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Cay elves have decorated and trimmed the trees

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By Fiona Blair

As this writer was at the clubhouse on Saturday, Dec. 6  checking the Citizen information box, Santa’s Elves were running around preparing for the Trim-a-Tree event the next day.  The Oasis is beginning not to look like an Oasis, but is turning into a winter wonderland … minus the “white stuff’!  The sound system was tuned up and Christmas music was a lovely accompaniment as members of the Board helped each other carry in the decorations, tree lights, and assorted “stuff’ in readiness for the next day. 

  Trim-a-Tree

As one entered the clubhouse on the night of Dec. 7 , the foyer had turned into a winter woodland scene.  Snow-covered mountain tops provided a backdrop for an old-fashioned village scene which provided just the right touch to envelop one into the Christmas Spirit. 

The scene was part of a collection owned by Richard and Beverly Horvath who, along with Phyllis Kellog, at one time, opened their home to delight the residents with the recreation of an old fashioned village at Christmastime. 

Upon entering the ballroom, the festive atmosphere continued.  A large Christmas tree decorated with hundreds of twinkling lights stood in the middle of the floor next to a table full of decoration waiting to be placed on the tree. 

On the walls were beautiful paintings created by our very own resident artists, Marilyn Johnson, Kay Gramling, Jean Madigan, Bill Haussman, Jean Gillette and Ed Giovanelli.  That's great! 

Yummy goodies of veggie plates and various cheeses with crackers, led to delicious brownies, petite fours, doughnuts and other sweets and ice cream which were set on small decorated tables for residents to help themselves… also coffee, tea and hot cider topped off the refreshments – a big thank you to Ginny Chipman and Joyce Edgerton. 

As the residents decorated the tree, Harry Chambers had kindly set up his keyboard and entertained with a selection of Christmas carols and music.  After the tree was finished and tummies were full, the entertainment began featuring Kay Forton, Carol Beaver and Poppy Blair singing a selection of tunes among them, the ever popular “White Christmas”, along came Karen Tieman, dressed as Santa’s Elf, singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sporting a shiny red nose and then for comic relief her version of “Grandma was Run Over by a Reindeer.”

The famous Palm Cay Hummers group passed out Kazoos to the audience and invited everyone to join in with a Kazoo Christmas sing-a-along!  

It was a grand evening, and many thanks to all the hard work put out by the Palm Cay Board for putting us all in the Christmas Spirit where we were able to share fun and fellowship. 

Singles Club

Last week’s column had some space limitations, and this photo could not be included.  Here are the Singles Club members at the New England Shire Center with Hercules, the largest Shire in the world… look at that face, isn’t he gorgeous!

Biggest Little Tree

John and Alice Grillo organized a loving, giving ‘in the Christmas Spirit’ event for residents to help those youngsters whose Christmas would otherwise be very bleak.

The “Biggest Little Tree” sits on a table in the ballroom.  Large, decorative tags hang from the branches each with a special number and the name of an underprivileged boy or girl along with clothing and shoe size. 

To participate, choose a tag or tags, write your name in the book with the corresponding number.  Purchase your gift but do not wrap it, and place in a bag and secure the tag to the outside and leave under the tree. 

On Christmas Day the children will receive their gift from a loving, caring angel from Palm Cay.  This is the true meaning of Christmas. 

Thank you, John and Alice, for organizing this and to the folks who participated and helped to bring joy to a child. 

In return, may you be blessed and your hearts be joyful knowing your kindness has given the Christmas Spirit increased the joy of children. Video Club

Don’t forget the Video Club has some new releases.  What with all that running around preparing for Christmas, take time to rejuvenate and relax and watch that movie you have been itching to see!  You can continue preparations tomorrow!  There are some nice VHS movies too… just rewind them before returning them.  Take care out there as you continue to prepare for entertaining family and friends. 

Till next time…. There is box in the library at the Oasis for residents to place their newsy tidbits, group activity information, travels, etc. Fiona Blair is listed in the Palm Cay directory or e-mail to fiona-blair@hotmail.com.