Look elsewhere than the Walton County Snowbirds if you are keeping a lookout for couch potatoes, those relentless combatants in the battle against healthy-living habits. When snowbirds burst upon the scene in early January, arriving from where snowflake emblems decorate the weather reports, they did so with gusto. They filled the golf and tennis rosters then moved on to the numerous exercise and dance programs. Seventy showed up for the senior aerobics twice-weekly sessions and another 35 for water aerobics. Forty-five opted for line dancing while another 100 get their exercise learning how to avoid stepping on each other’s toes while mastering the waltz and fox trot. A handful short of 200 golfers now make up the Tuesday and Thursday golf leagues; 31 more snowbirds are on the tennis courts and many more are at the bowling alley, or bicycling, or playing basketball and pickleball for a total of nearly 700 snowbirds enrolled in a recreational activity. If you have been missing the fun, go to www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com/activities.html for details about all the club’s activities.
Those who seek sedentary outlets such as arts and crafts need look no further than the craft group currently under the friendly guidance of Mazie Peoples and Brenda Mikula. The group meets at Faith Assembly Hall, 306 South Geronimo Street in Miramar Beach, on Mondays beginning at 12:30 p.m. Like all creative people, crafters come with oversized portions of physical and mental energy, enough to dedicate hours to the completion of a single undertaking. Current projects include positive and negative art images, photograph frames, and birdhouses. One of their members has asked the group to take on one additional project. Mari Carroll, a snowbird from Ohio, presented the craft group with an opportunity introduced by the American Heart Association to increase heart health awareness. The project, designated Little Hats, Big Hearts, seeks volunteers to help celebrate American Heart Month in February by knitting or crocheting newborn-size red hats symbolizing heart-healthy lives for both moms and their new babies. Each baby born in a participating hospital in February will go home sporting a red hat. Others interested in learning how to participate can reach Mari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tuesday golf league reported its top scorers for the second week of play — David White, Susan White, David Snow, and Kathleen Caught. Recent scores turned in by the Thursday Golf League for the second week of play reported three teams tied for first place — Team six, Marc Huygens, Bill Hall, Barry Wolfe and Hank Kielstra; Team 11, William Blackburn and Ramona Lumpkin; and Team 19, Thomas Millar, Clem Roy, Doug Hoffman and James Bailey.
The top finishers of the Walton County Snowbird Golf Scramble, held Jan. 16 at the Bluewater Bay Golf Club, were Gene Decker, Ron Bird, Bruce Blundell and Bernie Walker.
The next general meeting takes place Feb. 6 at Destin Life Center of the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. David Seering, a longtime snowbird favorite, will return to the stage one more time.
Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds. Reach him at email@example.com.