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Memberabilia: Aren’t we Lucky!

August 15, 2023 3:21 pm Published by

Memberabilia Aren’t we Lucky! On the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of Ocean Reef Club – A look at How far We’ve Come…. Seventy-five years ago, Morris Baker, a Minneapolis developer on a quest for a fishing camp, found a... Read More »


July 14, 2023 1:49 pm Published by

MEMBERABILIA: Spotlight on Ocean Reef Members The Irrepressible Barbara Olcott A mainstay of the Cultural Center at Ocean Reef I have never met anyone with as much energy as Barbara Olcott. This petite blonde, who might possibly be mistaken for... Read More »

Memberabilia: I’m Now a Halfback

November 10, 2021 6:14 pm Published by

Memberabilia: I’m Now a Halfback by Joan Birsh Lots of painted memories. Here – a country church and view of Grandfather Mountain. No, I haven’t been recruited by the Miami Dolphins. What I have done is rent a lovely house... Read More »


May 12, 2020 10:27 am Published by

CABIN FEVER By Joan Birsh I’m a confessed doodler. Armed with a pencil and paper, I’ve been able to transform coronavirus days of “nothing to do” into a time of joyful artistic activity. I became a serious doodler, when from... Read More »


April 30, 2020 10:56 am Published by

CABIN FEVER SWEET STREAMS by Joan Birsh Streaming films and TV shows represents an invaluable distraction. But what to watch… I like lists. Not long lists (e.g. The 100 Most Popular Movies Ever). But short lists, like the one that... Read More »

American Entrepreneur

March 9, 2020 2:13 pm Published by

American Entrepreneur by Joan Birsch On Feb. 21, Ocean Reef Member Tom Murdough was inducted into the prestigious Toy Industry Hall of Fame Prologue: When my sons were 2 and 4 they shared (not always amicably) their first car. It... Read More »


December 13, 2019 6:43 pm Published by

MEMBERABILIA Did You Know… that Marlene and John Boll’s grandson, JT Mestdagh, is the author of Untether, a memoir that is a bestseller at Amazon Books. by Joan Birsh, Member Since 1997 I met JT Mestdagh last year when he... Read More »

Memberabilia – Julie Walsh

October 28, 2019 6:39 pm Published by

Did You Know… that the cake for Julie Walsh’s 50th Birthday came from Buckingham Palace Julie grew up never expecting to hob nob with Royalty and her life to date is something of a Cinderella story. Julie was adopted as... Read More »