Read about the What, Who, When, and Why below, but first, be sure to check out a video created by Brian Wimer called “The Fry’s Spring Beach Club Story”. It’s a 12 minute piece that touches on some of the aspects that makes this place so special. Enjoy!
Fry’s Spring Beach Club (FSBC) is a private, nonprofit club to which members pay annual dues and fees. FSBC had the first, and for quite some time the only, 50-meter pool in the area. Established in 1921, we celebrate 90+ years of “good times in and out of the water” while offering a unique blend of modern day life and yesteryear charm.
Members come from all over Charlottesville and the surrounding area. As a diverse combination of individuals, couples and families, our members achieve individual and collective experiences at a Club unlike any other Charlottesville has to offer. FSBC is able to boast of loyal members who have been coming here for 50 years and new members excited to discover us.
During the pool season from May through September, members enjoy grass over concrete, shade over blazing heat and country over city, although we’re in the city. Members fill their weeks by playing with their kids, talking with their friends, swimming their laps under open skies, reading the paper on lazy Sunday afternoons and drinking a glass of wine with their honey as they watch the sun set.
And when the summer’s over, look forward to hanging with your summer buddies during other events like concerts, dances, fantasy football leagues, and more.
Our children grow up here and connect with friends from school or make summer friends by the pool. For the kids, Fry’s Spring Beach Club becomes their memory of childhood. They are safe “behind the fence” where they find first bits of independence. Little guys and gals walk up the hill to the snack bar, with the quarter mom gave them, and seriously contemplate Freezie Pop or Air Head? They make castles out of sand on the volleyball court or swing and slide on the play-sets. Older kids can’t resist cannon ball contests or impromptu games of “catch the flag.” They eat french fries and make forts out of towels tented over lounge chairs.
Seeming to know something the rest of us haven’t figured out or maybe just forgot, teens hang out in small groups of lifelong friends on benches up the hill from their folks, lined up tanning in lounge chairs by the deep end of the big pool, or playing cards in the cafe. They become lifeguards and swim coaches or they work at the snack bar. Sometimes they even develop a summer crush. Graduating seniors mark the occasion with pool parties and picnics. They talk about their futures and make plans to stay in touch after they head off to college. Perhaps most importantly, FSBC teens get to finish being kids before they have to start being adults.
We have concerts (indoors and out), potlucks and parties. We have lap swimmers who slip into the water early in the morning before the busy day starts. We have swim lessons and tennis lessons and plenty of scheduled activities to go around. We have parents rushing kids to swim team practice. We have competitive swim meets with laughter and tears, splashes and cheers and grownups nervously timing their swim team dolphin. We have wireless internet if you have to work and water aerobics and yoga classes if you want to work out. And, we have a laid back place with relaxed members where you can just hang out under a tree that’s been around for 100 years, listening to the sounds of summer, and know that your kid, if you have one, is getting to experience a little bit of childhood the same way you did.