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written by
Hailey Wist

Summer at the Beach Club

photographs by
Hailey Wist

Volume: 34

Moments of such sweet significance have happened here—the first blush of summer romance, the excitement of nervous proposals, the joy of raucous wedding parties.

For over twenty years, the Beach Club has hosted a 4th of July party. 

Throughout the years, the daytime party has become rooted in a set of reliable traditions. Kids dive for nearly $800 in coins at the bottom of the pool in the frenzied coin toss. Adults do the same for canned beer and mini bottles in the beverage toss. Someone from the staff sings The Star Spangled Banner as F-16s fly over. At the end of the day, everyone gathers, sunburned and sandy, for a watermelon eating contest. It’s the stuff of family tradition, the rituals of summer, the sharp, pure memories of childhood.

Moments of such sweet significance have happened here—the first blush of summer romance, the excitement of nervous proposals, the joy of raucous wedding parties.

And that is to say nothing of the smaller, daily moments of significance. Countless children have learned to swim at the Beach Club pool, or learned how to surf, or discovered the great mystery of the tidal pools. Summer at the Beach Club captures the imagination, the essential tenor of summer. 

The Beach Club just feels like family. 

It’s the kind of place where three generations can set up a home base from a pair of lounge chairs for the day and get lost in the slow and happy rhythm of summer. It’s comfortable, it’s flexible, and there’s something for everybody. And summer after summer, families reunite and build steadily on lifelong friendships. It is in this way that a community grows up together, creates a collective memory.

 

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