SNOWBIRD NEWS: Let the fun, and warmth, begin

Mary Pierce
Ted Caldwell and Joanne Graham, two Canadian snowbirds, took advantage of both the Seascape and the Bluewater Bay golf specials. [SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

The ribbon has been severed, the big registration was a huge success, several activities have commenced. It’s official, the snowbird season is in full swing.

For Destin, that means more traffic, that’s true. But, more importantly, it means more patronage for the area businesses and, in return, many of them show their appreciation by donating door prizes for the weekly meetings and by offering special snowbird discounts.

Several of the area’s golf courses were at the registration last Thursday to promote their snowbird specials. In a nutshell, some offer 10 or eight-round punch cards, and some offer seasonal memberships. In addition, most offer discounted rates for play on specific days or at a specific time of day.

Bluewater Bay will host the 2018 annual Snowbird Cup on Feb. 25, and Shalimar Pointe will host the Ladies Scramble on Feb. 23. Seascape will host the first Nine and Wine and Whine on Jan. 7. All three are offering 10-round punch cards for all registered snowbirds. In the top banner of the webpage at, there is a link called “Golf Play Days.” More information can be found there.

In addition to golf, there are more than 120 Destin and surrounding area businesses that enrich the snowbird experience with an assortment of welcoming deals. More than half of them are restaurants that offer early-bird specials or discounted menus. The Crab Trap, The Surf Hut, O’Quigley’s, 790 On the Gulf and Culver’s, just to name a few, are often present at the weekly meetings to pass out samples and information on their snowbird specials. A complete list can be found under “Vendors” on the website. Snowbirds are encouraged to support those listed vendors.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 9, there will be two meetings. The first is at 8:30, then again at 11 a.m. Registration will be available beginning one hour before each meeting and last for 45 minutes. Robert (Bobby D) Duplessis, a familiar, and favored snowbird entertainer, will be on hand to delight the flocks. Bobby D has performed in venues across the Gulf Coast for more than 35 years. His range of expertise covers oldies to pop, classic to country and more. He even throws in some Sinatra and Elvis. You won’t want to miss him, but if it can’t be helped, he will also be the musician for the first T.G.I.T. Party (Thank Goodness It’s Tuesday) on Jan. 16, as well as the Feb. 5 Harbor Party Cruise.

Tickets and/or information for special events, such as the Harbor Party Cruises, the Caribbean Cruise, weekly casino trips, the New Orleans Mardi Gras trip, the Soundsations Benefit Performance, golf tournaments and the Valentine Dinner Dance, will be available at tables in the front of the gym before each meeting.

Immediately after the 11 a.m. meeting, the first gathering of the Friendship Singles Club will meet for lunch at Harbor Docks restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. For more information, you can find chairperson Jan Langham’s contact information on the website.

Storage locker availability hours will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on Jan. 6 and 13. Please do not phone volunteers for special openings.

Now, on to a winter filled with fun, friends and the reason we’re here — warmth.

Mary Pierce, publicity director, is from Toledo, Ohio, and can be reached at 419-250-9377or She will be writing the weekly column for the papers, so if you have something to share contact her.