There was the first annual Old Tyme Gospel Jamboree at Zephyr Park on March 16. They had several performers and, from what I was told, they were all very good. Paul and Freda Williams, from our park, were there performing, plus several others. We had other commitments that day so we had to miss it, but we do hope to make it next year.
On March 22, we had karaoke, which was started several months back and is going strong. We had a good turnout of approximately 45 to 50 residents and guests.
Karaoke started off with Gary Wilcox singing, and he did a superb job. Every word was so distinctive and clear.
Paul Williams also sang several songs and, between them, they kept the evening going smoothly.
We had several people from the audience sing a few songs, too. The list of performers included Jim Leitzke, Chuck Reams, Eugene Martin Nancy Martin, Marsha Mitchell, plus Gary Wilcox and Paul Williams.
Songs that were sung included “Coal Miners Daughter” by Loretta Lynn, “Traveling Man” by Ricky Nelson, “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Kris Kristofferson ,”Give It Away” by George Strait (this song was done to the crowds delight and the antics were incredible), ”Harper Valley PTA” by Jeannie C. Riley, and so much more.
There was one beautiful song that almost brought tears to our eyes called “Dear Uncle Sam.” This was a tribute to the veterans and was originally performed by Loretta Lynn.
The night continued with “San Antonio Stroll” by Tanya Tucker, “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino, and more. As you can see, there were a good variety of songs. Our next karaoke night will be April 19.
Our final egg in a bag was March 23, as many people return to their summer homes for the next few months. It is also the final one that Rita and George Gattos are hosting, as they are turning the reins over to others. Thanks George and Rita for your participation. We definitely appreciated it.
There were 105 people at the breakfast where they served omelets made with the ingredients that you chose, plus potatoes, gravy and biscuit, and orange juice and coffee. I spoke to Rita and she was happy with the breakfast and thanked all of those that helped. They were Mark and Sue Gagnon, Ron Gamache, Linda Kartes, Martha Stephens, Sue Parker, Maureen Stephans, Doris Sutfin, Judy Hiler, James Yost, and George and Rita Gattos. Thanks one and all.
There was a volunteer lunch at the community center on March 24 and a good many people attended. It was hosted by Shirley and Chuck Carlson, and Ron and Joyce Bell. In addition to the hosts, Mim and Terry Gardner helped out.
We had a nice crowd of approximately 70 residents. We were greeted with a sign on each table declaring “thanks.” There also were several thank-you signs on the wall.
Before tables were called to get your lunch, Jim Leitzke said grace while we all bowed our heads in a moment of silence.
The tables were called, and we were all treated to nice juicy hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, and a table filled with onions, tomatoes, lettuce and pickles. Soft drinks of several varieties were served, with a yummy cupcake for dessert, either vanilla or chocolate.
We went back to our homes after the lunch, but back to the community center a little later for a game of trivia. The Trivia Wizards was presented by Dick and Connie Kingsbury, and hosted by Gary Wilcox. It was a nice turnout and close to 40 people attended. The questions really made you think. I thought I was good at trivia questions, but I think I need to brush up on it. We all had fun and that is the main thing.
By Helene Rubenstein, Grand Horizons