It is now October and, as I mentioned in a previous article, things are picking up at Grand Horizons. It seems that as time progresses, more and more activities begin.
On Oct. 4, a luncheon was held at Rebecca’s, located in Dade City. This was the Ladies Lunch Bunch that meets the first Tuesday of the month. It is on the same day the men gather at Hooters for an afternoon of fun. So you see, we all can go out on this particular day, if we so desire.
The Ladies Lunch Bunch was hosted by Judy Fischer. I spoke to her, and she told me that approximately 28 women showed up for a delightful lunch. There also was an opportunity to go shopping afterward, as Dade City is filled with lots of lovely shops and many antique stores. I have never been to Rebecca’s, but I heard the food is very good, and they have a nice variety to fit everyone’s taste buds. I now have a restaurant to look forward to trying.
Water aerobics has been going on all summer, and Rae Rice told me that about 20 ladies joined in on this healthy and fun activity. This is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and is hosted by Rae.
The women perform several aerobic exercises in fairly shallow water, such as a swimming pool. This is a good way to keep in shape and is healthy for you. Rae also mentioned that since cooler weather is coming around, the number of people that are attending may decrease.
Every Wednesday, after our coffee hour, paper crafting (now called paper dolls) is going on and hosted by Tina Stritch. Right now there are up to a dozen women participating. The women make all sorts of goodies and, during this time of year, they are working on Christmas cards. I recall that last year they made these beautiful greeting cards for get well, birthday and more.
Also, every Wednesday night there is a game of hand and foot hosted by Linda Tutin. I have played this game in the past, and it is a very lively game. It is so much fun when the residents come together and take part in this entertaining activity, and try to win. You also hear comments like, “I’m not even on my foot yet” and more.
In the meantime, while Marty and I plan to return to our friends at Grand Horizons, we were invited, along with our close friends, Dave and Shirley Smuckler, to the Village Gate that is located in Farmington, Connecticut. It is here that we were treated to an Oktoberfest show (or should I say, Adventure Travel to Germany), on Oct. 9.
The entire performance was great and some people were dancing in their seats, while others were clapping to the music. The cast members were terrific and kept us entertained with various songs and several jokes. One such song was “Wooden Heart” where they did a splendid job.
They also had “sing-a-longs” with such tunes as “Ring of Fire,” “Country Roads,” and even “Edelweiss.” They did some yodeling, which was fantastic, and they said that it had to be loud to reach from one mountaintop to the next.
As you can see, we try to stay busy in Connecticut, but look forward to returning to Florida.
By Helene Rubenstein
Published October 19, 2016