TONE Winter 2014 Newsletter
The TONE Winter 2014 newsletter is now on-line here at the TONE web site. We've upped the ante for 2014 with a crisp new look and a ton of great new content. There's the regular news about 2014 TONE events like the Winter Dinner and the New England Cruise, as well as new sections on sailing more safely, upgrading your Tartan, and great video and web sites you can visit to increase your knowledge and improve your sailing skills. And more!
Look at the summary in the lower right corner of the home page and click through to the latest newsletter edition.
Oh yeah, It Was Good.
The TONE Winter Dinner
Saturday - March 1, 2014
Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
They came, they drank, they ate, they won fabulous merchandise (sort of), and they sang songs.
The Winter Dinner gave close to fifty TONE revelers a great night. It was cold outside, but the second floor of the Latitude 41 Restaurant at the Mystic Seaport just glowed with the warmth of fellowship and food. The evening dinner was actually the continuation of good fun which started with an afternoon tour of the Seaport guided by members of TONE's Board and other volunteers.
(You can see a slideshow of photos taken by Matt Bud outside during the tour, and inside at the much warmer and cozier dinner, in the lower left corner of this home page.)
At 5:00 P.M the bar opened and the TONE winter faithful mingled and ate hors d'oeuvres while reviewing the many items brought by attendees to raffle off at the first Flotsam & Jetsam event. Members brought along useable items they no longer wanted but were willing to donate to TONE. Dinghy davits, a huge white fender, an antique Navy stadimeter, and all manner of loot was displayed on the floor and tables about the room. Members bought raffle tickets and dropped them in containers in front of whichever item they wanted to compete for. You could quickly discern the most contested items by the number of tickets in their bowls!
At 6:00 the crowd decamped to the dining room next door, listened to few encouraging words from event organizer Matt Bud (many thanks Matt!) and TONE President, Alan Benet. Attendees introduced themselves in round table fashion as the waitstaff put out garden salads and an end-of-room projector flashed colorful slides of prior TONE events.
Fabulous dinners were served at 6:30 where the member's first challenge was to remember which entree had been ordered at sign-up. After you passed that test a wonderful steak, salmon, or shitake mushroom was put in front of you and the feasting began.
At the end of the supper a number of TONE logo Land's End shirts were awarded to attendees who had come the furthest, come the shortest distance, been married the shortest, could figure out the lat/lon for the restaurant, and a couple of other zany categories. The winners of the Flotsam & Jetsam raffle were announced and then the Shanty Singers were introduced.
The group spent their last hour together signing along with the great Mystic Seaport Shanty Singers and learning about the origin and meaning of some familiar and not so familiar sea-going songs.
As the event wound down at about 9:00 folks headed out with a fresh dose of sailing to tide them over until winter lets go its icy grip. More than a few people kept the warm spirit going by meeting up at the downstairs bar or local hotels. It was a great night.
Watch this space for ever more details regarding the next TONE event, the 2014 New England Cruise. This event will provide a framework for interested members to join together for sailing adventures that start in southern New England and eventually reach Castine, Maine.
Photo: Mystic Seaport