Destin snowbirds: Home for the holidays

Nancy Hewitt

The Destin Snowbird Club is officially on winter holidays. Events this fall have been well attended. This year our float in the Destin Christmas Parade was mounted in a trailer borrowed form our “home,” the Destin Community Center. A crew of 24 volunteers participated, handing out beads to the children lining the route.

The Boat Parade Party was held at Dewey Destin's Harborside. Sixty snowbirds enjoyed a spectacular view of the harbor, boat parade and fireworks while enjoying a bountiful buffet of seafood. Thanks to John and Linda Testa for making all the arrangements. Lastly another sell out crowd enjoyed and a wonderful Home for the Holidays Christmas dinner. Timi Millar and her helpers served up a meal fit for any grandparent missing the family party at home.

The three meetings held before the break were well attended and all enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit with our entertainers. A successful Craft Show at our last meeting had 11 members participating, the largest pre-Christmas Craft Show ever! Thanks again to coordinating crafter Joanne Andrychuk.

Many club activities and committees have already begun this season. The blood pressure clinic is again operating at the Destin Emergency Center, 996 Airport Road, Tuesday afternoons. Computer Club has welcomed back the snowbirds and will continue to meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Faith Assembly Church.

Jack Boex is planning a special fishing trip before Christmas with donations from the catch going to the Waterfront Rescue Mission. The Friendship Club held two luncheons this fall, following the December meetings. Golfers participated in the annual Christmas Toy Drive rounds at the three Sandestin Golf Courses. Thanks to Mike Hoyles for making the membership aware of this opportunity. Quilting also had an early start, Dec. 12 and 19 in the Senior Center at the Fishing Museum.

Aside from activities, committees have been very active since early November. The Registration Committee organized a successful opening ceremony, and has held three additional sessions. Total membership is 372. Thank-you to Evelyn Lemire for guiding this process until Linda can join us for the next registration Jan. 7.

Jim Galea and his team have opened the storage locker six times for the early birds to retrieve their belongings. The storage locker will reopen Jan. 5 from 8-9 a.m. The prize committee increased its numbers from eight to 10 members this season, and much of the collection has been completed. Paul Hewitt and his crew would welcome additional help from those members who arrive in the area early in the fall.

On behalf of President Timi, the board members, and all Destin snowbirds, thank you Destin for welcoming us into your community. We wish the citizens of the Emerald Coast a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Members staying in Destin for the holidays have so much to see and do. Perhaps an Act4Murder Cruise aboard the new Buccaneer Pirate Ship Dec. 28 is on your agenda? For those members traveling, have a safe journey until we meet again in January.

Snowbird news will be published the weekend prior to New Years Day with information about activities beginning prior to Jan. 7.

Nancy Hewitt, publicity director, can be reached at