Snowbirds begin wrapping up activities

Karen Moosek
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library hosted a successful Valentine's Day event Friday afternoon at the library. The Cupcake Challenge featured six local bakers competing for best taste from the crowd of about 60 people. After tasting the delectable treats, three barbershop quartets from Emerald Coast Chorus performed love songs and do-wops for the visitors. Jean Webber, Dawn Charbonneau and Jane Chadderdon of the Walton County Snowbirds Club went with the theme of Huckleberry Finn with their cupcake offering. The Walton Snowbirds took first for booth display and for creativity.

With the last general meeting of the year behind us, and the March 1st date looming ahead, many snowbirds are feeling much like Dorothy of “Wizard of Oz” fame. She knew that her time in the Emerald City was coming to an end, and the same is true for snowbirds. For some, your visit on the Emerald Coast might have been similar to the one Dorothy experienced on the Yellow Brick Road, presenting you with unique and out of the ordinary adventures. Reminiscent of Dorothy, perhaps you learned a thing or two, and likely acquired a few new friends. But just like Dorothy you eventually need to go back home, hopefully cherishing fond memories of those experiences and friendships.

Last Wednesday, at the general meeting, the official Walton County Snowbird gavel was turned over to the new Co-Presidents, Timi Millar and John Testa, allowing Joe Moosekian and Jean Weber the pleasure of becoming co-past presidents. And, with much gratitude for their dedication to the club over the years, Jane Chadderdon and Dave Tudman joined the illustrious group of retired past presidents.

During the meeting, Dr. Dale Yount, representing South Walton High School, gratefully accepted the scholarship check of $2,000 to be used for two deserving South Walton High School students who will each receive $1,000 to continue their education.

This past week also brought to a close for the season numerous snowbird activities. Many members were able to expand their minds, exercise their bodies and hone their skills because of the great group of volunteers who make it all happen. This seems like an opportune time to thank all of our group activity leaders, registration crew, event coordinators, storage squad and of course our capable officers and board members along with anyone else who gave up their personal time in order to provide you the opportunity of a great experience during your snowbird stay.

One activity that is still meeting is the Book Discussion Group scheduled for March 3, at Santa Rosa Community Church. The book for discussion will be "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown. Tom Woodworth will be leading the discussion. The group meets at 1:45 p.m. with an opportunity to swap books and enjoy a cup of coffee before the discussion begins.

And the winner is ... the much anticipated announcement of not the Oscar, but of the Snowbird Cup. It is the third annual, extremely intense rivalry that takes place between the best of the Walton County Snowbird golfers and those from the Destin Snowbird Club. A total of 80 golfers participated this year. Winning the Snowbird Cup is nice but the bragging rights that go along with it for the year is the real trophy. So congratulations to the Walton County Snowbirds who earned the right to swagger with an air of self-assurance — for yet another year. It was a hard fought competition but the Walton County golfers were able to win by a comfortable margin of 15 to 3.

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