Palm Cay artists part of painted chair fundraiser

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By Fiona Blair

Our very own Palm Cay residents, Ed Giovanelli, Phyllis Kellogg, Bill Haussmann, Susan Lokken and Jean Selent have put their artistic talents to work turning ordinary chairs into works of art.

They, as well as other artists in Marion County, are offering these beautiful chairs to be auctioned off on May 2 to benefit the Stirrups ‘n’ Strides Therapeutic Riding Center in Marion County.

This wonderful facility helps people of all ages who cope with varied difficulties, both physical and mental to regain strength, balance, and other benefits through horseback riding. The specially trained personnel work with the clients, teaching special exercises that benefit the difficulty specific to that client.

It is truly amazing to watch a client who suffers from, for example, a muscular difficulty, improve their mobility skills and balance in a very short period of time.

The chairs will be on display April 27 at Paddock Mall in the corridor leading to Sears. The silent auction will be on May 2 from noon to 3 p.m. If further information is required, please call our own Betty Boyle whose phone number is in the Palm Cay directory, or Betty Gray, Executive Director of Stirrups ‘ n’ Strides, at 352-591-1042.

Wednesday Night Social

Easter Bonnets and sweets were the theme for our Wednesday Night Social. Rabbits, ducks, peeps and feathers galore decorated the Easter Bonnet contest. The winners were Lu Fisher, Prettiest, in her flower and feather combo, Jeff Gramling, Funniest, with a stuffed bunny atop his golf hat and Karen Tieman adorned in her egg and 10 cents-a-peep assortment!

The winners of the chocolate bunnies were Barbara Patch, Kay Gramling and Kay Robinson. Thanks to you all for participating. Nancy Solomon was the Director of this social, and honored us with a song. Door prizes in plastic eggs were passed around with many winners of free events at the Oasis.

One must mention Ada Murawski whose constant aid in these events is so much appreciated. Baked goods abounded until one could not eat another bite. This writer’s sweet tooth still aches! What a beautiful evening! Fair weather and fellowship made it a very pleasant party.

Written and submitted by Jean Selant

Memorial Day

Memorial Day preparations are under way for Monday, May 25 at the Oasis. Games will begin at 10:30 a.m. The program will start promptly at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon which will be catered by Sonny’s. The menu includes pulled pork and barbecued chicken accompanied by baked beans, cole slaw and corn-on-the-cob with additional items to be determined. Bingo follows and there will be a 50/50 drawing. Tickets go on sale April 27 and 28 on the back porch of the Oasis as well as at the Board Meeting in May. The last chance to buy tickets is during the Pancake Breakfast on May 16. Tickets are just $8 for Palm Cay residents and $9 for guests.

Let us remember, with honor and reverence, those who fought and died for this great country so that our freedoms would remain intact and may they rest in peace. God bless America and for her Constitution originally penned by our Founding Fathers.

‘Remember When’

The ticket to the Alter Ego’s April 18 show, ‘Remember When’ was stamped with the designation: “Boarding Pass”.

The Oasis became a time capsule which propelled the audience back in time to the ‘50s and ‘60s with music , memories and performers.

The stage was decorated with a juke box, courtesy of John Kalinas, LP records and album covers from the past. The evening started out with the love song, “Unchained Melody”, the most requested and played love song in the world. John Kalinas, Director of the Alter Egos, led the audience in a singing of “Up a Lazy River”.

The audience was entertained with two hours of songs and memories. There were also ‘visits’ from The Purple People Eater, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, The Beatles, Connie Francis, Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra and of course, The King – Elvis Presley. The audience clapped along, sang along and had a wonderful time.

Many thanks to John and the Alter Egos cast for another enjoyable evening of entertainment and memories. A mention must be made for the excellent job that the costume designers created. Thanks to Yvonne Stoianowski, Nora Kuehn and Cora Frontin.

Written and submitted by Carol Beaver AARP 55-Alive Driving Classes

Since each State has varying rules, for example: in Florida you are able to make a “U-turn” at most traffic lights, but not in most other states; this is a great way to become informed as to the Florida rules of driving! Classes are scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Oasis. If you are an AARP member, the cost is $12, you must have your AARP card with you, and for non-members the cost is $14.

Please make out checks to AARP and bring them to the first class. If you would like more information, please call Nancy Solomon, her number is in the Palm Cay directory. Not only is this class informative, it is also a safety factor for those new to Florida. So that this opportunity may have a long life at our Palm Cay community, a great attendance is essential.

Safety Info

A reminder:  Please give way to traffic making a U-turn in front of Palm Cay’s entrance. They have the right-of-way. There have been some nasty ‘almost accidents’ as those turning into the right hand lane from SR 200 pass in front of those turning out from Palm Cay. Be careful out there and thank you for being patient.

Pot luck

Have you thought about what you will bring to the Pot Luck Social tomorrow? Let’s have a great showing and enjoy each other’s company. There is no special meat dish this time but there may be a door prize! Just bring your dish to share with 4 to 6 people. Dessert, drinks and tableware are furnished… Bon appetite!

Do you like to paint?

For those who love to work in oils, acrylics and water colors, a group is waiting for you to join them. This is not a class, but artists getting together to paint, share ideas and learn from each other. Meet at the Craft Room on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.


April 30, the Thursday Golf Group is playing at Twisted Oaks at 8 a.m. Call Marko Popin for more information, his number is in the Palm Cay directory. The weather is so perfect right now for playing this sport.


Vince Pasqua heads up the Palm Cay Bowling group. There are many enthusiastic bowlers in Palm Cay, so even if you feel that you are ‘not great’, come anyway and you will soon get the hang of it and have a wonderful time as well. Give Vince a call if you are interested. Until next time...

There is a box in the library at the Oasis for residents to place their newsy tidbits, group activity information, travels, etc. Fiona Blair is listed in the Palm Cay directory or e-mail to fiona-blair@hotmail.com.