Although many remain in alternate residences until after the holidays, some snowbirds have already retrieved possessions from the club-arranged storage facility here on the Emerald Coast and settled in for the 2019-2020 season. Being able to lease storage near South Walton accommodations is one bonus that makes the return to this beautiful place easier. The fact that this program exists speaks to the number of club members who return yearly and have established homes in the area.


Future dates for pick up and storage information can be found on the Walton County Snowbirds’ website, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com.


The website also contains information on more than two dozen activities available to members of the organization. The list includes art, ballroom dance, basketball, biking, book discussion, bowling, cards and games, computer group, craft group, creative writing, discussion, exercise, golf, line dancing, music series, pickleball, singing, softball, tennis, and water aerobics. There is an extensive list of meetings for the singles’ group branch.


Aside from the ongoing activities, a one-time blood drive, a dolphin cruise, and a ladies luncheon are oered, and multiple Biloxi trips and dinner socials are on the calendar. Led by an all-volunteer crew, many of the activities have no cost beyond the club registration fee of $10, which is payable in cash or by check drawn on a United States bank.


How does one register? The rst opportunity is between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Faith Assembly Church Hall in Miramar Beach. Representatives for many of the activities will be ready to welcome former and fledgling members to all that being a Walton County Snowbird entails.


Registration will be available at Faith Assembly Church on ve other dates as well as at general meetings held at Destin United Methodist Church. Free samples from local businesses, door prizes, raes, and entertainment round out the agendas at the larger general gatherings.


Once you have registered, you will be a member of a group whose purpose is to provide opportunities for social, educational, recreational, and charitable growth. The Walton County Snowbirds is a group that appreciates the Gulf Coast and demonstrates by giving back. Funds are donated to local charities such as Shelter House and Children in Crisis. Scholarships for students at South Walton High School are made possible through 50/50 raes at the general meetings. Many members have sought out ways to give of their time and gladly share what they discovered so fellow snowbirds may do likewise.


Join us! Explore the website www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com for more reasons to become part of a wonderful group of part-time Emerald Coast inhabitants.


Debra Wynn, whose other home is in Connecticut, is looking forward to her fifth year as a Walton County Snowbirds’ member.