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!
Boston once was a thriving fishing port accommodating fleets of fishing boats. Boats arrived daily to unload and process their catches for distribution. Locals could purchase their seafoods direct. Salespeople always recognized mom and me. They always were generous with prices and portions. It was worth the long walk. Being a Catholic community, in those days, eating meat was forbidden on Fridays. Every Friday, a seafood vendor setup his pushcart business on Salem and Prince streets. Shrimp, squid, and cod were covered with chipped ice and sold. Shrimp was a delicacy and were pricey. Mom only bought shrimp on special occasions. She usually served them over linguini with a red sauce or with my very favorite, shrimp scampi.
Whether served as a stand-alone appetizer, a main course served over risotto or polenta, tossed with linguini (below), baked in individual phyllo triangles, scampi flatbread, or baked in puff pastry, Shrimp Scampi is incredibly versatile. This Scampi recipe also is remarkably quick and easy to make, and all applications equally delicious.
Scampi sauce is prepared in a single pot. When ready, raw shrimp is coated in sauce, and quick broiled.
This is a perfectly proportioned recipe for scampi sauce; garlic, scallions, lemon, salted butter, and olive oil, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. It balances perfectly with flavorful wild caught shrimp.
Scampi appetizer can be served buffet style or individually plated.
Sauce ingredients are prepared in only one pot. Shrimp is coated in the sauce pot and quick broiled on both sides on a cookie sheet.
- 1 1/4-pounds large wild-caught shrimp
- 1 quarter pound of salted butter, one stick
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- Few grinds each of salt and pepper
- Crostini, optional
- Chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, lemon wedges
- Remove shrimp shells, with or without tail section left on (I prefer off) and devein. Rinse in cold water and pat dry. Set them aside.
- In a pot, large enough to comfortably hold all shrimp and sauce, melt the butter over low heat. Add olive oil, lemon juice, scallions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
- Pre-heat the broiler. Coat shrimp in sauce. Place them in rows on a rimmed cookie sheet large enough to accommodate a single layer. Line shrimp in rows. Spoon the scampi sauce over shrimp.
- Broil them close to the heat for about three minutes or until the tops are partly pink but not cooked through. Flip them over and broil briefly until just cooked through. Try not to overcook them.
- Arrange Scampi and sauce on a serving platter or directly on individual plates, crostini optional. Serve.
Pasta and Shrimp Scampi
- Shrimp Scampi (above)
- ½ pound linguini
- Optional, garnish with chopped parsley
- Prepare Scampi sauce as shown above.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Add pasta. While cooking, preheat broiler. Coat shrimp and layer them on the cookie sheet with remaining sauce as discussed above.
- Once linguini is cooked al dente, strain and return pasta to the empty pot.
- Coat and broil shrimp per above.
- Carefully pour entire contents of the scampi tray, shrimp, juices, and bits, in the pasta pot with linguini. Toss and serve. Garnish.
- Here are some other options. Full recipes are on my website
About the Author
Peter grew up in Boston’s Italian North End. His website, www.LuciaTramonte.com, is dedicated to his Mom. Lucia Tramonte was her maiden name.
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
Junior Tennis Club
Tennis is a high skill level sport! It requires constant growth with instruction and practice, like so many lifelong skills, best achieved at an early age. Skills learned in tennis can be successfully carried over to just about any other sport and activity! Additionally, many very important elements of growth depend on confidence, identification, and self esteem which tennis skills certainly provide. These days the children are comparing themselves and playing sports as early as elementary school, while the foundation of high school teams are established by junior high! My goal is to provide these sessions during the school year to give the children a head start for an athletic advantage at a young age. Please encourage your children to stay involved and sign up for as many sessions as possible!There is not enough space for me to express how proud I am of every junior for each individual skilled learned. I am truly blessed for the opportunity to share one of my greatest passions with them! Thank you! I am looking forward to another incredible year of Junior Lessons in 2020.
Wishing you and your family a Wonderful Holiday and a Healthy New Year.
John C. Natolly – USPTA Elite Tennis Professional
Director of Racquet Sports
Harbor Hills Country Club
What do these iconic movies have in common? Thunder Road, 1958; American Graffiti, 1973; Smokey and the Bandit, 1977; The Blues Brothers, 1980 and Gran Torino, 2008? They are some of the best-known displays of American muscle cars in film history! Some may argue that Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds took a ‘back seat’ to these classic cars that quickly gained prominence with the American public.
Ohio native Sam Metro can tell you all about the history of muscle cars, hot rods and most classics on four wheels. He’s been hosting vintage car shows for ten years. “It started with my interest in hot rods and grew into a passion for all sorts of specialty vehicles.” Sam explains that America’s fascination with hot rods originated with soldiers returning from World War II. Looking for excitement and speed, they sought out bigger and more powerful engines for their vehicles.
1965 to 1973 were the golden years of muscle cars. Anyone who liked to drive fast wanted a car with muscle. Hot rodders took basic cars and installed big engines in them. Manufacturers noticed and responded. And so, the muscle car was born!
This Saturday, Harbor Hills Country Club is hosting a fabulous show of hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars, antique and specialty vehicles and you are invited! Live music and entertainment will be provided by WJBJ Cruisin’ With The Classics. Admission and parking is complimentary. Food will be available for purchase. Meet Sam and other specialty car owners from 11AM to 3PM. To show your vehicle, contact Sam at 352-449-9732 or motor up to beautiful Harbor Hills. Fans of the 1991 movie Thelma and Louise just might see a 1966 Thunderbird cruise in!
We are pleased to announce that Harbor Hills team member Adam Rich has been inducted into the Home Builders Association Board of Directors. Harbor Hills will continue to be at the forefront of the home building industry exchanging knowledge with other home building leaders and advancing the HBA mission to ensure the highest possible standards of quality, integrity and professionalism within the building industry.
Holidays are times to gather around friends and family. In Harbor Hills, pets are considered a special part of the family. Our neighbors include shelter volunteers, a certified pet masseuse, veterinarians and agility trainers.
Jim and Roseann Cochran are owned by Pebbles, a four year old Shih Tzu. Pebbles was rescued in Texas. Pebbles made the trip home with the Cochrans and is enjoying a blissful life in Harbor Hills. A major supporter of dog rescue, Jim says, “Pebbles is our fourth rescue and each has been a wonderful companion. They seem to sense they are fortunate to have a forever family.”
Another bow-wow breakout story is that of Chris and Dana Delzio, owned by 12 year old Paulie the pound pup. Paulie was rescued in Orlando. He was initially so mean, he got his name from a gangster in the Sopranos! But after a month of adjustment, Paulie and his fur friends Mickey, Roger and Gracie are the best of friends. And lest you think pets have anything but the good life in Harbor Hills, Steve Stephens’ yellow lab Maggie has a golf cart of her very own! Maggie and her furry friend Bo patrol the neighborhood daily for pesky squirrels.
Laurie and Cliff Carpenter are actively involved with the Southeastern Guide Dog organization. They welcomed new puppy Scarlett into their family this year. Scarlett’s new job as the Lady Lake Library’s official reading dog begins on Wednesday.
During this holiday season, be mindful of your pets. Watch out for ornaments,wrapping or food hazards that can harm them. Donate toys, food or cash to local shelters. Support the Facebook group Lost Pets of The Villages. The group is a voice for animals locally.