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Ballroom christened as Preserve wedding chapel

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By Deej Koebbe

The entire Spruce Creek Preserve community congratulates and extends best wishes to newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix. Preservists Mac Hendrix and Clare Globis were joined in holy matrimony by Community Association Manager Steve Butts on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Community Center ballroom.

This heartwarming occasion will be fondly remembered by members of the couple’s families and friends, including 200 or more Preserve residents who attended their lovely wedding ceremony. Clare’s two sons were privileged to walk their mother down the aisle. Her daughter was in attendance as maid of honor.

Two of Mac’s three sons were in attendance, both as best men. A third son is serving his country on active duty in Afghanistan; however, his wife was present. Claire’s sister and brother-in-law, Preserve residents Carol and Frank Marino, and Mac’s grandson were present also.

To their surprise, while Mac and Clare were exchanging their wedding vows, several golfing buddies gathered behind them quietly holding up golf clubs to form an arch for the couple’s wedding march. Music was provided by Preservist Joan Wandrisco playing the piano.

Floral arrangements were created by Preservist Jerry Baker. Wedding cake was served by residents Dee Winey and Linda Sprague. Punch was served by Preservists Heather Garner and Ingrid Kristensen.

Clare is an active member of the Preserve community. She plays bunco and bridge regularly with a group of friends. She also has a position at the Preserve golf pro shop. Mac is a member of the Preserve Board of Directors and is active in the Preserve Military Club.

Mac and Clare are history makers – they were the first couple ever to have their marriage ceremony conducted in the Preserve Community Center ballroom – that’s certain to bring them good luck!

Many thanks to Preservist Kip Thomas for her input in today’s column. Photos by Leo DuChossois and Frank Thomas.

Cookin’ With Joe

We like refrigerator biscuits for the homemade taste, versatility and ease of preparation – no leftovers, either.

Spinach Turnovers

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon dill weed

1 cup finely chopped onion

2-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons pine nuts

Salt and pepper to taste – lots of pepper

2 tablespoons raisins

1 l0-oz. package refrigerator biscuits

1 l0-oz. package chopped spinach –thawed and drained well.

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat – add onion and pine nuts. Cook constantly stirring, about five minutes until onions are starting to brown and nuts are lightly toasted.

Remove from heat and stir in raisins, spinach, dill weed, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Mix well – taste to see if you need any more salt and pepper and lemon juice.

Open biscuits and separate. Place biscuits between two sheets of wax paper about 5 inches apart. With a rolling pin, roll each biscuit in a 4- or 5-inch circle.

Remove top sheet of wax paper and place a heaping tablespoon of mix, slightly off center of each circle, fold carefully into half circle. Crimp the edges with a fork.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place turnovers on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way.

Advisory: Community Center construction has begun. Please do not enter construction area. The back door and right side of the Community Center are closed until further notice.

March 7 – Military Club highway cleanup. Meet at 8:50 a.m. at main gate. Twelve people would work one hour. All help welcome. Help keep America and our own community beautiful. See John Rando.

March 7 – Clubs and Activities Committee meets at 10 a.m. in the card room to discuss club charters. Need a new member and an alternate.

March 8 – Annual Yard Sale.

March 9 – Democrat Club meeting at Community Center card room at 7 p.m. Mike Sizemore, candidate for Marion County Commission, will be guest speaker.

March 11 - Craft Club will decorate clay pots from l to 3 p.m. See Pam.

March 12 - Midwest Club meeting at 4 p.m. at Community Center ballroom for election of officers. Dinner following at a site to be announced.

March 13 - Midwest Club carpooling to Lakeland from Community Center at 9:30 a.m. for a ballgame. Bring tables, chairs, snacks to share and your sandwich for lunch. Tigers vs. Braves. See Judy Mays.

March 15 - Aristocrats sponsoring St. Patrick’s Day dance. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Catered buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and rye bread. Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Music and entertainment by Rainbow Connection. Cost is $12, BYOB. Ticket sales Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Tuesday evening before Bingo. See Colleen.

Aristocrats are preparing for a ‘50s Party. Wanted – a picture of you in the 1950s. Put your name and phone number on the back and seal in an envelope. Place in Community Center office. Pictures will be returned in same condition. See Kip.

New mahjongg cards available. see Ginny Fastje at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Applications available for tables for SPC residents for 10th annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Nov. 15. First come, first served. Applications available in Community Center office. See Evelyn Rocque or Ingrid Kristensen.

Jet Set Club is putting together a third table for CFCC Foundation’s annual Dinner Theater on Saturday night Feb. 7, 2009. Five people needed to fill the table. Open to the community. Price is $50 for dinner and play. See Maynard Zinn.

Recycle newspapers, magazines and aluminum every Tuesday. Contact your favorite On the Line Club member for information.

Bingo every Tuesday evening for Preservists and overnight guests. Cards are on sale 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Till next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.