Cherrywood News 05-16-2014

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Spring Fling scheduled

By John Everlove


     Swing into spring at our Spring Fling dance party on Saturday. Tickets are just $2 so get to the office and see Geri to sign up. Starting at 7 p.m., Rich Becotte will fire up the music and the festivities will begin. Rich plays a wide variety of tunes from his vast repertoire of music. If you like slow and easy Rich has it and if you like fast and up beat; he plays that too. Whether you are dancing or just listening you’ll enjoy the music.

     Treat yourself to the delicious hors d’oeuvres made available by our Activities Team for your dining enjoyment. Fruits; cheeses; sweets and other goodies will be spread out on the table for you to sample and enliven your taste buds. Beverages will include lemonade and iced tea but you are always welcome to bring your own libations to these events.

     This should be a great time for you to socialize and share a fun, relaxed evening with neighbors and friends. Celebrate the start of the spring season in style. See you there.



Golf Open


     On June 7, your Cherrywood Veterans Club will host its first Charity Golf Open at the beautiful Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club. If you are a golfer, you won’t want to miss out on this terrific day of excitement on the links.

     Some folks have said that the $50 entry fee is expensive but look at what you get for that tax deductible donation; a pancake breakfast before you start your day on the course. Immediately following, you will be given a gift bag filled with tees; balls and other handy things to have both on and off the course.

     After this, you will be escorted to your golf cart and roar off to the holes for the shotgun start. Eighteen holes of golf follow with contests for the closest to the pin; a hole in one prize and more. A courtesy cart will go around carrying liquid refreshments to prevent our players from getting dehydrated.

     When all the golfers are in from the course, they will be treated to a luncheon including a choice of two entrées; beverage and dessert. While the golfers enjoy their meal the scorers will be tallying up the various flights for cash awards.

     All through the tournament everyone will have an opportunity to bid on the silent auction donations we have received. These range from jewelry to gift certificates; wind chimes to hand made tote bags; and many items in between.

     This is an open golf tournament so we are prepared to welcome both men and women from all over the county. Individuals or teams; foursomes or twosomes can register by calling John Everlove at 352-509-4428 or Richard Hurley at 873-7208. The cutoff date is June 1 so call and make your reservation today.



Document shredding


     Perhaps you showed up last Friday at 1 p.m. thinking that you were going to have your documents and personal papers shredded. Surprise; there was no shredder. Well that mix up on dates has been corrected and this Friday, May 16 from 1 until 3 p.m. Enviro-shred has promised to be at our clubhouse.

     While a little inconvenient, it is only a one week delay and for those of you who forget that last week was supposed to be the shredding; this is a lucky break. You’ll have a second chance to destroy any papers that might make you a target of identity theft.

     Friday the 16th from 1 until 3 at the clubhouse; come and shred your documents for just a nominal fee. While you’re at the clubhouse, pick up your Spring Fling Tickets too.



Bowlers end season


     The Cherrywood Bowlers have completed their 2013-2014 season of exciting bowling action until next fall. They celebrated yet another successful season with a banquet and the presentation of awards.

     The top team this year was “Time to Spare” made up of Lois and Bob Crowley; Holly and Dave Bragdon; a great team with a great name.

     There were several ties when it came to High Game total and High Average. For example, the High Average for Women was a tie between Maria Nadone and Holly Bragdon at 150. These two stars also tied for High Game total with 220.

     For the men, Howard Mayberry was the High Average with a 185; nicely done Howard. Major kudos’ go to Roy Stacer who according to my information sheet; bowled a 303 game this season. Since that’s 3 pins higher than possible, we will just congratulate him on bowling a 300 game.

     Team winners “Time to Spare” had a total of 160 wins to just 50 losses. The Second Place team; “Bowling Stones” made up of Arleen and Howard Mayberry and Jerry and Christl Giovanniello, had 128 wins and 82 losses while the third place team “Alley Oops” had 119 wins and 91 losses. Frank Pytlak; Dick Hamm and Dale Lunsford are the regular bowlers on team Alley Oops.

     In addition to all the fun the bowlers had this season, they raised nearly $1500 for the Cherrywood Veterans Club in its annual bowl a thon last fall. This was a remarkable feat to accomplish and one that was very much appreciated by the Veterans and the Patriot Dog Project. 

     Congratulations to all of our bowlers and to league President Norma Alexander and Treasurer Rich Hurley on a terrific year for our Cherrywood Bowlers.



Trivia Night


     Wednesday the 21st of May is the night that everyone is eagerly anticipating for that’s the night we gather at the clubhouse for Trivia. Fred O’Hern is this month’s quiz master with questions on such subjects as entertainment; Memorial Day; Sports; general knowledge and more.

