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A caroling they did go

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece Preservist Rosemary Spaay submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column.

On Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, forty-six gaily dressed people in golf carts and autos paraded through Spruce Creek spreading Christmas cheer. Christmas carols were sung at 29 homes.

The event is a Midwest Club project organized by sisters Yvonne Beatty and Rosemary Spaay, with the help of several community folks who provide names of those who might enjoy hearing the happy carolers. The singers, coming from the entire community, were accompanied by musicians Jack Cornwell and Ken Sprague on guitar, John Laing on ukulele and Bob Boley on harmonica. Frank Thomas led the singers.

The caroling is a Christmas blessing for the recipients of the singing, as well as for the carolers themselves.

Afterward, Tom and Yvonne Beatty opened their beautifully decorated home to the carolers for wassail and a light supper provided by Midwest Club folks. It can be said, “A good time was had by all.”

Thanks, Rosemary, all will agree that Christmas caroling is the all-time favorite “spirit lifter.”

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

When Joe and I lived in Avon Park, we often dined at a Greek restaurant that featured a salad we’ve tried many times to duplicate. The following recipe is our latest attempt, and we feel it comes real close to the Greek’s secret.

A Greek Salad

1 clove of garlic, minced

1/2 cup light flavored olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 cup chopped cucumbers

1 small onion, minced

1 green pepper seeded and chopped

1 medium tomato chopped

8 chopped black olives

3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup cooked elbow macaroni

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes and enjoy.

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

Saturday, Jan. 3 – Community Center Art Project meeting at 11 a.m. for artisans interested in exhibiting their creations in the Community Center. See Babette Sparling for information.

Thursday, Jan. 8 – Military Club meeting in Community Center ballroom at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner at Stone Creek. See Nick and Sandi Celia.

Sunday, Jan. 11 – Midwest Club members will attend “The Big Band Performance” and dinner after the show. See Barb Parker.

Monday, Jan. 12 – Garden Club media presentation concerning “Pruning Tips,” will be conducted by Preservist Ollie Bildsten in the multi-purpose room at 3 p.m. See Lee Falino.

Bridge lessons available. Sign-up sheet in general activity book or call Preservist Fern Novak for information. Cost is $1 per person.

Line dance schedule – Mondays 6 to 8 p.m. easy and intermediate. Wednesdays 5 to 6 p.m. beginners. Thursdays l to 2 p.m. beginners. See Babette Sparling for information.

Ceramic classes every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in new craft room. For information, see Mary Secue.

New club called Horse Sense is forming in the Preserve community. All situations involving this amazing creature will be explored. Field trips, demonstrations and educational talks about horses are planned. Preservist Jim Olson, resident horse whisperer, will give the first presentation. See Sandy Gaile for information.

Tuesday newspaper and aluminum recycling. Call any On the Level Club member for pick up. All proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Tampa.

Bingo every Tuesday for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards 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.