Oak Run news 11-12-2012

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Little Theatre/Way Off Broadway: Merged club picks new name

By Carol Wheeler

At the Nov. 12 meeting, a new name was chosen for the merged clubs. The new club will be named “Performing Arts Company of Oak Run.” A new board of directors was elected: president, Joseph Zaccaro, 1st vice president, Norma Poucher, 2nd vice president, Jerri Shorey, secretary, Sarah Schmidt, treasurer, Marlena Yaich, assistant treasurer, Linda Noel. Past presidents Cheryl Gaines of Way Off Broadway and Frank Porterfield of Little Theatre will serve on the executive board.

The new company has chosen for its spring production “The Odd Couple,” the female version. You will recall how well received and loved were “The Odd Couple” Broadway play and the movie of the same name. Co-directing the production will be Patty Waddell and newcomer as a director, Diana Schmidt. A production team is being put together and will be announced in future articles. Auditions will be held in December and the company will commence rehearsals on Jan. 2. The play will be on stage at the Palm Grove Club as a dinner theatre presentation on Thursday, March 21, with regular productions on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Those of you who have attended a past dinner theatre show know what an extravaganza it is. There are limited seats for the dinner theatre so get your tickets early.



Upstate New York Club holiday dinner

The dinner will be at Royal Oaks on Monday, Dec. 10. Meet and greet at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. There will be a cash bar and members of Royal Oaks may place their drinks on their member numbers. Entertainment will feature the ever popular Sally Langwah, impressionist. The last and final sale date is Nov. 30 at Palm Grove. If you have any questions contact Sandy Mantel at 352-873-9112.



Troubadours to sing at annual tree trim

Join your friends and neighbors Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. in Palm Grove as the Troubadours bring you the spirit of the season with Christmas songs that will lift you up and get you in the holiday mood. Along with some of your favorites, we will be performing a marvelous piece called “Carol of the Magi” by John Rutter, accompanied by Sharon Barnes on the cello. Sharon will also perform a Christmas medley which she has arranged. We will invite the audience to join in singing some familiar songs of the season. After the program we can all enjoy refreshments furnished by the Ambassadors.

Practice for our Spring Concert in April will begin on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Palm Grove. Be there by 12:45 p.m. to pick up your music. The Troubadours are seeking new sopranos and altos for spring. If interested, please call Dr. Mary Beth Lake at 352-873-8787 for more information. It is not necessary to be a music reader, just a pleasant voice and the ability to sing in tune will be fine. Look forward to hearing from you.



So You’ve Finished Writing Your Book. Now What?


Oak Run resident Mary Ellen Barchi will be giving a class on Dec. 10 for Master the Possibilities at On Top Of  The World. “So You’ve Finished Your Book—The Agent Query Process And What To Do In The Meantime,” is an introduction to the next step toward traditional publishing through representation by a literary agent. The first half of this PowerPoint presentation explains the benefits of acquiring an agent and tips on composing the necessary query letter. Mary Ellen will briefly demonstrate a valuable program designed to help writers select agents to query and to keep track of submissions and responses. The second half covers what to do while waiting for agent responses, that is to build your writer’s platform. Hopefully, this beginner’s course will give attendees the basic tools needed to start the agent query process or at least prepare them for what lies ahead when they’re ready. Seating is limited so register early at: www.masterthepossibilities.com. Ms. Barchi is a freelance writer, speaker and author having completed a paranormal romance novel as well as a contributor to Ocala’s Good Life magazine and Ocala Style. 



Oak Run Travel

Join our wonderful guide Kent for this tour we call “Light & Life of Ponce Inlet” on Friday, April 12, at Daytona beach. He takes us down to the sea in time and taste and to the tallest lighthouse in Florida. Experience life at sea on an excursion looking for dolphins, stingrays and other sea life. We’ll have lunch at a local seafood restaurant where you will be served one of the following: fried or broiled seafood, a chowder/salad combo or a luscious shrimp salad. For non-seafood lovers hamburgers or chicken sandwiches are also available. This will be followed by a visit to a sea turtle rehabilitation center. The price of $63.50 per person includes bus driver’s tip. Call Joann and Jan Flickenger.

