Marion Landing 12-23-2011

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Volunteer recognized for her dedication

By Diane Bress

At the Dec. 6 Homeowner Forum, Mary Ann Hall was recognized for her dedication to the Marion Landing Community. Mary Ann has lived in Marion Landing for almost 19 years and, according to Board Secretary Connie Rowe, “has not let them go to waste.” Since moving here from South Florida, Mary Ann has been a very active as an editor of The Communicator, is a member of the Sunshine Committee, and has participated in a number of Little Theatre productions and Marion Landing variety shows. Mary Ann is also a Hospice volunteer, coordinates the community’s monthly collection of food for Interfaith and helps with our Annual Food Drive. In her spare time, she has found time to write and published a novel. Connie presented Mary Ann with the framed certificate, and said, “We are proud to present the Volunteer Recognition award to Mary Ann Hall.” Mary Ann’s engraved plaque will join the more than 141 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center.

Holiday decorating contest
Judging for the annual Marion Landing Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest continues through Dec. 30. All Marion Landing homes that are decorated will be included; and remember, it’s important to make sure your decorations can be seen in the day as well as evening. Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners, so be sure to attend the Jan. 3 Homeowner Forum when the winners will be announced. Good luck, and happy decorating.

New Year’s Eve dance
Last chance to get your tickets for the New Year’s Eve Dance. Sharon and Ken Talbert, dance organizers, invite you to spend New Year’s Eve at Marion Landing’s “Silver Palace” from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to welcome in the New Year. “Singles are most welcome; you don’t have to be a couple to enjoy the celebration,” said Sharon. “Music from the 50s, 60s, and more recent times will be provided by “Times of Your Life Entertainment” D.J. A list of “favorites” is posted on the Activity Wall, and you’re more than welcome to request your special song.
The D.J. will be happy to play your requests for your dancing or listening pleasure.”
Be sure to bring an appetizer to share for the hors d’oeuvre table, as well as a beverage and snacks for your table.
Hats and noise makers, ice and cups will be furnished for you. Dressy or business casual attire is requested. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Tuesday morning Socials or in the Activities Office during ticket hours–but they’re limited to 125, so get yours soon if you want to share in the festivities.

Free seminar
On Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m., Ms. Laura Sams from Great American Insurance & Finance Co. will present an informational seminar to Marion Landing residents on understanding, planning, and paying for long-term care. Long-term care covers a variety of services that includes medical and non-medical care to people who have a chronic illness or disability. It helps meet health or personal needs and assists people with support services for the activities of daily living like dressing and bathing and can be provided at home, in the community, in assisted living or in nursing homes. A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that people who reach age 65 will likely have a 40 percent chance of entering a nursing home, and about 10 percent of the people who enter a nursing home will stay there five years or more. The cost of long-term care can vary quite a bit depending on what kind of care you need, where you get the care, and where you live. This seminar includes a complimentary lunch, and tickets are $1.00, which is refunded to you at the door. Please pick up your tickets at the Activities Office on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and at the Tuesday morning Socials if you would like to attend.

Sally’s Buddies
Entertainer and impressionist Sally Langwah will bring her “Broadway Buddies” performance to Marion Landing on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. Sally performs over 30 impressions, and this show will include tributes to Cher, Reba, Liza, Bette, Sarah, Julie, Marilyn, Catherine and Abba’s Agnetha. If you’ve ever seen Sally before, you know you’re in for a treat. Sally, a Nashville native, with her three and one-half vocal octave range, comes from the theater where she was voted “Favorite Female Vocalist” for her portrayal as Maria in “The Sound of Music.” Tickets for the show are $3 each and are available at Tuesday morning Socials and in the Activities Office during regular ticket sale hours.
Calling all crafters
Marion Landing will be holding its first “crafts only” fair on Saturday, Mar. 31, and we are looking for crafty residents who would be interested in participating. “We are striving to make this a true craft sale, so participants should make sure their items are hand crafted,” said Merry Anne Krell, fair organizer. “We would love to see crafts that include quilting, knitting, and crocheting; floral arranging, original jewelry and macramé; woodworking, paintings, and anything else hand made.” There will be no charge for the tables; but space is limited, so tables will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The Craft Fair will be open to the public, and all proceeds from their sales will go to the crafter. The next Craft Fair meeting will be held on Jan. 13 in the Great Room at 11 a.m. If you are interested in participating, please put your name on the sign-up sheet hanging on the Activity Wall.
Travel news
If you are interested in any of the trips listed below, details are available on the flyers posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center, or you may call 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
There are still a few tickets left to see the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tickets are $115 and include round-trip bus transportation from Marion Landing, great reserved Club Sideline seats in sections 217 and 218, and bus driver tip. The game begins at 7:30 p.m., and the bus will leave at 4:45 p.m., returning approximately 12:30 a.m. The layout of the Forum, as well as reservation information, is posted on the Travel Board.
Travel to Clearwater on Saturday, Feb. 4, to the Early Bird Dinner Theater to see “Lie, Cheat and Genuflect,” a laugh-packed farce of twists, turns, puns and pratfalls. Tickets are $66 and include round-trip motor coach, hot buffet luncheon, all tax and gratuities. Check the flyer posted on the Travel Board for more information.
Spring training is right around the corner, and there are only a few seats left for the trip to see the Phillies vs. the Red Sox at Bright House Field in Clearwater on Monday, Mar. 26, 2012. Tickets are $59 and include round trip bus transportation, reserved premium seats for the 1 p.m. game and tip for the driver. Lunch is on your own in the ballpark. The bus departs Marion Landing about 10:30 a.m. and returns approximately 6 p.m. Payment is due by Jan. 5 and is non-refundable. Please sign up on the sheet posted on the Travel Board.
Plan ahead and make your reservation for the popular Nashville show trip from May 6-12, 2012. This 7 day/6night spring trip includes a guided tour of Nashville, ride on the Delta Flatboats inside the Opryland Hotel, and an evening at the Grand Ole Opry. You will also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, have dinner and enjoy a show at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, tour beautiful Belle Meade Plantations, visit Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store, and ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway in Chattanooga. There will also be time to explore on your own. For more information, please see the flyer posted on the Travel Board.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.