Due to the coronavirus, most of us are facing a lonely Thanksgiving. This year, my family and many others will be staying home. But take heart! We can include loved ones in our celebrations by using technology even if we are apart.
Video chat to discuss recipes, holiday plans or craft with the grandchildren. Share a virtual puzzle at https://jigsawpuzzle.io/. If you keep a journal or scrapbook, document this unusual year. Focus on thankfulness and what is meaningful to you.
Our brave soldiers are not always within reach. Active-duty personnel serving outside the United States number over 170,000 men and women, deployed in more than 150 countries. The comforts of home are what our soldiers miss most. Home-baked goodies are high on the list. Enter the Harbor Hills ladies and our 2020 Treat The Troops drive. Roseann Cochran and Shirle Mabie lead the charge to give our deployed military personnel a welcome taste of home. Last year, 1,050 dozen cookies (12,600 cookies) in 131 boxes were sent to our troops. The team effort included overwhelming support from Village residents.
This year, we have already received requests from our soldiers in Kuwait, Africa and Shenyang, China! Won’t you show your support by sending a taste of home during the holiday season? You can donate cookies, contribute money for military postage, write personal notes, or provide the names and addresses of military personnel stationed overseas until after the holidays. The military discount cost of mailing one box is $19.45.
The last day to donate cookies or postage money is Monday, November 30. For additional information, contact Roseann Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shirle Mabie at email@example.com. Have a happy, safe and creative Thanksgiving!
Recent months have been about connecting with our inner strength. As Americans, we are well-known for our resilience and resolve. Although our everyday lifestyle continues to be altered, we are making the necessary adjustments and getting on with life. During October, golf at Harbor Hills Country Club was in full swing with small modifications. We take separate carts and leave the flagstick in while continuing to enjoy the game.
The Men’s Club Championship was a three-day event played from a mix of gold, blue and white tees. This year’s winner is Mike Latch who beat last year’s winner Chris Delzio by one stroke. The senior champion is Chape Chapin who won by three strokes over Bill Collier. The Ladies Club Champion is Nancy Weiss. Congrats to all!
The Blue Team emerged the victor over the Red Team in October’s hard-fought Sider Cup competition. The annual Ladies Red/Blue Tournament has become an integral part of Sider Cup activities as well. Congrats to the Ladies Red Team who won their event.
The Harbor Hills Convertible Club, affectionately known as the Topless Club, is holding a Western golf cart poker rally event on Friday. This unique fundraiser will benefit a special family of a student attending a local school in Lady Lake. We start at the clubhouse at 4:30PM. For poker rally registration, contact Carol DiDomenico at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the rally there will be a delicious BBQ buffet with live entertainment provided by Bobby Tate. The menu includes beef brisket, roasted chicken, pulled pork and St. Louis style sticky ribs. The lounge opens at 5PM. Dinner starts at 6PM. Dinner is open to the public and we would love to welcome you! Call 352-753-7000 for reservations.
Veterans Day Tribute
This Veteran’s Day, the Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club is sponsoring a unique candlelight tribute. The evening will begin on Wednesday at 6:30 PM at our Memorial Park overlooking the 16th green. Candles are provided. COVID guidelines will be in effect as necessary.
Steve Stephens, Sergeant U.S. Marine Corps, Ret. will represent all military services when he brings our National Colors down the hill. Steve will present our American flag to salute and recite our Pledge of Allegiance. A brief program celebrating all veterans will be followed by special recognition of veterans living in our community. Speakers include Giac Modica, Colonel US Army, Ret. and Steve Hritz, Colonel, US Air Force, Ret.
The day was designated to mark the end of World War I and was originally called Armistice Day. The armistice with Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The holiday was renamed Veteran’s Day in 1954. “Our service members come from all walks of life,” Modica reminds us, “but each has the basic qualities that exemplify the character of our armed forces: courage, selflessness and dedication to duty.”
Memorial Day honors those who died defending our freedoms. But Veteran’s Day honors those who returned home to improve our communities. Let’s reach out every day to assure veterans that they are not forgotten.
A kaleidoscope of names and military emblems are engraved on the bricks surrounding our memorial. The Garden & Women’s Club sells these bricks customized with your veteran’s name. Funds from brick sales pay for maintenance and upgrades to our park. To purchase an engraved brick, contact Shirle Mabie at email@example.com.
Abundance of Love
As we head into the holiday season, we celebrate our lives. For those looking to share that feeling of love and gratitude, the local group Abundance of Love may be a perfect solution. Harbor Hills resident and friend Bobbie Powell explains that this unique alliance of crafters meet in one of three groups in The Villages or Water Oak. With the assistance of area organizer Jen Smith, talented men and women put their crochet, looming and knitting skills to good use.
The focus of Abundance of Love is intentionally local. Nearby hospitals, hospices, cancer aftercare, food pantries and schools with populations of underserved children are regular recipients. An assortment of needed warmth comes from the hand-crafted creations of Abundance of Love. Included are hats for oncology patients of all ages, isolette covers, lap blankets, scarves, comforting shawls and masectomy aids for recovering breast cancer patients.
“With our new direction of meeting local needs,“ Bobbie explains, “we have a direct impact on our surrounding community. We are request-driven and fulfill local needs of all types. Recently, the James Haley Veterans Hospital requested chemo hats and lap blankets. We delivered them in patriotic red, white and blue!” Colorful shawls are donated to patients as part of Advent Health Waterman’s Butterfly Project for hospice care.
Have a caring heart but only a half hour a week to spare? Volunteers can create a loomed hat in thirty minutes. The group meets at the Water Oak Clubhouse on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 1-3PM. All COVID safety restrictions are in place. Patterns and yarn are free. Won’t you share your talents, yarn donations or time to help? Call Bobbie at 352-678-5679 or Jen at 352-250-3431.
Club Champions 2019
An exciting week of golf for Harbor Hills MGA members starts Wednesday. The Club Championship Stroke Play is one of the most popular and fun tournaments to get the season underway. The championship begins with 8 AM tee times from a mix of gold, blue and white tees. All golf members are welcome to compete. A coveted private parking spot is awarded to the winner along with well-earned bragging rights. The defending champion is Chris Delzio.
Attention, Harbor Hills Senior Golf Members! Running concurrently with the Club Championship, green tee players will compete for the title of Senior Club Champion. Frank Altman will defend his senior title. The three-day event ends with an awards dinner Sunday for participants of both the Club Championship and the Senior Club Championship. Sign up deadline is today.
Next up is the President’s Cup Net Tournament. The three-day event will be played November 11th, 13th and 15th. Members will compete for net winners in each division in addition to an overall net champion. The awards banquet starts at 6 PM on Sunday the 15th and will feature live music. Signup deadline is November 7th.
This Friday enjoy the All You Care To Eat prime rib and seafood buffet. Fried coconut shrimp, honey garlic and Cajun shrimp, mixed veggies, twice baked potato casserole and carved prime rib of beef are all on the menu. This scrumptious meal is open to the public for $27.99/pp excluding tax and gratuity. What a perfect time to visit Harbor Hills Country Club! Call 352-753-7000 for required reservations.
Have a safe and happy Halloween! Don’t forget to move your clocks back on Sunday as Daylight Savings Time ends.