What a week!
Last Monday, January 24, the first (and possibly only) Harbor Party boat cruise took place. Cloudy skies and chilli temperatures couldn’t deter this flock of northern birds from drinking and dancing to their favorite Bobby D tunes while scouring the gulf in search of dolphins.
Next, Todd Herendeen was the moderator for the Tuesday morning meeting. When Todd comes to Destin, he always brings his beautiful, melodious wife Angel, his band, and a host of other people, including Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Neil Diamond. The Snowbirds never tire of him, and much to the delight of many, he stuck around to wow the crowd at Lulu’s on Tuesday afternoon for the first TGIT party (thank goodness it’s Tuesday). And there was more!
Last Thursday’s newly launched bus trip to the Todd Herendeen Dinner Theater in Panama City was a complete success. No doubt it will become an annual event. I hope to have photos of all these events with my next article.
The first Nine & Wine & Wine of the season took place on Monday January 17 at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club. A field of 20 golfers enjoyed the bright sunshine and camaraderie of this traditionally favorite event. Even though, due to COVID concerns, the numbers were down, presidents Diane DeVincent and Judy Kilpeck made sure everyone who showed up had a good time. After nine holes of golf, the group was invited to the clubhouse for a light dinner and a chance to win prizes. The next Nine & Wine & Wine will take place on January 31, again at Shalimar Point Golf Club. Check the website WWW.thedestinsnowbirds.com) for tee times, or contact Diane at 248-982-6757 or [email protected]
It is also due to low membership numbers that President Brenda Murphy has decided to postpone the annual Ladies Scrambles to next season. Most golf courses in the area want a guaranteed minimum number of players before offering a “shotgun tee”. Because the Ladies Scrambles has always included a luncheon and an awards ceremony, a quick start is essential to the success of the event. Brenda decided it would be safer to start planning for an exciting new outing next season. (I suggest she give it a fun new name like “Chicks with Sticks” or “Queens of the Greens,” but I don’t feel cooperative about it. Either way, watch for details to be posted on the site Internet.
Our incredible artisans have a new president. Char Myers of Bear Lake, Mich., takes over and hosted a craft show on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at The Roost, prior to the snowbird meeting. Char can be reached at 231-690-0084.
Another reason to attend Tuesday morning’s meeting is to take advantage of the impressive talent offered by Northwest Florida State College. The Voices of Northwest Florida is a troupe made up of the college’s most talented singers who are trained in a variety of performances including patriotic, inspirational and pop music.
And, finally, a big reason to show up on Tuesday mornings is to buy tickets to the Feb. 16 fashion show (if there are still any), the Feb. 20-21 trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. , the Can/Am Cup Golf Tournament, or to sign up for Monday Casino Trips. At the back of the gymnasium, representatives from Children-in-Crisis will be selling tickets to David Seering’s benefit concert, “A Night at the Cabaret.”
Immediately following the meeting, the Singles Friendship Club will head to Mimmo’s for their weekly lunch. Registration Chair Linda Zukonik has asked me to remind everyone that the last registration of the season is scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. However, since some snowbirds will be arriving that day She suggests that perhaps friends of latecomers could submit their names to the registration committee on Feb. 1, and then newcomers could pay on Tuesday, Feb. 8. However, by the 8th, the registration room will be closed, so they will meet Linda in the gymnasium, in front of the stage, selling storage space tickets. More information on purchasing Storage Space tickets will be included in next week’s article, or you can find it on the website.
Finally, for those who like to plan well in advance, former President Don Cooksey and his wife Carol are planning to preside over a 5-night Caribbean cruise, departing from Mobile, Alabama, January 21-26, 2023. More more information will be forthcoming.
Mary Pierce, Director of Publicity, is from Toledo, Ohio, and can be reached at 419-250-9377 or [email protected] She will write the weekly newspaper column, so if you have something to share, reach out to her.