Archive for October, 2019

October 26th, 2019

It’s a Wrap . . . for 2019 Season

Don’t look now, but cold weather is fast approaching! And for many of us, that means the end of the racquet sports season at Eastman, which, just in case you don’t know, was a banner season. Both tennis and pickleball had exceptional participation rates for court usage and special events—thanks to YOU.

ECA Recreation’s Tennis Subcommittee and pickleball coordinators want to send a big “thank you” out to all the volunteers who helped to make it so. It’s certain that Eastman’s racquet sports wouldn’t be as successful without its volunteers—on the courts and behind the scenes, including the one(s) who created this new racquet-wielding lady above at the North Entrance, whose name is unknown at the time of publication.

Some of the 2019 highlights include:

  • Sunday Scrambles had big turnouts right up to the last day on October 6 when three courts were full. Players ranged from 15 to 80+ in age. Coordinators Pete and Alice Podesta thank everyone who participated.
  • The ladies Green Team won the CTA Summer League B-level championship by sweeping archrival Newport Tennis Club.
  • Both men’s and women’s round robins were a huge success week after week.
  • A weekly Mixed Doubles competition conceived and coordinated by summer member Gary Atchinson from Croydon mid-season consistently drew eight teams to play.
  • River Valley Club and Grantham resident Josh Holt offered clinics for adults and juniors and cardio sessions, and reinvigorated CTA team practices.

Which leads us to another big announcement:

$$ Indoor Club Membership Discount for Eastman Residents $$

ECA will be renewing its contract with the River Valley Club (RVC) in Lebanon for the 2020 tennis season. In addition to that, RVC is offering Eastman residents a 10% discount on a 2019/20 Tennis Membership. The tennis membership gives you access to clinics, lessons, socials, use of locker rooms (with hot tub and sauna), and court time reservations privileges at member pricing. Prices before the discount are: Family-$350, Adult-$200, and Junior- $100. 

So, if you enjoyed practicing with Josh during the summer and want to keep your skills sharp, this is your chance. But, this is a limited-time-only offer that expires on December 31, 2019.  Discount coupons are available now at the front desk at South Cove Activity Center.

Please note that this is not a full access membership to other services at the club. For more details about the tennis membership, check out Tennis under Services on the RVC website or contact tennis director Tammy Arado at

But, we’re not done, yet. Follow the bouncing ball . . .

. . . to the pickle ball courts. While the nets came down on the HarTru courts on Draper Road on Thursday, the courts on Wellfleet Road are open and busy! Intrepid pickleball players are intent on dodging the falling the leaves and playing until snowflakes fly.

Dedicated pickleball players brave cool temps and falling leaves.

While the temps fall, keep on swinging . . . It’s good for the body and psyche. If you need more motivation, read our first blog of the 2019 season. 

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