We Floridians have many reasons to be proud, as Rick Smith will tell us. Rick is the son of famed author Patrick Davis Smith. Patrick Davis Smith’s book, “A Land Remembered” chronicles over a century of rugged Florida history from 1858 to 1968. This historical fiction is told through the author’s story of three generations of the MacIveys. They were a pioneer family faced with the challenges of taming the land they settled.
The writer moved to Florida from Mississippi in 1966. He became keenly interested in Florida’s natural resources and the indigenous population of Seminole Indians. Often likened to the style of James Michener, Smith created characters intricately shaped by their environment. Today, he is recognized as one of the most significant writers on Florida heritage and culture.
Smith has authored eight novels and two non-fiction books. “A Land Remembered” is his most acclaimed work. The author is a 1999 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. This is the highest cultural honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by the state of Florida. Patrick Davis Smith’s lifetime work was nominated for the 1985 Nobel Prize for literature.
To bring his father’s legacy to life, Smith’s son Rick designed a multimedia show which showcases his father’s unique career and works. “My background in media, specifically film and video, makes this experience visually rewarding.”
The Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is honored to host Rick Smith on March 6th, 2020. For this exceptional program, the club has opened up attendance to members’ spouses, friends and their friends. Details will be sent via Evite the second week of February. Seating is limited and a quick response to the invite is requested.
As seniors and as golfers, we hear so much about the need for flexibility and core strength to prevent injury. Longevity is our goal, both in sport and in life.
Gary Player was the first golfer to recognize the benefits of physical fitness in the game. Player devoted himself to proper nutrition, strength and conditioning to stay competitive. At 84 years old, he is still the poster child for the benefits of long-term fitness. From his first Masters win in 1961 to his accomplishments at the Senior Player Championships, Gary is a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic. But our strength training need not reach fanatic levels to generate more power in our swings and more fun in our play.
Tom Leimberger, Harbor Hills golf pro, agrees. “Golf fitness improves flexibility, range of motion and balance,” he said. “All are critical factors in increasing swing speed, which in turn results in greater distance.” Diet and exercise also contribute to increased energy and a positive mindset. Harbor Hills neighbor Les Johnson is a perfect example. At age 89, Les has shot his age and under 658 times!
Last month Les made us all incredibly proud. He brought home the silver medal for golf at the 28th Annual Florida Senior Games in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The course was the beautiful Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation, Florida. What is his secret? A one-hour fitness routine each day and a bowl of Wheaties every morning.
Leimberger suggests checking out the Titleist Performance Institute website, mytpi.com, for exercises and the tip of the day. Start the New Year with good health and longevity in mind. As Player said, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
Looking to keep that blissful feeling of gratitude and love all year long? Angel Snugs is a perfect solution! Harbor Hills resident and friend Bobbie Powell started our local group four years ago. Since then, this 501 (c)(3) has grown along with three flourishing Angel Snugs groups from The Villages.
Angel Snugs was started in 2006 in Sanford by Angi Farrugia. Today, talented men and women put their crochet, looming and knitting skills to good use. The groups create imaginative hats for children undergoing radiation, chemotherapy and other oncology procedures. Hats are sent to 82 hospitals covering 32 states, Canada and Mexico. Twelve Florida hospitals regularly receive these hats or “snugs”. The children choose their own hats and the most imaginative snugs are in demand. Envision a hat with yarn fashioned as a pony tail, curly worms or Mickey and Minnie Mouse! A remarkable 210 snugs, headbands and scarves crafted as snowmen, Grinches, and Christmas trees arrived in hospitals in time for this holiday. To date, 72,000 snugs and accessories have been sent to pediatric oncology units.
Have a caring heart but only a half hour a week to spare? Volunteers can create a loomed hat in thirty minutes. The group of men and women meet at Water Oak Clubhouse on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 1-4PM. Patterns, yarn and help are free and available to help new members create that first “snug” or warm hug. Just give your name at the gate and say “Angel Snugs.” Please join us.
Bobbie’s message is heartfelt. “This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and bring smiles to a children’s oncology ward.” Yarn donations are appreciated. Call Bobbie at 352-678-5679 or visit angelsnugs.org.
Happy New Year Harbor Hills
English anthropologist Jane Goodall provides a thoughtful quote for the New Year. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” The New Year offers us a fresh start, closing one chapter and starting a new one. And as caring seniors, we have the opportunity to make our actions count every day.
On January 6th, Harbor Hills welcomes 2020 with friendship and fun on Mingling Monday. Members gather in the lounge from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Drink specials are served along with a complimentary taste of something exceptional for the New Year.
David and I never miss Pasta Night! On January 17th, delight in live entertainment and your choice of tasty pastas, sauces and toppings. Member and non-members are invited. Call for reservations at 352-753-7000. Monday, January 20 is our Meet A Neighbor, Bring A Neighbor event. Members enjoy drink specials, live entertainment and a gourmet burger buffet.
Wondering about the results of December’s Festival of Lights parade? Sixty-seven decorated golf carts wound their way through tree-lined streets on a soggy Harbor Hills evening. Bruce and Cindy Chancellor started us off with eggnog. Treats were provided by the Neeses. The parade concluded at the home of Theresa Morris with a warm fireplace and comfort food. Best decorated cart was awarded to Don and January Maloney. Raymond and Rebecca Durbin won best overall home. Thanks to all who participated!
Be grateful for what we have. Have a more lighthearted approach to all things. Laughter and joy are an effective prescription for happiness. From our community to yours, Happy New Year, 2020!
Treat The Troops
As our Northern friends and family bundle up with boots and wool caps, we are grateful for December days of Florida sunshine and easy breezes. And as seniors, we now have the time and the heart to care about others.
The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity reached record proportions with their recent Treat the Troops cookie drive. This year, 1,050 dozen cookies (12,600 cookies) in 131 boxes were sent to our deployed troops. The team effort included overwhelming support received from the residents of The Villages. Thank you! Our soldiers send heartfelt messages of gratitude from the field daily.
Major Mark O’Neill is the son of Harbor Hills resident Yves Mumley. O’Neill did two tours of duty, serving one year in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan. Yves explained that their home was full of Christmas scents and sounds; cookies in the oven, freshly cut pine, ornaments jingling on the tree. “These packages,” Major O’Neill said, “give us a temporary moment to relive those memories when we are so far from home, friends and families.”
Stop by the Harbor Hills tennis courts any Friday and you will see our tennis players showing their support for our troops in a special way. Steve Stephens, USMC, adapted the idea from the Marine Corps League in The Villages. Every Friday, players wear red in honor of our deployed American soldiers. RED has become an acronym that stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. The US Marine Corps Reserve also sponsors the Toys for Tots program. To help kids in our area, Steve placed a Toys for Tots box near the courts. Let’s fill it up with new unwrapped toys for Christmas! #makeitmagical