On Saturday, April 20, enjoy the music of brothers George and Ira Gershwin at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center. ‘S Wonderful’ takes you via singing and dancing to New York City in 1916, Paris in the 1930s, Hollywood in the 1940s, New Orleans in the 1950s and more! More than 40 classic hits will be featured. Frank and Shirley Semmelmayer will be your hosts so give them a call. Cost is $52 per person including bus driver’s tip.

If anyone needs information about any of our trips please call the host(s) of that particular trip. The host has all the information on the trip and needs to know what your concerns or questions might be.



Royal Oaks Lady Niners


On Nov. 15 we played low net and full handicap. Flight A: tied in first, Sally Crass and Patty Waddell, second, IIene Simnowitz. Flight B: first, Ginger Drake, second, Julie Jackson, third, Diane Dufresne. Closest to pin on #3 was Kerry Tims. We had two chip-ins, Eleanor Cerlenko on #2 and IIene Simnowitz on #4. Just a reminder our next meeting will be Dec. 6 after golf. Bring a check for $20 for our annual dues.



Royal Oaks Men’s Golf


On Nov. 12, 14, and 16 the annual Men’s Club Championship was held. This was a tournament based on gross scores, with the flights put in place based on handicap. There were 44 participants, a lesser number than in other tournaments, but the length of the tournament causes conflicts in schedules for some. The week was a typical one for this time of year. The days were for the most part cloudy, a little windy, and cool. Not the best of conditions, but the course was in fine shape which more than made up for the weather.

There were four flights in the lower handicap group. The winners were:

Flight one - first was Bud Murray with a three day total of 232, second with a 241 was Bob Gray, and third with a 255 was Dave Dawson.

Flight two - first was Mickey Klein with a 252, tied for second with 255 were Emmett Dowling and Ron Tennant.

Flight three - first with a 265 was Hal Loomis, second with a 267 was John DeSalvo, and third with a 269 was Dale Wurzburger.

Flight four - first with a 269 was Al Prachel, tied for second with 280 were Tom Ducz and John Terry.

There were three flights in the senior group. The winners were:

Flight one - first with a 259 was Virgil Hein, second with a 269 was Mike Madill, and third with a 275 was Chuck Engel.

Flight two - first with a 270 was Dick Rizzo, second with a 272 was Paul Colatruglio, and third with a 277 was Steve Casner.

Flight three - first with a 279 was Paul Valois, second was Duke Slayton with a 294, and third was Finn Jacobsen with a 298.

There will be one more tournament this year, in the first part of December. Get that game shaped up!



Royal Oaks Women’s Golf


On Thursday, Nov. 8, and Tuesday, Nov. 13, we played a two day gross score tournament to determine our “2012-2013 ROWGO Club Champion.” At the end of play on Nov. 8, the winners were: First Flight - 1st place, JT Lemasters, 2nd place, Elsa Berbig; Second Flight - 1st place, Roseann Lavacca, 2nd place tie, Janet Tully and Noreen Salo; Third Flight - 1st place tie, Maureen Edwards and Gayle Feeman, 3rd Place, Barb Scozzafava. JT LeMasters was “Closest to the Pin.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 13 the winners were: First flight: 1st place, Diana Galla, 2nd place, Sylvia Zappia; Second flight: 1st place, Jan Tennant, 2nd place, Roseann Lavacca; Third flight: 1st place, Noreen Salo , 2nd place, Gayle Feeman. Sylvia Zappia was “Closest to the Pin.” After totalling the scores from both days, Jan Tennant was awarded the title of “ROWGO Club Champion”!! The runners-up were: First flight: 1st place, Diana Galla, 2nd place, Sylvia Zappia, 3rd, Elsa Berbig; Second flight: 1st place, Roseann Lavacca, 2nd place, Noreen Salo, 3rd place, Janet Tully; Third Flight: 1st place, Gayle Feeman, 2nd place, Ginger Drake, 3rd place, Inge Szabo. Congratulations to our club champion Jan Tennant and all the others



Mr. Cody’s Corner


I have been informed that Sheltering Hands Rescue which does such fine work for kitty cats needs fabric and sewing notions to make crafts to sell and raise funds. Any type of fabric, even scraps and holiday theme goods are needed as well as all types of sewing notion including ribbons, lace, buttons, beads, thread or any craft type items. If you have any items that you want to donate, please call Janice at 352-861-3831. Thank you for your donations.