“Music, Music, Music, put another nickel in … in the Nickelodeon.” If you heard the lyrics to the 1950 hit introduced to the world by Teresa Brewer, they are still rolling around somewhere on the back roads of your noggin. It was that kind of song! There may even be room in there for the Andrew Sisters’ hit, The Boogie Woogie Boy of Company B. You remember Sentimental Journey, Irving Berlin’s I love a Piano, Consider Yourself from “Oliver” and all the great music from Annie Get Your Gun, Porgy & Bess and State Fair.
Now you can hear it and see it again — live. The Snowbird Singers, under the direction of Katie Ott, will bring all that great music to the stage (with the exception of Music, Music, Music, but then who said it is a perfect world?). Ott, whose fame as a harpist extends from Florida to Alabama and Mississippi, became the 50-member chorus’s new director in January. She will bring two special treats to the event, one of whom is her father, four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, composer David Ott, who will, in his own inimitable style, report on the work of the Music for Healing foundation. And to prove that what was old is new again, come Destin Middle School youths who will dance to the melody of Dry Bones under the direction of their teacher, Melody Gill. Showtime is 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Santa Rosa Community Church, 3524 U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. Admission is free with a good-will offering.
The Walton County Snowbird general meeting set for Feb. 13 gets underway officially at 10 a.m. at Destin Life Center Building, 200 Beach Drive. Old hands know to show up early because much goes on in the hour preceding the start of the meeting. Area vendors welcome snowbirds with product and service displays. Concurrently, snowbird artists, aided by Jan Young and Debra Bailey, will display examples of their talent in a variety of media — watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and oils. After a brief business meeting, immensely popular saxophonist and composer/vocalist Michael J Thomas will join equally popular Jabbo Stokes and guitarist Shannon Wallace on the stage. Afterward, the club’s prize committee will distribute valuable prizes — all contributed by area business organizations.
Tickets are available until Feb. 10 for the annual snowbird dinner dance that takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day at the Sandestin Hilton Ballroom when the cash bar opens with dinner at 6 followed by dancing to the Mike Mancini Band until 10:30 p.m. Call Eva Mae Rice at 850-543-7338.
Euchre winners on Jan. 24 were: Women — First Place, Eunice Collins, second, Pat Bachman. Men — First Place, Steve Lerche, second place, Tom Waimer. On Jan. 31, winners were: Women — Linda Fobert, first, Eunice Collins, second. Men — Bernie Blair, first, Bob Giek, second.
Pat Towns, Paul Smithers, and Margie Snowsell secured first place at weekly bridge on Tuesday, Jan. 29, while Harriet Carlson, Cindy Schreiner, and Jim Handloser took top honors on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Tuesday Golf League’s Jan. 29 results: First place, Fran Seekely’s team with second going to Dave Parsell’s team. Winners of the closest to the pin prize were Stan Sass and Catherine Murray. The Thursday League reported Jan. 31 results: First place- Dave Douglas’s team, Clem Roy amd Bertie Mohling, second place, team of Lee and Trudy Garbell and Lauren and Linda Bode.
Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Snowbird information, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com