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Marion Landing 3-30-2012

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Craft Fair March 31

By Diane Bress

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The Marion Landing Craft Fair is here! Tomorrow (Saturday, March 31) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Lifestyle Center will hold 26 tables of crafters selling a variety of handcrafted items including jewelry, handbags, shell art, macramé plant hangers, mosaic wall hangings, floral arrangements, quilts, paintings, beautiful lighted wine bottles and glass blocks, photography, assorted Christmas items, and much more. Refreshments will be available and will include coffee, tea and donuts in the morning and hot dogs, chips and beverages for lunch, proceeds of which benefit the community’s Sunshine fund. The Marion Landing Lifestyle Center is located on Southwest 65th Avenue Road off of State Road 200 just across the street from Queen of Peace Church. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you will come on down and join us.

Tickets now on sale
for Little Theatre’s Show

Tickets are now on sale for “The Golden Days of Radio”, Little Theatre’s spring show on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. There will be five segments to the show, many of which you may remember from listening to the radio in the 40s and 50s. The skits include: The Bickersons, Fibber McGee and Molly, Burns and Allen, Dr. IQ, and Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour. “Nostalgia, nostalgia,” said Donna Taylor, the show’s director. “These skits will bring back many memories and hopefully lots of laughs.” Tickets are $3 and include light refreshments. You won’t want to miss this innovative show, so get your tickets before they sell out.

Sunshine Fundraiser a success
The St. Patrick’s Games Party, sponsored by our Sunshine Committee, brought 139 residents to the Lifestyle Center on Wednesday, March 14, for an afternoon of great food, cards and games. The event chair was Janice Wood, co-chair was Lois Norris, and it went off without a hitch thanks to their detailed planning and preparation. Residents enjoyed a delicious lunch of Reuben sandwiches, cake and beverages, during which time they found out who won the Chinese auction of items donated by talented Marion Landing artists and crafters. Then they got serious, breaking into pre-determined groups to play cards and games such as Hand and Foot, Bridge, Pinochle, Bunko, and Rummikub, to name a few. “People have always had fun at our card parties,” said Chairperson Janice Wood, “and expanding this year to include games, I believe, added to this year’s success.”
An event such as this doesn’t happen overnight and without the involvement of many volunteers. In addition to the event chair and co-chair mentioned above, Shirley Pohlers was in charge of ticket sales and table reservations, Pat Wurst led the kitchen crew, Gordon Herrick and Leta Simmons ran the Chinese auction, and Jim Pohlers was our MC. Thanks also goes to the set-up crew of Gerry Brown, Jim Dillon, Larry Keables, Dave Rusch and George Taragna; Art Dopler on the sound system; and the more than 40 volunteers who worked so hard on this event. They are: Dot and Fran Abril, Paula Adwell, Mary Buckowski, Mary Callahan, Marian Curtin, Joan DeWitt, Ginny Dillon, Joan Dopler, Judy Ervin, Lois Gaugler, Rachel Glenn, Mary Ann Hall, Pat Kennison, Shirley Martin, Francis and Marion Mazure, John and Noreen Metzger, Lorraine Moran, Sandy Olmsted, Dot Ott, Rose Peters, Joni Rausnitz, Nancy Rife, Joan Ritter, Rhea Rouquie, Lorraine Rusch, Nancy Scott, Mike and Olivia Soter, Val Spencer, George Taragna, Margaret Veayo and Delores Wood.
Special thanks to the talented people who donated items to the Chinese auction: Dan Curtin, Joan DeWitt, Mary Jo Eggers, Liz Herrick, Gordon Herrick, Eddie Mock, Fran and Frank Szutar.
As you can see, it takes a lot of time and energy from a lot of people to put on this type of event, but every one of them is sure to say “It’s worth it!” And that’s what makes Marion Landing a wonderful place to live.

Travel news
If you are interested in any of the trips listed below, details are available on the flyers posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center, or you may call 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
Please note the date change for the trip to Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theater to see “Separate Beds.” The trip is now Saturday, April 28. This is a heartfelt comedy in which two couples navigate through their relationships while on a Caribbean cruise. Tickets are $66 and include round-trip motor coach, hot buffet, all tax and gratuities.
Mark your calendar for May 9 as we travel to Orlando for the Sleuths Mystery Theater where you become the detective and help solve the crime. The cost is $69 and includes bus, all tax and gratuities, plated lunch of honey glazed Cornish hen, four cheese lasagna with or without meatballs, or prime rib (for an additional $3.20). Join the group to see how good of a detective you make in solving this mystery.
Dinner and a show are planned aboard the Starlight Majesty on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The trip includes round-trip motor coach departing Ocala at 4 p.m. and returning approximately midnight, 3-hour dinner cruise with various meal choices, entertainment, all taxes and gratuities for $89 per person. This is a wonderful way to spend an August evening, so reserve your seat soon.
Get your passport ready–Marion Landing is going to Montego Bay. Join in on the all-inclusive six day/five night stay at the 4-star Sunset Beach Resort and Spa in Jamaica from Sept. 16 to 21. Rates include all meals and drinks, nightly shows, five restaurants with loads of daily activities and nightly entertainment. Don’t miss this great adventure–limited space is available.
Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia, from Oct. 22 to 25 is a trip you won’t want to miss. You’ll think you’ve stepped into an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. The trip includes three nights at the Hampton Inn in downtown Helen, breakfast daily, lunch at Unicoi State Park, two dinners, admission to Festhalle with dinner and entertainment, tour of the winery, grainery and a stop at a local pottery. You will also visit the new Babyland General Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch Doll. A deposit will hold your space for this trip.
It’s never too early to start planning your winter holiday season. This year, we travel to Asheville, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, from Nov. 11 to 16, to visit the Biltmore Estate and see all their wonderful holiday decorations. The trip includes three nights in Asheville, where we will be given an Asheville city tour, visit St. Lawrence Basilica, a Folk Art Center, and enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will spend one night in both Savannah and Americus, Georgia, and visit the Andersonville prison and other military sites.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.