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Oak Run news 2-17-12

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Showcase of stars provides entertainment

By Carol Ann Wheeler

If you have not been coming to the Showcase of Stars performances you have been missing out on wonderful entertainment right here in Oak Run, for free for goodness sake! Let your very talented fellow Oak Runners give you a great evening on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Palm Grove at 7 p.m. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and 50/50.

Republican Club
The Oak Run Republican Club will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Orchid Club. Nominations will be taken from the floor for the immediate election of 2012 club officers. Local Republican candidates are invited to come and meet Oak Runners. This meeting is open to all members of the Oak Run community. Membership dues of $5 per person for 2012 will be accepted. Coffee and cookies will be served. For information call Denise Leigh at 352-861-0559.

Little Theatre
Last Thursday on Ev Burg’s “FYI” program on Channel 12, our Producer Frank Porterfield, Director Brigid Chick and Ticket Sales Director Linda Noel were interviewed about our current play, “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” and about our Little Theatre Club. It was a very interesting and informative show and we hope Oak Runners watched it. One of the main reasons for doing interviews of this sort is to stimulate interest and sell tickets to the play. We like to play to the largest audience possible because for some strange reason, casts will perform differently for a full house. It would seem that the reason for this is the encouragement they draw from the audience. Sports teams, for instance, always perform better before a home crowd cheering them on.
Rehearsals continue to go well. Our dinner theatre show is almost sold out and sales of tickets for the other 3 shows are likewise doing well. Only a few days of ticket sales remain in the Orchid Club and Palm Grove Club but please remember you can also purchase your tickets by phone. For the dinner theatre call Diana Schmidt at 352-873-7243 and for the other shows call Linda Noel at 352-873-9908.

Stage Show - The Link Family
The Ambassadors will present the third passport stage show for 2012 on Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove. The Link Family from the Ozark Mountains of Missouri delivers a powerful performance with world-class harmonies and hard driving instrumentals. The warmth and high energy of this multi-award-winning family band is inspiring. They have toured across the United States and Canada, performing at theaters, festivals, corporate events, and much more. The band includes nine members - dad, mom, five children and two in-laws - all singing, playing, and entertaining together. Since 2002, the Link Family has entertained thousands of fans at hundreds of venues across America and Canada each year. Annually, the group travels over 40,000 miles and performs at more than 250 concerts.
Check on ticket availability by calling Carol Forgette at 352-873-3074. Cost is $15 per person.

Fine Arts Show
The Art Club of Oak Run will be presenting a fine arts show on Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. at Palm Grove. You can purchase art or just enjoy viewing the gorgeous products of your talented neighbors. There will be free refreshments and a raffle of an enhanced pastel giclee to benefit the club’s art scholarship at CCF.

Laurel Oaks Events
The first, fabulous, ladies luncheon of the year will take place at MiMi’s Café on State Road 200. The date is Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. Please contact Deb at 352-445-0276 or Mary at 352-237-9454 to reserve your seat or if you need transportation or more information. Don’t miss this fun time.
The famous Laurel Oaks St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held on Saturday, March 17, at the Orchid Club. Come and throw some blarney with your neighbors, enjoy the music, fun, and games. There will be corned beef and cabbage for dinner. You may bring the beverage of your choice. Musical entertainment will be provided by a professional singer as well as DJ Fred Campbell. Check your cubby for a flyer. For more information call Paula at 352-237-4550.

Tuesdays Are Bingo Nights
Come and join your friends and neighbors for a fun night of bingo at the Orchid Club. Each Tuesday night doors open at 3 p.m., cards sales are from 4 to 5:45 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m.. No one under 18 years of age is allowed in the Orchid Club during games. All residents and overnight guests must wear visible name tags or pool tags. The snack bar will be open.

Upstate New York Club
Upstate New York Club had their annual pizza party to welcome new members and collect dues. The officers elected for the year 2012 are President- Donna Anderson, Vice President- Sandra Mantel, Secretary- Laura Smith and Treasurer- Helen Denny. Bettye Wilcox will serve as sunshine chairperson. We wish Jean Shipley a fond farewell. Jean served as secretary for the past four years. Our events are held on the fourth Monday of March, May, July and October. The December holiday party will be on Monday, Dec. 10. Please note on your calendar that on March 26 there will be a” Swing Into Spring” party with an all you can eat soup and salad bar. Watch for a follow-up article. Our club welcomes new members all year so why not come and see what you might be missing?

