Many of our residents return to their summer homes, and some others take motor trips for extended period of times.
But then again, there are many residents who stay year-round at Grand Horizons, and the number is growing constantly.
Back at Grand Horizons, there are still many functions going on. In addition to shuffleboard that is scheduled for every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, there are now pool exercises that also take place on the same days. The hard part is the fact that you have to choose between the two.
These pool exercises are good, as they not only cool you off, but it is a healthy way to keep in shape. During the summer months, Judy Ellsworth hosts the pool exercises.
We still have bingo every Tuesday night, and this is when people show up, purchase cards, bring “lucky charms” to place in front of them, and hope to be a big winner of the evening. Even if they are not the winner for a certain week, they have fun playing and conversing with others.
The hosts for bingo night are Doug and LuAnne Taylor.
Of course, dominoes are still played every Monday night. This is a fun game, and there is more concentration to it than you think. The main thing is to keep the train growing.
Residents still meet every Wednesday morning for coffee and doughnuts, and also to get the up-and-coming news. Every other week, we have our blood pressure taken, and it’s something important to keep track of.
There was a Ladies Lunch Bunch on May 6. I usually look forward to these as they try to go to a different place each month. This time, the women went to the Island Breeze Cuban Café, hosted by Joyce Bell.
I would have loved to have joined them, but it is a big drive from Connecticut. Guess I will have to wait until I return.
Our monthly lunch connoisseurs were at Golden Corral May 9, hosted by Al and Sandy Lindke. I heard from Sandy, who said there were 24 people, and all had a good time in the Tuttle Room. They spent 90 minutes socializing and eating.
The quilters had their last meeting in May, and will resume again in October. They made stars for May, and will use them during the next meeting for their next project. Wonder what it will be?
There was a Memorial Day picnic May 26 at the community center. I spoke with Carol Wilcox, one of the coordinators of this function, and she told me the event started with Terry Gardner officiating. After the Pledge of Allegiance, our disc jockey resident Gary Wilcox played “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as performed by the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Band.
After that, and original version of “God Bless America,” done by the legendary Kate Smith, was played.
Terry said a few words about our armed forces, and all attending veterans were asked to stand. “Taps,” by the Arlington Cemetery Ceremonial Band, was played in memory of our deceased veterans.
The event drew 87 residents, and the community center was well-decorated for the event. Rich Lydecker did the hamburger and hot dog grilling, and he sure had his hands full because as soon as he started cooking, the rain and wind came in full force.
It was quite a challenge, but it turned out fine. The wind fueled the fire on the outside grill.
Besides the hamburgers and hot dogs, there also was a potluck with plenty of wonderful food available like potato salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese and relish trays. There also were a lot of desserts — the Social Club provided a large cake.
Gary Wilcox and some residents stayed for dancing and music.
There are these activities and more, enough to satisfy anyone. You can be as busy as you wish to be at Grand Horizons.
By Helene Rubenstein
Published June 11, 2014