SNOWBIRD NEWS: 'Warmth in the friendly people you meet'

Mary Pierce
Mary Pierce

It was a foot-stomping, knee-slapping old-fashioned hillbilly Tuesday morning as Dennis “Moonshine” Rader introduced his unique performance style to the appreciative Destin snowbirds. The laughter was second only to the thunderous applause as he received a standing ovation. If you missed him or would just like to enjoy more of him, he will be performing at the Destin Community Center Sunday evening, Jan. 21. Tickets are $10 at the door. More information can be obtained from the Community Center 

Next Tuesday the snowbirds will welcome long-time favorites Jabbo and Krissa to the roost. Jabbo is a well-known headliner at many Destin night spots, especially the Cabana Café in Miramar Beach. Krissa adds softness, charm, and an amazing voice to make this duo an experience too good to miss.

Rumor has it that residents of the Seascape resort reported a strange booming noise coming from the area of the golf course. It was, they discovered, just the first T.G.I.T. (Thank Goodness It’s Tuesday) party in the Seascape conference center. Bobby D’s music kept the chairs empty and the dance floor packed as his renditions of oldies but goodies filled the room. Line dances were a favorite but there were plenty of opportunities to shake-it-up and to dance cheek-to-cheek. The party ended with a huge circle dance where individuals braved the center of the circle to bust a move, or perhaps a muscle or joint. The next T.G.I.T. party will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, same place and time with Todd Herendeen entertaining.

None of the Destin Snowbird Club activities start before the crack of dawn, except Ken Yee’s weekly casino trips. Printed on the tickets is a 6 a.m. departure time. But woe to the snowbird who shows up just before 6. The bus usually arrives at The Track around 5 a.m., and leaves as soon as everyone is on board. These eager beavers are often well on their way to Biloxi by 5:30 a.m.

Speaking of activities, you may want to take note of the following: The Singles Friendship Club will meet at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, 210 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, on Tuesday, immediately following the 11 a.m. meeting. Euchre players are invited to stop into Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill, 4251 Legendary Dr. in Destin on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, Chairman Terry Doherty’s contact information can be found on the activity sheet or on the website at

Uncle Buck’s is also where non-league snowbird bowlers can enjoy an hour of bowling for the half-hour rate every Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m.

After enduring near freezing temperatures at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club last Sunday, the Nine and Wine and Whiners are looking forward to near tropical temperatures for the Rocky Bayou Country Club outing this Sunday. In fact, they are so enthusiastic that the field is completely filled, so golfers are encouraged to get their names in early for the Sandestin outing on Jan. 28. The frigid temperatures also caused a cancellation for the 18-hole players last Wednesday at Rocky Bayou, but there are still available tee-times for this Wednesday at Indian Bayou. Contact Joe Pierce for more information.

You must be a registered snowbird to participate in the many activities offered, but it is never too late to join. Registrations take place every Tuesday morning before the general meetings from 7:30-8:15 a.m. before the 8:30 a.m. meeting and 10-10:45 a.m. before the 11 a.m. meeting through mid-February. Once registered you will realize that, regardless what the temperature is, the real warmth of Florida is in the friendly people you meet.

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