Marion Landing 6-22-2012

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Volunteer honored for years of service

By Diane Bress

Each month, Marion Landing shows its appreciation to its volunteers by recognizing residents who have made significant contributions to the community.
At the June 5 Tuesday Social, Eileen Stannard was presented with a volunteer appreciation award by Board Second Vice President Charlie Mock. In his presentation, Charlie said, “This young lady has been a resident of Marion Landing, with her husband, for 21 years. You name the activity, and she probably has been a part of it. Back some years ago, she was on the original advisory council; she headed up yard sales, as well as serving as a worker; she was a former water exercise leader; and she did her bit by running bingo. She has delivered the Communicator to her neighbors and is now a part of the Communicator’s collating team. A member of Sunshine, she has also helped with numerous luncheons and dinners throughout the years. Somehow she also was able to squeeze in Patrol in this busy schedule. Oh, yes, and what about the 4th of July parades that she assisted with and, of course, how can we forget her participation in the Marion Landing kitchen band. It is my great pleasure to introduce our volunteer recognition recipient: Eileen Stannard.”
Eileen’s engraved plaque will join the more than 145 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center. Award recipients are chosen from a list of residents who are nominated for the award by their peers. If you would like to nominate a fellow resident for a volunteer recognition award, please forward your recommendation, in writing, to a Board member, member of the Activities Support Committee, or the Activities Director.

Celebrate the 4th of July
Come and celebrate Independence Day with your Marion Landing neighbors and friends on Wednesday, July 4. There are still a few more days left to get your tickets to this annual event. Beef hot dogs and buns, sliced ham and rolls, southern potato salad, beverages, condiments and all the “fixin’s” will be provided; and if you are bringing a dish to share, please sign up in the Activities Office. The entertainment will be by “Reckless Faith,” a band which was formed by Steve Hilton, son-in-law of our own Marion Landing residents Barbara and John Hinrichs. They play music that is uplifting and enjoyable for folks of all ages. Band members along with Steve Hilton are Curtis Curl, Scotty Van Hoeck and Russ Victor. They have been playing all over central Florida at various community events and are “just a group of blue collar guys that love music and enjoy giving back to our communities.” Tickets are $5 each and are still available in the Activities Office today and Monday, as well as on Tuesday, June 26, at the Social.

Noodleman to appear
Comedy-variety entertainer Homer Noodleman will bring his act to the Lifestyle Center on Sunday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m. Not just a comedian, Homer is a vocalist, magician, impressionist, ventriloquist and a multi-instrumentalist — a complete one-man comedy-variety show which includes plenty of audience participation. Tickets are $3 each and now on sale in the Activities Office during normal ticket sale hours and at Tuesday Socials. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, mark this date on your calendar.

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 352-237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
Be the first to sail aboard the brand new cruise ship Celebrity Reflection departing from Miami on Jan. 5, 2013, with stops in San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. Reservations are still being accepted for this seven night Eastern Caribbean cruise, with rates including all port charges, taxes, round-trip bus from Ocala, gratuities, and one-hour open bar cocktail party. A $250 deposit will hold your space.
Save the date: Sunday, Aug. 12, is when you’re invited to travel to the Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction in Orlando for an exciting evening of entertainment. Enter the magical world of Scheherazade, a beautiful Princess in search of her Prince. This large-scale theatrical production features riders and acrobats performing with more than 60 horses. Cited as “the most incredible experience among Central Florida’s dinner shows,” you have a choice of delicious dinner options while you watch a thrilling and romantic adventure filled with music, lights and daring acts.
Enjoy an evening of dinner and entertainment aboard the Starlight Majesty on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The trip includes round-trip motor coach departing Ocala at 4 p.m. and returning approximately midnight, the 3-hour dinner cruise with various meal choices, entertainment, all taxes and gratuities for $89 per person. This is a wonderful way to spend an August evening, so reserve your seat soon.
Join your friends on Labor Day, Sept. 3, at Tropicana Field to see the New York Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets are $99 each and include the bus, seats near the Yankee dugout and gratuities. Game time is 1:10 p.m.
Get your passport ready–Marion Landing is going to Montego Bay. Join in on the all-inclusive six day/five night stay at the 4-star Sunset Beach Resort and Spa in Jamaica from Sept. 16 to 21. Rates include all meals and drinks, nightly shows, five restaurants with loads of daily activities and nightly entertainment. Don’t miss this great adventure — limited space is available.
Enjoy the 43rd Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival on Oct. 20. It features a parade in the morning, over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, great seafood at the City Park, live musical entertainment, and an open house at the lighthouse on Seahorse Key for which shuttle boats are available. The cost is $28 and includes round-trip motor coach and gratuity for the driver. Lunch is on your own. We leave at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. And don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars.
Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia, from Oct. 22 to 25 is a trip you won’t want to miss. You’ll think you’ve stepped into an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. The trip includes three nights at the Hampton Inn in downtown Helen, breakfast daily, lunch at Unicoi State Park, two dinners, admission to Festhalle with dinner and entertainment, tour of the winery, grainery and a stop at a local pottery. You will also visit the new Babyland General Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch Doll. A deposit will hold your space for this trip.
Kick off the holiday season with a trip to Ashville, North Carolina, from Nov. 2 to 6. Visit the Biltmore Estate and see all of their wonderful holiday decorations and then on to Andersonville and the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. The cost includes breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners and all taxes and gratuities.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.