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A grand day at the opera

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece, Preservist Alie Gelinas submitted the following information for inclusion in this week’s column. A group of Spruce Creek Preserve women attended a “Met High Definition Live Performance” in Gainesville recently. The Metropolitan Opera of New York City broadcasts live opera performances to selected theaters throughout the country. We are fortunate to have one of these prestigious theaters in neighboring Gainesville.

All in attendance, some ladies witnessing live opera for the first time, were enthralled by the popular opera “Orfeo Et Euridice.” Of particular interest was the delightful performance of a member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, Linda Gelinas, daughter of Preservists Leo and Alie Gelinas.

Dinner at Stone Creek completed a perfect day. Thanks Alie – job well done.

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

This recipe is as simple as you can get.

Grandma’s 3-Ingredient Shortbread

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into 16 pieces. Not 15, not 17, but 16.

3 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix flour and sugar, add butter pieces and mix into flour and sugar mixture real well with your hands.

Then simply press mixture into ungreased, flat 9- by 13-in. pan and bake for 60 minutes or until getting brown. Cut into squares while still warm, yum!

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

Preserve Chorus rehearsals canceled for February. See Linda Sprague for information.

Friday, Feb. 6 – Aristocrats’ monthly planning meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. See Heather Garner.

Friday, Feb. 6 – The Deliverance Refuge Center will pick up donations between 4 and 6 p.m. Call Dewey Breisch.

Monday, Feb. 9 – “Growing Orchids” by Jack Batchelor of Paradise Gardens at 3 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. See Lee Falino.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 – Midwest Club business meeting at 4 p.m. in the ballroom. Wear name badge, please. Venison cookout at the Trepto’s after the meeting. Call Gretchen for information.

Thursday, Feb. 12 – Town Hall meeting by Preserve Golf Course. Re: reserving tee times, residents availability to course, summer business, and questions and answers at 4 p.m. in the ballroom.

Thursday, Feb. 12 – Craft Club, country painters from 1 to 3 p.m. See Doris Paretta.

Saturday, Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day dance from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Preserve ballroom. Music by Karen and Stan Hall. Tickets $7 per person. See Heather Garner.

Tuesdays, March 3 and 10 – Craft Club country painting from 1 to 3 p.m. See Doris Paretta.

Pick up Preserve Telephone Directory through March 9.

Friday March 20 – Midwest Club baseball trip and tailgate party, Tigers vs. Nationals. See Joan Overway.

Beginning bridge lessons – Sign up in general activity book or call Fern Novak, $1 per person.

Line Dance – Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. easy and intermediate; Wednesday 5 to 6 p.m. and Thursday 1 to 2 p.m., beginners. See Babette Sparling for information.

Ceramic classes every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the craft room. See Mary Secue.

Tuesday recycling newspapers and aluminum by On the Level Club. Contact one of the members for information. All proceeds go 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.