Greetings Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club Members!
My name is John Hudalla, and I am the new President of Old Farm Pool and Paddle Tennis Club. I am taking over this position from Bruce Kay, who was the Club’s President for over a decade. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank Bruce for his dedication and tireless work as our leader over those years.
In 2016, we welcome three new board members: Amy Ruther and Tom Walsh will be our membership chairs, and David Markert will be responsible for the Old Farm dive team. They replace Bruce Kay, Griff Lindsay, and Eric Forsythe, who retired from the board. We thank Griff, Eric, and Bruce (again) for their efforts on behalf of the Club.
The Board has some exciting updates about the 2016 season. This Spring, we will be performing a comprehensive overhaul and upgrade of our platform tennis courts. This will include resurfacing of both courts, lining both courts with platform tennis and pickleball regulation boundaries, replacement of all screens, and installation of locking snowboards.
We are also excited to announce that we have purchased pool water heaters that will be installed and operational by opening day of the pool season. As you may recall, we held a referendum of the membership in November, and the overwhelming majority of responding members (82%) favored installing pool heaters. We expect that the heaters will make for a much more pleasant swimming experience early in the season.
Our annual membership season will begin in March, and we will be using the same online membership system that we used in 2015. Be on the lookout for information on how to rejoin for the 2016 season.
The Board is looking forward to a great 2016 season. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
The ANNUAL MEETING of the Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club will be held at 7:30 P.M., Wednesday November 18, 2015 at the Farmland Elementary School All Purpose Room. The Board of Directors invites, and encourages you to attend this important annual meeting.
There are two important issues on the agenda:
- Election of new members to the OFP Board of Directors
- Discussion on capital improvements to the pool including pool heaters and a “pavilion” to replace our tent covering the picnic tables
We very much look forward to you coming and sharing your thoughts with our Board of Directors.
Platform Tennis is an American racquet sport enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages. It is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather. This unique appeal attracts people who desire fresh air, competition, and social engagement – all on a chilly winter’s day or night.
Most of the rules follow regular tennis including scoring. Besides the small court size, there are however significant differences between paddle and tennis. There is only one serve allowed — no second chance. The equipment is different as well. The game is played with a short-handled, hard-surface racquet and a sponge rubber ball. The most intriguing difference, however, is the use of the screens or wires to keep the ball in play.
All these factors combine to make platform tennis “the chess game of racquet sport,” according to the American Platform Tennis Association.
The courts are a gathering place for families and friends, young and old, men and women, to socialize, stay fit, and have fun during the winter months.
Regular play is scheduled by Scott Speier, who can be reached at (301) 468-5657. Non-club members can purchase annual “Paddle Only” memberships for $295 per person or $425 per family.
For further information, contact Scott or view our Platform Tennis page on oldfarmpool.org.
Do you miss those summer friends already? Do you want to help fund some necessary repairs this off-season too? Do these great things and have a great time too by coming to the First Annual Old Farm Pool Oktoberfest. To make our Oktoberfest a success, we need some supplies from you (see below). Please sign-up for what you can bring!
The pool will provide entertainment, grills, venue and some basic meats and organization. The proceeds from your $10 per adult donation will be used to offset some necessary repairs around the pool during the off season.
See you there!
Thanks for a great summer and thanks for fantastic closing weekend. Lots of people were at the pool taking advantage of the beautiful weather and the opportunity to spend time with our neighbors and friends.
Closing day was lots of fun. The Curley’s Q BBQ truck was a great hit, lots of puppies joined the “Puppies in the Pool” festivities and lots of people helped store all the deck furniture. Thanks to all of you who stayed and helped. We could not have done it without you.
Once again, a special Thank You to all of the members of the Board of Directors who organized all of the weekend events including the movie night on Saturday, the food truck and the overall work it takes to keep the pool running.
This has been a great summer and hopefully left everyone with fond memories. Even with the summer being over, there are still lots of things happening around Old Farm Pool. Pickleball continues on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. Come and join us. Paddle Tennis will begin in November and we are planning an Octoberfest event in……wait for it…..October! More info will be coming out soon.
Thanks again for a great season.
Sad that summer has gone by too quickly? Wish you were still at the beach?
Join us on Saturday, August 29th at 7:00pm for our end of the season bash! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Munchies, subs and drinks of all kinds will be provided.
Be sure and RSVP that you will be there on the event’s Facebook page.
Adults only please, thanks!
It’s hard to believe that the 2015 season is starting to come to a close with only two more weeks to enjoy the pool. There are several events coming up and below are the pool hours for once MCPS open on August 24th. Remember, you can always see our pool hours on our website too.
- Monday–Thursday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Friday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Labor Day (September 7th) 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
On the social event side, there is a party scheduled for this Saturday August 29th starting at 7:00pm. More info on that located here. We will be hosting a movie night on Saturday September 5th and our closing day is MONDAY September 7th. We will publish the full schedule of events for closing day very soon.
Just a reminder, if you have been a long-time member of Old Farm Pool, we are looking for pictures as part of a project being put together by GFCA. Please check your basements for pictures from the pool including swim meets, events, family gatherings.
Thanks and hope to see you at the pool.
We have a treasure trove of very sad goggles, towels, shirts, sweatshirts and other cherished items in our lost and found. Please stop by soon (before the end of the season) to see if any of these lonely items belongs to you. Anything left unclaimed by the end of the season will be donated.
The Greater Farmland Civic Association (GFCA) is looking for pictures taken over the years of events at Old Farm Pool to include in the community photo album. If anyone has old photos, hopefully going back to the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s of swim meets, events or other activities taken at Old Farm Pool, please let me know.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool
Just a quick note to say thanks to all the volunteers who helped make Saturday a very special July 4th at Old Farm Pool. I especially want to thank Katie Tietgen, Amantha Linke, Cindy Zelaya and the team of Chris and Dee Dee Loftt as well as all the others who helped organize activities, run concessions, flip burgers and dogs, paint faces, grease watermelons. After a rough start, the weather cooperated and we had a great day to enjoy the pool and spend time with neighbors and friends.
Thanks again for a great job!