Cherrywood news 11-23-2012

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Color Guard to be honored on Dec. 6

By John Everlove

 On Dec. 6, the Cherrywood Honor Guard will be honored for its service to the community and to the Veterans Club. Gerald Moscariello, leader of the Color Guard, and the members of the unit will be given Certificates of Appreciation for their many years of service and appearances at Memorial Day services; Veterans Day services and Honor Flight receptions. See the Veterans Club notice in this column.



 A Treeof and for Angels


 Just inside the door of the clubhouse is a very special Christmas tree. On it, there are cards giving the names and ages of youngsters in our community that are sorely in need of Christmas gifts. There requests range from items of clothing to toys and everything in between.

 Each year the generous people of Cherrywood take one of these cards from the tree and make sure that the wishes of these young people are met. We are indeed fortunate that we have an abundance of “Angels” in our community.

 There are still a few of these cards left on the tree. While it may seem that Christmas is a ways off, it will be here before we know it. When you go by the clubhouse, stop in and get one of the cards so you can make a family in need happy this holiday season.

 We won’t let any child go without a Christmas present under the tree if we can help it. There are few things that make this season brighter than the sparkle in youngsters eyes when they open that special gift on Christmas morning. Angel tree is a long and proud tradition at Cherrywood but we need your help to keep it going.



Christmas Trim-a-Tree Party


 Every year the residents of Cherrywood gather in the clubhouse to decorate our community Christmas tree. Traditionally, each new person on the first year they move into Cherrywood, brings an ornament with their name on it and the date they moved in. Each year, these ornaments are brought out and everyone comes to place their decoration on the tree filling it with bright colors and warm memories.

On Dec. 2 from 6 to about 9 p.m., our tradition continues. Everyone is encouraged to bring Christmas snacks and the drinks of their choice. Our new people are strongly urged to bring their decorated ornament and take part in the Christmas cheer of Cherrywood. Remember, your name and date should be on the decoration.

 As a special treat, our own Songbirds will be entertaining at this years festival so gather your friends and neighbors and join everyone down at the clubhouse for a super time as we share in the spirit of Christmas.



Veterans Club meeting


 December’s meeting of the Cherrywood Veterans Club is shaping up to be one of the busiest of the year. Our own CERT Team will be present to give a short presentation about preparing for emergencies and to offer special classes through the Sheriff’s Department.

 Following the CERT team presentation, the members of our Color Guard will be honored for their service. Gerald and his team have done excellent work in their appearances at Veterans Day; Memorial Day and Honor Flight ceremonies.

 The next order of business will be a vote on the proposed charitable donations that we are recommending to be given before the holidays.

 Lastly, there will be a short discussion concerning next year’s projects and programs.

 Not only does your Veterans Club board invite you to come on out and be with your fellow veterans and our supporters so you too can have input into your Veterans Club; we urge you to be an active part of our good works.

 We meet at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the clubhouse. Following the meeting, liquid eefreshments are served on the patio for a quiet social hour. There will be no meeting in January so don’t miss December’s meeting.



Oil painting class


 You too can be an artist and learn how to work in oils. On Nov. 30, Debbie Blackburn is giving classes in the “Bob Ross” tradition of oil painting. Debbie is a very talented and accomplished teacher with great patience and style. You’ll love learning your new skills under her tutelage.

 Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and only cost $15; that includes your 8 x 10 canvas; paints; brushes; and instruction. All the student has to bring is a strong desire to learn and some paper towels for clean up. In addition, Debbie is donating the money charged to the Angel Tree project of Cherrywood.

 Class size is limited so contact Geri in the office to reserve your spot and pay in advance. Where else can you learn to develop your artistic abilities with professional instruction and materials for just a few dollars? Don’t miss out; call Geri today.



End of Time party


 On Dec. 21, the Mayan calendar runs out. I know that’s a shock to most of us. According to legend, that will be the end of time for the world so what do we do in the face of such imminent disaster? We party of course.

 At 7 p.m. we will be holding a sock hop in the clubhouse with dancing and fun. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy and to share if you wish. What better way to spend the last night of time than being with friends and neighbors having a “ball?” See you there for a great time.



Garden Club


 Everyone is welcome to attend the next Garden Club meeting on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. on the clubhouse patio. Special guest speaker will be Master Gardener Norma Farnull who will be giving a presentation of Winter Gardening. This is a super opportunity to get your questions answered and get tips on how to care for your garden all winter long.

 The Garden Club is open to anyone who has an interest in flowers; shrubs; trees; lawns; water features; design or anything else pertaining to beautifying your property. If you are just starting out, you will find these meetings especially helpful as all the members of the club are eager to share their experience and knowledge.

 Enjoy the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of the Garden Club while you develop your own “green thumb.”



Movie Night


 Clint Eastwood stars in “Gran Torino,” December’s Movie Night feature on the big screen. At 6 p.m. the show begins so you’ll want to arrive a little earlier and get a good seat. Popcorn, iced tea and lemonade are provided free of charge but you’re welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy.

