A fond farewell to one of our own

The lunch connoisseurs gathered at the Longhorn Steakhouse on State Road 56, near Tampa Premium Outlets, on Aug. 11 for their monthly lunch and to celebrate Sandy Lindke’s 79th birthday, Al and Sandy were the hosts for this month. A nice crowd of 38 Grand Horizons residents had a great lunch and lots of laughter. A dessert of pretty decorated cupcakes was furnished by the birthday … [Read more...]

Celebrating with cake and ice cream

A Ladies Lunch Bunch was held July 11 at the Sunrise Eatery. Even though it was in the midst of the summer months, there still were 11 women who attended and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. My husband and I have gone to the Sunrise Eatery several times before, and they have an extensive menu with something for everyone. The staff is delightful and happy to help if you if you have a … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, America

An Independence Day luncheon was held in the community center on July 4, and 110 people celebrated the holiday. The dinner consisted of fried chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, baked beans and cupcakes for dessert, and it was hosted by Sandy and Al Lindke. The social club provided the free meal. There also were many willing hands to help with the setup and cleanup. Helpers … [Read more...]

The ‘Pine Tree State,’ (Part Two)

We recently traveled to Maine, also known as the “Pine Tree State.” The first part of our trip was chronicled in the June 28 issue of The Laker/Lutz News. This column covers Part Two of our trip, which picks up on June 10, when we took a two-hour cruise along the Casco Bay. It was called the “Captain’s Special,” and we went on the Captain Fish Sightseeing Tour. We saw many lobster … [Read more...]

Touring through the ‘Pine Tree State,’ (Part One)

We left Connecticut in the early hours of June 7, looking forward to a nice leisurely trip to Maine. Our first stop was in Stockton Springs, Maine, where we saw the Fort Point Light in a state park. The lighthouse, established in 1836 to aid vessels bound for Bangor (a leading lumber port), was situated in the center of the park with benches for people to sit and enjoy the view. There … [Read more...]

A salute to the red, white and blue

A Memorial Day picnic was held at Grand Horizons on May 29. Everyone attending had a very good time. I spoke to Joyce Bell, and she gave me the following information. They had over 125 residents at the picnic, which was hosted by Chris and Rich Fulton, Linda and Dave Tutin, Mim and Terry Gardner, Ron Gamache, and Ron and Joyce Bell. These people helped to make this event possible and … [Read more...]

Anytime is a good time for ice cream

As mentioned in previous stories, we have a lunch bunch for the ladies once a month. Usually, it is at a restaurant on the first Tuesday of the month, along with another outing for men that is at Hooters. This month, the lunch bunch for women had a twist. The group met at Luella Wheeling’s new residence. Luella used to live at Grand Horizons and recently moved, but her heart still … [Read more...]

Two-stepping across Tennessee

As mentioned previously, the residents were leaving Florida to go back to their summer homes.  This includes us, as we packed up to go back to Connecticut on April 24, but with a slight detour to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, Tennessee. It was pure delight seeing the different sites and attending the many shows. Each show that we saw had music and dancing, plus a little comedy … [Read more...]

Blueberry pancakes make for a happy time

Nearly 80 residents and guests were at the Grand Horizons’ community center on April 22 for the last blueberry pancake breakfast of the season, hosted by David and Mary Heim. The breakfast included pancakes, French toast, three sausages, and orange juice, coffee and tea. Jim Sinner said grace, and everyone bowed their heads for a moment of silence. The breakfast crew included, from left, Pat Bond, … [Read more...]

Looking forward to another season

While the season is starting to dwindle down, Grand Horizons still has some activities going on. One such activity is the lunch connoisseurs which is held once a month. So many of us look forward to it. This is when some residents and/or guests get together the second Friday of the month and go to a specific restaurant that someone chooses. This month, we all gathered at the Fresh Country … [Read more...]