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Spread your musical wings

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By Nancy Archer

Our newest Songbird dropped into the clubhouse on a Wednesday. She said she could only stay for a few minutes.

Guess what? Not only did she stay for the entire practice – she had so much fun she joined the flock.

We aren’t high-toned Songbirds – if you love music we’ll take you under our wing even if you “can’t carry a tune,” are shy or have a game wing. You don’t have to read music – and no dues.

We’ll be learning brand new songs beginning Jan. 14 and we’d like to have a few more Cherrywood Songbirds perched on the risers.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse. For more information, call Aprile at 237-0924 or Edna at 291-8815.

Ladies Luncheon

On Dec. 10 we had 45 ladies join us at the Clubhouse for lunch and a little bit of magic performed by Brian LaPalme. We collected toys for the children on the Corridor, most were stuffed animals. We also donated half of the proceeds from our 50/50 drawing to the soldiers, a total of $30.

We had two birthdays this month; Sue Anderson and Carol Adams. The door prize winners were Carol Newbaur and Joan Welch. The 50/50 winners were Eavenna Ramsey, Nancy Archer and Millie Glass.

Next month’s Ladies Luncheon is Wednesday, Jan. 14 at noon. Bring a covered dish to share and join us.

Democrats’ Party

The Cherrywood Democrats have invited Commissioner Barbara Fitos, 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel, columnist Nancy Archer and her husband Frank, and activities director Geri Waltrouse to the annual Christmas party Friday, Dec. 19. We’ve planned a covered dish affair with grab bag exchange.

We ask that you remember the young people serving our country and make a donation toward their needs through the Support Our Soldiers committee or a veterans organization.

The officers and members of the club would like to wish all our friends and neighbors good health, a very Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.

Voter registration cards are available if you want to register or change party affiliation.

The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets monthly on the third Friday at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse. For more information, call Harriet Scarpino at 873-9955.

Bowling League

The Cherrywood Bowling League report for Dec. 8.

Men’s high games: Carmel Frendo 219, Charlie Pratt 181, Jerry Giovanniello 186.

Women’s high games: Lois Crowley 189, Holly Bragdon 171, Jean Ellenwood 168.

Subs high games: Roy Stacer 209, Mike Marasco 191.

Bowler of the week, pins over average: Rich Laugen +75, Eve Houghtaling +43.

Submitted by Fran Hall, secretary/treasurer.

Country Western Dance

Come out to the Clubhouse for a fun night of country music and mingle with friends and neighbors. We’re having a country western dance Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 from 7 to 10 p.m. Rich Becotte will present the tunes.

Cherrywood Bingo

We have new games and bigger prizes at Cherrywood bingo. Get to know your neighbors and have a Thursday night filled with fun from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clubhouse.

Get there early. Jackpot goes off every week, no more waiting. Jackpots start at $100. Cost to play is $6 each week.

Travel Club

Here are the latest trips still available. Fliers for all trips are in the Clubhouse. Get your name in the Travel Club book if you want to go.

If you want to book or confirm a trip, call Nancy at 861-1432. Remember, you do not need to live in Cherrywood to go on our trips.

Look for an upcoming casino cruise on the brand new Las Vegas Casino line’s Liquid Vegas in January 2009. We are working on new day trips for spring and summer 2009.

Monday, Dec. 29: ICE exhibit at Gaylord Palms Resort, $62. Hand-carved ice sculptures, slides, lighted holiday scenes, bus, lunch at Sweet Tomatoes, taxes and tips.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009: A day at Hard Rock Casino, $25. Roundtrip bus, $25 in free play, $5 toward lunch, and driver tip.

Wednesday, Jan. 14: Mel Brooks’ musical comedy, The Producers, at the Show Palace in Hudson, $70. Bus, buffet lunch, matinee show, taxes and tips.

Monday, Jan. 19: Music of the Glen Miller Orchestra at Ruth Eckerd Hall, $68. Bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer’s, matinee show, taxes and tips.

Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 4 and 5: A two-day mystery trip, $309. Lots of fun, bus, hotel, two lunches, one dinner – and more.

Tuesday, Feb. 10: A tribute to Elvis at Ruth Eckerd Hall, $68. Bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer’s, matinee show, taxes and tips.

Tuesday, Feb. 24: Hits of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s – Puttin’ on the Ritz at Ruth Eckerd Hall, $68. Bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer’s, matinee show, taxes and tips.

May 10 to 22, 2009: Cross country bus trip to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon, $2,599 per person double occupancy. Eleven days and 12 nights, upscale hotels, tours, side trips, breakfast and dinner, six lunches, taxes and tips. For more information, call Laura Kane at 840-0333.

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Get away to Pearl River Resort – 4 days and 3 nights in Choctaw, Miss., from Jan. 12 to 15, 2009. Two exciting casinos, Golden Moon and Silver Star, where we’ll stay. Indoor pool, fitness center, golf, entertainment and Vegas-style gaming.

Cost is $179 per person double occupancy, book by Jan. 5. Roundtrip motor coach, hotel, 3 meal coupons, and $25 casino money. For more information, call Natalie Marcucio at 854-4561.

Las Vegas trip March 1, 2009. Four nights in Vegas, roundtrip from Ocala to Orlando and roundtrip airfare from Orlando including taxes.

Your choice of hotels: Excalibur $579, Circus Circus $509, Monte Carlo $649, or Treasure Island $649, per person double occupancy. For more information, call Natalie Marcucio at 854-4561.

Nancy Archer, husband, Frank, and their daughter Christine are 10-year Cherrywood residents and they enjoy the community. Get Cherrywood news to her at bluejay10453@hotmail.com, by Thursday mornings.