Snowbird activities are in full swing

Sigrid J. Aeschleman
George Olson, current president of the Destin Snowbird Club, and Nancy Hewitt, president for next season, presented Pam and David Hawes of Great Britain a basket as the “snowbirds who came the farthest.”

Destin snowbirds are busy as the activities they come to the Emerald Coast for are in full swing. The golfing weather has returned, other outdoor and indoor sports and activities are being enjoyed and snowbirds are making their last minute “bucket list of restaurants to visit before they leave.” You might even see toppers beginning to appear on top of vehicles, a sure sign that some snowbirds are beginning to think about leaving and going back to northern homes.

At this week’s early meeting, Pam and David Hawes were honored with a basket commemorating their trip from Great Britain to Destin making them the “snowbirds who came the farthest.” The basket was presented by George Olson, current president of the Snowbird Club and Nancy Hewitt, president for the 2014-15 season.

Sue Kittredge and Steve Reeths, of the group Coconut Radio, entertained the membership at the meetings on Tuesday with their music … and jokes. Members clapped their hands to the lively music of fiddle and guitar and enjoyed the selections that were played during the entertainment session.

The Jack Kline/Lise Walsh Charity Golf Tournament will be held Feb. 26 at Bluewater Bay Golf Club. This is a charity event and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  A free will collection was also made at the Snowbird Club meetings on Tuesday and proceeds will be added to those from the golf tournament.

Anyone interested in signing up for next year’s Eastern Caribbean Cruise may contact Don Cooksey at 850-837-3637. It is not too soon to make your reservations and early booking helps get the best rates.

The last TGIT (Thank Goodness It’s Tuesday) get-together was held Feb. 18 at the Seascape Conference Center with Christian and James entertaining the group from 3-6 p.m. A good time was had by all and plans are already being made for next year’s events.

The Friendship Club will meet Feb. 25 after the 11 a.m. meeting at the Crab Trap on Scenic 98 in Destin. Come join the singles group and make some new friends while you are here.

Numerous vendors were on hand to entice snowbirds to try their products, to come visit their restaurants or to take part in an activity or two. The snowbirds appreciate the sponsorship of all vendors, and snowbirds are encouraged to visit their places of business and to support the community during the remaining days of this winter season.

Storage lockers will be open from 8-9 a.m. for the next five consecutive Saturdays, Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15 and 22, for box (bikes and other items) drop-offs.

The Friday afternoon bowling league, active since Jan. 10, has resulted in a lot of excitement for the Walton County and Destin snowbirds who bowl at Hurricane Lanes. Current standings show The Northerners and the Buc Nuts tied for first place. Mike Dougall and Tom Franklin each rolled a 223 for the men’s high game for the season. Carol Sobczak of The Markers team highlighted the ladies’ accomplishments with a 197 game and The Buc Nuts Judy Kilpeck bowled 78 pins over her average for a 193 game.   

Sigrid J. Aeschleman, publicity director, is from Illinois and can be reached at