Snowbirds seem to like round things … like golf balls, tennis balls, basketballs, bicycle wheels and even bowling balls. Ever wonder how much interest you could raise for an activity that promotes mental and physical health and doesn’t involve grunting, groaning, or moaning and is a lot of fun to boot?
We’re talking about something that burns calories, works those usually ignored muscle groups, and adds flexing and stretching to tendons, joints, and ligaments and best of all promotes weight loss. Can it be true that this can be done while having a really good time? The answer is yes and it is spelled b o w l i n g. It’s been around a while. King Edward III outlawed the sport in 1366 so his archers could pay more attention to archery practice.
The sport regained popularity when Henry VIII had a change of heart that made bowling nearly as popular as attending a beheading of one of his wives. Find out why bowling remains a popular activity for all ages by joining up to 80 other snowbirds that gather on Fridays from 1-3 p.m. at Hurricane Lanes. To join in, contact Judy Kremers at email@example.com or 850-460-2616 or show up at the bowling alley.
The Walton County Snowbirds registers new and returning members from 8:30-10:30 a.m. each Monday at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo Street in Miramar Beach. Members can participate in more than 40 activities, many of which involve some kind of ball. Golf leagues, golf play days, scrambles, and tournaments await golfers of all skill levels, at favorable prices. Find these opportunities at http://www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com.
You have new friends waiting to meet you at the Mainsail tennis courts from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Email Likhite@sbcglobal.net for details. Basketball players get together at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive in Destin. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Bicyclists can contact email@example.com for information.
How about those general meetings? What a great time was experienced by all who attended the Walton County Snowbirds’ Jan. 9 meeting. Vendors who displayed their wares and talked about the great goods and services available on the Emerald Coast alone made attendance worthwhile. Add in great entertainment, the kind put forth by the likes of David Seering who once again dazzled everyone with a repertoire delivered with masterful aplomb. Then top it off with a distribution of prizes delivered always in grandiloquent style, especially when Nancy Gehrke commands the stage.
All those great prizes donated by generous Emerald Coast businesses serve as an inducement to do business with them. Thanks can also go to the many snowbirds who contribute time by visiting with the merchants, picking up prizes, and delivering certificates of appreciation. They are Ginni Anderson, Rayne Bryla, Eunice Collins, Jeanette Diggins, Joan Dougall, Nancy Gehrke, Tom Jarvis, Gary Nelson, Kathy Nelson, Carleen Newell, Beth Sargent, Tom and Bonnie Schwichtenberg, Mary Serniuk, and Bob Swenson.
Betty Martin reports a strong turnout for both Wednesday afternoon and evening bridge at Hampton Inn, 861 U.S. 98. Afternoon winners are Lynn Smith, Kay Lynch, and Gene Zwinsky. Evening winners are Sidney Turner, Kay Lynch, Bernie Blair.
Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Snowbird information, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com