     Starting at 7 p.m. players come in and pay the outrageous entry fee of $1. After signing in, teams are formed and answer sheets dispensed. Each team selects a place in the room to watch the questions put up on the big screen.

    With three or four members per team, usually some one knows or thinks they know the answer to the question. After the quiz; answer sheets are exchanged and graded with the winners receiving a small cash prize and the all important bragging rights for a month.

     All proceeds go to the Patriot Dog Project so your money is well spent. Your time is well spent also because you sharpen your mind; learn new things and you will have a lot of fun too. Come join us for this relaxed evening of trivial knowledge and shared laughs.



Boat Trip


     Would you like to go on an eco-tour along the Chassahowitzka River? Join the group that is planning to take a cruise with Capt. Ken’s River Wildlife Tours on May 20. These river excursions have been greatly enjoyed by many people in the past and we are looking forward to another informative and relaxing trip.

     The cost is just $20 per person and an additional $5 for cars. Usually the group goes to lunch after the boat ride and everyone has a good time. You will need reservations so contact Marty Duesel at 352-861-2853; then get your hat and sun screen and join us for a fun day on the water.



Mah Jongg


     What is Mah Jongg, you might be asking? It is a game of tact; strategies; calculative power and a little bit of luck played by three or four people with tiles. Some have compared it to Dominos because it is played with tiles. Unlike Dominos, however, the tiles have Chinese symbols on their face as opposed to dots. That makes complete sense since the game originated in China.

     Mah Jongg is similar to Rummy as far as strategies and such but a bit more challenging. Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. an avid group of players meet at the clubhouse to enjoy this fascinating game.

     Everyone is invited to join them whether you know how to play or not. They will gladly teach anyone who is not familiar with the game and if you do know how to play; so much the better because they love the competition.

     I have never played the game but it does sound like an interestingly fun time.



Memorial Day


     While Memorial Day will be celebrated by the nation on Monday May 26; your Cherrywood Veterans Club will observe the holiday on May 30; the traditional Memorial Day.

     Our service is open to the public and starts at 11 a.m. in front of the clubhouse. The playing of the National Anthem will begin the observance followed by a guest speaker; a reading of the names of our fallen comrades; a wreath laying ceremony and the sounding of Taps. The Color Guard will salute all the services and then pass in review accompanied in music by Rich Becotte.

     Immediately following the service; the solemn mood will turn to one of fellowship and friendship with a traditional American picnic. Tickets for the meal are just $7 per person and must be purchased in advance. Join our residents as they celebrate what it means to be an American with hot dogs; hamburgers; potato salad; beans and more. You may bring your own drinks of choice or enjoy the lemonade and iced tea that will be provided.

     Rich Becotte will be supplying the music for everyone to dance and listen to both during and after the meal so don’t miss out on this event as we honor those who gave their all our country.

     Comfortable seating will be available both inside the clubhouse and out on the patio. Come and share your pride; patriotism and smile with your fellow residents.



Water Aerobics


     Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. you will find Dr. Deb and her class in the warm inviting swimming pool doing their Water Aerobics.  This is an excellent way to get in shape and to stay in shape because it provides low impact exercises that are easy on muscles; tendons; bones and other body parts.

     Deb is an excellent teacher with years of experience and expertise. She will guide you through the movements to maximize your results within the effort you are capable of putting out. She is patient but will push you just a little to get the most from you.

     The only exception to the schedule is the first Tuesday of the month when the pool is closed. Every other Tuesday and Thursday of the month; Deb will be there to give instructions and guidance.

     This is a great class with an excellent instructor and best of all its free. Grab your swim suit and join in for a good time and a good work out.



Summer Fest


     Each year thanks to Chris and Mario Zacco we have four gala parties called Summer Fest. Special food and special entertainment are the highlights of this free get togethers where everyone has a terrific time. This year’s first Summer Fest is set for June 9 starting at 5 p.m.

     Tickets are free but they must be picked up from Geri in the clubhouse. This allows the planners the ability to know how much food to prepare. Our theme for this first party is a Hawaiian Luau.

     The menu will be pulled pork; yams; tropical fruit salad and more. Lemonade and iced tea will be available but residents are welcome to bring their own beverages to add to the flavor of the evening.

     Wonderful entertainment will be provided by Dawn and Steve Hendrickson playing their steel drums. They are excellent musicians with years of experience playing on cruises and other venues as well. They have been with us before and are coming back by popular demand. You won’t want to miss their performance. There will also be special entertainment by the “Lovely Pairs of Coconuts” ensemble at 7 p.m.  You don’t want to miss this show.

     Pick up your tickets and then mark your calendar so you don’t miss out on a wonderful evening of fun and relaxation. Grass skirts; flowered shirts and shorts are the recommended dress for this occasion.



