On a recent January evening while cool winds stirred the fronds of the hardy palms that decorate the grounds of the Seascape Conference Center, 10 snowbirds gathered, as they do weekly, from 6:30-8 p.m. to take under consideration a subject of topical interest. The gathering, moderated by long time snowbird, Bob Algie, offers participants an equal opportunity to expound on a wide variety of subjects employing as founts, experience or matriculated study. The subject on this occasion was the determinants for establishing remuneration for services rendered in our society. While consensus was neither expected nor achieved during the far-reaching discussion, each participant presented a view of current practices. Present were, Bob and Merry Capobianco, Peggy Miller, Roy Murray, J Ron and Ann Neale, John Thompson, Bonnie Schwichtenberg, and Carol Staiger. Algie encourages attendance by all who enjoy exchanging information and ideas.



The Walton County Snowbird Singers, under the direction of Katie Ott, will entertain with a Broadway flavored concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Santa Rosa Community Church on Highway 98. Enjoy a taste of Broadway with selections from Oliver, Annie Get Your Gun, Porgy & Bess, and State Fair. Students from Destin Middle School will liven things up with a special dance presentation.



A few slots remain open for the President’s Cup Tournament scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Pines Course in Fort Walton Beach. U.S. players out number Canadians, though, so Mike Callan at callanmf@aol.com is hoping to see the field balance out with the addition of more Canadian challengers.



Twelve snowbird models are dolling up to display the latest fashions during the annual Ladies Luncheon scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 27 at the Embassy Suites. Visit vivsnowbird@gmail.com for details. Models are Kate Blundell, Juanita Fornataro. Val Grieve, Kathy Inglis, Ginny Lingard, Annette Mammano, Karen Moosekian, Bonnie Schwichtenberg, Sheri Tisa, Dee Trolian, Gail Tudman, and Beverly Ward.



Beth Sargent reports the first place winner of the Tuesday Golf League Feb. 5 match was the Hunt Team followed by the Parsell team in second. Stan Newby stroked a 6-foot, 7-inch putt. Vivienne Hertz demonstrated impressive golfing skills with a 13-foot, 6-inch putt.



The Thursday league reports a first place tie between the Dave Douglas and Martin Breemen teams. Second place went to Bob Seekely team. Ken Noble and Judy Kremers delivered the longest putts. Birdies galore:  Kay Kempf, Karl Rudolph, Bill Pasel, Duane Roost, Mike Andrassy, Dan Rankin, Clem Roy, Cathie Tummon, and Martin Breemen.



Of the millions of people worldwide who play bridge, several are among the Walton County snowbirds who play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Feb. 5, Elaine Zwickey, Mary Pat McLaughlin, and Grace Kulas won top spots. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Nancy Hirsch, Betty Martin, and Elaine Zwickey claimed top honors.



The Creative Writers awarded Best Story of the Week to Don Anderson for The Coward. Top submission on technical points was Louise Bottrell’s Moving On. The writers meet 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Conference Center.



Some dates to pencil in:



• Feb. 18: David Ott Music Series at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church a 1 p.m.



• Feb. 20: The Tuesday and Thursday Golf League’s joint luncheon at 11 a.m. at 790 On The Gulf Restaurant, 2996 Scenic Hwy 98. Details are on the website.



• Feb. 20: Singles Game Day Ariel Dunes II. Details at 850-424-6016.



• Feb. 21: Women’s Charity Scramble at Fort Walton Pines Course.



• Feb. 21: President’s Cup at Fort Walton Pines Course.



• Feb. 22: Singles attend Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Stars of Tomorrow.



• Feb. 23: Snowbird Singers at 3 p.m. at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church.



• Feb. 25: David Ott Music Series at 1 p.m. at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church.



• Feb. 27: Ladies Luncheon at Embassy Suites.



Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds and can be reached at tkmahar@aol.com.