Peggy Jo Studio Newsletter
Coming EventsMarch 14, 2005

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DRYA Seminar Wed 3/16/2005 at Crescent Sail Yacht Club

Someset MDA deadline extended to 3/14/2005

Patriotic Rock in Iowa

St. Patrick's Day Events 3/17/2005

Bethany East Dance 2/19/2005

Sailing Singles Dinner of the Month 3/20/2005

DRYA Looking for Racing Crew Members

Upcoming Special Events


DRYA Seminar Wed 3/16/2005 at Crescent Sail Yacht Club

The title of this seminar is Navigating yourself out of trouble.

"Crescent", as it is known in the world of sailing, is a club exclusively for sailors. The only power boats moored at the club are workboats used for running regattas. The club's man-made harbor juts into the waters of Lake St. Clair at 276 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. Crescent was founded in 1933 by a determined group of sailing and racing devotees. Their depression-era experiences had a telling effect on the concepts and principles under which Crescent functioned then and now. Founded as a sailing club for "men of moderate means" (which now includes women), Crescent has the tradition that members work eighteen hours annually for the club as part of their membership. Two annual workdays organize the effort to improve and maintain the facility. These workdays also provide the benefit of developing close friendships and camaraderie that extend into Crescent sailing activities.

Distinctive among the twenty-five yacht clubs in the area, Crescent's special mission is to promote the skills and traditions of racing one-design craft.

The Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association is a non-profit organization comprised of 29 area clubs and some 300 individual members, both Canadian and US. These clubs are located from Toledo, Ohio to Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario. Commodore Harry Austin of the Detroit Boat Club and Commodore Harry Kendall of the Detroit Yacht Club formed the DRYA in 1912 as a method of bringing sailors together with a common interest in supporting sailing and sailboat racing in the Detroit area.

Today, the DRYA continues to support sailboat racing in the Detroit area by establishing a racing schedule to avoid conflicts and, standardizingstandardized sailing instructions and by providing handicaps, providing race management, and providing race scheduleracing and sailing related mailings to its members.

For more information on the sailing seminars, please contact Bob Schappe at 313-823-0183

Map to the Crescent Sail Yacht Club

Stress Management

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "how heavy is this glass of water? " Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it! "

Some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

  1. Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the >middle of it.
  4. Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  8. Never buy a car you can't push.
  9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
  10. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  12. The second mouse gets the cheese.
  13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  15. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  16. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  17. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Marlene Solomon,Sailing Singles membership chairman, requests that the current members renew as soon as possible so that the roster can be printed in time for sailing season. One can renew their membership online. New members must fill out an application and present it to the Membership committee in person.

Virginia Capaldi, a long term care expert will present information on long term care in Abbey 26 of Kirk in the Hills from 7:30 to 8:15 pm. Call Rich Armstrong at 248-538-5311 or at

  • Someset MDA deadline extended to 3/14/2005
  • Someset Singles Ski and Golf Club have extended the deadline for the $30.00 Tickets to the party they are conducting on Friday 4/1/2005.After the 14th the tickets will be $40.00 . For more info call Judy at 586- 739-7444 or Sharon at 248-280-1626.

    Here is the flyer
  • Patriotic Rock in Iowa
  • It is an inspiration to anyone who feels the surge of pride when the American Flag is raised, or the National Anthem plays for one of our Olympians on the medal stand.

    Every year, for the last five years, a talented artist, Ray (Bubba) Sorensen II, has done a Memorial Day tribute to our servicemen and servicewomen, both past and present, with a stirring tableau painted on a large granite boulder which stands next to Highway 25. The huge granite boulder came out the nearby Schillberg Rock Quarry and it weighs 56 ton (50.8Mg) and is 12 ft (3.7m) high.

    "I love my country and I do it out of respect for the veterans. It's my way of thanking those who have protected the freedoms I enjoy today. God bless the USA," says Sorensen.

    For years this boulder was known as "the graffiti rock" and was decorated for high school rivalries, love interests, etc. Since the Memorial Day paintings began, the "rock" has remained with the annual tribute intact, until the artist himself paints over it, in preparation for the next year's tribute. The rock has been "defaced" once since Bubba has started this project, causing a local stir. The vandal, got a punch in the face from a Vietnam War veteran for his trouble, and vandalism has never again been a problem.

    Sorensen, who is 24 years old and from Greenfield, Iowa, draws a sketch of his idea on paper and then draws the design by free hand onto the rock. This takes him anywhere from one to three weeks to paint. He says he is interested in military history and gets his ideas from books, movies, previous artwork and images by other artists. Bubba has been commissioned to paint a number of public murals including one at the birthplace of Henry A Wallace

    Visitors from every state and many foreign nations have come to view the rock. It was featured last 4th of July on the nationally televised Boston Pops Concert, as well as on many Network news presentations.

    If you are anywhere close, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to see what is truly an American treasure.

    Use the link below to see more pictures.

    Here is a link to the Site
  • St. Patrick's Day Events 3/17/2005
  • In addition to all the celebrations in the various Irish clubs and bars there are three events taking place at the DSO

    Check them out here
  • Bethany East Dance 2/19/2005
  • Bethany East has moved their monthly dance to March 19, 2005. It will be held at the Sterling Chateau 38500 Ryan Road just south of 17 Mile in Sterling Heights The dance will start at 8:00 pm.

  • Sailing Singles Dinner of the Month 3/20/2005
  • WHAT: Dinner of the Month, Dance lesson after dinner (ballroom) at 4:00 p.m. and an
    open dance from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Music by "ALL STARS", Dr. Bob the Dancing D. J.
    (Dance and lesson for $10.00, Dance Party only at $6.00, lesson only at $6.00)
    WHERE: Wawel Restaurant, The American Polish Cultural Center
    2975 East Maple at Dequindre,
    Troy, MI 48083
    (248) 689-3636
    Ample Parking
    WHEN: March 20, 2005 (Sunday) 3:00 p.m.
    WHY: To enjoy each others company, eat a scrumptious dinner and possibly dance
    Dinners range from $5.95 (Sledzie) Herring at $5.95, Baked chicken at $7.95, on up to $10.25 for the highest entrees (Combo. Plate-2 Pierogi, Nalesnik, Gotabki, Kraut & Kielbasa)
    Questions, Concerns? Call Ren Bryant, 586.264.0983

  • DRYA Looking for Racing Crew Members
  • Due to Sailing Singles increased involvement in the Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association (DRYA) activities their club is being approached by some of the other 28 clubs with oppotunities for racing.

    They are willing to train members of Sailing Singles to be crew members on their boats. The Sailing Singles crew sign up procedure has been altered to include racing interest information and other featuress will be added to the sign up and invitation system. One can still sign up for crew for simply cruising.

    You can sign up here
  • Upcoming Special Events
  • These events require prior registration and are therefore presented here so that you can make advance plans.

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Benefit

    The Somerset Singles Ski and Golf Club will be hosting a benefit on Friday April 1, 2005 at the Clawson-Troy Elks Club. Party details are here.

    Heart Ball

    The Michigan Heart Association will be sponsoring their 18th annual Heart Ball on Saturday May 21, 2005.(note the change) Details are here.

    Commodore's Ball

    Sailing Singles will host their 25th Anniversary Commodore's Ball at the Edgewood Country Club on May 7, 2005. All the details are here. You can also register and pay online.

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