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‘Tis the season to parade

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece the early morning silence was broken recently by peals of goodwill heralding from the many fun-loving Preservists gathered in the Preserve parking lot to gear up for their annual Christmas parade. Forty-seven fantastically decorated units – golf carts, autos, trucks, boats, bikes, etc. lined up for the best-ever Preserve extravaganza.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was well represented by Capt. Jim Burton participating in his third Preserve parade. Under his direction, seven units from the Sheriff’s Office, manned by off-duty volunteers, lent a feeling of grandeur to the procession.

Of particular interest were two beautiful horses; Shelly was ridden by Kathy and Choco was ridden by Mary.

Courtesy Photos/Deej Koebbe

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

Seasonal Socials – Preservist Bev McKenna, on behalf of the Preserve Coffee Social, states that more than 80 people greeted, sang, danced, set up and cleaned up for the two Christmas socials this past weekend. Thanks to all of you and thanks to members of the audiences who came and brought food. It was wonderful. Best wishes for a merry Christmas.

Saturday, Dec. 27 – Jet Set pre-New Year dinner to celebrate the end of 2009 at Carmichael’s restaurant. Meet at Community Center at 4:15 p.m. Leave at 4:30 p.m. For information, see Patricia McGrath.

Sunday, Dec. 28 – Open House Committee announces there will be no Open House on this date. For information, see Jean Bildsten.

Wednesday, Dec. 31 – Aristocrats sponsoring New Year’s party from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Bring a dish to share for your table, BYOB. Music by the Carriers.

Wednesday, Dec. 31 – No bunco. Games will resume Jan. 2, 2009.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 – Community Center art project for those interested in this project or offering ideas at 11 a.m. For information, see Babette Sparling.

Bridge lessons beginning in January. Sign-up sheet in General Activity book or call Fern Novak for information. Cost is $1 per lesson.

Line dance schedule – Monday 6 to 8 p.m. easy and intermediate. Wednesday 5 to 6 p.m. beginners. Thursday l to 2 p.m. beginners.

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

New club forming. For information, see Sandy Gaile.

Tuesday newspaper and aluminum can recycling. Call any On the Level Club member for pick up. 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.