February is a welcome sight as it has brought milder temperatures along with the last wave of the Walton County Snowbird flock. We are strong in numbers with close to 2,000 members arriving at the Emerald Coast for a winter respite from that awful Artic Vortex visiting our home states. If you are a new arrival, brush off the snow and ice, and warm up with snowbird activities which are currently in full swing.
Winners and Events
The Creative Writers workshop gathers weekly to critique stories authored by its members. Recently, the group applauded the efforts of Don Anderson and Carole Zoller for placing first in penning winning opening lines.
The Biking Group is back on the road and eagerly pedaling under the leadership of Don Anderson and John Beach, Walton County Snowbird treasurer.
There will be an art exhibit from both the Tuesday morning and afternoon Art Workshop classes as well as a few members of the Craft Group prior to the next general meeting on Feb. 12. The artists and crafters will have their work on display and for sale at the back of the auditorium.
The Walton County Snowbird Singers will be in concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Community Church, 3524 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. They have been practicing new music weekly in order to astonish the audience at their next performance.
Congratulations to the Jan. 22 Euchre night winners, Ed Foster and Sally MacKenzie, who took first place honors with second place being awarded to Carol Fasnacht and Sally Carriere.
The next general meeting will be on Feb. 12 at the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. The Walton County Snowbird Scholarship Raffle winning ticket will be pulled at this meeting, so some lucky ticket holder will take home the beautiful gift basket valued at more than $350, and two senior class members from South Walton High School will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Prior to the start of the meeting there will be one last opportunity to register for the Walton County Snowbird Club for this season. Please remember that our snowbird artists and crafters will be displaying their work for purchase before the meeting begins at 10 a.m. The entertainment for this meeting will be provided by Chuck Lawson, dubbed the “Tropical Man” because of his island style music versions of popular songs. Chuck flavors his music with Caribbean rhythms delivered by his guitar and steel drum. The meeting will end with the distribution of prizes donated by merchants along the Emerald Coast. Supporters need to know that their donations are being used and appreciated by way of a verbal thank you from our lucky winning members.
There has been an increase in cost at Affordable Storage, the storage units rented by the Walton County Snowbird Club. The club is no longer able to absorb the shortfall caused by the rise in price. Please note that the cost of storing a bin/container/tub will be increased to $15 for the year beginning with this season’s drop off. The suggested size for the container is a Rubbermaid 18 gallon bin. The cost for storing other items will remain the same. Please check the Walton County Snowbird Club website under the “Storage Tab” for additional information.
You will want to check out the new Snowbird Swap Sheet on the website under the tab of the same name. This service is the brainchild of our Information Officer, Bill Neidel, and is designed to help you dispose of unwanted but usable items in a marketable way. It’s a convenient way to trade, swap, sell or even give away items that are of no further use to you. As the saying goes, “One snowbird’s junk is another snowbird’s treasure.” Click on the tab on the website, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com, and see what is available today.
Karen Moosekian, editor in chief for the Walton County Snowbirds, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.