One feeling members of the Walton County Snowbirds never experience is Waldeinsamkeit. That is German for the feeling of being alone in the woods and the reason is a large number of volunteers willing to share their time and talent with others.
Take Dave Peterson, for example, one of more than a hundred snowbird volunteers. Dave knows where to find fish whether it is the Choctawhatchee Bay or the Gulf of Mexico and it doesn’t matter to him if you are after redfish, pompano, sheepshead, or flounder. Nor does it matter if you are a novice or an old salt; he will guide you to the fish if they are biting. Just ask Ontario snowbird Allen Quackenbush or Michigander Stan Newby who recently spent a day fishing for pompano. If the fish are not biting, you can sit on Dave’s porch, swap yarns and help him assemble fishing lures. Give him a call at 622-0454 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for a time and place.
Did you ever notice how dancing couples appear content, sometimes euphoric, and wonder why? How about an activity that reduces stress, adds zing to romance, and improves poise and grace but doesn’t involve buying pills or an exercise machine? The answer is as close as the nearest dance floor. If the only reason someone is not on the dance floor is for want of learning a few steps then that’s where four more snowbird volunteers take up the slack.
Len and Jan Hoover and Dave and Gail Tudman set aside time from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Monday to help fellow snowbirds master the waltz, fox trot, swing, and rumba. The first hour is devoted to beginners, and the second is for those who wish to practice advanced steps. It happens at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo Street in Miramar Beach, and it is free to members of the Walton County Snowbirds.
Line dancing is a different kettle of fish than ballroom dancing because while many beginning line dance steps are the same, they are danced in different sequences. Ballroom dancers, on the other hand, follow the same steps and the same sequence. Beginning line dancers find it is best to learn how from an instructor who can explain the basic footwork, break down the steps and outline the basic pattern. Then it is easy and fun. Volunteers Diane Likhite, Julie Flynn, Connie Sutherland, and Sarah Vaillancourt do just that without charge for Walton County Snowbirds from 3-5 p.m. Mondays and 2:15-4 p.m. Wednesdays at Faith Assembly.
Congratulations go to Louise Bottrell and Bob Algie for creative writing achievements. Louise achieved the highest technical score and won the Best Story of the Week award for her story, Hot Water. Bob, who also won the best opening line award, placed second.
Thursday golf results: Jan. 10, first place, Diane Whaley's team plus-15, second place ended in a tie between the Lee Garbell, Kate Blundell, and Ken Lemire teams. Jan. 17, first place, Karen Powell's team, second place, Sandy Klemond's team. Jan.24, first, Paul Tomlinson's team, second place a tie between the Tom Klemond and Bev Ward teams.
Bridge players gather at Hampton Inn and Suites, across from Silver Sands. Tuesday evening winners were Bob Shewchuk, Jim Hansen, and Pat Towns. The Wednesday afternoon group watched Kay Lynch, Lynn Smith, and Deanna Babcock carry the day.
Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds and can be reached at email@example.com.