“Gran Torino” was a financially and critically acclaimed success for Eastwood as he deals with a young man of Asian decent in the gang filled streets of Detroit. This movie is rated “R” because of its strong language but what would you expect from a realistic dramatic presentation.

 Movie Night is a free evening of great entertainment and relaxed company. Don’t miss “Gran Torino” Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.



Shutterbugs Meet


On Friday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., the Shutterbugs will be gathering in the library of the clubhouse for their December meeting. There will be a prize for the best Thanksgiving themed photo contestant. The only rules are that your picture must have a Thanksgiving theme and it must have been take by you yourself. Anyone and everyone are welcome to attend and take part in this fun contest.

 Bring your interest in photography; bring your photo and bring yourself to the Shutterbugs Camera Club.



Trivia Night


 Come join guest Quizmaster Donna James for Trivia Night at Cherrywood on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. in the clubhouse. The theme for the questions is “Christmas” among others so put on your thinking caps and get ready for another fun and exciting evening of friendly competition.

 If you’ve never been to Trivia Night you’re missing a lot. Everyone divides into teams of three or four persons. The emcee then puts questions up on the big screen and the groups try to come up with the answer and write it down on the answer sheets provided. When it comes to the end of the quiz, answer sheets are exchanged and graded. The winners get bragging rights and often a small prize. If you don’t have a team or want to just come by yourself, no problem. You’ll be welcomed in and assigned a team so all you have to do is show up.

 On Dec. 19, admission is a “Pot Luck Christmas Treat” to pass around. Usually admission is a buck per person but because it’s Christmas, this month is an exception. You’ll enjoy the challenge but you will enjoy the camaraderie and fun even more.

 Of course along with your treats to pass, you can bring your own snacks and drinks to make the evening even more fun.



Accordion Club


 On Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., guests and musicians will begin filing into the clubhouse in anticipation of a great night’s entertainment. It’s the Cherrywood Accordion Club meeting night and time for everyone to enjoy the music of professional and amateur instrumentalists as they bring their talents and expertise to delight the many admirers in the audience.

 Students just beginning their careers, those who have been playing for a while and seasoned professionals all join in the presentations of classics; pop; jazz; and every other type of musical genre. There’s something for everyone’s musical tastes at these sessions.

 Bring your favorite snacks and beverages; bring your friends and neighbors; just be there for an unforgettable experience. If you like music, you’ll love Accordion Club nights at Cherrywood with Dick Richards and the gang.



Double Deck Pinochle Club


Sundays at 6 p.m., members of the Double Deck Pinochle Club gather in the game room at the clubhouse for an evening of fun and excitement. Currently, they are seeking new people to join in this challenging at interesting card game. You may think you can’t remember how to play but your can learn quickly from these seasoned experts. Just drop in for one evening and you’ll be hooked; not only on a great game of cards but on the friendly atmosphere and enjoyable company. Try Pinochle the Cherrywood way.



Pianist Needed


Our need for a pianist applies to anyone who knows how to play the piano. Our Songbirds musical group travels throughout the community bringing laughter and cheer to people in all phases of their lives. Civic groups; hospitals; rest homes and hospice are all part of this talented choirs stops.

 Right now, they have an urgent need for a piano player who can be a part of this caring and committed group of individuals. If you have the talent and knowledge and you can share these with the Songbirds, you are asked to contact Linda Sisto at 352-509-7245 for more information. Applicants don’t have to be Cherrywood residents to become a part of this very worthwhile organization. Call Linda today and make a difference.



Cribbage players


 Our Cherrywood Cribbage Club is still looking for a few new players to join them on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the card room. Novice or accomplished players are wanted with lessons available for those who are just learning this fascinating game. The atmosphere is friendly; the game exciting; and the opportunity to learn wide open so why not come on out and join this lively group.



Bocce Ball


 Don’t forget that Bocce Ball is now on Fridays from at 7 p.m. at the Bocce Courts behind the clubhouse. It’s a great game with some great people so be there whether you play or not; you’ll have a blast.



Get Away to Biloxi


 If you want a short trip that’s filled with adventure; excitement and fun, then we have a great deal for you. On Jan. 13 through the 16 Cherrywood is offering an excursion to the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi.

 Four days and three nights long, this trip offers everyone an opportunity for a super mini-vacation and rest from the holiday season rush. Pamper yourself at the IP Casino enjoying personal service; full amenities and comfortable surroundings. Then take your $25 in free Slot Play and try your luck on the casino floor. Enjoy fine dinning with your $24 in free food coupons as well.

 Want to try your luck at a different venue? Your trip includes a visit to the Hard Rock Casino and Palace Casino with free $15 slot play coupons at both. This is all included in your ticket price along with Deluxe Motor Coach transportation with a professional escort.

 You can make reservations and get more details concerning this great trip from Natalie at 352-854-4561. There’s a few openings for non-residents also so be sure to call and find out if you qualify. Biloxi is a great place for gaming excitement as well as entertainment and shopping.



New Year’s Dance Party


 Plan to ring in the New Year with your friends and neighbors here at Cherrywood. There will be food; dancing; champagne and party favors all in our beautifully decorated clubhouse. The cost is only $10 per person and that covers everything. How can you go wrong at that price?

