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Holidays offer seasonal samplings and spice for life

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By June Roberta

The people living in one of the many communities here in OTOW have no excuse to let boredom overtake them. There are any number of pastimes that are free or quite inexpensive.  They are right here and waiting for you to check them out. 

We’ve all heard the saying, “variety is the spice of life.” With classes of all kinds, it’s easy to add variety to each day. To fight boredom, the first thing needed is to open our minds to all the possibilities around us. Chase boredom away by motivating yourself to find things that interest you and stimulate your mind. 

OTOW Concert Chorus

Holiday Concert

The big day for the OTOW Concert Chorus Holiday Concert has arrived. You are

in for a real treat, and the songs will help get you in the holiday spirit.

Tickets will be sold at the door for both performances, Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Come early, tickets are going fast.

The New England Club

The New England Club had a wonderful holiday meeting with dinner and entertainment by the Cherrywood Singers.

The next meeting is at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Arbor Club Conference Center. Please join us if you or any of your friends are from New England.

Our program will be a wonderful hour of music with Harry at the keyboards.  The theme is a Winter Wonderland. Everyone is asked to bring homemade soups, and the club will provide the bread and crackers.

Highlighted this month are Richie and his lady, Joanie.  Richie is from Connecticut and lived there for over 30 years. He is Santa every year in the Christmas Golf Cart Parade. He arrived in Ocala by way of North Carolina and Georgia.  He was a supervisor at Bendix and a superintendent at Colt Firearms and also had his own machine shop. Additionally, he was a caretaker at three large estates for 25 years. Richie loves to play horseshoes and sell craft items. If he ever has time he likes to go hunting and fishing.

Joanie loves to sing and play the piano. They belong to the New England Club, the Southern Club and the Irish Club.

Entertainment Group

On Saturday, Nov. 29 Timothy Hawkins was the opening act on the stage of the ballroom in the H and R Building. He played guitar as he sang. In between sets, he told jokes. He had a very nice voice and sang songs everyone is familiar with. One of the women in the general section laughed so hard tears came to her eyes and ran down her face.

After the intermission, vocalist Suzy Cruz began her act. She had a powerful voice and was very entertaining.  Her imitations of Gwen Verdon, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and others were quite good. She changed to different wigs, hats, gloves, etc. to be more like the singers she was imitating.

Her funny way of imitating the Andrew Sisters got quite a few laughs.  She wore a head on each side, with her own head between them.

Her act consisted of 40s music and show tunes. It was a very uplifting experience for all who attended. She ended her act singing, “God Bless America”.

The New Pretenders

in  Concert

Their 2009 production of Memory Lane will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 in the H and R ballroom. This will be the largest show they have every presented.

The cast of 25, including their 12-piece orchestra, have been in rehearsals since early November. The costumes have never been so glitzy and the comedy numbers will have the audience in an uproar!

Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 5 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the ballroom, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Tickets are $6 for general and $8 for reserved.

As with all their previous shows, The New Pretenders play to a sold out house each evening. In fact Bill Shampine, the new director, has been receiving calls as to when tickets go on sale. Make special note of these dates, residents of all OTOW communities. If you are a new resident, you do not want to miss this annual show.

Till  next week – let’s live in the moment, letting the future take care of itself.

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.