Landing residents are ‘kettle’ pushers

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By Rog Patterson

Every Wednesday since mid November Marion Landing residents have been ringing those bells at the Salvation Army’s red kettle in front of Winn Dixie. It’s become an annual tradition.

They’re on duty from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. and would be tickled to have you stop by to wish them a merry Christmas and make your drop in the bucket. They will be manning the red kettle until Christmas Eve.

Cruise Control

Had a tip from Liz Herrick that 10 nights of cruising the southwest Caribbean next November is being offered in care of the “thoughtful, passionate, Italian” MSC cruise line aboard their good ship Poesia. That’s the Italian word for poetry and every deck is named for an Italian poet.

A half-dozen, 7- to 9-hour ports of call include Curacao, Bonaire, Grenada and Nassau for a wide variety of cultural and scenic experiences. All prices include most of the usual tack-on extras with even a cocktail party. Liz has the details.

Concert a Sellout

The Lifestyle Center was packed in anticipation of another annual holiday concert by our Landing Lites chorus. All 36 members, plus accompanist V. Joann Shaw, gave full support to director Floyd Hickman during their splendid presentations. The choral program was spiced up with a flute duet and a nativity tableau to round out a delightful musical evening.

December Volunteer

of the Month

For many years, this month’s honored volunteer, Marilyn Pineau, has been associated with all kinds of entertainment for Marion Landing residents. Marilyn sings in the Landing Lites, acts in the Little Theatre group, and often demonstrates her award-winning prowess as a ballroom dancer at our socials.

Several years ago Marilyn also took on direction of, as well as hoofing in, our Marion Landing Rock-O-Lettes. And she has been involved with putting on this Christmas season’s M&M “variety show of sorts.”

Rainbow Springs

Christmas lights

Christmas lights will be dazzling visitors to Rainbow Springs State Park again this Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. If you haven’t gotten into the Christmas spirit yet, a stroll through the brightly lit paths and watching children enjoy Santa’s visit just might give it a kick-start.

9-hole MLGC Finalists

For the second phase of Marion Landing Golf Club 9-hole play, Max Richter took top honors with a perfect score after eight romps around the Stone Creek Golf Course. Per Jim Henderson’s proviso, second went to Bill Jackson and third was shared by John DelPizzo, Bob McGrath, Joe Raffony and Woody Wodrich.

The next 8-week phase is scheduled for early January 2009, so check with Jim Henderson if you’d like to join a foursome.

New Year’s Gala

Understand tickets for our New Year’s Eve Gala are moving briskly, according to Gloria Feltrin, but you should still be able to snag yours at next Tuesday morning’s coffee social. The Sounds of Time will provide dance music from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

You’ll be confronted with the “world’s biggest hors d’oeuvre table,” plus all kinds of traditional celebration stuff. See all the details in your December Communicator, check the hall bulletin board or just get in the ticket line next Tuesday morning.

Rog Patterson is a Marion Landing resident and Friendship Kiwanis Club member. Contact him with news for the column, he’s in the Landing phone directory.