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Cherrywood news 05-01-2015

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Veterans golf outing: Last chance to sign up

By Sarah Blair
You might have waited until the last minute but you’re not too late to join the Cherrywood Veterans Club for their second annual Golf Outing at beautiful Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club on Saturday, May 2. Last year’s tournament was a great success and this year promises to be even bigger and better.
Start your day with a delicious pancake breakfast at the course and take part in the great silent auction. Once you are nourished and have bid on some marvelous items; it will be time to pick up your golf cart and start your 18-hole round of golf. The course has been refurbished and is in excellent condition to optimize your game.
You will enjoy refreshments from the courtesy cart that travels the links to insure everyone stays hydrated and refreshed. Try your luck on the hole in one and closest to the pin contest. You can win a large cash prize if you hit the ball long and straight and have a little bit of luck.
Following your round, come to the clubhouse for a luncheon and to collect your awards and cash prizes. You’ll find this a time of friendly socialization and relaxation at hole 19; the watering hole.
All of this is yours for just $50 per person. You will want to register your team or sign up individually but do it quickly. These slots are going to be sold out and you don’t want to miss this special event. Come out for a fun time and support your active Veterans Club. This event is open to the public so call Bill Mahar at 873-1341.
Ocala Palms is off U.S. 27, west of the Interstate. You can contact them during normal business hours to register your group at 732-4653 or contact Bill Mahar at 873-1341.
The Cherrywood Veterans would like to thank this year’s sponsors: the SERTOMA Club of Dunnellon; Julia McPherson of Foxfire Realty; Church of the Advent; Swinson Chiropractic; Sammy’s Italian Restaurant; VFW Post 4781; Big Sun Realty; Beef O Brady’s; and the Cherrywood Social Committee.
In addition to businesses; some individuals have sponsored this outing by remembering loved ones and friends. Memorials have been given by William Spangenberg in memory of his wife Josephine and William Mahar in memory of his brother James. Also, the Friday Night Boys are sponsoring a hole in memory of Al.

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Norman hosts Veterans Club widows
On Tuesday, April 21, the widows of our Cherrywood Veterans Club members were treated to a special luncheon at the beautiful Appleton Museum by the man we call ‘Norman’. Norman is a long time benefactor of our Veterans Club and he hosts two luncheons each year for our ladies.
This outing featured the Easter Bonnet contest which was won by Loni. Second was Donna Moran and third was Theresa Torrusio. The judges had a hard time with their decision but everyone agreed they choose well.
Luncheon was a special pasta accompanied by a broccoli in cheese sauce rolls and beverages. This was followed by vanilla and chocolate pudding for dessert. The banquet hall was set up beautifully and the table settings were perfectly featuring a centerpiece of flowers. Following the meal, the centerpieces were given to individuals who had been seated in specially marked chairs.
A raffle provided many at the gathering with special gifts of jewelry; wine; floral arrangements and more. All of the attendees thanked Norman for his generosity and thoughtfulness. For his part, Norman spoke to the ladies and thanked them for attending. He complimented the talents of the ladies for their hat decorations and concluded his presentation by telling everyone to stay healthy so they could be at the Christmas luncheon.
Ruth Hurley, Sandra Brotherhood and Ida Mahar were the hostesses for this fun event and they did a magnificent job of distributing prizes; smiles and laughs with graceful charm. Holly Bragdon, our resident photographer, ensured that all the great memories of this day were preserved.
Cindi Morrison of the Appleton Museum and Leona Jones of Norman’s staff; President Bill Mahar of the Veterans Club and yours truly were honored to be seated at the head table with Norman.
In addition to those mentioned, ladies attending this wonderful event were Bernie Hasinec; Pauline Nichols; Jenny Arturi; Marie Ustianowski; Pia Dean; Gail Lott; Margarete Mestemaker; Zoe Milnes; Connie Bott; Avis Millett; Verna Studley; Nancy Archer; Virginia Tuckey; Wanda Huff; Mary Winger; Elaine Wachsmuth; Verna Studley; Loni Buechter; Mary Harrald; and Marie Ustianowski.
Everyone had an excellent time and again, our sincere appreciation goes out to Norman for making this special event possible.

Marti Carroll Delights Crowd
Nearly 100 residents of Cherrywood came out on Saturday night, April 25, to see and hear renowned musician and vocalist Marti Carroll. Everyone danced the night away to everything from line dances; show tunes; oldies; contemporary and even a few Polkas. Marti delighted the assembly with her vast repertoire and fantastic talent.
Playing the keyboard and guitar as accompaniment; Marti’s world class voice and the warmth of her stage persona thrilled all who heard her terrific renditions and stylings. When you see and hear Marti you know you’ve been in the company of a star.
As a youngster Marti grew up in the music business. Her Mom was Mary Swan who performed for Dick Clark and her Dad was Pete Carroll who played for such big names as Frankie Avalon and Chubby Checker. Marti has performed in New Jersey; California and Nashville where she wrote and performed her own songs. With her band, she toured the country until eight years ago when her Mom passed away.
Getting off the road, Marti opened Swanies Supper Club and for six years she ran the destination venue and entertained. Her calling is to play music and finally, she has been persuaded by family; friends and thousands of fans to return to doing the circuit.
Marti lives in Spring Hill and performs for groups large and small in the Central Florida area including country clubs; veterans organizations; civic organizations and social events. You can contact her at (352) 684-9616 to line up a booking or to just catch a show schedule.
Eve Houghtaling and her Activities Committee sponsored the evening’s dance that included a beautiful floral door prize and a table full of delicious light snacks. Meatballs; fruits; cheeses and veggie trays were complimented with cookies and brownies, lemonade and iced tea.
Winners of the drawings were Avis Millett; Jim Lee and Connie Neubaur. Donna James won the door prize and everyone who showed up for the entertainment were winners.
Our thanks to the volunteers who made this night possible including; Ann and Bruce Bardack; Richard and Monica Becotte; Holly Bragdon; Mick and Donna James; Sandy Spencer; T.T. and Gen Downs. The Cherrywood team came through as always and Marti put on a magnificent performance.

Veterans Club
Join the Cherrywood Veterans Club on Thursday, May 7, at 2 p.m. in the clubhouse. This meeting is open to all residents of Cherrywood and will feature guest speaker Kathy Berning of Marion County Hospice. Other items on the agenda will be the Memorial Day observance and results of our second annual golf outing.
Free liquid refreshments are always served on the patio immediately following the meeting so don’t miss out on this informative and fun gathering.

Cherrywood Ladies Pool League
The Cherrywood Ladies Pool League met last Thursday for the final tournament of the season. They ended their season with a banquet at the Olive Garden. The Cherrywood Ladies League starts play in September and runs through April. They are always looking for new players to participate. The Captain of the Cherrywood Team is Ruth Hurley 873-7208.