We know winter is really over and summer is on the way when the big tanker truck from the hatchery rolls in and the annual fish stocking begins. They hold up the really big ones for all to see and kids of all ages watch and dream of catching the “big” one this year. We may be freezing out feet and other parts off, but we are dreaming of sunny days to come. Finally it’s the end of March and badge sales begin, Opening Day for trout dawns and the season we waited for all those long cold months is under way.
April & May is for fishing, badge sales and planning committee meetings getting ready for the annual Open House blowout. At last the 1st weekend in June is here and the magic day begins. The canopies go up, the book club spreads out books and more books to take us through our summer reading, the Swim Team moms has the coffee perking and puts the bagels out to start the day, the Sailing Club starts the video show, the Fishing Club’s basket of cheer is full and the jar with the 50/50 tickets is filling up, the Scrap Booking Club charms us with photos of days gone by which seem like only yesterday, and this year The Ladies Club’s table is full of memorabilia of 75 years of lake activities. Mary Purzycki, the chair of the lakes 75th anniversary celebrations, started us off by hanging two banners, one from the 50th anniversary filled with signatures of members past and another for this, our 75th anniversary which all of us signed with pride. The moon walk went up, the BBQ was fired up, the lifeguards set up and kids of all ages hit the water on that 90 degree day. As the music played, the Fire Department sprayed water from its large pumper creating a cool mist many took advantage of, the Rescue & Recovery Squad, the Ambulance Squad and the Police Department representatives were all there to take part in the day. A highlight of the day was when Mayor Luther and N.J. State Assemblyman De Croce presented the lake with a proclamation celebrating our 75th anniversary, and we presented them with a framed copy of Anne Egan’s “Walk around the Lake”. The Dragon Boat Team Cancer Survivor Carnation Ceremony with the pink carnations was awesome to watch. It was a beautiful sunny day and all throughout the day the Membership Committee was kept busy renewing badges and selling new memberships.
Now we have the year to look forward to. The Sailing Club’s 2008 class this year will be held at the newly landscaped boathouse which features a new tree and freshly painted flagpole thanks to Ralph Rosamilia, John Bota, Bob Bailey and their hard working crew.
The Men’s softball team will be out there defending their championship title, which they have won 5 times in the last 6 years. The volleyball court will come alive as both the men’s and woman’s team practice and host Hub Lake games. There are ping-pong teams, horseshoe teams, and women’s softball teams all competing in the Hub Lake tournaments. Swim team practice begins with the team looking forward to the meet being held at our lake on July 21st! In August a Hub Lake beach party will be held to celebrate their wins and hash over the losses.
Hoffman Beach will open every day with late nights every Tuesday, Thursday (Pizza Night) & Friday. Swim lessons at Hoffman start and run through July. The Men’s Club will fire up the BBQ at Drewes Beach and we’ll relax enjoying the band concert while waiting for the fireworks to begin to celebrate the 4th of July. Big Jeff comes back on July 11th for a fun filled concert of songs and dance for the littler members, July 18th Beach Campout 2008 will be here, which we all look forward to every year, lots of games, little sleep, and the best some’ mores in town! What with cupcake day, lunch on the beach day, pizza day and just plain lazy days on the beach the summer always flies by.
This year we will be partying for our 75th at the clubhouse on August 15 welcoming those members whose families have been here since beginning of the Lake Association and again on the beach on August 16th. Both events are a must for all members, those who just joined and those who have been here for years. It is a celebration of our Lake community and a chance to learn our history 1st hand.
As summer winds down we still have movie night on the beach and the annual Sand Castle Building Contest for which our “Hoffman Beach Sand Castle Construction Company” practices all summer! The Labor Day picnic and activities includes the famous Bakeoff Contest and is always a fun time. The bravest swimmers participate in the Across the Lake Swim on August 31st as the summer season draws to a close. September 1st to the 7th Hoffman beach will be opened from 1 to 5 for those of us who just don’t want the summer to end!
We still have the Halloween party and parades to look forward to and of course the annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa which is always packed with our lake families. The annual Holiday Dinner for the Adults closes out the year and just touching on all these planned activities shows what a grand year 2008 will be for the lake and all its members.