At 59, Michael Morley is unlike other men of his age. Morley isn’t preparing for retirement, and he doesn’t work out to pass the time or for the sake of staying in shape. Rather, Morley prepares for his schedule of competitive tennis events that are coming up in the next year and stays active because he can’t stop moving.
Though muffles of profanities and reviews of out-of-play shots rang throughout competitive atmosphere at the Chautauqua Tennis Center on Saturday, echoes of support and friendly play dominated the annual team tennis event.
Though not played with actual pickles, or involving pickles in any capacity, pickleball will debut in Chautauqua through an inaugural program from the Chautauqua Tennis Center.
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.
The weather so far this summer has been finicky. Most days have threatened rain, but Chautauqua has seen it mostly in short bursts. The sun has made some appearances, breaking through the overcast skies in bright, plasmatic pillars over the lake. But the clouds have been the main characters in the atmospheric narrative.
Many Chautauquans bring their families to the Institution in the pursuit of lifelong learning and to get away from the stresses of everyday life. People can spend time at the beach, enjoy the morning lectures or stroll along the waterfront during their summer vacations.
Meghan and Jenna Raynor come to the Institution as employees at the Chautauqua Tennis Center to bond with friends and to enjoy the game they love.
Jenna said while some people might get tired of working with their sibling all summer, she cherishes her time at Chautauqua with Meghan.