An afternoon of Chinese food and fun

On April 13, approximately 40 residents and friends visited Lings Chinese Buffet in Lakeland. This was our monthly lunch connoisseurs get-together. The luncheon was hosted by Sandy and Al Lindke, and we all had an excellent time. Before the lunch started, Galen Parker was good enough to say grace, while we bowed our heads in a moment of silence. We got there a little early, but the room … [Read more...]

A potluck and ice cream social

On March 25, we had a potluck in the community center. Nancy Huey arranged for this to occur and did a marvelous job of getting everyone together. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend that day, so Ron and Rachel Gamache were kind enough to fill her shoes and get it started. Each table had a number and, before tables were called, Jim Leitzke said grace, while the rest of the people bowed their … [Read more...]

Baseball and magic

Twenty residents from Grand Horizons went to a Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game in Tampa at Steinbrenner field on March 23. The stadium was really nice, and the game was exciting. There is something special in seeing a live game. It started out as a pitching duel, as there were no hits or runs the first several innings but, eventually, Boston broke loose and scored a few runs. It … [Read more...]

Farewell to those heading home

Because some of our residents are heading home soon, our spring picnic in the park took place March 22. Keith Babbitt, Ken Mann and Andy Pratt manned the grills, and flipped burgers and prepared hot dogs for everyone. Carolyn Babbitt and Rachel Pratt made sure everyone got a bun! After the awesome picnic, bocci ball and washer games were enjoyed by both players and spectators. By Mabel … [Read more...]

Volunteer teams in action

Sweetwater RV Resort has many teams of people who work hard to make this park the special place that it is. Without dedicated volunteers, we would not have so many special events and activities, I’m sure! The Jam Team this season has gone above and beyond to offer daytime weekly music jams, evening events and special projects. They used some of their proceeds to spray the bandstand field, when … [Read more...]

Bargains and games

A community yard sale was held on March 17 at the community center of Grand Horizons, as well as some individual houses. This is the time of year that several people look forward to, as they may be able to find certain hard-to-find items either at one of the many homes or in the community center. There were several houses that had sales, and you could find items such as shorts, books, … [Read more...]

Recognizing our volunteers

On March 9, a lunch connoisseurs was held at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. It was hosted by Dale and Terri Satterlee. From what I heard from those who attended, the food was delicious, and they had several dishes to choose from. The menu was varied with quite a bit of Cuban influence. Before people placed their order, Cuban bread, plus butter, was served to each individual table. … [Read more...]

Residents break a record

Gem Estates recently set a new record for attendance at its Thursday morning coffee hour. There were a total of 138 neighbors and guests enjoying the camaraderie the community is known for. (Courtesy of Mabel Budzinski) … [Read more...]

Visiting with friends and family

On March 3, we had an egg in a bag at the community center. A nice crowd of 92 people were served omelets that consisted of any or all of the following: ham, cheese, mushrooms, onions, green pepper, jalapenos, plus home-fried potatoes, biscuit and gravy, plus coffee and orange juice. Before the tables were called to create their omelets, grace was said by Galen Parker while everyone bowed their … [Read more...]

Sweetwater…..Then and Now

Over 20 years ago, ‘The Vermont Bunch’ came to camp in the area we now call Sweetwater RV Resort. They were a group of 11, headed up by ‘The Godfather,’ the name given to Francis Quatrini, who is still playing golf, at 92 years of age, in St. Johnsvury, Vermont. Francis and his wife, Gloria, were best friends to Marion McLam’s parents. When Wilma came too, Marion and Wendell decided to rent a … [Read more...]