'Cher' and 'Marilyn' rocked in the New Year

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By Fiona Blair

Hello Readers: Palm Cay really knows how to bring in the New Year! Wow! What a party was at the Oasis. From the moment the doors opened, guests were welcomed by Ada Murowski, who assigned them an escort to their table.

Carl Edgerton, Eric Neuberger, Charlie McAleese, and Charlie Boyle all looked smashing in white tux shirts, perfectly tied red bow ties, black trousers – and the final touch, a white linen napkin adorned the left arm. How very elegant.

Tables with hors d’oeuvres plates awaited each guest. Hats, noisemakers and elegant table décor created a festive mood.

It was a pleasure for this writer and her guest, Gary, to sit and get to know Fred and Sadie Kurtz and Russell and Muriel Bolling.

Entertainer Sally Langwah’s first impression was Cher – decked out in typical ‘Cher’ gear, with the long hair to boot. Then Sally needed a partner and Jim Pettus came from the audience to the rescue.

Donning “Sonny-like” gear, “Sonny-Jim” and “Cher” sang I Got You Babe. Great job, Jim.

Sally’s husband, DJ Dave, provided great music for dancing between Sally’s “guest” appearances, and the dance floor was always full. Sally’s other appearances were a sultry Mae West, gliding around the room stopping now and then for a moment of conversation with a gentleman at the end of the table.

“Lisa Minelli’” visited also, and everyone enjoyed hearing New York, New York. Lastly, we were greeted by “Marilyn Monroe” who, with her soft and seductive voice, whispered how much she enjoyed entertaining us and started with Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.

Not to be outdone by Cher, Marilyn also invited a member of the audience to join her on stage. Charlie Reed took the challenge. She was going to sing Marilyn imitating Sally, but elected to have Charlie join her in singing YMCA.

Charlie made all the right moves, and the audience joined in as well. It was great.

All too soon, it seemed 2008 became 2009, and “Marilyn” sang Happy Birthday, Baby 2009, as lo and behold, Ron Frontin, dressed as the Newborn Baby 2009, appeared in full diaper regalia, escorted by Ada Murawski. They paraded around the room announcing the New Year.

So that is how Palm Cay residents brought in the New Year. A huge thank-you goes to Nancy, Ada and all their wonderful assistants for making this New Year’s celebration so successful.

Trail Ride

How about joining Harry Chambers and the Thrills on Wheels group for a trail ride? They will be riding the Hawthorne Trail on Saturday, Jan. 10 and the following Saturday, Jan. 17th.

Hawthorne Trail is a paved trail for bicyclists and walkers and winds through forests from Hawthorne to Gainesville. Once an old railroad track, this trail was established by Rails to Trails, an organization that helps to preserve the trails left by old railroads and to pave the routes so that others may walk and ride and enjoy the Florida back woods in a natural environment.

If you love bicycling ... or walking ... join in the fun. We meet at the Oasis and leave at 8 a.m.

Singles Club

We finished the year with our Christmas party at the Oasis. We charged ourselves $7. This paid for what it cost for the stuff we would eat. What was left over was put into our little treasury for the next event. Since we had our own kitchen crew to setup and serve, and our own cleanup bunch, we did not have to pay the help.

There was ample food for seconds. It’s the way we used to do most of our activities 20 years ago. It worked very well with that bunch.

We exchanged gifts and had our games of bingo for prizes. furnished by Bob Stanek. It was a fun afternoon.

Submitted by Bill Haussmann, chairman. Gabby Hatters

The Palm Cay Gabby Hatters had their monthly meeting at the clubhouse. After a brief talk by Queen Mother Lois Barber we left for a luncheon at the Stonecrest Grille. The food was excellent and the servers were very attentive.

Dolores Bevacqua and Arnetta McKeever brought 61 stuffed teddy bears to the Sheriff’s Southwest District office on State Road 200. They will be given to children during emergency situations or times of stess.

Charlotte Steif, our reasurer, gave a report. Pia Pellicano read a poem called “Rebirth.” Everyone enjoyed it.

Betty Boyle was the hostess for the month of October and shared some wonderful chocolates with our group. Betty also suggested that we find out about sending Christmas cards to our troops overseas.

Submitted by Pia Pellicano. Crystal Gage Tickets

at Pancake Breakfast

Do you have your Crystal Gage concert tickets yet? They will be available at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 17. Cost is $7 and show time is Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.

The Pancake Breakfast continues to select a one winner for a Wal-Mart gift card, saving November and December for a two-winner opportunity. The food is so good and the fellowship is so great, the card is the icing on the cake.

Start the year off by meeting with old friends and finding new ones. Russell and Julie would love to see you. Price is still $3. Blood Drive

The Big Red Bus will visit us Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. As usual, blood is always desperately needed, so your generous donation is gratefully accepted.

A reminder from Jim and Marilyn Flynn, please do not drink any tea or coffee, but please do have breakfast. Let’s start this year with a wonderful turnout.

Until next time …

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.