After 35 years, the Vanderbilt Bridge Club of Lake Success NY has closed. A Farewell to the Vanderbilt game was held last month as part of a STaC. Area players attended and shared memories.
Diana and Frank Schuld bought the Town and Country Bridge Club in 1975, and founded the Vanderbilt on Long Island NY. It moved to Manhasset NY in 1976, and then to Lake Success NY in 1994 when Frank died. During the pinnacle, the club ran 18 sessions per week with most games two sections or more.
Diana says she has seen many changes in bridge during the past 35 years. Earlier, night games were larger than daytime games because players worked. The club averaged 1500 to 1800 tables per month. Later, as players aged, day games became more popular.
“I feel badly for the folks who came to think of the Vanderbilt as their second home,” says Diana. “I’ll miss the lunch group that always gathered the tables together and talked and argued current events and bridge. The club meant much more than bridge to many of us.”