August 29, 2022 – Restoration of The Fay Club
Dear Fellow Fay Club Member,
On behalf of your Board, and the 658 Main Street Foundation, I am very excited to share some news. Our historic Clubhouse will be undergoing some much-needed repairs and restoration of the exterior of the building. The entire brick facade will be cleaned and repointed, all the windows will be scraped, painted and reglazed and the portico entrance restored. Please know that the restoration contractor will set up scaffolding and be using lifts as they begin repairs this week. However, the club will remain open with normal hours during this time. All safety measures will be in place for members and contractors. Please drive in and out of the club carefully while workers are onsite.
These repairs have been a long time coming, and we can’t wait to see our club exterior as beautiful as it once was. Without the continued fundraising efforts from our Foundation board and their President Sophia Bogdasarian, this project would not have been possible. We will have more details to share on the project shortly.
For those of you that are not familiar with our charitable Foundation, please visit their website at www.658mainstreetfoundation.org. The Foundation has a secure online form, accepting donations; if you would like to help, no amount is too small (click here). Your contributions will support this restoration, preserving the Club for the next generation.
Most of the work should be done by Thanksgiving, weather permitting. In the meantime, I will continue to update everyone, and of course, you will see the progress when you come in for dinner or an event. I know you all join me in exciting anticipation of seeing our beloved Fay Club shine again!
I look forward to seeing you at the President’s opening dinner gala Saturday October 1st, as we kick off the new Club year.
Fay Club President
October 30, 2021
Dear Fay Club Members,
Since the Club opened as The Park Club in 1881, it has weathered many challenges. I’m pleased to report it looks like we have weathered yet another! That is not to say we don’t continue to have challenges running a profitable Club, but it looks like the function and event business is starting to return. Our Members have generally felt comfortable dining at the Club and we hope the trend continues with increased usage on the path to pre-pandemic levels. We want the Club to feel like your private retreat.
As the new Club year began this month, the Board voted to increase the dues to $575 while maintaining the minimum usage requirement of $175 per quarter. This is an $80 increase after 2 years without increases. We had unexpected repairs to kitchen equipment and the dumbwaiter for nearly $6000 and we are anticipating a significant increase in utilities and heating oil this winter. We will begin charging the dues this week.
We recently hired a new Executive Chef. Chef Jean-Louis Marty starts this week and comes to the Club with a long career in restaurants, hotels and a private club. After spending 2 years training in France, he spent many years in his family’s French restaurant. We look forward to his experience in the kitchen.
The Membership Committee will be challenging all of us with a goal of 50 new Members this year. We will have the details of this out shortly, but if you sponsor a new Member, you will receive a credit of $80 toward next quarter’s minimums. In essence, there is no increase in dues if you bring in a new Member!
The Holiday season will be upon us shortly. We have several parties already booked in December. Please call or email the club if you are considering an event or party so we can book a date. There is no better place to celebrate than the Club decorated for the holidays.
Every Member is an important part in the overall success of the Club. I look forward to seeing everyone back to celebrate 140 years as we continue to do our best to preserve this historic Club. I hope we are able to do this in good health with the camaraderie and sense of community we were accustomed to.
On behalf of your Board of Directors,
Steven H. Duvarney