Cribbage Club


     The crowd at Monday’s Cribbage Club completed a two week tournament last week that saw Victor Ogreen come in first place. Sarah Blair and Avis Millet tied for second place and your reporter took third. Everyone had a good time although there were some hints of some shady playing by card sharks Victor; Sarah and Avis.

     Seriously, it was a fun competition run by club President Sarah Blair. We said good bye to Noreen Brown as she headed back up north along with some other snow birds. There is always room for more players and everyone is welcome to come out and learn the game or play with this crazy group.

     Mondays at 12:30 p.m. you will find the crew at the library/card room of the clubhouse laughing and joking and playing the interesting and time tested game of Cribbage. Come join us.



Sponsors Needed


     We are drawing close to the June 7 Charity Golf Open for the Veterans Club but there is still time to sponsor a hole. Join the businesses and individuals who have donated $100 to have their sign on the tee; be mentioned in the paper and at the golf outing and get a place to put literature for all the golfers and their fans to see.

     Your Veterans Club is grateful to our sponsors and hopes that all the residents will support them with their patronage. We want to help those generous and committed businesses who have served us so well. They are: VFW Post 4781; D n R Coin Shop; McCullough Granite; Church of the Advent; ERA Big Sun Realty; Mike Garlist of Raymond James; Cutting Edge Hair Salon; Wood’s Printing; Advanced Vehicle Modifications; Dr. Stephen Dunn, DDS; Sammy’s Italian Restaurant; Swinson Chiropractic; Beef O’Brady’s;

     Other supporters include Richard and Sarah Blair in memory of their Dad’s, Glenn W Leslie and William H Blair; Bill Spangenberg in memory of Jo; the Friday night guys in memory of Al Buechter; and a private donation from Bill Anderson.

     If you own a business or would otherwise like to donate a hole; please contact John Everlove at 352-509-4428 or Rich Hurley at 352- 873-7208 for more information. We know that times are financially difficult but we also know that our friends never let us down. All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.



Veterans Club meeting


     On Thursday June 5 plan on attending our monthly Veterans Club meeting. The Cherrywood Veterans Club is proud of its work on behalf of Veterans not only in our community but in Marion County; Florida and the nation. For that reason, our meetings are open to all residents; veterans and non-veterans alike.

     There will be several items on the agenda to discuss at this meeting including the pending golf open; Veterans Appreciation Day and the follow up for Memorial Day. A guest speaker is also being sought and will be announced later.

     These informative meetings begin at 2 p.m. and usually last less than an hour. You will receive and get the opportunity to offer input on the many projects that your Veterans Club is involved in as well as bring individuals up to date on the latest Veterans concerns.

     Immediately following the meeting there is a 50/50 drawing and refreshments are served on the patio. This allows our members and guests to not only become well informed but also to socialize with one another. All are welcome.



From your reporter


     Two words when spoken or written with sincerity can make a world of difference to a person. They can acknowledge a kindness of deed or word; a compliment or embrace that comes along when that act is sorely needed. Of course I am speaking of the words, “Thank you.”

     Fred O’Hern sent me a message to pass along to all of you who have been following the story of his grandson Jacob. Jacob was involved in a traffic accident that left him paralyzed. His father Patrick, Fred’s son, is the major care giver for Jacob.

    Mobility Awareness Inc conducted an online poll to help select a person to receive a handicapped equipped van. Over the past several weeks I have been appealing to our readers to assist in this effort and you have responded magnificently.

     While we don’t have the results as of this time, the outpouring of love and concern coupled with the on line voting was greater than we ever expected.

   “Jacob, Patrick, Marion, and I would like to thank all of you who have been voting for Jacob!” Fred wrote in his communication to me. In addition he thanked everyone for their thoughts; words; prayers and help.

     I would add to Fred’s “Thank you” my deep appreciation to Editor Jim Clark of the South Marion Citizen who included Jacobs’s plight on the Editorial page of the Citizen. Also, I would like to send out a special “Thank you” to my fellow writer and a beautiful person; Laura Smith. Laura does the articles for Oak Run and she has highlighted Jacob’s story in her column. Laura has been a huge help in support of Jacob and his family.

     Sometimes we forget that we are surrounded by good people doing good things for others. Unfortunately we hear about the bad things people do more often than not and we tend to become cynical about our fellow man.

     Not only did our readers support Jacob but in addition; over the past few months they have sponsored our golf outing; donated to our Bowl a thon; given to the Patriot Dog Project; provided social events for our widows; helped feed homeless Vets at Ritz House; made blankets for indigent babies and new mothers; sent packages to our soldiers over seas; given blood and even more.

     Hopefully those of you who have done all these wonderful things will know that they are sincerely appreciated by those whose lives you have touched. Please know that when we at Cherrywood say “Thank you”; we truly mean it.


Your opinions and suggestions for the Cherrywood section of the Citizen are always welcome. Please contact me at urperssec@yahoo.com