Veteran recognition and tribute show

The Sally Langwah show was presented on Nov. 10 in the community center. This was a veteran tribute hosted by Gary Wilcox. The stage was decorated nicely with miniature flags placed several inches from each other and little bottles with a flag in the center, and blue and red surrounding it. The show started off when Gary Wilcox introduced Roy Langwah. Roy said a few words and then … [Read more...]

Special people, special friends

Tom McCormick is a ‘man of many hats’ at Sweetwater RV Resort. Since he and his wife Cinda came here in 2000, he’s been one of the weekly golf coordinators for 10 of those years. He currently represents all ‘sports’ on the executive committee, and has been involved in the committee for 12 years. He enjoys buying and selling golf clubs at garage sales, as well. Being a past educator, he is often … [Read more...]

Food and shopping: a great combination

The Lunch Bunch, a women’s luncheon, took place Nov. 7 at Fred’s Market Restaurant in Lakeland. There were 16 women who went to the restaurant, and everyone seemed to have a good time. It seems there was a little mix-up, but the restaurant came through very nicely. The women who attended had a separate room to converse in. The food was delicious, and they had a buffet, plus you were able to … [Read more...]

Celebrating the holidays

The community of Gem Estates saw a lot of its neighbors return in time for the Thanksgiving holiday and to enjoy a traditional turkey dinner prepared by a great group of volunteers, coordinated by Ron and Ellen Raymond. Residents also celebrated Veterans Day with a picnic, at which Ken Mann and Andy Pratt used their grilling expertise. (Courtesy of Mabel Budzinski) … [Read more...]

A new season brings a new activity

Since residents are returning to Grand Horizons to start a new season, a new activity has been added to the agenda. Paul Williams, who is a two-time CGMA (Country Gospel Music Association) winner, has volunteered to perform once a month along with his wife, Freda, who works the computer and music, while Paul sings. Freda Williams was also nice enough to help me with the titles of some of the … [Read more...]

Pitching in after hurricane hits

Summer residents helped clean up and clear all the debris in the Gem Estates community after Hurricane Irma went through. Fortunately, everything was hauled away before the winter residents returned. (Courtesy of Mabel Budzinski) … [Read more...]

Indians, pirates, cowboys and more!

Grand Horizons had a Halloween Bash in the community center on Oct. 29, hosted by Gary Wilcox. There were 66 residents and guests, and everyone appeared to be having a great time. Karl Sapp, who entertained for three hours, performed a variety of country and rock ’n roll songs. There was many a slow dance thrown in, too, such as “Waltz Across Texas” and other slow songs. There were also several … [Read more...]

Tex-Mex meal served up for connoisseurs

Residents are returning to Grand Horizons on an almost daily basis. You can certainly tell, as restaurants are starting to fill up, health fairs are popping up in several locations, and more and more activities are going on in the park. Besides the usual weekly activities such as the coffee/doughnut hour, card games, sewing and more, there was a lunch connoisseur get-together on Oct. 13 … [Read more...]

Volunteers keep Grand Horizons active

The season is starting once again and volunteers at Grand Horizons help keep everyone active, with fun things to do. As summer has ended and fall is here again, attendance at Grand Horizons increases every month. Nancy Huey put on a pot luck on Oct. 1. The pot lucks have been happening for several months and residents certainly look forward to them. About 60 people attended the pot … [Read more...]

New London’s landmarks and glory

Marty and I left early in the morning on Aug. 25 from our home in East Hartford, Connecticut, for a leisurely drive to New London, Connecticut, where we took a mini-cruise. The cruise was absolutely delightful and was narrated the entire two hours that we were on board. The trip included several islands that were explained to us thoroughly, and three forts. One fort was Fort Wright, … [Read more...]