BELMAR — In its last meeting until September, the Belmar Women’s Club held a card party at 10 a.m. inside Brandl restaurant on Friday, June 16.
The group schedules the events two or three times a month through September and June. Members and nonmembers interact with people from the town while having lunch, playing cards and board games.
“It is a great time to socialize with club members and non-members,” said club president Carol Ms. Brezsnyak.
The cost for entry is $8 per person, including a lunch with coffee, sandwiches and other items made by the members. The group raffled off small gift baskets provided by members. The money helps support charitable causes.
Games include mah jongg, crazy eights and dominoes and the get-togethers also provide an opportunity to chat with other members of the community.
“It’s nice to see other community members outside of meetings,” Ms. Brezsnyak said. “It’s a great way to spend a morning.”
After SuperstormSandy, in October 2012, destroyed the club’s usual card party venue, the Taylor Pavilion. Chris Brandl, owner of the also-destroyed Jake’s Crab Shack, offered his other restaurant, Brandl, at 703 Belmar Plaza, for the gatherings, free of charge. He even provided the club with a key, since he is not at the restaurant until late afternoon.
“I told them, ‘Mi casa is su casa,’” Mr. Brandl said. “I’m all about the community and if I can help them, I am going to do that.”
Now that the new Taylor Pavilion is open, the club will return there, beginning with the Friday, Sept. 8 meeting, according to member Claire Deike.
“Without the pavilion, we would not have had any money coming in,” Mrs. Deike said. “We have permission from the borough to use the pavilion.”
Meanwhile, she said, the card party was great way to begin the summer.
“We are really like a family,” Ms. Deike said. “But it is a nice chance to see everyone having a fun time, playing card games.”
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