This is the season of traditions and Harbor Hills has a few traditions of its’ own. Twenty-five years ago, Harbor Hill’s premier golf event, the Sider Cup, was created. The October tournament brings together our golfing community to enjoy the 10-day event. This year, the captain of the Blue team was Bob Neese and the Red team captain was Dave DeCoster. Their respective assistant captains were Mike Reyome and Joe Pulsone.

Sixty-four players participated, thirty-two on each team. The Red Team scored 26 ½ points in the first two matches. On the final day, Red needed only 5 ½ points to retain the cup and that they did. Thirty-six competitive and exciting matches went down to the 17th and 18th holes. Congratulations to both teams for an exciting finish!

The annual Ladies Red/Blue Tournament has become an integral part of Sider Cup festivities. Blue team ladies won this year, beating the Red team by ten strokes. President Deb Markey, Vice President Wanda Kurka and Chairperson Becky Hanner along with LGA members, did a great job organizing the event. From the Captains Dinner to the Awards dinner and everything in between, the Sider Cup has become a lively tradition at Harbor Hills.

Join us today, Veteran’s Day, at 11 AM for our Celebration of Freedom at Harbor Hills Veteran’s Park. The Garden and Women’s Club hosts the ceremony and welcomes you.

Limited seating is available for Harbor Hills’ Thanksgiving buffet. Open to the public, the cost for adults is $35.95 plus service charge and tax. The spectacular view from the clubhouse makes this holiday special. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations.


Oasis is a long-term residential community

Calling all residents of Harbor Hills Country Club! Looking for a way to share the giving spirit of the upcoming holiday season?

A special group of women, all members of the Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club have the answer. They support Oasis, a Leesburg residential facility that provides therapeutic treatment to fifteen mentally challenged, functional adults.

A division of LifeStream Behavioral Center, Oasis is a long-term residential community. Programs concentrate on group treatment and teaching daily living skills in a supervised environment. Previously called the Geriatric Residential Treatment System (GRTS), the facility houses middle-age patients with a variety of mental and medical challenges.

The Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is an active supporter of the local treatment facility. Elba Burns, a sixteen year Oasis volunteer, is one of Harbor Hills’ group of regular visitors to the facility. She, along with Henrietta Lubin, Sun Brooks, Judie Thomson, Francie Zimmerman and others visit monthly. It’s always a party with ice cream socials, Bingo and the residents’ favorite – the corn hole game!

With the holiday season fast approaching, all residents of Harbor Hills are encouraged to gather a few friends and fill a client’s wish list together. Items include personal hygiene articles, clothing and puzzles. These gift bags need to be turned in to Elba by December 6. Harbor Hills volunteers will host this year’s Christmas party for Oasis residents on December 19. In exchange, the clients have already started practicing their Christmas carols to sing for the volunteers.

 “Many residents are without family,” Elba explains, ”and our visits take on a special meaning. Their happiness fills our hearts.”  This outreach program is open to all Harbor Hills residents. To find out more, call Elba Burns at 352-259-9167.



Southeastern Guide Dogs

Happy Halloween! The gentle hills of our community are perfect for Trick or Treaters and dog walkers alike. My dachshund Bree meets many of his four-legged friends on our daily walks. Caramel, Toby, Maggie and Bella are a few favorites.  But his best buddy is Seymour, another playful doxie in the neighborhood.

For many years, neighbors Laurie and Cliff Carpenter have been actively involved with the Southeastern Guide Dog organization. Founded in 1982, the organization places more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefiting veterans and the visually-impaired. Puppy raisers like the Carpenters provide full-time care until the pup is 14 months old. Home activities promote socialization. Once returned to headquarters in Palmetto, Florida, the pups are evaluated and then begin training for guide dog or veteran service dog work.

Of course, not every dog is perfectly suited for these demanding jobs. Scarlett, a guide dog in training, started showing signs of stress when returned to her kennel. The puppy raiser team made the tough decision to release Scarlett from the program. She was then adopted back to the Carpenters who had helped raise her during her first year.

But Scarlett’s job was far from over! Marsha Brinson is the director of the Lady Lake Public Library. Her future plans include enlarging the library’s programs, especially for children. Laurie thought a reading therapy dog would fit perfectly into the youth program, improving the children’s literacy skills, building their confidence and self-esteem. Exciting plans are now in the works for Miss Scarlett to be the new Reading Dog in the Lady Lake Public Library!

In addition to donations, Southeastern Guide Dogs holds annual walk-a-thons. The Orlando Walkathon is April 11, 2020. For information or donations, go to http://participate.guidedogs.org/goto/Scarlett.


Tennis Director John Natolly 

Serve it. Smash it. Win it. Love it. USPTA Elite Professional and  opens the Harbor Hills tennis and pickleball season by welcoming players of all ages and skill levels. With over fifty years of experience, his lessons are geared to improve the physical, mental, technical and tactical areas of individual and group needs.

Looking to take up or get back into tennis? Master’s Tennis may be the solution. The game is played on a 60 foot length court with short court tennis balls. This means less court to cover and less arm strain. Played on our unique soft courts, it’s perfect for us seniors and those new to the game. This popular group meets every Wednesday at 10:00 AM.

