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HARBOR HILLS LADIES CHARITY HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Lin McLeod

A very special event takes place on Sunday when the Harbor Hills Ladies Charity holds its Holiday Golf tournament and Dinner. Commemorating the 29th year of this event, chairperson Lin McLeod and co-chair Lorraine Kasse encourage all Harbor Hills residents to participate. You do not have to be a club member to play in the pick-your-own foursome scramble or attend the dinner.

Registration and ticket sales begin at 10:30 a.m. The shotgun golf scramble starts at 12:30 PM. Dinner and dessert follow. The event includes a themed raffle basket drawing, a silent auction and a 50-50 drawing. To make the evening extra-special, there are drawings for three beverage tubs filled with top shelf liquor, select wines and craft beer. There is a special drawing for a Joe Redd putter. Golf members, social members and non-members are all welcome. Hole sponsorships and general donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated.

The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity is a 501 (C) (3) charity. Last year’s event raised $43,000 which benefitted the Christian Food Pantry, Lake Hills School, Fruitland Park Elementary School, Community Medical Care Center, The Villages Elementary School, The Haven and Forward Paths. For more information, email Lin McLeod at mcleod5600@embarqmail.com.

The holidays are in full swing at Harbor Hills. Future events include the Holiday Cart Parade, the Festival of Lights and the House Decorating Contest. The upcoming Florida Country Club Championship Cup will be played at our tennis facility, well-known in the state. It’s the perfect time to take a short drive out to enjoy lunch or a challenging round of golf. Our semiprivate club welcomes you!

RESIDENTS TREAT TROOPS WITH SPECIAL COOKIES BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Treat The Troops

Treat The Troops

Our brave soldiers are deployed in more than 150 countries. Active-duty personnel serving outside the United States number more than 170,000 men and women. They don’t get to go home after work. The comforts of home are what our soldiers miss most.

High on that list are home-baked goodies. Enter the Harbor Hills Ladies and our 2021 Treat The Troops drive. Treat The Troops is a national, non-profit program. All donations go towards providing deployed troops boxes of treats. There are no administrative expenses.

Roseann Cochran and Shirle Mabie are leading our local effort to provide deployed U.S. military personnel with a welcome taste of home. Last year we sent 1,180 dozen cookies (12,960 cookies) in 135 boxes to our troops. The project included overwhelming support from residents. Requests came from our soldiers in Kuwait, Africa, China, Kosovo and South Korea.

Show your support by sending a taste of home during the holiday season. Donate cookies, contribute money for postage, write personal notes or provide the names and addresses of personnel stationed overseas until after the holiday. Mailing one box costs $21.90 with the military discount. The last day to donate cookies or postage money is November 29. For additional information, contact Roseann Cochran at rcochran479@gmail.com. To find out more about Treat The Troops, link to www.treatthetroops.com.

There is still time to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast at Harbor Hills. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations. To my friends and family, know that I am grateful for each one of you in my life. I wish you the happiest, healthiest Thanksgiving ever. From our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

A SEASON OF FUN MONTHLY EVENTS HAS STARTED! BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Erika Robuck

Wondering what the Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is planning for the outstanding 2021-2022 season? Club President Shirle Mabie guarantees members will be delighted by the variety of entertaining programs each month.

In October, Kelley Pyles, Certified Financial Planner was our guest speaker. Club members were treated to a discussion of the spending power and financial opportunities for women in America. Peddler’s Wagon’s Kevin Jenness joined us in early November. His family-owned Eustis home décor shop is the perfect place to visit for unique holiday gifts.

December’s program reminds us “Tis the Season for Giving.” Members are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Harbor Hills Ladies Charity Food Pantry Project. A fun filled holiday program will follow.

Greet January 2022 with the humorous answer to the question, “Who Are the Real Housewives of Harbor Hills?” Our ladies will share unexpected and funny experiences about living in our beautiful community. Home décor is the theme of our February program, “Fashions For Your Home.” Harbor Hills Design Coordinator Angela Rogers will show us how to incorporate current trends into existing designs with easy updates.

March features an exciting program by national bestselling author of historical fiction, Erica Robuck. Named Annapolis’ Author of the Year, Erica’s latest thriller The Invisible Woman, tells the story of WWII secret agent Virginia Hall. Erica Robuck is the daughter of Harbor Hills resident Pat Robuck.

An evening performance with entertainer Jimmy Keys, is our high-energy April program. The season concludes with a resort-style fashion show in May. Our local Patchington store will host with models from the Harbor Hills community! Email Shirle at shirlemabie@gmail.comfor information on club membership and events.

HONOR VETERANS WITH CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

This Veteran’s Day, the Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club is sponsoring a unique candlelight tribute. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at our Memorial Park overlooking the beautiful 16th green. Candles are provided. COVID-19 guidelines will be in effect.

