Many snowbirds wound up digging out their clothes from the north this week as temperatures plummeted and ice settled on the trees, sidewalks and streets. The one redeeming factor is that by the time you read this, we’ll be back on the beach in shorter pants, no socks and lighter weight jackets.



The winter episode this week just reinforced why we, as snowbirds, travel to get away from the cold, wintery stuff and travel to Destin in the first place. If anything, it also served as a reminder to us that we are fortunate to be able to get back outside in a short period of time and forced us to have a little empathy for those that we left behind at home who continue to endure the winter mix for months at a time. I have found that I am not getting a lot of sympathy from my loved ones back in Illinois for our short blast of winter.



The Destin Snowbirds continue to seek opportunities to have fun and 148 of them had a wonderful time on board the Southern Star Jan. 27 for the Harbor Boat Party Cruise. David Hall entertained the boaters as they cruised the harbor and a good time was had by all in spite of not having the best of weather. The next cruise will be on Feb. 17 with Chuck Lawson providing the entertainment on board. Tickets will go on sale at both meetings next Tuesday, Feb. 4, for $15 per person. Membership badges must be shown in order to purchase tickets.



“Another Country Hoedown” on Saturday, Jan. 25, gave snowbirds a chance to “boot scoot” and mingle with friends at the Mixer Party. Christian and James provided the music and 98 Bar-B-Q catered the food. 



The fashion show “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is around the corner. Snowbird models will wear clothes provided by Fresh Produce and Men’s Warehouse and everyone is invited to attend. Tickets are $28 and include a plated luncheon prior to the show.



Golf Coordinator Mike Krueger is getting snowbirds geared up for the three golf events that will take place in February at the Bluewater Bay Golf Club. Visit www.destinsnowbirds.org for details of all golf specials and look for other events as well, including tennis, bowling, fishing, poker, pinochle, quilting and others.



In the membership arena, the snowbird club continues to increase in size gaining 372 new members this year for a current total of 1,816 members. Ontario continues to have the largest representation and, in the battle of the states, the wolverines of Michigan, with 236 members, overtook the gophers of Minnesota with 230 members, after coming from behind last week. Wisconsin remains next in line with 162 members and Illinois is represented by 113 Illini, many of whom wear the orange and blue to the weekly meetings. 



Members wishing to utilize storage facilities provided by the Snowbird Club may purchase tickets on Feb. 11 and 18 at the meetings. The price is $8 per box (18x18x18) and boxes may be purchased at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Storage/moving facilities. Drop off will be 8-9:30 a.m. Feb. 22.



Friendship Club will meet at the Lighthouse after the 11 a.m.meeting Feb. 4.



Sigrid J. Aeschleman, publicity director, is from Illinois and can be reached at saeschleman@gmail.com.