Play tennis and meet new players every Wednesday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Its ‘Adult Evening Tennis’ and you are invited. All levels are welcome. Learn to play pickleball at our popular ‘Learn & Play’ class on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Looking to improve your strength and flexibility? Try our ‘Basics and Fundamentals’ tennis class on Thursdays at 8:30 – 9:30 AM.

Junior tennis players get ready! John offers 7 week sessions of tennis or pickleball on Saturday mornings for youngsters ages 4-17. Classes are presented in fun progressive steps to build a solid foundation for advanced levels of play.

Interclub play continues this Fall with Harbor Hills’ spirited home tennis matches. The formidable competition includes matches with Glenview Champions Country Club, Golden Ocala Golf Club and Hammock Dunes. “It’s a friendly rivalry,” John said, “and a fantastic way to meet new people who love the game of tennis.”

Contact John for membership information at jnatally@harborhills.co or 352-753-9376. The public is warmly welcome.


Harbor Hills Ladies Charity

Harbor Hills Ladies Charity With Michael Rich & Dr. Robin Meyers

In 1993, a small group of Harbor Hills women were determined to make a difference by sponsoring a golf tournament to raise funds for local charities. Since those promising moments, the intention of this caring group has never changed. Though many years have gone by, the Annual Holiday Golf Tournament continues to be the Charity’s premier fundraising event. This year, the December 1 event will feature a scramble format with putting contests, raffle baskets, a silent auction and dinner.

The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity is a 501 (C) (3) charity. President Sue Rice explains that the Charity has no overhead. All money raised goes directly to organizations in our community. Dr. Robin Meyers is the principal of Lake Hills School, a local special-needs school for 220 students. “We are so grateful to have the support of the Harbor Hills Ladies Charity. The donations have significantly helped fund the purchase of expensive adaptive equipment essential for our special-needs students.”

Lake Hills School was just one of the many recipients of the $32,000 raised last season by the hard work and dedication of the ladies of the Harbor Hills Charity. Others included the Christian Food Pantry, Fruitland Park Elementary, Community Medical Care Center, The Villages Elementary School and The Haven.

The Charity will host the annual Ladies Brunch October 28 to welcome members. All Harbor Hills residents, new and returning, are invited. Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities will be announced. Residents may contact Judy Monin (moninjudy@gmail.com) or Cheryl McBride (mcbridecheryl11@comcast.net) to attend the October brunch.

Community members and guests who wish to participate, volunteer or donate to the Annual Holiday Golf Tournament can contact Chairperson Lin McLeod (mcleod5600@embarqmail.com). The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity welcomes you!


Charity Brunch

It’s always a party when the generous members of the Harbor Hills Ladies Charity get together. The annual Charity Brunch will be held on October 28. President Sue Rice warmly welcomes all ladies who are residents of Harbor Hills or off-campus club members to attend. Have fun with projects that directly benefit our local community. Frankie Smith leads our initial fundraiser with the sale of ‘Cards for A Cause’ that will be offered at the brunch. Contact Sue at hsusanrice@embarqmail.com.

As the holiday season approaches, members of Harbor Hills Country Club are busier than ever. Join us November 8 with a Chef’s choice of a delectable seafood and prime rib entrée. It’s a Welcome Back Party for our members and guests. Live entertainment by high-energy British performer Petrina makes the event extra-special. She’s been described as a mix of Lucille Ball and the singer Pink!

It’s not too early to reserve your table for the Harbor Hills Traditional Thanksgiving feast on November 28. The elegant clubhouse and spectacular view create lasting memories. Seating is limited. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations.

Calling all local companies! Let Harbor Hills tend to all the details and host your corporate holiday party. On December 19, join other small businesses to celebrate the holiday season in a big way. Bobby Tate will provide live entertainment. Call Christy Rich at 352-753-7000 for details on our Big Little Party for any size group.

Are you a club member looking to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or simply the holiday season? Harbor Hills is hosting! Fill a table or staff will seat you with other members. The Member Holiday Party coincides with the Big Little Party on December 19th for a spectacular evening of celebration. Contact 352-753-7000 for reservations. 


Italian Club

If Osso Buco alla Milanese, ribollita or saltimbocca make your mouth water, you might be an Italian foodie. A poll of 27,000 people in 22 countries by the Society of Consumer Research has confirmed what we suspected: Italians are the most passionate people about food and cooking in the world.

The Italian Club is one of more than 25 popular clubs and social groups in Harbor Hills. Club members take enormous pride in their culinary skills and prepare Italian delights for their monthly meetings. Club founders Mary Rio, Louise Pulsone and Marie Lein are delighted. “The Harbor Hills Italian Club celebrates our rich Italian heritage and culture,” Mary explained. Activities include dining at area Italian restaurants, day excursions, extended trips, picnics and parties.