Steve Stephens, a retired sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, 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.

The day was designed to mark the end of World War I and was originally called Armistice Day. The Armistice with Germany went into effect on the 11thhour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. “Our service members come from all walks of life,” Col. (Ret.) Giac Modica explains, “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 Veterans 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 shirlemabie@gmail.com.

RED AND BLUE TEAMS COMPETE IN SIDER CUP BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Sider Cup 2020

Sider Cup 2021

This is the season of traditions and Harbor Hills has a few traditions of its own. Twenty-seven years ago, Harbor Hills premier golf event, the Sider Cup, was created. The October tournament brings together our golfing community to enjoy the 8-day event. This year, the captain of the Blue team was Bill Collier. The Red team captain was Bill Bogert. Their respective assistant captains were Larry Skoch and Steve Gordon.

Sixty-four players participated, 32 on each team. The Red team led on Day One by two points and on Day Two by one point. The Sunday singles match play saw the Blue team advance to a 34.5 to 28.5 win. Congratulations to both teams for an exciting finish!

Six MVP players won all three of their matches. For the Red team, they are Ken Bishop, Chape Chapin, Cliff Murphy and Mark Thompson. For the Blue team, they are Jim Cochran and Dan Lasdow. The very first hole-in-one in Sider Cup history was made by Larry Coburn on the 5th hole.

The annual Ladies Red/Blue Tournament has become an integral part of Sider Cup festivities. HHLGA President Wanda Kurka, Vice President Ann Mahoney, Janet White, Lynda Collier and Becky Hanner did a great job organizing the fun, along with the help of many Ladies Golf members. Congrats to the Ladies Blue team for the win!

From the Captains Dinner to the Awards Dinner and everything in between, the Sider Cup has become a lively tradition at Harbor Hills. “Competition is great,” Red Captain Bill Bogert explained, “but the best part of the tournament is the camaraderie, socializing with the golfing community and enjoying life at Harbor Hills.”

CELEBRATE ITALY WITH A VENETIAN MASQUERADE BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Known as The City On Water, Venice sits on over 100 small islands connected by more than 400 bridges. During Europe’s Renaissance period, Venice was a both a cultural center and the capital of a prosperous maritime empire. Even today, boats are the only transportation through the winding network of canals.

On November 5, the Italian American Club of Harbor Hills will be recreating the spirit of this unique city with a fantastical Venetian Masquerade event. It’s a black tie optional event that will take you on an unforgettable adventure to Venice. Chairperson Carol DiDomenico explains that ornate masks are optional but the more creative and elaborate the better!

Local favorite Suzie Casta will entertain us with her popular songs, many in Italian. The plated dinner includes multiple choices of Italian dishes from different regions of Italy; Pork Osso Buco, Haddock Puttanesca and Lasagna Stuffed Chicken. For dessert, the iconic Italian dessert of tiramisu will be served. The literal meaning of tiramisu in Italian is “pick me up” or “cheer me up.”  What an uplifting way to end the meal! The event is already sold out. There is still time to be added to the waiting list. Call the clubhouse at 352-753-7000.

Created in 2009, the Italian American Club of Harbor Hills welcomes all country club members of Italian heritage. The advent of COVID has impacted events but things are improving as the season goes on. Club President Joe Cervoni is looking forward to homemade culinary delights at monthly meetings and local excursions. Yearly dues are $5 per person. Contact Secretary Dana Delzio at danadelzio@gmail.com for more information.

The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity By Nikki Hoffman

Ladies Charity

Ladies Charity

The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity has a long history of helping local causes in a big way. In 1993, a group of Harbor Hills women sponsored a golf tournament to raise funds for local charities. Since then, the desire to make a difference has grown over the years.

The charity has no overhead. President Nancy Flood explains that all money raised by the nonprofit Harbor Hills Ladies Charity goes directly to organizations in our community. The Christian Food Pantry of Lady Lake, the Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties, Fruitland Park Elementary School, Villages Elementary of Lady Lake and Lake Hills School are only a few of the local organizations receiving proceeds.

Harbor Hills residents are invited to the charity’s Ladies Brunch on October 25th. Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities will be announced. Belks coupons for $5.00 will be sold at the luncheon. The coupon can be used on specific dates and $5.00 is returned to the Harbor Hills Ladies charity. A collection of Jim Shore ornaments and figurines has been donated and will be sold at the brunch. Proceeds will be split between the Ladies Charity and the Garden and Women’s Club Veterans Memorial Project.

