Lin Hart has enjoyed a life of volunteerism and art

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece the Spruce Creek Preserve “Getting to Know All About You” segment features well-known Preservist, Mrs. Lin Hart.

Eleanor Lynwood Byers Hart, a lover of art and Girl Scouting, was born in Rochester, New York.

Lin graduated from college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree for Ceramic Design 1952, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Lin and John met at Alfred University. Lin graduated and John joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. They were married after John got out of the service. He went back to school, and graduated while she worked at the university.

During John’s working years they raised two children, Bret and Elizabeth. They moved every year or two as John’s job required. Lin was a stay-at-home mom. She could never sit still, so she was always volunteering at something. Eventually she was a substitute art teacher, followed by being a nursery school (pre-4-year-olds) teacher, until John retired.

At this point Lin and John seriously started looking for a place to retire in Florida, one that had a year-round golf course.

When they found Spruce Creek Preserve they were smitten immediately with what Lin calls a “small town in the middle of the state forest.”

Lin gave golf a good try with lessons and playing with the girls’ team until our SCP Course opened. She loves golf but a change of playing days interfered with her crafts/art and gardening, so she quit the golf.

Lin started the “Wood Crafters” class, which was a great social time once a week for about eight years. John cut out all of the projects. It was really a fun class.

In the early years, Spruce Creek Preserve was small in resident numbers. Residents’ amenity fees covered salaries and upkeep for the most part. Extra-curricular activities, classes, dances, social events, etc., were covered by volunteers. Lin was on the Clubs and Activities Committee when it formed. Lin became president to fill out Ray Wilson’s term. The Aristocrats Club was formed with Nancy Mariani as president. Lin was in charge of decorations for a number of years. The club had no money to speak of and hoped to sell enough tickets to cover the cost of a band. Dolores Graebner and Lin did table decorations and were very innovative, collecting toilet paper rolls, felt, etc. Lin put in a request for an item in the newsletter and 100-plus items showed up in the craft room.

Lin says those early years were great fun and hard work. Today is easier, the community is filled up, the amenity fees are sufficient (thanks to Steve) and jobs are passed around.

In conclusion, Lin stated, “I love Spruce Creek Preserve.”


From Koebbe’s Kitchen

Lenten Corn Griddle Cakes

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs, well beaten

2 cups milk

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup drained whole-kernel corn

Preheat griddle or fry pan. Sift together first 4 ingredients. Combine eggs and milk, add to flour mixture, stir just until blended. Add butter and corn. Pour 1/4 cup batter on ungreased griddle for each griddlecake. When bubbles appear and edges brown slightly, turn and bake second side. Makes 12 cakes.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way:

Saturday, March 28 — Jet Set dining out, ‘50s themed, at “Players Grill” Spruce Creek Country Club. Meet at 4:30 p.m., leave at 4:45 p.m. Casual dress or fun ‘50s attire. See Pat McGrath or Dave Wilson for information.

Wednesday, April 1 — Midwest Club anniversary party at Townhouses parking lot at 5 p.m. See Joan Overway for information.

Thursday, April 2 — Military Club meeting at 4 p.m. in ballroom.

Friday, April 3 — First annual communitywide Block Party for all residents (guests invited). Hosted by our SCP neighbors. Party is at Community Center ballroom from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring your own box supper and snacks. Coffee, tea and cupcakes provided. Accepting donations for Frank Pissilo Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets are gone. See Pat or Liz to put name on waiting list!

Saturday, April 4 — The Aristocrats sponsoring a Fashion Show and Luncheon at noon. Cost of $8 per person includes luncheon. See Heather Garner for information.

Wednesday, April 8 – Nor’easter Club dinner at Stone Creek at 5 p.m. Call Connie Schultheiss for information.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling pick-up day each Tuesday morning. Contact any On the Level Club member. All proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospital, Tampa.

Bingo every Tuesday evening for Preservists and overnight guests. Cards on sale 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

‘Til next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.