Open House at Easton Family YMCA at Washington

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The YMCA at Washington, formerly Cross Courts, opened its doors on Saturday to invite everyone to see what the Y has to offer. Staff gave tours, held clinics and everyone had the chance to try tennis, pickleball, fitness classes, great food and games. Wendy Palmer, the new Operations Director, was on hand to greet everyone and make them feel at home.

The Y on Washington gives the YMCA of the Chesapeake more opportunities to make a difference in our community. It also opens up the door for the members to experience everything the Y’s have to offer. As a YMCA of the Chesapeake member you can frequent any of our eight locations. Carol Fegel, Easton Family YMCA on Peachblossom member,  said that she was pleasantly surprised at how nice it is. “It has such a warm, homey atmosphere and everyone was nice. Its beautiful.”

The kids had a great time. It was a hot day and an impromptu water balloon battle was born out of a water balloon toss. Nobody cared, it was fun. And when you have snow cones after a good water battle, the day is just about perfect.

The wellness area and fitness classes were open for everyone to try. Regina Elliott has been a group fitness instructor and a member there for over 20 years. She said it is very much a family. She said “ the transition from Cross Courts to the Y has been successful. There is new equipment and with Wendy, and the new leadership, the heart is coming back into the facility. With the Y focus we can help the community and families”.

Clinics for tennis and pickleball were well attended. Tennis has been a long standing tradition on the Eastern Shore. Now that the Y has indoor and outdoor courts, we can involve the members of all ages in the game. Anytime you go to the Y on Washington, you can see how much the members love the game. If tennis may be a bit much, Pickleball can be played at both Easton locations.

The Open House may have ended at 4:00pm on Saturday, but you are always invited to come by for a tour and see what you can do there.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits and the largest Human Service organization on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Shore Ys engage over 27,000 members; men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the shore’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  In 2016, the YMCA of the Chesapeake provided over $1,226,000 in assistance to over 12,422 community members, turning no one away due to inability to pay. www.ymcachesapeake.org

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