IEYC enjoys flavors and mystic of Old Florida at Valentine weekend affair

ISLAND ESTATES — The Island Estates Yacht Club held a “Taste of Old Florida” event on Feb. 15. Fifty-two members and guests attended and joined in the fun at the Clearwater Yacht Club. 
Cocktails included several varieties of fancy Florida beverages accompanied by an appetizer of steamed shrimp. The buffet featured salad greens topped with many local citrus fruits, fried and baked fish, citrus chicken, au gratin potatoes, collard greens, corn with red peppers, cornbread and biscuits.  Key lime pie and strawberries on pound cake (with chocolate) were the desserts.
The banquet room was adorned in vintage Florida displays like crab traps, orange and vegetable crates, vintage photographs of Clearwater, posters of past events, tabletop centerpieces of beautiful, live foliage, and a variety of citrus fruit scattered throughout room.  A DVD provided the ambience of the Gulf of Mexico coast with subtle but dramatic sounds of waves reaching the shoreline.
 The IEYC would like to thank and express deep gratitude to CYC’s Manager Tom Brusini and his entire staff for the wonderful evening. 
The event committee included: Co-chairs Jody and Bill Keck and Jackie and Al Leach, Jo Warn, Sheila and Al Cole, Mary and Adrian LaPlante, Bobbie and Jerry Rendel, Barbara and Rich Keast, and Shirley and Tom Fazzina. 
Special recognition was given to Sheila Cole for creating a fabulous flyer that drew a lot of interest in the event, (2) Jo Warn for creating the beautiful flower arrangements for the display table and the table centerpieces, and (3) Bobbie and Jerry Rendel for creating the lively after dinner entertainment, which included a quiz testing the group’s knowledge of Florida facts and history and a round-table survey on when and why participants came to live in the state.  With regard to the latter dialogue, it became very clear that the entire group decided that the best place to spend February (any February) was in Florida.
Photos of the event and all IEYC activities taken by club photograph Gary Bookout can be found starting March 1 on his website “”
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