Monday, September 25
A Painter of the stars: Yesterday's Boston Globe featured a story by Sarah Tomlinson about the CTC President, Susan Miller-Havens. Susan is an artist, a painter, and is having a one-woman show of her work at her studio at 151 Brattle St. in Cambridge. The show is titled "Portraying Exceptional Men."
Susan paints portraits of athletes from photographs. Susan said, "Sports is a metaphor for life as well. People see what they would like to be as a human being. They can identify with the dream of being a hero and they pick people they see as heroes."
Susan has shown work at the Wellesley College Museum, Hofstra Museum, the Red Sox 600 Club, and the Yogi Berra Museum in New Jersey. She has also been commissioned to paint portraits of prominent sports figures including Pat Riley, the head coach of the Miami Heat.
The Globe article also quotes Susan as saying, "It's not that everything about these men is exceptional, whether athletic skill or athletic skill combined with an attitude towards life."
Men's and Women's Senior Tournaments: There are Men's and Women's Senior Tournaments being planned for players 55 years old or older. The semi-finals of the tournaments are scheduled for Saturday, September 30, and the finals for Sunday, October 1. The sign-up sheets are on the porch bulletin board.
Clinic Cancellation: Rick Rose's clinic is cancelled on Tuesday, September 26.
Court Maintenance: Sometimes, to the dismay of a member, a court is closed for the day for maintenance. The court is not level: it feels as if the tapes are high, or coming up, even though they seem to be nailed down solidly enough. The tapes aren't coming up. The court, especially around the base line, has been worn a-way. If you look closely, it appears that there is a sort of egg-shaped declivity around the baseline to the singles lines. We add clay, make 'em level. Then the new clay has to be brushed and watered and rolled and baked. Sometimes the court is ready to go by prime time, sometimes not. Sometimes the court is a bit soft for a few days, soft, yet level. There's too little sun now, and too little heat, to patch anymore. The courts are as level as they will get this season.
Longwood: Some of our members are also members of the Longwood Cricket Club. They told us that Longwood has a website, so we took a look. If you want to compare and contrast websites, click on Longwood.
Here's a link to a big tennis site that you might take a look at. Tennis Server has a column by Ron Waite called Turbo Tennis. Click on Waite's 'Current Column' and if you like what you see, click on the 'Turbo Tennis Archive' on the left-hand column.
Interactive, you say? The CTC website is inter-active, you know: you can roam around in it, click on links, email the Authorities, have adventures. You can go To Frequently Asked Questions and find answers and links to related questions. You can go to Members and Edit Your Personal Information. You can Request a Reservation. You can click on the weather icon and not only get a weather report, but links to weather info on Sardinia and (really, try it) Mars.
Court Conditions: Wonderful.
The time and temperature icon is a link to a Boston weather site. Give it a click.
Joe DeBassio Webmaster.
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