On November 3, the public is invited to the sixth annual Italian Open Golf Tournament in Harbor Hills Country Club. Organizer Joe Pulsone encourages Villagers to participate in and enjoy this special event. The format is a four-person scramble and you can form your own team. Awards and cash prizes will be presented in the Regency room during the dinner that follows. Wine baskets and merchant donations are among the other prizes. The all-you-care-to-eat buffet features Italian classics including chicken parmesan, spaghetti with meat sauce, antipasto and assorted delectable desserts.

The price for golf, dinner and prizes for members is $50 inclusive. Non-member cost is $70 inclusive and dinner-only is $18. A portion of the proceeds will go towards helping local charities. Sign up deadline is October 20. Contact Joe at 352-638-6698 to join the fun and enjoy our unique tournament course and clubhouse.


Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club

Wondering what the Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is planning for an outstanding 2019-2020 season? Club President Judy Monin guarantees members will be delighted by the variety of entertaining programs each month.

October’s inaugural event is, “How Green Is Your Garden?” First time gardeners and new residents face challenges growing vegetables and herbs in Florida. Learn helpful tips from the Simon Seed Garden Center. Join us in November with a unique program by author and cheese expert MacKenzie Smith. She is the creator of GrilledCheeseSocial.com, the world’s largest grilled cheese blog. It’s a fun-filled event with unexpected cheesy recipes and more.

December’s program is a “Christmas Tour of the Baker House.” The Wildwood Area Historical Association has restored this Sumter County landmark to its original 1886 prominence. Greet January 2020 with our popular purse auction. February’s ‘A New You’ is a just-in-time informational event. Dr. Helene will demonstrate easy to apply practices to make us look and feel younger.

Our March program, “A Land Remembered” features an exciting presentation by the son of the author, Patrick Davis Smith.  Over a century of Florida history from 1858 to 1968 is described by the celebrated author whose Pulitzer Prize nominations include historical fiction.

Home décor is the theme of our April program, “Fashions For Your Home.” It will be presented by Baers. The season concludes with a fashion show. Stein Mart is our host with models from the Harbor Hills community!

Mark your calendar for a celebration of freedom at our Veteran’s Park on Veteran’s Day, 11-11-19 at 11 A.M. Volunteers have done an exceptional job beautifying the area and the community is welcome to attend. Email Judy at moninjudy@gmail for more information on club membership and events.


Calling all Harbor Hills resident artisans! Are you looking to participate in a creative community event?  Join other talented neighbors in our annual Holiday Art Show November 10th, 2019. For the last several years, Harbor Hills artisans have been showcasing their incredible and sometimes hidden talents! A wide variety of media has been displayed. Paintings, quilts, books, wood carvings, pottery and  jewelry are among the specialties. Artist and organizer Marji Baum-Buyea is looking forward to another successful year. To participate, contact Marji at 585-748-0128. The event will be open for the public to enjoy.

Let’s make a racquet! Harbor Hills Country Club is proud to have been selected as the host to the Senior Doubles Division of Lake County Tennis Leagues. Senior Ladies play will begin Wednesdays, October 23rd at 10 A.M. and Senior Men begin play on Thursdays, October 24th at 10 A.M. Teams will field three doubles teams for men and three doubles teams for women per match. The teams will play each other at least once and the team with the best overall record will win the Championship. Sign up with John Natolly, USPTA Elite Professional and Director of Racquet Sports, by October 16. Call 352-753-9376 for details.

Think that Glow in the Dark is only for Halloween? Think again! If you’re up for a challenge, Harbor Hills welcomes all golf members to dinner and a night of golf on October 23rd.  The buffet starts at 5:30PM. Nighttime play follows at 7PM. Glow-in-the-dark golf balls and glow sticks will light up the fairways. Glow golf is all about fun so contact the Pro Shop to sign up today!


Storm recovery is in process and I hope that everyone made it through with the least amount of stress in these difficult circumstances. Having lived in this state for over fifty years, I can safely say it does not get easier with time. Every storm is daunting and unique.

That said, life goes on and the Harbor Hills Ladies Golf Association opens their 28th season on September 12th. Forty-six members will participate in a step-aside scramble. President Deb Markey and Vice President Wanda Kurka encourage all lady golfers who are club members to join this fun group.

Are you a fan of the Ryder Cup? The Harbor Hills version has become a tradition among golf members in our community. Twenty-five years ago, Bram Decker and Ray Goldwire created an event that was both fun for existing members and welcoming for new members. Renamed the Sider Cup, the tournament brings together our golfing community to enjoy the ten day event. This year, red team captain Dave DeCoster and blue team captain Bob Neese will announce pairings at the Captains Dinner on October 14th. The Harbor Hills Ladies Golf Association will hold their own red and blue golf tournament on October 15. This commemorative game is chaired by Becky Hanner and co-chaired by Janet White Cofer. Sider Cup festivities include a golf cart parade, skills challenge and cookout. The tournament concludes with an Awards dinner on October 20.

Speaking of traditions, the Veteran Golf Association is holding their National Championship on October 27-30 at the fabulous Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. Eighty players from the Regional Championships were invited to compete. Congratulations and good luck to our friend and neighbor John Bircher who advanced to the National finals. ‘Upward and onward!’

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