 This is always a great time for our residents to be together to reminisce and to plan; to share a meal and some laughs; to toast each other and dance the night away until the strains of Auld Lang Sine brings the year to an end.

 Believe me when I say it’s the best ten bucks you’ll spend all year so see Geri and get your tickets early. This event is always well attended and you wouldn’t want to miss out because you procrastinated. That’s a New Years resolution I made last year, not to procrastinate; but I put it off until this year.





 Don’t forget that every Thursday at 7 p.m. you can enjoy a game of Bingo with all your friends here at Cherrywood. Cash prizes are awarded and there’s no limit on the fun and excitement. Bring your snacks and drinks and come out and enjoy.



Plastic Models


 Recently an anonymous donor gave a large collection of plastic model planes; ships; vehicles and tanks to the Cherrywood Veterans Club. We were able to sell these items at a nice profit for the club. The veterans are very grateful for the support they received from our friends and neighbors and from Rob at Rob’s Hobby Shop and from Duane who is the president of the local Plastic Modeling Society Chapter.



Spotlight on Excellence


 Each week we feature a couple of individual who has an interesting past; a promising future or who has made a significant contribution to the quality of life here at Cherrywood. This week we feature Quirino (Gugie) and Aprile Guglielmi.

 You have seen Gugie and Aprile at lots of the events here at Cherrywood. Both are high energy individuals who take part and contribute to the active life style of Cherrywood by being a part of many various groups

 Aprile is an accomplished crochet enthusiast as well as a very gifted artist. She is an active member of our CERT team; Songbirds singing group; and even taught crochet at the Marion County Jail for a year to the young female inmates. Gugie, Aprile’s husband, is an avid tennis player; enjoys co-ed pool; plays ping pong; likes bowling and rides his bike constantly.

 Both Aprile and Gugie had interesting and but very different backgrounds as they were growing up. Aprile was born in Connecticut, the older of two children. Her brother Timothy works in retail management in Phoenix, Arizona.

 Following her graduation from high school, Aprile attended Saint Mary’s School of Nursing, getting her degree. A friend and previous graduate of the same school had moved to Miami and urged her and some of her girl friends to come down for employment reasons.

 Making the bold move with some friends, Aprile jumped at the chance to go to work in a warm and sunny climate. Keep in mind that this was back in the mid sixties. Being a young woman and moving out of state away from family to take a job in a strange place demanded a great deal of courage and confidence as it was not an easy step to take.

 After arriving in Miami, Aprile continued her education at Miami-Dade Community College and worked her way up to Head Nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Later she became the administrator at the University of Miami Hospital

 During these years Aprile married and had four children; Dawn, Heather, Scott and Lorelei. Things did not work out between her and her husband so in another act of courage, Aprile moved four teenagers back to her home town of Wethersfield, Connecticut, to be closer to family.

 Not one to rest on her laurels, Aprile started the first Hospice program while living in Connecticut and co-authored the book, “Comprehensive Guide to Hospice Care” with a friend, Donna L. Pereira. That was back in 1997 and the book was designed in such a way that new pages could be added as the information became available.

 Gugie’s younger years were much different than Aprile’s in that he was born in Italy during the years just prior to the Second World War. His small town outside of Rome; Sulmona Abhruzzi was a rail head and power plant for the war effort. Allied bombs took out those targets and as a result, his brother Enrico was killed.

 Because his father had died when Gugie was a young child, following the war, he and his mother joined his brothers in Canada. Work was hard to find for young men in those days and Canada offered great opportunity. Gugie took work at Union Carbide in Welland, Ontario.

 Again because of work opportunities, Gugie moved to Connecticut and there he met his first wife. They had three children; Francesca, Tony and Maryann. He supported them all as a machinist and metal worker working two and three jobs at a time.

 In his spare time, Gugie began forming a soccer team. On Sundays he would be out chalking the field; putting up nets and gathering young people from Hartford College to take part in the sport he loved. This “hobby” soon became an obsession and evolved into his ownership of the Hartford United semi-professional soccer team. They were part of the Connecticut Soccer League.

 Gugie’s first wife took ill and later went into hospice care where she passed away. It was in the hospice environment that Gugie and Aprile first became acquainted. Needing help with the family, Gugie offered Aprile money to help out. Laughingly she now states, “I should have taken it!” but in those days she politely refused any compensation.

 A year and a half later, Gugie and Aprile united their lives and families when they got married. After 28 years of marriage they share the mutual joy of not only their seven children but 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

 Wanting to escape the cold and ice of the north and based on Aprile’s experiences of living in Florida, it was a natural that they would retire down here. They traveled all over the state on several visits. Finally, they had some friends that urged them to come and live here at Cherrywood. Looking over the property, they found an active community that fit their lifestyle and they bought their home.

 Both Aprile and Gugie have quick and easy smiles, a great sense of humor and a love for the people and opportunities here at Cherrywood. They enjoy the respect of all who know them.


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 If you have a comment or suggestion for items you would like to see in the Cherrywood Section of the Citizen, please feel free to contact me at urperssec@yahoo.com. I am always happy to hear from you, the reader.


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