Snowbirds flee from brutal winters in north

Karen Moosekian

A “seasonal adjustment” in economic terms is a technique aimed at analyzing economic data with the purpose of removing fluctuations that take place as a result of seasonal factors. However, for the Walton County Snowbird, a “seasonal adjustment” refers to changing the winter season of cold and snow to something way more tolerable by adjusting their location.

Yes, the brutal winters in the northern regions are definitely something the snowbird doesn’t mind leaving for the season. In fact as soon as the temperatures at home begin to dip the snowbird anticipates his southbound journey. That is why northern license plates are appearing in the area with more to arrive.

The Walton County Snowbird sponsored activities are very minimal until after the holidays are over. That will afford snowbirds a chance to regroup in order to begin the new year with some bravado. Almost all of the more than two dozen activities will begin the first week of January 2017. Two of the most important dates that week are Monday, Jan. 2, and Wednesday, Jan. 4. Registration will take place both of those days at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo in Miramar Beach. Monday’s registration will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and Wednesday you can register beginning at 8:30 a.m. but ending at 10 a.m. that day.

One general meeting in December has come and gone, but there are four more planned for the season. You may want to mark your 2017 calendars with the dates of Jan. 11 and 25 along with Feb. 8 and 22. All the general meetings take place on Wednesday mornings beginning at 10 a.m. at the Destin United Methodist Church Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Plan on arriving early to check out the vendor tables, purchase Walton County Snowbird apparel, and obtain 50/50 raffle tickets for the Vivek Likhite Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship fund, named after longtime Walton County Snowbird and past president Vivek Likhite, consists of two $1,000 scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to two deserving senior students from South Walton High School enabling them to extend their education.

Also at the general meetings there will be opportunities to sign up for the Biloxi trips and the annual blood drive, which will take place Feb. 1. The entertainment committee has arranged for some incredibly talented entertainers to perform for your enjoyment. And last, but certainly not least, there will be door prizes donated by our very generous local merchants for you to win. For all of these reasons you surely do not want to miss a general meeting. More information about the Walton County Snowbirds can be found at www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com.

A reminder that every Monday in January, Jerry Barton and Crew will help you reclaim your items at Affordable Storage from 3-4 p.m.

Karen Moosekian, editor in chief, can be reached at 2destinkaren@gmail.com