Cherrywood news 12-05-2014

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Christmas Open House Party Dec. 20

By Sarah Blair


and John Everlove

Come out and share holiday good cheer with your friends and neighbors, wear an ugly sweater and have a laugh at the Chinese Auction at the Christmas Open House Party on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a community event open to Cherrywood residents, admission is a Christmas dessert snack for sharing. There will be door prizes, 50/50, an Ugly Sweater contest and a Chinese Auction. Egg nog, holiday punch, and lemonade will be provided (you may spike your own punch). The Ugly Sweater and Chinese Auctions start at 7:30, drawings will be at the completion of the Chinese Auction.

Get your free tickets from Jennifer at the Clubhouse and let her know if you will be participating in the Chinese Auction. You may well ask what is a Chinese Auction, to participate bring a new wrapped gift (valued at $10, gag and fun gifts are acceptable); those participating will be given a number; numbers will then be drawn. If you receive Number One, you can select a gift, Number Two will draw and has an option of exchanging their gift with Number One. This proceeds until all participants have drawn (Number One then gets the last draw). Great fun is had by all with wheeling and dealing over the exchanges! (Note: questions to Holly Bragdon or Jennifer).


Cherrywood Cribbage Club

The Cherrywood Cribbage Club met Nov. 24 in the card room at the Clubhouse. We had a lively group of players that included two guests. Scott Leslie from Barre, Vermont, and Judy Walls from Jeffersonville, Vermont, joined the play. Scott, an experienced player and Judy, having never played before was holding her own by the end of play. The group decided to meet Friday, Nov. 28 instead of participating in the Black Friday madness. Those who played on Friday had a great time. The Cribbage Club also met on Monday, Dec. 1st in the card room. Everyone shared their stories of Thanksgiving and planned the Christmas party for Cribbage Club for Dec. 15 along with playing cribbage. A few people stopped in to visit the Cribbage Club and were invited to play. Players of all skill levels are invited to attend. We will continue to meet every Monday at 12:30 in the Card room.


Ladies Luncheon

Cherrywood Ladies Luncheon will be held on Dec. 10 at noon in the Clubhouse. The theme will be Christmas. All ladies of Cherrywood are invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share and place setting for yourself. A birthday cake will be cut to honor the birthday gals of December. Come out and meet your neighbors and enjoy the Holiday Spirit.

The January Ladies Luncheon will include a guest speaker from SECO Energy to discuss energy savings. All Cherrywood residents are invited to attend on Jan. 14.



Two Biloxi getaways are scheduled and are open to everyone:

A holiday getaway to Biloxi at the IP Casino Resort and Spa Tuesday, Dec. 23 to Friday, Dec. 26. The IP Casino Resort and Spa Package includes, Four Days/ Three Night Accommodations, Deluxe Motor Coach with Professional Escort. Contact-Natalie at 854-4561.

For after the Christmas-New Year 2015 Holiday is a trip to the Biloxi IP Casino Resort and Spa from Sunday, Jan. 11 to Wednesday, Jan. 14. The IP package includes four-day/three-night accommodations, Deluxe Motor Coach with Professional Escort. It also includes $24 food credits, $25 reward play, Palace - $15 Slot Play and Hard Rock - $15 Slot Play. Book now for Jan. 11. Please Contact Natalie at 854-4561. Don’t miss out as seats are limited.


Christmas comes to Cherrywood

On Sunday evening residents gathered in the clubhouse to place their own individual ornaments on the community Christmas tree. This is an annual event that brings everyone together to kick off the holiday season with songs; snacks; laughter and good cheer.

The hall was beautifully decorated and festive; tables were filled with delicious treats of all kinds and traditions were kept and a few new ones started. Our riotous version of the Twelve Days of Christmas is one such tradition. Each table takes a verse and tries to be louder than anyone else. Volume counts more than being on key and every one just has a ball.

This year guests were treated to some very special music played and sung by Howard Mayberry. Howard is a renowned professional musician and everyone enjoyed his selection of seasonal songs. When he sang ‘Mary did you know’; there was hardly a dry eye in the crowd who gave him an enthusiastic and heartfelt ovation.

Eve Houghtaling whose Activities Committee puts on this party each year directed a presentation of The Night before Christmas. Narrated by Sarah Blair and supported by a cast of thousands; well maybe a half dozen; this comedic version of the famous poem brought smiles and laughter to all. A new tradition has been born.

Richard Becotte provided musical support throughout the night while Holly Bragdon did the photos. Dancing and chatting provided a warm fellowship experience and by the end of the evening; everyone had the Christmas Spirit.

A sincere “Well done” and thank you goes out to Eve; her husband Jim and all those who made this night so special.