The two morning meetings that started the 2018 snowbird season last Tuesday were, as promised, an amazing success. Bobby D had his audience dancing in the aisles. Many look forward to his return performances. He will be at the first T.G.I.T. (Thank Goodness it’s Tuesday) party this Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 3-6 p.m. at the Seascape conference center and at the Feb. 5 Harbor Party Cruise.
Next Tuesday’s entertainer looks to be just as delightful. It will be the first time Dennis “Moonshine” Rader has performed for the Destin snowbirds. Many of the snowbirds who have been long-time visitors to the Emerald Coast, however, may remember the Ocean Opry in Panama City that he and his family owned and operated for 28 years. Moonshine is best known for his gospel, country and old-time rock-and-roll songs mixed in with his personal brand of homespun humor. You won’t want to miss him.
You also won’t want to miss the opportunity to get your tickets for some very special upcoming events. The Mardi Gras trip in February is already sold out and there is a sizeable waiting list. Tickets are still available for the Harbor Party Cruise, The Fashion Show, the Valentine Dinner Dance and Soundsations, but they too are bound to sell out.
Fifty-six golfers teed up for the first Nine & Wine & Whine at Seascape Golf Club last Sunday. After a friendly and fun nine holes of golf, everyone gathered at Mezcal Mexican Grill in the new Seascape Towne Centre to whine and enjoy some wine and other refreshments. Next Sunday, the group will meet at Shalimar Pointe. For more information, contact me at 419-250-9377 or email@example.com. For those golfers who want a more serious, 18-hole outing, tee times are being set for Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Rocky Bayou Country Club. If you’d like to play, Chairman Joe Pierce’s contact information can be found on the activity sheet you received when you registered or on the website at www.destinsnowbirds.org.
All the activities have started, but it’s never too late to join in. Updated activity sheets are available every week at the Tuesday morning registrations which take place one hour before each meeting. They are also available on the website. With each activity you will find the chairperson’s name and contact information. In addition to the more than 30 activities listed on the activity sheet and on the website, Pat Markey, recreation coordinator for the city of Destin, extended an invitation to the snowbirds to join the Destin Emerald Coast Senior Games. Throughout the month of February, healthy, active lifestyles for seniors age 50 and over will be encouraged through competition in 17 events. Eleven of them include qualification for state competition in Clearwater. Swimming is a new addition this year. More information can be obtained at the Destin Community Center on Stahlman Avenue.
A few reminders: The Singles Friendship Club will meet at The Surf Hut immediately after the 11 a.m. meeting on Jan. 16. Volunteers are the lifeblood of any organization and certainly for the snowbird club. If you are looking for a way to get more involved, there is a spot with your name on it. Contact any member of the board (listed on the website and activity sheet) for more information.
Speaking of the board, when a health situation necessitated the treasurer to resign, Pete Sikkenga from Michigan stepped up to the plate. Pete has retired from the accounting business and is perfect for the position. Thanks, Pete.
Mary Pierce, publicity director, is from Toledo, Ohio, and can be reached at 419-250-9377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be writing the weekly column for the papers, so if you have something to share contact her.