Snowbirds keep busy as January closes

Sigrid J. Aeschleman
Sigrid J. Aeschleman

As January draws to a close, the Destin snowbirds are busily taking part in the many activities organized by both the Club and the Destin Community Center. There is something for everyone and if you haven’t found something to do yet or people to do it with, you haven’t been paying attention. In fact, you will often hear the statement, “How did I ever find time to work? There is so much to do and so little time!”

Check out our very informative website at www.destinsnowbirds.org to find out everything there is to know about the club and to see this article in its entirety with additional pictures. If you really study the site, read through all the tabs at the top of the Home Page and follow all the links as you scroll down the pages, you will be amazed at all there is to choose from for activities and referrals for services and programs. Take a look at our vendor page to see who supports the club. Those are the businesses you will want to visit for all of your needs (and wants).

To date, 1,796 snowbirds are here for the winter and enjoying all the Emerald Coast has to offer. Although the number of registered members is slightly down from last year’s figures at this time, the next registration on Feb. 2 may bring in a significant number to boost the statistics.

Who are the best represented states here this year? As of registration on Jan. 26, Ohio is number 5 with 114, Illinois is fourth with 129 birds, Wisconsin is third with 160, Minnesota is second with 188 and topping the list right now is Michigan with 268 present. All other states are in double digit figures and Canada, of course, has the highest representation per country with 347 people here this year thus far.

Snowbirds who attended the first Harbor Party Cruise aboard the Southern Star Party Boat last week had a great time listening and dancing to the music of David Hall. The next cruise will be Feb. 8 from 4-6 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the Feb. 2 meetings at 8:30 and 11 a.m. This will be the last chance to buy tickets before the cruise.

The next TGIT Party will be Feb. 2 from 3-6 p.m. with David Hall providing the dance music. Donation is $5 per person at the door of the Seascape Conference Center. Put your dancing shoes on and join the lively crowd at this fun-filled event. Come even if you don’t dance. The music and social time will be worth it.

Tickets for the Soundsations Concert are still available for $10. The concert is Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at Mattie Kelly Arts Center, NWFSC, Niceville campus. Members are urged to attend and are reminded that it concludes in plenty of time to get to Super Bowl parties afterward. All proceeds from this concert go to the Music Department at the College so come support this worthy cause.

It’s Ladies Day on Feb. 22, so ladies get your tickets for the Fashion Show at the Palms. Tickets are $30 per person for lunch and fashions will be shown by Chico’s. Send your man to the golf course (or give him a “honey-do list”) and come join us for a delightful time.

The Singles Friendship Club will meet at Travinia Italian Kitchen after the 11 a.m. meeting on Feb. 2. Come join the group and make new friends.

Haven’t registered yet? Registrations will be held before each meeting Feb. 2 and 9 at 7:30 and 10 a.m. It is not too late to become a member of the Destin Snowbird Club if you haven’t already. Your $8 goes a long way during your stay.

Want to volunteer? It is not too late for that, either. We will make sure your talents and strengths are utilized and we need your help. Sign up at meetings and we’ll get in touch with you. Especially in need is the Prize Committee that works extremely hard to provide you with coupons, gift cards and products during your stay. Give back and help us out. See anyone on the leadership team and we’ll get you started.

Have a great week and have fun!

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