WALTON COUNTY SNOWBIRDS: First general meeting scheduled for Dec. 5

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
The flock was all smiles at one of last seeason's general meetings. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

Eileen Anderson, activity coordinator for snowbird singles, reminds us that singles always find the welcome mat out at snowbird events. “Registrations at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall,” she said, “are a reliable source of tips on how to enjoy a Florida winter, including dates when singles will gather at luncheons, happy hours and other special events.” Reach her at 920-373-5710.

With the "season to be jolly" fast approaching, it is easy to slip into sedentary habits that bode ill for contentment. Sarah Vaillancourt, a snowbird volunteer of long standing, offers an enjoyable alternative: water aerobics. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, and continuing each Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11 a.m., guided exercises will occur under her direction, weather permitting, at Ariel Dune I’s (Seascape Resort) heated pool. Outside temperature below 50 degrees or rain will call for cancellation. Admission is without cost to the first 35 registered snowbirds to appear each day. Don’t forget the pool noodle. Need more information? Contact Sarah at savaillancourt@aol.com.

Those seeking a drier form of exercise accompanied with lighthearted pleasure will want to look into the Walton County Snowbird dancing opportunities beginning with ballroom dancing lessons with separate sessions for both newcomers to the art of dancing and for those seeking to polish their steps. Instructors are Len and Jan Hoover and Dave and Gail Tudman. The Hoovers began giving instruction to dancing snowbirds in 2006; the Tudmans in 2007. “We love teaching dance and have made so many new friends over the years," Len Hoover said. "We don't plan to stop any time soon.” For details, contact Len at lenjandance2@gmail.com.

The always popular line dancing program returns again this snowbird season beginning Wednesday, Jan, 2, 2019, at Faith Assembly Hall. The fun kicks off at 2:15 p.m. for 90 minutes of synchronized dancing guided by volunteers Julie Flynn, Sarah Vaillancourt and Diane Likhite. The program continues on Monday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. and continues thereafter at those times on Mondays and Wednesdays.

New and returning snowbirds may register their membership for a $10 fee that grants access to 37 activities on Monday, Dec. 3, and then on Jan. 2 or Jan. 4 between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo St. Registration also takes place one hour before each general meeting, the first of which takes place at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Destin Life Center Building of the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive.

Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds. Reach him at tkmahar@aol.com.