Hundreds of new snowbirds expected Jan. 2

Tom Mahar
Richard Bryla and Mike Dougall help distribute door prizes at monthly snowbird meetings.

More than 100 volunteers who make up the engine that drives the Walton County Snowbirds are looking forward to Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. New and returning snowbirds are expected to stop by Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo Street in Miramar Beach, between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. to sign the membership rolls.

Referring to an anticipated arrival of hundreds of snowbirds, Tom Schwichtenberg, the organization’s president, said, “We are expecting one of the busiest seasons yet because we have some new activities including Pilates, Taoist Tai Chi Practice and Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance fitness program, as well as experienced leadership in other programs that have enjoyed popularity for many years, including arts and crafts, creative writing, discussion groups, aerobics, golf, tennis, and the singles group 43 activities in all.” An annual $9 membership fee buys a passport to free workshops and activities that include great golf deals.

Of course, people attend the monthly general meetings to gain a chance to win one of the great prizes contributed by Emerald Coast business firms. Who doesn’t want a shot at winning a golf outing or a fishing excursion or dinner at one of the many eating establishments that help make this area so special? In addition, other firms present enough gifts and discounts to make a discount-loving snowbird’s head spin. But, there’s more.

Visiting vendors offer opportunities to examine their products and services at close range. On top of that, the entertainment, the kind that costs more than a few shekels at area nightspots, always excels. The next general meeting takes place at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at Destin Life Center Building of the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. On tap is David Seering whose Sinatra style approach to music always wins the hearts and applause of audiences.

Golfers can’t get a better deal than joining the Walton County Snowbirds where a membership card gets the holder eat-your-heart-out-prices at some of the Emerald Coast’s leading golf courses where they join other snowbirds on play days, scrambles or league play. And you know what savings mean — more golf. Check out the possibilities at

The Walton County Snowbirds have a solution for those who are seeing new computer terms thrown around or for those whose computer is a big beige box they want to upgrade, maybe to one with better bells and whistles. The solution is the Computer Club. Members can attend meetings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month beginning in January at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall and take part in lectures concerning Wi-Fi, Microsoft Windows 7 and 8, or iPhoto on the Mac. Learn more about Apps, iPads, even 3D printing. For details, call Carl Lofstrom 586-0603, Ken Lemire 351-0672 or Hugh Barnard 654-9129. Membership is $10 for snowbirds, half the regular membership price.

David Ott will present his six-week music series entitled Journey to Paris, a Musical Tour of the Great Cities of Europe, at 1 p.m. beginning Jan. 21 at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church on U.S. 98. For details, it’s Items left at Affordable Storage are waiting to be picked up. Hours are 3-4 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 2, 9, and 16.

Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds and can be reached at For Snowbird information visit