From Super Bowl to Snowbird Chorus — snowbirds love it all

Karen Moosekian
The leaders of the bowling activity (from left) are Mike Dougall, Joan Dougall and Don MacIntosh.

Super Bowl 50 is on everyone’s mind, including snowbirds. They rarely pass up an opportunity to mix, mingle or entertain. Socialization is one of the major reasons snowbirds arrive on the Emerald Coast, and February is the month affording the most opportunities for enthusiastic gatherings. Today they will celebrate the 2015 season champion of National League Football, and tomorrow they will be looking forward to the next February event to enjoy.

Recognition and gratitude go out to Connie Taylor and all who donated blood last week during the Walton County Snowbird Blood Drive. Connie always achieves success with her efforts and the community receives the benefit. Just one more way the snowbirds give back to the area.

Many snowbirds are resting up after attending the Sinful Desserts Dance last week. Some couples only got off the dance floor when the band took a break. The desserts were, as advertised, sinful.

Thanks to Ron Donkers for organizing such a delightful evening.

Coming up this week on Wednesday, Feb. 10, is a general meeting taking place at Destin United Methodist Church Life Center, 200 Beach Drive, at 10 a.m. David Seering, who is incredibly popular among the snowbird audience, will be the entertainment. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Walton County High School Scholarship Fund allocating monies for two $1,000 scholarships enabling qualified senior students the ability to continue their education. Plan on arriving early and staying until the last door prize is handed out. Please be sure to thank all the extremely generous merchants for their participation.

The Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Santa Rosa Community Church from 1:45-4 p.m. There will be an opportunity for a book exchange and coffee prior to Micki Peterson leading the discussion of The Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tesniowski.

Bob Hendrickson, the leader of the creative-writing group this season, reports that the group boasts 10 members who are busily churning out a story a week. Carole Zoller is the co-mentor of the group and has been a member of the writing group for several years. A week ago Carole was the winner of the “Best Story of the Week" and this week she scored a 100 percent on her technical ability with her story, “Who’s the Bully Now?” Presently, the honor of winning the “Best Story of the Week” went to John Hoppenstedt of Minnesota. John excelled in character development in an 800 word story, “The M & M’s." The group will vote on a “Best Story of the Year” at the end of February. It will be published on the snowbird website for all to enjoy.

Don’t forget about the concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach where, under the direction of Nancy Jo Willis, the Snowbird Chorus will perform.

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