January was a very busy month for Rainbow Village. Most of the snowbirds had arrived after Christmas and ready for all the activities ahead of them for this month.
Our board member Maggie Stewart organized a welcoming coffee for all the new residents of Rainbow Village. She had help from Polly Ollie and Sue Phillips.
Each board member shared what events they were in charge of and explained how things get done at our resort. The security committee also explained how we all help to secure the park. Our manager also explained rules and activities of our resort. It was a great turnout for this event.
Our annual bean soup dinner, chaired by Les Mallery, was a big success. They used those great Michigan beans. A lot of planning goes into making this dinner, and Les had a great group of helpers. Great job, Les and helpers.
It was a cold Friday morning for our second yard sale of the season. The weather didn’t keep the people from coming to our resort. It is always fun to see what our neighbors have for sale that maybe we could use. Thanks to Emil Ruhlig for organizing this event.
The Snow Ball dance with Travis Golden was a sold-out event. Travis had almost everybody out dancing to his music. He played music that we could line dance, chicken dance, slow dance, jitterbug, twist and waltz to. He even danced with the crowd. The decorations were really nice with lit up snowmen on the tables as centerpieces.
Thanks to Carol Halliday and Sue Larkin, and their committee, for a great dance.
Congratulations go out to Jeannine Beland and her sister, Claudette Poulin, for coming in third in the Carefree Shuffle tournament. It sure was a long day for the ladies and quite an honor because there were lots of shuffleboard teams from the Carefree parks. Rainbow Village is so proud of both of you.
Magician Chuck Frankie performed some card tricks, rope tricks and money tricks. It was an enjoyable night of magic at our Sunday night ice cream.
Rainbow Village performers put on some funny skits at our ice cream social. Mary Jo Gorsch was in charge. It was fun to watch our residents perform.
From the time Joe Wright started his show, he had us all in stitches from his stories, to the crazy faces that he makes. He is a great steel guitar player that played with Charlie Pride for many years. Jimmy Frable played in the band that backed up Joe. Jimmy has been playing his music in Dollywood this past year and starts up again in the beginning of May. The show was great.
Our next show is Sarah Getto, a musician and songwriter, who will perform Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Call Sue Flynn at (813) 782-5075 for tickets. Cost is $8 each.
We look forward to more great events in February. The way at Rainbow Village is you can participate in all the activities or not participate in anything. That is your option.
By Sandra Gilbert-Abel
Published Feb. 5, 2014