FRA Member Update June 26, 2019

Welcome to another full season of FRA events!  We have completed our membership renewal process and once again we are at full membership of 115 parties.  We only had 4 non-renewals so for the first time in our history we had to decline membership to 2 of the 6 families on our wait list.  These 2 will top the list for next season and we will also invite them to join in on some of our events as guests. Please welcome our new members, Hans & Anne Asoera, Jan & Thornton May (members again!), John & Patty Fitzgerald and Jeff & Susan Kinell.

We have a lot of great events going on this season. First up is a list of confirmed event dates then a more general overview of the whole season.

Friday, June 28: Fortunes Rocks Association Once a Month Golf Outing

Jeff Leman is organizing a monthly golf outing; the first event is this Friday!  Please see this message from Jeff:

We are planning a “Once a Month” golf outing for men and women this summer if there is sufficient interest. It would be non competitive, relaxed and open to FRA members and their guests. This is how it would work.

  • We will establish an email list of anyone who is interested in playing
  • About 10 days before a planned outing, I will advise the email list requesting a response from anyone who wants to play and if guests will be involved
  • Based on the response, I will get mid morning tee times at one of our local courses and advise everyone
  • You can form your own foursome or come as a single or twosome and I will put together foursomes
  • The local courses all have casual restaurants and anyone interested can hang out for a while for the customary post golf socializing

 So, if you are interested in being on the email list to be advised of the “Once a Month” outings, please email Jeff Leman at  

July 4!  Biddeford Pool is holding their annual 4th of July Parade on (guess when?) July 4th! Assembly 10:00AM – in area of Fire Barn. Look for category signs on Lester B Orcutt, and line up accordingly. More information at the BPCC website:

Sunday, July 14, 6-7:30PM, Music at the clubhouse:  Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin Duo Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago 

Acoustic guitar & mandolin duo Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago create a sound defined by sparse, driving arrangements, adventurous improvisation, and love of tradition. Lindsay comes from a traditional music background, having spent years performing at Celtic festivals and playing in Irish sessions. She brings British ballads and Irish jigs and reels to the table. Jordan taps into his experience as a bluegrass and jazz musician, bringing American fiddle tunes, original material, and unrestrained vocal harmonies into the mix. Together, they seek to combine and express themselves through the best elements of their Celtic, bluegrass, and jazz languages. 

Lindsay is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Jordan studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. For additional information, see

Saturday, July 27, 6pm:  FRA Social at the clubhouse

Sunday, July 28, 1pm: For tennis members, tennis round robin

Sunday, August 18, 4pm:  Coastal Mixer, BPCC.  This social mixer includes members from the Biddeford Pool Community Center, FRA and Hills Beach.  It will again be held at the Biddeford Pool Community Center.  BYOB and an appetizer to share.  Last year’s event was very well attended. Other joint events are under discussion.  

Saturday, August 24, 6pm: FRA Social at the clubhouse

Sunday, August 25, 1pm: For tennis members, tennis round robin

Saturday, August 31, 4pm: Labor Day Cookout on the beach

Saturday, October 12, 5pm: Pot Luck Dinner at BP Firehouse.  We have host volunteers!! This event was missed by all last year. Thank you Deb Melican and Jean Whitehurst for volunteering!

Other events:


First and foremost, FRAU with Professor and chair, John Redman! Four events are in the planning stages with dates and locations to follow. More detailed information from John on these events are at the end of this newsletter

1. Wine tasting with Alper  

2. Travel session on European river cruises

3. A Future Discussion Led by Futurist Thornton May

4. Walking Food Tour of Downtown Biddeford featuring newly opened eating/drinking places.


As mentioned above, there is much going on with planning for joint social activities with our other coastal communities. Many FRA members also belong to the BPCC. We have a close working relationship with them. This is an exciting area of growth for us all. Here is one upcoming notice: “Fun Things Coming Up in Biddeford Pool!. Don’t forget that Biddeford Pool is holding both an always fantastically wonderful 4th of July Parade on (guess when?) July 4th with a Crafts Fair hard on the Parade’s heels. We’ll be sending out more information on the Crafts Fair soon!” Here is a link to their website:


Also at BPCC: Drop-In Bridge: Every Monday, 2 – 4 pm, at BPCC. All levels welcome. $1 donation appreciated. Chicago style scoring. Any questions please contact Debbie Melican,


FRAU event details from John Redman:

Dear FRA Neighbors,

Fortunes Rocks Association University (FRAU) is pleased to present four events for Summer, 2019.  Venues and times will be announced shortly. 

1. A Walking Food Tour of Downtown Biddeford. As many of you are aware, downtown Biddeford is experiencing a surge of renewal activity. This revival has included the opening of new restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, distilleries, and specialty shops producing products ranging from wood-fired bagels to gourmet ice cream. This walking tour will introduce FRA members to a sample of these newer establishments. 

The tour will be led by Delilah Poupore, the Executive Director of the Heart of Biddeford. Delilah and Heart of Biddeford have been leaders in revitalizing the downtown area. She is chock full of knowledge/information she will share about not only the places we will visit but, more generally, about downtown’s resurgence and the many new happenings on the horizon. 

This tour will be limited to 15 persons on a first come basis. It will take approximately 3 hours of leisurely strolling and consuming. 

2.  An Afternoon in the Vineyard: Wine Tasting.Our Wine Director, Alper Caglayan, fresh from a wine finding tour of Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara this winter, will give a California wine tasting. Alper will share his observations on new trends in California wine country. Tasting will include wine tasting basics, pairwise comparison of the same varietal (e.g. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah) from two different California appellations, and a discussion of the reasons behind the taste profile differences. Please bring two clear wine glasses large enough to swirl, sniff and sip. 

This tasting will be limited to 25 persons on a first come basis.

3. A Future Discussion Led by Thornton May.  Most organizations/executives view the word “future” as a noun – specifically a destination – like Cleveland. Research indicates that it is more efficacious to treat “future” as either a verb or an adjective:

For almost 40 years, Thornton May has assisted global enterprises to use future as a verb, i.e., Future [ fyoo-cher], verb: proactively create, understand, avoid and/or respond to “strategic surprise.”

Catastrophic “failure to future” can result in organizations becoming symbols/icons of ineptitude:

  • “Kodak-ed” [i.e., failing to jump to the next technological wave];
  • “Netflix-ed” [i.e., failing to adapt to changing customer buying patterns];
  • “Amazon-ed” [i.e., having digital competitors render product/services irrelevant]
  • “TESLA-ed” [i.e., having charismatic outsiders co-opt critical destination points on digital horizon]
  • “UBER-ed” [i.e., offering sub-par customer experiences]; and most recently
  • “AI-ed” [i.e., having algorithmic competitors outsmart incumbent offerings]

Thornton – who has empowered students at UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Arizona State University and THE Ohio State University for over three decades – looks forward to guiding FRA members on an entertaining and highly interactive discussion of the future.

4.  Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound: FRA Travel Club: European River Cruises. River cruises have become an enormously popular way to experience the great scenic, historical, cultural and culinary delights of Europe. In this year’s session, several FRA members with European river cruise experience will provide a nuts and bolts perspective on what these tours are like, what to look for in choosing a tour, and how to get the most from the ones you choose. The session will allow ample time for Q and A. 

We look forward to sharing these experiences with you!