Destin snowbirds celebrate the season

Sigrid J. Aeschleman

Destin Snowbirds met at The Roost for the last time of the 2016 calendar year on Dec. 13. Nancy Thiele, director, and the Emerald Coast Community Band provided the music of both the U.S. and Canada national anthems as well as a program of seasonal music for the club members. Members sang along to a medley of Christmas favorites and members enjoyed the entertaining group.

Registration prior to Tuesday’s meeting brought in new members to the club for a total to date of 360 members (341 paid; 19 life members). The next registration will be the BIG registration from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Additional details about this registration will be in the Destin Log on Dec. 31 and the Northwest Florida Daily News on Jan. 1. Information will also be on the website www.destinsnowbirds.org.

The Destin Christmas Street Parade was held Dec. 10, and the Destin Snowbirds participated with a float along with volunteers who walked the parade route. Snowbirds were greeted by adults and children watching the parade and were made to feel very welcome as they handed out Mardi Gras beads to the children.

Sunday found snowbirds attending the Destin Lighted Boat Parade in the Harbor. Seventy-four people gathered early to enjoy the view from Crab Island Cantina and to visit with each other prior to dinner being served. The club wishes to thank Carlos and the Cantina for a wonderful night of good food and excellent service! Cindy and Ray Varnell, co-chairmen of this event, happily reported that “everyone had a great time and we look forward to next year’s boat parade."

During the holidays, many snowbirds either leave the Destin area to go back home or meet family somewhere half the distance. Snowbirds who live longer distances away from Destin and who remain here often get together for a meal or to celebrate the holidays in each others' company, making the separation from family a little less noticeable. Technology helps keep families in contact with one another and makes the distances seem a little shorter through the use of Skype, FaceTime and other video apps. Now there are e-cards instead of old fashioned cards sent through the mail, but the sentiments are still the same. We’ll just have to enjoy walking the beach and playing golf instead of shoveling snow and battling icy roads.

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

Sigrid J. Aeschleman, publicity director, is from Illinois and can be reached at destinsnowclub.publicity@gmail.com.