Destin snowbirds celebrate the season

Sigrid J. Aeschleman
A part of the Destin Snowbirds group posed for a happy picture prior to stepping off on the parade route.

Destin snowbirds showed their enthusiasm for the Destin Community by participating in the Destin Christmas Parade Saturday. Following the Snowbird float and passing out beaded necklaces to the children, some over 35 years of age, snowbirds who volunteered walked the mile and a half parade route to help celebrate the season.

It was a beautiful day of warm sunshine and the crowd was the largest the parade has seen for a long time, much to the delight of those participating. Donned in Santa hats, reindeer antlers and bells a-jingling, snowbirds waved and shouted “Merry Christmas” to those who anxiously awaited each group as they passed by. It was a merry time for all, young and old, and everyone had a smile on their faces.

Sunday’s weather encouraged people to view the Holiday Harbor Boat Parade and the Destin snowbirds enjoyed the view from the Crab Island Cantina. A buffet dinner was served and the 80 snowbirds who attended had a very good time together. Many new members joined the group this year and were introduced to new people and had fun at this club activity.

Club activities are on hold for the next two weeks as members celebrate the Christmas season with each other in Destin or with family. Golfers will continue to take advantage of the good weather and the courses available to the sport, shoppers have an abundant choice of places to visit, and others continue exercise routines either outside on the walking paths or indoors in available condo gyms or private clubs or facilities. The Executive Board of the Destin Snowbird Club, however, continues to plan for the large influx of birds yet to arrive in January. The BIG registration will be held on Jan. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Roost and the storage locker will be open to arriving members on Dec. 19 and Jan. 2 from 8-9 a.m. and again on Jan. 4 from 2-3 p.m. The next meeting of the club will be held on Jan. 5 at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

As I walked the beach recently, I looked … and looked again and what to my wondering eyes should appear but ... a TREE … on the beach?

Even the beach welcomes the season and so, on behalf of the Destin Snowbird Club, we would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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