Oak Run Travel
Are you in the mood for a wonderful musical revue featuring the “In the Mood” singers and dancers along with the sensational “String of Pearls” Big Band Orchestra? Call Janet Madsen to enjoy this great music from the 40’s and 50’s at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, April 18.
“What is Susan’s Secret?” is a comedy/mystery show at Ed Fletcher’s Dinner Theatre on Sunday, April 15. You get two for the price of one at this show - a wonderful buffet dinner and a great show. Call Pat and Roy Meinsen to join this show about a somewhat run down country guest house which is run by an elderly couple who look like endearing characters but in fact are con-artists.
On Saturday, April 26, “Boeing Boeing” is the high style, knee-slapping romp through the age of glamorous, jet-setting air travel. It is a hilarious comedy at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and is hosted by Naomi and Jim Anzalone.
This morning (Friday, Feb. 17) the travel hosts meet to select their trips for the Spring brochure. We will compile the information and send it to the printer. The brochures should be ready for delivery around the first of March and the sell dates will be on March 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, and 27.

OMI Club - Octoberfest Trip
Want to go to Helen, Georgia, for Octoberfest? Anyone can join the club for a 4-day, 3-night trip on Sept. 24-27, 2012. The trip includes three dinners (included is dinner at the Smith House), three breakfasts, all tips, bus and much more. The highlights of the trip, besides a genuine Octoberfest dinner at the Festhall and entertainment, are a trip to the Cabbage Patch doll hospital, a gold mine tour and mining for gold, model railroad museum, goats on a roof and shopping. A $100 deposit is needed at sign up. To sign up or get more details, contact Skip Kellogg or Jan Acklin whose numbers are in the Oak Run phone book.

Singles Club
The club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Orchid Club. We are asking members to bring a guest who is single. Invite your friends and neighbors to come to find out a little bit about our club. There will be great prizes drawn for the members who bring someone. Come and have light refreshments and fun activities to get acquainted with our new friends.
For questions about this event please call Jerri Shorey at 352-237-5512. For information about our club please contact the president, Roger Januchowski, at 352-291-1004.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, we played a par 3 tournament. Before play the course was marked so that each hole was 150 yards or less. We need to thank Frank Quigley and his ground crew for taking the time to move the tee markers to the designated spot on each of the 18 holes. The winners were: First Flight: 1st place- JT Lemasters, 2nd place- Nancy Lefebvre, 3rd place- Judie Lavdas, 4th place tie- Diana Galla, Carole Dygert and Carol Allison; Second Flight: 1st place- Noreen Salo, 2nd place tie- Sylvia Zappia, Janet Tully and Joanne Ellis; Third Flight: 1st place- Mary Kay Frandsen, 2nd place- Barb Scozzafava, 3rd place tie- Ginger Drake and Barb Davis. Mary Kay Frandsen was closest to the pin. The weather was cloudy and quite chilly and many of us enjoyed a cup or bowl of delicious soup in the Royal Oaks dining room after we finished golf.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
We had a great turn out for our Feb. 9 play day. We played low net and in Flight A Beverly Matejicek came in first and tied in second place were Elsa Berbig and Pat Salberg. In Flight B Cindy Kocher was first, Jeannie Konicki second and IIene Simnowitz third. Closest to pin was Jeannie Konicki. We had two chip-ins and, of course, they were the two first place winners, Beverly Matejicek and Cindy Kocher. Congratulations ladies.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
The game on Feb. 10 was three best net. While the participation was lower than usual, it can be attributed to the fact that the annual Match Play Championship was in progress at the same time. More on that later.
The winners with a score of 184 were Bob Gray, Sam Owens, Ray Hagerman, and Joe Paller. Second with a score of 193 were John Terry, Dick Berbig, and Steve Szabo. Third with a 194 were Charlie Elder, Bill Start, Frank Kelley, and Dick Feltenberger. Good scores, gentlemen! Closest to the pin were Bob Gray (2), Dick Feltenberger, and Ray Hagerman.
The Match Play Tournament began the previous Friday, Feb. 3, and will run until Friday, Feb. 24. It is a double elimination with matches being played between participants during the interim weeks. Thus, there are no winners nor losers to list at this point. So far the matches have produced competitive games and close scores.
The food at Royal Oaks Dining is excellent. This is verified by the speedy play of the Friday participants so that they can finish their match and get some of that good food. Thanks for the added incentive, Royal Oaks staff.

Mr. Cody’s Corner
Mr. Cody here again with some very good news. That handsome silver long haired cat Bonnie Manford helped so much has found a loving home. The cat, now known as “Buttons,” his new mom, Bonnie, the Oak Run Feline Fanciers, my mom and I are all very happy. Mom was so proud of the part I played that she sent a copy of what I wrote to the wonderful lady who saved me.
I very nicely pointed out to mom that I had been doing the majority of the work on this part of the column lately and that it would be a good idea to change the name of ”The Corner” when I had something to say. She agreed, and this week “Carol Ann’s Corner” becomes “Mr. Cody’s Corner” because it is being written by your columnist’s cat, Mr. Cody Wheeler.
Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com no later than the afternoon of the Friday before publication. Note there are no hyphens in the address. If you wish to call her, the number is in the Oak Run directory. You may send pictures as jpg attachments. Typed copy or hard copy photos can be placed in Carol’s cubby across the street from her house but should be submitted earlier as they take longer to process. The names of the people in all photos must be included.