Our first coffee hour of February started off with a preview of Valentine’s Day.
The challenge was to arrive wearing a red hat decorated for that day. As usual, the shy ones held back, but only because they wanted their fellow residents to have the chance to win.
The best part was the winner received a $10 gift certificate. Thanks for the opportunity. Our winner was Henry Parker. Second place had two runners-up, Fran Applegate and Bonnie Thews, each winning a box of chocolates.
I wonder if life really is like that?
Henry’s hat looked very similar to an Aussie Outback hat. Fran’s was last night’s pasta strainer gone disco, and Bonnie’s was two cute escapees from the pet store.
The second annual Goofy Golf was a great success with more than 100 of our residents golfing or helping out. Laughter filled the park all morning, and several sported goofy attire. What a fun day for all.
Jim Grant and his amazing kitchen staff hosted the second park breakfast this year, biscuits and gravy. He provided a special “wrinkle” promised us last month. Not sure how he does it, but their classic breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, toast and coffee was included, all in the same one-time price of $3.
Forget the calories, it helps protect you from those cold spring winds we will all face soon enough.
Between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., hungry residents brought their own silverware and mugs to brighten that damp Saturday with this hearty breakfast. Jim would not comment on his next plan for the March breakfast. It will always be sold out, because the classic is still the best!
How early do Jim and his crew start preparing before opening up the doors? A big thank you to all the elves.
The annual 50th wedding anniversary celebration was on Feb. 8. The additions to this group brought seven new couples. Introduced were Mike and Judy Bilak, Ed and Carol Chapman, Richard and Tony Fischer, Richard and Eileen Frantz, Ken and Gloria Knight, Jim and Jackie McGuire, and Tom and Carolyn Tripple.
Also celebrating was Harry and Louise Rockroth who reached their 70th wedding anniversary. We all should look this good! Congratulations to all.
More than 120 residents wished them well, and of course enjoyed the anniversary cake. Thanks to all who assisted in the day, and Fletcher Music Center and Joanie Albert for the lovely organ support.
A bus trip to Lakeland is booked for a spring training game, Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays, on March 18. Seats are behind the Blue Jays dugout. First come, first served.
Pick up is approximately 11.30 a.m. at Happy Days park. Seats and return bus fare are $51. Call Bill Wellivere at the park, (269) 967-0537.
This is an American League battle. Call your buddies for a friendly mix of fans on the bus.
Can we get any happier? Wait until next week.
By Ian Marwick
Published Feb. 19, 2014