The December 5th Annual Holiday Golf Tournament is the Charity’s premier fundraising event. Members are busy soliciting hole sponsors and donors. Food Drives will be held January 28-30 and April 22-24. Join us in the March-April timeframe for our Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner event, or for those who prefer, Dinner With Friends fundraiser. The Unique Boutique Clothing Sale is scheduled for March 21-25 at the Lady Lake United Methodist Church. Community members who wish to participate, volunteer or donate are appreciated. The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity welcomes you!

THE HOLY TRINITY CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Holy Trinity Episcopal School

On October 30th, you can make a difference in the lives of students with unique learning needs. The Men’s Group of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held at the beautiful Harbor Hills Country Club.

The Holy Trinity Episcopal School is as special as its students. The school is a ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Fruitland Park. It’s interesting to note that the church was built in 1888. It is officially listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Today, the school provides a unique environment for learning-challenged students Grades 6 through 12, to foster the skills necessary to live a healthy, productive life.

The Holy Trinity Episcopal School is a Christian community, welcoming children and families of every faith, background or origin. The school provides unlimited possibilities for children with learning differences such as autism, dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Educational programs offer low student to teacher ratios. State of Florida prescribed curriculums are adapted to each student’s individual needs.

Many families cannot afford the tuition and fees needed to cover the school’s expenses. Funds from this golf tournament provide scholarships for students with financial needs, educational program improvements and facility expansion.

Blackston Financial is returning as the tournament sponsor. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin and an exciting putting contest. Registration will remain open until October 16. For questions and more information, contact Sidney Yee, Tournament Chairperson at 703-966-2615, sidney1949yee@gmail.com or register on-line at www.HTECgolf.com. The church, the school and most importantly, the students, are grateful for your support.

The Third Annual Harbor Hills Club Tennis Championship by Nikki Hoffman

John Natolly

John Natolly

The competitive spirit is alive and well on the courts of Harbor Hills Country Club! The Third Annual Harbor Hills Club Tennis Championship is sponsored by the Harbor Hills Racquet Association. Participation is open to all Harbor Hills Country Club members.

Round robin matches start on November 1 and are played in each of three divisions; Ladies, Men’s and Mixed. The matches are completed over the five-month period between November and March. In April, the top four teams will play an exciting sudden-death semifinal. Winners will then play for the club championship. The event concludes with a reception to crown the champions and award the trophies. Defending champions are Denise Collier and Janis DeCoster in the Ladies Division; Pepe Gutierrez and Gary Davison in the Men’s Division and Joanne Drzewiecki and Steve Stephens in the Mixed Division.

Now is the time for members to pick partners and get their teams set. Signup sheets are on the bulletin board at the Racquet Sports Shop or you can email the Championships Coordinator Ted Drzewiecki at ted.drzewiecki@gmail.com.

Our club is one of the few facilities offering tennis, short-court tennis and pickleball on an original Har-Tru (soft) surface. Our courts are ranked among the finest soft court facilities in Florida and beyond. Members of the Harbor Hills Racquet Association include country club members and non-residents who hold social, golf, seasonal tennis or pickleball memberships. Annual dues are $10 per person and are used for courtside amenities, facility improvements and other expenses. Contact John Natolly, USPTA Elite Professional at 352-804-8400 or jnatolly@harborhills.com for membership information. Join us courtside and let’s get back in the swing of things!

GOLF ASSOCIATIONS AT HARBOR HILLS BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Sider Cup 2020

Sider Cup 2021

It’s Fall, y’all and thanks to the efforts of our entire golf course staff, the conditions on our course are superb. Harbor Hills Men’s Golf Association Tournament Chairman Dale Smith reminds us that our biggest event of the year, the Sider Cup, begins on October 13th.

It’s a ten day event of men’s and women’s golf, social events, skill challenges, golf cart parades and of course, lots of food and beverages. Sign-up deadline is October 3. From the Captains Dinner to the Awards Dinner, the Sider Cup and our  men’s distinctive vintage attire have become a lively tradition at Harbor Hills.

The Harbor Hills Ladies Golf Association opened their 30th season on September 16th followed by a luncheon and meeting. The Association has 54 active members. President Wanda Kurka and Vice President Ann Mahoney encourage all lady golfers who are club members to join this 18 hole group. The 9 hole group is led by Carol Bowers. For those of us who love the game for fresh air, exercise and social opportunities, these groups are ideal.

The Harbor Hills Labor Day golf tournament and All-American barbeque was a huge success. Winners of the three flight, four person scramble were as follows: Full member flight – Bill and Lynda Collier, Larry and Nancy Skoch with a score of 58, Fun flight – Don and Barbara Goolsby, Jan Wilson and Les Johnson with a score of 57, Social member/Guest flight – Steve Hinga, Don Maloney, Thomas McKernan and Terry Crabtree with a score of 56. The public is welcome to play a round of golf or stop by the Harbor Hills clubhouse. We are open every day including holidays.

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