Jack Voelker wipes the dirt off his hands onto his already dirt-stained jeans. He cleans his glasses with his black Buffalo Beer Week T-shirt and thrusts those same soiled hands into his frayed pockets. Leaning back, he looks up at his hundreds of healthy hop bines stretching toward the sky. He removes his white Chautauqua tennis hat and takes a hand out of his pocket to comb back his hair.
Chautauquans have been acquainted with Turner Community Center and its amenities for over a decade, from the community pool to the basketball court to the state-of-the-art exercise machines. Julie Monaco, though, has been familiar with the halls of Turner for much longer than most.
While all the attention seemed to be focused on the Amphitheater, the Hall of Philosophy and Bratton Theater during Week Seven, a dramatic performance was also playing out on Sharpe Field. Four teams in the men’s league contended for softball supremacy in a week long bout of comebacks and generational rivalries.
Over these past seven weeks at the Institution, the Chautauqua Golf Club has teemed with enthusiasm over this landmark year. Last Sunday, that escalating excitement reached its crescendo with the Golf Club’s 100th birthday celebration.
As the summer’s schedule winds to a close, many Chautauquans have noticed the seasonal programming begin to heat up with climactic events. Softball at the Institution is no different.
The follow is excerpted from the Aug. 6, 1941 edition of The Chautauquan Daily.
A clamor of shouts and cheers rose from the Chautauqua Tennis Center this weekend. From the sound of it, last Saturday seemed like any other behind the courts.
Josh Long, one of the most familiar faces at the Institution’s Turner Community Center, recognizes this fact and relishes the opportunity to listen to and learn from regulars at the Center. As a personal trainer, Long said he enjoys his job most — and does it best — when he builds relationships with his clients.
Lauren McElree stepped up to the plate and took a long look down the third-base line. As she stared the pitcher down, concentrating on the ball, her teammates clapped and cheered. Silence took the field as the softball rose in a slow arc.
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