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Palm Cay’s USO salute to veterans

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By The Staff

What a show! The Oasis did indeed become the USO …  and what a night it was. As mortar and gunfire played through the sound system, the Color Guard representing each branch of the service walked to their places on the stage.

The audience arose as the stars and stripes entered and was carried slowly and alone to the stage, accompanied by Harry Chambers playing America the Beautiful on his keyboard. A rotating light of various colors had a glowing effect on the flag. Reverently everyone cited the Pledge of Allegiance. The stage then lit up with more than 600 lights.

So began an evening of patriotism, remembrance, fun and laughter. Ron Frontin, Nancy Solomon and Karen Tieman, as USO members, sat on stage reminiscing of family members fighting overseas. This led to Harry’s rendition of Harbor Lights, and then Nancy singing, The Very Thought of You for her son. Karen sang If I Had a Hammer, which got the audience clapping.

Joy Lutsie and her Good Time Cloggers danced their way into our hearts as they performed several numbers, among them American Pride, then a Glenn Miller medley, In the Mood, and ended with a salute, The Defender of My Flag, as they circled the Stars and Stripes which had been placed in the middle of the stage.

The poignant ballad, The Green Berets, was sung with great emotion by John Kalinas. The Sentimentals from Ocala played their harmonicas and sang, What a Wonderful World and White Cliffs of Dover. John Kalivoda tickled the piano keys with A Tribute to the Armed Forces then, doing an about-face, entertained us on the saxophone with My Tribute.

Bob Mace energized us with his great accordion version of GI Blues and Rotation Blues after Harry began the second half of the show with his beautiful rendition of Summer Time. Angie Terrigino moved us with her Kate Smith-like voice singing, God Must Have Loved America.

Nearing the end of the program, all the entertainers were introduced and thanked our veterans personally by presenting each with an American flag. In the audience we were most honored to have Carol, a USO ambassador who had seen the article of the show in the local daily newspaper, and was curious. She was so impressed with the performances that she designated the production an official program of the USO.

In addition to the wonderful entertainment, there was a great display of military memorabilia showing earned medals, pictures, war relics and foreign monies collected from the 1940s to present, all generously donated for the evening by veterans of Palm Cay. A huge thank you goes to Harry Chambers for his tireless commitment coordinating and directing this show.

What a memorable tribute ... and what an honor to be in the company of America’s finest men and women.

Christmas Parade

I’m dreaming of a warm Christmas … and a parade of lights. With the Christmas season only weeks away, find those lights and decorations and apply them to your golf cart, bike or anything on wheels.

The Christmas parade will begin after sundown, lining up at the Oasis at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Thursday evening was chosen so that our neighbors could enjoy the many other festivities and activities that are available during the weekends.

Not only will our parade reflect the color and glow of this joyous season, the participants will also see the many homes that will be decorated for the season as well. So help to make this Palm Cay’s “brightest” parade ever, and join in the fun.

By Harry Chambers, parade chairman.

Pancake Breakfast

There were more than 191 people, plus the volunteers, who enjoyed the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 15. During November and December two Wal-Mart gift cards will be drawn. Mike Hudgens and Sue Sylvester were the lucky winners on Saturday.

Please put your first and last name, and your telephone number on the food order slip. This will enable Russ and Julie Hoyt to contact you if you win.

Person of the Month

Something new is coming … with your assistance. Starting in January we will focus on a Person of the Month … so start thinking of whom you would like to nominate. Please contact the individual first for their permission.

As this writer attends the various shows and events and talks to the residents, she has learned there are some very interesting people among us … so give her a helping hand and an interview will be arranged. There will be a information sheet under the Citizen box in the library for your convenience.

I’m always looking for interesting, newsy bits to share with our readers. Have you been to a far off land, an exotic cruise or perhaps a family event. Please come forward with your newsy bits.

There is a new form in the library to use for providing your information. If you are chairing a show or event, please make sure the information is in the box in the library at least a week prior to the event at the latest. The information box is emptied on Saturdays.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 27. Delight in helping those who have tremendous needs and let us be truly thankful this Thanksgiving, as family and friends gather to share in the bounty of the harvest. May God keep you safe if you plan to travel.

“He from whom all blessing flow must not be forgotten. A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared.” Abraham Lincoln.

There is box in the library at the Oasis for residents to place their newsy tidbits, group activity information, travels, etc. Fiona Blair is listed in the Palm Cay directory or e-mail to fiona-blair@hotmail.com.