe,

And Ralph the lion was engaged in biting

The neck of Madame Sossman while th...

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The View from Away

Posted on September 20, 2022 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

It is a strange sense your editor has as he reports from away on the closing days of the Club’s season, the first time this has happened in many years. When on the Island, it is like a hive – the busy, buzzing center of all life that is meaningful. When “away” the Island is no less meaningful, but the importance of the busyness there is seen in context, and one se...

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Some Newsletter Editions are Easy to Write

Posted on September 14, 2022 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (6)

This one isn’t. Last week was the most challenging of the Old Club’s 94th Season. News arrived of the deaths of two long time members who were also great friends of many. Annie returned briefly, cheering Ryan and your editor until she told us she had at least another month of treatment and evaluation. Then there were the incidents of intolerable on course behavior and a deliberate refusal to f...

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September Song

Posted on September 8, 2022 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (6)

Oh it's a long, long while, from May to December

But the days grow short, when you reach September.

When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame,

One hasn't got time for the waiting game.

And these few precious days, I'll spend with...

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The 90's

Posted on August 30, 2022 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (3)

Not the 1790’s, when the American economy developed its own complex identity, but our politics fractured for the first time. And not the 1890’s, as the “Gilded Age” collapsed under the burdens of corruption and massive income inequality. And, no, not even the 1990’s, with the dotcom boom ending in the first of the massive busts that have so marred the first ...

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Moonlight on a Rainy Night

Posted on August 22, 2022 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (2)

A long time member and friend recently wrote that he appreciated that in most editions of the Island Country Club newsletter a word is used that he must look up in a dictionary. Earlier this week, on that first in weeks rainy night, I thought of his note as I was listening to Beethoven’s 14th piano sonata. It is known as “Moonlight,” a name given to it after Beethoven’s death. The...

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Posted on August 16, 2022 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (32)

Lovers of the Gascon dish, Cassoulet, argue endlessly about the proper ingredients. Among those most frequently found in the stew pot are chunks of lamb leg, sliced pork tenderloin, duck confit, garlic sausage, onion, white beans soaked in herb infused water, tomato sauce and more garlic. The origins of the dish go well back into French peasantry in the late Renaissance – where wha...

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A Magnificent Grasp of the Obvious

Posted on August 10, 2022 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (26)

As the crew that repaired the old Clubhouse’s chimney was departing last Thursday afternoon, one of the team turned to Annie and said, “don’t use it for three days.” Three days later the Clubhouse thermometer facing the first tee showed 90 degrees just after 12:00 noon – and it may have gone higher, but your editor had a newsletter to write. It’s obviou...

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A Sunday Bag

Posted on August 1, 2022 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A Sunday Bag is usually made of canvas, with a hard bottom and a cloth strap slung over the shoulder, used by golfers out for a comfortable round and usually carrying less than the full complement of 14 clubs. Last week at the old Club was somewhat of a Sunday Bag as well. Our COVID restrictions reduced the number of events in and around the Clubhouse, and some members stayed away with health...

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Unsyncopated Rhythms

Posted on July 18, 2022 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (2)

One of the lessons your editor has learned in over 30 years of membership in the Old Club is that every week has its own rhythm. Most are metronomic – with their own steady pace, with regularly scheduled “beats” with timed rests in between – the gigue movements of many Bach partitas. Some are like listening to Arnold Schoenberg – you’re never sure what you’re going to hear next, or when? Some maintain a beautiful, haunting slowness throughout –...

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