Destin Snowbird Club: Fish, music and a craft show

Nancy Hewitt

Jan. 23 Jack Boex and a group of fisher people reeled in a bumper catch from the Gulf aboard the Destin Princess. Jack arranged for the 100 pounds of excess catch to be divided between two local churches, First Presbyterian Church of Destin and St. Andrew's By-the-Sea Episcopal, for their programs to feed the homeless of the Destin area.

January finished with a bang as the club enjoyed a fantastic Country Hoedown Party, thanks to Judy Willson and her team of volunteers for a great party. The last meeting of the month saw another great performance by Chuck Lawson. Due to a medical emergency at the 8:30 a.m. meeting last week, prize distribution was suspended. Members who have been contacted may pick up these prizes at the front of the auditorium prior to next week's 8:30 meeting.

February has arrived and with the new month, the last migration of snowbirds will land on the Gulf Coast. Monday will be the last registration of the season from 1-3 p.m. at the Community Center. Crafters can pay Liz Barrat for their display space at the same time for the Craft Show coming up on Feb. 12. The Northwest Florida College Soundsations will perform a small sample of the Broadway music and dance from the concert at this week's meeting. Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. they and the students of neighboring Chipola College will take the stage at the Mattie Kelly Auditorium. All are invited to purchase a ticket, $10, as the Destin Snowbird Club will return all the proceeds to the college scholarship funds. Tickets will be available at the door next Sunday.

From 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, again at Seascape Conference Center, JW Adams is back by popular demand for the second TGIT party of the season. Cover charge for this event is $5. A capacity crowd is anticipated!

The Destin Snowbird ladies will celebrate Valentine's Day as they attend the annual Fashion Show and luncheon at Seascape. Come and see the snowbird models as they show the styles of Coldwater Creek.

Tickets are $25 and make an excellent gift. The following week, Wednesday, Feb. 20, the ladies will have an opportunity to meet on the golf course of Bluewater Bay for the annual scramble. Tickets for this event are $40 and include golf and lunch. See Penny Eddie at Tuesdays to sign up.

The month finishes with the annual Cancer Charity Golf event. Members are encouraged to bring their clubs and buddies to Bluewater Bay Wednesday, Feb. 27, for this fun day of fellowship and golf. All profits from the day will be presented to the American Cancer Society in memory of Jack Kline and Lise Walsh. Tickets are $50, and include lunch and prizes.

It is no secret that the Emerald Coast is an excellent family vacation spot. Snowbird grandparents who are having little visitors — are you prepared? A collection of child accessories is available for loan to members of the club. If you have items to share, or to inquire about equipment and availability, contact Paul and Nancy Hewitt at 650-3776.

Have the temptations of the excellent shopping been too much to resist? Trying to decide where in the vehicle to put all the stuff you now have in the condo? Time to consider buying a box and putting some things in storage here in Destin. Jim Galea will sell tickets for the storage locker starting Feb. 12 between meeting times. The locker will reopen for this year's storage from 8-9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

Activities are continuing each week. For further details check out the web site

Nancy Hewitt, publicity director, can be reached at