Saturday, November 19, 2011

Welcome Back Party

WOW!  We had the perfect weather for the Welcome Back party today!  It’s surprising to see such a big attendance this early in the season.  That’s a sign that folks don’t want to stay away any longer than they have to.  Today’s extravaganza was just like Disneyland for Seniors.  Games (basketball throw,  golf chipping, pinball, and TRIKE riding!) music, entertainment, dancing, lots of great food, vendors to visit with, RVs to tour, flowers to plant and pots of petals to lease, beer and refreshments, etc etc etc.  Lots of fun for everyone.  A great time to mingle and say hello to old friends and meet new people.

Buy your food tickets here.

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Sign up here for the Pots of Petals program.

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Save $5 and plant your own!

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Feel free to ask the experts for help.  Jim Dawson, Fernando, and Eddie on duty.

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Lots of flowers to choose from.

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I think the tricycle races were the most fun to watch.

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Folks came to the finish line laughing so hard, they could hardly pedal anymore. 

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Send these photos to the kids back home if they think Mom and Dad are sitting back in a rocker while in Arizona.

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And the band played on.

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And the dancers danced.

At center is DeeDee Dougherty who teaches all our line dance and square dance classes here.  She is awesome!  She won some big awards at the International Square Dance Music Awards in Vegas this year.  Best Overall Female Caller, Best Female Patter Caller, and Best Female Singing Caller.  Congratulations DeeDee!!

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A little business was also conducted along with the gayety.  The Dish guys signed up a bunch of new customers.

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A-Z Dermitology had a booth to advertise their services.  They’re even sponsoring some free skin screenings next week.  (Sign up is already filled.)  (Dr. Gamoth is seated.)

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RightWay Healthcare was present and sponsored free ice cream.

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Chick-fil-A sponsored free iced tea.  They certainly have served hundreds of free breakfasts to us this season.  Be sure to support their business next time you are out for a lunch or quick snack.

Henry Brown Auto had a few cars on display and LaMesa RV had some beautiful new rigs to tour.

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You can always find Yogie working at the Budweiser stand.  We Wisconsin people know what’s important.

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Linda and our new Special Events Manager, Joy Covell, were busy at the wine cooler station.

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I tried to avoid taking pictures of people eating – which most events are famous for – but I did have to include this picture because John said I’d better not post it on the blog.  Sorry John!  Here you are.  (At least they were done eating.)

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It took many many people to put this event together and have it so successful.  Thank you to everyone for all the hard work. 

Dora – head of our housekeeping department

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And many volunteers at the various booths.

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And…..those who stayed behind to direct traffic.

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On my walk home through the golf course, I had to smile and stop to say hello to Helen Vosburg who was the lonely starter on duty at Hole #10.  She had a nice quiet afternoon with a good book while on duty.

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It was a beautiful day in a beautiful park.  Hope you all had a great time.

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