We started out this month with our Barbie’s Spring Fling fashion show. The fashions were from Dillard’s, and the lunch was delicious, which consisted of three salads and dessert. The models were Charlotte Witham, Mary Pierce, Phyllis Richardson, Jeannie Liggett, Sue Flynn and Patti Hill. They each modeled three outfits.
“Barbie” was the guest of honor, and she brought her family. Rosie Meyers portrayed Barbie. Nancy Pollock was Barbie’s mother, Louanna Lang was Barbie’s sister, Laura Gardner her Irish sister, and Sharon Pickford her older sister.
They were dressed so funny and had us all in stitches from laughing. Judy Lykins chaired this fashion show, and she had a great committee to help her. Great job, ladies.
Preparations for our 29th birthday party for Rainbow Village started when several men helped to put up the tents for our residents to sit under. They also made a stage for our entertainment to perform on. There was a parade with decorated golf carts and bicycles, and also a dog parade. A free hamburger, hot dog lunch was served, followed by cake and ice cream.
Rick Arnold was our entertainment for the party. He is a very talented performer. He had us dancing in the street.
Everything went great for the party. A big thanks to Dick Elliott and Mick Liggett who co-chaired the party. We are looking forward to our 30th birthday party next year.
The SS Rainbow Dance was our last dance of the season, and what better way to end it than with George Raab singing his great music. We were met at the door by our “captain,” Lane Hooper, welcoming us to the SS Rainbow ship.
It was a fun time from beginning to end. A big thanks to the committee chairpersons — the Hallidays and the Larkhams — for a great year of dances.
John and Kate Henning, a young, talented Christian couple from Michigan who do gospel shows all over the country, entertained us at our ice cream social. They brought their 17-month-old daughter along and they are expecting another daughter in May. They sing and play gospel songs on the keyboard in all styles of music. It was a great gospel show.
Rainbow Village partnered with Florida Hospital to have our first health fair that brought in 20 vendors from the community. It was well-attended. Kitty Hooper worked very hard to organize this event. You could get information on your eyes, feet, blood pressure, chiropractic services, senior information, funeral information, Relay For Life, acupuncture and more.
Thank you, Kitty and all your helpers
The quilting ladies showed their beautiful work they did this year from queen-size quilts, wall hangings, lap quilts and pocket books. Their project this year was to make teddy bears and blankets so the police department can give them to stressed children in all kinds of situations.
A big thanks to Edie Dayton, Sue Larkham and Nancy Pollock for their leadership this year.
At our Sunday night ice cream the ladies did a repeat performance of the Barbie’s Spring Fling show. It was a big hit with everybody.
Our new officers of our association were installed for next year. Ray Kappes will be our new president, Eugene Hoard will be vice president, Tom Brown our new treasurer, and two new trustees are Bert Hill and Butch Monticello.
All in all, it was a great season at Rainbow Village. So many great memories to remember until next fall.
I pray that you all have a safe trip home, and the Lord willing, to see you all in the fall.
By Sandra Gilbert-Abel
Published April 2, 2014
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