'The Ojai' tradition continues
By Misty Volaski
For 103 years, the people of
Ojai have put in an extraordinary effort to organize the Ojai
Tennis Tournament - one of the oldest amateur tennis tournaments
in the country. And it doesn't seem as though they, have any
intention of stopping any time soon.
"It's a tremendous amount of work," said tennis tournament
club director, Gerry Roe. "But I look forward to it every
year. The people are just wonderful."
Volunteers worked to put on several events for the weekend, such
as the tea tent, which is as old as the tournament itself.
"There's an extensive notebook on tea tent procedures,"
said this year's tea tent chairman Barbara Pops. From the damask
linens to the silver service to the flower arrangement courtesy
of the Ojai Garden Club, the tea tent is all about tradition
and gentility. And the 100 volunteers help to keep the tea flowing
seemlessly. "Peggy Russell was my co-chairman this year.
She was a wonderful help." said Pops. "Vivian Perrett,
Sue Etchart, Brenda Farr and Barbara Haggerty each ran the tent
for a day. It went really well."
The spectators and players alike sang the praises of the tea
tent, the tournament and Ojai in general. Approximately 1800
cups of tea were served, "and I can't even imagine how many
cookies were served! Pounds and pounds!" said Pops.
The tea, which is served each afternoon of the tournament, was
served hot in fine china cups.
That was followed Thursday evening by the Ojai Rotary West's
barbecue on the lower Libbey courts. Volunteers from the Ojai
Rotary West and the Nordhoff High School Rotarian Interact Club
served up chicken, tri-tip, beans and more to more than 300 people.
"It went very smoothly this year. It seems like we served
lots more this year," said volunteer Lonnie Clevenger. "But
everything went really well. I think everyone had a good time."
That included about 150 youths, who participated in Wilson's
tennis demonstration and prize giveaway, to the tunes of Brian
"I think everyone had a wonderful time this year,"
said Roe. "The tennis was wonderful this year in particular,
maybe because of the prize money in the open categories. But
I think everyone had a lot of fun."
The Ojai Valley News
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DIRECTOR Alan Rains congratulates Marcin Matkowski, of the University
of California at Los Angeles, winner of the 2003 Ojai Valley
Tennis Tournament's Pac-10 Men's Singles and conference champion.