A Tree for the Pier, 1990


A photo by Ellen Blalock captures the tree-wrangling skills of Lee Overstrom, Don Bevier (atop the truck), Dana Schramm and Dr. John Maurillo against the scenic backdrop of the Skaneateles Country Club.



SCC Ladies

Postcard photo by G.W. Scott of Rochester, N.Y. “Golfing at Skaneateles Country Club. One of the large variety of summer sports available in this pretty eastern gateway to the Finger Lakes. The Country Club also sponsors many sailing regattas annually.” Bonus points for identifying the foursome and the hole.

Rob Howard Rarities

SCC Deckle Edge copy

Some time in the early 1980s, photographer Rob Howard received a call from Dick Schemeck, owner of the Hitching Post gift shop at the corner of Jordan & Genesee. Dick was placing an order for Skaneateles postcards in a day or two, but had no photos. This was not Rob’s usual subject matter, but Dick was a friend, and had a list of about a dozen subjects in the village that were postcard-worthy. The next day, Rob shot half of the sites on the list in the morning light, and then the other half in the late afternoon light. He recalls that the oddest request was for a picture of the social hall at St. Mary’s of the Lake; Dick explained that visiting Catholics liked to send postcards to show where they’d gone to Mass while on the road. Rob little imagined that one day his cards would show up on eBay, and be sought after by collectors. Printing by Plastichrome, Boston; love the faux deckle-edge.


SCC at the Creamery

Three Weeks

My thanks to everyone who came out to the Creamery this evening, for a brief history of the Skaneateles Country Club, with references to the Elinor Glyn trophy, Eleanor Roosevelt, an English lord, Gene Sarazen, Otto Graham, the slot machines, sailing, golf, chocolate pudding and more. Especially grateful to those who shared their own stories.

Aim High

Now that spring is upon us, it might be well to consider the sports of summer and how we might excel, what goals we might set. With that in mind, here is some valuable information:

The Skaneateles Country Club record for one hole was set in 1938 and is held by Robert J. Meredith of Brighton, N.Y., who carded “a neat 18” on the fifth hole. It was reported that he had to rest for 30 minutes before moving on to the sixth.

And for those of you who sail, the record for Most Boats Passed While Airborne was set at the Country Club in August of 1964 by a visiting sailor named Pete Bone. Frustrated by a poor start in the first race of a meet, Bone chose to unfurl his Lightning’s spinnaker in 40 m.p.h. winds. The boat began to fight its crew, planed, then left the water and soared past the boats of ten (10) awestruck skippers. The epic flight ended abruptly and poorly when the boat returned to its accustomed medium, but it is a feat that may never be duplicated.

The Count, Countess & Contessina

In September of 1972, Skaneateles hosted jet-setting royalty. Count and Countess Pier Arrigo Braschi and their daughter Francesca, of San Marino, Rome and New York, came here via Newport, where they had just attended a reception for Jacqueline Onassis. The Skaneateles Press noted, “They had visited Skaneateles sixteen years ago and wanted to show their daughter ‘the most beautiful village in the United States.’”

While in the village, the family stayed at the Sherwood Inn and were entertained at lunch at the Skaneateles Country Club by Miss Lynn Abrams.

The Braschi family is descended from 12th-century Italian nobility; the family tree includes Giovanni Braschi, who as Pope Pius VI reigned from 1775 to 1799. In addition to being a Count, Pier Braschi is San Marino’s longtime ambassador to Colombia (the native land of his wife, Nubia) and active in philanthropy. More importantly, the Count was once photographed by the legendary Slim Aarons.


Count Pier Arrigo Braschi in the Piazza della Liberta, San Marino, circa 1984